Sunday, November 30

Getting ready for December

Tomorrow is 1st December and here in Australia it's officially our first day of summer. I am really looking forward to December for many reasons. This year we will be heading down to Stacey's for Christmas and I am looking forward to spending time with our family and catching up with friends.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been busy working on my December Daily Album. My thanks goes out to Ali Edwards for coming up with this fab idea of capturing the Festive Season by journaling about each day leading up to Christmas as well as those important photos. I picked up one of those craft board albums earlier this year hoping I could put it to good use. It had to be used in 2008 because it has 2008 down the side.

I' m very excited about this project and even though it's not completely finished, I wanted to share my Front Cover with you and as I complete it I will add more pages in my posts.

Thursday, November 27

I HATE water colours (well, I think I do)

Hi all, well today I tackled a task that I have been putting off for weeks. On Mondays I go to Art Class and our gorgeous teacher Gill always sets us a challenge for our end of year break-up. This year we were asked to do a Water Colour which had to contain a bird and water.

Now Gill knows I hate water colours. Actually that is not quite true, what I mean is that I find it very difficult using this medium. My forte if you can call it that is Oils. I love oils, they smell so nice, I love to smear them onto my canvas with lots of texture, but mainly because they take so long to dry that if you make a mistake there is plenty of time to fix it and even time for a cuppa and a chat.

Water colours on the other hand...........are not that forgiving. I struggle with the thought. Why did Gill choose water colours. I was going to do something abstract that didn't take much effort but the more I thought about it the more I realized I should put effort into the painting and see what I could come up with.

Well, I surprised my self in the end. I sketched it yesterday (putting it off a little longer) and painted today. It took me only 3 hours and I was done, which amazed me more than anybody.
So here it is.............da da

I hope that Gill is happy now. She had better choose Oils next year.

Here is a layout I completed last week for a challenge over at Cocoa Daisy. I didn't even get past round one, no surprise there, the entries were stunning. As soon as I had this photo developed, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I have cut away the bottom section of the photo but keeping the legs intact, then I slipped the title behind giving the illusion that Lachlan was jumping out of the photo.

Friday, November 21

Scraplift Challenge

Well I have managed to complete a challenge from To the Starres and Back and still have a few days up my sleeve. We were given this layout below, by the very talented Adia.

Our task was to lift this layout and we must use plenty of layers, a butterfly and also the title was to be any where but not horizontal .

Here is my entry. I used a photo of my daughter No 3 when she had four weeks left in her pregnancy. Even though we knew Deb was having a little boy, I still wanted to keep the layout soft and feminine.

Thursday, November 20

So much happening round here

My head is spinning. I am starting to wonder if I have too much on my plate. What with the new kitchen going in (I am loving it) and inquiries about the old one. So far there has been only one hiccup. Yesterday the electrician popped in to wire up my oven, cook top and dishwasher, which I really appreciated. Unfortunately, when I came down stairs this morning, the cook top being all glass had exploded with bits of glass every where. The apprentice had tighten a screw too tightly and it had shattered the glass. All is fixed, I have a new cook top and it will be connected by Saturday. I will be posting photos as soon as it is complete.

Mean while I have been working on a couple layouts, putting together "A Week in my Life" album and compiling my DDA (Daily December Album) both designed by Ali Edwards. This lady has so much talent and is so generous to share it with everyone.

I managed to squeeze in an Art Class last Monday where we try to paint in between morning tea and social chit chat. I am working on a still life which is a piece of drift wood. Not sure if I will post a piccie of that one. Oh, I almost forgot the Graduation Dresses that I have altered plus
3 Wedding Gowns on the go. What do they say, " no rest for the wicked".

I also have to work out how to put my slide show on the side of my blog. Every time I add a post, I have to COPY/PASTE the slideshow then delete the original. It is a pain. I have tried several times with not much luck. But I am stubborn, and I will work it out.

Until next time...........

Wednesday, November 19

E is for Ecru

Here is another layout for the Letters to Scrap By challenge. It is a little different as the focus is on my shoulders and what they are used for.

If you want to play along, then go on over and check out the site. You might even win a prize.

Monday, November 10

What a Day

This has been such a crazy day. I was expecting Scott this morning at 9am to start on my new kitchen. At 7.40, five guys rock up in trucks. I was up to my elbows in suds, two cupboards still had to be emptied and I wanted to give the microwave a last wipe out.

I was ousted out of my kitchen - no room there for me with five large boys and their tools. Having said that, I really didn't mind because my new kitchen was on the back of one of those trucks. I started to grin all over again.

I left them to it and retreated to my scrap room to tackle a challenge which ends today. Out in the kitchen there was a lot of hammering, drilling, heave hoeing, re wiring etc but thankfully no "OH, NO". Not until I came back into the room and saw the mess.

There is plaster powder EVERYWHERE. Bits of cupboard, doors, screws, junk EVERYWHERE. But I just kept on grinning - I knew where my NEW kitchen was. They have all packed up and gone for the day. But, they are coming back tomorrow.

Well here is my layout for - to the Starres and back. We were given a layout to scraplift and
also the word "AMAZE" must be used.

The little verse reads:

Someday I'll jump through puddles,
take a stroll or urn a race.
Someday I'll walk across the street
or maybe walk in space.
Someday I'll scale a mountain
or I'll join a ballet corps.
Someday I'll walk a tightrope
or explore the the ocean floor.
Someday these feet will do some things
that only Heaven knows.
But for today they're happy
just to wriggle all their toes.

Author unknown

I am off to find the vacuum cleaner and get a little order back in the house before hubby gets home. I shall keep you posted.

Oh, I forgot to mention that this week of all weeks, I am starting a journal "A week in the Life".
It's a wonderful idea where you get to document your week, day by day. It should be a very interesting week for me I think. If you want to know more about this journal you can find out more on Ali Edwards blog site.

Saturday, November 8

I am getting a new kitchen

And I am so excited. Melissa called last Thursday to say they would be starting on Monday. YEAH !!!!! I am having Two Pack satin finish on the doors and I asked her what she thought
of the colour I had chosen. Well, there was silence at the other end then she said "It's a bit dark".

I thought to myself "WHAT, have they got the colour wrong?" So I did what any woman choosing a new kitchen would do. I jumped in the car and twenty minutes later I walked through the frond door of the show room where the person who scared me sat.

Her hubby (this is a small family owned business) came through the back door and they both took me out to the work shop where my new kitchen had been laid out. I was expecting to see this dark swampy brown colour on the cupboards and my heart stopped.

There before my eyes was my kitchen. It was beautiful, the colour was perfect, even better than the tiny sample I had to choose from. I was behaving like a teenager, jumping up and down
and grinning till my cheeks hurt. I wanted to hug my new kitchen, I wanted to hug Scott (but I couldn't because his wife was standing right there).

Tomorrow I will be packing up all my kitchen stuff and let me tell you, I have heaps and storing in all in boxes for a week or two. In the meantime, our temp kitchen will be in the laundry. I am not sure how I am going to cope because I cook a lot and also use a lot of pots, bowls, utensils etc and no dishwasher. I think I feel take-aways coming on.....................

Friday, November 7

I received an Award.

I am honoured to receive this award from you Lynette. Your blog is packed full of talent, everything from layouts, photos and challenges.

The RULES for presenting this sought after Award are:

1. Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.

3. Each award winner (upon acceptance) should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.

4. Link to the Arte y pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. Show these rules.

The five I have chosen are:

Ruth from Alteredgiesha. I love visiting her side where she shows how you can alter everyday things and turn them into works of art.

Kazan from nunu toolies. I found Kazan's site by blog hopping. If you want inspiration for card making, then go have peek, you wont be disappointed.

Ronda from Help me Ronda. This lady makes the amazing mini albums and don't forget to check out her layouts........fab.

Jane from Fragments of Time. Jane take the most beautiful photos and her layouts are fantastic.

and last but not least........

Julie and Eric of Cosmo Cricket. This has to be the most fun blog ever. There are plenty of laughs (recently the mouse saga), giveaways, tutorials and so much more. So what are you
waiting for, go have a look.

Monday, November 3

A layout using the colour "D for Denim"

This is a layout I have completed for the Letters to Scrap By challenge. We were asked to create a LO using the colour Denim as the theme. I took this photo back in 2006 when Mia was only 14 months. I loved the photo and I knew, one day, I would scrap it.

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