Saturday, 17 November 2007

Howdy ...

Wassup??? All I can tell you is that it's HOT here. The other week we were pulling jumpers out on a few chilly mornings and suddenly the heat has arrived with a vengance and slapped us in the face. We've been sweltering ...

Thankfully it's cooled off a little this afternoon with a few storms hanging around although we haven't got anything at our place (yet?).

Harvest is underway - the boys have stripped the canola and are into the oats now plus there's all they haymaking to do. Sounds crazy - yes - but it's the nature of the job.

Now, onto scrapping ... here's my first attempt at a canvas. It was so much easier than I thought (although why I thought it would be hard I dont know LOL). If I may say so, I'm quite pleased with it. And I enjoyed it so I've got more planned. Thanks for the great class Catherine!

Speaking of new things to try, I just did 2 half maps (6"x12" pages) during the week using only scraps of c/stock and pp. I dont mind these either ...

And I've done my tags for the Divas xmas tag swap ... here they are ...

All the Scrapbook Divas and Scrapboxx recipe swap cards are done and distributed/posted.

I've started the Divas Christmas card/mail art swap ... hmmm, what else???

Here's a sneek of a very exciting series of projects starting at Scrapbook Divas shortly called "The 12 Days of Christmas". I cant wait to get stuck into the projects Diva Rachael and Diva Vicky have been preparing for us ... I've been stocking up on Christmas pp and lots of bits and pieces.

So if you're reading this blog and you're NOT a Divas member ... JOIN NOW so you dont miss out on these fabulous FREE Christmas projects. The Divas forum is a fabulous place to hang out.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007


OMG, For Keeps have e-mailed me to say they want the Wyangala Dam LO for issue 64, "travel" theme. I'm just so stoked one of my LO's has been accepted. To me anyway, it's really quite a big thing to be published so I cant wait to share my excitement.

Now I need to get it posted off to them ASAP.

This year has been huge as far as scrapping is concerned for me. I have really got into it in a huge way - lots of LO's plus other projects, entering comps including Cybercrops AND being lucky enough to win with some of my LO's, plus all the online stuff I've been involved in. Making online friends has been such a blessing too and it's wonderful sharing our passion for creating.

Speaking of CC's, I got 2 of the 3 challenges done last w/end for Scrapbooking Top 50 CC. Here's my efforts ...

First LO is for challenge 2 (yes, you read correctly) which was a sketch challenge and the second LO is for challenge 1 (confused? me too) where the forum members set the criteria - 2 different sized photos, paint, ribbon (my idea ... hehehe).

Onto family stuff ... well, the kids had a blast on Monday. Playgroup went to Rascals play centre over at Parkes. My kids just ran straight on in and played hard all morning. DS (15 months) bowled on in with the bigger kids without any dramas, climbing up and down, launching himself down the slides, diving into the ball pits. You name it, he was in it.
I managed to poke a bit of food and drink in their mouths to keep them going and when we left, DS fell asleep in the stroller straight away but DD was happy to follow me around for a bit of shopping. I spoilt her though and let her choose a few things from The Warehouse including a $10 hobby horse - plush head complete with bridle and reigns PLUS if you press its ear, it does the whole clip clop, neigh and "hhmmpp" thing. Cute. It's been a real hit though so it's $10 well spent.

On Tuesday morning DS woke up grumpy and we discovered on changing his nappy that his poor little doodle was infected. Up the hospital we went because it was really distressing him. The Dr prescribed antibiotics but he got worse throughout the day (we were all out in Orange for lunch, organising new mobile phones, getting some fruit & veg etc) so I took him back to the Dr when we got home and he gave him a shot of different antibiotics. He finally perked up about 3:30am this morning (NOT the best time) and I took him back to the Dr again this morning for the second shot but he's on the mend now thank goodness. It looks so sore, poor little fellow.
So today we've just had a quiet day at home and I caught up on folding washing and managed a little scrapping too.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

I hate daylight saving

Sorry, but I do. It's annoying. It puts the kids out, not to mention me and DH hates it too. Farmers and other such workers dont work to a clock, 5pm is not knock off time. They work from sun up to sun down (and in busy times from morning dark to night time dark LOL). Now I'm not silly enough to say that they work another hour because of daylight saving (you know like the faded curtains) but in some ways they actually do.
DH always complains that if he's got a break down on a machine in the paddock, and it's still broad daylight, he slips into town to get a part or whatever only to find when he gets there they're all shut cos it's 7:30pm or something. Ok, so he should look at the clock first but that's just not the way he works.
It also means that dinner and the whole evening routine is later because the kids are still playing at 6:30pm (eg. it's 6pm ATM and I haven't even started dinner and the kids are outside playing). Getting them to bed is a hassle cos it's light, and with DH not being home til later we dont get to eat as a family very often either.
Shall I go on ... nah, sorry to rant.

Ok, onto other matters.

You will all be pleased to know my toe is slowly getting better. Bruising is almost all gone although if I bump it the wrong way, oh boy, does it hurt. Must have broken a tiny bone somewhere inside where the toe joins the main part of the foot IYKWIM.

And some good news, I won again at the Divas CC the other w'end. It was for challenge 3 so I'm doing the happy dance with a $15 voucher to spend on MORE goodies.

And you must check out Michelle's shop over at Divas cos she's just added some very yummy new goodies. I've got my eye on some stamps and overlays.

No LO's to share this post although I've done some. Just haven't got myself organised to upload them yet. But I've also been cleaning and sorting out my scrapping stash and space over the last 2 days (hayfever has held up the process - I just couldn't continue with streaming nose and eyes and constant itching and sneezing). I'm hoping (???) to set things up in the office so we can actually use our dining table for its intended purpose. We'll see ...

Anyway, off to get dinner organised (and check the kids).