24 August 2008

Ups and then downs

It's funny isn't it? Life is like that? First ups then downs and then ups again, a great big roller coaster ride. Scrapping is like that too.

Natalie has decided to retire - it is something she really needs to do and I wish her the very best of luck as she steps back to spend more time with her gorgeous boys. At the moment she is having an outrageous sale at both PBP and CLD so if you have ever hankered for some Natalie Bird designs now is the hour before they are gone for good. Since deciding to retire Natalie has been creating some truly wonderful pages, as if her joy in the art form has come back and I am so very happy for her. And don't for any moment think that this is the end of Ms Natalie! Oh no, one day she will be back and I will be there stalking....... err........ supporting her again LOL! Oh and now that she isn't designing any more Natalie has a great new blog too and if you pop over you MIGHT find a great freebie LOL

Needless to say this left a hole in my life (oh god how sad does that make me sound LOL). My friend Deb will tell you I was actually a bit miserable (hahaha shoosh up Deb!!) and bad company for a while LOL. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed working with Natalie both scrapping and behind the scenes and I can't tell her enough how happy and useful she has made me feel, so THANKS my friend! But where one door closes another always opens and I have been offered the chance to help out Annette over at PBP! It makes me feel useful and needed so I'm in, thanks Annette for my life line LOL.

Talking about PBP we have a chat once a month on a Friday night and it is usually a real hoot. The girls are so friendly and welcoming and the conversation ranges from anything from scrapping (well naturally) to babies, to 80's music to alcholoic beverages, pickles (don't ask!) and back to babies in the blink of an eye. The last chat we had was a speed scraplift chat which I will be honest with you I have never attempted before! Chatting and scrapping?? Hmmmm! Anyway I thought what the heck, so we had to pick a LO from the gallery to scrap before the chat and so off I trotted to have a looksee. Well there was so much talent I was bewildered! I ended up picking this totally gorgeous page by Chris that I loved to bits called Groovy Chick. Ummmm I might have to re-think the level of difficulty next time! yikes it was a toughie but I was pretty happy with the end result!

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On other CT news Anna has been busy making some great new kits. First up is Country Club Kids - Ella
and here is my LO with it, my littlest sweeties first day of school!

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And the lovely Mari's Garden
And here is the page that I did with this cute kit
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Well not much other news from me for now - still no migraines so yay! and although Tasha and I are both battling a pesky cold at the moment all else is well here. We had the school fete this weekend and I ate too much chocolate fudge and fairy floss but we had a great time. Bella had her first fete where she didn't have to hang out with Mum and Dad (the drags!) and she spent the whole time screaming (I swear every single time I saw her she was screaming!) with her friends. Ahhh isn't it lovely to ditch the parents! We were there, we were just ignored LOL! Well until tasha's temp climbed again and she and i went home :) Ohhhh I just can't get my head around the fact that Bella is turning eleven in two days and I can't tell you how old I feel hahahaha

I had best go the closing ceremony is on and I might watch a bit before bed :) ta ta

13 August 2008


For any "non-scrapping" friends and family that might be reading, a TOOT, is something you say when you have something to show off about or brag about hahahaha, you know, like blowing your own horn LOL.

Well I just had to share this fabulous Toot of mine with you..... check this out ....... that's my page on the front page of Pickleberrypop!! OMG Toot toot! hahahaha
Lookee, I made Layout of the Week over at Pickleberrypop this week! yahoooo! I was so surprised and thrilled to be picked and to have an opportunity to show off Natalie's great products on the front page of one of the coolest scrapping sites around for a whole week. Wow, I'm just gob-smacked.

Well that's all from me for now LOL, I'm too overwhelmed to scrap at the moment in case it sucks haha. ta ta toot toot haha

11 August 2008

18th Wedding Anniversary

I followed a link at Pickleberrypop made by the lovely Sonia to this fun site called Wordle that makes totally fun word clouds.

And because it is my darling hubby and my 18th Wedding Anniversary today I made this Word Cloud there using two of Shakespeare's sonnets "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day" and "Let us not to the marriage of two minds admit impediment" :
He is my best friend, my companion, my rock, my love, he lifts me up when I'm down, and walks beside me on our journey through life, he is the loving father of my children and the keeper of my heart - he is my Tony. I love you to bits babe!

Ok enough mushy stuff ROFL, I have to let you know that since taking the blood pressure medication I have not had a twinge of a migraine, not one little twitch! How cool is that? It has taken nearly two weeks to get used to the medication though and I have felt very tired and sleepy but now I'm feeling lots better and I can manage to get through most of the day without falling asleep LOL. My blood pressure feels much more normal too and I can really feel the difference. Lots of other silly little things seem to have gone to, like the dizziness and nausea so I'm feeling pretty positive now about it, so far so good :).

On the girlie front, they had their athletics carnival on Friday just gone and they had a great time. I didn't get the day off work this year because I have missed so much work recently that I wasn't game to ask but Mum and Joe spent some time there and cheered them on so the girls were happy. My sweeties aren't athletes by any stretch of the imagination but they always do their best and I am always proud of them. Bella's crowning achievement for the day was a win in the girls relay, and although she didn't place in her individuals races she was just thrilled she didn't come last this year LOL. Tasha had a great time! I'm not sure where she came in her races but I'm also sure she didn't care in the least, she just had heaps of fun. And to cap it all off their house won the Athletics's carnival (which doesn't happen very often, we aren't the sporty house LOL) so they were really jazzed when they got home rofl!

I finally managed to do a page for Natalie's CT last night. I'm so lucky she hasn't sacked me during all this scrapping down time that I have been having with the migraines and the sleepiness but for some reason she likes having me around- ROFL!

Here is my page using the gorgeously fun and fresh Fruitie Patootie kit found here

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Just a quick comment to my pal Carol about the last post LO. Sorry I should have mentioned it in the post but the love birds are my Mother and my Step-Father, who have been together for 25 odd years and are still very snuggly and loving, I love catching happy snaps of the two of them LOL.

Well I had better get moving and head over to update the Natalie Bird Team Blog with some great information about one of our CT member Mirjam (schneeflocke) so It's good bye from me and it's good bye from him ... the other Ronnie (showing my age and preference for English TV shows now aren't I LOL)

07 August 2008

Because I love you......

Sometimes I just feel like doing a page just because..................
because I can,
because I want to,
because I love you.

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Love you both mwah mwah