30 December 2008

A little something for you ....

Well today was another quiet one here at my place, the family is still away - but boy was it a hot and humid one, and apparently tomorrow will be worse - 34C!! YUCK! I will almost be glad to be at work tomorrow in the air-conditioning. I haven't done much around the place today, some washing of sheets and towels and I watched the last movie of The lord of the rings this afternoon. My all time favorite movie, ever ever! I still cry like a baby at the end - silly hey?

But I am really just popping in to let you know I have actually been a little productive over the last couple of days and I wanted to share my flurry of activity with you. Over at DST one of the Aussie girls let out a call for Summery desktops for January because lets face it people, all the lovely freebie ones are all sparkling and glistening with snowy prettiness, which while nice in the right setting, looks damn odd on a computer where the owner has a line of sweat rolling down her back while she creates LOL.

So Annette being the wonderful and motivated person that she is asked the CT to come up with some Summery goodness for all our Down Under kin and well, as I had nothing else to do, I stuck up my hand ROFL! As soon as I saw the Summery theme I thought of Sharon's fabulous Beach Play kit over @ Pickleberrypop. So off I went and here is the result: Umm did I mention it was free??

If you like it click on the image and it will take you to the PBP store where you can get it for free! How cool is that? I am so in love with the preview Annette made for it! Isn't it the most fab thing you have seen?? I am so excited, I never thought that I would ever see anything I created in a store, anyway enough gushing from me!

Talking of Sharon - have you been over to her Etsy store yet??

It is called Sugared Bling and there are some absolutely gorgeous earrings in there that have been made by Sharon and her talented daughter Tash. I have drooled over these earrings for a while now but one of my fabulous friends sent me a pair for Christmas which I love to bits (seriously woman I don't know how you knew!!!!). So if you are in the mood for some totally adorable handmade earrings head on over to Sharon's Sugared Bling, you will be glad you did!

Well it is still stinking hot here and I have a line of sweat rolling down my back but in a minute I will be looking at my lovely Summery Desktop (yes the preview image is the one that is on my computer too LOL) and hopefully feeling a bit cooler. If that doesn't work I am going to put on the air-con in my bed room and head off early tonight - so ta ta from me!

29 December 2008

Is it wrong?

Well.............IS it wrong to waste the quiet time you have been given by your family going away for a few days by either sitting in front of your computer or watching movies? Seriously Mum and I only made it through the first two extended Lord of the Rings movies (Nearly 7.50 hours of movies magic!!) yesterday before we collapsed from exhaustion LOL! But itsn't it funny that when they (the kids and hubby) are here all I want is some peace and quiet to do what ever I like but when I CAN do whatever I like I just don't know what to do with myself! But I DO know I am sure as heck not doing any housework LOL - thank heavens for msn otherwise I would be lonely as well as bored ha ha. Thanks for saving me from my own company Deb LOL!

With New Year fast approaching I have been fiddling around thinking about resolutions for next year and I have decided that I might try to do the Project 365 again. I know I struggled early on into it this year but I noticed that while I was doing the project I had heaps of photos to scrap with and then as the time went by I had less to choose from - so I have decided that it behooves me as the member of a CT to do this project! Well I need SOME sort of motivation don't I :) - anyway we shall see what happens with that won't we.

One of my serious New Years resolutions for 2009 is to lose some weight and to try to manage my blood pressure without the medication! I have finally gotten the medication all out of my system and I am having my good and bad days as my blood pressure goes up and down like a roller coaster! SO as I am now the proud owner of a super cool Cross-Trainer I have no excuse not to exercise. Isn't it great? Bella has decided that you aren't serious about working out unless you have your mp3 player going full belt - I have even set myself up a rocking playlist on my Nano so that I can hop on and be driven by the beat! You would laugh if you could hear my songs - Black Eyes Peas, Flock of Seagulls, and a bit of AC/DC just to name a few haha but it gets my motor running and thats the main thing. I would REALLY really like to be a bit thinner for my beach holiday at the end of January and that is going to need a bit of motivation on my part to shake of the bad eating habits of the Xmas break and get back on track! But I can do it - well I think I can LOL!

And one of my other serious resolutions is to be a bit more ummm "real life" I guess is the best way to put it. I have some super fantastic real life friends who really don't "get" this whole on-line life of mine and I feel that perhaps I haven't been there as often as I have tried to be for my on-line friends. I'm not sure, maybe it IS easier sending a loving email than picking up the phone, I'm really not sure but I haven't been as present in their lives as I feel that they deserve - soooo I resolve to make late night calls, and send loving notes via snail mail and visit with those people who are both the rock and anchor of my real life.

But that does not in anyway lessen my love and affection for the wonderful on-line friends I have made. I can't tell you how very treasured and remarkable these wonderful people make me feel. Come on you all know who you are - BIG HUGS to you all! Even those of you who are notoriously bad posters *cough* Deb!!! ROFL

Anyway I had best go as while I have vowed to not do any housework today I DID wash all the sheets and it is beginning to cloud over so I had best get my lazy bottom off this chair and downstairs to the line. Take care!

27 December 2008

Fantastic festive fare!

Merry Christmas and a very, VERY happy New Year to all my blog readers (yes the two of you hahaha) I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!!!


It's been a while I know, sorry about that. This time of year is a busy one for us - we have hubby and Tasha's birthdays both on the 9th December and then before I know it I turned around and Christmas was right upon me! Added to the mix this year, I applied for a new job and my lovely In-Laws came to stay for Christmas LOL so yes, hectic is the word I'm looking for LOL!

So - Tasha and hubby's birthday went off without a hitch. No birthday party for her this year but she had a fabulous day anyway. I took the day off work and we made a cake and set up an afternoon tea for her. Grandma and Grandpa came over to share in the treats and none of us can believe our sweetie is finally seven! She was hideously spoilt and ended up with what amounted to a small fortune in gift cards and cash, and we had to rush out to Toy R us that afternoon and spend some of it haha! It has taken ages and AGES, well as far as she is concerned it has anyway - she can legally sit in the front seat of the car now!! BUT now it is on for young and old each time we go to the shops over who sits in the front of the car with me!!!

And here is Tasha about to blow out the candles on her cake! I did take lots of photos but it was a bit overcast that day and the photos appear very grainy - rats!

Next up in my "wow life is busy" saga was the new job. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not that keen on changing jobs. My motto has long been "better the devil you know ..." LOL and I stayed over ten years in each of my first two jobs. But I have allowed temptation to take me and after only 9 months at my current job I am moving on to what (I hope) is going to be my dream payroll job. It's only three days a week (one day a week less than I am now) and I will be looking after the end-to-end payroll for 250 people by myself so I am pretty excited! I start on the 28th Jan after our beach break. I have been pretty stressed over telling my current boss about my deciding to leave and I was feeling a bit blue about it but I am finding it gets easier as the days go by, hopefully she will forgive me in time LOL and now I am trying to focus on the new job and I am trying to feel less guilty!

My parents-in-law arrived the Tuesday before Christmas and my MIL helped get things ready for Christmas dinner. It was lovely to have help getting all the salads and stuff ready on Christmas Eve afternoon, things were so much more relaxed on the big day. My MIL loves to go to Church at Christmas so we all toddled up to our local for Children's Mass on Christmas Eve and I even managed to drag hubby along, oh my was it packed! We had to go into the adjoining hall because there was no room in the church for everyone - luckily they had a live video feed so we didn't feel too left out ROFL!

As to the big day itself - what can I say? The kids were up early and opened Santa's presents on our bed before their poor Dad had even cracked open an eyelid! Next it was complete bedlam as the present opening went into full swing when Nanna and Poppy got up. It was a great day, the kids got way too much as always and they are desperately in love with their Wii and the games. the Wii turned out to be a great crowd pleaser and we had not only the kids playing but all the grandparents as well LOL the funniest thing was seeing my MIL playing a game of snooker with hubby - I was worried she might throw out her shoulder or something lmao!

Santa very wisely gave them an extra remote and nunchuck (sp?) so that there would be no fights LOL. Linner (lunch around Dinner time) with Nanna, Poppy, Grandma and Grandpa was fabulous and we all ate much too much. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!

Ahhhhh and now another Christmas has come and gone and all that is left is a rubbish bin full of crushed wrapping paper and shorts that are now too tight LOL. Roll on New Years Eve.

In amongst all this I have been trying to scrap a bit as now I am officially part of the PBP site CT (woohoo!) as well as Right Hand Gal at PBP and seeing as we have no newsletter for December I thought I should earn my keep some how ROFL! It certainly is no real effort to CT for the designers over at Pickleberrypop, they are all such talented ladies!!

So here are some LOs that I have whipped up over the last week or two:

My Wild Child - using DYP design's sumptuous new kit Viridian - I HAD to use this photo of Tasha as it suited the colours of this beautiful kit perfectly!

Credits here

We Wish You a Merry Christmas - using Victoria Greenlees's adorable Crafty Christmas kit. I did this LO for Kirstie's fun template Challenge! Loving those cute tree shapes LOL

Credits here

Love that Tree - using Krisitn Aagard's fabulous kit "Twas! I did this page for Sharon's great Christmas Challenge over at Pickleberrypop that challenged us to scrap Christmas through "new eyes". I had to do Bella's fist Christmas and her love affair with the Christmas Tree!

Credits here

And last but not at all least - A Magic Wood, using Dawn Inskip's fun and inspiring Woodland Doodles and Wild Thing papers : it was such a fun page to make!

Credits here

Well that will have to be all from me for now as my family (sniff sniff) are all away for a few days - thye left today - and I have decided to take myself off to bed early to sulk LOL! My Mum and Step-Dad are coming over early tomorrow and we are going to have the whole day given over to watching all the Lord of the Rings movies - all extended versions and guaranteed to take approximately 12-13 hours ROFL so I need my sleep tonight!!! I shall go to my sleep tonight to dream of Legolas and Aragorn and their gorgeous eyes! So ta ta!!

09 December 2008

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas ....

There are toys in all the stores and even some in my cupboard right up the very back where sticky fingers and curious eyes can't find them *wink*. Yes I have very nearly completed my Christmas shopping, just a S.A.N.T.A gift for the girls and presents for Nana and Poppy and Grandpa and I am all done yahoooo. I have the tree up and decorated and I have nagged hubby about getting the outdoor Xmas lights up (to no avail so far sadly!) but I confess that I haven't started on the Christmas cards yet sigh! I really really REALLY need to start this BUT ......

I did do a couple of Christmas pages so I AM feeling the Christmas spirit moving I just need to get motivated to sit down and write up the cards!

The lovely and talented KateF very kindly let me have a play with her GORGEOUS Stocking Stuffer Grab bag which is just jam packed with some of the most fabulous stuff. My special favorite is the Raining Deers kit - yes there is a whole kit in that grab bag ACTUALLY there are !!!! Check it out here! Or click the preview ...

Isn't the preview cute? Dawn Inskip, one of our clever designers at PBP designed it for the Stocking Stuffers! So cute!!

The minute I saw Kate's bag I knew exactly what I was going to do with it! Now I don't usually scrap myself because the girls are much prettier than me but it was a story that had to be told ROFL!

Credits here

I had to do the fun Sing-A-Song of Christmas Challenge at Pickleberrypop and of course I had to scrap my all time favorite song - Silent Night. Silent Night was always a favorite of mine when it came to Carol by Candlelight nights and I would always sing as loudly as I could so that I could hit the high notes . But when I had Bella the song became more than just a lovely Christmas Carol – it became a symbol of the beauty, hope and innocence of children – and it became even more special to me.

Silent Night
Credits here

And my last bit of scrapping for the week is this page I did for the latest Pickle Jar Challenge that wanted us to scrap about our traditions at Christmas. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the placing of the Angel on the tree. One of the girls gets to put it on the tree and the other one takes it off after Christmas. The next year they swap over. Part of the tradition is that my DH has to lift them up so that they can reach the top. I noticed this year that Bella is getting a bit big for the lifting part of this particular tradition

Placing the Angel
Credits here.

Ok that's all from me right now - I will be back later because it's a special day today and I will post in more detail later on. But at the moment I actually want to be PART of the special day and not just talking about it on here iykwim?

So ta ta from me for now :)