Monday, December 28, 2009
My little family and I are taking a break to enjoy the summer sunshine, spend some time with our extended families, have a farmstay :) , do a little scrapbooking, stitch some stitches and generally just enjoy the month of January!
Thank you for visiting throughout 2009, and I'll be back in 2010 with (hopefully) lots of handmade goodness to share.
Somehow it doesn't seem right to end my post with the same letters as my heading, but.....
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I made these gorgeous little shoes for my newest nephew for Christmas. The pattern is from an older issue of Homespun magazine that I borrowed from the library...sorry I can't give credit to the designer :(
Thursday, December 24, 2009
To you and your family, have a very...
Hope you all have a wonderful festive season, and that Santa is good to you :)
Thank you for reading, for all your lovely comments during the year, and most of all for your friendship throughout 2009.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
DAY 18 (just for you Lisa and Linda!)...
...which was Friday night. DH and I were lucky enough to be invited to a Christmas Ball, and I can't tell you just how much fun it was to get dressed up and go out, just DH and I! I even bought some sparkly silver sandals to wear...Lydia was shocked and sort of disgusted (!!) that I would wear heels, which shows you just how often we go out ;)
However, a slower pace today has meant that I am almost up-to-date...here's what we've been up to.
Last Saturday we celebrated one of my beautiful friend's 40th birthday at our house...we had an absolute ball! Some of the girls (and their kids) stayed for a sleepover which was so much fun...must do it more often :) I added extra journaling space for this double page, as I wanted to include lots of photos.
...we had a little Christmas crafting session, and made the Basic Grey cupcakes from the Nook and Pantry line. I was wishing I had bought another kit, as they were so much fun to make! DAY 16 above is ruled up, ready to journal about our day spent visiting the kids old school. It's a little personal, so I will do that later :)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
For every $20.00 you spend you will go in the draw to WIN this amazing Sizzix Embossing Boutique!!
You will receive a Further 20% OFF all “Specials” items which will be on display in the classroom – That’s below cost!!!!
I made this polka dot double page last night...polka dots make me happy!
a cyclone warning current where he is, and that he may not make it...keep your fingers crossed for us!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
With the kids into their final few days of school, I have been working super fast to get organised. I finally sent out my Christmas newsletters yesterday, and they looked like this...
Little Christmas trees cut with my Slice, from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses papers, topped with a little bling. The middle tree is Bazzill Swiss Dots, highlighted with Kindyglitz for a little extra Christmas sparkle :)
...as Merryn had a picture in HER head of what they were going to look like, LOL, and would not be swayed. So here we have snowmen cupcakes, decorated with care by Merryn.
Not quite what I had in mind, but she was very happy with the finished result (which is really all that matters, right?)
...so easy, and so so cute! Riley took them to his class today. Lydia had to bring a savoury plate (which is not nearly so much fun!) and requested Cheesy Vegemite Scrolls...no photo, because they are pretty unexciting and un-Christmassy!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I looked at my kids laying beside me on a mat on our lounge room floor. Our hair was still wet from hours spent playing in the pool. We were watching a DVD and eating ice cream cones, resting after a hectic weekend spent with our closest friends.
And it suddenly occurred to me.
I am EXACTLY where I need to be :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm thinking not :) I saw this idea last year somewhere, and kept it stored away in my brain, ready to pull out and make my kids laugh their heads off this year! These are sure to tickle Lydia's funny bone (and quite honestly, it doesn't take much for that little gigglepot!) Merryn and I have been working on these this morning, ready to take them to Lydia's classroom this afternoon when we are on roster. I liked the full-on antlers (pictured above) but was out-voted...
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
So we have DAY 6...
I knew when I made these pages that the 6th would be busy, so allowed two pages and a journaling page instead of just one :)
We had the BEST day yesterday! Merryn had her friend over for the day, and she was such a funny little girl...had us laughing all day long! We made lots of cupcakes, ready for class parties and Christmas events. My hubby went to roster in Lydia's classroom, and created havoc I think :) They are doing Christmas activities each day, and he was in charge of the chocolate truffles...BIG mistake :) I'm going for Wednesday's activities...hope I have as much fun as he did!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Also a bit ridiculous is the fact that it's only the 7th of December, and already I am playing catch-up with my December Daily album...predictable, but ridiculous all the same.
So, here is where I'm up to...
and DAY 5...
Saturday, December 5, 2009
(I've blurred the face of Lydia's friend for this post)
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I bought these Creative Cafe tags from Tomorrows Memories a few weeks back in the hope of finding time to decorate them for Christmas :) I cut all the words and images from the MM Slice FaLaLa memory card...too easy!
Day 2 of December Daily...(this is called a "on-a-roll" LOL)
Riley snapped these shots of me doing Lydia's hair for her dance dress rehearsal last night...dance is a big part of our lives at the moment, so it's a perfect topic to include!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I love that the page took very little effort, since it was pre-made. Hate that I've still only done up to Day 10 in the album, and it doesn't have any covers yet LOL. Off to dance concert rehearsals....sigh...it must be December.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Whichever way you look at it, today IS December 1st, and that means (among other things in our house)....
...ADVENT CALENDARS! As you can see by the PJs, the advent calendars came out first thing this morning with much excitement and anticipation...Christmas is coming! The tree and decorations will be pulled out this afternoon, and then I really won't be able to deny how close it is :)
Panicking? Hmmmmm.....maybe :)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So here is my start...
I received these Cuttlebug embossed pieces as part of a swap over at Scrapsidaisy, and thought they would make a good start to the Christmas cards! The design above was inspired by the lovely Hope, who also received the swap goodies and made a simple but very classy card with her piece....thanks Hope!
This was another piece from the swap....such gorgeous folders!
So now a decision has to be made. Do I rush out and buy the folders so that I can make more (I usually choose a design and make them in bulk each Christmas) , or do I work with the supplies that I have on hand to create individual cards this year?
Do you make all your cards the same? Or do you create one-of-a-kind cards for everyone on your Christmas card list? Just wondering :)
Monday, November 23, 2009
I found the rings in my stash....peeerrrrfect colour :) I'm using rings on this album (rather than the Bind It All) because I want to be able to add more pages if required when we get to December. It's a bit hard to predict just how many photos or how much journaling I might want to add!
The journal page from the front...
As you can see, I'm not sticking with any particular brand as far as paper and embellishments go, just using stuff from my stash.
These ones are from Making Memories Paperie, the red strip is felt, and the pink and aqua are fabric pieces.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
And these little tags made my resolve even stronger....
Irresistable, really. So today I made a start...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Our plans for the weekend have been suspended due to sick kids, so I found myself with some unexpected time to scrap today (YAY!!!)
I was informed recently that everyone has their own little scrapbook except me!!! so I set to work on a little gift for under the Christmas tree..
The new Farm Fresh line from October Afternoon was so perfect for my little book about our trip to Landsdale farm with Merryn's Kindy a couple of months back.
I kept it very simple, as sometimes pretty embellishments are just too tempting for little Miss to resist pulling off :)
It didn't take too long to complete, and has me all inspired to continue with my Christmas pressies...inspiration that was desperately required at this point :)
A big thank you to Linda for hosting a lovely night of crafting last night...a night of laughter with like-minded girls is so good for my soul :)