Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Its A5 in size, and the photos are printed at 6x8 (its so fun to see the photos blown up larger than normal!) and you know what else is great? That I have made a year-in-review as the year has gone along, and its nearly finished already. Unlike the 2007 review album I decided to make, and I haven't finished yet!
Here's one more thing I discovered on my daily foray into the internet...
It's actually a scrapbooking stamp, I wish I could have it automatically filled and put on the back of each photo as its printed. I got a HEAP of photos back from the printers (Mar - June! how far behind am I?!) and they never put them in the packets in order, or anything remotely sensible like that.... saving sorting and filing them away for the next rainy day!
As another footnote, I have decided to file any the the excess photos away in photo boxes for giving away or scrapbooking, in an attempt to get my everyday photo albums a little more "streamlined"! So that's on my shopping list, some photo boxes from Crazy Clarkes or some similar cheap shop!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
In all seriousness, how easy would that be? Strips of yummy fabrics, sew 'em together, and some quilting to hold it together...the possibilities are endless... Like this gorgeous raggy boy's cot quilt. By the time I get around to making this for my boy, he'll be in high school.Or there's this one. I think this one would be for any future neices that might come along. Mind you, I think I'll be in a walking frame before my brothers decide to produce any offspring (ones we know about!)
Now THIS one...this one thrills my inner girl... My girls are still the right age for this gorgeous concoction of yumminess. I could eat it....I wonder what my husband would think about sleeping under this?! I particulary love the scalloped edge.I was going to post something else as well, completly unrelated, but I will save that for another day. This post completley grew and spread at random, once I delved into the depths of my computor's picture files...who new I had saved so many things that inspired me!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I've been working (and I can hear my husband chime in here, with a raised eyebrow and very querious tone as to my definition of "working") on our annual Christmas newsletter - some people love 'em, some people hate 'em. Personally, I love getting more than just a perfunctory "to/from" Christmas card - I like something MORE! Even if I am only just sending a card, I try to write inside the cover something more personal for the recipient.
I digress - I haven't got far on the letter - I'm stuck on the design of the pretty bits, let alone the content! This is what I've come up with so far, which I probably will use as I will run out of time to get the thing posted if I dilly-dally any longer ("don't sweat on the small stuff"! I can hear you saying!)
So be prepared to see this in your email inbox, or in your mail one day soon, family and friends! I did have plans for a cute little Christmas card, but my plans usually stay just that - plans - due to the overwhelming nature of my everyday - laundry, cleaning (or thinking about it!) bookwork and garden. Oh, and of course - CHILDREN ! (good lord, how could I forget them!) I so need a maid. Or to organise my life!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
I keep compressing my files so they come up too small...sorry. I'll get the hang of it sooner or later!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
And here's another one, taken on the same day. Not sure WHAT was going on with Kate, but anyhow, the photo didn't start out looking old and westerny. Ran a cool little action on it, which I think would work great on most brightly lit photos, especially outdoorsy working-in-yards type.
Anyhow, I have a heap of photos to download and sort from our neice's recent christening, so best be getting started. Gotta love my sister in law's attention to detail - the balloons, the napkins, the plates, cups and even the plastic cutlery, all matched. And the little cupcakes, celebrating the same neice's birthday at the same time, perfect. Sigh. Stay tuned, I'll share some of the details.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
My car still out of action with its strange electrical problem, which is causing some logistical problems. Luckily there was no swimming lessons for Kate on Tuesday arvo, but I still had to go to town. So the girls got to have an afternoon at the Rankines, and I took the grey toyota to town (Trevor was in his fathers, took their motorbike in)...the number of people that waved to me! Angus went to Dr, got his 18 months (I didn't think he was that old!) chickenpox needle..the locum was good at needles as he didn't flinch, cry or anything! Bit different to our last needle experience!
Got the kids new saddle in the mail so we had to try it out. Took more time getting ready to go than riding, but they loved it! Walked over to Rankines, pushing the pram and leading. David trimmed the horses feet, and made Whiskers two stone lighter (Whiskers did not seem impressed with his surgery, but walked home with little side effect!) No-one fell off, though Cloud did sneeze and have a shake, which gave Georgie a bit of excitement. She also kicked up at Georgie when we let them go (Georgie was doing something she was told not to...typical!)
Georgie has the most natural seat on her pony, and will have good hands. Kate has much better balance than Georgie now, can bounce along quite well without going off the side.
Swimming carnival on Friday; got the car running with instructions on how to remove the battery terminal connection whenever I stop the car; and armed with little spanner we went to town. Kate had three "races" assisted by the bigger kids. Perhaps swimming may be her forte, as she really loves it. Quite proud of her ribbons and certificate of particpation.
Having a deal of trouble with the chickens not staying in the run..little stinkers. Kids and I ran around madly Saturday arvo trying to get a couple in; eventually gave up in disgust as the offsiders wouldn't "GO BACK" when instructed. Evidentlly the myall chickens weren't impressed either; they went and sat in the highest branch of the she-oak tree for a good while afterwards! Their turn will come....perhaps they need to be reminded of where their father went (into Joyce's cooking pot!)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I am doing something a little similar, though in monthly format, retrospectivley, for 2007. Except I am using 5 photographs, and am having a whole lot of trouble remembering the "little moments" behind some of the photos. I think that by selecting a weekly photo, and making notes(even just making a point of doing a one page summary in a diary) and assembling it all later, those little things that seem rather important at the time, will be remembered. Anyhow, in the spirit of my new "Be Organised" resolution (see one of those posts below!) I am going to give it a red hot go. New problem: now just which photo will feature...
In other news, Kate started school on Tuesday and is loving it! (didn't have any doubts that she wouldn't actually!) Only problem she has is with the running (her "legs hurt") which may be related to a problem that we think she's had since she started walking, or else its just that she's inherited her mother's speed of foot (ie none)! I have downloaded the photos, just not edited them (see, at least I am TRYING to stay organised!)
Til next week, or earlier if I get really excited...!
Friday, January 25, 2008
It is, as Kate requested, heart shaped, but it is there that the similarity to the imagined concotion of delight that I envisioned and reality ended. I endevoured to make a rainbow cake, with delightful swirls of colour banded throughout the cake (I have to say I followed no instructions!) but instead it seems to resemble the ice cream pies that we used to make as kids (stirred and semi melted icecream with hundreds and thousands; no wonder our mother used to walk away!). Baked fine, definatley edible (if you close your eyes).....husband brought home the requested marshmallows so that I could decorate with delightful flowers as depicted in the ever misleading Australian Women's Weekly Book of Impossibly to Replicate Birthday Cakes. However he melted them on the way home (a whole other post!) So, me thought, I can do something ELSE creative.....which has lead to the frighteningly pink and rather poorly crafted cake as seen above. I know that she won't care, as long as it has five candles on it, but I rather wanted to have made a cake that was fitting to grace the pages of Donna Hay or feature as part of our life in the bush in Australian Country Style.
Anyhow, it shall be consumed in fine style tomorrow as we spend our Australia Day morning on the banks of the hopefully still running river, dipping our toes in its crystal waters and slapping away the odd five thousand mossies and sandflies.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I did have big plans to do some scrapbooking tonight, as the girls are visiting granma (marvellous how just a few hours without that NOISE has soothed my soul already!) but the insects are so bad I think I shall have to turn the lights out and watch some TV instead. More rain a'coming I do so believe.
Off to dream of a more organised life....with colour coded index tabs!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Also, go and check out this for pretty and affordable beaded bracelets - one for each outfit! The website is still a work in progress, but still you can see her work and details.