Monday, October 27, 2008

Oops - 3 weeks!

Didn't realise it had been 3 weeks since a post - oops!

Lots of things have been happening my end. Here's a quick summary :

* My parents, sister and nephew have all been over to Melbourne to visit so we've had a trip to the Zoo, and to the beach, shopping, fishing, picnics and all sorts, so I should have some photos to post once I get a chance to look on my camera (and Dan's :-P). Lots of fun!

* Alannah has started her school orientation visits for next year, so she's starting to get excited. I've managed to buy half of her school uniform requirements, just have to pick up a few logo-d tees and a jacket. I can't believe my baby girl is going to school next year - although she is definitely ready for that next step!

* I clocked over to the big 3-0 - aarrgghh!! hehe...I'm actually quite okay with it, but it's just a momentous thing to click over into a new decade of life :-P

* I've made it through to Round 8 of the Scraptacular Comp - SYTYCS - which is very exciting. I will find out on Wednesday if I have made it through to the next round or not. From here on in, anything is way more than where I expected to get - the competition is just so tough! Here is my round 7 and round 8 entries :

* I'm suppose to be teaching at the Papercrafts Festival this weekend, in Sydney. A weekend away from the family - bizarre :-P Just waiting on flight confirmations from the team in Sydney. Hmmm..I wonder what Sydney's weather will be like...Looking forward to meeting so many people there.

* Nothing has really happened with the house, although I must say that I am loving my spring garden - snapdragons, french lavender (I think it's french :-P), orange mexican blossoms and pansies - all so pretty and fresh and lovely. Here's a little pic :

And here's just a photo that I like of Alannah with the daisy chain garland in her hair, that she made with her grandma. What a cutie!

Ok, I think I'm off to bed now. I'm reading a great book at the moment by Liane Moriarty, so can't wait to get back into it - am half-way through. Have a fab week!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Challenges A-plenty :-P

I have had a fantastic scrapping weekend. My hubby has been away for two nights, working on his uncle's new house, which is about 1 1/2 hours away, so to save travel time & costs, he just stayed down there. So that really allowed me the time to scrap away with friends and by myself. The kids have been really well behaved, which is another bonus :-)

So, first up is the first finals round, Round 5, in the SYTYCS comp over at Scraptacular - woo hoo - can't believe I made it through this far. I'm very excited about it though. This was a REAL challenge - an arty/free-style type layout and it had to have : * at least one odd edge, *paint (excluding painting chipboard embellishments/words), * doodling, *title must be hand-written/handmade (at least 75% of the title must meet this criteria) and *it must include an everyday or thrift item. So here is my effort :

And here is a close-up of the wire word 'all' that I made :

Next layout up is one of the cyber-crop challenges over at the Scrap Therapy ROCtober CC. This was for challenge 3, and was a sketch which I flipped, and it also had to have music visible on the layout - I've used Love Elsie paper. This layout is of my gorgeous friend Kate's baby girl - Abby Grace - she's so sweet and perfect.

And finally, this last layout is for the 1,2,3 Challenge Blog for October. This month we actually were given 4 things of which we could choose 3 to include. I've included hand-stitching, a garden theme (the photo) and a little animal embellishment (gotta love the new Sass Lass chipboard - so adorable!). Alannah's name actually means "fair and beautiful" so I thought the title perfect for this photo. For a change, I actually just popped some journaling on the back, in pencil.

I'm still really loving the Basic Grey Urban Prairie range, but I just got my hands on a lot of the new Sassafras Lass ranges, as well as some of the KI Memories Sheer Delights. The sheer delights are really different - they kind of feel like thin place-mats. I'm still yet to have a proper play with them, but they look very cool. Ruey at Kiti Q has a huge range of them.

Ok, I'm off to scrap some more....well, after I fold a load of washing.

Enjoy your Sunday!