Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Project Life ~ 22 March - 29 March

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you enjoy your time here at my blog!

22 March:

Today was a public holiday which was divine! We had a braai for lunch and it was absolutely delicious. I am not usually a big fan, but today I did myself a nice veggie parcel on the braai, and we also had some lovely garlic mushrooms. It was all so nice and tasty!!

23 March:

Today I went and purchased some lovely orange accessories to do up my dining room in a more warm and fall type theme. One of the things I needed was some grass from the veld. So I took my trusty helpers with me, and they cut the big bunches of grass I needed. This has to be my favourite photo of the year so far. I just LOVE it!!

24 March:

This grader is one of Caide's or Bryce's from years back. It has been safely stored away, and now it is going to be Jamie's. I love the fact that with quality toys they last long enough to hand down to each child. I know Jamie is going to get as much fun out of this as my older boys did!

25 March:

Today I wanted to take a photo of the new things I bought for our dining room. One of my passions is to do things around the house. I have gotten so much joy out of doing this. I love the way a few accessories can completely change the look and feel of a room. I am so happy with the way the orange has warmed up this room. Come on Autumn, we are ready for you!

26 March:

I love it when we have pizza for supper. It's so nice not to have to cook. A real treat for me. We get our pizza's from Tristar and they are delicious. I have the 4 Seasons with no olives.

27 March:

I love to break up the old bread to give to the birdies. In fact they wait for it. This morning I roped in the boys to help me. They did an excellent job!

28 March:

Today Caide and I had the "talk". It is hard to believe that one of my children is of the age that this needs to be done!! It is a scary thought for me. It went really well. Luckily I had borrowed some literature from Camilla which made the task much easier. I hope my son grows up being able to talk to me about all these things!

Thanks so much to those that take time to leave me a comment, I really do appreciate it!

Friday, March 26, 2010

New Sketch Challenge - ABSC 018

Hi all. It's Friday again (already!!), this week did really fly by because Monday was a public holiday here for us in RSA. The kids begin their Easter holiday today, so hopefully things will slow down a bit for the next 2 weeks.

So... we have another fab sketch to work with this week. This one was designed by my fellow DT member Jerusha. Suited my style of card perfectly!!

Here is the sketch:

For my card I used the main image from the "Helen's Party" set, I must admit this is one of my fav images because it is so perfect for a girl's birthday card. The sentiment is from the "Flowers with Love" set which is coincidentally the set which is up for offer as our prize for this challenge. This is another wonderful set and I see some of the DT girls have used this set for their card this week. I also added some lovely Olive Green Sprinkles for my bling. I love this colour Sprinkle and use them all the time, they are almost finished so I need to get me some more!! So here is my card from a few different angles, I am so happy with the way this one turned out!

I coloured my image in with my wonderful Copics, here are the colours I used:
Skin: E00, E11, R20
Hair: E31, E33
Shirt: G00, G02
Pants: B60, B63
Shoes: YR20, YR23
Grass: YG91

Please try and take part, you have 2 weeks to get your card ready, and the icing on the cake is that you could win a lovely stamp set. You can buy some Annabelle Stamps by clicking on the link in my sidebar, and there is also the link to the Bling Challenge where you can link your card.

Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Project Life ~ 15 March - 21 March

Thanks for stopping by my blog again this week. Hope you enjoy looking at my photos!

15 March

Today Bryce achieved another milestone in his swimming career. He swam 60 lengths and got his 1500m badge. He is only 8 and for him to swim 1.5km is quite an achievement!! He did it so well too, even though his legs were “wobbly” when he got out of the pool. I am so very proud of your commitment to all that you do my special boy!

16 March

Gran was saying that there are always too few photos of me in my Project Life album, so I made an attempt to do the photo in the mirror thing this morning. It really is not as easy as it looks!! Jamie and I had lots of fun trying to get it right though. Lots of laughs were had by both of us!

17 March

This is the gorgeous sight we woke up to this morning. It had rained last night, so it was wet and gloomy, and there was this stunningly dramatic cloud settled on the top of the mountain. We all stood at our bedroom window and watched it move its way down the mountain. Truly a breathtaking sight to start our day with. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

18 March

This is my latest knitting project and I am SO enjoying this one. The wool I am knitting with is called Passion for Purple, and the colours are gorgeous!! I got it from my friend Linda, but it is Carle’s wool. The pattern is Jaywalker socks and it is so much fun to knit, easy pattern with lots of impact. My knitting is a big part of my life!!

19 March

I got home from work today to find the lounge floor covered with blocks (and I mean covered!!). Jamie loves playing with his blocks, and I love watching him do so. I was just happy that he was up to playing! Last night he had been in absolute agony with a sore tummy. It was the strangest thing, he didn’t have a temp or anything, but there was this heat radiating from his stomach area. Thankfully he is much better today!

20 March

This morning I was smothered with loves from Bryce & Jamie. Bryce climbed on my back, and Jamie was on my front. They so enjoyed me carrying them both around. Caide slept out at at Janco’s last night, so it was just the 2 boys at home this morning. It was nice for Bryce & Jamie to just have each other to play with, and they had a ball together. Sometimes when it’s the 3 of them Caide & Jamie stick together, and Bryce is left out, so I was happy to have these 2 having quality time together.

21 March

I wanted to take a photo of one of our mundane tasks, cutting fingernails. Jamie’s seem to grow very quickly!! It isn’t a chore I dislike, because Jamie quite happily sits in my lap and lets me do what I need to do. This morning I roped Caide in to take the photo, and I am really impressed with the job he did. Just as good a photo as I would have taken!!

Thanks so much for stopping by again this week. If you haven't already, please add your name to my Followers list, I would love to see who are my regular visitors!! Hope the rest of your week is great!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Say it in ...

... green & blue. That's the theme we are working with this week. I love this colour combo, so really enjoyed putting together this spring inspired card (even though we are heading for Autumn here in South Africa!!) I used the lovely stamp set "Floral Stems" which is available from Annabelle Stamps. It really is a very versatile and pretty set, and you can use it to makes all sorts of cards. I used a computer generated title. I want to send this card to a couple who lost their baby a day after he was born. It really made me think about how blessed Ray and I are to have 3 healthy children. I also want to send out a message to my fellow DT gal Michelle, she is in hospital at the moment, and I just wanted her to know that I am thinking of her and sending her lots of love and prayers!!

So without further ado, here is my card:

Please stop by the other DT girls blogs to see their gorgeous green & blue creations. Their links are all in my sidebar. Remember you still have a week to take part in our Bling Challenge!! It is a lovely sketch to work with, and even better, you stand the chance to win a "Flourishes" stamp set, and a jar of yummy Sprinkles. The link to the Bling Challenge is in my sidebar.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mojo Mondays Sketch & Tales from Pollycraft Weekly Challenge

Hi everyone. Hope your Wednesday is treating you well. I seem to be settling into a routine this week, now that I am back at work with my hubby. Nice for my mornings to be a little less frenetic!

So today I am posting a card that qualifies for 3 different "challenges". The sketch I have followed is the latest one from the Mojo Monday blog. It was quite a challenging one this week, but I really enjoying working out of my normal comfort zone a bit! This is also my 2nd card I doing to try and get on the Tales from Pollycraft DT. The images that are available from Pollycraft are just adorable, and are just up my street. VERY cute!! The Pollycraft Challenge Blog is challenging us to create a card with sparkle on it. I used some lovely sparkly gold floss, sparkly gold bling around the circle, and used gold Stickles on the flame of the candle.

So anyway, moving along!! Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Thanks for stopping by, would love to know what you think of my card!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A card for the Teddy Stampers Challenge

Two posts in one day. Wow!! I made this card over the weekend. My fellow DT member Jerusha is involved with the Teddy Stampers site, and I wanted to make a card to take part in their weekly challenge. Apparently it was Mothers Day in the UK over the weekend, so the theme was to create a Mothers Day card using a cute teddy. I found just the teddy, which was a freebie from Tales from Pollycraft (the DT I am trying out for!!). Anyway, here is my card:

Hope you like my card, as much as I enjoyed putting it together!!

Project Life ~ 8 March - 14 March

Another Tuesday has rolled around, my the weeks are passing in a flash. Thanks for stopping by my blog to look at my photos again this week. I hope you enjoy your visit!!

8 March

The strelizia's are blooming beautifully at the moment. They certainly add beautiful colour to the garden. The front garden is made a much brighter place by these beautiful flowers in the bed in the middle of the garden.

9 March

I ADORE this photo I managed to capture of Jamie watching T.V., he is totally absorbed by the programme he is watching. I can't believe how quickly he is growing up. His face is changing and maturing so quickly, and he is becoming a real little boy now. Wish he would slow down!!

10 March

Bryce came home and showed me his excellent marks. He really is my academic child, and I am so proud of the pride he has in his work. I love the fact that he does his school work so conscientiously! Caide had a good sports day today. His cricket team played against Hamilton and they won their game convincingly. Caide scored a wonderful 18 runs. It was so much fun to watch!

11 March

Jamie had his first gala today, and it was the most adorable thing to witness. He is the little one in the middle with his arms up ready to dive!! He was so enthusiastic, and had a ball. It was a good day for me too, because today was my last swimming lesson. I am now officially down to one job, and I will now be able to dedicate myself to Ray and working with him.

12 March

I am LOVING my Copics right now. I am so enjoying my card making again, and colouring in my images with these little beauties is such a pleasure. I love seeing my collection growing, and all the beautiful colours just make me happy!!

13 March

I have been feeling grotty for over a week now, so I finally decided to go and see the doctor! He diagnosed sinusitis, no wonder my head has been feeling like its going to explode! Hopefully all this medicine will have me feeling better soon. I hate being sick!!

14 March

When I am feeling sick Ray makes me macaroni and cheese. It is my feel good food, and he really cooks this meal well. It was delicious as usual, and it was so nice to not have to worry about the cooking for a change. I am not a huge cook!! Give me my hobbies any day!

Thanks so much for stopping by again this week. I love it when you come and visit! Hope you have a good week ahead of you. Would love for you to become a Follower! Thanks so much. Smiles x

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Copic Creations & Friday Sketchers Card

Hi all. Wow, posting 3 days in a row, must be a record for me!! It's almost 6am on Sunday morning here in South Africa. Having a 2 year old doesn't allow for sleeping in time for Mom!! So while I was up and about I thought I may as well post a card!

I am extra happy with the way this card turned out!! I really enjoyed colouring the image and following the sketch from Friday Sketchers. It was a fun one to work with. The challenge over at Copic Creations was to use green on your card to celebrate St Pattys day. I used my 2 fav greens on Bella's pants YG91 & YG95, and on her parcels G02 & G21, I used some lovely green & pink p.p which is what I based my colouring on. I cut the leaves out with my new Slice "Think Pink" design card, added some flowers and the bling are pink Sprinkles which are from Annabelle Stamps.

Here is the sketch we had to follow:

And here is my card:

Would love to know what you think of my card!! I LOVE reading your comments. Enjoy what's left of the weekend. It's supposed to be a cooler day today, lovely!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tales from Pollycraft DT call

Hope you are all having a good weekend so far. I have been feeling grotty for a week, so I am off to the doctor shortly!

While I was doing some blog surfing yesterday I was checking out the Tales from Pollycraft site, and noticed that they are having a DT call. I did a little happy dance. I love this site, and the images that they give away are always so cute. And you know me, I love cute!! I had to try out!! They are giving away 2 images, and then you have to make a card with one of the images to try out.

I decided to use the adorable "Codi" image, this little girl has style. She was so easy to colour in with my Copics, and I had fun putting this card together! So here is my card from a few different angles:

I really hope Paula likes my card, and will consider me for a position on her awesome DT. Please stop for a moment and have a look around the rest of my blog. Hold thumbs for me o.k!

Friday, March 12, 2010

ABSC017 - Bling Challenge Time Again.

Hi All. It's Friday, which means its time for our Bling Challenge over at Annabelle Stamps. As with our previous challenge this one will also run for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time to make your card, so no excuses! The sketch this week is a great one, and I really enjoyed working with it. It was designed by Teresa, another of our fab DT girls. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card from various angles. I think I have finally worked out the best way to photograph my cards (thanks Sue)!! The image and sentiment I used is the adorable one from the "I can fly" set, this set was up for offer for our challenge last week. I also used some lovely rich red Sprinkles. For our challenge this fornight, the set you can win is the "Flourishes" set as well as a jar of Sprinkles!!

We would love for you to take part. All you need to do is follow the sketch and add some bling to your card. We had good numbers for the last challenge, lets try and beat that! If you are looking to buy any Annabelle Stamps, or some yummy Sprinkles just click on the Annabelle Blinkie in the sidebar. Hope you can play along!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Project Life ~ 1 March - 7 March

Thanks for stopping over for a visit again this week. So far my Project Life is going well, and since deciding to take part I haven't missed a day!! So without further ado here are my photos for the week:

1 March '10:
I love this photo of Jamie with his new short hair. I gave him a hair-cut in the bath last night. We told him he looks like a real boy, and now he says his name is Real Boy. He is so funny!

2 March '10:
We had a mishap today with Bryce spilling tea on the chest in the top lounge. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because inside I found 2 crocheted blankets that I had all but forgotten about. The pink one my Gran made for me when I was a little girls, and the other I crocheted years ago. How wonderful to discover lost treasures!

3 March '10:
This afternoon the boys got down to business and polished their school shoes by themselves for the first time. Bryce had insisted that I buy polish and a brush so they could make their shoes shiny and clean for their school photos the next day.

4 March '10:
Since moving the boys back to Uelzen they have missed quite a few swimming lessons. Today Caide heard that they were doing badges, and he insisted on going. One of his friends J.J. was going for his 2500m badge so of course he had to go for his too. (My competitive son!). We settled in at the pool, me with my notebook to mark off the 100 lengths he had to swim!! He of course made it, and swam his 2500m in a time of 1h 2min's. So proud of you big boy!

5 March '10:
Jamie needed a pee, so I opened the back security gate to let him go outside to have his pee in the garden. As I was helping him take his pants off he casually said "look at that big spider". I nearly had a heart attack. There on the door frame, right where I had just unlatched the door was this huge rain spider!! Of course I had to take a photo! I then managed to get the spider into an empty ice-cream tub, and we let it go in the veld across the road.

6 March '10:

The bane of Ray's existence right now is our swimming pool! The pool we inherited when buying the house is a 25 year old plastic lined pool. So needless to say, the plastic is splitting left right and centre, and we are losing water almost continually! Today Ray was in the chilly water trying to find a hole to fix. After about 30 minutes in the pool he had to admit defeat, he couldn't find the hole!!

7 March '10:
The boys have spent a lot of time playing in the tree this weekend. They were having a blast doing their best Tarzan impressions. They love it when I take photos of them doing their various activities, and today was no exception! I had to take about 5 photos before I got just the right shot!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog again this week. I am really enjoying being a part of this special community! I would love for you to become a follower of my blog.