Saturday, 21 August 2010

A Double Page

I've managed to sneak in a bit of scrapbooking this weekend and I have done two layouts that go together but could be viewed as two separate entities.
And they are going in my count for the Blue Bazaar Crop Bootcamp.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Intergenerational Friendship FTW

One of my friends and I decided that you can have more than one best friend and I DO.
I am loving the intergenerational friendship that is developing as I grow older and here is a layout that 'celebrates' (for want of a better word) that friendship.

And then my friend suggested that I really should be in the photo, and seeing as the journalling really called for that, I digitally changed it forthwith - It was a bit tricky but it does the trick, wouldn't you say.

Journalling reads: Sharing the joys of grandmotherhood is the next stage of friendship through the generations.

I'm going to be a grandmother any day!!!!

PS FTW Definition, thanks to - FTW today commonly stands for "For the Win". It is an expression of enthusiasm. "FTW" is the same as saying "this is the best" or "this item will make a big difference, I recommend using it". Examples would include: "anti-lock braking, ftw!", "spellchecker, ftw!", and "low-carb diets, ftw!"
So.... Intergenerational friendship FTW. :)

Getting Warmed Up

I'm getting warmed up for the Blue Bazaar Crop Bootcamp.
It officially begins on September 1st but Blue Bazaar has released 5 initial PageMaps to start us on our way. You don’t have to wait until September 1st to get started so I got started. :)

Here's my first layout based on Layout 4. I really, really enjoy using up my offcuts and this time was no exception.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Bottled Sunshine

Yesterday Annelise and I seized the opportunity to make some jam.

Should we leave the/some pips in the jam? Whaddayareckon?

P.S. It's Pear and Passionfruit jam!!!
We have an abundant supply of passionfruit/s at the moment.
Want some?

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Cooking Creation

On a very rare occasion I would watch a snippet of MasterChef as I walked past the lounge room. On those rare occasions I often learnt something.

For instance, I learnt that you should put the oil on the meat not in the pan (but I don't know why) and I learnt how to make spun sugar.

One other thing I noted was that we (that's Caitlin and me!) could make up our own Scotch Egg styled recipe, having been inspired by Adam and his Prawn Scotch Egg with a Coconut, Chilli Sambal.

So Cait and I mulled on the idea for a few weeks, waited for a time when we had chicken mince and the time needed to create.

That all came together this evening (well the idea and the chicken mince. The time was a little lacking but we persevered).

And now I present Cheggs!

Cheggs get the thumbs-up and a high-five and a bargaining request to have them once a month.

What do you think?

Hope your dinner was this much fun.


Oh, and I forgot to say...
They're baked, not fried!!!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Free Time

I did a little bit of scrapbooking. It only took me a week! And it wasn't in my free time!

I've started taking my camera with me more often nowadays. And I took my phat lens with me as well. It's not that crash hot for moving subjects but it is certainly great for low light. I made the most of it.

The kids, along with other homeschoolers, do gymnastics at Australian Academy of Gymnastics at Belmore. What a grand name, eh? It's a grand building (you can look it up and check it out on Google Maps Street View) and very much like Armidale Town Hall inside, except that it is decked out with foam mats, trampoline and gymnastics equipment. You can get an idea of what it looks like in the photo on this page.
Hennyway. Reuben is prepared to endure all sorts of bending and stretching so that he can enjoy the thrill of jumping off the stage, or off the pillar, into the foam pit in free time.
And I managed to capture this happening adequately.
So there you go.

I am continually inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I particularly like how she paints her titles onto her pages - like this one (I can't find the one I'm thinking of) and decided to loosen up my layout just a little by doing the same. 'twas fun. And easy.


P.S. I don't think Reuben is prepared to endure the pain of a broken foot (which he may or may not have) so he won't be doing this for a few weeks until his foot is better :(


I have a folder under Photo Themes called Oddities. It's for those photos that really can't be categorised elsewhere.
Here is my latest instalment.

Have you seen the likes of this before?
Me neither!

I've done a bit of Google searching and the closest thing is this - we do have pigeons hanging about our place and making an awful din on a sunny day. And it does look a little bit like a bird poop.

So that brown thing was stuck fast in the blue and it looks very much like a seed pod of some kind and if you look closely you can see some seeds nearby. I have no idea what the pigeon has eaten but that sure is the brightest blue I've seen in a long time - and right here in my back yard!!!

Just thought I'd tell you.