Sunday, 31 October 2010


Who'd have thought I would do a post on Hallowe'en?!

I'd be surprised if we don't get a few knocks on the door with costume-bedecked kiddies asking for a trick or a treat. This is what they will get if they do - a simple ATC-sized card with a fashionable skull and cross bones on it. I didn't realise how hard it was to draw until I tried this!

This is what one person has to say about Hallowe'en.

It's odd, isn't it, that Hallowe'en is such a big deal in our secularized society in America today? In the pre-Modern world the threat of impending death from plagues and wars, as well as uncontrollable disease, loomed large in people's daily lives. Death could not be ignored. Themes of the Last Judgment, Heaven, Hell were on people's minds, and the art of the period illustrates this. Consciousness of personal sin, repentance, confession and penance and the Church's role in forgiveness of sins influenced the spiritual life and devotion of most Catholics.
The omnipresent reality of death, almost daily experience of it, and people's authentic religious beliefs about it, along with ignorance and superstition and folk legend, led to an attitude toward death that often seems primitive, bizarre and alien to us, now.
Paradoxically, though, in our contemporary world — justly called a "Culture of Death" — people often seem to be "in denial" about death. As a culture, we avoid not only avoid coming to grips with personal sin and the consequences of evil, but we deny the spiritual value of the suffering and pain associated with dying, which are a part of the human condition.

 Then there's this informative article about Hallowe'en.

What will you being doing on this hallowed evening?
Me? Chatting with the children about the great gift that God has given us in the Lord Jesus Christ - and how Christ's death has set us free from sin and death and hell -  while we await the arrival of the dreaded chicken pox!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Sunday Special

There wasn't enough time to squeeze waffles and pancakes between soccer presentations today so we're having something different.
I saw this post and combined it with Caitlin's desire to make something with the pastry we have and this is the result.

Not quite as good looking as Alisa's but definitely a good tasting treat in our household.
Four different fillings - plain brown sugar, carob, sultanas, choc chips. Take your pick :)

Friday, 22 October 2010

Beautiful Things

Where do I start? In no particular order....
Beautiful daughter with her beautiful son.
Beautiful paper (see the whole range and drool, but I think you can't get it any more - so glad I got one of each) designed by the beautiful Kate Mason exclusively for Blue Bazaar (Ok. The beautiful Blue Bazaar!).

But wait! There's more!
Inspiration from the beautiful Finnabair and this beautiful page in particular.

And then there's the beautiful Prima products - SO beautiful.
And Basic Grey's fantastic range of products - LOVE their alphas.
Oh, and Glimmer Mist - it's beautiful!

The result...
A page I am very, very happy with (my new favourite). Beautiful!

P.S. What's with the postage stamps? Nothing. :)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Snuck Up On Some Scrapbooking #2

The second layout I did was helped entirely by copying one of my favourite scrapbooking artists - Kathie Link. And, again, it was for The Color Room.
I've probably said this before, but Basic Grey is my all time favourite scrapbooking manufacturer. I particularly like their Element Stickers - very usable. And use I did.

Okay, so you might need a magnifying glass (so to speak - it wouldn't help really because the photo would be all pixelated) to see this photo but it is the idea that counts.
In April this year (yeah, that long ago) some Sydney homeschoolers headed up Sydney Tower to check out the scenery. Then a friend and I took our kids down to Customs House where Stephen Wiltshire (AMAzing artist) was drawing the scene that we had just seen from Sydney Tower - FROM MEMORY!!!
The kids played amongst the pole installation and I captured a moment. Fun times.


PS Layout 21 for the Crop Bootcamp at Blue Bazaar.

I Snuck Up On Some Scrapbooking #1

I've worked out a way to do things that I want to do but don't know if I really have the time to do them. I pretend I don't care if I don't do them. I pretend I am not going to do them.
Things like going to a homeschooling mums' get together or even just to the park with the kids - I shrug my shoulders and decide I'm not going. Then I get everything done that I need to get done and Lo and Behold! I can go after all.
This is what I did with scrapbooking yesterday. I went into my art room, picked up a photo grabbed a piece of cardstock and voila! Not only that but I managed to do it twice!!!

So. The first layout I did was of Chris and Elyse from way back in June when we went to Cabarita Beach for the celebration of Dad and Mum's 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I saw a layout by Iara Gomes-Baer at The Color Room and I liked the folded look that she had on her page. Iara's page is digital, I think, but as you already know I don't do digital (I don't think I am going to be able to say that forever... I'm inching towards it).
Hennyway. I promptly got a piece of my favourite Kraft cardstock and folded it randomly (in a rather precise fashion though) and then inked it on all the creases and corners. I raided my boxes of Basic Grey and whipped up a simple but satisfying layout. Cute, huh?

This is layout #20 for Crop Bootcamp over at Blue Bazaar. At this stage it doesn't look like I am going to make 50 by the end of the month. Maybe if I pretend I'm not going to......

Around the Place

Occasionally someone says "Quick Mum! Get your camera!"
So, without hesitation, I do.
Sometimes I need to be quick and sometimes it doesn't matter but you never know until you get there.

I take photos of hearts found.

And I take photos of critters found.
This pretty little thing (and I mean little - maybe the size of my baby finger nail) was on our front door. Look at the funny little fake eye! It wouldn't stay still so this is the best I could get.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Lots of Tens

So, last year we took a photo of us on the 9th September 2009 and we thought we would have a bit of fun doing a similar thing on the 10th October 2010.

So, here's 10 of us at 10 minutes and 10 seconds past 10 o'clock on the 10th of the 10th 2010.

And here's a different 10 of us at 10 minutes and 10 seconds past 10 o'clock on the 10th of the 10th 2010.

Can you tell we had fun?
We had fun.


PS Looking forward to doing 11s

Monday, 4 October 2010

Mixing up my inspiration

You knew it wouldn't be too long before I scrapbooked Moses again, didn't you?
Well here he is - SO cute.

I took my inspiration from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and, in particular, her Mr. Handsome layout. I also used inspiration for the title/s from two other talented scrapbookers - Kathie Link and Iris Babao Uy with this and this respectively.
Oh, and there was a tiny bit of Dina Wakley in the title too, but a whole lot more in my next layout, inspired by Dina and a layout that I can't find a link to.

I've enjoyed my long weekend. I hope you have too.

BTW, just for the count... these are layouts 17 and 18 for Blue Bazaar's Crop Bootcamp. It feels like a terribly long way to 50 and I know not if I will make it.

Au revoir.