Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Checking In

Not really much to report tonight, except that it is great to be back at Tuesday Club! For those that are not familiar, we meet at the Stirlling Street Arts Centre in Bunbury every Tuesaday in the school term. There are classes for everything from teddy bear making to mosiacs to (yep you guessed it! lol) scrapbooking. The kids go to the creche, and we mums get to play for three whole hours every week. It is fab.

Today I actually managed to complete a LO from start to finish. How exciting! Only I am unable to share, as it is for Jenny at RJR. I will just have to wait until they get put up on her blog.

So Let's see I can can find a pic worth sharing . . . back in a sec . . . . .

Here's a NO MORE PHOTOS MUM shot of Henry I took the other day. Just love the look on his face. I was trying to get a good shot to take to Kindy the next day (pert of their book list). I had both kids stuffing around and failing light . . . you know how it goes.


And here is the one we went with - apologiies for the blown out nature, but I think it is pretty cute none the less.


And, as my Grandma used to say, "there is no show without punch". So, not to be outdone here is one of Grace mucky post-dinner-pre-bath face LOL.

That's all for now. I have found a couple of incredibly cute photos in the archives, so I think I might post a "This time last year" pic in my next post. CU Soon

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Project Share

I forgot to mention that Jenny at RJR has posted our DT work on the blog, so I can now share. I went with the idea "FULL COLOUR" this month. What do you think?




We had gorgeous girly ribbons and felt this month. I had a great time experimenting with the felt most of all. I think my favourite technique is using JAK paper to adhere the felt to some thin chipboard and running it through the cuttlebug (Tiny Dancer alphas). Such a great result.
That's all for now. Catch ya!

Friday, February 22, 2008

For Art's Sake

I have been turned on to the world of ATC's. I was one of those people that poo-pooed this art form as a waste of time. "What is it's purpose?" I would say/ "What a waste of time" I would say. But most of all as the puritanical scrapbooker that I am "What;s the point - I mean it's not like you are documenting your family hisotry or anything". I know, I know not very nice.

So what has changed my mind I here you ask? The girls on the Scrappin Bitz group were organising an ATC swap (which I had initially opted out of), but in interest clicked on a couple of the info links that were being passed around. One of which was the blog of one Kelsey O'Mullane. OMG, what an inspiring blog. If you are looking for something to freshen your outlook, and give your eyes a treat, check it out.

I then decided that I would order a couple of supplies from Scraptivate havingg been to the store (before my conversion) and seen all of the ATC paraphenalia. I placed a call to ask a couple of questions and who should answer the call, but Kelsey herself! She was so very helpful and I was totally inspired.

I know now (for me at least) that ATC's are about technique and about creating art for art's sake. And what is wrong with that? And then being able to share your art with like minded souls. It is a very special process.

So here is 1 of 5 . . . my very first ATC.


And on a side note, here is some gorgeous Prima lace that I also ordered from Scraptivate. Isn't it delicious?


And on a side note, here is some gorgeous Prima lace that I also ordered from Scraptivate. Isn't it delicious?!

So that's it for tonight. I think I will go and do a little scrapping tonight. Take care

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Enough's Enough

I have just confirmed my long held belief that I am in fact the world's worst (or best depending on your take) procastinator! Have you seen the date on my last post? What a disgrace. I am sure if I were to look back on the other posts in this blog, every second one would start with me berating myself for being a total slacko!

So I hereby turn over a new leaf. Even if I feel I have nothing of value to say, I will post a quote (possibly one of the many pearls that pop out of the kids mouths LOL) or SOMETHING. And what is the first rule of Goal Setting? Be specific - no more ambiguty here folks. No more "I will post more regularly" What does that mean? Specifically: I WILL POST AT LEAST THREE TIME A WEEK.

Right, I feel much better now. So on with the news :)

A couple of developments - I am no longer an AVON rep. It has been just over a year now and I am starting to lose my motivation. And thanks to DH for his astounding vote of confidence when I announced this decision to him: "Oh well, it lasted longer than I thought it would". Gee thanks babe! Still love the products, but I am going to find it difficult to pay full price again. LOL. Same thing happened when I gave up hairdressing actually. I still hate paying to get my hair done.

I have also come to the realisation that I am going to have to go back to work. I am still completely confused and hurt as to how this has come about. How can it be? I am going to go on a rant now, but please bear with me. We have a mortgage that is less than $200k, own both of our cars, have no credit card or personal debt, DH is 4 year university trained, almost at the top of his profession (and believe me we do not lead an extavegant lifestyle). . . and yet we are stuggling to come through each and every pay cycle? Oh that's right, DH is a Teacher. If this wasnt our second home (in that we have equity) we would be one paycheck away from homeless. . .

Believe me this is not about careless money management. We budget for bills so that they are expected and covered when they arrive. We do have a few luxuries of course - Internet, foxtel (which I might add was paid in advance by some extra responsibilities that DH took on)

The cost of living here in WA (and I expect elswhere in Australia) is rising it seems by the day. And yet our treasured teachers are hacving to beg the government to give them a payrise that JUST meets the CPI. I bet that those working in the resources sector are not having to ddo this - or the MP's making the decisions for that matter. "We feel like a 12% pay rise so we shall jolly well have one". Don't you think that our MP's should be petitioning us, their employers, next time they want a pay rise?

Well that is my rant, and you know what . . . I'm not sorry :)

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