Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Back to Scrapping....

and I have to say I'm loving it again. I had completely lost my mojo somewhere along the way, but I've definitely found it again. I guess after all this time it was only natural to lose the excitement but somehow it's back and this time when I think of an idea, it goes together really fast and I actually love the creative process again.
I'm so excited about going to Scrapcamp and just letting go of everything and playing in the creative process, like I did last night until 4am this morning. I know, crazy right? But it was fun and I love the canvas I created. I took some photos of the display in the Wall street Mall to celebrate Dunedin's ID Fashion week and just knew I had to do a canvas with them.
At the moment I seem to have so many photos I want to scrap and having a new printer is a big help when I want to do "in the moment" stuff.

But right now I have to go and help Molly find her large collection of balls which she loses all over the house, and then wanders around looking sad until someone finds them for her.
But who could resist this face?

So off on a ball search I go...


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

So March is here....

and sadly so is Autumn it seems. The summer was pretty scrappy but now it seems decidedly Autumn. 
I am sitting in my chair with my laptop and Miss Molly in her now normal place, squashed between my leg and the arm of the chair. She is growing so fast and has become very settled and loves to be with us and we are of course devoted to her. I am amazed at some of the traits she has that are similar to Gussie but she's very much her own girl that's for sure, quite independent, and yet very cuddly and huggy.
The only downfall to having a kitten in the house is I feel very nervous to get all my scrappy stuff out, but today I have a real urge to create so I think I'll have to be brave and get all my stuff out and just hope for the best.
Hopefully there'll be photos later.
I've got scrap camp in a couple of months so I have to find my mojo before then ......so here I go, lets see how far I get !!!!!!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Just couldn't resist sharing some more photos of Molly, she's very photogenic, the camera loves her that's for sure.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Been a while........

Since I've posted anything on my poor neglected blog, but a lot has happened in my world. This gorgeous little girl came to live with is three weeks ago, her name is Miss Molly Moonlight and she is Gus's half sister. She is absolutely adorable and we love her to bits. She settled in perfectly and you'd think she'd lived here for ever.
Apart from that I've been busy with work as usual and have been trying to cram in some scrapping, well at the moment I'm into my two Smash books, one of our trip to Oz and one with kitten photos of Molly, it's a quicker form of scrapping and more "diary like" I guess.
Anyway apart from that life's been fairly busy but the best bits involve our darling Molly who right now is sitting beside me waiting to pounce on the keyboard!!!!!! Lol!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Am I really Home Already?

Wow how the past week has flown, I have flown to Australia with my best friend, driven from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise, and back to Brisbane. We have explored the beaches, gone crazy over the shops, got lost driving at night, seen huge malls, wonderful shops, eaten great food but the biggest thing is we saw my darling niece graduate high school, and felt so proud and excited for her.
The graduation ceremony was held at the school in the morning and it was so uplifting and inspiring. The emotion level was very high I must admit, so proud to see my darling girl graduate high school.
But when it came to drama it had to be the ball at night. OMG! They went all out, it was a fairy tale event, held in a very beautiful hotel. The couples arrived in beautiful verteran cars, my niece and her partner, who is also her lovely boyfriend, in a blue and silver Impala. Her gorgeous black dress would have been at home on the red carpet at the Oscars. Everything was perfect except for the fact that only boys from the school were allowed to accompany the girls to the actual dinner and ball. Guests were welcome to stay for the presentation of the girls and then before the dinner and dance we were asked to leave, but what an experience, and of course what a huge night for the graduates.

I was so proud of our gorgeous girl, she just carried the whole thing off so well.
It was also lovely to meet her lovely boyfriend and some of her friends.
We went on to have many more adventures on the land of Oz, so watch this space.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Our Beautiful Boy.


Our Beautiful Boy.

I just found this photo of Gussie, it was taken just after we got him, probably about the beginning of 2004.  What a gorgeous boy, I’d forgotten how big he was when he was younger. I just love the look on his face, it shows how much he hated having his photo taken when he first came to live with us. I guess he just became resigned to the paparazzi. LOL.

I’m going to see these two….


Just some pics that were on the camera (2)


Real Soon…… can’t wait.

Three Sleeps To Go…..

Before we fly off to Brisbane and then drive to Surfer’s Paradise. Sooooo excited, nervous and impatient all at once lol!

So much to look forward to, going someone we’ve never been, being brave enough to drive in another country, (this is a biggie) but the biggest is seeing Sam graduate High School. This is such a big deal I can’t even explain.

And then we get to go back to Brisbane and explore this amazing city. I’ve been to Melbourne and Sydney but Faye has never been out of New Zealand so it’s going to be so huge for her.

We have been planning what we want to see and do but essentially I just want it to be an adventure that we totally love.

But there will be updates and of course there will be photos, so watch this space.

Anyone know where the Scrapbook shops are in Brisbane?

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I actually finished a card...

So I actually sat here today and made a card. No deliberating, just sat and did it. I coloured the image last night and just started this afternoon, cut the background and went for it. I'm so thrilled to have finished something, it's been a while since I have 
I love this wee stamp, it's a real baby Tilda and she's so cute.
Almost tempted to go and start something else.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Just got to get through today......

and I'll have three days off, and boy do I feel I need them, I'm shattered lol!
I'm hoping to get some card-making done, I've got an idea taking shape on my table so that's a start.
But 4 weeks today my best friend and I will be heading for our Aussie adventure!!! Woohoo, sooooo can't wait. It'll be so exciting to see something different, and explore somewhere we've never been. Of course the main reason for going is super exciting in itself, my darling niece is graduation high school and she's invited us to be there. I'm gonna be the proudest Auntie in the hall lol!
And I have been checking out some of the highlights of the area so I do have a must see list, a must try list and a must buy list. But most of all I just can't wait for the adventure, to be somewhere different, seeing new sites and enjoying it all.
Four weeks! Wow that's gonna go fast!!!!!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Vintage Dresses.

I absolutely love this line from a Taylor Swift song, so when I got the gorgeous dress stamp from the Montarga stand at Dunkley's craft show on Saturday I pretty much knew what I was going to do with it.
I had a ball doing this last night. I Mod-podged torn pieces of various papers onto the canvas, added some interest by using a texture template with some Texture paste mixed with Tim Holtz refill ink in random places. Then I used Gesso and a stencil here and there. I added a Doiley and attached the dresses. Painstakingly stamped the wording using my Kaisercraft typewriter stamps onto a sheet of card which I cut into strips and added to the canvas. From there I added some die-cut butterflys, and some flowers, pearls and some Distress Stickles here and there.
I really love it and know I'll use that dress stamp heaps.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A Love Story......

has developed in our neighbourhood, and today I saw the most beautiful side of it. There is a darling retired gentleman lives near us and he has this adorable little white dog which he has told us he rescued from the pound where she was after having a rather miserable life. Every day they walk past our house, looking absolutely devoted to one another, he is is very tall and she is tiny, and trots along gazing up at her devoted friend.
Today I saw the most beautiful sight of all, he was sitting on the seat under a tree in our local park, she was sitting on his knee gazing up at him with total adoration on her face, the two of them totally devoted to each other, to see such a beautiful bond just makes my day, I hope it lasts for a very long time because this really is a Love Story.

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Power of Shoes.

This canvas is a celebration of the start of my love affair with shoes. In the 1970's....yeah I know "long long ago", but anyway I worked at The Octagon Theatre in the Octagon Dunedin, and across on George street corner, there was a little slice of heaven called "Phillip's Shoe shop. They had the most amazing shoes all the new styles and colours and I was totally obsessed with them. Actually I was encouraged by the wonderful lady who ran the sweet shop at the theatre, her name was Dorothy and she was style from the top of her beautiful silver bee-hived hair to the soles of her exquisite platform shoes. Anyway there was hardly a week go by that I didn't pick up one pair of shoes and put another pair on layby.
I discovered that no matter what went wrong in your life, the right shoes could go a long way to fixing it.
Oh boy when I think of ushering in a full house (Upstairs no less) in some of the shoes I had, my mind boggles, but I loved the fun and glamour of it all. And actually all these years later none of the dire predictions people made have come true, I'm not in a wheelchair, and the best bit??? I still LOVE shoes. LOL.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New Obsession.

My latest obsession are these gorgeous vintage ATC cards which look fabulous on cards, especially if you continue the vintage feel with the embellishments. This card is made from a brown paper bag, the photo I backed with black card which I edged with deckle scissors, a little strip of cotton lace. I've used liquid pearls, and my new favourite thing, the Pearl Pen. Little drops dry to look like real pearl. I got one today from Scrapbook Paradise, that shop is an absolute treasure trove at the moment, every where you look there is more temptation. From Mixed Media supplies to all the latest scrapping supplies, total scrappy heaven everywhere you look. Anyway enough chatting gotta go and dress a Prima girl waiting on my desk.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Days Off.

So Yah for me I''m in the middle of three days off. Yesterday was a bit of a sit around read and get my energies back together after Saturday night at work, it was a big one but fabulous. We did a dinner and cultural night for a Brunei student group at work and it was fabulous. They were gorgeous people and so much fun to deal with, also I loved the costumes soooo beautiful, all the beading and beautiful fabrics. The thing that struck me most was that they were so enthusiastic about making the night a huge success and that everyone had a good time. And there wasn't a drop of alcohol in sight. So a big night but so worth it.
On a personal level I was so thrilled with myself, despite being super busy from the time I walked in the door till nearly midnight I felt absolutely fine, a far cry from last year when a night like that left me in big trouble, so clearly I'm back to my healthy, "tough as old boots" self.
So now I have today and tomorrow to play, I have some cool ideas I really want to try. I just love all the vintage stuff at the moment, especially the images. I have bought some from a site on Etsy and I'm very keen to try some of the amazing ideas I've been admiring around some of the amazing blogs I've discovered at the moment who are also going "very vintage".
So the thing now is to make a start and see where it takes me.....wahoo love "play days".