Things you do for love

February 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm (Loved, random things)

Well, not love of a person in this case. Love of an organisation this week.  Just back from 2 days stint on a board I sit on as secretary.  Brain-straining stuff for two days in Perth…but have achieved lots and feel satisfied we are working towards some excellent outcomes for our network.  But doing stuff just creates more work!!! So lots of things to get done in between the rest of my work/life!!!

Although I’m rather busy, I’m defininitely scheduling in some craft time this weekend!  Especially as I have a yummy pack of Basic Grey’s Hopscotch range!!

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Eeek! Cobwebs!!!

January 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm (random things) (, , )

OMG, the dust I had to scrap off the dashboard to get in here!!! Little blog, you have been sorely neglected.  I shall be good(ish) and endevour to visit more!!!

Well, what’s been happening?  The England holiday album featured in the last few posts is FINISHED (did take me until last month to finish but I do rather love it!) and I’ve done quite a lot of scrapping just lately.  And, most excitingly, I’m now on the Design Team over at the Little Scrapbook Shop or LSBS to it’s fans.  How awesome is that hey.  Same old on the work front, still managing the West Arthur CRC.  Other than that, just bobbing along.

If you are a scrapper, you should definitely check out the series of challenges that are soon to be up and running over at LSBS….

Ok, now I promise not to be so norty about up-dating!!!

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scrapping and shooting

March 16, 2010 at 8:16 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , )

Okay, so probably not what your average crafter got up to this weekend…Friday night I joined my DH and two of his friends to go fox shooting, which was quite fun.  I was sooooo tired by about 10pm though I was falling asleep in the passenger seat while we were cutting around the paddocks and jerking awake when a shot gun went off.  I can assure you that waking up, having to get out to open and close a cocky’s gate (passenger gets gate duty) is something of a challenge as you do have to pay attention when you are doing up the windlass!! Luckily I avoided breaking my arm or anything similar doing the gates.  I won’t show you any of the photos of dead stuff as a) it’s a bit gory and b) most of them have our friend’s grandson in and I’m not sure if they’d want them on the internet.

Anyway, after all the gun slinging action, I settled down for a more domestic weekend.  I made some jam drops (featuring some tasty Fig Jam I made earlier in the week) and did some other cooking experiments (including my first attempt at French Onion Soup which tasted delicious but did rather interfer with the intestinal processes!!!).  The Little Scrapbook Shop had it’s ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ cybercrop.  I completed 2 of the challenges…

This challenge you had to document something 'bad' and use green on the layout somewhere.

This was the sketch challenge, you had to make one minor change (I flipped the sketch orientation) and use the words 'good, bad, ugly' in your layout somewhere.

I also got the week’s challenge done for the Seasoned Scrapper

This challenge we had to use some of the lyrics from a song by some old guy (Billy Thorpe?) in our layout.

I also did a couple of other random pages just for fun which I have been slack and not photographed.  Also been busy knitting away for Knit One Save One.

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nearly the weekend!

February 5, 2010 at 8:36 am (random things) (, , )

I’m excited as it’s nearly the weekend and tony’s parents are coming to visit (and bringing their boat).  We will be off to our nearby ski lake for some tubing and skiing which will be good, good good.

I have a few scrappy things on the go – hopefully I’ll have something to show you in a day or two but in the mean time here’s a little quote that I really liked (and the pic) and thought you might like it too.

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now you may see…

October 9, 2009 at 7:18 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

My Blind Fold Scraping page layout…as taught/lead by Mel who is a brill BFSer.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash.  Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash. Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

I was hostess for our book club last night (hence I’m a bit tired this morning as we chatted until nearly ten).  I baked like a mad lady yesterday afternoon – monte carlos, coconut jam slice, rock cakes and jam drops were on the menu.  Mr Petit was delighted this morning to find two monte carlos to take to work for smoko.  I love our book club because we have such a variety of people (well, me the youngest at 29, then a couple of ladies who I guess are in their late 60’s and early 70’s), although we only have one man.  So conversations are always interesting as we have such a range of opinions on the books.  We were also talking about other book clubs we had been in in the past, with book club styles ranging from not actually talking about the books (just a gossip session) to being what I refer to a literary nazis where some members’ opinions are king and are imposed on the other members!  I’m looking forward to this month’s book – Saturday by Ian McEwen.  First I have to finish my currently library book – Jackdaws by Ken Follet.

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Got my blind fold on again

October 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , )

It didn’t take long for Blind Fold Scrapping over at the Little Scrapbooking Shop to roll around again.  Last night Mel ran a great BFS and it was even more awesome than usual as she posted all the players out a little packet of goodies to use in our embellishments.  I was feeling a bit brain dead last night and really struggled getting the page to come together, but this afternoon I picked a different photo and a different colour scheme and it fell together much more easily.  I can’t show you the finished product until Friday, but I can give you a sneak peak or two.  I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft’s Lilac Avenue range (can you tell I like it?  Just a few uses of late!), rhinestone brads, vinyl and foam thickers and some Kindyglitz.

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

Thanks to Mel for the stamped flowers, she rocks

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

A peak at the journal block Mel taught us to make.

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scrappily, happily, twiddley

October 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

Well, I’ve had a super-busy weekend.  Friday was filled with a hair cut and colour (which looks great, imho), shopping for some new trousers (thanks Esprit for making clothes I love) and generally family stuff.

Saturday was great – I went to a 12-hour scrap at Scrapbooking To Di For with my scrappy friend Rachel.  The scrappy ladies were all very nice and I had a very productive day and made 2 cards and completed 5 pages.  Here are the cards and 3 of the pages which I created…

Card for my friend's biffy who I'm giving the mirror in a previous post to.  Simple card but does the job and matches the pressie.

Card for my friend's biffy who I'm giving the mirror in a previous post to. Simple card but does the job and matches the pressie.

A card for some friends getting married shortly.  I used, amongst other things, patterned paper from Lilac Avenue range from Kaisercraft's Q2 release.

A card for some friends getting married shortly. I used, amongst other things, patterned paper from Lilac Avenue range from Kaisercraft's Q2 release.

This photo is of my dad, one of his older brothers and his aunt.  Must be around 1952-3.

This photo is of my dad, one of his older brothers and his aunt. Must be around 1952-3.

Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue range from the new Q2 release was great to use on this double layout.

Kaisercraft's Lilac Avenue range from the new Q2 release was great to use on this double layout.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

Like the flower??? See below for where to get one.

If you like the flower in the Lilac Avenue papers, you can get them from The Little Scrapbooking Shop -> here.  They are made in Oz by Sandie and they are very cool.

As mentioned the other day, I’ve recently discovered the world of Twiddlebitz (and discovered that something I thought was a Twiddlebit actually wasn’t – must have ended up on the wrong stand at the scrap shop I bought it at!!! – and how embarressment I put it in my gallery at Twiddlebitz’s Ning page, think I’ve rectified by faux pax and deleted it properly!!! Must make sure I do use proper Twiddles in future!!!!) and Di from Scrapbooking To Di For introduced me to their Ning page which you can join and share and check out lots of awesome work featuring Twiddlebitz.  It is very cool and is totally inspirational.

I’ve stocked up on some new goodies while I was in Perth and now we are home I’m looking forward to scrapping up a storm or two, especially some cool new OTP lovies.  Stayed tuned for some pix 🙂

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OTP goodies and life

October 1, 2009 at 9:30 am (Hand made things by me, random things)

I’ve been busy over the long weekend just gone make some goodies for some friends’ upcoming birthdays.  You like?

Pen caddy - Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to do this - the container, Lovestruck range of patterned paper, navy blue acrylic paint and some bling, as well as carolee creations tiny letters, a teal paper flower and the cool white string flower made by Sandie - you can by these at the Little Scrapbooking Shop

Pen caddy - Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to do this - the container, Lovestruck range of patterned paper, navy blue acrylic paint and some bling, as well as carolee creations tiny letters, a teal paper flower and the cool white string flower made by Sandie - you can by these at the Little Scrapbooking Shop

I made this mirror frame for my friend Helen's 40th biffy. I used Victoria pattern paper from Kaiser's Elegance range (same piece for background and the little punched scrap under the ribbon), some rubons from the Elegance range as well as a rubon Kaiser phrase. Also used a Twiddlebitz (I think) tree which I inked with lapislazuli before changing my mind and adding some copper ink on top. Also inked a Collections Elements chipboard key just in copper ink. Added some ribbons, flowers, a basic grey brad and a fleur de lis metal charm. I hope she likes it.

I made this mirror frame for my friend Helen's 40th biffy. I used Victoria pattern paper from Kaiser's Elegance range (same piece for background and the little punched scrap under the ribbon), some rubons from the Elegance range as well as a rubon Kaiser phrase. Also used a Twiddlebitz (I think) tree which I inked with lapislazuli before changing my mind and adding some copper ink on top. Also inked a Collections Elements chipboard key just in copper ink. Added some ribbons, flowers, a basic grey brad and a fleur de lis metal charm. I hope she likes it.

On the Monday public holiday we headed down to Tulips with a Difference, near Boyup Brook.  They have over 100,000 bulbs in their garden and it was really spectacular.  The photos don’t really do the gardens justice, they really were excellent.  The devonshire tea was pretty yummy too.  I bought 3 pots of tulips to add to my growing bulb collection.

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This weekend I’m going to my first ‘proper’ scrap (ie not at home or a friend’s house) in over a year, and even better it’s at a proper scrapbooking store, not just a little craft shop!!! Rachel suggested I come along while we were in Perth and I decided to go – it’s 10am to 10pm – can I cut it with the hardcore scrappers and stay up that late?  Hopefully I’ll be able to post some pix of what I got up to when we come home.

Right now I really need to go pack our stuff before heading down to the Telecentre to help out with a School Holiday Craft Session… polymer clay beads, fun stuff.

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Back from Bib Track

September 25, 2009 at 8:11 am (random things) (, , )

Four days on the Bibulmun Track is over!  We walked just under 60km between Dwellingup and the Harvey-Quindanning Road, we had to carry everything and each carried packs around 15kg.  It was pretty amazing – really hard work (especially some really crazy hills) and it felt pretty gross sweating so much and not having a show for 3 nights!  I think I would do it again.

Start of our hike - luckily the drizzling rain went away after a few hours

Start of our hike - luckily the drizzling rain went away after a few hours

Beautiful forest!

Beautiful forest!

Look good for someone who didn't get to wash much :)

Look good for someone who didn't get to wash much 🙂

Cooking dinner in our Swamp Oak Campsite Kitchen

Cooking dinner in our Swamp Oak Campsite Kitchen

Walking on a flat surface rocks.

Walking on a flat surface rocks.

Beautiful morning

Beautiful morning

Follow the woggles so you don't get too lost

Follow the woggles so you don't get too lost

The top of Yarrigal Form.  Really hard walk up and down this - took us about 1.5 hours and was really gruelling.

The top of Yarrigal Form. Really hard walk up and down this - took us about 1.5 hours and was really gruelling.

Never been so glad to get to a landmark - this bridge marked the end of our hike.

Never been so glad to get to a landmark - this bridge marked the end of our hike.

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here it is…

September 11, 2009 at 7:16 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, )

Here is my scrapbooking page from The Little Scrapbooking Shop’s Blindfold Scrap…

Blindfold Scrap Challenge

Blindfold Scrap Challenge

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