Sunday, January 30, 2011
And realised how bad I am at it! LOL
You know those gorgeously coloured scenes you see everywhere? Yeah, not on my little old blog!!
I figured I would still put them here, so when I do more, hopefully I will start to see a small improvement!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I decided this year to be organised...well, not completely, but I would like to try and remember a few birthdays on time this year *blush*
When I saw this lovely sturdy diary from kaisercraft in my DT pack this month I knew straight away what to do with it... A birthday diary!
Each month has a folder at the start of the month with a pocket to hold cards for that month (yeah..clearly not TOO organised or they would have all been made! lol)
The co ordinating mini envelopes were perfect for holding my address labels, postage stamps and any receipts for gifts that I buy for peeps!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A LO of Mick and I :)
Neither of us actually liked the photo, but I figured I may as well use it ;)
I really liked using this range...in fact the more I used it, the more I liked it! I love how the KC papers are double sided...in fact I often have trouble deciding which side I like the most!!
And a shaker box card (tutorial for the shaker box is on the KaiserCraft blog)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Once they go back to school, I miss them so much.
The house is quiet.
I get stuff done.
But its no fun :(
Daisy agrees.... After 6 weeks of having them home, she also wants to home-school them ;)
They are growing so so so fast.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
They are men who are kind, and funny, and loving and generous, and well, amazing.
Each of them is selfless and giving.
And it all began with the example set by this guy...
He truly lived the quote by Reverend Hesburgh 'The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother'.
He adored my mother.
He adores us.
Its pretty darn wonderful living life knowing that no mater what happens, that this incredible man will stand by you and love you...maybe not agreeing with what you have done, but loving you none-the-less.
Then there is my brother, Danny.
He also adores his wife.
And me :) When we were little he called me 'Ishy', because he couldn't say 'Kirsty'. He used to go to volleyball with my mum while I was at school. While he was there mum would buy him a little bag of lollies...which he would save for me :)
He is amazing. Last year, when mum was sick he drove from Canberra to Charter's Towers in 2 days.
After mum's funeral, when Nat broke her collar bone, he drove me home. No questions asked. Just jumped in the car and drove.
He also lost 50kg last year...AMAZING!
His wife is amazing too. I like that he married a shopping buddy for me ;)
I also like that they are about to make me an aunty for the first time :D
And I like that he buys me funny christmas presents. This year he bought me a life sized cardboard cut-out of Edward. He had been chuckling to himself for months about this one.
And then my baby brother Kimmy.
He has a great wife too, whom he adores.He loves my kids, and plays with them for hours on end.
He is generous and loving and funny :)
I was 10 when he born. So I really remember him growing up. He was super cute with his blonde ringlets and cuteness :)
He is gentle..
So gentle in fact that he keeps a rubber glove by the back door to catch the frogs before they suicide in his pool.
I don't think he kisses each one before he releases them though...
And then there is Mick.
He picks me flowers.
And he is an amazing father.
Then, there is my boy...my Sammy.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I made a friend of mine a mini album showcasing photos from her daughter's wedding :) The pinks and greens co-ordinated perfectly with her bridesmaid colours!
Just before Christmas we noticed that our cat was not looking great. Then we got all wrapped up in preparations for Christmas, then we went away...leaving him with our wonderful friend who often looks after our house when we go away. Whenever this lovely lady looks after our cats, we come back to the fattest happiest cats you have ever seen :)
This time however, poor old Super Kitty (yeah, Sam named him...) had lost a LOT of weight and was terribly unwell upon our return.
We took him to the vet, and after some tests made the heart wrenching decision to have him euthanased.
Natalie in particular loved this boy.
She is devastated.
To prevent our other cat getting the same disease, we are now trying to convince him to be an inside cat. All he has done for the past few days (and nights) is cry for his lost friend :( I am soooooo tired! Its like having a baby all over again! lol
We have just recently had our roads re-opened to all of our major centres after a couple of weeks being very isolated. I haven't managed to get the kids back to school uniform shopping done...thankfully my dad stepped in and filled in some of the uniform shopping gaps for me! Some things you just can't buy in town!
Charlotte has been sick, and is now on anit-biotics for tonsilitis. She is NOT a nice patient. She takes being unwell as a personal affront to her person. She also likes to make everyone else as miserable as she feels *sigh*
So as you can see, its not one BIG thing just lots of little things... Obviously, nothing compared to the people who have lost everything in the horrible floods. I am so so thankful to have all these little inconsequential things to whine about. Really I am...I am just feeling overwhelmed!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This month's challenge provided this image as inspiration... Oh yeah...this looks so very similar to my own lounge room at Christmas...NOT!! I wish!
So many gorgeous things to be inspired with in this pic :)
I love these little blue Prima flowers, they added just the right amount of blue to the page...thanks again to lovely Lauren ;)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
This month's first challenge is a sketch...perfect for this rusty old scrapper who has just had over two weeks away from her scrap room :O
I used this picture of my dad's christmas tree, proudly displaying mum's Santa hat up the top where an angel would usually be
As the sketch didn't have space for journalling, and I wanted to record the *why* behin d this photo, I journalled straight onto the photo...yep, using my own yucky handwriting LOL
And this Christmas tree. I knew what I wanted in my head, but could NOT find one in my stash, so I sketched out the tree and cut it out!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
My brother and his amazing wife got a 3D ultrasound today, and shared the pics and video with us here.
I saw this face, and promptly lost my heart....
Well it's time to start looking for a few design team member's to help compliment The Polkadot Place :) so if you would like to join my team and work with LIL old me in promoting my kit club adventure I would like to see your work
Please email me three pages and one off the page, this could be anything such as a card, a mini album etc its up to you :)
You need to have a blog, be confident in your self to set challenges on the blog, if you have an idea as to how to put a sketch together that would be an added bonus but is not essential, as i may call on you to provide a few sketches.
Your pieces need to showcase your best work, I am looking for techniques, the way you coordinate your colours together and also placement and design of your LO's
Please provide your postage address, your blog address and a bit of information about yourself, such as how long you have been scrapping what got you started, what gets you motivated to scrap, your family life and who else you design for? Please do not apply if you are already a design team member for another kit club
My email address is
Closing date is 20th January
Please advertise this Dt call out on your blogs so that i can spread the word
Thanks for your time
I have a fear of double page LOs...so I felt very brave tackling this lol. Luckily the sketch made it super easy! I loved being *told* where all of the elements belonged :) The little tab in the sketch prompted me to add extra journalling and photos to the page too, which meant I got the story told, and all my photos scrapped for that day in the one page!
I absolutely love this Seaside line too. Just bright enough for kid photos, but also vintagey enough to keep me happy ;)
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The challenge was to scrap a favourite summer memory.
My favourite summer memory from this summer would have to be the relaxing days spent at my brother and sister in law's pool over Christmas. Just bliss...the kids are now old enough that we don't have to hop in with them...I just sat in the Bali hut, and supervised with a big old glass of icy cold Coke Zero :)
I used some more of the gorgeous Graphic 45 PPs that Lauren gave to me (thanks Lauren! I am having a love affair with these papers! lol)
I liked using some less *summery* and *girly* colours than usual...I liked the grungey, vintage colours!
I love that manufacturer!
It felt kinda nice to re-discover my scrap room after a two week break! Everything looks brand new...kind of like a shopping spree, without the buyers remorse!!!!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Between, my computer virus, christmas and school holidays, my poor little blog has been sadly neglected :(
Well, this year, Mick, the kids and I managed to escape Mundubbera for Christmas, just before the town got flooded. Yep, days before the town was inundated with 19.2m of water, we left for Ballina. Some families in town here had a truly horrid christmas. Some lost everything. So sad.
Whilst in Ballina there was alot of this...
Just hanging with the fam :)
See my sis in law Adele in the foreground? She is about to make christmases a whole lot more fun...only 80 days until my first neice/nephew arrives!
We walked on the wall in between showers of rain and storms.
And Christmas day was full of emotional, sad times. Oh how we missed my mum. So much.
But she was so remembered. I cried when I saw dad's christmas tree. Sitting on top was mum's Santa hat. So perfectly *her*. Pink, sparkly and fabulous.
The kids made sure though, that Christmas was full of fun and celebration also!
With casualties. Of course ;)
We spent New Years Eve on Lennox Headland eating fish and chips. Heaven! Such a great view!