Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Woo hoo.... finally got pictures to upload!

I managed to get the upload to work tonight so here are my shares from the weekend Cybercrop at Scrap of Difference.

Word Challenge: Slow down and enjoy the view was the phrase we had to use this time.

Sketch challenge

Colour challenge: white on white or cream on cream. I couldn't find much in the way of cream so I went for the white and a photo of the brownies I baked on the same day. I actually scraplifted this layout from Tammy Leaver's Style layout because my mojo has headed out west for a while. I'm hoping it comes back soon once I get some sleep.



Last but not least was my example of a Christmas card for my card challenge. I challenged them to create a Christmas card that had buttons, lace and stitching. I tell you what, they came up with some really great efforts with the cards from many who class themselves as not being card makers.
Have a great day!



Monday, 24 August 2009

Been cybercropping again.... not that I can share.

Well Blogger is not being nice to me this weekend. First I couldn't sign in on Friday and Saturday and now it won't let me add any images. Not sure what's up.... just doesn't like me at the moment.

Clearly the dog has been eating something she shouldn't as my nose is getting rather offended by the drifting scent in the room.
We learnt how to catch a bus, well, get on one and travel on it at least .... last week. Something else to add to the list of things to do. She even went on her first visit to an appointment today when I went to the chiropractor. She was such a good girl and just sat there and watched.
Swimming lessons are becoming very boring now that we have done it a few times, so that is snooze time these days.

Ethan has improved and passed his swimming level so now he has gone up to the Dolphin class. It's more lap/endurance work now so he was a little exhausted after his class tonight. He is in the pool for an extra 15 minutes too.

It's been a long week this past one, with lots of late nights and broken sleep. Mitchell's blood sugar levels have been all over the place for a variety of reasons. Thought we may need to head to the hospital on Saturday morning when his ketone levels were higher than I would like. Thankfully we managed to get it down again after an injection of insulin because of a pump blockage - much to his disgust! Another night I was up every hour checking levels because they were high with mild ketones and by 3.20am I was exhausted and slept through the next alarm. By morning it had improved luckily for me.

Sunday was the boys last footy match for the season. Their first footy season! They did not win a game all season but for many it was the first time they had played. Their last match was a great effort from all the kids. Pity they did not play that well from early in the season, they may have been a source to be reckoned with.

As my title says, I completed the challenges for the Scrap of Difference CC this weekend. Would love to share my results but blogger doesn't want to play the game. Maybe next time around. It was a haberdashery weekend so all challenges had to include haberdashery items on them: notions, buttons, ribbon, lace, fabric, threads etc. Certainly made us all think a little.

It's off to bed for me now so I can listen to the howling wind and rain. Hopefully not for too long though.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Back at last

I can't believe that it has been over a month since I have been by here. Router issues have had me tapping my fingers at times with my internet dropping in and out. Finally got it fixed today when I had enough and went out and bought a new router. Faster, wider range etc. etc..... Finally updated the Wii that we purchased 2 years ago now that we have a router that would carry the distance. Yeah!

Life has been busy and I have been into the reality TV programs too. Have been watching America's Next Top Model and Australia's Next Top Model too much. I love watching the naive interaction between these teen girls and seeing the situations that they put these potential models into.

Haven't done a lot of scrapping but when I have a weekend Cybercrop I try and get stuck into it.

Here's a few shares from my month:



Some cards from my ""Using felt on cards" card class.


A non- traditional colour choice for a Christmas layout - a challenge on the Scrap of Difference CC for July.


The Scrap of Difference word challenge - HOPE, for the July CC.

A Lucy Chesna sketch used for the Sketch layout at the Scrap of Difference July CC.




Home and Scrapped July CC - 3 pp, 2 photos, ribbon and 7 embellishments. Inspired by a sketch by Julie Bonner at 52 weeks.com

Mistra's challenge at Home and Scrapped CC - use a quote from Dean Martin or Jerry Lewis.

Kim's colour and embellishment challenge at Home and Scrapped - I had ribbon and red, yellow, green.

Heather's challenge at Home and Scrapped - draw a pic of your hands and journal about them. I cheated and had one of the boys photograph them, then used Paint shop pro photo ultimate X2 to convert it to a chalk drawing then printed them out on A4 and cut them out. By fluke the image turned out to be the exact size of my hands.
The journaling reads:
There are days I look at my hands and think how horrible they are. They are short and fat and swell up so that I cannot wear my wedding ring. They definitely are from my Father's side of the family. As much as I hate to admit it, I wax them regularly because I am embarrassed by how hairy they are and I am certain other's notice. My cuticles peel and crack just like my Mother's used to and they regularly feel dry. Having said all that though, they work so hard for me throughout the day. They help me cook and clean. They help tie shoelaces and brush hair. They are wonderful at washing dishes although they would probably prefer me to use the dishwasher a little more,. They are great for locking together to create a big squeezy hug and poking boys in the tummy, just to be annoying. At the moment they help me to walk the dog and give her treats. They also her me to retrieve copious amounts of items from her mouth that she is not supposed to eat. I love the fact they help me to eat all of my favourite foods and even some of my not so favourite. I can pour medicines with them to ease the pain for others or help them live their life, as is the case with Mitchell's insulin. I can rely on them to write letters to my friends and type emails to all and sundry. They help me to chat with my online friends, take photos to share with loved ones, and to type up my blog and Facebook notes. Most importantly they help me to be creative each and every day, by making a card, scrapping a photo or two or drawing a picture for the kids. When you sit and think about it, my hands are pretty useful tools in a variety of situations. It has made me reconsider how Blessed I actually am to have them.
My training with Viva slowed a little over the holidays whilst the boys were around as dragging them and a dog around the shops was truly a challenge. We did learn to do recall work and have been practising that a little both in the back yard and out in an open area. She went to be neutered in the last week of the holidays so got to have a few weeks of not working then and just being a dog convalescing.... I think she enjoyed that a little too much and has been a little slow getting back into the routine again.
Last week we headed back to Tea Tree Plaza to reinforce usage of the travelator and open stairs and next week we learn to use the bus. I haven't taken a bus for almost three years so it will be a first for a while for both of us. She is much more settled around the school now and doesn't pick up nearly as much in her mouth as she used to. Overall, a great deal of improvement has occured.
Have fun scrappin!