Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekly roundup

Well, the school holidays are coming to a close ... only hours to go, really! I'm SO not ready to go back to work tomorrow -any volunteers to go for me? It's really easy, I promise - pay no attention to any of that other stuff I may have said in the past. hmmmm .... no takers? Oh, ok, well I tried.

So it's a big couple of weeks coming up - settling back in to the swing of things at work, punctuated by Kelsey's birthday party, Kieran's next round of dental surgery, and the most exciting (for me anyway) SCRAPGIRLS RETREAT! I am so looking forward to this, it's going to be great. So if your a scrapper (and I don't think anyone BUT scrappers reads this, really) and you want a great weekend of scrapping, classes, and a lot of fun, check out the Scrapgirls website! It's going to be wonderful, and I was talking to Kylie last week and she said that there are some spots left, so you should really book in now!!

I've spent most of the weekend scrapping - Friday at Tracey's place with Deanne and Leonie, and it was great ... thanks for helping cut out all those little flowers AT! Saturday I went to visit Nicole, and had a chat with her and Sheree, who was also popping around for a visit. Then Saturday night at Cath's place, with Sharon and Michelle. Today I finished a couple of layouts for the LSBS Little Book of Big Memories competition, and I'm pretty happy with them - 7 down, 5 to go. I can't wait to get them all finished - there are some wonderful layouts appearing in the gallery, it's really inspiring!

K, I guess that's it for me - I really should go and get myself organised for tomorrow. Oh, I almost forgot ... did you check out my new addition to the blog? I LOVE Natalie Merchant, she's one of my fave singers. I hope it works ok for you - make sure you leave a comment and let me know if you like it, and if it works ok for you!

Take care,
Tamara

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Exciting News, and a great quote!

Ok, I mentioned the other day that there might be some exciting news coming? Well, here it is!! I've been asked to be on the Creative Team at Little Book of Sketches ... I'm so excited! It's such a great site, with a wonderful collection of sketches that you can't help but be inspired by. I totally love it, and I'm honoured to have been asked to work with them. If you head over there, you can check out my first layout appearing on the blog - it's one of my favourites lately, I just love it! And, it was made using scraps - even better!

So, the most exciting thing for me when I read the post announcing that I was on the creative team, and showcasing my layout? The fact that I was called "YOUNG" in my description ... LOL. (I have a sneaking suspicion that it's just so that Cath can be young by association, as she is ONLY JUST younger than me, but I'll let her get away with that indulgence, as she creates such awesome sketches.)

Don't forget - there is still time to link, blink and win over at LBOS! If you use one of their blinkies, or add them to your blog links, just leave a commment for your chance to win! Gotta love free stuff.

So here's my favourite quote of the moment ... I was blog surfing earlier, and stumbled across Zina Wright's blog, where she had posted this. I just love it - I'm going to make it my motto, I think.

I will grow.
I will become something new and grand,
But no grander than I now am.
Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, it's present perfection and completeness
is not deficient, so am I presently perfect
and not deficient, because
I will be different tomorrow.
Wayne Dyer


Thanks for checking in, everyone ... Take care!

Friday, April 13, 2007

What teachers make ...

I was just checking out the blogs of people who left a comment at Little Book of Sketches ... I found this at kpitt.typepad.com ... I love it! So during these school holidays, this is for all of you who teach, or who have a teacher in your lives somewhere - it's a great read!
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher ?" He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make ?" Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make?
(She paused for a second, then began...)
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like a Medal of Honour. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental...
You want to know what I make?"
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand to sing Advance Australia Fair because we live in the best country in the world .
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.
(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant... You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What do you make?"

THERE IS MUCH TRUTH IN THIS STATEMENT:
"Teachers make every other profession."

So big hugs to all the teachers out there!!!



Don't forget to check out Little Book Of Sketches ... there is a great comp running at the moment where you can win free scrapping products, and lets face it, are there any better kinds of products than free ones???

Thursday, April 12, 2007

How exciting!




I just wanted to share with you an awesome new blog ... I totally love it, what an awesome resource! It's called the Little Book of Sketches, and it's filled with some amazing sketches to help you out in your scrapping, sorted into categories according to layout size and the number of photos used, as well as sketches for different shapes and styles of cards, and even ATC's!
Even more exciting - for me, anyway - is that I've been asked to be a part of this blog - keep an eye out for some exciting news coming up! I just love using these sketches - heaps of inspiration, and heaps of great ideas. And, they look TOTALLY great - really different to a lot of other sketch sites out there. So if you are in a scrapping slump, or just want to try something different, check it out - it looks fantastic!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Lets see if i have a life...

I'm off to the Royal Easter Show tomorrow, to demonstrate for Matisse, and meet up with the wonderful Michelle Roberts - I can't wait! So if you are going to be there tomorow, come and say hi ... I'll be the one at the Matisse stand getting all messy. LOL

Ok well I stole this from Sheree's blog and she thinks she has no life LOL... now its my turn to see if i have a life... if you want to find out just copy and paste the list onto your blog would love to see who has a life LOL....(after scrapping that is)
It’s been said that allegedly if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, change the header adding your number, and post it.”
(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
(x) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 11 out of 22.
(X) Scream
(X) Scream 2
(X) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(X) Scary Movie 2
(X) Scary Movie 3
(X) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 27 out of 43
(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30 (Sundenny 30-for all us Aussies)
(x) I, Robot
( x) Robots
(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(X) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x) King Kong
Total so far: 42 out of 66.
(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
(X) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
(X) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
(X) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 53 out of 90.
(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child’s Play
(x) Seed of Chucky
( x) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You
(X) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(x) Bad Boys
(x) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride (aka Roadkill - for us Aussies)
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
( x) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(x) Curious George
Total so far: 74 out of 121.
(X) Independence Day
( x) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(X) E.T.
(X) Children of the Corn
(X) My Bosses Daughter
(x ) Maid in Manhattan
( x) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 95 out of 147.
(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X3
(x ) Spider-Man
( x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday*
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
Total so far: 108 out of 165.
(X) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street*
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
(X) A Walk to Remember
(x) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(x) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 119 out of 181.
(x) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(X) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 126 out of 200.
( ) High Tension
() Club Dread
(x) Hulk
() Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
(x ) Kill Bill Vol. 1
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
() Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
() Army of Darkness
Total so far: 133 out of 220.
(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
(x) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix: Reloaded
() The Matrix: Revolutions
() Animatrix
() Evil Dead
() Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
() Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
So a grand total of 143 out of 239

WOW - that's a lot of hours in front of the television!
I'm signing off now - going to stretch my hip a bit more in the hope that I'll actually be able to walk tomorrow, and clean up the post easter chocolate hunt mess. Hope you all had a great easter!

Monday, April 02, 2007

My new best friend

I'd like to introduce you all to my new best friend. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I'm in love. Slender, dark, powerful, and really switched on. He's also pretty fast. I've been lusting after him for a long time, and I've finally replaced my old defective model - he was just too slow, too boring, too blah.
So here he is - my SpeedTouch WiFi modem! Isn't he gorgeous?? LOL I don't know how I survived on Dial-up for so long, and I'm so thankful to be finally able to not waste time waiting for pages to upload. What did I do before broadband? I'll tell you what I did - wait, wait, wait, and wait. Curse the connection for dropping out halfway through posting, so I had to start all over again. And then, just for something a bit different, I waited. Now, I'm zooming along! I'm very grateful for you, my new man... and I'll try to wait at least a week before I start getting frustrated with your faults, and cursing you while I sit here and surf the net!