Monday, July 20, 2009

A shabby holiday!

Well, one week is down in my holidays. One more to go. What have I done? A lot of nothing. Some housework ... only some, mind you. Major renovation in Tayla's room - we pulled down her gorgeous castle loft bunk, and put her very pretty girly bed back in there. She's over the castle bed, which makes me a bit sad, but we've certainly gotten our money's worth out of it ... so look out for a pre-loved castle loft bunk coming to an auction site near you! lol

I've done some bits and pieces of school work - still have a massive amount to do though. Sigh.

I've been to the movies a few times - we all took the girls to see Hannah Montana, which was REALLY good. We even went and brought the soundtrack for it the next day. Seriously, I enjoyed it heaps ... so did Dennis. Oh yeah, the girls liked it too. lol I took Kieran to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ... yeah, I liked it. It was good. I laughed a lot. I was sad at the end. But part of my sadness wasn't just for the death ... it was for the parts of the book that I had been looking forward to seeing on screen, that didn't make the final cut. Sigh .... I guess we'll just have to wait until November 2010 and July 2011 to see how the final films resolve all that, given that there was some stuff in HBP that I thought was fairly important background info for what happens in Deathly Hallows. Yes, I know, I'm a book snob. So sue me. lol My sister and I, after much running around the countryside to make a session that wasn't sold out, went to see My Life in Ruins, which was funny, light hearted, and just what we needed!!

Scrapping ... yep, done a bit. Not a lot, mind you ... but I've brought pretty new things, does that count?
This is my layout for the big band round of Chook Scraps Idol - the criteria was to scrap a double layout, with at least 8 pics, 3 pp and some metal. These are pics from my Nan and Pa's home town, taken on the day we went and put Pa's ashes in the memorial wall.










And this is my only-just-making-it-in-by-the-skin-of-my-teeth entry in the first challenge at Let's Get Shabby. We had to be inspired by this picture:

And I was very inspired!! I've gone with a pink, cream and green colour scheme from the pic, and chosen a picture of a beautiful girl wearing a hat. I've also placed text at the top and the bottom, ala the picture, and used some paint, stitchy and ribbony elements to shabby it up. I've also concertinad some layers of the flowers to mimic the fans in the pic - but you can't see that very well!


















And the other thing that's got me just a little sad at the moment ... my boy has gone on a cadets camp. Yep, done that heaps before, and normally I'm cheering at a few days break from the testosterone-fueled drama that surrounds a 14year old. But this week, he becomes a 15year old. While he is at camp. And I won't see him on his birthday. I know, it happens right? But this is the first time I won't be seeing one of my kids on their birthday, and I'm a little sad about it. I'm sure we'll both cope though, and before you know it he'll be home and we'll be fighting all over again. Nice!

K, that's it for me - I'd better go and cook something for dinner. I've been all Masterchef inspired lately - last night was lamb shanks on a bed of mashed baby and sweet potatoes with steamed veges. Tonight, meatloaf. Dennis is loving not having to cook so much. I don't know how long it will last, though, so he'd better make the most of it!! lol

Saturday, July 04, 2009

One week to go!

It's almost school holidays here in NSW. I can't wait - catching up with some wonderful friends, scrapping, and sleeping in. Plus, some time with my kids. I know I'm going to have a heap of stuff for work, but at least I can do it at home ... unless of course I end up spending time at FarmTown! Seriously, could that game be more addictive? lol

I've had this layout sitting on my desk for almost 2 weeks. It's my layout for the next round of Chookscraps Idol. I love it, but I just can't figure out what else it needs - it doesn't look finished to me!! Anyway, I used one of my new glimmermists from Tattered Angels on it ... on the chipboard, more specifically. I think I'm going to be using my old chipboard more often! It's quick, it looks fab when the glimmermist soaks into the chipboard, and I just love it!
So what else has been going on? Sick kids - Tayla was home for three days this week, Kelsey 2. Lots and lots of work to do, to get ready for a program review at the beginning of next term. Cadets stuff with Kieran left right and centre. Tayla has a gymnastics competition on tomorrow, so thank goodness she is feeling better - I don't know what we'd have done if she couldn't go, she'd be unconsolable! That's about it really. The usual.
I've got a massive amount of housework to get done today, so I can feel not so guilty about scrapping tonight, so I should go. Take care!