Sunday, 24 June 2012

Catch Up

My blog posts are few and far between this year! Just can't seem to  get into any sort of routine at all. The days whizz by in a blur, does time go faster as one gets older I wonder??

 Duntroon Garage is now doing warrants ...yay to our mechanic David who pasted the tough test. We also now sell Pies, chips and drinks, due to the fact that Duntroon's pub has closed and our Flying Pig Cafe has shut doors for the winter. People kept coming in asking where they could buy food, it was getting embarrassing having to tell people "sorry no where in this town, but have a biscuit to tide you over". LOL, no lies, we did offer people biscuits, some people looked really hungry and in need of food.

On Friday we took Aimee and her partner Jermaine to Christchurch and at 6 am Saturday morning they left NZ for the bright lights of Brisbane. Hope they have a wonderful 12 days.In the mean time I am "Rat Sitting"...hmmmmm, not enjoying Dyni's company too much, at the moment he is running around my craft room, but his visit will be brief, soon hes going back to his cage!! (Sorry Aimee)

On the craft front things are kind of slow. I have been working on a painting of an old truck, and I'm knitting a scarf, apart from that Ive done nothing since the Embellish Its scrap crop day in Oamaru, but maybe, just maybe I will get onto some scrappy project latter this week. Time will tell!

Just for fun thought Id post this photos, acquired latterly from an old friend. I once lived in this sack, back in, it doesn't look much better than Aimee's horrid flat on Hyde St in Dunedin! 
 Funny the things one does when one is young!!

Now back to scrapping...
These are two of the pages I worked on at EmbellishIt's Crop day in oamaru

The denim flowers were made by simply rolling a strip of fabric and sewing as I rolled. 

I pinched these photo's of Aimee and her beloved off her facebook page! 
I have kept this page super simple and it was very quick to throw together...definatley a 'no Fuss' Page!

Thanks for popping by and do be sure to check out this months Challenge over at NZ Paper Chase, you have until mid-night on the 30th of June to get your entry in, the prize this month is a mini Bo-Bunny Album...check out the details HERE

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

One day in June

I had a great day scrapping all day Saturday.
Embellish It had a crop day in Oamaru and this time I managed to get along. Special thanks to Camden who come to look after Andrew for the day.
Kathy from Duntroon come with me, we headed off bright and early (for a Saturday) at 9am and scrapped until, one would think I would have got more done than I did, but I was pretty stocked to almost finish three pages, and I managed to accumulate a nice little stash of scrapping goodies as well.

This page is one I wanted to do for a challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. I saw this challenge via Donna O'Learys blog and because I have not scrapped any of our wedding photos (except  for one digital page a few years ago) I thought it would be a fun challenge to take on, and something a little different. I should mention that I hate scrapping me !!

Anyway, here is my completed page. I added more to it on Monday and even more again today...yes, I'm an 'over doer' I know! 

The flower on the right is one I brought on Saturday. I also brought some Martha Stewart Paper Clay goodie's and I made the paper clay flower and the word 'April ' using it. The flower on the left is one I created from petals I found in my stash at home.

Yesterday I added this ring that dear Andrew welded for me many years ago. He did eventually buy me a real engagement ring, but this one holds special memories.

 Today I added this tiny Ingvild Bolme Frame, and another tiny photo, along with some roses and a bit more ribbon, held in place with brads. Now I'm happy with this page and will leave it alone.. I think! 

Thanks for looking, and if, like me, you have not scrapped any of your wedding photos then I dare you to give this challenge a go as well.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Been Smashing!

Now just so I don't disappear again I'm popping in with another post!
 Recently I have been busy with a Smash Book Page swap and as I'm chief organiser all of the scrummy pages are coming back to me before I send them on their way.
Below is a wee peek at some of my pages...cannot post them all yet until they are back with their owners.

Each Player choose their own theme, and this presented a challenge of its own, each page had to be different, so thinking cap was on over drive for this challenge! I'm still waiting for a few More pages to come in, before I send all of the Smash Book pages off to their new home.
Will show you some of my favorites then.

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Mine was nice.
 On Saturday evening we went out to Tea at Pasquale's Winery near Kurow. The French cheif is a marvel, she makes the most scrumptious food, I will be going back!
 On Sunday evening we went to The Waitaki Hotel, yes, for tea once again. This time our old friend Dave (owner of the Hotel) cooked me up yummy oyster's, chips and salad, delish!!
So I have not had to cook much all weekend...its kind of been a little like a 'holiday at home'.
Tomorrow Its back to work and tomorrow afternoon Im tring something new...will let you know how it goes!!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Back In Blogger Land

Told you I'd be back, just a day or two late.What have I been doing these past few months?? Good question really, guess Ive been going through life one day at a time and contemplating where I'm at and where I want to be with it all!! LOL, as yet I don't have any answers and have just decided the best solution is to 'Let life surprise me',things turn out just the way they are meant to be so stop sweating the 'small stuff' and just wait and see where this adventure, called life, takes me!

I'm still crafting and today I'm having a major reshuffle in my craft space, like my life, its kind of over crowed with old 'junk' that needs throwing away, I need more space!
NZ Paper Chase still takes up a good chunk of my time, between the Blog, Face book, Challenges and  Magazine work I do not have trouble filling in my spare time, of which I would like more, but wouldn't we all. I'm hoping over winter to get back into painting, its been a while. I have one on the go, started it some time ago but have been lacking in enthusiasm and inspiration to get it finished, so hence another good reason to have a make space on my desk for paints.

Check Out our June Challenge over at NZ Paper Chase 
This months inspiration comes in the form of a photo that I borrowed off someones Face Book page (cannot remember's who's now).

Here is the example page I created, a little different to my usual style.

Pop over to the Blog and check out the details and the prize. Hope to see you there.

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My Scrapping

Here is my finished latest painting

Here is my finished latest painting
This one is a hit with all the males who have seen it. I must say that I did not really enjoy painting a truck and it will be a one off for sure! Uncle David is now the owner of this one. Next project on thepainting scene is going to be a fisherman- for my Uncle Graeme who is wanting me to paint him something. Really need to get onto this one!

Finished at last- I think

Finished at last- I think
At last I think I have pretty much finished this painting for my uncle. Do hope he likes it.

My waterlillies

My waterlillies
one of my recent paintings

Naked Lady

Naked Lady
One of my last years paintings

Aimee and Bob

Aimee and Bob
A painting I did a while back for my daughter

Click on our house to see a little of where we live.

Thank you

Just want to say thankyou to those of you who have been kind enough to take the time to leave a comment or sign my guest book. Always get a buzz out of knowing people have been here for a wee look! THANK YOU!!

Check out my talented nephew Tony...he's the cool dude singing!