Sunday, 30 December 2007


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We had such a lovely day!! The weather was perfect, around24 celsius, little bit of a breeze, just the way I like it.

In the morning we unwrapped our pressies. The kids didn't wake up too early, around 7 so that was good. The girls were so excited when they saw the pressies under the tree. I was very excited to give Chris his pressie to him. We got him a wacom bamboo fun. It's a writing / drawing tablet that you connect to the computer. He really loves drawing and computer things so I was so happy to have thought about it. The good thing was that he didn't have a clue at all!!

I also got him his first after shave (not that he shaves YET, but he likes to smell nice..). The girls got lots of girly things; dolls, books etc. We also got them a play vacuum cleaner as esp. Ruby is a bit scared of the vacuum cleaner, well not anymore! Megan, their big sister who lives in Sydney, also got them all lovely pressies. They were very spoiled!!

After breakfast and a little bit of a play we went over to Allan's nephew where we had lunch with his side of the familyu. The kids got more presents there and had a fun time playing with the nieces and nephews.

We then went home where we had a bit of a snooze before heading out to Bungendore to spend time with some friends in their new house. The house is just stunning. Kelly designed it herself, it's in the middle of paddocks, no neighbours to be seen and their property also includes a big p[art of a big hill, wow. There were more friends of us and lots of fun, music and good food. The only sad thing was that Ruby fell down some stairs and fell on the concrete. She got this big egg on her forhead now. She was a bit upset for about 10 minutes, we put her fave Dora on for her and when one of the kids was in her way she told me she was "all better now" and got off the bed to sit next to the boy so she wouldn't miss any of Dora. Phew, it is always a bit of a worry when they fall on their heads!!

Here are some imperssions of the day.

A while ago I took a picture of Kelly with her daughter Celeste and used the cute pic to make a canvas for her. For their new house and as a chrissie present.

I also made some other presents for some people and am still making some more.. they'll be new years presents :)

This one is for Megan, it's a calendar

And this journal is for my friend Lucrecia. I so much love the journal i had last year so i hope that she will enjoy it just as much.

At CIS Jolene is teaching us how to use photo shop. In this months lessons we learned how to turn a photo into black and white and then make some part of the photo the original colour again. This is what I did. I made this LO when Allan took the kids to the pool this morning and I had the house to myself (for the first time in years!!)

We also learned how to make a photo sepia. Here's my sepia photo plus LO.

And have a look at this, my mum with her beautiful painting which is at an exhibition!! Love it mum!!

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Till next time.

Happy scrapping

Monday, 24 December 2007

Merry Christmas

Just want to wish all my blogreaders a beautiful Christmas.

Hope you are sharing it with your loved ones.


Manon xxx

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Hip dysplasia

We had some great news on Thursday. Lucy doesn't have any more problems with her hips, they are the hips of a healthy 2 year old, woohoo!!

Both my girls were born with hip dysplasia. It's a heriditary problem where basically the hip is not in the right place. With DD1 they found out that she had hip dysplasia when she was 6 1/2 months old. When she was born she didn't have any "clicky" hips and neither on the next check ups. Fortunately a nurse at the clinic noticed uneven forlds and she was very quickly afterwards diagnosed. The femoral head (ball of the hip joint) was making a socket too high in the pelvis. She had to have a small operation where they severed a tendon to place the hip in the right position. They then put her in plaster from chest till feet. She had top stay in plaster for 3 months. It was summer so it was pretty hot for the little darling but she was so easy going so that made it a lot easier.

This is her and me in the hospital the day after her operation.

When she came out of her plaster she had to wear a spica cast at night for quite a long time. We stopped letting her wear it when she totally had enough of it. Which was after quite a long time though. Because they found out relatively late it took and takes longer to "heal". The ball of the hip joint was quite a bit smaller than the one on the other side for about 2 years, it's starting to catch up now and it is all filling in nicely. She still has to come back for a check up next year but Lucy is all in the clear.

With Lucy they found out when she was 6 weeks old so she was put in a harness straight away for 3 months and now 1 1/2 years later she is all good. It was so much better to find out early. The treatment is way easier and the outcome better!!

If you want to know more about it here's a link to a site.


I haven't mentioned yet that Scrap The Lot is no more!!

I suppose I was in a bit of a shock myself. i had been teaching there for quite a while (6 months or so) and new it wasn't going to last forever but I thought they would stay open till the end of their lease which would have been in June.

When we were in bateman's Bay on holiday the bosses had decided to close up shop within 2 weeks!!

When I came back from holiday I read my emails and read one from a friend who asked me why the shop was closing down... when I looked through the rest of my emails I saw a generic email from the shop to all their customers saying that it was closing in 2 weeks.. talk about shock!! The bosses "tried" to call me when I was on holiday. I had a lovely time teaching there and meeting all these beautiful people. My gorgeous friend Lucrecia who used to work there too is working at "Wrapped in Paper" in Gold Creek now. She is working there every Monday and every other Saturday. She would love it if you'd come in and say hi!!

Speaking of Lucrecia, she has made me some gorgeous personalised christmas baubles. She made one for each of my kiddies with their date of birth and name. She is making lots this year so if you would like want one or more too email me and I can send you the info. They're only $7 each and gorgeous!!

My mum was wondering if I had done any scrapping lately. Of course I have, maybe not as much due to finishing of some calendars and SS pressie's for Crafting in Style.

Kaz taught a christmas LO class there a little while ago, loved the class and this is the result. I'm really happy with it!!

Jolene also has a monthly photo shop tutorial/challenge at CIS. In November we learned how to make an oversized pic in photoshop and to turn a pic into a black and white photo. We then have to use those photo's to make a LO, 2 per month. The winner of that month get's a little RAK in the mail. Here are my entries for November.

I've also taken part in the xmas extravangaza at Last night we made a 8.5 x 11 LO. They all made a christmas LO but I wanted to use this piccie of Ruby eating her first ever fairy floss so I used that. I stuck it onto a 12 x 12 bling bazzill as it will go in a 12 x 12 album.

I've bought these 12 x 12 printblock ringbinders at Crafting In Style and love them so much. I'll never go back to the other albums, these ones are so much easier to use!!

Last but definitely not least we got a letter in the mail from Chris his school, I opened it a bit worried (I know.. not good) but read that he is nominated for an award of excellence!!!! OMG how proud am I!!!! He didn't have a clue so it was a lovely surpise for him too. So I'll be going to school on Tuesday to play paparazzi!!

Happy scrapping everyone!!