Thursday, 23 October 2008

snakes and birthdays :)

Lucy and I swapped birthdays this year. I had my party on hers and she on mine. We did it this year as I turned 40 (yeah yeah...ancient I know hehe) so I had a party for my birthday after years of not really having a party.

But first Lucy her birthday.
Lucy had a bit of a party at day care on Monday. We brought an ice cream cake in and they got Ruby in the group when they sang happy birthday to Lucy. Lucy her teacher took some piccies for me:)

My little darling turned 3 this year!! What happened to my little baby girl?? She was a little upset that my "birthday" was before hers but we still gave her some pressies in the morning. So on her party day she unpacked the rest of her pressies. The biggest pressie she got was a little kitchen. She always loves playing with them at other people's houses and it was half prize! She loved it! After taking Chris to school and some preparing for her party the little miss had her first ever swimming lesson together with Ruby. They were the only 2 kids in the group (so cool). The teacher was in the water with them and did all fun water things with them. Both girls had a lovely time!
We then headed back home to ice the cupcakes (they had to be pink of course) and we started cooking the lunch.

Great timing, the lunch was all done when the kiddies came over. They all had fun eating a yummy lunch, playing some games and a doing treasure hunt.
I was so surprised with Ruby as she normally is "the following" kind of girl but during the party she organised all the kids playing the games she wanted and they all just did what she wanted. So nice to see another side of her!

Do you see the tags on Lucy her dress? She got the dress from one of her friends and I can already tell that it's going to be her favourite dress. It's pink and she can twirl in it, that's all the things a dress has to be (for her anyway lol). She tried the dress on and didn't take it off for 2 days in a row...
In the evening we had a nice roast dinner at home with some friends of ours with their kiddies so we had a nice fun day!
My party was on Saturday and I had such a lovely time! In the morning Allan and the kids gave me their presents. What can I say, my Allan really outdid himself!! He scanned some older photo's of me that were taken when I was around 18 / 20 years old. A dear friend of mine was a photographer and took pictured of me on a regular basis. They mean even more now because he died at away too young! Anyway, Allan scanned 4 pictures (one was with my mum), photo shopped them (he had never ever done that before) and them got them printed and framed. Wow, such a cool present!! He also gave me a new scanner/printer that I love and helped Chris to get me a new phone and the girls gave me some yum choccies!!
Later on in the morning Anita and I went to a style thingie in the mall, then Michelle came as well and they treated me to a pedicure and a lunch. What a lovely start to a birthday!!
We invited friends, family, some colleagues and neighbours to my party and it was a lovely mix of people! I was so spoiled!! Lovely flowers, vouchers, candles (and gorgeous holder) a pandora necklace with a bead and a star. My dear friend Lucrecia and I had been cooking a few days in advance all this lovely Sri Lankan food. Every one loved it!! Yay!! It was just a lovely relaxing evening! I was so happy that Drew (my stepson) and his girlfriend Melissa came over as well!
Some piccies of the party...

So all in all the parties were lovely!
I also had my first wild snake encounter last week. I went for a walk around the lake and when i came back on the concrete path again I heard some rustling behind me... about 50 cm behind me this brown snake crossed the footpath. I always thought that I would totally freak out the moment I'd meet my first "wild" snake. but I was more intrigued than anything. That he wasn't worried about me probably helped a lot though! I'm not sure if I was just extremely lucky to not have been 1 second slower or that he was waiting for me to walk past him before he crossed the path! Anyway... it was interesting :)
Because of all this partying i haven't done much scrapping. I have done a LO for ScrapBoutique but am not able to show that just yet.
Speaking of ScrapBoutique. The kits for the santa workshops are almost sold out!!! Wow, they are selling like hotcakes. If you are lucky you might be able to get one but if not you can get access to the workshops for only $25 dollars and use your own supplies! It's going to be loads of fun!!
This weekend Chels is going away to Melbourne so Kate, Liz and I have the boutique to ourselves!! We would love all of you to come and join us for our "when the cats is away" cybercrop!! We've got some great challenges, games and and prizes to give away!! Hope you'll come and join us!!
Here are my 2 LO's for this and last weeks sketch at the stylish sketch blog.

Hope to see you at the Boutique this weekend!!
Happy scrapping :)

Monday, 13 October 2008

Santa's workhops at the boutique

Make sure you don't miss out on the ScrapBoutiques "Santa's Workshop" selling now in the Boutique Shop. The Workshop goes for 6 weeks - 10th November to 14th December. Chelsea, Manon, Kate and myself have soooo many fun and exciting projects planned and the "Santa's Workshop" Kit is scrap packed full of amazing products, thanks Chels. Liz has some fun christmas cards and an advent calendar for you to create, Kate is whipping up a layout and gift tags, Chelsea is making gift bags and I have a lovely mini album planned. And there are heaps more Christmas projects planned. So don't wait - go and buy the Santa's Workshop Kit NOW to ensure you have the best workshop seats in the Boutique . You will have access to our Santa's Workshop Blog and special forum in the Boutique, not to mention the Santa's Workshop Kit full of goodies from Basic Grey, Kaisercraft, Making Memories, Teresa Collins, embellishments galore, stamps, mini album, and lots lots more scrap goodies, you will think Christmas has come early. We look forward to seeing YOU at the ScrapBoutique Santa's Workshop!!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Very soon....

In a week are 2 we will be announcing a very fun announcement at ScrapBoutique. I will announce it here at the same time so keep your eyes open :)

I'm just having an hour all to myself. Allan has taken the kids over to our friends to watch under 20's NRL final while I'm busy cooking (hehe... it's an Egyptian hotpot.... so it's just stewing away on the stove).

It's already the second week of the school holidays here in the ACT! I just can't get over how quick the holidays go!

Last week Chris had his 15th birthday! He went to the movies with some friends and we took him out to dinner in the evening. I am quite sure he had a nice day, but it's sometimes a bit hard to tell with teenagers though lol.

We still haven't been to Floriade yet!! We tried to go the Friday before the holidays but after searchign for a park for more than half an hour I had enough so instead we bought ice cream and went home.

It's sure is a busy birthday time this time of the year, Chris last week and my mum the day before him and 2 of my gorgeous scrappy friends had their birthdays too so happy birthday Liz and Mum for the 28th, Chris for the 29th and Karen for the 4th!!

Not much longer and I will be celebrating my birthday... Am not too sure how to feel about this big one. Everyone keeps saying that 40 is fantastic! Ah well, I guess it's just a number. I should count my blessings, be happy that I have already had 40 wonderful, healthy and happy years with lovely family and friends around me. So I can't complain!!! And I'm going to have a party this year... has been a very very long time since I had a birthday party for myself!!

Ok scrappy wise... First of all.... Scrapboutique has a great sale on this weekend (till Monday)... go and have a look!! I've already filled up my basket but I'm sure there's still some left for you :)
I have some Scrapboutique DT work to show you and some other LO's :)
This first one was with some 3 bugs in a rug papers

This one is with BG Offbeat. I sent it to the Basic Grey site and they accepted it for in their gallery, woohoo!!
And here a card for my mum :)

Another DT one, with K&Co. papers. This one was for Liz. I never used this paper before but I really loved working with it!!
Another K&Co one, this time it's from the Mira range.

This LO was done for this long weekends challenge at ScrapBoutique (you can find it under random challenges). Chris was jumping on the trampoline, doing the "make me a supermodel" poses. I couldn't resist. As it was around sunset I could get these almost silhouette photo's, loved the effect. All BG offbeat again.

This one was for my CC challenge last week at ScrapBoutique. Some older photo's of Ruby at Floriade. I used some RAD actions from "Totally Rad", that you could download for free, on these pics. I love the effect as it makes them look at bit "old fashioned"

The next 2 LO's are for the CISters stylish sketches!!

Don't you just love this grumpy face?
And my last project is this portfolio that I made for craft online. I really enjoyed using some old photo's for this challenge. It's all about our Dutch heritage. Only from my mum's side as I realised I have absolutely no photo's of any of my relatives from my dads side. I only have a pic of my cousin Maureen!! And that was because she was here and we took photo's of each other. Bit sad hey!!

Anyway, of to stir the pot again!!

Happy scrapping :)