Friday, 29 February 2008

blessing for the trees + good newsiness

I am swamped!!!

Beneath what USED to be my scrap space is a mountain of another kind of PAPER. It's not the paper we all love and go "oooooohhhh" and "aaahhhhhh" over. It's the OTHER, UN-kind paper that has NO manufacturer's or designer's name or logo that I fact, it has NO yummy-ness to it at all!!!!

{{I'm praying for all the trees who suffered greatly just so a heap of people could tell me what to do next.}}

My heart has skipped a beat - but again, not in the nice way when a pizza box is delivered by Aus Post with a web of packing tape over it - MY NAME emblazoned on the front.....

.... no, this irregular heart beat is caused by fear, panic that I'm not going to have enough time to finish everything that everyone wants ON TIME.

I've had one reprieve - thankfully, and I guess I have to LEARN to reach out and ask more people for help. I'm really no good at that. I don't like to be disappointed, but then I get angry when people don't offer to help, but then again, they have no idea what I've got on my plate.

I'm digging a hole here, aren't I????? LMAO....I really need a PA.

Good news
big project nearly off the ground (fingers crossed)
Tonight Inkredible have another VIP NIGHT!!! Yay, love these!!

The mini book class went well. They actually FINISHED the book in 2 hours and just had to stick photos and embellies on. I think that was well worth the effort. And the papers looked gorgeous!!!

{I still get giddy thinking about all the stuff coming from CHA....but I'd better get my backside into gear and finish this mountain of paperwork, otherwise no time for play.}

And sorry to the ladies at Forever Always for bailing on the Circle Journal. Very cranky that I couldn't get myself sorted, but just thinking about a monthly commitment and deadlines was sending me into panic-mode.

I'm glad I vented now. Everything seems a little less onerous when you put your problems on cyberspace and make someone else read them - so if you've made it this far without screaming and hitting the ESCAPE button, I thank you from the bottom of my paperwork!!

Mackinley has completed another sticker chart

and got his remote-controlled suped-up monster truck, completed with monster tyres with lights in them!!!!

And before you ask, YES, Michael DID choose the toy. Well done my No.1!!

Rainer is not just counting to 10 with us, he can now count objects, match colours and follow commands (that's called Receptive Language for you speechy types). I sacked his bio-med GP because he made me wait for 30 mins with Rainer, for an appointment HE a made because he canceled the previous one, and he was only on a phone consult!!!! Hate un-professional professionals!! I walked out of the surgery and he was STILL talking on the phone!!! All the other Mums were shocked when I told them I walked out - it seems they all hang around for longer - CRAZY!! Luckily a new bio-med doc is opening up close to home, so will keep doing what we're doing until she sets up shop and then..... SWOOP!!!! hehe

Congrats to Charm whose first FunkStreet Designs kit went OFF!!! Yes, OFF!!! And she tells me the next kit is ready (almost) to go. Well done chikkie!

brighter and buoyant {well, trying....}

Friday, 22 February 2008

mini book ~ canvas ~ coughing

The canvas class was a little amusing. The ladies just got "in the zone" with the intricate cutting and survived. The beeswax behaved and all was good. Michael forgot the time and the place (der!!) so I had to meet him at Inkredible --- and I was not a happy camper!!

Tomorrow I'm teaching this cute little mini book made from scratch. I got some Fancy Pants MOD stamps and am just IN LOVE with them. I stamped a few throughout the book and then on transparencies for some cool frames, journaling blocks and accents. YUMMO!! Can't wait for the papers to come in from the CHA release.

The paper is Kaisercraft. I just love using non-traditional colours for Christmas, but if you look closely, the paper range is still red and green - just different!! AND I got to use some things for the first time - Cricut, Cuttlebug, Paint Daubers, BindItAll. I'm in love with all these things, just don't have the room at home at the moment. (yes, all "boo hoo" at once please)

Rainer and Mackinley are still coughing and spluttering. I keep getting called up to collect Rainer early which kinda makes me wonder why I bothered driving back home some days!! Problem was, he'd be fine in the morning and as soon as I dropped him off he was crying, wanting cuddles and sleeping lots. All of which he never does at school. So they're both off to the Docs tomorrow morning for check ups and plan Rainer's 4yo immunisation schedule. Apparently, slow and steady, each injection about one month apart should avoid his system being overloaded. So many variables to consider. My brain is in EXPLOSION MODE.

Oh, and I got 3 hours sleep last night because I was up finishing the mini book till about 12.30am and then Rainer decided breakfast should be at 4am this morning!!! Can you believe I've only had ONE COFFEE today??????


brighter and buoyant (providing the sleep is adequate!)

Monday, 18 February 2008

True Love...

Those who know me - know that I don't ventrue near the "lovey-dovey" scrapping. Michael and I have a great, challenging marriage/relationship/friendship but it's not crowded with false sentiments and over-the-top romanticism. Others often comment on whether we are ACTUALLY married because the coversations can be quite volatile and heated at times. But that's how love grows...for us. Sometimes you need to push some boundaries to find out what you're made of.

And when I hear a concert series on Rage with Joe Camilleri, I just knew one of his songs would be the title of a special project.

TRUE LOVE travels on a gravel road

This is the photo I'm using and also some {surprisingly} gorgeous K&Co (yep, so NOT me) from their Urban Rhapsody range, loads of cutting and layering and of course some beeswax and crayola crayons.

What the....?

Yes, indeed. And because the cherubs have all been sick from very EARLY Friday morning (thanks to the staff at Wesley Emergency centre) I haven't finished my sample. But you KNOW it's going to be unreal. If you would like to be pushed a little out of your comfort zone to see what you're made of - book in today.

Thanks to Katherine, Helen and Noelene for playing on Saturday.

"You want me to do WHAT to my photo????!!!!"

and didn't the photos turn out great!!!!!?

Always a hoot at Inkredible.

brighter & buoyant....

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Yikes...where has the time gone?

Firstly, need to do some shameless "self-promotion" and neglect my very demanding tribe for the moment....

(see link in sidebar)

come and get wet and paint!!!!

I've done THREE...count them again.... THREE samples so you can decide how adventurous you want to be today (hehe!!).

Some really cool techniques that you can use over and over again. One sample is the "Celebrate" layout I did for 123 Challenge in January, another on the Inkredible website newsletter and here are some sneaks of the third.

I've also been playing with the Kaisercraft mini books, papers and some 7Gypsies Texture Rubbing Borders. NOICE!!!! I've seen them in the shop, but wasn't sure how to use them, but so easy and so very GORGEOUS!!

My "Remains of a Day" is in the current Scrapbooking Memories magazine and I don't think I can put into words how satisfying it is. The DT work and all the other side projects I've been doing are also very satisfying (especially being involved in the forums) but there's something special about being published. But I know now that I'm only as good as my last layout/project, so I've been madly searching for new inspiration to challenge me more. I can get a little bogged down in the "now" to forget that there are some great artists and great products coming out.

Yes, terribly excited about the CHA releases!!

This Wednesday night at 6.30pm I'm back teaching at Inkredible for a BEESWAX CANVAS CLASS. I saw the wonderful work Jenni O'Connor did in Scrapbook Creations and just had to give it a go too. Then my Claudine Hellmuth Collage Art book arrived from Amazon.....and I think I'm hopelessly hooked. Michael wants me to open an etsy shop already LOL..

Last Monday I met with Nikala and the lovely Charlotte for coffee to buy her Xyron 900. I met Nikala ages ago when she did some family photos in Roma Street Parklands via Scrapbook City website (back in the day). We hadn't spoken IRL since then (August 06 I believe) but had exchanged complimentary comments on the net. It was the BEST 2 hours I've spent with a new friend in quite a while. It's lovely when you begin talking with someone and you say a lot of this.... "YES, I KNOW!!!" Much common ground shared and I hope we can get together again soon.

Have been very preoccupied with an "exit strategy" for Rainer as this is his last year at AEIOU but we have his IEP meeting this Wednesday and we're hopeful he'll transition into regular Kindy and Prep with great success. He's showing unbelievable progress so far this year so my spirits are soaring at the moment.

be brighter and buoyant.....