Friday, 23 January 2009


Life constantly sends us many challenges - that is a constant! Rather than feel victimised - "Why me?" - it is so important to look at what we have been offered and know that it gives us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our world.

I am choosing the word TRUST as my word for 2009.
  • A trust in whatever comes my way, I can handle.

  • A trust in that everything will work out positively.

  • A trust that whatever I choose to do will create success.

  • A trust that my dreams will come true.
This is my image of TRUST that I got from - I tried to just use the word Trust but it doesn't repeat it so I trust what I have is perfect for me!

I haven't been very 'creative' lately - at least with either my scrapbooking or cardmaking so I really don't have anything to share. Hopefully I will scan some layouts to upload in the next couple of days.

I have kept up my 365 photography and blog which is big for me! My photography skills are getting better - now I just need to learn how to use the camera properly!

So until next time ...

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Twas the Month After Christmas ...

I found this rhyme on Jaimie Emmerton's Blog and I just love it! Hope you don't mind me using it Jaimie ...

T'was the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled,
the chocolate I'd taste
At the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
- not a walk but a lumber!

I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with girt...
I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend this summer, disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie, not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie.
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore...
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet.

Who's with me!

Friday, 16 January 2009

OMG - it's mid January already!

Well, it has been ages since my last post! It was such a busy time over Christmas and New Year - lots of family events; I de-cluttered and cleaned 90% of the house (not Rob's Office though, too hard!!); I ate lots; I did very little exercise (at the gym anyway!); I enjoyed the company of my beautiful eldest daughter and 3 grand-daughters and I even managed to get in some creating time!

I felt very inspired after Heidi Swapp's workshop and I made Grace an a to Z mini-album for Christmas - lots of fun doing it! I used a Making Memories 6" x 6" Cloth Album in a stunning lime green colour (my favourite colour!) and the base pages were from the 6 x 6 Basic Grey Collection Pad. I added lots of inserts of varying sizes and used lots of embellishments through out the album. Luckily Grace has a zillion photos of her - self portraits - that gave me a great stash to choose the main 26 from. I didn't start till the week before Christmas and the only thing I didn't finish was the ribbons on the spine.

I was over the moon as she was really wrapt with it - even dropped a few tears. I didn't think that Grace was really interested in my Scrapbooking - but she did show one of her girfriends my albums the other day and talked about them as though she has been listening to everything I speak about the pages and the scrapbooking.

Here are some of the pages ...

I started (but still have to 100% complete some scrapbook pages and here is the one I have finished - I will post more at a later date. The colour in this is not very good - the white, red & black are much more vibrant.

I have also started the Project 365 which will support me to be more creative with my photography (and learn how to take better photographs!!) I have decided to start a new blog - 365 Days a Year - specifically for that one. Keeping everything up to date will be a real challenge - but then that's life!

So until next time ...