Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scrapbooking Heaven

I just found THE MOST AMAZING DIGITAL FREEBIES... Chris from Polarfuchs Treasures Digital Designs has just hit this one out of the ballpark from a home run. I am in absolute heaven.
To tell you the truth I am torn between wanting to share these... and keep them all for myself (mwah ha ha ha - evil laugh there)... but I'm in a generous mood cos they are just too amazing.

Chris has created so much amazing Digital "stuff" and SO MANY FREEBIES, her work just has to be seen to be believed. I am definitely a fan and a convert. Can't wait to try these out... I just need to stop downloading so I have some time to play!!!
You must go and see her blog for yourself!!!

The blog address is:
And the heaven sent gift can be found at:

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Blog

Just a quick note to let you know I now have a second blog dedicated to the ups, downs, ins and outs of my life on the edge. 

This blog will now be dedicated to my creative pursuits. 

Thank you so much for the suggestion Carrie.

Will post some of my creativity later today... its just been such a busy weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Circle Journals

Today I succeeded in my quest for some daily creative time (unlike yesterday and despite ongoing tooth ache). I am participating in my second ever Circle Journal even though this one is already nearly at its conclusion. I have one more Circle Journal to receive and complete and then I am due to get mine back.

For the uninitiated... a Circle Journal is a scrapbook created by a circle of friends or colleagues. Each person in the circle creates their own journal, establishes a theme, determines any instructions or requirements then completes the first page or pages. The journals are then passed to the next person in the circle to follow the instructions the journal creater has established and complete additional pages. This continues until each journal has been passed to each participant in the circle and the one you originally created is returned back to you completed with every person in the circle having added to your journal, just as you have added to every other person's journal.

The completed journals are usually incredible examples of a variety of different techniques and styles and interpretations that hopefully inspire the other participants along the way.

Anyway... today I completed the two pages and sign in tag for the second to last journal for the Circle Journal I am currently participating in. This particular journal required more than my artistic creativity, it also required my culinary creativity... somewhat of a BIG ASK. 

The theme was "Sweet Treats" and we had to provide a copy of a favourite recipe of ours as well as a picture of the complete recipe. Sounds simple enough I hear some of you say... obviously you are not as domestically challenged as what I am.

I probably need to set the scene a little, but first a little bit more about my lack of cooking ability...
  • I have managed to ruin boiled savaloys
  • I can not for the life of me follow a recipe - I have to change something, it happens involunaterally no matter how hard I try to follow the recipe EXACTLY
  • I am the proud owner of the "I Hate To Cook Cookbook" by Peg Bracken
  • I haven't killed anyone YET
The other part of setting the scene is that I had to do this baking business at Scrap Camp, surrounded by some of the most amazing cooks I know. These ladies at true kitchen geniuses and all around domestic goddesses and I truely feel like a complete and utter novice in their presence. (I humbly bow at their feet and gratefully accept any baking that they care to share with me).

So I took my ingredients all pre-measured except the milk which I borrowed from the camp fridge. I followed the instructions (with some sly supervision from one of the aforementioned "Experts" hopefully unbeknown to her) and remembered to take photos of the whole process to prove they weren't store bought after all that.

Into the oven they went, one last photo before the finished result and then it was just a matter of waiting patiently. 

Just to prove that they weren't a TOTAL FLOP, here is the pages I completed for the circle journal album, complete with photographic evidence which would hold up in court that I can on occassion book something mildly edible - just that was it for the year so don't expect seconds.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tooth Ache

I'm not now, nor have I ever been a fan of Dentists... sorry if anyone reading this is a dentist... but they and their equipment and the smell and the sound just make me cringe... even the mere thought of it sends shivers down my spine.

So why the sudden interest (or lack thereof) in dentists... a few months ago I had tooth ache so I went to the dentist and he put in a temporary filling. Now it seems that the temporary filling may have finally fallen out. I know this because for the past week I have been feeling the odd twinge of pain in the tooth that I know I had the filling in. Alas over the weekend the twinges got a little bit stronger and a lot more frequent. 

I have therefore spent much of today avoiding all food and drink completely and popping pain killers and would you believe - rubbing bonjella on my gums - in an attempt to reduce some of the pain.

The really funny part is that I had to tell my granddaughter's parents not to touch MY bonjella as bubby is currently teething.

The biggest problem is not the pain... that comes and goes even though at the time it can be fairly debilitating (sitting there holding my jaw, trying to will away the pain or use some kind of primitive acupressure is not all that attractive) it is the time inbetween the pain that can be the worst. 

What do you do while you wait for the inevitable to happen? What do you do while you are not in pain, yet you know that the pain could reappear at any moment?

If I was more organised (and yes I can see some of you reading this saying that is a really big IF Paula) then I would have a list of tasks with all the right equipment and all the necessary tools at hand ready for all those moments between the excrutiating pain bits. 

But I'm not that organised and in reality I am just a big woosey. Unfortunately what this means is that I didn't achieve anything creative today at all. I did manage to download some digital scrapbooking elements from some creative websites... though I still have not managed to actually look at what I have downloaded. I will post some links and give some credit to the talented people who have created these things and most importantly made them available FREE online to other creative people such as myself.

Alas that is all for today... apologies its not more exciting or more creative... promise to make up for it tomorrow (or later today to be more accurate).

Here however is the Mini Album I created for our Camp Challenge at Scrap Camp a couple of weeks ago. The theme was "Key to my Heart". We were given the theme, a silver double heart charm, a silver heart paperclip, a silver key, some white ribbon with hearts on it and some silver fabric / paper stuff.

Will add additional photos later today!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bathurst & other Sunday pursuits

It's Sunday 2.40 in the afternoon. The sun is shining outside, glorious in all it's splendour after a few days of hiding behind clouds and rain. And instead of being outside enjoying it... maybe doing some of that gardening I keep promising myself I am going to do (thanks for the inspiration ladies) but instead I am inside parked infront of the TV watching Bathurst.

This may sound a little strange given I am such a girlie girl, but I am a die-hard petrol head and lead foot from way back. I went on my first rally when my mother was six-weeks pregnant with me, so I guess you could say it's in the blood.

I'm multi-tasking. (Thought I should explain that given I said I'm typing this yet said I was watching Bathurst). As much as I love watching Bathurst, I still find I need to be doing something with my hands otherwise I start to get all fidgety. So I am.... watching Bathurst, writing my blog, chatting online to a very dear friend, checking my Facebook page, collecting my Farmtown gifts from my Facebook page (it's been a while), enjoying a nice cold slightly alcoholic drink and contemplating making some more jewellery. (I made my first bracelet last night.)

I'm also looking slightly guiltily at something I need to get sent through to a friend. I promise to get it done later today. Will not go to sleep until its done.

So anyway here is a picture of the bracelet that I made yesterday. It's the first I have made so may be a bit of over-kill but I think its lovely and perfect for a Pacific Christmas... which is getting far too close too fast. I can't believe we are nearly half way through October already. Where has the year gone???

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's About Time

I can hear a chorus of voices all calling out the same thing... its about time you got your act together and finally actually posted something on your blog... Well here it is, at last!

I am a scrapbooker, wannabe photographer (need a new camera, but need to be able to afford it first), step-mum, nana and currently unemployed bum aka accountant. Given that I'm currently not working and yet seem to have no time in my day to do everything that I want to do, I'm at a loss as to how I even managed to fit in working a full-time job as well as everything else I do.

Aside from the unemployment bit, my life, in general, is fairly interesting to put it politely... no doubt more on that as we get to know one another. Anyway today is my eldest step-daughter's 20th birthday... well technically yesterday as it's now after midnight, but you know what I mean. It is also now over four months since I had a job, and aside from the whole not having any money thing, it's really not too bad.  

I spent most of last week away at Scrap Camp, where I taught two classes on mini albums and despite starting the first class a little hesitant about my abilities, ended up thoroughly enjoying myself and wondering why I wasn't doing more of this in real life. I will add some photos of the two albums in the next day or two as I haven't actually taken any photos of the completed projects.

Note to self: take photos, hurry up and clean scrapbook studio, get website sorted out and get classes started! And to those who know me well, yes I know I have been saying this for some time. I'm a procrastinator... it's a hard habit to break.

Anyway I am making progress re cleaning studio, have at least almost completely unpacking after Scrap Camp, and can find nearly everything, though I am in desperate need of more storage, despite the recent addition of the two new cupboards, so if anyone has one lying around doing nothing, please send it my way. I'm sure I can find a home for it here, and it will feel comfortable, wanted and most importantly loved by me.

Here a photo of the beloved cupboards that I built and decorated myself that are currently bursting at the seams... need to start somewhere and here is as good a place as any.

Chat to you soon