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Monday, May 14, 2018

smashing goals

This girl is on such a great ride atm. Moved out of home to college, working out that boarding life is pretty good stuff, smashing her scholastic targets and just loving life.

Man oh man. Are we so proud of this college girl. All we have asked is that she tries her best. And she was rewarded for her efforts in front of her peers at the school assembly when she was awarded 'Outstanding attitude to Study'.

Her school report came home during the holidays, and she could see for herself the rewards for her efforts. She is flourishing into the young adult she is meant to be.

I managed to coordinate a few things together to make it worth coming over to the big smoke on Saturday to catch her first game of school netty and spend Mother's Day with her (as I had MD the week before with the boys by an accidental date mixup).

You keep on trying your best honey. That's all we ask and we are so gosh darn proud of you.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

colour tumby street art festival

Colour Tumby have just wound up their Colour Tumby Street Art Festival weekend April 20-22nd.
If you didn't get there over the weekend then get your butts there while the weather is still warm and lovely.  You'll be in for a treat.


Mural artist Andrew J. Bourke about to put the teeth detail into his shark mural on the side of Bendigo Bank


 Mural Artist Kitt Bennett used a paint by the numbers mural so the public could also have their personal input in the artwork. Front wall along the lawn area near Ritz Cafe & Takeaway


 mural artist Lisa King has an exquisite eye and deft touch of the spray can for the detail. Western wall of the SeaBreeze Hotel


 mural artist Smug with his snapper on the Blue Basin southern wall. The detail in the scales is beautiful.



 mural artist Adnate had the prime real estate spot right inside The Hub during the Wall to Wall art weekend in Tumby. His attention to detail is second to none. Eastern Wall of the Tumby Bay Old Library. 


 James Pedler, local mural artist, had a lot of attention from the sightseers, watching to see what he created. He more than held is own with his creation on the western wall of the Tumby Bay Old Library. 


mural artist James Pedler kindly helped me out with an idea for a photo. Fortunately I had the gentle puff of breeze blowing away from the camera which meant James got a faceful of spray. You're a legend. 


mural artist George Rose is the most colourful with beautifully blended background colours to base the Sturt Desert Peas (South Australia's floral emblem) on. George was very ably assisted by Rosii Pedler and the artwork is on the Rec Centre at the Tumby Bay oval. 



mural artist Dvate showcasing pelicans on his wall on the eastern side of Neindorf IGA in Tumby Bay. I only shot a small portion has there was a shade shelter erected for the artist covering the rest. I'll come back to this one and reshoot it in its entirety.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

milk it

Our neighbour had a milking cow that the kids were invited over to milk. What a grounding experience for the kids.  Everyone should milk a cow to learn where milk comes from and that its not magically from a carton at the supermarket.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

true story

Every now and then I scraplift myself.  I just loved the circles idea and wanted to do it again. So I did. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

the horseman from snowy river

I just love printing directly onto linen cardstock for that canvas look to the photos.  This is pretty much a digi layout with just a flair button, a wooden veneer and some washi tape to embellish and call it a hybrid. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

tumby summer holidays 2012

Summer Holidays are spent in Tumby Bay. Summer at The Bay is swimming, sand, sun and unwinding from life at home. Its our Nirvana.   I document our family time with lots of photos and I love to collage them for scrapping to use as many as I can.

I've made a his and hers page with 16 photos each. Like I said, I love to collage.











Tuesday, February 20, 2018

let your light shine

Finding the silver star on a straw, the silver banners and the silver mesh in Kmart prior to Christmas made this one so easy to pull together.   Nearly finished scrapping 2011 :)


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

radio adelaide goodness and The Wind in Your Hair project

The Right to Wind in Your Hair project had some air time on 101.5 FM Radio Adelaide Goodness segment. Aislinn Rossi rang last week and requested a radio interview on their show "Goodness". She wanted to know about the concept of the Trishaw bike, the process of winning the Fund My Neighbourhood Grant and how Tania Hammond and I intend to run the rides for the elderly and not so able bodied. I've trimmed the show to the point where there is a little Ted Talk segment from the guy who launched Riding without Age in Copenhagen and then it leads into the interview about the Trishaw bike project. Takes about 7-8 mins I think. If the trimming didn’t work, skip forward to after Whams song Wake Me Up. About a quarter the way into the loading bar
click on the Audio Player link and sit back.


http://radioadelaide.org.au/audio-player/?title=On+Demand&ondemand&type=audio%2Fm4a&src=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.emit.com%2F5uv%2Fgoodness%2F201802061500%2Faac_mid.m4a&time=1421



Saturday, January 27, 2018

cousins

Found this perfect chip embellie at my local Cheap as Chips not long ago which was the jump off point for this LO to come together.  



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

love love love

I've always love the contrast with white over Kraft.  Whipped spackle through a stencil, a Wilna Furstenburg cut file and a few embellies. Job's done.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

cousins

I'd be lost if I didn't know how to use templates in Photoshop. My goto ones usually come from Katie Pertiet from Designer Digitals.  Quality plus. And I'm forever thankful for taking part in a Jessica Sprague Frame Ups online class eons ago that started me on the path to learning about masks, clipping and templates. Multiple photo layouts are a snap while preserving a lot of white space.

We are having Christmas with these guys at their home and will probably spend the majority of the day in their lovely pool. Bring it on. 



Thursday, December 21, 2017

happy father's day

X and O's cut out on the Cameo, add a touch of sewing, a sprinkle of wood veneer and typed the journalling. Layout done.






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

love

Every year I do a calendar for all the family members for Christmas. Its always a winner with them and the one year I didn't do it I was reminded how much the family expects them. It does make Christmas shopping a stress free breeze. 

I usually do a quick photoshoot with the kids in October of the year before (2015 in this case) so there is a very recent and fresh photo for the family members to see how much the kids have grown from year to year.

This LO was the top of the 2016 calendar and the Coco Vanilla embellishments for it were perfect.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

father's day

Sometimes a large photo is all you need, and a little journalling to explain the occasion. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

cummins christmas wonderland

For the last 8 years I have photographed the Cummins Christmas Wonderland and have been the admin for their Facebook page.  Its been such a delight to give back to the wider community and share the Christmas joy.


The theme of the Wonderland changes each year and its a totally fresh camera candy.

I've included a couple of pics here to tempt you to go have a look at the Cummins Christmas Wonderland on the Facebook page.

Release the inner child.






Thursday, November 30, 2017

best moments.

lots of Wilna inspo on this one. from the background mask, the water colouring and the print cut file. Love it all. I especially love typing directly onto a photo. I do usually leave it dry overnight so it absorbs into the photo paper and not smudge.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

40

Back in 2010 I turned 40 and celebrated with an 80's themed weekend with best girlfriends. I booked Sir Issac's, a sunset cruise on the Coffin Bay Explorer and organised tea while on the sea.

Lou flew in from Adelaide, Paige was already home on holidays and the rest of the crew gathered on Saturday.  Kathy couldn't come last minute as she was unwell.

After announcing a social media ban for the weekend but please take lots of photos for scrapping later, we really let our hair down. A lot. I remembering laughing so hard. 

I now have a 50th looming in the not too distant future and I've started pondering what we can get up to for that.

When I spotted these manilla folders in Kmart a couple of years ago, I snagged one with the idea of the 40th birthday photos, without knowing how it would come together.  It wasn't until I found some Twiddlybits kraft hinged pages that the lightbulb came on. And it was all done in a couple of days.

Thanks to Amy, Lou, Janice, Paige, Maryann, Laura, Gina (Dot with the Lot), Leonie (Prudence) and Sandra for letting me share the photos and memories of that sensational weekend.














Saturday, November 25, 2017

fund my neighbourhood - the right to wind in your hair

Wow wow wow. Thank you so much Cummins Tumby Bay and Districts. You voted for The Right to Wind in your Hair and we were 1 of 4 projects that were successful for Lower Eyre. 
Amazingly no projects from Port Lincoln, Whyalla or Port Augusta got through. Regional smaller communities stood up and voted. Applause to all of you who did. And our thanks. And our appreciation for the wonderful support from the Tumby Bay voters who supported our Wind in Your Hair Project and for those who in turn supported the Silo Mural Project. 
THANK YOU.

Tania Hammond and Tiff Firth are so excited to take this to next step and get the Trishaw bike here and be cycling some time mid next year.
THANK YOU.

Friday, November 24, 2017

country girl

A bit of Wilna inspired for this one with masking fluid and watercolour paints.

Every kid needs to learn how to milk a cow and not think that milk comes in cartons.