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Monday, July 30, 2012

frolic in the sea in winter

A couple of Sundays ago was one of those 'perfect' winter days to be out and about. After orienteering we headed to the beach for the kids to have a run.




Saturday, July 28, 2012

swim lessons

Sheoak Craft Cottage asked me to pull a few papers together with a few random embellishments to come up with something.

This is my something  ;O)


"We are very excited to have some talented local scrapbookers who have agreed to be our in-house designers. Our first kit is designed by Tiff Firth "Swim Lessons". The kit is $18.00 and a limited number are available. Some embellishment will vary from kit to kit."


quote from Sheoak's Facebook wall. I havent asked Sheoak if I can post their phone number online, so leave me a comment or email me and I'll get it to you. They are in the phone book as well :O)

While I won't do classes (just not my thing), I'm more than happy to  help promote products in their shop via the occasional kit.

I feel very flattered to be asked, and even more so that I'm the first one.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

bendigo

Have had a busy couple of days behind the lens shooting stills for the three local Bendigo Bank branches.

I'm really pleased with what I am seeing on the screen.



Hoping to get back into scrapping really soon.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

orienteering

I took the kids and a friend of Annie's out for our first day of orienteering today. Laura and her little boy invited us along to join in the fun.

It was a beautiful mild winters day, with sunshine and the odd cloud.

Being our first time, we choose to do the ribbon course, which really isn't orienteering at all. We had visual clues to follow which was a really great way to get the kids excited and wanting to race ahead


When you get to each station, the card needs to be punched with the specially marked punch for that stop. And then the kids raced off again for the next one.

We didn't get lost, didn't need to blow the whistle and didn't need to leave a trail of bread crumbs.

We are all keen to get to the one after next (we are away for the one at Wanna in a fortnight).

Such a delightful way to spend a Sunday.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

'tude

sometimes the smallest of props can bring about such a change in 'tude when taking a pic or two!!



I've loved these shots of Sean when I took them 2 years ago. And he really hasn't changed much in appearance since then.


Friday, July 20, 2012

happy birthday granny

Granny (my Mum) has a thing for pink and florals, so when I spied this enormous teacup which was a pot for a plant, I just had to have her Grandkids give it to her for her birthday.

:O)


selfie

Every now and then I get in front of the lens instead of hiding behind it.
;o)


This LO was inspired by someone's I saw on the www and for the life of me I can't find it, despite trawling through my usual haunts. For that lack of acknowledgement, I apologise to that author. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Canon 50D body for sale

SOLD
For sale.
Canon 50D body with 3 new genuine Canon batteries. Pristine condition
Only upgrading for faster motor drive.

This body has been a faithful tool that has never given me issue.
$500.00 plus postage and insurance. Will be packed in the original box.

Extremely handy as a second camera considering the 1.6 crop factor and zoom lenses that can be more effectively utilised.



cherish

I've done a his and hers for their albums. I love the shadows cast by the row of family and the cherish title.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

98% nice, 2% naughty

Gina, Amy and I set personal challenges for each other at the WWWW weekend.
Mine was no Thickers (no sweat as I had the Cameo with me) and stamping (eeeeek. I'm such a nervous stamper).

So this is what I came up with. Random stamping worked ok for me in the end. phewwwww.

LO no 8 from the weekend.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

o christmas tree

I've steered clear of the traditional Christmas colours for this LO and drew the inspo from the kids clothing.


and ooopsie. I had printed a 2010 photo instead of a 2009 photo. lol. I'm getting ahead of myself
:op

bubbles

When the sun was out on Friday morning, so were we.


Friday, July 13, 2012

harvest time

LO no 6 from the WWWW weekend. Many thanks Mel for the Tied Wheat stencil. Had a bit of fun with the Silhouette Cameo with this one. Even worked out perfect placement with my cutting (zzz in the photo)



School holiday wrap up.

We've had a 2 week break stuffed full of fun stuff for the kids and us. Love the holidays. The lack of routine, lack of sporting commitments (gymnastics, gym for me, dance for both the kids), the sleepins, and the pj mornings. Even Kym wound back a cog or two and was around a lot more having family time.

So what did we do. Kids had Xroads on the last day of school. I had the WWWW scrap weekend away in Wudinna. Fantastic creative time with like minded ladies up there. The kids went Clay Target shooting with Kym.  I took the kids to Lincoln for the day and Annie's orthodontist appointment. Caught up with Ann at Del Gernios for Coffee and Cake. We had tea with my Grandfather in Lincoln on another night. I took him out to a stable party on another night (we have mutual horsey friends). This stable has a swanky pizza oven. Over 4 hours 7 pizzas were cooked up. Some very gourmet, some not (mine wasn't gourmet at all, just good ol' Ham cheese pineapple with Sweet chilli Sauce and wilted Oregano.)  I took Annie with me Scrapbooking last Thursday night. Kym took the kids to Glen Forrest Animal Park for a Birthday Party while I was doing a photographic presentation to the Residents of Miroma Place. Annie played Netball at Ungarra. We had a 24hour Flatus competition. We went Whale Watching at Sleaford and saw 4 Southern Right Whales play around. The Modra's joined us for Whale Watching on Monday morning before our own Monday Movie Marathon. We watched Brave and Ice Age 4. We had a couple of home days (phewwww). I've photographed black faced lambs. awwww.  I've been scrapping away, both for me and for Scrap Therapy. here and here. I went Scrapping last night, another home day before visitors in the afternoon today.
Netball for Annie on Saturday. I'm not sure what Sunday and Monday hold for us yet before the kids head back to School on Tuesday.



I'll miss the holiday when they go back  :-(



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

twins for life

Annie came Scrapbooking with me last Thursday night down at Scrapworkz. This is a school holiday treat for her as they are late nights and normally during a school week.

She plans her LO around the photo before she leaves home so she's straight into it when we get in there.

In her words "I've been watching you (me) use lots of doilies and banners when you scrap, so I thought I would too."



Bless her!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

pool boy

Scrap Therapy's had a bit of a change up and the NEW sketch challenge comes with a $50 Scrap Therapy voucher to the winning entry submited by either linking your entry to the Scrap Therapy Blog or into the Forum Gallery. All the deets here.




Sunday, July 8, 2012

black face lambs

I've been keen to photograph new season black face lambs during the last week or so. Today was the day.

This little fella had an attack of the sillies as he gambolled towards me before ducking under the gate to get back into the paddock.



a whale of a day

I heard via a great mate and awesome photographer that there were in Humpback Whales down Lincoln way. So up and off we went. The kids and I picked up Ann on the way and out we headed to where 4 of them have been spending the last couple of days.

They were a long way away for most of the time, and just as we had to leave for Ann to meet an appointment, they came close. She insisted we stay for an extra 5 mins ;o)

The kids were great and were super excited to see a whale in their binoculars. The Modra's are coming out with us tomorrow to have a look before we head in to the Monday movie marathon.


wwww

wild women's weekend in wudinna.

At the e2c there was talk between 3 tables of a get together later this year. You know how it is??? Easy to say, easy to not do.

Not only did the Wudinna girls pull together and pull it off, it was fantastic.

There are a lot of Wudinna ladies with very young families that just can't get to a retreat down this way, so Marilyn and Mel organised a Wudinna weekend for them. The Senior Citz was chosen as the venue for its facilities (full kitchen and reverse cycle aircon) as well as great lighting and plenty of trestles and chairs. It was the perfect choice.

Shabby Chic Shack took the shop up and a few of the Lock girls travelled too. That left only 4 chairs at the scrap table left for myself and 3 from Lincoln.

The weekend wasn't any secret, but it wasn't broadcasted out there either. Marilyn and Mel would have been in an awful position to say no to 50 ladies all wanting to scrap, when there were only 4 seats left in the first place. It wasn't exclusive or a shut shop, but they had to be a bit practical about the whole thing. Keeping it small meant keeping it simple. And fun for them. It's as simple as that.

Denise met me at home to pop her gear in the car, and park hers in my car shed. We were packed to the eyebrows as I had my swag, the office chair, the sack truck, the Cameo, the sewing machine, the camera bag with tripod, the laptop, the eski, and the scrap stash (hence the sacktruck)

Amy and Gina met us in town after stocking up the eski.
Love my sixpack  :OP

In no time we were at Wudinna and we stopped at the Farmer's Statue for a quick shutter session. (Photos of that to come). Unload the gear and by 2pm Friday we were scrapping.
Beverage of Choice

Tea at the local pub that night. Nom Nom Nom.

lots of scapping done to the wee hours. Gina, Amy, Denise and I swagged it in the Citz rooms so we could scrap till we dropped

No early risers on Saturday.
Morning sustenance with Amy

Cold damp morning gave way to a winters sun afternoon. But the aircon heating never turned off.

Mel and I headed out after the catered tea to shoot the Farmer's Statue under lights at night. A few more wines under the belt to warm up when we came back. And more scrapping to the wee hours.

Sunday saw another non early riser start. More and more scrapping done.

Lots of laughs and haws haws haws and I LURVE it memories. The Cameo got a good work out, (thanks Gina for the help)

Marilyn's colourful stash section

  
Enormous thanks to Marilyn and Mel who organised the whole shebang, to the Wudinna crew for the 'sangers and soup lunches'  They was sooooo yum

Friendships Concreted and I LUUUUURVED IT!!!!


The only blight has been sour grapes by someone who felt excluded, which was not the case at all. She blames me, even tho I was not an organiser. Just an instigator. Hopefully she has moved on from her school yard antics. Not one person involved at the retreat was impressed with her at all, nor those that I have spoken to since, and that's a just a bit sad.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

wee

Layout no. 4 from the WWWW weekend.


Journaling says
'you can take a boy out of the country, but not the country out of a boy!!!!'


so very true!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

she (sean's)

His LO of the same photobooth strip on photos for his album.


I particularly love this one. So bright and colourful.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

flatus

Inspired by MythBusters. We each recorded over a 24 hour period that amount of times we ( popped off, farted, let one fly, boompied, passed wind, fluffed, had flatus). The results were very interesting. We armed up with meals containing cabbage, asparagus, and baked beans prior to launch. Each personal recording device is a note book and sharpie pen hung on a bright lanyard of beads. 





7pm Tuesday night was launch. 7pm and 5 seconds Sean had his first mark in the book. That happened to coincide when this shot was taken. Little rotter. :O)




 bearing in mind the daily average of flatus is 14 'occasions'.

The final score card was.........

Sean "Flammin' A  =  50

Annie "Hot Wind"  =  27


Kym  "Kracker Smell"  =  13


Tiff  "pfffffffft"  =  7

she (annie's)

WWWW layout no. 2.


I've done a his and hers LO's with the same film strips. If there are important occasions where the kids are both in the photos, then I usually do a LO for each of their albums.

That's how I roll.

:O)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

find joy every day

LO 1 of 9.5 completed (other than journal strips) at the WWWW. (the low down on that amazing weekend away soon)




I'm now soooooo in love with my Cameo.


I had some initial issues (all mine lol) and having her on the WWWW was such a wonderful idea. I had lots of help from Gina and now the Cameo and I are friends for life.

:O)