22 May 2008


Joseph kicking for goal, they both look like they are flying, "some mean air", as Joseph said when he saw this photo.The relief after the game.
Listening intently to the coach ( he has a mouth guard in, not fat cheeks)

Well I'm back safe and sound from Adelaide and had a great time, although I found it really hard to leave the boys behind and miss the last of their games. Joseph won't be back until Friday. One of the other boys Mum's was staying with them until then and then bringing them back home. The team did really well and even though they had lost more games than they had won when I left, they were not beaten by much. There are 40 teams from statewide playing in four different divisions, our boys are div one so the competition is really fierce and they held their own well despite the fact that they only managed to get two training sessions in before the carnival whereas the city teams have been working together for months. Some of our boys live up to two hours apart, one of the drawbacks of country football I guess. It's such a great experience for them and a real eye opener for parents. I was absolutely amazed at the size of some of the kids, they are all primary kids but some of them were huge with legs hairier than King Kong, sprouting beards and chest hair. "Roids (steroids) for breakfast" became a common joke amongst our boys when they'd see these big lads walk onto the oval. The most entertaining team to watch by far, except our own of course,lol, was one of the aboriginal team. Half the team played without shoes, just socks and did back flips and cartwheels if they got goals. If ever you get the chance to watch a young all indigenous team play do it, its great to watch and they have some hugely talented kids.
ETA I have just gotten off the phone to Joseph were he told me that they won both of their games today so I think this puts them one up.

17 May 2008

See ya'll soon...

No blogging for me for a few days, I'm off to the big smoke. Joseph is playing football in Adelaide next week and I am taking him, Seamus and a couple of the other team members up. I will stay with them until Wednesday when one of the other Mums will take over. The boys are really excited as it's quite a big thing to be selected to play, they usually only have a few players from each school in this district. The boys will play against other teams from districts right around the state. I'm in the midlle of getting packed and we will leave at midday tomorrow. Hoo roo.

16 May 2008

For the love of Donna

I love getting parcels at my front door the at the best of times but when they are hand signed parcels of inspirational delight like this I am overjoyed. A few weeks back a friend Kathryn and I shared the postage in a pair of autographed books newly released by DonnaDowney. We are both big fans and I love her fearless aproach to creating. I used my upmost control and did not open them until I reached Kathryn's house but you should have seen us when we did, jumping around like little kids. The kids thought we were quite nutty. Not only were the books autographed but the parcel was hand written by Donna in her cool handwriting. Of course there had to be photos of them with the gorgeous lime green tissue paper and Donna labels. so very cool. Thanks Kathryn for sending through the photos.

13 May 2008

My favourite time of year

I love autumn, lovely sunny days and fresh crisp nights and the colours, oh the colours. Our native trees don't tend to turn but here and there are dotted gorgeous maples and elms and other trees that turn to glorious russets and golden yellows. There are also the vineyards. One of the many advantages to living in a wine producing area is watching the seasonal changes in the plants, from rows upon rows of spring green to acres of these glorious rich colours, it's always a beautiful thing to see. Unfortunately I only managed to get two shots before my battery went dead so I missed the most beautiful of the views, the wide swept paddocks full of golden leaves only a few minutes up the road. It had been a drizzly start to the day and the sky was still heavy later that morning so all the colours were heavily saturated when I drove past paddock after paddock of a really intense golden yellow colour with the little bit of light that was there sweeping across it and the Australian bush thick in the background. Oh the times when you kick yourself for leaving behind something that normally should be always carried with your camera. So here are the two I did take and you will have to use your imagination with the rest,lol.

11 May 2008

Just popped in

To wish all you Mothers and any women who care for children anywhere a very happy day.

6 May 2008

A few things to share.

Mum's mother's day card.
Coloured using copic markers, paper- KandCo, Stamp-MyFavoriteThings , Brads-FTI(white coloured with copics)
Felt flower-scrap of felt from home die cut with a forget me not bosscut die.
My little box of colour happiness, holds my markers, prisma pencils and baby oil
Box-Kaisercraft, Pattern paper, stamp and ribbon-PaperTreyInk
Scalloped die-nestability from BizzyBec's
Donna Downey inspired fabric album for Joseph. A work in progress, I still need to add some diecut stars and photos printed on to fabric. Some more happy colours.
I finally finished Brendan's Mulgaria station album the other day. Used some distress inks to age the cover and bound it using the bind-it-all. A very simple design but I didn't want anything too overly embellished for him.
It was great to find a piece of paper that had Lake
Torrens printed on it.

I'm working on a canvas for my son Joseph's special female friend Sophie. I just thought I'd share the stamp he picked for her, (hope you can read it ok) it says 'you are beautiful' . I thought it was really cute and she really is a beautiful young girl, sweet inside and out.
My favourite saying is on a stamp, woo hoo.

Not a lot to report, had the day home with youngest not well, nothing serious, he will be back at school tomorrow. These are just a few little things I have been doing lately.