31 October 2008

Happy Halloweeen

Hi, it's Susy the slack blogger here dropping in to wish everyone a happy All Hallows Eve. although it's not something we really celebrate here (sadly) two of the boys did go off to school this morning dressed as a tennis player and a zombie (with dreadlocks,lol) The school are doing a fund raising day for down syndrome, dress down for down, so they had the option of either casual clothes or a Halloween costume. No photos as yet due to the fact that they only decided this morning to dress up and we have spent the morning running around trying to organise something leaving no time for photos so hopefully tonight the costumes will be still intact enough to photograph. I have stocked up on some lollies just in case (hopefully) some of the kids around the area come trick or treating.

26 October 2008

Must be a record

this is the first time in a few days that I have even turned the computer on, not a very common event for me as I usually have withdrawals if I haven't read my emails by breckie time. I just popped in to remind you that registration is now open for JessicaSprague's class (info in a previous post below)

14 October 2008

Once upon a time...

My eldest son Jackson sported gorgeous long golden locks, as apposed to the short dark mohawk he has now (not the big punk rock mohawk, think more Becks type, maybe a little longer) this photos was taken around five years ago while on holiday in Victor Harbor. I have decided to do a little mini album on all the dos he has had, it seems to change so often.
The paper is called Jackson lodge (appropriate I thought) by Collage Press, the foam stamps are from the KOTM set by Lisa Bearnson released last year some time, I think they did a re release agian only a few months back. I stamped the stars around my journaling and title with versamark and then embossed, the brown stars were stamped onto vellum with jumbo java chalk ink then cut out, the title was also stamped in jumbo java(love that colour) Please don't look too close at the stitching along the horizontal straight strip, one thing I learned after doing this is not to try to sew after mounting your photos, very difficult. That's what you get for last minute decisions. The journaling was printed onto vellum, haven't used that stuff in scrapbooking for quite some time and kinda enjoyed it. The layout is from a sketched design I found on a piece of scrap paper in a nook next to my computer, I can't even remember where it came from or what the original looked like but I must have liked it to bother to sketch it out. I did vary a bit from the sketch but I always seem to. I do have a book to put ideas into but seldom seem to use it, I guess if inspiration hits I just grab whatever is closest to write on.

12 October 2008

Any one planning on doing this?

You will find more info on Jessica's blog or on the web address above. It sounds like a really cool class and one everyone could benefit from, scrapper or not, and the best part it is absolutely free, gotta love that.

10 October 2008

an album in an afternoon

DH was at work, number one son was at work, number two son was still holidaying at port Fairy with his Nana and numbers three and four were playing at a mutual friends house. the dog needed a walk and my laundry basket was resembling mount Everest but I managed to ignore it all and grasp the opportunity for a bit of peaceful scrapping time. I'm so glad I did because I managed to finish an entire album in one sitting(excluding the quick dash to my lss to get another packet of rubons) It's done very simply but it is done and the kids love looking through it as it's a lovely reminder of the perfect day we had in Port Fairy last week. It is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere on a sunny spring day and the weather really turned it on for us. We lazed around the wharf, eating fish and chips and dangling the rods in for quite a few hours. Divine, no pressures no rush and NO telephones. After this we went out to Yambuk to see a family we have been friends with for years, nothing like catching up with old mates that you are totally comfortable with. the kids all played outside on the four wheelers(they have four too), the Mums sat inside and drank champers and the Dad's chatted and drank coffee. No pics, we just enjoyed the moment. They have just moved into their new house and I must say that I am totally jealous but not in the nasty way, in the I'm so happy for you way. the house it beautiful, one of the nicest new houses I have ever been into with all the mods and cons and even gorgeous new furniture to match. they deserve every bit of it as they have both worked hard running a large dairy farm, don't know how I would cope with all those early mornings. what was meant to be a quick visit ended up at around 11pm, time flies when your happy(again glad I don't milk cows early in the morning)

that's ginger beer Paddy is drinking, not a real one,lol. I have to write that in on the journaling spot as soon as I find my slick writer.
It's a little hard to see here but I have layered the large flower rubons, one on the outside and one on the top of the acrylic album, the effect is quite cool IRL.
A few beady dangly bits
and nothing to do with the album, but thought the jar of pastel buttons looked pretty in the sun.

3 October 2008

Found this

On Wendy Smedley's blog . I am really liking Jason Mraz at the moment and I love his version of this.

2 October 2008

No artist but...

I do have to confess that I quite enjoyed the process of making this canvas. A few weeks ago Kathryn let us know of a project the South Australian cancer foundation were doing to raise money for cancer research. For those interested they sent out a 30cm by 40cm canvas to decorate as we wanted with the notion of breast cancer in mind, whether a message, something feminine or just to celebrate the colour pink. There were five of us from our little crafty group who joined in. we later found that only 26 canvases were submitted state wide which makes it a little scary as they are to be displayed in the Adelaide arcade. I was really hoping mine would be lost amongst the hordes. The canvases are then be auctioned off to raise money for the foundation. I loved that all of us did something so completely different with lots of lovely mixed media collage with fabric, wire, beads, metal and paint. Sharon, Me(with my uncompleted canvas) Kathryn, Sandie and Christina I titled my canvas ALWAYS, the journaling on it reads, any woman, any age, be aware, ALWAYS. I am hoping to get the message across to younger women by representing someone young, that cancer does not discriminate and can hit any woman at any age, any race, any walk of life and that one of the best ways to fight this is to always be aware. Aware of any changes in your body and have all the recommended health checks, not just self examination for breast cancer but medical checks for all women's cancers.
I'd like to send a thanks out to Mary from the scrapbookestablishment,who after finding out what they were for, sent me out extra flowers express post when I had run out and had only a couple of days to finish.
Used lots(obviously) of green Tara flowers, Heidi Swapp mask( wonder if she thought it would be used in this way when she designed them,lol)making memories rubons, kaiser paints and bling and lots of paper mache. The flowers and beads on the bra are hand stitched but when it came time to add the rest to the canvas I gave up and glued, time was against me, I had left my start till late and my fingers were truthfully getting a little sore, tough stuff to stitch through. It's not going to win any prizes but as I said before I enjoyed doing it and it is for a very worthy cause.
If you happen to be in Adelaide over the next few weeks the display will start next Wednesday the 8th and run for a round a fortnight. Hopefully next year the word will be out and there will be a lot more people participating.