Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Good Read

Pearls before Breakfast
Found the above link on Ali E's blog. Make a cup of tea before sitting down to read it. Its so worth it! What kind of person would you be in this situation?

Friday, April 20, 2007

Hot Air Balloons

The weekend following Easter was the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Canberra. We went last year in minus 5 degree temperatures...loved it...but we froze! This year was much warmer, 5 degrees above zero, and my dad, my brother-in-law Joe and Cole came along too. The highlight this year was being able to walk inside a giant balloon as it was being blown up. (see the red and yellow balloon below with Christopher in the middle.) We'll be there again next year! If you click on the pictures, you'll see them bigger. Have a read of that football picture, the close up one below.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Images of Easter

Easter has come and gone for another year. There was plenty of food, chocolate, laughs and fun family time. My brother was down from Newcastle, my parents weren't travelling and my sister's family is all here too. There's just my brother's fiance who is in England that we missed. The egg decorating time was fun with my brother joining in. And the Easter bunny was much taller this year, hiding eggs in all kinds of hard to reach places! Thanks to Uncle Joe for helping retreive these treasures! Lots of fun for Christopher.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Watercolour Crayons, Family & Happy Easter

I bought the Stampin Up Watercolour crayons last year, and have hardly touched them since. I dug them out the other day and started to play, just to see what I could come up with. I was a bit surprised by how easy and fun they were! I love the effect they gave, especially when doing a 2 step rubber stamped image and using ink on top of the crayon. I might have to start showing the crayons in my workshops. Now that Stampin Up (SU) sells them in the individual colour families, they aren't too expensive.
By the way, you can now view the new Stampin Up catalogue online, just click here.
It was fun to gooo and gahhh over the catalogue with some of you last week. Thanks for coming over and sharing the excitment with me!

I placed a huge order with SU on Monday, the first day to order from the new catty. I'm hoping the order will arrive before Easter weekend but as I was one of the hundreds of demonstrators around Australia placing orders on that day, I'm not holding my breath! As soon as I have the new products in my hands, I'll be able to put together some technique classes and workshop ideas for you all. Watch this space!

On another note, since my sister and her family moved to Canberra a few months ago, I've been able to play Auntie to my gorgeous neice and nephew. Its kind of a new role for me as I've always been living too far away to get involved in the everyday routines with them. I'm trying to make time to be more involved with them now as I always forget how fast these little ones grow up! And there is the possibility that they may move to Brisbane later this year.....hope not....but at least we'll still be in the same country!

This picture of Christopher and Cora is my new favourite at the moment. You can see that Christopher totally adores his baby cousin through the gentle way he's trying to hold her as she wiggles about. And I LOVE her bib in the photo above....Cora is holding Christopher's favourite toy when he was a baby too. I kept a few of his favourites and have passed them onto Cora to enjoy now.

This weekend is the Easter long weekend. Christopher and I will do our egg decorating on Friday. We'll be thinking of you Katrina and Joel! The eggs looked dreadful last year when we used brown eggs, as there were no white eggs to be found. BUT this year, I managed to find some white eggs so they'll going to look beautiful. Martha Stewart has lots of egg decorating ideas. I'd love to try the silk tie method one looks so easy and gorgeous!
Happy Easter Everyone!