Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween

I know that Halloween isn't really celebrated in Australia, but its a day that Christopher & I like to enjoy in our own little way. Last year I made his class at school "grub cakes", cupcakes with gummy worms coming out of the dirt (cookie crumbs). This year its spiders!

Garden Gnomes

While visiting Floriade recently, Christopher and I viewed the entries in the Garden Gnome competiton. Christopher was so inspired by these gnomes that as soon as we arrived home, he dug out his clay and made half a dozen mini gnomes to live in our tomato plants. Each gnome has a different personality and a different plant to take care of. Our tomato plants are growing really well, so obviously the gnomes are doing a great job!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Canberra Great Strides Walkathon for CF

Christopher and I are walking in the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon this Sunday October 21st, around Lake Ginninderra. This walk is being held nationally to raise money for CF. I have come to learn about CF through our dear friends Gab, Anthony and their son Conor who has CF. We'd love to have as many people join in the walkathon so please come and join us on Sunday morning. If you can't make it and would still like to contribute, there is a donation page set up that generates tax deductable receipts when you click on Conor's name above.

Just want to add a note that $11,000 was raised on this day for CF. YAY!!
Thanks everyone who helped make this day a lot of fun and such a success. See you next year!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Plug for an old Friend

This movie, The Seeker came out in Australia on October 4th. I haven't been to see the movie yet as its been school holidays, but with Christopher back at school tomorrow, it's at the top of my to-do list. The director, David Cunningham, is an old friend of mine from waaaaaaay back when we were teenagers living in Kona, Hawaii. The last time we caught up with each other was in Singapore about 16 years ago when we were both travelling through Asia. He was just beginning his studies in the film industry. David had such big dreams then, and its just so cool to see where his dreams have taken him. If you saw "The Path to 9/11" last year on TV, (around the September 11th anniversary time) that was his work as well. I wish him all the best with this movie and look forward to seeing what else he directs in the future.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

To Do

I was inspired to jazz up my work area with these wooden letters the other day. You can buy these letters in plain white at a gorgeous shop called The Style Emporium in Gold Creek Village, Canberra. As my file folders and binders on my computer desk are orange and red, I stuck to these colours as I altered these simple little words. I really like the way they look now. The message on the "o" is: Do more than exist, LIVE. Do more than touch, FEEL. Do more than look, OBSERVE. Do more than read, ABSORB. A great message to read daily.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

October Stampin Up Special & Newsletter

I visited Floriade last week and I ooooohed and aaaaahed over all the beautiful colours of the flowers this year. The reds, pinks and yellows were so pretty together. My favourite combination was this one: Purple, white and green. I had a Christmas workshop on the following day and decided to use this colour combination for a Christmas card. I used Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery and Whisper White. It was a pretty card and I liked that it was a little different from the usual green and red colours associated with Christmas. Another place I look to for new colour combos, besides the Stampin Up Colour Coach, is children's clothing. Check out my son's t-shirt and the card I made in the same colours. I'd LOVE to see what colour combinations you come up when you make a card, so take a picture and email it to me!

Please have a look this Stampin Up special for October. When you purchase the "Looks Like Spring" stamp set (page 67 in the catalogue) and the coordinating Spring Bouquet Flower punch (page 140) then you receive the matching Spring Showers or Spring Flowers Designer Series Double Sided Paper (page 133) for FREE (valued at $16.95). You can see 2 examples on the left using these 3 products together. This is a beautiful combination to purchase for yourself or for someone you know for Christmas. If you'd like to take advantage of this special, please have your order to me by October 30th.

I uploaded 250+ photos last week to Snapfish to have printed out. I'm eagerly awaiting their delivery as I can then put together the calendar class. (not using all those photos obviously!) For those of you planning on doing the calendar class, now is the time to go through your own photos and choose one (approx size 4x6) for each month of the year and have them printed off and ready.
In the meantime though, for those of you who are finding it hard to sit down and get started on your Christmas cards, I have an evening to offer you to jump start your card stack. On Saturday October 20th, starting at 7pm, you can come to my home and make 10 cards, 5 of 2 different kinds. One of the cards you'll combine 3 different stamp sets and add a little bling by simply using Dazzling Diamonds, and the other card you'll be able to use the Poinsettia Wheel that was available in last year's spring mini catalogue. Its a favourite of mine and it will get a lot of use this year. You can view these 2 cards if you scroll down to "Upcoming Christmas Card Class" below. The cost is $20 which includes the price of all materials used as well as envelopes (which can be stamped as well, if desired!). My table can only hold 6 people, so please send me an email or call me to book your place.

Let me know if you'd like to host your own Christmas workshop to help you and your friends get started on this years cards, and of course for you to take advantage of those fantastic hostess benefits!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

A New Scrap Junkie

Congrats to Ainslee who just moved her business, Scrap Junkie, from her home to a beautiful shop on the lakefront in Gungahlin, Canberra.

You can find Scrap Junkie at:

The Waterfront

59a Strayleaf Crescent

Gungahlin ACT 2912

Monday, October 01, 2007

Birthday Time

Its was my son's 9th birthday today. Nine is great age to be. I love that Christopher still likes to hold my hand when we go for a walk. Love that he still wants lots of cuddles when he wakes up in the morning. Love that he secretly blows me a kiss (in front of his friends!) when I drop him at school each day. Love that he now teaches me how to do things on the computer. Love everything about this little guy. So lucky he's mine!
Here's a picture of the invites I made for his science themed party. Christopher's mind never stops creating, building, planning and dreaming up things to make, so we decided on a science theme so that his friends could enjoy making some different things too. The kids started off playing in Moon Sand, a sand that can be molded like playdough, and it never dries out. Great stuff! Then we made lava lamps, slime and set off a home made volcano. Tons of fun and the kids liked it too. I made the cake into the shape of a test tube and filled it with blue jelly. I had only just cleaned up from this party when Christopher, bless him, brought up the topic of what he'd like to do at his 10th birthday party........sigh.....
Katrina, making this cake with the jelly brought back memories of making a cake with you for Joel's 4th or 5th birthday where we used blue jelly and put a couple Wiggles figurines into a Lego boat and half buried some plastic fish in the jelly, then sprinkled cookie crumbs around the edges to look like sand. How cool was that! Wish I got a picture of it!