Wednesday, December 31, 2008

From Melissa Kennedy's blog



I cannot begin to thank all of you who have contributed to the Southern Cross Kids Camp Layout challenge that I set.
Originally I started at 200 then raised it to 500 thinking that would be wonderful if we could get these for Julie but you girls have done over and above what was first thought.
We did a total of 1678 layouts and Im sure they will be put to great use during the January camps.
As mentioned at the beginning I would give the person who sent in the most to me 10 clear acrylic stamps set of their choice.
So Leonie Neal-Dawson hope you have chosen your ten as you gave over 350 layouts.
Also the two sets from commenting on the blog have been drawn and they go to Wendy Smith (mind you she managed to send over 250 layouts from Tasmania)
Thank you so much girls for what you have done and all the time and effort you have put in to create these layouts.


Thanks so much girls the networking amongst scrappers is amazing!
Thnks for putting smiles on children's faces..

last day of 2008

Wow I cannot believe it - Ella has finished her first year at school, Mia will begin Year 2

These are my goals for
I am going to use a friend's (the lovely GiGi)CATEGORIES she used at the beginning of 2007 I have added one to my list of goals

art -To be published in a scrapping mag in 2009
home - To be more organised in the home ie: meal planning, on top of domestic duties
body - To lose 8kgs
life - To find more patience in my life
heart - Keep my heart happy and balanced with relationship ie: going on regular "dates"with my husband, more family outings
spirit - more reflection time
community To continue to assist those in need in my community and to raise more money for Sam to purchase a racing wheelchair to achieve his paraolympic goals


You only need one short sentence for each. The trick is to keep it simple and achievable. No grandiose gestures - you need to keep it practical but fulfilling.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MIA TAKEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 
Mia says she never has a pic on my blog - so here it is Mia!
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christmas eve pic

 
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Monday, December 22, 2008

mia's empty stocking - waiting

 
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EMPTY STOCKING ELLA'S

 
Waiting patiently for Santa - I made this stocking with help last year!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS MUM


My Mum passed away in 1979, I had this Christmas Deco made and I place Mum on our tree every year..

Friday, December 19, 2008

OK rerun this one folks lol I am tired - and the bold kept wanting to be bold
60 out of 100 not bad hey
would love to see your answersxxxx
I've done the ones in BOLD
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
- 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo -
11. Bungee jumped -
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch -
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty -
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort - when I was living in London
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon - only in my nightmares
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run -
32. Been on a cruise -
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - money doesn't bring true satisfaction
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a and want to go back!restaurant
44. Visited Africa -
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted -
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie - but I've been an extra in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business -
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp - so sad
67. Bounced a check -
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades -
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person -
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House -
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - met the Queen Mother, Hugh Jackman, Heidi Swapp, Imran Khan92.
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee -I am highly highly allergic to bees
100. Read an entire book in one day -

100 things

100 things to do

I have borrowed this list from Lyndal from her blog!

I've done the ones in BOLD1. Started your own blog2. Slept under the stars3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped -
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill -
24. Built a snow fort - whilst living in London
25. Held a lamb26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - money doesn't bring true satisfaction
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
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40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
>45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie - but I've been an extra on Pharlap
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business -
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial -
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades -
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - met the Queen Mother, Imran Khan, Hugh Jackman, Heidi Swapp
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee - no but my son has
100. Read an entire book in one day

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

love you lots Sammy!

 
This picture means so much xxxxhugs Sammy
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this guy inspires me every day with quiet confidence

 
This is my special friend Sam, taken last Saturday with Ella - Sam is in training for the 2012 ParaOlympics and we are raising money for a racing wheelchair.
Stay tuned early in 2009 for all the details! I may even ask for your help (yet again ) please!
For those of you who don't know, Sam was involved in a BMX accident in September 2007 which has resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair. Has this stopped him? No way, his journey has been an amazing one, in a nutshell - he now drives his own car, plays his guitar and has the best sense of humour he is very special to me and always will be.
His family are the most supportive strong amazing group of people I am honoured to be a part of this family.
Sam's mum Jenny, taught Mia and Ella at our local Pre School so I have known her around 6 years but the bond between us since September last year is something out of this world - she and her husband Glenn along with their son Adam and daughter Kate are such inspirational people (although if they read this they would not agree).
I just wanted to give you a short overview of the McIntosh family so when and if I ask for your help you will know who I am referring to. A lot of readers have asked me who Sam McIntosh is as I list him as my daily inspiration..
Hugs to you Sam you rock!
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CREATE 08 HEIDI SWAPP WOW FAB WOW






Well, I am finally home after having 2 fabulous nights in Melbourne meeting my online buddies - in real life!Let me tell you these girls are the best such sweet ladies ......
Monday could not come quickly enough, after running around doing all the "last minute Mummy things" dropping the girls off at Dee Dee's (my sis) then heading up to the Melb Airport to pick up Peta (mmmwhaa) Michelle (mmmwhaa) and "JustTam" (lol mmmwhaa) we headed to the Quest apartments in Mont Albert to stay for 2 nights (YEAH)
wow we scrapped on Monday night and met other online buddies from Melbourne Bon (who I had met previously), Mal (oh she is sooo gorgeous) and Kerry (what a darling) and baby Taylah (4weeks) ooh such a sweet babe and Bon had Miss Lacey (9months) such a sweetie and crawling around! Sam from the forum also came to meet us all ! She is a lovely lady - it was nice to finally meet irl.
So we chatted, drank wine, ate Thai Chinese and drank more wine, scrapped and had an absolute ball
Then headed off to bed around 11pm. Tuesday morn we were up and ready to meet the lovely Heidi Swapp wow certainly no disappointment at all Heidi is such an inspirational lady - nothing was too much trouble, so head down and bottoms up 150 of us scrappers scrapped our way through the day.. then at 4pm the day class left and we helped Heidi and Chanel set up for the evening retailers class.
A small group of us shared pizza with Heidi and Chanel so yes sweet readers I had dinner with Heidi Swapp!!!!!
Then the retailer event started at 6pm with around 40 retailers attending - it was lovely and such a small intimate class - wow wow picked up some useful hints to use in the shop, and in classes!
So it was home to the apartment around 9.45pm and more scrapping and wine Bon came back and we talked (surprising I hear you say Marelle talk no way lol) and drank til 2am this morning !

It was lovely to catch up with my lovely friends from Imagination Factory and to meet 2 other ladies from another forum I chat with Cherie and Angela (ooh you look so cute with your little preggy belly!)
I caught up very briefly with my pals from Kaiser (mmmmwhhhaaaa)and Wendy (MissPurple) (mmmmwwwhaaa)
Enough of my ravings about my fantastic inspirational few days with Heidi Swapp
I will share a couple of pics!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

my cute fairies

 
Mia and Ella performed in their first play last Sunday
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This is my layout which was chosen to get me through to the second round at Kaiser 100-1 scrap off
We had 30 mins in which to complete the layout the pressure was ON!
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This is the back of the calendar
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my btp hon mention from kaiser 100-1

 
Here is a pic of my Beyond the Page project I made for the Kaiser scrap off - I was happy with it and it will be a teacher present. As I am not a lover of btp projects, I was happy with this one!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

tonight presentation evening

Tonight we are off to Mia and Ella's Presetation Evening (a huge deal) the children from the junior school are rehearsing in Geelong today for the event.
I am especially proud because Mia is receiving a CITIZENSHIP award - she is a sweet girl who helps everyone in the class and playground and never has a negative word to say about anyone..(her teacher's words) Mia has come so far from that weeny 740gm baby born facing a lot of touch and go moments in those first 3 months.

DH and I are very proud and I am excited the batteries are in the charger, the video camera is charging Mia's uniform is being washed ironed and any sewing fixed up today by moi and dh is going to shine her school shoes! My sister Dee ("Dee DEe" to the girls) is coming to the evening and also Mia's big brother Greg (25) and his gf will be there also!
It will be very joyous and magical - the choir will sing, the school orchestra will perform and lots of Christmas carols will be sung in full voice! I cannot wait I love Christmas xxxx
Hugs
PS: I am working all day at Create tomorrow so best get off this puta and organise myself.

another view of btp project

 
This is the back of the btp project!
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tues news

 
Here is a pic of my btp (beyond the page) entry into the Kaiser 100-1 comp - I received an honourable mention for this (which I was thrilled about as I don't usually enjoy btp projects) lol
I am going to give this to Mia's teacher for Christmas so thought I better get a pic
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

yesterday sat

 
Yesterday my gorgeous friend the one and only Charmane Koch (AKA Charm) and her gorgeous family travelled down to Geelong for Crop4acause at the Kaiser outlet! It was soo much fun - this girl is sooo special! The day was fab and Shell, Julie and Leeanne and I sat with Melissa Kennedy Richelle(Captain Obvious) the lovely Wendy from Fiskars,Shirl and Ally Angel well I have never laughed sooo much in all my life - I really needed that good old belly laugh! Those Kaiser girls - don't know how they managed to get any work done - they are hilarious - and the topics we covered - nothing was sacred! I managed to get 2 layouts done (I know, I talked and laughed my way through the the day/evening) so social !
We got to have a sneak peak (ooh yummo) of new papers other yumminess which will be released early next year - so girls hold onto your hats !!! Kaiser just keeps getting better and better!
I won a raffle prize!! whoo hoo and the lovely ladies managed to fill 4 baskets for hampers for 4 families in need this Christmas with the proceeds of the day going to the Leukemia Foundation - a most worthy cause.
I better run now, get into the shower and get the girls ready for their very first performance today in a play!
xxxhugs to everyone happy Sundayxxxx
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Friday, December 5, 2008

Well - this band is amazing - the lead singer was born without eyes, it makes you realise when young guys like this make the most of what they have, we have absolutely NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT and we need to perhaps try a little harder in our lives whatever we feel we want to achieve ...... we can do it
and we can make a difference in this unstable world - just as Rohan has by giving these guys a break into the music industry.

fingers crossed this works peoples

PROUD MOMENT

I want to let you know about a very special and talented friend of our family
Rohan - he is an accomplished musician and he has been doing music therapy with a group of guys who have been touched with aspergers. Rohan has formed a band and raised money on his own to take this band to America and yesterday they played at the United Nations and drew a crowd bigger than Bono!!!!!
Might sound easy, but imagine travelling with a group of guys (very talented musically) who do not travel easily let alone other problems along the way.
The band is called Rudely Interrupted and my online friends in America have seen all the media coverage (which has been huge) and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that Oprah picks up on the story and they make it onto her show
Hugs to you boys and it just proves one person CAN make a difference!
xxxxxx
I am now trying to link the utube performance of the boys here - please be patient!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

thursday already

Wow today I went on a road trip with my lovely scrapping friends Shell G and Julie (aka Jooles) after getting 3 hot chocs to go from my fave truck stop (lol jooles asked the lady could she have marshmellows with tha - sorry luv no marshmellows here lol) we hit the road - what a fun day - and boy can my darling friends shop! lol
Got some great bargains! so next year if you would like to come a warehouse shopping which includes scrapping supplies, and exclusive bath products at 80% off just let me know !!
xxxxx

Sunday, November 30, 2008

 
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whoo hoo

 
OK I have finally finished my Kaiser Christmas countdown tree (btp/otp) are not my most favoured as most of you know, the girls love it and that is all that matters!
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another one so you are feeling loved shell


mmmmwwwhaaaa

this one is for you shelleygxxx


OK Shelley this is for you mmmmmmwwwwhaaaaaaaa

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Going to have a cup of tea and come back to this - I think I am tired

still having trouble with linking

I will try again dear patient readers of mine!

Jane

having trouble with links

Please bear with me lovely readers

charm

Jane Jones

Sharon Tomlinson (USA)

Jessica Tremp

Emily Falconbridge

Fingers crossed that these links work lol

oops forgot the award lol


Can someone out there in blogland help me to change the auto date thingy on my blog please?????

thank you lovely skye mmmwhaaaa

The lovely and ever talented Skyehas nominated my blog for a Kreativ Blog Award !
Now I have to pay it forward to 5 other lovelies!

OK here goes

Jane Jonesthe gorgeous talented Jess who I have recently met the fab Em Falconbridgethe talented and gorgeous friend Charmand Sharon Tomlinson who inspires me with her art

Friday, November 28, 2008

I have been tagged!!!

By the very talented ShelleyG

The Rules are:
1. Add a link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. List 6 random things about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
My 6 random things about myself.....

+ I write letters to my daughters in journals and include fave recipes, funny things they say etc.. (for them to (hopefully) treasure later in life
+ I lerve shoes (esp on sale at a special outlet near the beach in Melb)
+ I can raise an eyebrow one at a time (Mia is itching to be able to "do the eyebrow thing that only Mummy can do" ) LOL
+ I have lived overseas (over 20 years ago ugh)
+ My second toe is longer than my first lol (you did say 6 "random" things Shell)
+ I have met the Queen Mother

Okie dokie here we go I tag Sandie, Christie (USA), Amy (USA), Ally Angel, Jane,Jan(USA)
Hope my 6 random things about myself amused you lol!!!!

friday already

The weeks are slipping past - we are going to get our Christmas tree from the Christmas tree farm this weekend and the girls are soo excited!
Yesterday at our scrapping THursday I finished the Christmas cube for the prep teacher from all the children - alas I cannot post the pic as it has all the children's pics on it - I used the Kaiser Christmas papers and quotes and rub ons and it looks very sweet indeedy !!
Been to the gym this morn need to shower clean up and head to the LSS for work today
I am excited I am getting to meet Malinda (from Bon's) irl today she is coming down for a wedding and will call into the shop to meet me! yeah!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

now this reminds me Christmas is near

 
Tonight, Mia found a Christmas beetle on the front path paying us a visit - it took me back to my childhood whenever we saw the first Christmas beetle in the garden we knew that Christmas was fast approaching.
I told this story to Ella and Mia tonight and they could not believe they had "Christmas beetles in the olden days"
lol Ah the innocence of children - I love it!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

wed 26 nov




Well Ella has been into hospital for her second lot of grommets
here are a few pics lol

Friday, November 21, 2008

friday 21st nov

Hi everyone
Just a quick blog update!
Miss Mia has her first piano recital today at lunchtime (called a blackboard concert in the chapel) it gives the children a small taste of performing in front of a small audience!
She has wanted to be invited all year and now her turn has come!
This morning she was nervous about it so I will be there with my sis Dee and the camera (of course)
She has one song to play (a very simple song) called Dance Band
Please send good thoughts to Mia at 1.10am AEST Friday....thanks
Mia your first few years on life's journey were not the most positive but baby look at you now!! I am so proud of you beautiful girlxxxxx
(for new readers Mia was born weighing only 740gms and she and I are blessed to be alive)

Give a special person (whether it be Teachers, Bus Drivers, Retailers, Mums struggling with shopping and little children ) a big smile today - everyone responds well to a warm smile!
xxxhugs xxx

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday

I am quickly adding to my blog as Mia and Ella are playing outside - they are "BFF" today which is cute! It is getting a little chilly outside now, so best get them in and shower them as I am working at the LSS tomorrow!

It is nearing the end of Ella's first year at school and Mia's 2nd, they finish on Dec 12! I cannot believe my beautiful girls are growing up!
I have to concentrate on finishing the teacher gifts off this week
then the Christmas cooking, decorating (ooh I love this time of year - especially now I have Children of my own)..

I am thankful today for:
1. My beautiful girls playing so nicely with each other
2. My dear friend Sam who continues to be a total inspiration to me - hugs Sam, you are my fave 18 year old!
3. My beautiful artistic friends who support all my fund raising efforts
4. The wonderful teaching staff at CC

Hug your loved ones tight tonight
xxxxxx

4.

help abused and disadvantaged children

Hi my lovely friends, After a call for help from Melissa Kennedy who is always there to help, I decided to ask all my scrapbooking friends around Australia with these very simple 6x6 pages for this very worthwhile cause.


If you have a moment, please read the information below, and even if you could make 6 - 10 pages, that would help enormously.
I have finished 24 pages, and hope to get more done this evening!
Thanks once again you amazing ladiesxxxxx

CHALLENGE - Lets help the SCKC kids

Ok you all love a competition so here goes. I need your help on this one as definately can't attempt this by myself. There are a number of people around Australia helping out on this and so I figured all of you who read this can help out too..
When I first read about this cause - it brought a tear to my eye, maybe due to my past involvement with street kids so something but I knew that together we could help out too.

I have recently received an email from Julie who puts together photo albums for kids who attend the Southern Cross Kids Camps - these are abused and at risk kids from Australia and New Zealand. The Layout drive is on again and she is after page 6 x 6"layouts (SIMPLE ones ladies..... so don't think you can't help out here.... plus I have just seen what you are all capable of doing in a half an hour at the 100 to 1)

I know many of you will help out without an incentive but I would like to offer one anyway and set a target that I hope we can all read together. The challenge I would like to set is that we get more than 200 layouts done asap. So what I am offering to do is give the person who sends me in the most 6 x 6" layouts - their choice of 10 (yes you heard right) 10 Kaisercraft Clear Acrylic Stamps sets (your own choice) - check our the website http://www.kaisercraft.net/ and start choosing which ones you would like.

There is a second chance offer of two sets. It will be a random draw for anyone who has sent in page and also left a comment for this post on my blog. (again your choice of 2 sets of acrylic stamps). This will be drawn after the 20th December so I can see who has sent in what.

How easy is that. So the set deadline is 20th December (this is because they need layouts urgently for the 3 January camps)

Read below and get the full idea of what they need or go to Julie's blog for more information
Southern Cross Kids Camp Page Drive 2008-2009

Hello fellow scrappers!

Unbelievably it's that time of year again! Southern Cross Kids Camp will soon start their 2009 camps for abused and at risk kids across Australia & NZ. Last year you were incredibly generous and kindly donated gorgeous pages and product for the buddies to create and present the precious camp memory books to the children.

It's with great excitement and pride, I can tell you that this year we have been asked to supply books with pages for ALL the camps in 2009! Last week I attended the annual SCKC Directors summit and told them of the enthusiasm, willingness to assist and compassion in the scrapbooking community. They were thrilled that so many of you cared enough to help. They were all so grateful that the time saved creating the pages meant the buddies could journal more meaningful words of encouragement and love and hand the children an incredible keepsake of their week.

This year, once again, we need your generous support for the children of SCKC.Our aim this year is to produce 6300 for all the camps, many pages are needed for the first camp

Photos of the piles of pages Julie received last year. Come on girls - can we help her out????
YES WE CAN!!!!

If you can help out by producing co-ordinated pages for an album, here's what we need. 20 pages per album, the albums are 6"x6, with one photo per page and it will be approx 5" x 3.5". The pages need not be intricate, in fact simple is best, with a photo mat, and a journal spot.
If you are unable to contribute pages but would love to help, we would welcome any left over alphabets, ribbons, buttons, stickers and stamps, embellishments that could be used to decorate the front covers of the children's albums. We would be extremely grateful for whatever assistance you can give.

Your pages/books are used to create an incredible legacy for these neglected and ever so deserving children, who continue to keep a flame of hope alive in their little hearts. Your help is invaluable and as I said during last year's drive for pages, you really are making a difference in the life of one young child.

Please send all layouts to me.
Melissa Kennedy
7 Araluen Parade
Belmont VIC 3216 before 20th December

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday with news to share!!

Hi everyone
Wow I have some news - the first piece of news is that I picked up my new SLICE machine on Friday (after waiting patiently since we ordered it in May) well I have had a little play and I love it!
Then as I was running children to activities parties etc yesterday, my sister rang and said she had 4 free tickets to see Andre Rieu ! So, I quickly rang my gorgeous friend Jenny (mmwhaa) and dropped the girls off at 5pm and then went up to Melb with Dee (sis) and Geoff (BIL) and my husband (we never get to go out as he is nearly always working on Sat nights)
Well let me tell you - it was briliant (the gils would have loved it) what a fantastic evening!!
Arrived home around 1.30am so a little tired today so an at home day is planned!
xxxthanks for reading my blog and I always love when you leave a commentxxxx

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

11/11/2008 lest we forget

I wore my red poppy on Saturday at the scrapoff and again today (Ella thought it looked cool mum)Please spare a minute today to remember our war heroesxxxxx

more photos from sat


I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Lorraine Bate (Scrapbook Creations)on Saturday here is Shelley me and Lorraine!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday 10th nov

Hello everyone
the gorgeous Shelley G was so successful (see girlfriend I told ya so) on Saturday her OTP project was not only stunning Shelley's layout was also stunning - Shelley was picked out of 56 people for her otp project only 10 were chosen from the otp project and her layout was chosen so she made it into the top 24 immediately!
WELL DONE chicky
Now we want to see some practice for the masters next year! (you are with me in this Jooles we will push Shelley G to try out for the masters)
xxxxoff to cook dinner
Today I am thankful for:
1. Ellas nose was not broken in the accident this morning at school
2. My beautiful scrapping friends irl and cyberspace
3. To have made it into the top 24 at the Kaiser Comp (I am still pinching myself)
4. My lovely husband agreeing that a new Canon 450d will make a great Christmas gift
5. For the support of my sister and brotherinlaw with my girls on the day I work at Create on Garden
xxxxxhug someone who needs it today!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

sunday 9th nov

Good morning everyone
Congrats to Shelley who made it into the top 10 with her beyond the page project (which was stunning) and then into the top 24 with her layout after round one
you rock girly next step published then masters me thinks!

I was really happy to know that my scrapping has come a long way - I received an honourable mention for my beyond the page project (which I was thrilled about)
and I made it into round two (top 24) then went into round 2 (i was a little nervous
as beyond the page projects are normally not my scene and I have only ever done about 4 beyond the page projects which include 2 for this comp)

The Kaiser team did an amazing job for the comp and I hope they will repeat this comp again! It was so much fun - the adrenalin was certainly pumping!

Thanks for your support Shelley, Justine, Julie, Julie, and Leeanne
xxx

Saturday, November 8, 2008

another pic to share


This time my lovely friends (new friend met today) Leeanne, Julie S (such a hoot) Shelley, Moi and Justine

today was fabulous sat kaisercraft scrap 100-1


Wow what a fab day - after the nerves subsided we had so much fun!
This pic is of Shelley, moi, and Justine
we are the Thursday scrappers!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

i got this from my lovely American friend Christie's blog!!

1. Follow your dreams no matter how tiny.

2. My camera is is going to be a Canon 450D!!

3. To achieve your goals, be kind, positive and never give up


4. I love to be involved in theatre in one capacity or another is something I'd like you to know about me.

5. I have a gap in my front teeth.

6. Hope to visit Sophia the new goat soon!

. And as for the weekend, I am participating in the Kaiser 100-1 competition and I am excited!

life lesson 101 - Friday

Well Ella was very bright in the car this morning!
This morning's question was 'Mum if the calfs and the cows don't like eating hay" can they have something else? (coming from a VERY fussy eater I had to stop myself from laughing) I said they had nothing else so they have to eat it!
Then the next question was Mum, the africans only have "porridge" and muddy water
to eat... we should bring them all over to Australia to live and then they could have something different to eat like Nutella..
She said Mum before you say there are too many to live here, can't we just bring them one or five at a time??
Bless you Ella (this time I had tears in my eyes )
xxxxhave a great day

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"The impulse to play is an instinct - no play, no creative life"
author unknown

How very true is this quote

water

This morning in the car driving the girls to school, Ella was asking about the hay bales in the paddocks. I proceeded to explain that these bales were for the animals on the farms for feed during the long Winter - then the question about how do the animals drink - does the farmer put out buckets of water? I explained about the dams - then Ella asked what happens when the dams are dry and there is no water for the animals - I said the farmers buy their water and big tankers bring the water - I asked the question, where do you think the water comes from
"from the IGA supermarket - it comes in bottles Mum - you know that !!
xxx

Wednesday, November 5, 2008