Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New home

I now live in a new suburb in a new (old) home with lots of new challenges.  The move went well, it's now about ironing out the endless little things (including a burnt out geyser) and unpacking those (many) boxes...

My friends Cathy and Gisi helped move a load of valuable goodies (think scrapbooking goodies!) before the big moving truck arrived

Richard and Lynn blessed me hugely - by helping with 'handyman' jobs and unpacking my kitchen and scrap room

Moving day.  Shitty day.  Gisi made it a bit easier by spending the day with me, feeding me, comforting me, helping me. 

The mountain of boxes to be unpacked.  I'm now about 70% unpacked and settled in.  I've been uncluttering as I unpack, and will be donating a lot of stuff to the Randburg SPCA shop

The bones of my new scrap room are emerging

and miss Ruby has settled in very well, thank you for asking; she just wants to go and explore outside

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Moving on

My Ruby and I are packing up and moving on to a new home.  There is a staggering amount of work to be done, so things will be a bit quiet on my blog for a while.  Talk amongst yourselves.  Chat later...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekend in review

My friend Leonie and I attended the Scrapbook Convention at Emperor's Palace on Saturday.  It was a one-day event focusing on mixed media techniques.  I have learnt to go to these events with low expectations, because then I can't be disappointed.  I always enjoy spending time with Leonie, and being around creative people and stuff, so it was a good day for me.

The class by Glenda Viljoen was awesome - she shared a ton of techniques from Ranger University.  I have many of the Tim Holtz products but don't always know how to use them or use them incorrectly.  I learnt so much in her class - local South African scrappers rock!!

This is a canvas mini album, my album cover is pictured below - less stuff and a whole lot simpler than the original!  We got to try out the new pan pastels in this class...not sure that I'll buy them, but glad that I got to play with a new product.  Donna Downey LOVES pan pastels...me - not so much

...and then I spent the whole day packing up on Sunday (ugh!!).  My good friends Lynette and Andy helped me with this monster job.  I am such a bad packer and I lose interest quickly.  The big truck arrives on Monday morning so I can't dawdle too much. 

My new home has been painted out and the wooden floors have been fitted in the bedrooms.  It's looking lovely.  I can't wait to live in this beautiful space

this beautiful shout of red and orange was waiting to welcome me at the entrance to my new home... hello

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Botanical Gardens

Lynn, Richard, Linda and I strolled in the beautiful Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Sunday morning, and then enjoyed breakfast under the trees...

Love this place!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Around here

Did a little shopping this weekend for my new home...

new place mats for miss Ruby

an angel to hang on the new patio

some paint samples

love this cute owl doorstop!

a customised notebook from macaroon

2 new novels to enjoy under a blanket on the couch in winter

Fun cookie cutters - I don't bake cookies but maybe that will change now that I have a few little people in my life

 a mini red velvet cake and lemon meringue tart from petit fours

stealing kisses and hugs from a grumpy kitty

full moon

went walking at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Sunday morning with Linda, Lynn and Richard; more on that later in the week

uh-huh ... I started packing on Sunday for the big move in 2 weeks' time; I am rubbish at packing!!

What's wrong with this picture??  How come I do the packing and heavy lifting and all the hard work, and striped monster is the one who falls asleep exhausted at 7pm on Sunday night??  No fair!  But very cute and adorable

Friday, May 4, 2012

Layout to share

Just sharing 2 of my recent scrap layouts...