I loved loved loved this novel by Wilbur Smith, and highly recommend it if you like fast-paced adventure stories - it's about the Somali pirates in East Africa (hint - the good guys win!).
...some inspiration for a healthier 2014
And this is another scrapbooking novel that I'm about to dive into. I also recommend the Sweethaven trilogy by Courtney Walsh if you haven't read them yet, and if you enjoy good family drama with some great links to our love of scrapbooking. She's a Christian author.
The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town packs a 'breakfast to go' for me when I have early meetings. They pack my fruit, yoghurt and muffin into lovely carry bags for easy grab and go travel. The bags are already made from recycled paper. I up-cycled these bags as Christmas gift bags for the Scrap Addicts. I love using Christmas ornaments as decorations on gifts. I'm a real 'greenie' and someone who recycles a lot, so my friends and family know that they may sometimes get gifts wrapped in 'strange' ways.
Hello everyone. I'm back....after several trips to Cape Town and 1 trip to gloomy London in November.
I did some serious thinking about whether or not to continue blogging. And I've decided that I need to blog for 2 reasons - the main reason is that blogging encourages me to live more mindfully and intentionally. I pay closer attention to my life. I think more carefully about documenting my life, and about the stories that unfold each day. I'm encouraged to look at my life with my eyes wide open.
The second reason that I've decided to continue blogging is because I love to read blogs; to take a peek into other peoples' lives and get new ideas and perspectives. So it's only fair for me to also share a peek into my own life. And so I will continue to share my stories with you about my life, my art and my faith.
It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas around here. Another 4 days of working and then I have a few days off work until the new year - yay!
Hope your December is happy and full of the things you love.
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This is the sunset over Hartebeespoort Dam, taken last weekend on our scrapbooking retreat...beautiful Africa
I will be taking an extended blog break during the next 2 months or so. I have a monster workload to get through in my day job before the end of the year, and I will be travelling quite a bit until about mid November. I am just spread too thin in my work and in my private life, with always too much on my to-do list. I don't want to feel like blogging is just another thing that I have to do.
And so I am using the power of choice. I am choosing where to focus my attention and my time and my energy and my love and my resources. I am stepping back a bit and looking at what needs to be changed and pruned in my life.
The blog break will also give me a bit of time off to get excited about blogging again.
The 5 Scrap Addicts spent last weekend at Good Shepherd retreat near Hartebeespoort Dam. We usually share a scrap queen gift on our weekends away, but this time, we each had to design a double page layout for everyone in the group. W O W!! I was blown away at how talented everyone in the group is. I know that we are all great scrapbookers, but now we are also scrap page designers! I'll share some of the pages with you later in the week.