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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Memories

I have been an extremely lazy blogger these past few days.  I will be catching up with all blog reading in the New Year...for now we have our grand babies that are keeping us a little busy.   I have downloaded Picassa at last and these collages were a quick way of sharing a little bit of our celebrations.
These little faces are what makes Christmas so very special.  The photo of Nala (the dog) was taken to send to Bianca.  On Christmas Eve we had a light finger supper.  My mom and dad came through from Kidds Beach to spend the weekend with us.  It is wonderful to see the great grandchildren warming up to them.
We had our Christmas lunch outside under the Lapa.  
We shared a wonderful day with our loved ones.I  trust that you all had a wonderful time with your families. 

Have you thought about your WORD for 2011.  I will be sharing my word with you in the next post.

xx

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Wishes

Wishing each of you a blessed Christmas.  Enjoy celebrating the birth of our Saviour.  Enjoy the time with family and friends.

xx

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cards - made with LOVE

I am certainly very pleased with myself this year.  I love the tradition of Christmas cards...but I have been guilty of not sending cards for years.  This year I decided that this old tradition needs to be picked up again.  Not only that, I decided that I will be sending handmade cards to my family and friends.
I have never made cards before and needed a bit of help.  I purchased this stunning card kit designed by Betsy Veldsman at The Scrappy Gourmet.
The Scrappy Gourmet has become one of my favourite stores to buy from.  They have fun kits with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the various projects.  The owner Dee Walker is also very friendly and always prepared to help and go the extra mile for her customers.
I love the mix of papers and embellishments that was put together for this kit.
I ended up substituting papers and embellishments in order to make the 30 cards I needed.
Years ago when the children were all still at school, I made all our clothes...now my sewing machine is only used to stitch on paper...and that is the way it is going to stay.
All my cards are in special padded envelopes and ready to be mailed off tomorrow.
I hope they all reach their destination before Christmas.
This Snowflake card reminded me of Kirsty's "Flo Snake".
I also hope that these cards will give the recipients as much pleasure as making them gave me.

xxx

Monday, December 13, 2010

The weekend that was

  Dewan being his usual cute self
The photos I am posting today was taken a year ago...but I only got my hands on them this past week. 
This past weekend was very quiet in our household.  My DH was very sick and you know how men are they don't listen when you tell them to go to the doctor. 

Aren't they too gorgeous...
I spent Saturday making Christmas cards.  I have been one of the guilty ones that never sent out cards...this year I decided to pick up the old tradition again.  I love receiving cards...so I had better start sending some.  I made some gorgeous cards and it is going to be hard to part with some of them.
 She adores her little brother.
Over the past year or so I have built up some real life relationships with some of my blog buds...please don't let my cards land in the dirtbin:)

 I took DH to see the doc yesterday.  He is on the right medication now...so I hope that he will be well soon.
At the moment we have a hectic time at work.  For our people on the program at the mission, it is the dangerous time of the year.  They miss people that they have lost, don't have their family anymore and it is the time of year they resort to their old coping mechanisms...so the alcoholic and the drug addicts have to be given a lot of extra love and care.   

This past weekend two of our people fell back into heroin.  The amazing thing is that they lie about their use.  They have become so clever.  They know that if they used and they test positive they can use the excuse of using codeine for some sort of pain.  The sad thing is that they need to admit their problem or else we cannot help them. 
So if you are one of those lucky ones that take a holiday to spend time with your loved ones...please take time to think of those who are not so fortunate to have family around them at this time of the year.

I will post photos of the Christmas cards I made later this week.

xx

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A little bit of this and that

Tonight we are going to celebrate a birthday with some friends.  This is the first "male" card I have ever made and I am very pleased with the results.  The papers are from Fab Scraps and Graphic 45.

This past weekend was quite a busy one.  There was a rugby day for the "old boys" of the various schools in the city.  Kobus Jr. played for his old school Framesby and we were there to cheer him on.
It was interesting to see some of the old faces of days gone by...and to see how many men have developed "beer barrels" where there were once flat muscular stomachs...and how many have become bald. 
It was also interesting to see that my DS still had a lot of speed in him and he scored some tries.
The lovely Felecia was there to "stand by her man".
This is Kobus Jr's best friend and business partner.  I am afraid he was not so lucky.  He broke his wrist in two places and spent Friday night in hospital after surgery to put in pins in his arm.  Kobus Jr. picked him up from hospital on Saturday morning and it was back to the field to cheer on their team...how crazy can you get?
 
After the final match...battle scars were shown.  Oh yes...you don't roll so well with the punches when you are older.  I wonder how many of these "young" men could get out of bed on Sunday morning:-D

A few weeks ago I saw a very interesting thing on Julie Tucker Wolek's blog.  They had a Christmas Train running under their Christmas tree.  I told my DH about this cute idea and we were off to Toys R Us on Sunday to see if we could find a train...and guess what...we found the North Pole express...how cute is that?
It has 5 carriages and is just perfect.  DH had it up and running in no time.
  Have you seen anything like this?  It makes the sound of a train, blows it's whistle....
...and it plays Christmas Carols too.
...the little ones just sat their...staring at the little train...going round and round the tree.

Things have been pretty hectic at work.  This is always our busy time of the year...also a time that we need to give the people at the mission a lot of love and care as this is the time of the year when they miss family and loved ones...and it is also the time of the year that is incredibly dangerous for the addicts in our care.

xx


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Counting my blessings

"Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings."
-- Marianne Williamson
"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."
-- Unknown
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some."
-- Charles Dickens
"First of all that I would crave as the richest of heaven's blessings would be wisdom from my Heavenly Father bestowed daily."
-- Emma Hale Smith
"Some wish blessings, others pray for them. Some send blessings and they become one."
-- Joyce C. Lock
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."
--Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." -- Eric Hoffe
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
-- Hamilton Wright Mabie
When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…all the good things.
~Maya Angelou
The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
~Helen Keller

What a blessing it is to have a wonderful husband, loving children and oh so cute grand children.
xx 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shall we dance?

I am turning 50 in January.
I can't believe it.
I definitely don't feel it;-D

I have been playing with various option on how to celebrate it.
Initially my idea was to invite all the family and friends for a spitbraai at our home.
Then I played with the idea of having a theme party and letting all the guest dress up for the occasion.
Now the decision is made and the venue booked.
We will have a dinner/dance at a hotel.
That takes all the worry of having to arrange for crockery, cutlery, linen and catering.

My birthday is on the Friday and we will have a casual braai at our home on the Friday night.  Saturday will be the BIG dinner/dance.  Sunday morning we will have a lovely continental breakfast at our home for all the out-of-town guests and anyone else that wants to be there.

That makes for a whole weekend of "kuier"  and guarantees that quality time can be spent with all those I love so much.

Today I have to start on the invitations...and suddenly my mind has gone blank.  I don't have a clue where to start?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

7Gypsies Letterbox tray

I have always wanted to do one of these.  When Shayne told me earlier this year that there is an Ali Edwards tray kit on Cocoa Daisy I was quick to order a kit.  This too became part of my stash;-D

Two weeks ago I decided to give it a bash.  I want this to become part of my photo wall in the passage.  I am so happy with how it is looking that I have ordered two more trays...I saw that Vicki Boutin and Iris Uy made beautiful trays using 7Gypsies Conservatory...so I ordered this line of paper and now I am looking forward to complete my photo wall by Christmas.

This first tray I wanted to use to celebrate the wonderful relationship I have with my darling husband and chose some of the favourite photos taken these past few years. I cannot imagine my life without him.  We met and started dating when I was only 17 and have been together ever since...THAT IS MOST OF MY LIFE.  Here is a few close ups:

This photo of me and my DH was taken in December 2007 by our son, Wynand.  It was my favourite photo of us for quite some time. 

Some of my happiest times are spent at the beach in Plettenberg Bay...here I always find peace and a calm...I believe that we are close to our Creator when we are close to nature.
The little photo in the corner was taken on our 30th wedding anniversary and the one in the centre was taken on Valentyns day this year.
I just love all the pretty wordart that Ali Edwards included int he kit.  The photo of DH was also taken at Plettenberg Bay...Our Happy Place;-D
I bought a whole lot of picture frames in black and I can already see the final collection of photos on my wall.  Combined with these printers trays it is going to be really special.

xx