Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Getting your own back:-)

Some time ago (nearly two years) I did this post about telemarketers.  Yes, yes...I know they are just doing their jobs...but gosh, can't they find another job? Now I have found ways to irritate them;-)

  • When they ask "How are you today?", tell them: "I'm so glad you asked because no one these days seem to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died...
  • If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name.  Then ask them to spell the company name.  Then ask them where their company is located.  Continue asking them personal or questions about their company for as long as necessary.  Such as when did their company start, who was the founder, are they still with the company?
  • Cry out in surprise when a telemarketer gives you her name - such as: "Judy!  Is that you? Oh, my goodness!  Judy, how have you been?"  Hopefully, this will give "Judy" a few moments as she tries to figure out where the hell she could know you from.
  • If the bank calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends plan, reply, in as sinister voice as you can:  "I don't have any friends...would you be my friend?"
  • If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.
  • Tell the telemarketer you are under "house arrest" and ask if they could bring you a case of beer and some chips.
  • After the telemarketer gives their schpiel, ask him or her to marry you.  When they get all flustered, tell them that you could never just give our credit card number to a complete stranger;-)
  • Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask them if they will give you their home phone number so you can call them back.  When the telemarketer explains that they cannot give out their home phone numbers, tell him/her: "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The telemarketer will agree, and then you say: "Now you know how I feel!"
  • Insist that the caller is really your buddy, playing a joke.  "Come on Joan, cut it out! Seriously, how's your momma?"
  • Tell them to talk "very slowly" because you want to write "every word" down. to get myself to answer the phone when it rings;-)
Last night I found out that another of my children are expecting a baby:-)  My little family is really expanding and it makes me very happy.
On to things scrappy...this week is One page sketch week over at Sketch Support

.One-page Sketch #14

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the one-page sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar of Sketch Support.

Strike a Pose
Supply List:  patterned paper: Bo Bunny Press, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon; banner stickers: October Afternoon; letter stickers: American craft; ink: Versa Magic;  flowers: Prima; Trim: Fancy Pants and Prima; brads: Upikit; Punch: Martha Stewart.

Variation 1:  I did not use three 4x6 blocks.  I used a 6x12 piece of printed paper
Variation 2:  I used two 5x3.5 photos.
Variation 3: I added a punched border and lace to seperate the photos and make them stand out.
Variation 4:  I placed my title down the side of the printed paper.
Variation 5:  I replaced the one strip of paper with a scalloped felt trim.
Variation 6:  I added a row of flowers down the side of the photos.

Chat again soon


Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's a boy...and some scrappy challenges;-)

On Monday I went with B to see the gynae...and I saw my little unborn grandson.  Technology has really grown in leaps and bounds...and just seeing all this details are amazing.  This scan is at 17 weeks and baba measures 12 cm from the crown of his head to his bottom.  The doctor could even see that it is a little boy and was quick to show us his "little Eiffel Tower" :-)  B has decided that his name will be called
Stefan (the Christian meaning being "The crown of His creation). What a blessing to be part of this process.

Onto things creative.  I would like to show you two layouts I made this weekend based on My Creative Sketches.  Both photos were taken during a family photo shoot on 14 July this year.
Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Printed Papers - Websters (All about me);  Flowers - Websters, Prima; Clock - Kelly Pannaci; Pearls - Kaisercraft; Punch - Martha Stewart; Title rubon - Scrapbook King. (My Creative Scrapbook Ltd Edition kit for October)

Here is the sketch:
and the next one:
Supplies Used:  Printed Papers - Melissa Francis; Title and flower diecut - K & Co; Flowers - Prima; Pearls - Melissa Francis; Trim - Prima; Punch - Martha Stewart; Other - DMC Tread. (My Creative Scrapbook Ltd Edition August kit)

The sketch I used:
As you can see I flipped the sketch in order not to cover up the writing on the background paper.

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The long "good night"

This little mouse was lying in bed between DH and I the other night.  When we put the television off he decided that he wanted to sleep in his own bed....thank goodness!

He walks out and closes our bedroom door.  Then he opens it again:
Lukie:  Lekker slaap!  (good night)
Us: Lekker slaap, jy ook.(good night to you too) {he closes the door}{he opens the door}
Lukie: Oupa, daar is nie groot dinosaurs in die huis nie ne? (there isn't big dinosaurs in the house hey?)
Oupa: Nee Lukie, daar is nie dinosaurs in die huis nie. (no there is no dinosaurs in the house) {he closes the door}{he opens the door}
Lukie:  Net klein dinosaurs wat pas onder die bed?  (only small dinosaurs that can fit under the bed)
Us:  Nee Lukie, daar is niks dinosaurs in die huis nie.(there is no dinosaurs in the house)  {he closes the door and then opens it again}
Lukie:  Droom van my hoor!  (dream about me okay?)
Us: Ons gaan van jou droom, lekker slaap.  (good night, we will dream of you) {he closes the door and opens it again}
Lukie: Ek gaan van Oupa en Ouma en Mamma en Pappa en Boetie en Bianca en Leane en Dewan droom. (he names everybody he is going to dream about)
Us:  Gaan slaap nou! (go to bed now)  {he closes the door and yes, you guessed it, he opens it AGAIN}
Lukie:  Hoekom is julle lig nog aan?  (Why is your light still burning?:-)
We put off the light and off he goes to bed.
I  am beginning to realize how much we are going to miss him when they finally move to their own home.

I just want to share my two page layout for Sketch Support with you.

Two-page Sketch #20

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the two-page sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar of Sketch Support.

Keeping Cool
Supplies Used:  Cardstock - Bazzill: Printed Papers - October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Cosmo Cricket, Simple Stories; Ribbon - Fancy Pants; Alpha -American Crafts.

  • I kept to the measurements and directions on the sketch.
  • I replaced the scalloped strip with a felt trim.
  • I printed and cut a sun to add to the left hand corner of the layout.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scrappy challenges

This first layout is for the challenge over at Scrap-it-Lah.  The challenge is to include the following on your layout:- 
  1.   Old book paper, sheet music or something similar {downloaded off the internet if necessary} if you don't have anything already...
  2. Fussy cutting.
  3. Hand-stitching using embroidery floss
Supply list:  Printed paper - Melissa Francis; Flowers - Prima; Butterfly - Pink Paislee; Alphabet - American Craft and Making Memories tiny alpha;  Other - DMC Embroidery floss.  (The My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit for August 2011)

The photos were taken during our family photo shoot in July...and as you can clearly see Lukie wanted nothing to do with it all.  I used this sketch by Melinda Spinks.

The next layout is for the My Minds Eye October sketch challenge.  The theme is fall.  We don't have such pronounced autumns as the people in the Northern Hemisphere experience, so I decided to use autumn colours in my layout.
Supply list:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Printed Papers - My Minds Eye Lost and Found; Stickers, trim and brads - My Minds Eye Lost and Found; Alphabet - American Craft; Other - Martha Stewart punch.

DH took these photos of Lukas with his cellphone camera...not bad hey!  The photos were taken on Wynand and Nadia's plot and Lukas made great use of a big pile of dirt.

Here is the sketch for the October challenge:

My scrap room has been calling my name for the past three weeks and I enjoyed my time creating again.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Funeral vs Celebration of Life

We had a funeral today at the Mission.  A 39 year old young man died on Sunday after taking an overdose of prescription medication.  I want to believe that it was accidental.  I can't believe that he wanted to die.  He had so much to live for.  He adored his wife of 7 months.  He had accepted the Lord as his Saviour.  He was getting his life in order.  Now he is gone.  I truly believe that he is with the Lord and that where he is there is no more sorrow and no more pain.

I don't handle sad emotional events well.  Feelings are so raw.  You see the regret and guilt of those left behind.  You see all the emotions....the hear the "what if's".  Then they ask friends and family to say a few words and that is usually when I fall apart at the seams.

An event like this always make me look at my life.  I realize that it is important to live each day to the full, you never know when your time will come. Live in a manner worthy of your calling and walk with the Lord.  It is important to sort out the "unfinished business".  Resolve difficult relationships and live in peace with those close to you.

I remember a time during a Child Play Therapy Course a couple of years ago.  We were told to write our "funeral letter" to establish what unfinished business still lurked.  Gosh, I never did that task and just found it too daunting and too dark.

I just know one thing. When I die, I want it to be a celebration of my life. No long faces and no tears. I want people to remember me with laughter and happiness.  Not regrets and  guilt. I want everyone to wear bright clothes.  I want people to have a jolly happy party.  That would be the "send off" I would love. Lastly, please give me flowers while I am still alive to enjoy them and tell me you love me while I can still hear the words.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The merry-go-round of life....

Some days it feels that life is going at such a speed, that all I can do is hang on for dear life.

So what have we been up to....
Photo taken with my Blackberry

DH and I spent a week in Plettenberg Bay at the Beacon Island Resort.   I did not take a single photo with my Canon.  All I did was sleep and eat and read and eat some more. We went out twice....once to have breakfast at Old Nick's and the other to have breakfast at the Lookout Deck.  The rest of the time was spent chilling on the lawn of the hotel or chilling in the Sea Lounge with a book....and I have the extra kilograms to prove it.

We came back home to this "little" surprise.  A two month old Great Dane.  You can just imagine how charmed I was considering their other hound, Nina, did this to my Blackberry a month ago.
We arrived home on Saturday and on Sunday morning we set off to Off Camber Adventures, a party venue where Christian had his 9th birthday party.  The venue is in the Elands River Valley and Sunday the temperature reached 40 it felt very close to hell;-)  Most of the time was spent in the pool.

Wynand and Lukie
Christian and Lukie...walking the plank:-)
Oupa and Lukie
The cake was baked by Nadia and her friend Renata.
Birthday boy blowing out the candles.
Most of us sat around looking wilted:)

On Monday it was back to work....
  • We were in over our heads from the word go.  
  • One of our people overdosed on prescription medication and died on Sunday.
  • One of our leaders relapsed into heroin.
  • Three of the ladies on the program were caught selling schedule 5 pain medication (that they obtained on the black market) to other people in the mission.
  • We had to make some drastic decisions regarding taking on any new people. 
  • I am at least two weeks behind with my admin.
  • The auditors decided that this was the week to start with the annual audit....JOY!
So with this in mind, please be gentle when I don't come visiting your blogs often in the coming days.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Sketch Support October card sketch

Card Sketch #12

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the card sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar of the Sketch Support blog.

Here is my first take on the sketch...a card.

Supplies used: Cardstock - Bazzill;  Printed papers - Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon, Simple Stories;  Flowers: Unknown from my stash; Chipboard Flourish - Enmarc; Glitter - Crazy Crafts; Sentiment rubon - Kaisercraft; Pearls - Upikit.
  • I followed the measurements of the sketch.
  • I replaced the stars with flowers
  • I used a chipboard scroll that I covered in glitter
  • I added pearls to the corners of the top printed paper.
Then I made to one page layouts based on the sketch.  Here is the first one:

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Printed Papers - Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon, Simple Stories; Ribbon - Local Haberdashery; Alpha - Simple stories and American Craft; Flowers - Prima and My Creative Scrapbook August kit; Chipboard Flourish - Enmarc; Quote rubon - Kaisercraft.
  • I  cut a square piece of Bazzill and 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • I cut hexagons from the printed paper and made a quilt.  
  • I added faux stitching to each hexagon.
  • I framed the piece of bazzill with a punched border.
  • I replaced the striped paper with lace ribbon.
  • I used two photos and punched the photo mat with a punch.
  • I added the flowers and flourish to the right hand corner of the photos.
The second layout was made for the Simple Stories product challenge.
This photo of Lukie and Leane was taken on Dewan's first birthday.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Bazzill; Printed papers and stickers - Simple Stories; Felt ribbon - MME Fine and Dandy; Alpha - American Craft.
  • I cut four 5x5 inch squares and matted it on brown cardstock
  • I added faux stitching to each square.
  • I replaced the striped paper with a felt ribbon.
  • I matted my photo on a punched photo mat.
  • I added the baloons and the flourish to the right hand corner of the photo.
Please visit the Sketch Support blog and see the many different variations to this awesome sketch by Allison Davis.

Monday, October 3, 2011

From A - Z

I want to play along too after reading Jennifer's post! I will also get to catch up on blog reading as soon as DH is off to the golf course.

A. Age:  50 (Ancient:-)
B. Bed size:  King
C. Chore that you hate:  Ironing
D. Dogs:  Yes please!  But only when I have my house back.
E.  Essential start to your day:  COFFEE!  I don't do days without coffee.
F.  Favourite colour:  Turquoise

G: Gold or silver:  White gold
H: Height:  5'7"
I:  Instruments you play:  None.  When I was a child we were too poor to pay for    lessons...but I would love to be able to play the keyboard or a sexy saxophone.
J:  Job title:  Financial director
K: Kids:  2 grown boys and a girl.  Kobus (32) Wynand (29) and Bianca (22)
L: Live: Port Elizabeth on the east coast of South Africa
M: Mother's name:  Ansie
N: Nick Name:  none.
O: Overnight hospital stays:  2 babies and a back operation (4 nights)
P: Pet peeves:  sales people
Q:  Quote from a movie: Nothing springs to mind
R:  Right or left handed:  Right
S:  Siblings:  Andre, Anita, Elsa, Herlien and Ansie.
T:  Tea or coffee:  Coffee or "rooibos" tea.
U:  Underwear:  Oh my!  At my age obviously.
V:  Vegetables you hate:  brusselsprouts
W: What makes you run late:  Life;-)
X:  X Rays:  Dental and back
Y:  Yummy food that you make:  Leg of lamb with all the trimmings and pork chops with a layer of apple slices...yum.
Z:  Zoo Animal:  Panda bear

So, that is me in a nut shell!  Hope you play along too!  I'd love to learn more about my bloggy friends!!