Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Vistarus Dinner and Auction

What comes to mind when you think Charity Dinner and Auction?  LOL!  Well... I heard this weekend that what comes to mind is white tablecloths and check serviettes.  Apparently some of the people were hesitant to come because charities spend as little as possible to make as big a profit as possible.  People were blown away when they arrived at the venue and was greeted with this:
We decided before hand that as this is an art auction that our decor should be dramatic and a little over the top.
We managed to find the most awesome black tablecloths embossed with silver glitter.  Just enough glitz and glamour to provide what we wanted.  This teamed with beautiful mirror center pieces and some gorgeous arums, lemons and apples sprayed purple and green provided the rest.  The greenery in this arrangement is parsley...I kid you not!
We started on Friday to get the tables into the right position.  Our men folk was still framing paintings late into the night on Friday.  On Saturday morning early we started getting the tables ready and doing the display of the paintings. I loved how vivid the green stood out on the tables.
 Little crystal pins stuck into the lemons and apples and voila....glamour.
The black tablecloths were teamed with purple.
The purple and black damask tablecloths got the green.
 After the lighting was added the venue was transformed.
Two Tone provided the musical entertainment...and if you love Katie will love them.

Some of the rare, collectable wines that were on auction.
This included this box with three KWV bottles.

Some of the art that was auctioned.
 The display of wines and some of the art.
These beautiful paintings reached the highest bids and was painted by my friend Reynette.
More of the paintings on display
We used the 2 Sisters Auctioneers and what entertainment they provided.
They squeezed the people for the next higher bid.
Reynette's paintings were very popular.
A highly successful fund raiser and enjoyed by all who attended.  Well worth all the effort that went into it.  A total of R82000 was raised.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glimpses from our vacation

Hallo my dear friends.  First off:  I want to apologize for not being very active in the world of blogging.  I feel awful that I haven't been able to make my regular visits to your blogs.  Things have been hectic since our return from vacation.

I want to share some of the photos that we took during our time in Plettenberg Bay.  So much have happened since then that I am going to do a catch up quickly;-)

  • We came back to the general chaos at work.  There is always a price to pay for going away for two whole weeks.  Needless to say, I still haven't managed to catch up with all my admin work.  Fortunately all the work relating to reports to the Receiver of Revenue was already up to date before we left.  So now I am taking it one day at a time and doing what I am able use getting all stressed about it.
  • We have a big fundraising event this coming Saturday.  The venue is sponsored by the Summerstrand Inn and they will be preparing the three course meal with all ingredients supplied by Woolworths.  We are so blessed to have Woolworths that believe in the work we do at the Mission...without their help we would never be able to supply 28500 meals every month on the shoestring budget we have.  We have received beautiful paintings and some very rare bottles of wines that will be auctioned at the benefit.  Because of the art auction the decor is going to be very arty and a little over the top.  All the tables were sold out a week ago and we will have 230 people attending the evening.  Very exciting.  I will be sure to take lots of photos to show you.
  • I am sure that by now you know that the Eastern Cape will probably be declared a disaster area.  We have had rain for 11 days solid. Yes, our cold and wet winter was followed by a cold and wet spring.  Yesterday morning when I woke and saw the grey skies...I wanted to cry.  Today for the first time the sun has started peeking out and just seeing tiny bits of blue sky is already lifting my spirits.  Wynand and Nadia's house was flooded during the night on Saturday evening.  The water flowed ankle deep through their house and all the laminated flooring and fitted cupboards are wrecked.  The insurance companies are inundated with claims and one of the contractors that have been appointed to their claim will only be able to assess the damage on Friday. 
Here are some glimpses of our time away...I must be honest and say that the camera was very seldom taken out:-) We read(lots), slept (even during the day), took long walks on the beach and ate way too much.  Actually our hardest task each day was to decide where we will have our next meal.

The view from our third floor window.
The outside area where we love to have our breakfast.
The lawn where we had our first experience of summer arriving (that was before all the rain)
Caught in the act by Kobus. 
Reading in the Sea Lounge.
I finished six books in the two weeks. Five of the books are crime novels by Lisa Gardner...I love her writing style and the way she keeps you in suspense until the very last page.  I also read "The Light between oceans by M.L. Stedman.  A very good read and a lovely piece on forgiveness on page 342 after being asked how he got over some things done to him during the war he replies:  'I choose to,' he said. 'I can leave myself to rot in the past, spend my time hating people for what happened, like my father did, or I can forgive and forget.'  'But it is not that easy.' she said. 'Oh, but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once.  To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.  You have to keep remembering all the bad things.  I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount.  That I did a very proper job of hating too.  No,'  his voice became sober, 'we always have a choice.  All of us.'
We won a free trip to Birds of Eden and spent one afternoon there.
A feast for birds.
 A dude with a funny hairdo.
Our last evening was spent having supper at the Look Out Deck...and we watched the sky turn pink.  This is my favourite photo of our time away.

I promise to visit your blogs soon.

Double page layouts

I have a lot of photos of events that need to be scrapped on double page layouts.  I decided to start purging my extensive stash and using Alison Davis and Debbie Saunders sketches from Scrapbook Generation.

This first layout is with photos taken during a day trip into the Baviaans kloof by our cell group last year in August.
Supply list: Cardstock:  Bazzill; Printed papers and stickers: Crate Paper(Farmhouse collection)   Flowers: Prima; Pearls: Kaiser Scrapbook.

My grand daughter came to visit me.  This is the first time in a long time that she was the only child visiting and I loved watching her play all by herself.
Supply list:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed papers and stickers; Pebbles

 These photos were taken in May 2010 of my two grandsons and their amazing relationship.
Supply List:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Printed paper and stickers: Three bugs in a rug (Blast Off)

So how has your week been so far?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Another sleepover

I feel much more at peace blogging in this private space;-)  Before we left on our trip to Plettenberg Bay we invited all our children for a meal at the Spur.  (that is where the little ones can play and we can have a peaceful time catching up on each others everyone is happy)
Little Stefan was sleeping when we left home.
Little Lukas had invited himself to sleepover at our home and loudly announced to all present that he is sleeping with Ouma and Oupa.  Leane immediately piped up:  "Ouma hoekom kan Lukie by julle slaap en nie ek nie? (Why can Lukie sleepover and not her).  So obviously I did what a "good" Ouma would do and told her that she can sleep with us too.  A few minutes later Dewan crawled onto the bench next to me and held onto me.  "Ouma, ek is baie liefies vir jou".  (Ouma, I love you lots).  I knew exactly why he loved me so much and told him it is okay that he also sleeps over with us.  
That resulted in three very happy little ones....they love Ouma and Oupa and they love each other even more.
Leane and Lukas giving me their best "cheesy" smiles.
...and Dewan following suit;-)

So we had three little bodies sleeping in the queen size bed in the spareroom.  Lukas and Dewan both wanted to sleep in the middle.  Lukas wanted the nightlight on.  Dewan wanted it off.  Dewan claimed the middle position and after a while decided he needed to go to the bathroom, on his return Lukas had taken his place......I am sure you get the picture :-D

Early the next morning they all jumped into bed with me and Kobus and we all had coffee together.  Stefan also joined in with his bottle.  They then went to play outside...and Lukas and Leane went snail hunting.
Dewan didn't want to be part of this activity.
If the advertisement regarding "Snail Gel" is true...these two will have perfect skins.
The princess and the snail;-)

I will do a post later this week with glimpses of our time in Plettenberg Bay.

Scrap Africa - All White challenge

We have just returned from our vacation in Plettenberg Bay.  The above photo was taken from the Look Out Restaurant...and is my favourite photo taken during our two weeks away.  I did a lot of sleeping, reading, eating and walking on the beach...which is my idea of a perfect holiday.  The hardest part of each day was deciding where to eat:-)

Now, however is time for the reveal of the next challenge over at Scrap Africa. The challenge is to make a project of your choice using predominantly white.  You can add one colour of your choice.

Here is the card I made for the challenge:

The sponsors that will be sponsoring the prizes are:

Check out their blog as well,  full of inspiration!


And our second sponsor is SouthAfrican chipboard company celebr8

the lucky winner will get the prize worth 250 Rand (about 30USD)

Both prizes will be drawn randomly:)  You have until 1 November to upload your project.