Sunday, March 31, 2013

34 years together

  • 34 years together
  • 3 beautiful children
  • 4 military call up's to the border
  • 6 city to city moves (while DH was working for Pick 'n Pay)
  • 4  owned homes
  • 6 gorgeous grandchildren
  • an awesome ministry
  • many arguments
  • loads of misunderstandings
  • lots of tears
  • too much worry
  • happiness
  • frustration
  • communication
  • respect
  • love that has grown stronger and stronger
  • an amazing walk with the Lord
  • growing in faith, love, commitment
  • he loves me regardless
  • he is my sounding board when I am not sure of something
  • he is the best husband, father and Oupa
  • he is a solid man after God's own heart
  • he is my happy place
  • he is my safe place in time of storms (and there has been many over 34 years)
  • he is my best friend
34 years ago I married my best friend.  I was 18 at the time and you could say that he raised me ;-)  After all these years we still grow closer and closer together.  We still hold hands and flirt with each other when we go on dates.  We complete each other's sentences.  Often we start talking about the same thing at the same time....and then giggle because we have grown together so much.  We also fiercely disagree at times but that doesn't make our love for each other any less.  We never get tired of spending "alone" time together.  Often it would be him watching sport and me reading a book.  More often it would be hours and hours of talking about our ministry, concerns for our children, love for our grand children.  Hopes and dreams that we share.

Happy anniversary Bokkie....if I could choose all over....I would choose you again ♥♥

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Around here.....

...we are celebrating Stefan's first birthday.
I look at him and cannot believe that it has been a year since he came to enrich our lives.

Most of his friends from daycare were there.

Not very sure what this all means....

....but it tastes sweet enough.

The older cousins were there to celebrate their "baba boetie nefie's" (baby brother cousin) birthday.

Our only little princess...Leane.

Lukas....don't even asked what happened to his head.  These boys are wild.

Dewan's mouth is to full to give me his usual cheesy smile ;-)

Last Sunday little Juan was dedicated to the Lord.  The dedication was preceded with a lovely Sunday lunch and was held at their home.
Juan's name means "gift from God" and that is so fitting.
Then a special blessing on the parents.  I am so proud of Kobus and Lache.  In 2010 they were divorced for a brief period.  It was so hard for the children to be either with the their mom or with their dad.  They remarried in 2011 and Juan was really the gift that sealed their love.

I can't post this without adding something creative I have made.  I made this layout with a photo of  Shayne and I, that was taken at the celebration of my 50th birthday.  

Supply list: Patterned paper:  My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline Dilly Dally); brads and embellishments: My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline Dilly Dally); Title die cut:  Studio Calico and cut with my Silhouette; Flower: Prima; Rub on: Kaisercraft.

I hope you are having an awesome Easter weekend.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Digging yourself a hole

In Afrikaans we have a lovely saying...."slim vang sy baas"....translated it means that sometimes we are just too clever for our own good and we get caught in our own "cleverness".  Last week this became so very true for myself.

For nearly ten years I have been living with pain.  In 2003 the diagnosis was Fibromyalgia and at the time very little was known about it apart from the fact that people who have it, have a high tendency to suffer from inflammation in the soft connective tissue of the muscles.  Muscles then go into spasm and inflammation can be so severe that it feels as if you have very bad flu symptoms that include fever.

A year ago a neurologist changed the diagnosis to Myofacial pain Syndrome and at the time prescribed medication that acts as pain blockers. HALLELUJA.... IT WORKED!.....and for the past year I have been pain free.  When you have constant pain you tend to have a very high pain threshold and you just soldier on regardless.  Do you have any idea how quickly you forget and become used to having no pain?  I is the norm isn't it?

So this month when I needed to have my chronic medication prescription filled...I was clever...and I didn't get my medication.  Because maybe I don't need it anymore?  Or maybe I am healed?  Who knows what I thought.

I woke up on Wednesday morning...and it felt as if an elephant was sitting on my chest....I couldn't breathe.  All the muscles in my neck, shoulders and chest were in spasm.   I couldn't lift my felt too heavy for my body.  So I made my next "clever" decision...I rolled out of bed, got into my exercise clothes and dragged my body onto the treadmill...I was going to exercise it away!!!!  After 5 kilometers my energy was spent...and I was still in agony. I wanted to curl up and die.  I couldn't tell DH!  I mean seriously, how do I explain my stupidity?

I tried pain medication and it didn't work!  Within hours I was stripped of all my joy and positive attitude. It was replaced with self pity.  Do you know how short your fuse is when you are in pain?  How little patience you have? How intolerant you become?   By the afternoon my darling husband and I had a huge argument about something silly that I can't even remember.(and he still didn't know why I was behaving the way I did).   All I wanted to do was find a sunny spot to curl up in and cry my eyes out.  AND I DID IT ALL TO MYSELF.  Unbelievable!

Today is the first day that I feel normal....and I promised myself never to be my own doctor again.

Have you ever been too clever for your own good?  Has it come back to haunt you?


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Our many adventures - Sketch N Scrap - My Minds Eye Miss Caroline

Hallo friends, it is time for the latest sketch reveal at Sketch N Scrap. I am also entering this layout for the My Minds Eye challenge to use diecuts on a layout.  Here is my layout based on Brenshevia's very cool sketch.  These photos of DH and Lukie was taken in February 2011 on Wynand's smallholding.  He was sitting on his Oupa's shoulders while Oupa was ploughing the plot with a tractor.
 Supplies used: Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline Dilly Dally); Cardstock for matting and background die cut: Bazzill; Embellishments and title: My Minds Eye; Other: Silhouette.
 I used the wooden star burst and stuck the starburst bling to it and then I topped it with a layered stickers of the same line
 I used buttons that was left over from the My Minds Eye Sweetest Thing Bluebell buttons to form this cute button border.

Here is the lovely sketch by Brenshevia.  I would love to see what you create using it.

In order to be eligible for the monthly prize:
1. Make sure and link back to Sketch N Scrap in your blog post when sharing our sketch OR a layout based on our sketch.
2. Link your layout up by clicking on the Froggy link in the sidebar

NOTE: Don't forget to link to the direct post of this weeks challenge on your blog.  

Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create! :) 

Remember each submission will give you ONE entry into our monthly random draw for a chance to win the March prize!
So get those layouts started! International players are welcome, but  they will be asked to pay shipping on their prize should they win.
Link up your layout by Sunday March 31st  at midnight PST!

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wet Kisses - cardstock challenge - Scrap Africa

Hi my dear friends.  This week the challenge at Scrap Africa is a cardstock challenge.  That means that you are not allowed to use any patterned papers.  You can take cardstock, paint it, stamp it and alter it to use on your layout.  I kept my layout relatively simple as I am still new to mixed media.
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill and American Craft; Alpha: American Craft and Silhouette; Border punch: Martha Stewart; Flowers: Prima.

I first took the aqua paper and stenciled circles onto it using gesso.  I then "carefully" splattered glimmer mist to mess it up.  I cut the white embossed cardstock to 8.5x8.5 inch and matted it on brown 8.75x8.75 inch brown cardstock.
I punched the holes for the swirls then stitched the swirl.  I cut the "kisses" part of the title with my Silhouette.
I cute the sun from cardstock with the Silhouette.
I punched five different colours of cardstock borders and layered them below the white and brown matted square and finished it off with a row of Prima blooms.

Please visit Scrap Africa and see the beautiful layouts and projects that were made by the design team using cardstock.  If you play along this month, there are 2 super prizes up for grabs!
One random prize is this giveaway from Patricia. Blooms are certainly a scrappers best friend! :-)

Then we have another super random prize and that is a $35.00 voucher from Zeus and Zoe.
Please check out this wonderful etsy shop!

Thanks so much to Marivic for this wonderful voucher!

You have until the 31st March to submit your projects and we really look forward to seeing your creations.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Let the journey BEGIN *Scrapbook Studio* - My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline)

Before I move onto something creative I just want to share a bit of what is happening in my life right now:
  • Last weekend was spent quietly at home.  DH played a spot of night golf on Friday and spent a bit of time with our sons on Saturday.  Sunday morning we were off to Despatch (a little dorpie outside of Port Elizabeth) where we were invited to talk about the Mission in a Dutch Reform church.  We had 30 minutes to speak and it went very well.  I am amazed that talking in front of a few hundred people no longer faze me.
  • On Monday morning I heard that an old school friend had lost her battle with cancer.  That was so, so sad for me.  She had so much pain and was so sick for so long and the doctors couldn't find what was wrong.  Then they diagnosed her and the very first round of chemo killed off all her white blood cells and her body could not fight any infections. She has four children (two being very young) and just the thought that they now have to face life without their mom is heart breaking.
  • Then on Monday we heard that the young man that I wrote about HERE had died of an overdose. Drugs are evil and I hate to lose a fight against evil.  He was with us for less than 3 months when his mother asked us to release him to go home to her.  We begged her not to take him.  Heroin addicts need to be kept in a safe environment for at least a year or two. 
  • This week I finished the financial year end for the Mission and on Thursday I start with the "catch-up" of the March books....never a dull moment I tell you.
  • Little Stefan has started to walk and has to be watched with eagle eyes.  He pulls everything off the coffee table if nobody is looking.

 Here is another 2 page layout I created with the November Scrapbook Studio kit.  The photos are of my two youngest grandsons.  They are only two months apart and this was the first time they actually took notice of each other.
Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Printed Papers: My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline - Fine and Dandy); Brads: My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline - Fine and Dandy); Stars: Making Memories Felties; Punch: Martha Stewart; Sketch: Allison Davis.

I cut the title wih the Silhoutte.  It was one of the first things I cut and still needed a lot of exercise using the machine.

Happy Wednesday.  Thank you for visiting my blog.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sweet Little One - My Minds Eye Sweetest Thing bluebell

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend doing what you love to do.  I really got stuck into my two smallest grand babies new born photos.  I used mainly My Minds Eye Sweetest Thing Bluebell for all the layouts and now have only scraps left of this awesome paper range.
I used a 8x10 photo on this layout.  
My title was cut with the Silhouette.  I also matted my printed paper pennants on dark cardstock.
I also cut the circles with Silhouette using up all my scraps to make embellishments.
The rub on is by Kaisercraft
I love the soft colours of this range of My Minds Eye is so perfect for baby boy photos.  I do believe that this was my favourite range so far.
I layers some of my cut circles with crochet doilies and brads.  The title was also cut with the Silhouette.
The large crochet doily used in a cluster with some chipboard and cut circles.
A layered sticker from the range topped with a brad and the final touch is another rub on by Kaisercraft.

Thanks for visiting me today...have a lovely day.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Let your light SHINE

Today is my friend, Margot's birthday.  I wanted to do something special for her because she is such a special person.  During the carols by candlelight service last year I took this beautiful photo of her grand daughter.
Her grand daughter lives in Mauritius and she has a very special bond with her.  This morning when I walked into my craft room I knew what I wanted to do.  I was going to make a canvas with this photo as a gift to her.  Jowilna Nolte taught us some awesome techniques at the Woman's Day crop last year...and now my notes came in handy.
This is the completed canvas  that measures 12 x 18 inches.  The photo is A5 size. The canvas  took me all day to do. There is many layers to this mixed media project.

Step one:  I spritzed two different colours Mister Huey's and then I spritzed water onto it to make the colours run.  I put it outside to dry.
Step 2:  I added various colours acrylic paint which I applied with a credit card...then I spritzed water over the paint to make the colours run.  It had to be left to dry again.
Step 3:  I applied Acrylic gel medium to the canvas and the stuck the music sheet tissue paper to it.  I applied another coat of gel medium over the music sheet paper.  Let it dry again.
Step 4:  Using a Crafters Workshop stencil I stenciled texture paste onto the corners and let it dry again.
Step 5:  I mixed some gold and bronze perfect pearls with water and spritzed the whole canvas so that it had a soft glow.  I didn't photograph it after I added the  perfect peals...but you can see the glow in the completed project.
The tag behind the photo was stenciled with acrylic pearl paint and then inked with Tim Holtz distress ink.  You can also see that I did some crackling on two of the corners.  I first applied wood glue and when it was sticky but a bit drier I covered the glue with paint.  As the glue dries the paint cracks beautifully.
I added the Prima bling and trim stickers to the sides of the photos to mimic the flames...and the title was just perfect for the photo.
The chipboard flourish was first covered with pearl acrylic paint to make it water proof and then I dabbed it with alcohol inks.  The flower clusters in the corners ended it off perfectly.

Thank you for visiting my blog, have a lovely day.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Too Cute - Scrap Africa - My Minds Eye (Follow your Heart)

Hi Friends, it is time to reveal the next sketch challenge at Scrap Africa.  I used this cute photo of Stefan when he was still a tiny baby.  I want to remember how he pulled is bottom lip and his eyes became so sad just before he started crying.  

Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Follow your Heart); Buttons and brads: My Minds Eye (Follow your Heart); Chipboard lace: My Minds Eye (Sweetest Thing Bluebell); Alphabet: American Craft; Cute Title: Silhouette.
 Just look at those dainty cuts that the Silhouette makes.
 Here is proof that a mistake can be fixed.  I made a mistake in my journaling and just covered it with a little arrow.
 A sprinkle of buttons and a circle with stitching completes the picture.

Here is the sketch by Evgenia.

As always, we have a goodies bag up for grabs from Fabscraps.
A random winner will be chosen.


You have until the 14th March to submit your projects.

I came across one of my posts that for some reason I forgot to post.  It was the Scrap Africa "hearts" challenge that I hosted on 14 February.  Here is the layout I made for it.

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers: American Craft (Dress code); Jillibean Soup(Gray salt); Alpha: October Afternoon (Midway); Heart Die cut:  Daniella Dobson free download; Butterflies and hearts: Silhouette; Pearls: Fabscraps.

Beautiful cuts  with the Silhouette and I love this alphabet.
I spread some glossy accents inside the hearts and then sprinkled micro beads over it.
This beautiful die cut was designed by Daniela Dobson and can be downloaded on her blog. I stitched around the edges of some hearts and then sprinkled micro beads over glossy accents inside some of the hearts.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Have a lovely day.