Sunday, June 30, 2013

Embracing my inner domestic goddess

Don't you dare laugh!
I know that I am very outspoken about my "love" for cooking and baking.
I know that I have a kitchen only because it came with the house.
I know I am well known for supporting the ladies that bake for home industries...After all, they need to make a living too.

For the past few weeks I have had weird  cravings.  No, I am much too old and too wise to be pregnant.  I crave two things.   The first is creamy yummy macaroni and cheese.  The craving was so bad that when we took some very good friends to lunch on Monday I saw that the menu offered it.  It promised creamy macaroni and cheese made with chicken and three cheeses.  I was sold and ordered it.  What a disappointment,  it was stodgy, dry and had smoked bread crumbs over the top that made it taste like sawdust.  No, I can't tell you which restaurant as they would probably sue me for giving such a lousy review...but I can tell you that they are famous for their coffee ;-)

So today I decided to "play" for a while in the kitchen and make my own idea of what I want in a great macaroni and cheese.   I have an old fashioned Afrikaner husband that believes that anything without meat isn't food.  An hour later I had two dishes of macaroni and  cheese. (One to be frozen as I have neither the inspiration nor the energy to cook a good meal when I get home late in the afternoon).  Tonight my macaroni and  cheese (with mushrooms, chicken and tomato puree) passed the test when my man wanted seconds.

The second thing I was craving is "appelkoos konfyt handtertjies"( apricot jam fold over tartlets).  I have been searching for these at the home industries...but without any success.  I have a recipe book that has the step by step instructions to make these divine "tertjies" and I also remember making them for my family many years ago.  The nice thing is that even a non baker like me have all the ingredients needed to bake them.  So I did.  It is one of those recipes where the dough has to "rest" and stay cold in the fridge (high in butter content).  I ended up with six dozen little tarts and a reminder as to the reason why I only baked this once...flippen baie werk!  (Too much hard work).

So why am I writing this?  To prove that although I don't like cooking and I hate baking...I can actually do both with a degree of success.  That does not mean I am going to be doing more baking again soon.  I intend finding a lady that bakes for home industries to make this in future...after all,  they also need to make a living :-P

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Little moment - Scrap Africa - Pink Paislee butterfly garden

The latest Scrap Africa challenge went live last Saturday. The challenge this month is to use texture paint or modelling paste, either with a mask or stencil or free hand and any other wet medium like paint or mists etc. I have only recently started playing with wet mediums on my layouts as I never wanted to get my hands dirty and my layouts wet.  Well I have found that I love getting my hands dirty and that I can still have neat and clean lines and still use wet mediums.  Helen taught me the paste the now dry and buckled paper onto either cardstock or the white inserts that we all get in our albums.

I used a photo that I have taken of Bianca and Stefan when we went out to celebrate my birthday in January.  I loved using the Pink Paislee Butterfly garden range of papers..

 Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee butterfly garden; Bling border: Prima; Library card and pocket: Maya Road; Butterfly and hot air balloon: K&Co; Title:  Silhouette cut; Hearts: Pink Paislee Artisan; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye: Template: Studio Calico: Other: Acrylic paint and texture paste.

I used a sketch for a challenge by Paper Secrets....I could see that the Pink Paislee doily paper and the texture paste would work perfectly with this sketch.

I wanted to emphasize the colours in Bianca's blouse and used a mixture of aqua and lime acrylic paint mixed with texture paste and then applied through the Studio Calico mask.
 Here you can see how lovely the fussy cut doilies look and you can also so the detail of the texture paste/paint.  I love how it turned out.

I am still very much in love with the Silhouette Cameo and try to use it for at least one of the elements of each page I make.  Here it was to cut the pretty title.

Oh yes...and you can see that Stefan is already VERY interested in technology and his playing with his mommy's blackberry ;-)  Here you can also so a close up of the flower and heart cluster.

So what's up for grabs?? We have some yummy giveaway goodies from the Scrap and Card Boutique

1 chippie border
1 mirrored embellishment
1 mini album including mini papers inside the album
1 large gem butterfly embellishment
1 packet of brads and rhinestones
1 alphabet sticker sheet
1 chipboard sticker sheet
1 paper sticker sheet
1 acrylic stamp set
1 mini day book including papers, embellishments inside the album
1 fabric sticker pack
1 chipboard banner kit
12 sheets of paper

Wow, this is such a super prize! Thanks so much Scrap and Card Boutique for these wonderful goodies!

Evgenia has kindly also offered some wonderful play things.

Well we hope you are truly inspired by our projects, as well as the random prizes for giveaway! We would love for you to play along.  You have until the 30th June.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To Bianca on your 24th birthday

 Today my baby turns 24 and I can't believe it.

Happy birthday Bokkie.  It feels like yesterday when we saw you for the first time.  You were only six months and your dad and I fell head over heels in love with you. When you were only 16 months old our dream came true and you became part of our family.  The trip down to Cape Town to fetch you were endless.  

You brightened our lives with your love and your laughter and became the sunshine in our lives. It wasn't all moonlight and roses and as much as we tried to shelter you from hurt and cover you with love....the pain of rejection lurked below the surface and became a monster that wanted to devour you when became a teen.  Those were such immensely difficult years for all of us. Suddenly you didn't want our love anymore and couldn't bear to be touched.  You rebelled against everything we stood for...even throwing your Bible in the dirt bin. 

Then one morning we awoke to a room stripped bare of all your belongings.  You were gone and we had no idea where and why. You were on a road to self destruct and we were powerless to stop it.  All we could do is trust the One who created you to keep you safe and bring you home.  Then more than a year later the telephone call. "Mom, I am pregnant.  I want to come home."  There we were, 21 years later making a trip to Cape Town, again to fetch you. This time under such vastly different circumstances.  I thank God for our little peace child that centered your life and made you choose life.  I thank God for keeping you safe and bringing you home.  You are such an amazing mommy to Stefan and your love for him shines through your entire being.  I am so proud to be your mamma.


This is what I spent my weekend making as a gift for Bianca, she will be hanging it above her bed.:
I still need to add some Marilyn Monroe quotes...but my computer and printer aren't friends at the moment and don't want to communicate :-P
Supplies: 18x24 inch canvas; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye, Making Memories, Narratives; Flowers: Prima; Bling swirl: Prima; Pebbles: Prima;  Butterflies: Prima; Other: The Crafters Workshop, Studio Calico mists, acrylic paint and texture paste.

I mixed some yellow acrylic paint into the texture paste before applying it through the stencil.

These Prima butterflies have been in my stash forever.

The flower cluster and page pebbles on the one....

....and on the other.

Have a wonderful day.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Our weekend in review

Our weekend was not terribly exciting.  On Saturday I spent most of the day making Bianca's birthday gifts. I am very happy with how it turned out...and will share on Wednesday, when my baby turns 24.

Our little grandson Lukas always grabs the chance to spend weekends with us.  On Saturday evening Wynand and Nadia had a date night and Lukas spent the night with us.  Yesterday was a beautiful sunny winters day and we decided to take them to Homeleigh Farm Yard.
 There is some stunning little white lambs and Stefan enjoyed touching it.

 He loved this little pony even more, just his size ;-)

 This horse really wanted some of the mealies in Lukas' hand...hence the looonnng neck.

 The goat sticking his tongue out to the boys.

 Oh yes...and the usual cheesy smile.

 Stefan isn't really into touching the animals yet.

 Much more interested in picking up mealies.

 I wonder when last this little girls hair was brushed....and how long before other children start teasing her.

 Oupa and Lukas went exploring and Stefan followed.

 Running to catch each other.

These three stuck together like glue this weekend.  When Oupa and Lukas went bicycle riding...Stefan cried.  When Lukas left....Stefan cried.  It was so funny when Nadia named them bostik and prestik.

How was your weekend.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chocolate Monster - Sketch Week - Echo Park (walk in the park)

I am very honoured to be part of Allison Davis' sketch week this month.  Also check out the other sketches that are on sale as well as the sketch books that can be bought as e-books.  I am totally addicted to the Scrapbook Generation sketches.  It just gives one such a wonderful starting point to your layouts.    This is the free sketch download this week at Scrapbook Generation.  (please download your sketch at Scrapbook Generation).

Here is my take on the sketch.  These photos of Stefan were taken last Sunday after he had some really yummy chocolate have got to love that little face.
Supply list:  Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned papers: Echo Park (A walk in the park); Brads: My Mind Eye; Monster and Title: Silhouette cuts; Other: The Crafters Workshop stencil, brown acrylic paint and texture paste.

Variation #1 - I decided to go with the three photos...but I wanted to make the photos 3x3.  I therefore had to adjust the background piece sizes.  The yellow block is 9x7 and the blue background piece is 7.5x9.  The vertical strips were adjusted to 1-1/4x10.5.
Variation #2 - I replaced the starts with brads.  I also cut both my stripe strips to 1/4 inch and then added the cut the little pennants from patterned papers.

I cut the little monster with a Silhouette Cameo from maroon cardstock and then cut the little out of the title. I cut chocolate out, covered it in glossy accents and sprinkled brown glitter onto it.

A close up of the monster...I outlined the monster and the "monster" title with a white opaque pen.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Monday, June 17, 2013

So Happy - Sketch N Scrap - Basic Grey Serenade

I have submitted my last layout as part of the Sketch N Scrap design team.  Be sure to go and look at the inspiration to be found on this challenge site.

I used two photos of my oldest son, Kobus and his wife Lache, that was taken on a recent family photo shoot.  Here is my layout:

Supply list: Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  Basic Grey Serenade.Flowers:  Prima; Pearls and bling: Prima; The background die cut was cut with my Silhouette and then I used a Rollagraph roller stamp to stamp words across the aqua background: Butterfly: K&Co;  Alpha:  American Craft; Happy title: Copper Pressed Petals.

Here you can see more detail.  I love this range by Basic Grey and have been saving it.  For what I don't know.  The colouring of these photos were the perfect opportunity to break the kit out and use it.
Those of you who have been scrapping for a long time probably will remember the copper titles by Pressed Petals.  I still have stacks in my stash...I used a bit of alcohol ink to grunge it up a bit and take away some of the shine.

Brenshevia's sketch for this week, please try and take part in this challenge.

On Wednesday I am going to be part of Allison Davis sketch week.  I am way excited about working with her amazing sketches again.  So come on over on Wednesday to see my interpretation of this months free sketch.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fathers Day in the Addo Elephant park

I do hope that you all made this day very special for the "Dad's" in your life.  Wynand and Nadia packed a picnic basket and picked us up early this morning to visit the Addo Elephant park.  We were very fortunate to see quite a number of elephants.  This photo was taken at the Hapoor water hole.

Pumba....up close and personal. (thanks to my Sigma zoom lens)

Lukie obviously spent the whole drive on his Oupa's lap...and I love this clever photo that K took :-)

These two young bulls got a bit aggro with each other and it was so close to our car that I got a bit nervous.

I was amazed to see how they eat the thorny branches...thorns and all.

Nadia captured this photo...I love how clearly you can see the water dripping out of it's mouth.

We came across a number of the huge African buffalo's.

Lukie...looking very cool with his shades.

 The love of my life...the best daddy and Oupa that I know.

 This handsome youngest son of mine takes after his Daddy in the Best Dad department.  Love him to bits.

We had a lovely picnic at Jack's picnic spot in the park.

 As I mentioned before...these two are inseparable.  He was not however going to smile for another photo.

So Oupa forced him....aren't they too cute♥♥

I hope you had an equally memorable day and that this was another day of making and recording your own special memories.