Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sitting Pretty - Nikki Sivils (Noah)

I want to share these fun photos of Stefan with you.  Since before he could walk, he climbed into anything that he could fit in (and sometimes too small to fit in)...when he got into my aluminium oven roasting  pan the other day I knew that this habit of his will soon be memorialized on a scrapbook layout.

He is such a cutie...and he has so completely captured our hearts ♥

Here is the layout I made using these photos:
Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Bella Boulevard for the background and Nikki Sivils Noah for the rest; Alpha, Stars:  Nikki Sivils; YOU cut with the Silhouette Cameo; Buttons: Basic Grey; Tow truck: K&Co; Other: DMC cotton.

Some close ups:
I do love sewing on my layouts.

The buttons and stars were added like planets in orbit.

Thank you for visiting and always leaving such lovely comments.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Cape Town weekend - Wine, cheese and chocolate tasting

The last photo post of our time in Cape Town.  Cape  Town in the wine capital of South Africa.  I do believe that some of the finest wines of the world are produced here.  On Sunday morning we left for the Paarl district to go on a wine route.  Please note:   I am NOT a wine drinker.  This was our first wine tasting tour.

Our first stop was at Simonsig.

They have received many awards for excellent wines.

That is a face of a non-wine drinker.  They would tell us that we would taste cherries, nuts...whatever...and all I could taste is dry vinegar.  Forgive me if you are a wine lover...but rather give me a sherry or fruit juice.

Interesting weather frog at Anura.

The goat tower at Fairview.

The husband having fun :-)

We did wine and cheese tasting at Fairview...and things were a bit less sour here :-P 
I actually found a red wine that I liked enough for my husband to buy.  It was sweet.  I love the light in this wine cellar , photo taken without a flash.

Even in winter the winelands are beautiful.

Then we moved on to something more to my liking.  At the Spice Route they offered chocolate tasting.

All 75% dark chocolate...the way I like it.  Would you believe that I have a palate for chocolate.  No jokes.  I could taste liquorice, plums, cherries, caramel...Who knew?

All the tastes found in the different chocolates, depending from which region the cocoa beans comes.
The husband and I then settled for coffee.  All the wine was making us sleepy.  Wynand and Nadia had another wine tasting at the Spice Route.

The outside wine tasting area.  Here food and wine pairing is also done.

Naughty Wynand.

Some more fooling around.

Lots of memories were made during this weekend.  We really loved spending quality time with the children on a one-to-one basis.  In Afrikaans we have a word "ongeskik" which could mean two things either rude or disabled.  Well, this weekend Wynand decided that his dad is "ongeskik" enough to qualify for disabled parking.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our Cape Town weekend - Old Biscuit Mill and Woodstock

On Saturday morning Wynand woke us with a delicious cup of coffee and the firm command to move our butts. It was raining outside and our plans of the Great Red Bus Tour was shelved.  We decided to visit the Old Biscuit Mill instead.

Our first visit...and boy was it packed with people.

At first I nee...just another market.

My darling man admiring the flowers.

I was blown away by all the foods of the world that was available here...and we did our first round and found a table to eat.

Freshly ground coffee...yummy!

After we had something to eat we went around to see what we could see...and there were sights that you would never see in Port Elizabeth...really.

A quick wine tasting and Nadia playing the hostess.

Please take note of the blackboard....all the saying in this store had us in stitches.

Time for a second round at the food tables...swarma and delectable custard tartlets.

The rain started coming down in buckets by the time we left.  We decided to do a tour of the infamous Woodstock streets.

The houses remind me a bit of the ones across the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth.

This is a poverty stricken area of Cape Town and I can see all sorts of deals going down here. The residents have elected to beautify their area in their own unique way.

We saw some amazing murals.

Some zombies?

A lot of the people here must have such amazing artist talent

LOL!  No eating indeed!

We then drove down to the V&A Waterfront.  A visit to Cape Town without a visit to the Waterfront just isn't on.

Looking deep into each others eyes.

I didn't get to go for a ride on the big wheel.  The weather was just too miserable for that.

We then left to go and get ready for the big SKOUSPEL.  It was an amazing show.  Nearly four hours of entertainment...we walked out with out minds made up.  We would book again for next year and this could just become an annual event.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our Cape Town weekend - Blouberg Strand

I couldn't possibly bore you with the hundreds of photos I took all in one can I?  So I have broken our Cape Town visit down into bite size chunks.  I hope you are going to enjoy the journey.  The weather was very cold and the item I wore ALL the time is my K-Way coat.  Most certainly my best purchase this season.

 A photo of me and my man with Table Mountain in the background

 My son, Wynand and his wife Nadia.

 We arrived in time to watch the sun set over the sea.  Something we don't see in Port Elizabeth.  The perfect time to play with the camera...YES!!!?

 Have you ever gripped the sun between your fingers and felt how powerful that made you feel :-P

 Gorgeous colours of the sunset.  I love silhouettes.

 This is my favourite...a magical moment?

The view from our balcony.

After our awesome weekend away I returned to a very yucky day at work on Tuesday.  I made myself a promise: I am finished! Had it! Season up! The whole toot.  Basically I fired myself...but then like a dutiful, obedient child I went back to work yesterday...remembering that to the Lord "obedience is better than sacrifice". ( 1 Sam 15:22).


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What a View - Sketch Week - Basic Grey Serenade

I am very blessed to announce that I will be taking part in Allison Davis' Sketch Week every month from now on.  If you haven't used Scrapbook Generation sketches will want to check out what they have available.  I love using sketches as it takes a lot of work out of deciding what to do on a layout.  This month this is the sketch we will be working with.  You can download the free full sketch at the Scrapbook Generation online store.

I love doing two double page layouts for events and in instances where there is too many photos to do single pages.  I decided to scrap the photo that we took during our weekend at the Teniqua Treetops in February.

Here is the completed layout:
Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers: Basic Grey Serenade; Title: Fabscraps; Mini alphas: Simple Stories; Banner and stickers: Basic Grey Serenade; Flowers: Prima; Bling: Prima.

Variation 1:  Instead of the three small photos on the left side, I used 2 3.5x4 inch photos.  I also matted them on black paper.

Variation 2:  My background pieces were adjusted for my larger photos. Instead of 9.25 I made the pieces 10 inches tall and also slightly wider.  The title is chipboard that I first painted with Pearl Acrylic paint and then used alcohol inks to get the colour the way I wanted it.

Variation 3:  Instead of using stars as embellishments.  I used a banner on the left side with some stickers, a bird and flowers and on the right side with flowers, a journal spot and another little bird.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love to see your take on this sketch.