Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A quick post

I have been a bit preoccupied lately. DH's oldest brother passed away on Saturday night and we are flying to Johannesburg tomorrow morning at 6:35am. The funeral is at 11o'clock near Bronkhorst Spruit.  I still don't know how I am going to wake up early enough to be at the airport an hour before takeoff.  I will probably be sleepwalking.  

My little princess turned 6 this month and her birthday was held at Kiddy Lovers.  She is in Grade R this year.  It feels as if she was born yesterday...time flies.

She is a wild one...this girl of mine.

As you can see :-D


On Sunday morning we went for a drive from Sardinia Bay to Van Stadens.

It was shocking to see the oil slick that has spread all the way from Knysna.

The Van Stadens Wind farm with it's 9 wind turbines are coming along.

Will be back again soon.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Baba Boetie Nefie - My Minds Eye - Find your wings and Fly

My favourite scrapbook paper company is My Minds Eye.  So I am playing along with the August sketch challenge on their blog.  Here is the layout I made using the sketch:
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Find your wings and fly); Brads and stickers: My Minds Eye; Arrow: Studio Calico; Title: Silhouette Cameo; Other: Texture paste and a Crafters Warehouse stencil.

This is the sketch....I turned it once clockwise to suit my photo.

I cut this title with my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with brown scrapbook paper.  It is the Afrikaans title: Baba Boetie Nefie...translated it reads "baby brother cousin".  My grandchildren are so close that they might as well have been siblings.  When Bianca came home with Stefan they immediately wanted to meet their "baby brother".

The colour combination  of this range of papers are gorgeous.  I added some glossy accents to the little brown tiles at the bottom of the page to give it some dimension.
I also added some texture to the background with some texture paste and a stencil.

Thank you for looking and have a lovely weekend.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hello Sunshine - Sketch Week - Pink Paislee 365 degrees

It is time for Allison Davis' SKETCH WEEK.  This month's sketch is for a single layout and the free sketch can be downloaded from the Scrapbook Generation online store.  While you are there check out the other gorgeous sketches that is available for a small fee in the store.

I used photos taken on Stefan's first birthday for my layout.  Here is my layout based on the sketch:
Supply list:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers: Pink Paislee 365 degrees; Title: Silhouette Cameo; Polaroid cuts:  Silhouette Cameo; Brads: My Minds Eye; Quote: Kaisercraft; Other: Texture paste, template and PanPastels.

Here is some close ups of the layout.

Variation #1:  Instead of using a 4x4 main photo, I used a 5x5 photo.  My mats are therefore cut to 6x6 and 7x7.

Variation #2:  Because I used a larger main photo I also adjusted the sizes of the background strips and used them right across the background.  The main yellow block is 5,5 x 12.  I cut the cute polaroid frames with my Silhouette Cameo.

Variation #3:  I up-sized my polaroid photos from 2x2 to 2,5x2,5 to fit into the polaroid frames.

I have told you before that I have new toys in that I got myself some PanPastels.  I added the textured circle to the background with Texture paste and once dry I applied PanPastels to the circle through the stencil.  I then set the pastels with Artist spray fixative.

Allison's  free sketch that can be downloaded from the Scrapbook Generation Store.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope I inspired you to use this cool sketch.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What can be worse?

Today we had to take a child away from her mother. This is something I will never get used to. It was awful and devastating.  For the mother, for the child and for the people who have come to love both the mother and the child.  Desperate times calls for desperate measures. When a child's safety is at risk decisions have to be made that can break your heart.

The mother has been with us for nearly 4 years since the little one was only a baby.  She (mommy) is HIV positive and filled with so much anger.  Part of what we teach at the Mission is that nothing can be done about the past. What's done is done and we have no control over it.  What we can control however, is what decisions and choices we make today and in the future.  This mommy cannot let go of the past and therefore the past controls her.  She would be okay for three months at a time and then she would just disappear for weeks on end.  Weeks that she would spend in a daze of alcohol and prostitution.  For 4 years we have had to pick up the pieces when the binge was over.  

We thought that the worse time was when she went on the binge and took the child (only a baby then) with her.  Somehow in her stupor she "lost" the child and she returned to the Mission without any recollection of what she did with her baby.  We eventually found the little one and we were so relieved that she didn't come to any harm. The next time she disappeared she left the little girl at the Mission.  When she didn't return after a few months we started looking for foster or adoptive parents.  Before the process could be completed the mom returned and we decided that we would give her a final chance.  Part of the condition was that she does not take the child off the premises.  She could not be trusted with the little one's welfare.  You have to understand.  She is a wonderful, loving mother...when she is sober and not driven by her cravings.

On Friday she sneaked out with the child and made a break for it.  I can honestly tell you that YES, there is something worse than taking away a child from her mother. It is far worse worrying about whether they were safe.  Was she warm.  Was she sheltered.  Was she fed.  It is far worse thinking about what can happen to an innocent defenceless little girl while her mother is busy with her trade and in a total alcohol induced stupor. It would be so much worse if this little girl should fall prey to some twisted individual.

She was found this morning, dirty, but unharmed.  We had to put her welfare first. The authorities were contacted and we are now searching for foster care where she will find love and stability.

Today I am thankful that this is not an everyday occurrence as I doubt very much whether my heart would be able to handle it.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Make every moment count - Scrap Africa - Pink Paislee 365 degrees

It is time for the mid month challenge on Scrap Africa.  The challenge  is hosted by Kerryn and the challenge is to use the colour scheme of blue, green and white, with more than 1 photo.  Here is the layout I created for the challenge.  I have recently discover the magic of Panpastels and this layout's background is made using this stunning medium.

Supplies used:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers: Pink Paislee 365 degrees; felt and button embellishments: Basic Grey; Trim and twine: from stash; Pearls: Prima; Title: Silhouette; Other: Texture Paste and PanPastels.

 The title is a Project Life card cut on the Silhouette. I matted some embossed cardstock behind the photos.
 I love how the trim and the twine trim echos the waves.  

 I love how smoothly the PanPastels can be applied and how well it shades.  I sprayed a fixative over the background to set the pastels.

To create some definition I drew lines around the edges of the photos.

Here is a picture to use for inspiration on this challenge:

Kerryn has generously offered 2 super prize packages, for 2 random winners.  Check out these yummy scrap goodies.

And if that isn't enough inspiration to play along, here is another package up for grabs.

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

So 3 packages up for grabs!! We really hope you will play along! ;-) 

You have until the 31st August to upload your entries.

Monday, August 12, 2013

30 days of gratitude

DAY 7:  I am so thankful for fantastic blogging buddies that have become "in real life" friends.  Let's face it nobody understand us like we understand each other.  So many people really don't get the friendships that are formed through this wonderful medium...and they don't even know what they are missing.  Thank you for your words of encouragement, your unconditional acceptance and your words of affirmation.

DAY 8:  Today is our 15th birthday celebration at the Mission.  If you are new to my blog, you can read more about our calling and the thing that we call our day job HERE.  In these past 15 years thousands of people in dire need have come through our gates and many have moved on to better futures.  I cannot explain how much it means when you know, that you are right where God have called you to.  I am so thankful that when He calls He equips and He sustains.  Many times when we were at the end of our strength He stepped in and saved the day.   If you don't believe in miracles I invite you to visit the Mission.  A year ago we came so close to being forced to close the Mission and then He came through, MOVED THE MOUNTAIN and saved the day yet again. (You can read about that here.)   Today I am SOOOO grateful that He has His hand over this ministry.

DAY 9:  We have 14 new families that moved into the huge old palm tree outside our bedroom window.  I can sit for hours and watch the weavers come with long strands of greenery and weave it into that perfect nest that is blueprinted in their nature.  Just last week I watched the same weaver trying to build a nest that was pulled apart by his mate three times before she was happy that he was getting it is that for being hen pecked?  Today I am grateful that I wake up to birdsong every morning.

DAY 10:   I am grateful that we live on the coast.  After our Drakensberg vacation in April I am now even more certain that I am a girl that needs to be close to the sea water.  I love it that we can decide to have breakfast with a view and then be there within minutes.

DAY 11:  Today I am thankful for precious time spent with my grandchildren and that we planned our garden to suit the little ones.  

They are growing up way to quickly.

My littlest grandson, Juan...isn't he precious.

Stefan being a cool dude.

DAY12:  I am thankful that we can be so very involved in raising little Stefan.  He does not lack in excellent male role models. He is so very attached to his Oupa.  He always need to touch him ;-)
...and no, he was not in danger of getting hurt in the car whilst being unrestrained.

Just look at that little tootsies.

Are you counting your blessings?
Do you know that most of your blessings cannot be bought?
It is the little things...don't you agree?


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sproetjies Liefling - Scrap Around the World - Glitz

It is a lovely long weekend in South Africa.  Friday was a public holiday to celebrate Woman's day.  Now what could possibly be better than spending this special day scrapping.  I decided to play along with the latest challenge on Scrap Around the World.  Here is the layout I made:

Supplies Used:  Background Pattern Paper:  My Minds Eye; Pattern Paper:  Glitz; Cardstock: Bazzill; Flowers:  Prima, Petaloo; Pearls: Prima: Heart Stamp: Prima; Title and doilies: cut with Silhouette; Other: PanPastels; Texture Paste; Crafters Workshop stencils and Ranger Distress Ink.

This is the Scrap Around the World Mood board and sketch.  I used the soft colours and flowers from the mood board as inspiration.  I replaced the circles in the sketch with doilies.

I found the magic of Panpastels.  I love the soft feel of them and the way they blend beautifully and smoothly.  I also like the fact that I can just use an eraser when I am not happy with the result.  I first used the Crafters Workshop mini tile texture template and applied texture paste through it to the corners of the background paper.  When it was dry I shaded the background with soft pink, aqua and burnt sienna PanPastels.  I set the pastels with spray fixative.  When it was dry I randomly applied texture paste through a Crafters Workshop Mini bubble doily.  I love the texture.

I randomly stamped hearts on the background before putting the layout together.  The photo of Leane shows her sprinkling of freckles.  I used an Afrikaans title which is also a song sang by Sias Reyneke many years ago:  "Sproetjies Liefling" (Freckles sweetheart).  The journaling is also words from the song.
I completed the page by applying a flower and pearl cluster.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Giving thanks...

Today I had one of those mornings.  I woke up sad.  I felt discouraged.  The sadness seemed to flavour everything...even my first cup of coffee didn't taste as good as usual. Our early morning devotions were even clouded with my sadness.  I had a headache.  And too much to do.  I wanted to go back to bed and wake up tomorrow.  

I knew that I had a choice.  I could continue and have a party for one or I could pull myself together. But how?  Then  I remembered that I commented on Laura's post that I am already too far behind with posting gratitude posts this late in the month.  The perfect way to get out of this pit.  So here goes.

  1. I am thankful that we have been blessed with the most divine weather this past week.  Sunny 25+ degrees and no wind.  Unheard of in Port Elizabeth.
  2. I am thankful for my 3 children, 2 children-in-law and 6 grandchildren.  They are my favourite people to spend time with.
  3. I am thankful for my husband of 34 years.  We have our ups and downs but I know that he will always be my best friend and my safe place.
  4. I am thankful that I am a child of God....and I know that He has my back.  I know that even when I feel sad like today, He loves me unconditionally.  He is my hope and my future.
  5. I am thankful that after 8 years of chronic pain the neurologist found the pain blocker that works for me and for the past year my life has been relatively pain free.
  6. I am thankful for people in my life that accept me for who I am and love me unconditionally warts and all.
How am I feeling?  So thankful, I am blessed in so many ways.  Thank you Shayne and Laura for inspiring me to focus on my many blessings.

"God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually.  Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it, too… An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God.  When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy"  ~Rick Warren


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Go.See.Do - Scrap Africa - Basic Grey Serenade

It is the beginning of August.  Unbelievable!  I am starting to believe the saying: "Life is like a toilet roll...the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.  Anyhow,  it is time for the next Scrap Africa sketch challenge.  Please visit the blog to see the amazing work done by die design team.  Here is my take on Evgenia's sketch:

Supplies used:  Cardstock for matting:  Bazzill; Patterned paper:  Basic Grey Serenade; Honeycomb background overlay:  cut with Silhouette Cameo;  Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Bling: Prima; Flowers: Prima; Bridge: Prima.  Other:  Texture paste and acrylic paints.

Some close up views:
I spread the texture paste through the stencil over the honeycomb overlay.  It moved a bit and smudged a bit...and I decided it was all part of the artistic process.

A little cluster.  I used a little bling vine that has been in my stash like forever, some prima flowrs and loose pearls and bling.

I must admit that thinking up titles are getting more and more difficult.  I used the alpha that came with the Basic Grey Serenade paper kit and an Ingvild Bolme bridge.

Here is Evgenia's sketch:
So what's up for grabs??  We have our super prize from Fabscraps.

Thanks again to Fabscraps for providing us with some giveaway goodies.


Well we hope that you will play along with us!
You have until 14 August.