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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A birthday post

My birthday was yesterday and I have so many friends but my heart ached that my sister, Ansie who lives in Somerset West and my {heart}sister Shayne, wasn't close enough to spend the day with me.  So I met my love for lunch...and then we took our children for supper on the beachfront.

DH, me and Stefan
Oldest son and his wife
Younger son and his wife

This son of mine gave me a card with a message that touched me so deeply that I had leaky seams.  

"Liewe Mamma, Ek is so baie lief vir Mamma en Mamma beteken so baie vir my.  Ek wil net dankie se vir als wat Ma al vir ons gedoen het.  Ek sal nooit kan terug gee wat Ma al vir ons gegee het nie.  Mamma het ons so baie geleer, om altyd eerlik en regverdig te wees. Ma het ons met liefde en geduld hanteer en vir ons vertel om God altyd eerste te sit.  Vandag wil ek Ma net laat weet dat ek so baie trots is om te kan se dat ek Ma se seun is.  Ek sal altyd opkyk na Ma. Ma was not altyd my rots as daar swaar tye en siekte was." (Sorry, I just can't translate this...so much meaning will be lost.)  This is a card and words that I will cherish.
Her fiance always ducks out of photos....so B and Stefan.
I am blessed to have a husband that is also my very best friend.  I am blessed to have children that want me to be involved in their lives.  I am blessed that my children want to spend time with me and make me feel special.  These are the things that no money can buy.

xx

Monday, January 28, 2013

Curious little one - My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline)

Here is another layout I created with the November Scrapbook Studio kit.  My Minds Eye is my absolute favourite paper manufacturer and it is always a pleasure scrapping with one of their lines.  The photo of my cute little grandson was taken in a store while he was clowning around with sunglasses.


Step one:  Cut cardstock to 30cm x 30cm
 Step two:  Cut three blocks 15cm x 15cm….and place it on the page.
Step three:  I found a template for chevrons on the internet, printed it out and used it to trace and cut my chevrons from the printed papers.  I wanted a pop of red and dug into my stash to find some red printed paper with white polka dots 
 Step four:  I wanted to combine two of the latest crazes…pennants and chevrons.  So I cut various lengths of printed paper for the pennants. Cut v’s in the edge and pasted it down.

 Step five:  I am using a 5x7inch photo and placed it to get the correct placing for my chevrons.

 Step six: Place your chevrons and paste down.
Step seven:  finish off with embellishments.

You can find the November kit at the Scrapbook Studio store

Saturday, January 26, 2013

What I learned this week


Yesterday I had lunch with a school friend that was in the same class from Sub B (Grade 2) to matric (Grade 12).  The last time we saw each other was when we walked out of the examination center in 1978. It was her birthday yesterday, she is exactly 3 days older than me.  I wanted to make her day special hence the invite to join me for lunch at Blue Waters.  We spent 3 hours together and I felt a little like a teenager again.  So many sentences started with "Do you remember"....and ...."Do you know what happened to so and so".  It was amazing!   The years just rolled back.

I learned a few things about perceptions.

I grew up as one of six children and the oldest of five girls.  Keeping five girls dressed could not have been an easy task and my mom made all our clothing.  She is still an amazing seamstress and she used Burda patterns and made us clothes that was always way ahead of fashion.  My parents drove an old Consul that my mother inherited from my grandfather.  It was very old and rusted and we were ashamed (though we never had the heart to tell her) that Mom always waited right in front of the school for us.  We lived in municipal flats for many years until my parents could afford to rent a house.

As a rule we never took friends home, because Dad drank too much and he was loud and aggressive when he drank.  Sleepovers were out of the question because I would simply die of embarrassment if Dad got drunk.  On the other hand I loved sleeping over at my friends homes. I was envious of the stability in their homes and I was envious of the relationship they had with their fathers. I was envious of my friends who lived in owned houses and wore clothes that had labels.

I was always convinced that somehow we carried a label..."the poor kids". Yesterday was an eye opener when my old school friend told me that she never noticed any of this. She never considered us poor. She never noticed the old rusted car...and was envious that I had a "stay at home mom" that picked me up from school.  She had to go home to an empty house every afternoon as she had no siblings and both her parents worked. She loved the trendy clothes I always wore. So what did I learn?

  • That I was blessed to have my mom home every afternoon.
  • That my mom loved us a lot.  She never made only one dress, she made five.  How do you measure love in hours of sitting in front of a sewing machine.
  • As soon as we were old enough to understand my mom taught us a valuable lesson:  "You can be poor, but always be clean"...and another gem "Class isn't bought with money". We are poor but we are not common.
  • I also learned that what I saw and was envious of, was a polished exterior that hid a lot of heartbreak and pain.
  • That how I grew up formed me to be the person I am today and a person that can have empathy with people that have drug and alcohol problems.
I am counting my blessings.

Has this ever happened to you?  
Have you had weird and wonderful perceptions that proved false years later?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Currently I am....

I am playing along with Julia today.

Currently I am:

Reading:  Katchy Reichs' "Bones are forever.   I love thrillers and crime stories.  Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and most of her books are loosely based on true life cases.
Listening to: Algoa FM.  I was listening to my favourite gospel group 5th Avenue North...but changing CD's every few minutes is irritating me today.

Laughing at: Stefan.  He is a bundle of laughs and is quick to pick up what we find funny...then he will do it over and over just to hear you laugh.  What a sunny personality this little man has...I hope he stays so sweet and funny forever.

Swooning over:  My gorgeous red Hyundai Elantra.  I was so sad when my DH sold my Volvo C30, it was such a sporty, zippy car.  Initially it was a pain to drive with an automatic car, I kept trying to change gears;-)  Now I am loving my sleek new ride.
Planning: A two week holiday in April.  A week in the Drakensberg and another week in Durban and Margate.
Eating lots of : sweets and chocolates.  I don't know how I am going to get rid of my sweet tooth.
Feeling: Elated.  I just received an e-mail from our insurance broker telling me that the insurance company will be paying out for my stolen camera, lens and external flash.  (Doing the happy dance)
Discovering: that I am again spending too much time on the computer and not getting to what I should be doing...another guilty pleasure?
Looking at: my garden.  Since the drought more than a year ago we haven't activated our sprinkler system and the garden is looking very thirsty and tired in the current heat.
Wearing: shorts and a strappy top.
Cooking: B has been cooking for the past two days...and she is pretty good at making scrumptious meals...but tonight we will be eating at a nearby restaurant called Bonamia.
Wondering: whether I should sign up for a Precept Bible study course.  I always find that when I have committed to a bible study, I get closer to God and lately He feels so far away.  I know it is my fault, I spend way to little time with Him.
Trying out: a new hairstyle. I am growing my hair into one length and trying to get used to not having a fringe.
So. Share your current stuff please, either in the comments...or let me know if you are going to be doing a post.  I would love to read it.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My HAPPY place - Studio Calico Dec kit

On Wednesday when I found out that we have been burgled during the night, I was thrown totally off balance.  My peace had left the building.  I tried to scrap...but just couldn't get my mind quiet enough to become creative. It still amazes me how this sort of thing can totally mess with your head.  We have now installed cameras right around our home, put movement detection lights at the same points as the cameras.  Our security company also installed the garden beams on Friday...so last night for the first time since Wednesday I had a decent night's sleep....and today I scrapped.  I found two challenges on the web that I decided to combine...but first let me show you what my layout looks like.
 Supplies used:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: Studio Calico - Looky There and Constellation, Crate Paper - Sleigh Ride Deck the Halls; Basic Grey - Fact or Fiction, Rub ons: Daisy D's and Scenic Route; Chipboard heart: Maya Road; Alphabet: Lily Bee; Die cuts: Silhouette Studio.  The kit I used is mainly the Studio Calico Dec Kit.
 I found this very old rub on by Daisy D.  It must be one of the first items I purchased when I started scrapping.  I loved their products...and today they don't even exist anymore.  My DH is truly my HAPPY PLACE.  As long as I am with him...I am happy.
 Oops!  I see my one arrow fell off when I photographed the layout ;-)

I love my Silhouette Studio...and the cuts it makes are so delicate. 

This man and woman icons are a Scenic Route rub on...another company that didn't survive the economic downturn.   The little heart is by Maya Road and I covered it in Melisa Francis glitter.

I am playing along with Creative Scrappers Sketch #243:

I am also playing along with ScrapFIT's colour challenge:


These calming colours were sure to put me in the right frame of mind.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

xx

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sheer Delight - Studio Calico Dec kit - Sketch N Scrap

Hi friends, the 15th January Sketch N Scrap sketch  challenge has gone live on their blog.  It is a relative new sketch challenge blog...please go and see the lovely layouts made by the Design Team.

Here is my layout based on Brenshevia's sketch:
Supplies used:  The Studio Calico December kit. Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Studio Calico Tim and Beck, Studio Calico Constellation, Crate Paper Sleigh Ride - Deck the Halls; Badge: Flair; Brads: Dear Lizzy; Chevron pattern, zigzag pattern, hello speech bubble and stars: Silhouette; Chipboard Word bubble: Pebbles; Alphabet: October Afternoon: Midway.

After the fiasco last year when my DH dressed up as Santa for the children and they were not fooled, we decided this year to get somebody that they don't know to play the part...so just imagine their delight when they went into the garden to look for Santa with their Oupa...and found him.  The look on their faces is something I will never forget.

I cut the chevron block in the background, the ric rac pattern and the star with the Silhouette.  I love this awesome alphabet by October Afternoon (Midway)

The brads are by Dear Lizzy.

The delicate cuts made by the Silhouette is absolutely amazing.

Here is Brenshevia's sketch.
  

I hope you will find time to play along with us this month! Our sponsor is A Flair for Buttons and one lucky winner will be randomly picked to win the lovely sunburst flairs from our generous sponsor at the end of the month.   Remember to play along:
1. Visit someone else's link and leave a comment on their blog
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  January 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 Thursday January 31st at midnight PST!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

You must be kidding me....

...how can this happen to us TWICE in 6 weeks.  Yesterday morning when I started looking for my handbag (which is also a camera bag) it was nowhere to be found.  Every night I have a routine, when I go to bed I take my handbag with me and I distinctly remember putting it next to my bed.  For a while I thought that I must be crazy...I ran around searching everywhere, even phoning K to find out whether I perhaps left it in the car.  You know that feeling of doubting yourself?  The next moment my cellphone rang and it wasn't a number I knew.  A woman living in Ben Kamma, whose husband took their dog for a walk found my bag against the wall of their complex.  His wife found a Post Net receipt with my cell number and called me. The bag contained my wallet (with no money), my drivers licence and all my cards.  My ID as well as K's were there together with his prescription specs and my cosmetics.

My brand new Canon 650D with the Sigma zoom lens Wynand bought me as a gift was gone.  I was devastated as I carry my camera with me where ever I go.  A few hours later K arrived with CCTV cameras and motion detection security lights.  They immediately started installing it.  By this weekend the beams in the garden will be active and our home will resemble a private jail.  It sickens me to think how much money one has to fork out to protect yourself and your property.

What creeps me out totally is that Tuesday evening was the first time since our last incident in December that I opened our bottom window.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  How many nights were we being watched?  I have this gut feeling that it is the same person that entered our house in December. How many times has he been on our property since then waiting for the right opportunity?  It creeps me out that he was watching us while we slept. It creeps me out that they probably hooked my handbag with a pole and pulled it through the window....that close!

When we reported the matter to the police they told us that it is the third case of the day for our sleepy area. They told us that the thief was a "gentleman" to leave my cards and ID's?  S.E.R.I.O.U.S.  Pity he didn't think to leave his address, so that I can send him a thank you card.

Last night was a very long night of tossing and turning and today I am the closest ever to becoming a gun owner.  I am so tired of working hard for what we have and then somebody just strolls in and does some affirmative shopping in your house...and they get away with it every time.

Has this happened to you? How did it make you feel?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thoughts

I can't believe we are already halfway into January.  Sometimes it just feels as if the more I try to grasp hold of time...the more it slips away.  At the beginning of this year my DH and I had a good talk and decided that we needed to have date nights.  I know we work together everyday...but even after nearly 34 years of marriage there is still something magical about going out on a date and we can still sit and talk for hours.

We have had 3 date nights so far this month...not bad if you think it is two weeks ;-)


We discovered Angelo's restaurant on the beachfront where they advertise a NEW Angelo's at OLD prices.   As you can see the view from the deck is amazing.  And watching the sky turn from blue to pink and watching the ocean turn silver is just awesome...and I can, quite frankly, not get enough of it.  The boat you see in this photo is the Jester and the owner arranges sunset cruises.  Something we will soon be doing on another date night.

On our first date night we had supper at Angelo's and then strolled over to the Boardwalk and Casino complex to watch the beautiful light and music fountain show.

Our second date was to the movies.  We went to go and see "The Life of Pi" in 3D.  I loved this movie...and I am pretty sure K humoured me when I told him I wanted to see it. That is what marriage is all about...a lot of give and take. Last weekend we again had supper at Angelo's and then went to the movies to watch the 007 movie "Skyfall".  I humoured K in going to watch this one.  I am not a very big fan of 007, it is always just too far fetched...but then again I guess the Life of Pi was also a tad far fetched. 

We started our year at the Mission on a very uneasy foot.  Traditionally the festive season is a difficult time for addicts and people with problems, as they are far from their families.  There was a lot of relapses.  There was a lot of picking up the pieces.  We uncovered a scam that has been ongoing for months.  A lot of the women on the program are addicted to pain killers and they buy Stopayne on the black market for R10 a tablet.  The codeine in the tablets are opiates and taken in large doses gives an addict very much the same rush as heroin.  For the past months we have repeatedly tested some of these women when it was obvious that they were as high as can be...every time the tests were negative.  So we decided to use a potty instead to get urine samples and the ladies tested positive.  They have for months been scooping water out of the toilet bowl for testing.  This was the sign to us that they were quite happy to be were they are and that they were not planning on changing or coming clean.  All of these women have little children and because we have a heart for children they were using the children to stay addicted because they assumed that we wouldn't let them go because they have children.  This time they had to take responsibility for their actions and we let them go.  Life is hard and it breaks my heart that people don't grab the chances they get with both hands.  It breaks my heart that they don't care enough for their children to want to change...to want to give them a better future.

How is your first two weeks of 2013 been?  Are you and your husband spending quality time alone together?  Have the new year had it's challenges?

xx

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Be filled with PEACE - Scrap Africa - Studio Calico Dec kit

This month's challenge at Scrap Africa is hosted by Jowilna Nolte and the challenge is to use postage stamps on your layout, old, new, rubber stamped stamps whatever you have in your stash.  I found this rub on stamp by Pink Paisley in my stash and decided to use my December Studio Calico kit for the challenge.

Here is my layout
Supplies used:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers:  Studio Calico - Looky There and Constellation, Crate Paper - Sleigh Ride Deck the Halls; Basic Grey - Fact or Fiction, Echo Park - For the record 2 Handwritten; Stamp rub on: Pink Paislee- Butterfly Garden; Brads: Dear Lizzy; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Alphabets: Basic Grey, Paper Trunk and the word PEACE as well as the banner was cut with the Silhouette.

The photo I used is of K sitting on the highest dune in Sardinia Bay. The beach is in a nature reserve and boasts unspoiled beaches without any development.  The dune has cut off the road to the beach a few years ago and to get access to the beach you now have to climb over the dune.  Sitting on the dune and just looking at the beauty of the beach and the ocean is one of my happiest things to do.  This photo was taken over the Easter weekend of 2010 shortly after our son lost his sight.  We were not in a good place and it felt as if we were in the middle of a storm...but after an hour or two of just sitting and being quiet....peace returned and we left refreshed.


We hope that these wonderful projects will inspire you and hopefully you will play along with this challenge!

Now for the goodies up for grabs!

There is a R250 valued prize from celebr8, which will be randomly chosen.


You have until the 31st January to submit your projects.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

December photos

Our December was very much about spending time with our growing family.
 Stefan is now nine months...he is the happiest, giggle pot and gives us so much pleasure.

 Little Lukie still never lets a opportunity go by that he can spend with his beloved Oupa.

 These two are so well suited and happy together.


 We had our Carols by Candle light service in the park at the Mission.  It was beautiful weather.

 The children loved the candles.

This is my favourite photo of the evening.

 Stefan got his first experience in the pool.

 We have a solar heated pool and it is the best investment as we spend hours in the pool.

 This little man loves the water...and he loves his mamma.

 My beautiful baba.

 This beautiful child is never keen on posing for photos.

 Juan is now seven months and has the most beautiful eyes.

 Stefan wants to be with Oupa...and he now stands up against anything he comes across.

 Tasting the window ;-)

 I am pretty sure these two will still get into all kinds of mischief.

 We babysat for Juan for the first time.  To fall asleep he needs his eyes covered either by a nappy or by his hands.

 Christmas Eve brought a visit from Father Christmas (Santa)  After last year when Oupa could not fool the young ones we organised somebody else to play the part.

 Dewan getting a gift from Santa.

 Kobus Jr getting onto Santa's lap ;-)

 The two babies' first Christmas.

Leane giving Santa a big hug.

 The three older cousins.

 Fairy Leane.

 We spend the last three days in Kidds Beach with my sister and her family.  We went on long beach walks, ate a lot, talked a lot and enjoyed our time.

K and I had long talks about the year that was and the year to come.  The year passed way to much, we decided that we need to do more of the things that make us happy, have more date nights and just grab hold of life in a new way this year.

How was your December?  Did you get to spend it with those you love most?  Are you going to do things differently this year?

xx