Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Storms River mouth breakaway

Have you come to that place where you know that ENOUGH. IS. ENOUGH?
You know that the next straw will be the one that breaks the camel's back.
That thought that if you don't get quiet NOW you will be taken away in a straight jacket foaming at the mouth.

That was me by the end of last week.  I am an introvert and too much noise, movement and people around me drains me.  I often NEED mini breaks in quiet places to remain sane.  I was becoming moody and snappy.  Fortunate for man knows me well.  On Saturday afternoon we booked into a wood cabin on the rocks at Storms River mouth.  I could settle down and see the beauty around me once again.  

#71 ~ A wooden log cabin on the coast

#72 ~ Beautiful views of God's creation. ( for the past more than a week the coastal area from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay is experiencing red tide....hence the murky water)

#73 ~ Spectacular sunset on our first night away.

#74 ~ Waking to the sound of crashing waves.  

I don't know about you...but there is nowhere where I feel quite as close to God as in nature.  I can sit for hours and just look at the ever changing sea.   I marvel that something so wild and so restless can have such a calming effect.

#75 ~ Nature...medicine for my soul.

#76 ~ Amazing texture in twisty branches.

#77 ~ The beauty of a tree that has fallen over and just went right on growing.  It reminds me so much of humankind and the knock we can take...and ultimately He holds everything together and makes it works together for the good of those whole love Him.

#78 ~ Man made hanging bridge to cross the river.

#79 ~ the ability to experience adventure and see beauty

#80 ~ Waves crashing onto a pebble beach.

#81 ~ The sound of crushing and grinding of pebbles as each wave crashes

#82 ~ Sitting for a good hour on the pebble beach just talking

#83 ~ The beauty of stacked pebbles framed in driftwood.

#84 ~ This man's ability to always make me laugh out loud.

#85 ~ A winding boardwalk among indigenous forest.

#86 ~ Fern leaves softly unfurling.

#87 ~ A painting by the Creator for us to enjoy.

#88 ~ Watching dassies (rock hyrax) sunning themselves.

#89 ~ Our final sunset.

...and then sitting outside in the pitch dark and looking up at the beauty of the stars.

#90 ~ The beauty of the galaxy on a pitch black night...makes me think of the words from the song "Indescribable" :Indescribable, uncontainable,You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God. All powerful, untameable, Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim...You are amazing God
#91 ~ Something ugly in the day....made beautiful in the night.  Because of the red tide the phosphor in the water became a spectacular show of electric blue awe we watched this wonderful display of nature.  The photo above is the best I could do as I didn't have my tripod with me.  I want to share a photo taken by a photographer named Marius that shows just how spectacular this is.

#92 ~ Waking up in total peace...with just the sound of breaking waves and the call of seagulls on my 53rd birthday.

I cannot begin to tell you how much my life is enriched and how much joy I receive by seeing and naming the things that makes me grateful to be alive.  The things that I count as graces and gifts given by the Lord. I challenge you to start seeing Him in your every day life.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Just be You - CSI106

Well hello there.  I am playing along with CSI (Color Story Inspiration)'s latest case file. The colours that was used for this case file is soft and pretty and I decided that this photo of Leane in the play area of our garden would be just perfect.  Here is my layout:

Supply list: Cardstock:  American Craft: Patterned papers: Studio Calico, My Minds Eye; Stickers: My Minds Eye; Arrows: Freckled Fawn; Some sentiments cut from the Printable file for this case file; white alpha: American Craft: Other: Silhouette cameo for "you" and the teardrop diecut, PanPastels in Magenta and red Iron Oxide Tint for the butterflies; DMC cotton for stitching, sequins from the local haberdashery.

The Case File:

How I solved the case file:

The Scheme: I used all the colors

Evidence: ombre effect in the papers and the PanPastel stenciled butterflies, arrows, speech bubble, sticker quote, circles (stitched as well as the little sequins, stripes and a white background.

Testimony: I used the title "Just be You"...and my journaling reads: My dear princess, you are the only girls among 5 boys and I love you dearly. You have always been wild at heart and yet you love all things girly. You will always be my fairy princess with a dress that can "turn", a tiara on your head and hanging upside down from the jungle gym. I never want you to change...always just be girly, wild child.   xxx Ouma Net

...and then there were the things I counted as things to be grateful for:
#64 ~ a meal lovingly prepared by Nadia

#65 ~ my "word" pendant arriving in the mail

#66 ~ Teaching the young ones in the ways of the Lord from an early age.  Yes, I eventually got that photo of Stefan saying grace...and if the eyes are closed the mouth MUST be open.

#67 ~ Seeing Leane win her "toffie atletiek" 50meter run.

#68 ~ I will always be grateful that we can be involved in there everyday events.

#69 ~ the joy of seeing pappa Wynie and Lukie run a race together and win.

#70 ~ my darling man being thoughtful enough to realize that I am sorely in need of a break and booking three days away at Storms River Mouth from today until my birthday.

Have a super weekend...I know that I am going to.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

If I could have a superpower....

....I would have loved if I could capture images with my eyes and then print it our later...seriously.  After the burglary last year in which my camera handbag and all my valuables were stolen in one swift swoop...I stopped carrying my camera with me.  On Sunday morning on the way back from church I saw the beauty of birds all perched high on a high voltage wire...and I couldn't capture it.  I had to go back two days later to get an image.  Now I am back to carrying my (heavy) camera with it's long lens.  I want to capture all the beauty I see around me...and count the things that I am grateful for:

#54 ~ Lukie holding the sun in his hands

#55 ~ Two new worship CD's

#56 ~ The ability to lose myself in a book

#57 ~ The full moon over the bay

 #58 ~ Birds on a wire

#59 ~ Sardinia Bay...our closest and favourite beach ♥ ♥

#60 ~ The feel of sun on my skin and sand under my feet.

#61 ~ Trust

#62 ~ A big man's ability to be "oh so" gentle.

#63 ~ Psalm :34:8:  "Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."

Now that the CREATE  magazine has been live for a week and accessed by more than 37000 people from 64 countries....I want to show you the full reveal of the layout that I made that was included. It was a colour challenge and this is the inspiration photo.

Although we have warm Christmas seasons...I wanted to show that we still use very much the same colours during this season.  The photo of me with three of my four sisters were taken on Christmas day in 2009.

Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers:  Echo Park(Winter time), Fancy Pants(Hot Chocolate); Journal strips:  Theresa Collins (Journal It); Brads: My Minds Eye (I Believe); Flower: Petaloo; Snowflakes: Little Yellow Bicycle; Alpha: American Craft; Together diecut and star border diecut:  Silhouette Studio:  Other: Prima stars template, Shimmerz Sandy Stone Texturez. 

Here is a close up...I love the latest trend of gold:

If you could have a superpower...what would it be?
What is the things that surrounds you that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling of gratitude?


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Escape - CSI #105 - My Minds Eye

Good morning, today I want to show you the layout based on the latest challenge at CSI (Color Story Inspiration) challenge no 105.  It is such a treat to play along with this challenges...partly because there is no pressure...and partly because I love to dig through my stash to find the perfect papers and embellishments to go along with it.  I used photos of Lukas where he is lying on our bed...on Oupa's place, with Oupa's specs reading a book.

Supplies used: Cardstock:  Bazzill, Canson; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose); Corner chipboard:  Enmarc, Buttons and stars: Chatterbox; Banner: Sassafrass Lass; Title and telescope:  Silhouette Cameo; Other:  PanPastels, Circle stencil, Shimmerz Texturez (Patina)

Some close ups:
Journalling in my awful handwriting.

I backed the circle photo on cardstock and a My Minds Eye diecut.

I made my background using PanPastels in three colours: Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, and Chromium Oxide Green.  I first set the pastels with artists fixative and then stencilled the texturez through the stencil...I am not happy with the result....I didn't know when to stop.  To make it less busy I decided on cutting the telescope with the Silhouette Cameo.

Here is the case file, and Em Stafrace sketch:

I was blessed this week to be able to experience another of my grandchildren's milestones.On Wednesday morning  Kobus and Lache picked me up so that I can photograph Leane's first day at school.

At the school's entrance.

So full of confidence
Kobus and Leane with Juffrou Poppie.  Many years ago she was Kobus' teacher.

With her mommy Lache.

Today I am so thankful for:

#49 ~ Wednesdays and time to spend the way I love.

#50 ~ Being "there" on Leane's first school day.

#51 ~ The blessing of a close relationship with my children and grandchildren.

#52 ~ Having these little one's so much part of my life

#53 ~ Colourful surprises in the garden.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog...I appreciate you.