Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bird is the word "Hope"

Hi Everyone,

Well I really didn't think I'd make this one but I did! I had 3/4's of this done and on my desk before my surgery adventure and now that that is over, bit by bit I managed to finish it off :)

Caitlin mixing up a storm in the kitchen; one of my fav things to do on a Sunday afternoon.





Thanks for popping by and for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I am certainly on the mend and will be back to myself (minus my appendix) in no time!

Gwen

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What an Adventure! and my RAK WINNER!!

Hi Everyone,

Well, what a week I have had. As you know last week in my post I mentioned that I had been unwell, I had caught Caitlin's flu. I was on the mend from that but just didn't feel quite right. Then on Monday night I started suffering from serious stomach pain, just out of the blue. Well, turns out my appendix was gangrenous and so I needed emergency surgery to take it out which happened on Tuesday afternoon. I spent Tuesday night in hospital and came home on Wednesday afternoon. Lots of bed rest and I'm now feeling much much better! It has been quite dramatic let me tell you!

Chris has been amazing doing all my jobs as well as his and Caitlin too has been the perfect little miss helping her daddy however she can. More bed rest for me and no driving until at least Friday next week!!! But, I think I'll go crazy before then! I'm hoping I can get back to work really soon but will just have to wait and see how I go.

I have had a chance to draw my RAK winner though AND it is Sandi!!! Please email me your address Sandi and I'll post off your prize :) gwruck@iprimus.com.au Congrats!

That's it for now, yes Mum I am resting, promise!
Gwen

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bird is the word "Today"

Well what a weekend I've had!! I've been house bound for 4 days straight. Caitlin was sick on Thursday and Friday. Friday night was FANTASTIC with me winning the Purple Pumpkin give away $50 voucher - sooo excited!! Then on Saturday morning, I came down with what Caitlin had and boy has it knocked me for a six!! I slept 13 hours straight Saturday night, had the shivers and all, it wasn't pretty!! Feeling better today but still not myself. Don't you just love kids and their germs ;)

Anyways, lucky for me I did this before I came down ill... my take on BITW's "Today" challenge.





Hopefully I'll be feeling even better tomorrow - just in time to get back to work!
Gwen

Friday, July 22, 2011

RAK Reminder....

Morning!

Just a reminder about my RAK...

I'm a big fan of paying things forward and as I have been blessed with the stack of ribbon Mum gave me, I'm RAKing some of it (is that the term???) onto one of you...

All you have to do is be a "follower" AND post me a comment on what you love about my Blog and that's it! I will then draw a winner out of a hat :) There is around a metre of each of these ribbons and I'll post them anywhere.

Now off to do some scrappin!
Gwen

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A little of this and that AND a RAK...

Hi Everyone,

Seems my post about Mum's ribbon inspired a lot of chat and emails regarding my scrap space and organisation ideas; you are all keen to see how I keep things sorted. So I thought I'd post a pic of just one small part of my scrap space. It is actually our formal dining room, however we stopped having formal dinner parties in it long ago and I have slowly taken it over. We still have all the furniture so I've had to work around it. I scrap on the dining table which is in the centre of the room and I bought this Expedit from IKEA and it sort of acts as a room divider (the other end of the room is our formal sitting room which is now Caitlin's play area.) Everything is sorted by colour as I find I work best that way. The lil jars have all my small bits and pieces in them and the larger ones are all flowers. Colours are Pink, Browns, Yellows, Blue/Green, Red, Black/White/Metal and Purple. The draws are punches and other bits which I'll show you some other time... I'm thinking it could take a while to show you everything so I'll do it bit by bit. That way the whole room doesn't need to be perfect either, which it RARELY is!!


Now, onto the RAK. I'm a big fan of paying things forward and as I have been blessed with the stack of ribbon Mum gave me, I'm RAKing some of it (is that the term???) onto one of you...

All you have to do is be a "follower" AND post me a comment on what you love about my Blog and that's it! I will then draw a winner out of a hat :) There is around a metre of each of these ribbons and I'll post them anywhere.

Oh, and last but not least, Check out what I've been doing over on the Craft Queen Blog here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Gwen

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Purple Pumpkin Guest DT

Hi Everyone,

I'm very new to Purple Pumpkin, but when I heard they were having a Guest DT call out I could not help but give it a go! They have the cutest lil buttons and things... all so unique! All you have to do is post your favourite layout. I really wanted to choose one with Purple Pumpkin embellies on it (makes sense) but I only have 2 and I'm not all that keen on the first one and the 2nd one is submitted into the July sketch challenge!! So, here is my ACTUAL all time fav layout - it does not include any pp embellies, but it is my fav and was done in 2009 and I still love it!



I hope you all like it and if so, please feel free to lodge a vote for me!! :)
Gwen

Friday, July 15, 2011

Purple Pumpkin July Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,

What a cold and rainy Saturday we are having, I guess all those perfect Winter days had to end some time :) Caitlin went back to Ballet this morning and it was a lil hard to get up!! I've had some time today to do the Purple Pumpkin sketch for this month and I made sure to have it uploaded before 22nd July so I can grab some FREE buttons with my next order... happy days!

So here is my take...


and some close ups of course of the cute lil purple pumpkin embellies.... The grey is not as dark as it appears in these pics; the weather is not the best for snaps of layouts!!!




Now, I think it's time for another tidy up of my scrap space, I cannot see my table!!

Gwen

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bird is the word "Admire"

Happy Sunday to you all... Seems this is my only real chance each week to blog, but hey it's better than nothing!

Bird is the word challenge is up again and this time it's "Admire" which I really struggled with for some reason!! I guess that's why it called a challenge and they cannot all be too easy!!

So, here is my take....




Isn't this Purple Pumpkin flower divine!!!

I've also done a Step by Step project over on the Craft Queen blog... My dh - I've decided I'll keep him ;)




I've taken the day off tomorrow to spend with Caitlin - lets hope the weather stays as stunning as it's been the past few days :) We are going up to see Nanna which usually means a trip to IKEA.. Wooo hooo!

Thanks for stopping by and your always kind comments!
Gwen

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Purple Pumpkin Giveaway

Happy Sunday to you all!

I have a couple of things tonight to tell you about....

First up...Purple pumpkin are having a HUGE GIVEAWAY to celebrate their first birthday!! If you haven't seen Purple Pumpkins goodies before, they are definitely worth checking out... super cute lil buttons and stuff!!! Check it all out here.....
Purple Pumpkin

Secondly, a couple of layouts to show you... I've been playing around with using up some of my old stash and trying out some new ways to use my alphas, mainly as backgrounds etc. I got a heap done AND some DT work too!

The background for this one is rub ons; not sure if you can tell that well, perhaps I should have done a close up!! I've had these for AGES and never used a single one. So I worked on using all the letters I don't normally use like X and Y etc. I have decided that I am not a huge fan of the rub on :(


For this one, I've lined up the letter B's in a row so they don't look like B's any more but more like a chipboard strip/pattern :) The ribbon is Making Memories which I've had forever! I've also used some white larger letters as a stencil for the background. I made sure to "un-sticky" them first so that I could easily pull them off after I had painted over them.



More playing with the background... and a boy layout.. I know it's still has flowers but it's as boyish as I get!!


Last but not least.... A big welcome to all the new followers.. WELCOME :) I hope you find some inspiration here and I will be sure to pop by each of your blogs for a visit :) and a big THANK YOU to all the lovelies who leave me comments, they truly mean a lot!! You are all such sweeties!!!

Have a great week everyone,
Gwen