Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WOYWW 382 - Fiji Holiday 2016

Hello I am back, did you miss me?
I have been sick, busy and sick, yes I got really sick with the flu twice this year
that 4th strain of the flu they promised turned out to be really bad and I got to
test it out and boy it wasn't nice. Hopefully I am immune to it and built a stronger
system to cope with any in the future until it mutates again.

I have also been to Fiji in July since my last WOYWW I posted in June and had a 
wonderful time for a week. 
It was a mini family reunion with cousins and their kids from 
Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Scotland.
I will post photos at the end of this post so if you don't want to see them you can skip it 
after my desk photo. 


So my desk is filled with Wedding Invites I've been commissioned to do. Yes there was a start-stop-start to these as the wedding was originally for 2014 and was postponed. Now the wedding is definitely on and I am pulling out all stops to finish these off.

Each invite and thank you card is hand crafted and individually cut...no short cuts what so ever.

Joining up with Julia's Stamping Ground for more desk peeks.


Fiji Ah Sam Family Reunion 2016


This is the view looking out to sea

This was how close we were to the beach, we had our own private beach

Looking at the house from the beach

Open plan kitchen, with vaulted ceilings

We had a welcome part and farewell party by the staff. The owners Shaan (the purple tshirt) and Jess (striped top) are such a wonderful couple. The workers sang us welcome and farewell songs which was so beautiful to hear the harmonizing 
#villamokusigafiji 

We went to the Hideaway hotel and had cocktails (mocktails for me), they were $20 but well worth it, nowhere else have I tasted mocktails as wonderful as this. I call it a Tropical Fruit cocktail.

My daughter Keira and cousin Sharon enjoying the hammocks at the villa, I couldnt lie on them as they made me motion sick hahahaha


Fresh coconut to drink, so yummy and refreshing and so good for you

My cousins Debbie and Sharon and daughter Keira walked out onto the reef just in front of the villa and found this natural bar of coral

Thats the whole family reunion, I miss the kids, sadly I wont be able to see the Scotland nieces and nephews for a long time. probably when they are teenagers.
Thanks for a wonderful holiday left to right back row:
Darrell Chau, Keira Nicolls, Damien Hough, Me, Julia Chau, Debbie Venables-Hough
Front row:
Kiana Venables, Jett Hough, Jessica-Rhys-Joey Chau, Sharon Chau-Fairall
no
oh yes hubby wasn't there because he'd just come back from his 
USA holiday and had no more leave left

Mystery Postcard Received

I received this postcard and have no idea what its for. I dont have a contact to reply to.I have sent a search party out via Postcrossing but they can't locate it either.

So if this is your postcard or you know of this person please send me a message so I can thank you/her or register it.




Friday, September 16, 2016

Interesting reading - War and its innocent victims-9/11

Kim Phuc the Napalm girl of Vietnam and how Facebook took down the iconic photo that was posted in Norway

Tea bags and their many uses, and the downside to drinking some brands of tea

Flavour infused sea salt, always wanted to make my own as we use a lot of flavoured anything lol

On the 15th anniversary of that tragic day of 9/11, do you remember where you were?
it was 11pm that fateful night for me, I was living in Adelaide, South Australia, we had just come home from a meeting and I had gone to sleep. Husband got a phone call from a friend in Sydney-Celine who told him we had to turn on the tv. Hubby woke me up a few hours later after watching the news of the Twin Towers, i did not sleep for 2 days as I watched the television coverage of this life changing moment happening in the US.

About the Falling Man the most powerful image of 9/11

More stories about 9/11

Escape from the 81st floor of the World Trade Centre

Trump brags about his building being the tallest in Lower Manhattan

9/11 remembered

Handwritten notes from Air Force One on 9/11 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Couture Creations Sea Breeze - Zig Zag Card

Hello there,
I based this project on a Thank You Card I was asked to make that would accommodate
photos, so what better way to display these photos than into a zig zag card.


Out of black cardstock, cut out 1 of 19.5cm x x 12cm rectangle and 
4 of 19.5cm x 13.5cm - score these 1.25cm along the long edge and 
apply double sided tape


Join each rectangle in a zig zag fashion and fold along scored lines. Cut an angle from the first 3 cards measuring up 9cm to the corner of the second rectangle.

Choose various sheets of the Sea Breeze Collection Patterned Paper and cut the following:
4 of 11.5cm x 19cm
2 of 11.5cm x 15.5cm
2 of 11.5cm x 11.75cm
Line up with the black cardstock and cut an angle out of all

Cut out 7 belly bands measuring 14.5cm x 4cm and score both ends at 1.25cm


Fussy cut the top of the anchor and word "Sea Breeze" on the 
CO724664 Sea Breeze Collection: The Sea Breeze Patterned paper
and measure and cut a 11.5cm width.

Take the oval pictures, rectangular notices and beach beauty photos from CO724681 Diecut Ephemera Set and mount them onto 
ULT200044 Cinnamon and ULT200006 Chasm 12 x 12 cardstock and trim close to each diecut


Attach photos to the backs


Adhere the shells and notices from the CO724680 adhesive chipboard onto 
the belly bands on each panel.




and adhere it to the back of the back of the last page then adhere a patterned paper over it







Photos used with permission from Vicky Price and Mia Price-Young

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Couture Creations Magnolia Lane - Gift Candle

Hello there,
I needed a quick gift to give in appreciation, the recipient loves candles,
I decided on dressing up this sweet smelling Pink Butter Icing candle with 
Sue Smyth designed Magnolia Lane Papers and embellishments.


2.5 x 10.25inch or 6.5 x 26cm length, apply double sided tape to all edges back and front.

Cut out a length each of 26cm or 10.24inch


Adhere pink lace to one edge of patterned paper and 
black lace to the other side and adhere to candle


Using CO723816 Craft Glue Spots adhere flowers to patterned paper randomly.
Set aside to dry


Stamp out the words JUST BECAUSE from 


Voila! one gorgeous, sweet smelling candle made as a gift for a friend


Couture Creations Magnolia Lane Products:


Other Products from Couture Creations:


Miscellaneous products:
3inch or 7.75cm diameter candle




#couturecreationsaus #ultimatecrafts

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Couture Creations Sea Breeze Pop Up Card

#couturecreationsaus #ultimatecrafts

Hi Everyone, it's Bridget here with a 3D pop up card for you today for the 
Couture Creations Design Team.

Using the Sea Breeze collection designed by Denise Boddey for 
 Cut a 12" x 12" Charming cardstock at 8.5" x 12" or 21.5cm x 30cm.
Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4" and 11" or 7cm,  14cm, 21 cm and 28cm.
Turn and score at 2 3/4" or 7cm.
Cut off a 2" x 12" or 5cm x 30cm piece off the bottom and set aside
 Cut up to the score line on 3 scored lines and on the last line cut and angle up as shown.
From the 6" x 6" paper pad cut out 2 x 6.5cm x16cm or 2 1/2 x 61/2 inch pieces
6 x 6.5cm or 2 1/2 inch squares 
4 x 3 1/2" x 2 1/5" or 6.5cm x 9cm rectangle pieces
 Taking one of the 6.5 x 16cm pieces adhere with double sided tape to the flap at the edge and close the box by adhering the tab to the other side to form a box. Adhere the second piece of the same size to the back of that piece. Adhere the rest of the cut out pieces from the paper pad as shown.
Take the 2" x 12" or 5cm x 30cm piece that was set aside earlier, cut into 1" pieces, 
adhere double sided tape to the folded edges. 

On the first piece adhere the smallest shell pieces from the Diecut Ephemera self adhesive set, turn over and put talcum powder over the exposed pieces to make the top part of the self adhesive non adhesive so they don't stick to other parts of the card when closed.

Repeat with the larger size shells to a second piece. 
You can choose to put 2 or 3 pieces inside the box, I chose to add 2 sections.

Adhere the Sea Breeze sentiment frm the Diecut Ephemera set to the back flap and 
take a piece of white netting and adhere it to the front of the box and over the back.


The card folds flat for posting



Friday, July 15, 2016

Interesting Reading

Downsizing is what is on most peoples minds these days if you've watched Tiny Houses on tv, well this couple turned a Cubby House into their home while they save for their dream home.

Here is an interesting concept to get people off the computer or technology. Mysterious stack of books.

8 things you need to keep you safe when you are stranded

I love my bananas but I dont think I will be making Banana Wine any day soon.

5 of the dirtiest spots in your kitchen. Even if you meticulously clean your kitchen, and believe it to be squeaky-clean, chances are its still home to nasties that are bad for your health.



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