Well with only a couple of days left of November, we are all gearing up for that one day. I seems a little ridiculous just how crazy we get at this time of year. For what? one day. But I must confess that I do enjoy the day even though the lead up can be hectic to say the least. I am slowly preparing for that time with the tree being trimmed this weekend (not usually this early in our house) but it is December on Saturday. As well as scrapping madly the last little gifts for Emma's Playcentre teachers & Jaden's teacher.
I have finally completed my advent calendar for the kids!!! Here is my take on an idea that the owner of my local store made while doing the 7 Gypsies class in Auckland recently. I loved the idea so much I had to 'scraplift it'. LOL I will in time write messages on the tags. But this year I will place two candy canes in each pocket for the kids. ENJOY KIDS!!!!
Posted by Julia Ryder at 09:59
Fiona, Jill, Jemma and me
What an emotional day, today has been. My playgroup that I started just after Emma was born is about to lose one of it's members. Jill is originally from Scotland.... and as of Saturday will be returning to Scotland via Australia for a ten day break. We will all miss her terribly but hopefully will keep in touch. I managed a few snaps today marking our last playgroup together. I will scrap them into a mini album (along with my ever increasing list of things to scrap, as well as online challenges) then send them to her. I wish Jill & husband Paul all the best in there new venture as mussell farmers in Scotland taking with them the Kiwi ingenuity to start.
Posted by Julia Ryder at 18:49
Well, after a full on long weekend in Hamner. I'm ready for a holiday at home. Who would have thought that taking two children on a break would be so exausting!! We crammed so much in, in two days as well as a 3hour trip both ways. Back to the reality of work/home life seems relaxing almost. Jaden does not travel well, with a few stops along the way, but Emma just cruises along, singing and chatting. I will be using the photos taken from the weekend to hopefully (time permitting) complete the Scrapbook Essentials fornightly challenge. Will probably do it anyway even if not posted in time. The hot pools were great, taking the aches & pains away (temporarily). We will certainly punish ourselves again to do another long weekend. Even though they are hard work, they are FUN!!!!
Posted by Julia Ryder at 15:50
Fifiscrapz over at the Scrapbook Studio has sent out a wee bit of a challenge, (a dare more like)!! LOL. To post the very first LO you ever completed. I am embarrassed to say that this is mine. My wedding day in September 1994!!! Do I feel old or what.
The journalling says: Look into my eyes and you will see, just what you mean to me. Soppy or what!! It was the song by Bryan Adams that we had playing while signing the register.
Posted by Julia Ryder at 16:52
First of all, a BIIIIG congrats to whose lucky ladies who make onto the SE Design Team. Even though I was not fortunate enough this time round, I had a blast trying and you never know my luck might change next time. I can now post my submission here for all to see. The Off the Page project is for my Mum, and she can add her own personal touch with photos she likes. The photo of me on the single page LO is actually printed onto Calico. This was not as difficult as thought it was going to be. So long as the calico is taped down to a piece of printer paper firmly, not much can go wrong.
Posted by Julia Ryder at 16:35
Well another busy Monday has come and gone and now kids are in bed it is MY time. Monday is usually my day out, with today being no exception. Playgroup for Emma, then grocery shopping (Yuk) home to unpack then back off down to the school to collect Jaden from cricket. I have finished my DT entry to the Scrapbook Essentials Design Team call and now play a waiting game. I had fun no matter the outcome and will continue just the same.
A bit of fooling around with the camera and Emma, I came up with this LO. It was fun to do and nice to do something not so serious.
Posted by Julia Ryder at 19:49
Thought that I might give you an insight into our life in the country. I have included pics of my favourite places in the garden, some of the Village of Wakefield (a farming town) and some of our lovely outlook. We do live right on the State Highway South (to Christchurch) but have become accustomed to the traffic noise and thank goodness for hurricane gates!!! Keeps the kids in and the dog, our lovely 13 year old cocker spaniel Milo. We have resident ducks that arrive at this time every year. They are looking for breakfast and tea everyday. They spend most of the day under the big weeping cherry tree in the shade.
Posted by Julia Ryder at 13:51
Welcome to my blog, Where you can learn about the day to day life of.....me. A busy work from home/stay at home Mum of two AND a self-confessed addicted scrapper. Scrapbooking has become a huge part of my life and my children are my biggest subjects to scrap about.