Saturday, October 18, 2008

Art in the Wendy House

Here's something I made before I went to hospital. I know, I have to stop making so many blurry photos, I need some help!

Anyway it's a slide with a picture of girls bound in copper tape. I gave it to my aunt for her birthday. The words stamped say, Fun Friendship and Giggle. I do hope she liked it.

The other card is of the Stamp-It hat. I love this image as you can do so much with it. This was the card for the M-I-L. She is a very old fashioned and this image suits here. I stamped the words fashion and style around the card as it's her to a tee.

Fun and Games

Things are getting better. I can now sit at the computer for longer periods of time, I can walk around K Mart for an hour (shouldn't have done it but then I wouldn't have known that I couldn't) and am up to 10 houses and hope to be at my girl friend's for coffee today.

The down side, I am still having trouble dressing myself and I couldn't go to Paperific this weekend or the sale at Wrapt Design and DH has decided I can cope and he's going back to work well for 4 hours a day for the first week and then we see how I go.

Tonight, I get to go to the scouts Trivia Night and I see some of my friends and have a laugh, though this may prove a problem as I stiil have to hold my stomach when I laugh, must remember to take the cushion.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


I am so frustrated! Yes, I know I've had major surgery but this no bending, dropping things on the floor and can't pick them, having someone help me get dressed and not being able to cuddle the boys is driving me nuts!
But I had a positive last night. I got to go visiting and yes, sit in someone else's four walls and look at their dust and cobwebs for about three hours and more importantly,the boys got to let off some steam with other kids and DH got some quality time with other men. So for that I'm thankfully.
I am walking up and down the street every day, increasing a house every day. I'm now up to 7 houses both ways. My aim to get to my friend's for coffee, walking there and back, but with a big break in between. I'll have to let her know cause she's not home everyday and even on her day off she could be gadding about.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sorry, I lost the plot earlier. Am still in some pain from my surgery and with children and husband home and me not being able to do anything, I get very frustrated.
Anyway, what I was going to tell you about was the article in the The Herald Sun this morning about the 1971 Sun Tour. Why it interests me is that my dad rode in a Sun Tour and followed others. My Dad was and still is a cyclist. I think he rode his first race at 11 and has riden for a very long time since. He had a bit of a blow out in 1977 when he fell off his bike on the track and then took up running, but before this, he rode and we followed, many a race, many a weekend when we were growing up.
While reading the article A Place In The Sun, DH asked would Dad know any of those riders. I replied he should, they were his fellow competitors and allies from his race days and they are all about his age. Some of those names I had heard him mention over time.
It's funny to see a photo from an era a life time ago and have it evovke so many memories.

A Place In The Sun

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Home and Tender

I arrived home on Monday and have done not much since. I am able to go on the computer but only in short bursts as the sitting nearly kills me. Otherwise, I'm ok.

Hospital was an interesting time as it always is. I was suppose to be in the Maternity ward but as I was coming out of recovery, I was informed (as one can be in a morphine induced state) that an emergency c-section had taken my bed and I was to go to Ambleside the orthopedic ward. All I could think of was all the old people go there and I was so right.

Fortunately, I had a single bed ward which means I didn't have to put up with anybody else and because I was such a novelty to have on the ward, the nursing staff would fight for me as each time there was change over, I would see a different face with lots of questions. I have to say here that each nurse I had was lovely and very caring which is all you can ask for.

Getting tired so will keep talking another time

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I am going into hospital this afternoon for surgery and will be in for at least six days. I won't be able to post anything til I come home and even then, I will be tender.
I am hoping to get lots of cards and things made as I have a 6 week recovery time ahead of me and I reckon by that time I will be able to add my pictures to my blog.
Have a great week.

We are a Happy Team at Hawthorn

We won, Hawthorn won the Grand Final. I still can't believe it!
The Hawks beat the Cats by 26 unbelieveable points. DH has watched the replay in some form or other every day since.
What a team!
DH and DS6 went to Glenferrie Oval on Sunday with 20,000 other people including my Dad (who they did loose, though not intentionally) and partied with them all.
DH wants a new shirt, hat and stubby holder
DS6 wants everything brown and gold.
Long live The Mighty Fightin' Hawks

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Think I'm Famous

I keep forgeting to tell you. The Wendy House has been published! I was asked if I would be prepared to have a story written about me and the Wendy House for the Spotlight publication get creative. They were doing an article about women and their sheds and they were looking for creative sheds. And I was asked if I would participate. How could I say no to a request like that. The editor came and met me and the Wendy House and was thrilled. The article had three other sheds in it including the famous Dale Rollerson from the Thread Studio. It was a big honour to be asked.
Anyway, its now out on the stands as it's in the September issue. Check it out. It's got some great other articles in it,but of course mine is the best.
See you round.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Male Cards

I have fnally done it. Loaded pictures onto my blog. A lion has escaped from the cage and been unleashed.

This is the card I gave my Dad for his birthday in August and I'm pretty impressed with the card. It's one of the new stamps from StampWorld in Sydney and even though it's blurry, I think it looks ok.

I've made another one for him for Father's Day, but I don't think it will make the blog this year. Just let me get use to this photo business and I'll see what I can do for next year.

P.S. Did you see Buddy on Friday night? He kicked 8 goals and Hawthorn are thru to the Preliminary Final in two weeks. Go Hawks.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Football-Lance 'Buddy' Franklin

Did you see it? Did you hear it? Were you there? My god, we saw it heard it and yes we were there. Where? The game last night between Hawthorn and Carlton at the Telstra Dome Melbourne. What a game! I now have to confess, I barrack for Hawthorn in the AFL and have done so for some time.
We were given tickets to the game from my Carlton friend as she was unable to attend and her seats are in the Carlton members. DH was a bit freaked by this as he remembers back to the days at Princess Park when the Carlton fans were quite vocal and was concerned this is what was going to happen here. I did try to reassure him that everybody is quite normal and pleasant as I'd sat with McMansion last year and wasn't insulted or abused. He backed down and said we'd go but if there was any trouble we'd be out of there. DS9 and DS6 were coming too and I think DH was more concerned for their safety than his own.We arrived around 6pm as the crowd was growing. Very impressed with the seats (thanks McMansion) and waited while the crowd began to swell.
Why was it such an exciting game? Buddy was to kick his 100th goal of the season and Fev was 8 from the tonne. The game started with Carlton flooding the forward line to stop Buddy from getting the ball, but at the 20min mark, Buddy marked and kicked his first goal. The crowd then merged into the aisles, waiting like a pack of wolves for Buddy to kick his next goal. They weren't disappointed. At the 26min mark, Buddy kicked it. The crowd went wild and ran onto the crowd. As well as congratulating Buddy, who was whisked off the ground by security, the crowd converged into the centre and huddled round the Carlton players, wishing that their star forward would kick the tonne too. It added 8 minutes onto the first quarter and many announcements to get the spectators off the ground. Unfortunatly, Fev was left stranded on 99 kicking 7 goals and 3 behinds in his last game of the season. The other bonus, yes Hawthorn did win.
Roll on September and the Finals.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


With being ill, I've been able to catch up on all the leisure activities I never get to do and one of them includes reading. I've just finished Mao's Last Dancer and it was just lovely, unbelieveable but none the less a great read. I won't tell you the ending but it's about a Chinese boy from a family of 7 sons who live in poverty but manage to scrap together a life for themselves. He is chosen to join the Madam Mao Dance Troop and despite the pain and homesickness he suffers, he becomes a world renown ballet dancer. It's such a heart wrenching book. He now lives in Melbourne with his own family.
I'm now reading a Nora Roberts triology-the Circle Triology. I've only just started so I'll have to put in some quality resting time to complete this one.
Today is our Wedding Anniversary and as usual, DH is one up on me and has already given me a card. I'm still to make one so that will be tomorrow's job. DS9 wanted to know why Dad had given me a card and was horrified that we hadn't told anyone it was our anniversary, so when I got to school this morning, his teacher wished me a Happy Anniversary. I couldn't believe he had had enough time to see her let alone tell her! Oh the joys of children

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Wendy House

One of the advantages of "resting" is that I can play in The Wendy House. Yes I hear you ask, what's The Wendy House?

It's 'my studio' however the family have taken it over and it's now a shared studio with DH and 2 DS's. It was originally the garage but as the car was never in it, it became the dumping area for all things outside. We decided, after friends did a reno on one of their old sheds, to make the room more user friendly , hence the Wendy House plan came together. I sketched out what I wanted and friends of ours who have a building company (Always Better Carpentry) helped me plan and build it. I have to say it's one of the best things we ever did! It has a toliet, kitchen sink, heaps of cupboards and storage areas as well as deep benches to work on, heating and cooling.

All my craft friends are so jealous of it and we just love it. One day I'll show you a photo of it.

I called it the Wendy House cause it's cute. I remember reading a book one day about the Two Young Princess's and they had a Wendy House in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and wishing that I could have something like that when I was little. I have since found out that the Lost Boys built a house for Wendy on the island and the English call their cubby houses Wendy Houses . People just love it and I love the fact that I can use it and get away from the family at the same time. I will have to clean it up or attempt to as I can never find anything when I want it.

I have had a chance to have a 'play' and make some cards. I will try and post some photos soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

At Home

I am suppose to be recovering from surgery instead I'm home with bronchitis and have no idea when the surgery will be happening. I am sick and tired of watching the Olympics so I thought I'd have a go a blog instead. I am trying to be creative during my time of rest but need some inspiration from somewhere, so will look thru my old craft magazines to see what I can find. Will keep you posted