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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL


This was really the first time that I had spent a significant amount of time in Cape Town and I have to tell you that I really loved it. It is like being in another country and not South Africa. To me it had a very european feel to it. Lots of little coastal towns with cool shops, markets and places to meet and eat.

We were picked up at the airport by a very excited boy who could not wait to show off his adopted town. First stop was Mariner's Wharf in Hout Bay for the best fish and chips for lunch. How cool is this sign :D


Here I could watch these seagulls vying for scraps of food from happy, lunch time visitors.

I love old fishing boats. They have such stories to tell.


We took the scenic route home, driving along Chapmans Peak so we could enjoy the sights. The Cape Coastline is really beautiful.  Rugged and rocky to beaches of white soft sand and icy cold water.



Got to Clint's flat late in the afternoon. He has such a great view. This is slightly to the left... the stadium they built for the soccer world cup.


Then straight ahead you can see the V & A waterfront and the big beige building is Sol Kerzners Hotel.


Of to the right you can see the Cape Town harbour with all the container ships coming and going.


My favourite was the boats coming in and out of the V & A Harbour.


Saturday morning was a beautiful, clear, and relatively warm day so we went down to the Old Biscuit Mill, a market with the most amazing foodstuffs.


Fresh flowers stalls...


Fresh honey and preserves of all kinds...


Freshly made rolls to order...


A gorgeous array of fresh pastries. I had one with cherry tomatoes, olives, brie and an onion marmalade. Was so yummy...


The nice thing about this market was that everything was farm fresh.



They had a fabulous wine section too :D


There was hand made crafty stuff too.


Plus some clothing stalls and all kinds of wonderful things.



We spent a wonderful few hours just browsing around.


I really loved this water mill in the centre of the market.

In the afternoon we collected my nephew who is in Cape Town taking a years sabbatical before going back to New Zealand to do a teaching degree and headed off to the Fireman's Pub to meet my brother and his wife and watch the rugby. Finished off the day with a fabulous dinner at an Italian restaurant.

I will be back tomorrow to show you what we did on Sunday :D





Monday, 25 June 2012

SA RUGBY


This page is for the new challenge over at Let's Scrap. The inspiration is the South African flag. The only condition is to use three colours from the flag.


As I have a huge Rugby mad family we have parties at our house when there are big games. This last weekend was SA vs England and we had a pizza party. So we made all the stuff for pizza's including the bases... thank you G-Dog...and everyone got to make their own pizza and cook it in the pizza oven. When we were in Cape Town at Hout Bay market we found rugby jersies for the dogs. So I made the guys stand on the steps outside the pub with a dog each for a photo.


I decided to use that photo for my page and go with the yellow and green of the SA team and add yellow because I had this paper from Junkitz which was perfect. I also took photos of each one of my babies and added them as well. This was such a fun challenge.





Wednesday, 20 June 2012

HELLO AGAIN - I'M BACK

Oh wow I can't believe that I have been gone for two weeks and that I am already home again. Where does the time go? 

I had the most amazing time in Cape Town. My hubby is opening up his business there and my son has moved down there for six months to get it off the ground, so we went down to see how things were going. 

Clint has rented a furnished flat that is right in the middle of Cape Town - Greenpoint and he has this amazing view of the V & A Waterfront and the boats and the sea. It really is lovely. I am nearly finished editing the photos and I will post some here along with some of the things we did and saw while we were there.


Before I left I had a couple of pages that I had done for challenges that I can now show you. This first one was for Michelle van Wyk's QOTW (question of the week) - which was "What is the weirdest/funniest thing you have ever scrapped?" 

Mine has to be these crabs that found their way to my house - in the middle of a hugely built up area with high walls. We had two of them on two separate days about a month apart and they were so big and so angry looking.


I used some old Basic Grey papers that I just love and kept it fairly simple as always.

This next page was one of the weekly challenges from before we went away. This was the sketch and for me this is one of the hardest pages I have worked on and I put it off and put it off until I couldn't put it off any more :D 


Once I decided just to do it it came together really easily and I loved doing the challenge. I had these photos from a friends birthday breakfast and she had said half jokingly when I started to crochet "You can make me a granny blanket for me for my birthday in red, white and aqua", and so I did. For me there is nothing in the world like seeing the look of joy on someone's face when you have done something really special for them.


I used the My Minds Eye - BeLoved range which was perfect because I am going to frame this page for her for her next birthday as part of her present. I love the mix of colours and although the papers are more cream  than the photos the page really works well, better than in the photo. I used my Tim Holtz perfect pearls to spritz the page and stamped on two of my favourite quotes. The one is just "Friendship" to which I added "isn't a big thing, it's a million little things" and the other one is "Live in the moment and make it so special that it will be worth remembering".

I cut the banners from all the different papers and adhered them to some bakers twine which I had stuck on the page. I kept the pointy banner in cream only and then added some of the square ones in the different papers. I finished it off with tiny clothes pegs that I found in my stash and then added a couple of butterflies to the page. I love this page and I hope she does too.

I love this next sketch. On the right hand side you could make a fold so that you could put in six more photos. My kind of sketch with loads of photos.


I chose to use these photos of the birds at my bird feeder. They fascinate me and I love to watch them especially when the feeder is full... I don't know how they know when it has been filled but they do and they flock around it. I used Bazzill Basics for this layout and one piece of patterned paper. I used my Tim Holtz die cut to make the birds and the birdcage and cut the birds out of three colours and then pieced them together to make the 3D birds. I then blinged the birdcage up because I could and used a piece of chain to hang it from the page. Lastly I added some flowers from Prima. This page is always going to make me feel happy, just like my birds do.


Finally here is this week's challenge that went up this morning, and this is the sketch.


This is what I did with it. Kept it simple. I don't know whose papers they are but I love them. I added the ribbon and then the flower from Prima and the MOMENTS sentiment. Clean and Simple.



Now I am off to make dinner. I have been on the go the whole day and I still have to pack all my stuff for TT tomorrow. I have missed those girls and can't wait to see them again. 

I will post some photos of my trip tomorrow. So Happy Hump Day, make it count.








Monday, 4 June 2012

PHOTO A DAY - JUNE


For any of you who have been following the photo a day, or even taking part here is the list for June. I did do all my pics for May and posted them up on my Facebook page. I didn't always put them on my blog.


Day 1 - Morning.


Day 2 - Empty 
Nothing like having a cup of tea with a good friend...

Day 3 - On my Plate
I am sure the menu said "Weighless Approved:P"


Day 4 - Close up

Last month was such a frantic month with all the challenges that since Friday all I have done is sort out my studio, pack everything away in it's proper place, clear mails and so on. I am up to date with all my chores now and ready to start scrapping again.

DH and I are off to Cape Town on Friday to go an visit our son and work and some play too. So now I need to make sure that I am up to date with everything I have to do before I go. One of the things I need to do is to make a fathers day card for you know who ;)

I hope you all have a good Monday.



Friday, 1 June 2012

IT'S FRIDAY


Well INSM over at Let's Scrap is over and I managed to complete all but two of the challenges, well I did the second last one but as I was loading it up I re-read the specifications for the swap and I had not met them. How could I not have seen that I had to use one or more tutorials as well :) I think I was just tired and frantically trying to finish them all - anyway I did the page but it did not go into the draw which is ok by me.
This was the page. We had to use lime, hot pink, brown and turquoise for the colours, plus one or more of the featured tutorials - this paper was perfect as was the sketch because it allowed me to accentuate in the brown and to pull it all together I changed the photo into a dark sepia. I love this page and I am very happy with the way it turned out.


The reason I didn't finish all the challenges was because the girls and I decided to go to a spa for a day of pampering and relaxation. :)


It was so nice, started of with breakfast at Doppio Zero, then to the spa for a jacuzzi, mani and pedi,


Followed by a facial, which was really nice then lunch - an open sandwich platter and iced tea - all very healthy - and after lunch we had a full body massage then finished off with coffee at Fego's and home. It was such a fun day. I forget how much fun I have with those girls. So, THANK YOU girls.

This was the layout we were given for this weeks challenge...


I really wanted to use these photos from a pub in Ireland but they were all landscape so I had to adjust the layout accordingly.


The paper I used is Scenic Route and it was perfect for my photos. I also chose to only use the circles at the bottom and put my title at the top but I like how it turned out. It is a cheerful pages that totally reflects who I am.

And, finally I finished Glenda Viljoens layout from the convention and I love it. Not the same as the original but that is ok. This was a fun one to do with all the stamping and painting. The cogs were painted with Tim Holtz distress stains and then spritzed with Perfect Pearls and they are gorgeous.. I did this page for Simon because I don't often do pages for him, and he does love his car.



We have also found a new place to scrap, Frappe at Dainfern. Our first time scrapping there was on Thursday and Paola went out of her way to make us feel welcome, baking these gorgeous cupcakes.


Desi and Cher... let me tell you those cupcakes didn't last long ;D


Ilse and I - we had such a fun time there. I really really love these girls and I would scrap in a field with them.


Now that all the frantic scrapping is over I am going to take a break this weekend, I have printed out my challenges for June and will just work through them methodically.

Hope you all have a lovely, chilled weekend what ever you are doing.