Friday, 30 May 2008

Just call me a lab rat...

... I thrive under pressure!  LOL Give me a deadline and I will put it off until the very last minute but I DID get this one finished in time... phew!!

I have a diary... or a journal... or maybe a art journal... I don't know what you'd call it... but it's my "Dark Diary"... for all my not so happy thoughts / feelings / opinion / attitudes.   It's for me... but hey, I am an exhibitionist and I don't mind sharing... even the UGLY stuff.  When DD#2 saw this altered photo of me (and YES that is my own eye) she sort of hid behind my back and said, "You look scary Mummy!" in a terrified little voice.  LOL  Too cute!

Anyway, as soon as I heard the John Butler song "Good Reason" I felt like screaming... "but hey, I DO have a good reason to think my life is so hard and I feel like shit right now... so Mr Butler YOU my friend can stick it right where it fits... yeah, you know where I'm talking... where the sun don't shine mate!"  

So I thought I'd take the opportunity for a bit of Scrap therapy and get my feelings down on paper.  The bottom line of my journalling reads... "Quite frankly Mr Butler, I DON'T give a damn!"  as in I really couldn't give a rat's fat arse if I'm bugging you... I feel like feeling sorry for myself.

I DO realise being negative is a rather futile pursuit, hence the "trying not to be so one eyed" title.  But yeah, ... I'm indulging in a bit of self pity.  Don't worry though I'm not totally depressed and I know we will get through this... but just for the time being at least... I'm going to feel a little sorry for us... we are broken hearted and I am allowed to have a whinge about it I reckon.

Oh, the Queen of Spades... I am always telling everyone else to look at the good things they have and not to focus on the negatives in their lives...  and I like to think I "call a spade a spade".  So here's to telling it like it is!  Can you see the irony here? LOL ;)

I really wanted to get some REAL cogs to put on this but couldn't be stuffed (mmmm... there's a recurring theme here I think!) driving 1/2 an hour to Bunnings to find some... mind you after all the searching on the 'net and cutting them out, it probably would have been quicker to jump in the car and drive there! 

OK, sorry for the essay...

My three items of inspiration are:
  1. the little one-eyed dude on the unicycle
  2. the lyrics
  3. the cogs 
  4. the black scrolls
  5. the back ground colour scheme
  6. the industrial theme
OK, so maybe that is MORE than 3! LOL

It's a bit hard to see in the pic but I have "commented" on the lyrics... along the lines of:

"I went, I stepped outside, I saw what's shaking... and I don't like the real world".

Thanks for the inspiration Renae.  The Aussie Scrap Music Blog ROCKS... looking forward to next month chickie.

Just editing to say... mmmm... that pic SUCKS... I shrunk it down too much... way too small to see any of the journalling.  I will be back later to fix it... gotta go get DD from school.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Dee you HAVE been Jacked... and I'd like mine White with 1!

OMG!  I can hardly believe it... I am doing what I said I'd do... no "the dog ate my homework" today... I have actually managed to make a plan and stick to it! LOL

So here is my Dee Jack for Aussie Scrapjacked ... 

The May guidelines @ White with 1 were:
  1. White (dominant colour)
  2. Mum
  3. Pink
So here's mine...

I think I have the criteria covered... and I actually quite like this little number.  I found that little girl button in a craft shop... isn't she just too sweet.

OK... so now I am off to get started on my Aussie Scrap Music John Butler Trio LO... wish me luck... I have a great idea... just hope it translates to the page as spectacularly as I imagine it! LOL 

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Daryl Jam and a chance of rain...

Wow... the weeks seem to be flying by... everything seems to be blending into a bit of a blur at the moment.  I can't believe it is already 7 weeks ago that Daryl left us... but it seems like a life time ago all at the same time.  We are all doing ok... ok... not great... but ok... which is probably great considering IYKWIM?  
Anyway, enough of the doom and gloom... like I said I am going to make myself smile... smiling now... it is starting to help a little. ;)  One cute thing that did make me smile was something DD#1 said... when my sister and her family were staying down here (during the chemo treatment) they stayed in the house next door... when they left to go on their trip home they left a whole heap of groceries... one item being strawberry jam, Daryl's favourite... we don't usually have it but the other day DD asked for jam on her toast.  I got out the orange jam that my Mum makes... and she said "No Mum... the other one... the red one... Daryl's jam."  It caught me... but made me smile... so hence forth the red jam shall be known as "Daryl Jam".  I thought it was cute... and a great way to always keep him in our day to day conversations... which I think is really important... so it is natural to talk about him... not walking on egg shells every time someone mentions his name.  If that makes any sense at all! LOL
Now, sit down, you may be shocked... but YES I have done some LOs recently! ;)
Most of them were for my last lot of DT work for Scrap World. :(   Mel has been having all manner of problems with the site but they should be up on the blog soon.  I can't share those but I have finished LOs for the White with 1 May Challenge AND I have Scrapjacked Dee.  I promise I will post them here tomorrow.
I am still tossing up whether to have a go at SM Masters.  The tasks look pretty good I thought... even the OTP (remember I am OTP-aphobic) looks do-able... the deadline is mid-July...mmmmmm.... maybe, could be... perhaps... if the inspiration hits me... we'll see.
I am more inclined to have a go at the For Keeps Creative Paper (that's the new name) Awards for Excellence and Elite Team Competition I think... sounds more my thing... just 5 LOs.  Another maybe at this stage... but that's not due until 31st August... so more likely anyway.
I have put my name down for Vivian Bonder's Art Journal Classes @ Scraptivate... I have been wanting to do this for AGES but haven't been able to organise babysitting... but she is going to do the entire series of classes over one weekend at the end of August... so I'M IN! CAN'T WAIT! 
Oh, I got a parcel from Nic Pomeroy the other day... being the complete paper piggy that I am (and just because I was missing it from my collection) I asked on the SM forum if anyone knew where I could get a particular piece of love Elsie, Roxy pp.  A couple of very lovely ladies offered me pieces and then Nic said she had a whole sheet so she sent it it to me... just like that... along with a HSP Clearly Heavy Overlay.  Nic you are a gem... mwah to you chickie.   Don't cha just LOVE that about this craft... when someone is willing to share like that?  I know I do.
Well, I'd better get to bed... and I will, come rain, hail or shine, post pics of those LOs tomorrow.