Friday, 10 December 2010

Welcome to the blog hop...

Hey Twiddlers, thanks for hopping along with us.  Can you believe it's only two weeks until Christmas???  I know this year has gone by in a blur for me... how has your year been?  I just want to start by saying a few THANK YOUS... I have had a wonderful time so far being a member of the Twiddleybitz design team and want to say a HUGE thank you to Nic and Andrew for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful team and making me feel so appreciated... and thank you to Mel Forbes for thinking of me... and Tiff Sawyer for doing such an amazing job of running this awesome team... and thank you to all the other DT girls for making me feel so welcome... and to all of YOU for the support and lovely comments you leave in the gallery... but most of all for all the inspiring work YOU share in return.  I just love the generosity of spirit and sharing that goes on in the ning site... it's like Christmas all year round really! ;)

The first little project I want to share is the gifts I made for Dylan's Pre-Primary Teacher and Class Assistant... a little memory book with a photo and a small note or picture from each child... and just a few bits of Twiddleybitz to finish them off.  Again, very simple and last minute-ish but I love how they turned out! ;)  IF YOU WANT A CLOSER LOOK AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGES.

Next up are a few not-so-Christmasey LOs using some of the latest and greatest Twiddleybitz wonderfulness...

The new tea party stuff is gorgeous...  and suits the Graphic45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers... well, to a T! Sorry, couldn't resist that one. ;)  I have used Tim Holtz Crackle Paint in Old Paper on these and then lightly inked for a bit of definition.  I played with the photos in Picasa (a free download) which is a VERY basic photo organisation and editing programme... perfect for beginners and I highly recommend it for anyone just starting out in digital photography.

The new Twiddleybitz mushrooms and faeries are just delightful.  I have heat embossed the mushrooms (ZING Rouge and Brown Sugar) and also inked and misted the "gills" to give a softer texture.  Then I have also inked and misted the faeries and alphas.  The picket fence is done with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint and the fern leaf is done with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder. I have to say I was never a HUGE fan of the Twiddleybitz mirror shapes BUT I have changed my tune!  Now I LOVE them and cannot get enough... they look fabulous with rub ons applied, or stamped with StazOn Ink and now I want some alcohol inks to play with!  AND I am so getting some of these Once Upon a Springtime papers to go with these new faeries, mushrooms and the Twiddleybitz butterflies too! ;)

These pirate themed pieces (the new stuff is not up here yet) were also in the "not really my cup of tea" range when I very first saw them... only because I didn't really have any photos that were suitable... but look at me now... borrowing other peoples kids' photos and just like Oliver begging Nic for "more please"! ;)  I have 3 more unfinished pirate LOs on my desk as I type... so as they say, "Watch this space!"  ;)  I have heat embossed these using Crafty Notions Colourful Thoughts Jewel Enamels which Twiddleybitz  (the enamels are not up on the website so this link takes you to the colour sprays) wholesale in Australia... this stuff is AWESOME.  Really thick and lush... perfect for stamping into too.  I love the smell of Twiddleybitz with melted embossing powders!!!  Oh, but just for the record... if you are going to burn Kraft cardstock as I have done here... do it in a well ventilated area... NOT at your kitchen sink... or anywhere near a fire alarm!!!!!  Firstly,  it stinks to high heaven (I am sure the fumes gave me the subsequent headache I suffered) and yeah... the alarm monitoring company are definitely NOT scrapbookers... they just didn't understand!   Nuff said!  ;)

OK... so there is a taste of some of the newest releases... there are HEAPS more so keep an eye out and start asking your LSS if they have them in! ;)

Now, lets get Christmasey!  I am sure by now you have all heard my delightful tale of how NOT to enhance your Swirly Christmas Tree... but here is the lesson in what NOT to do for anyone who hasn't.  Go on, have a read and a laugh at my expense! ;) 


Here are a few super quick Christmas cards too...  misting and embossing + cardstock + patterned paper = too easy. ;)

... and some older, more rustic ones using corrugated cardboard, misting, stitching and fabric tags.


... the Merry Christmas ones are what I am talking about... I only have this photo from the Perth 2010 Craft Fair to share and I am sorry chicks I don't know whose these Happy Birthday ones are.


Here is my Christmas Wreath... LOTS of Creative Colour Spray, some embossing and crackle medium here.  I hated this so much to start with that I refused to give it to Mrs Twiddleybitz... it just looked like a really tacky dust collector... and VERY amateur-ish to start with... so took it home again and tweaked it some more... I still wasn't entirely happy with it but gave it back anyway... looking at this photo... I think I have changed my mind... I sort of like it now! ;)  Mmmmm... I am obviously NOT a "love at first sight" sorta girl hey?

You may have already seen this LO... but I am sharing again anyway just because it is Christmasey!  Again embossing and inking and lots of distressing...

For all you West Australian chicks I am teaching a very similar LO (it is designed especially to add your photo later if you want) at our Twiddleybitz Christmas Day at Tomorrow's Memories on Sunday, the 19th December, 2010.  It is also an Old Perth Road Market Day so come along and join in the fun and get all that last minute Christmas shopping done.  Look at that, I am a poet and I didn't even know it! ;)  I will be also doing some Twiddleybitz Christmas make and takes and demos (Nic has shown me how to make some super cute ear rings!) AND there is  25% off all Twiddleybitz products (and Crafty Notions embossing powders) on the day PLUS with every Twiddleybitz purchase your name goes into the draw to win a fabulous Twiddleybitz prize pack!  Hope you will come along and play... 

Now for the best part...  if you have read this far you deserve a chance to win something!!!! ;)  To be in the draw, leave a comment telling me what Christmas means to you and I will send one lucky hopper some Twiddley Christmas goodness to help put you in the festive mood! ;) 

OK...  I hope you are enjoying our blog hop and you are getting in the Christmas spirit... go pour yourself a drink, get that Father Christmas hat on and head on over to the AMAZINGLY TALENTED and UBER INSPIRATIONAL Jo Twiddley Kinder 's blog at 10pm AEDLST (that is Australian Eastern Day Light Savings Time and they are 3 hours ahead of us West Aussie, Wait Awhile people... for those of you who are time challenged like me!!!!!) for even more Twiddley fun!

May you all have a wonderful, creative, safe and magical festive season.... Merry Christmas to you all! ;)

twirling, twirling, twirling towards the end of 2010...

So, how organised are you for the silly season?  I have done a little bit of Christmas shopping... but this year we decided we were not going to spend a fortune.  As a child I remember maybe 2 or 3 gifts that I got BUT I DO remember all the fun we used to get up to.  I wanted to try give my children the same sorts of happy childhood memories I had, rather than another pile of plastic crap.  So we are doing the whole "getting back to the REAL spirit of Christmas" thing.  

We have already finished school.  Early yes... but I am one of those parents that LOVES school holidays... and (or maybe because) I have kids that know how to sleep in!  Bliss! ;)  So we have lots of NOTHING planned... getting bored teaches children how to entertain themselves I say! ;) There will be swimming lessons and a few family outings and catching up with extended family of course... and we have a few unfinished projects around the house we want to get completed... but mostly just a lot of relaxing.

We had our very own Little Elves Workshop to make the girls' classmates' gifts...  it was just a lolly pop and a computer printout... very quick, very simple... all done the morning before school started on their last day!  Did I tell you what a last minute sort if person I am???  Still, they had fun attaching the lolly pops and passing them out at school. ;)

I can't quite believe my baby girl is going to be a big Grade 1 kid next year!  I only hope she gets another teacher as wonderful as these two have been this year. Thanks Miss Comp and Mrs Fraser.

... and we have been to Carols by Candlelight.

... and had our twins playgroup Christmas party.

Even my darling husband played along and helped put up the tree! ;)

We are not devoutly religious but to me Christmas is about giving and being with family, spending time catching up with friends, taking time to enjoy each other's company and being aware of the blessings we have, home and hearth and all that mushy stuff that we don't really take time to indulge in enough.  Christmas is a time to stop and take stock of all that we have and to focus on all that is good.  

We believe in Father Christmas and the magic too... I was asked once how I had my (then 11 year old) son still "believing" in Santa... I was a bit puzzled by the question to be honest... and I said, "Don't YOU believe in Father Christmas?"  She looked at me weird... so I explained... Father Christmas (my kids call him Santa... but I will stick with Father Christmas!)... doesn't have to be a fat guy in a red suit that comes down the chimney... it's the IDEA of Father Christmas... the spirit of giving... the MAGIC, the wonder and all that wonderful stuff that we believe in... Do YOU still believe in Father Christmas?  I sure do and so does my (now almost 19 year old) son... even if I do get the "bah humbug" look when I am taking photos!!!! ;)

So this year I am taking each of my kids shopping on their own... just me and one of them at a time.  So it serves several purposes... they get some precious and rare alone time with Mum (we will see a movie, have lunch and shop at our leisure), they get to do their own Christmas shopping for all their brothers and sisters and Dad (thereby getting into the whole spirit of giving thing) and all the shopping gets done bit by bit instead of one mad dash by me on Christmas Eve (I am a notorious leave it to the last possible moment person!).  Their father then gets the dubious pleasure of taking them all shopping to get their mother one spectacular combined gift... yep, I've got it all figured out don't I????! hehehehe ;)

Pop back in an hour or so... we are having a Twiddleybitz blog hop this weekend.  Starting at the ning site.  Come along and join in the fun... you might even win a prize! ;)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

18 years...

of wedded bliss... plus 5 years before that (boy/girl next door, childhood sweethearts and all that jazz)... we have been together since we were 15.  Well, maybe it isn't ALWAYS blissful... but then I always prefered the roller to the coaster merry-go-round. ;)

We have had plenty of trials and tribulations along the way but thankfully more than outweighed with success and happiness... and the best five kids anyone could ever ask for.  Thank you for all that you are and all that you give... I love you.  Even if you can be a gigantic PITA sometimes... I love you.  Even when you drive me insane.... I love you.  Really and truly and madly and deeply.  I am so blessed to be sharing this journey of our lives with you, my life, my love, my forever and for always.  I love you.

This is my favourite wedding photo... the reason I am laughing like that is Aaron is saying something rude about the wine we are drinking.  Look at the look on his face.  It was 40° that day, I was sick with the 'flu and an awful sinus infection, Aaron was hung over from his buck's night (the night before if you don't mind!) and that wine tasted disgusting!  I will never forget it... but despite all that this photo captures the joy of our day perfectly.  Thanks to my wonderful cousin George who took our wedding photos.  It's kind of symbolic of our lives I reckon... no matter how bad things get and how crappy the wine tastes we still have each other and something to laugh about.  Just perfect. 

Joe Satriani's Always With Me Always With You was our song.  We took ages to find just the right one.  Then, sitting in our lounge room listen to the album (Surfing with the Alien) one day, Aaron said, "What about this one?"  Then we checked the track title... yep, there's another sign.  Perfect.


Bradley was 10 months old when we got married...  he is a dead ringer for the two little boys in this photo. We did everything back to front.  Moved in together and had a baby... then brought a house... then went on a honeymoon... then got married... he still owes me an engagement ring!   BUT seriously he asked me to marry him when we were 15... on one knee and all... I told him to get up and stop being stupid! ;)  He was obviously more in tune with his heart than I was at that age... but I am really glad it never put him off! ;)

Just look at us now... I love you more than ever my darling.  Here's to the next 18.

I hope you and yours are feeling as happy and fulfilled as I am today.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Hey you...  you wanna win a prize????

The girls at Tomorrow's Memories are feeling VERY generous.  They are getting in the Christmas spirit, putting on the red suit and playing Father Christmas with a FABULOUS give away... or THREE!!!!

Here's what you have to do...  pretty simple really! ;)

“Like” our Tomorrow's Memories Papercraft Specialists Facebook page to go in the draw to win 1 of 3 prizes.  The prizes consist of a class kit with instructions and product to complete the layout.  These three gorgeous kits have been designed by members of the Tomorrow’s Memories Design Team.

There will be three separate draws and each person will receive 1 of the kits available PLUS a $20 voucher to spend at Tomorrow’s Memories on Wednesday 29th December only when we will be open for the TM “Sale Day”... that means you have to be there on the day to use the voucher.

So “like” the page BEFORE the 22nd of December and you are in the running... simple as that!  The winners will be announced on Facebook on Thursday 23rd December.

Here's a look at the prize kits...  pretty spesh hey? ;)

Details of Prize Kits:
Class Kit No 1:
“Je T’ Adore”
Created by Evana Willis
Some Products Used: Collections, Bazzill, Dusty Attic, Green Tara, Liquid Pearls

Class Kit No 2:
“Mirror Mirror”
Created by Sonya Thair
Some Products Used: Girls Paperie, Dusty Attic Chipboard, Zva Bling, Carolees Creation Chipboard Alphas, Bazzill, Prima

Class Kit No 3:
“Something Beautiful”
Created by Mistra Hoolahan
Some Products Used: Shabby Green Door, American Craft, Dusty Attic, Prima, Petaloo

I hope you will join in... and please get in the spirit of giving and invite your friends along too!

Seasons Greetings to you and yours! ;)