Friday, July 22, 2011

Finally some layouts!

I’m totally loving the school holidays!  So far I’ve managed to have a ‘pyjama day’ where I brought my mattress out to the lounge and lay in front of the fire for an entire day reading my book… utter BLISS!

On Monday I met Esther in Tirau and we headed into Hamilton for a look at the scrapbook stores, art supply places and we also took Krystal out for lunch.  We found a great little pub for lunch and all ended up ordering steak sandwiches… it was a really lovely day so we sat outside while we ate, laughed and generally caught up on all the happenings in our lives.

pub lunch

After lunch we headed off for some more shopping before taking Krystal home… she is so proud of her little unit and it looked great!  Plus she’s had her grades in for the first semester and she’s doing REALLY well… so proud of her!

On Tuesday it was time to get scrapping… and we actually achieved quite a lot in between the talking!  Mikayla came for a visit as well and she’d just been to the big food event up in Auckland.  She’s loving doing her chef’s training and even considering opening her own restaurant one day.  So proud of her following her dreams! 

So now it’s time to show you a couple of the layouts I’ve been doing.

First up is a layout I did a couple of weeks ago for the Scrapbook Dreams July challenge.  The theme is Gratitude and I did a layout about ‘Paying it Forward’:

Pay it forward for the blog

The second challenge over at Scrapbook Dreams is a sketch challenge… I quite like working with sketches and here’s what I came up with:

This was a photo taken at Miss Samantha’s birthday party.  Last year Sammy was born on my 40th birthday so I’ve nicknamed us the ‘Birthday Buddies’… I’m not sure that she’ll like that when she grows up but for now she’s too little to complain!! LOL

So that’s it for now… got more projects coming soon!

Happy Scrapping, Shell xxx

Monday, July 4, 2011

Birthday Girls

Last Monday Miss Sammy and I had our birthdays… Sammy’s 1st and my 21st (again!!!) LOL

Yesterday we had Sammy’s birthday party and there was a real feel of celebration in the air.  Mum asked me if she could get a few photos of the birthday girls together (and when I say a ‘few’ she means about 20!)

Here’s my favourite photo taken yesterday… it was a ‘good hair’ day!Sammy

And I love how Sammy appears to be talking to me in this one:Sammy 2

In the past few weeks I’ve discovered the joy of baking again and I’ve been making quite a few cupcakes.  My nieces in particular love them so I thought I’d try something different for Sammy’s birthday and here are the results:cupcakes

The best part was when my niece Kody said to me: ‘Auntie, you are the best cupcake maker EVER!  Talk about making me feel special :)

Just before I left she asked me if next time I could make her some ‘ballerina’ cupcakes and could I make Jessy some ‘monster’ ones… looks like I’m going to be making cupcakes for a while!