Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WOYWW! - So much to do, so little time!

My desk looks like an episode from hoarders! Everything is just piled up and nothing seems to be getting done. I have been so sick from Sunday that I really could not even manage the simplest of tasks. The result is that everything is just piling up and I am getting more stressed, which is not good for my health to start with. 
On my desk you will see a box full of candles that need to be personalised asap. It is for the new prefects at our school. Somewhere there you will also see a pile of certificates that need to be written in calligraphy and some other works in progress that are patiently waiting for me to finish them.
 Here is a close up of the last bits of craftiness before my breathing got really bad. The coloured image for a new release over at Digistamps4Joy that should be on a card before Sunday and some new stamps I was playing with.
Hopefully I will be well enough soon to start, in the meantime, I am sitting in bed checking everybody's blogs that I havent had time to do either. Join us at the world's largest blog hop with the queen Julia. I am so happy to see that she is back at the helm today after her recent op. Still praying for a full and swift recovery.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Digistamps4Joy - New release

I am so late this morning! Sorry girls. In my defense, I only got home after two last night. Our Drummies took part in Nationals this week and were crowned Champion of Champions for 2016 last night and we just had to celebrate! I am so proud of these girls, you would swear they were my own kids.
Well, on to the fabulous new release over at Digistamps4Joy. This little beauty by Jen Leeflang is called Pixie Pip and isn't he just absolutely gorgeous? 
Of course he was coloured with my beloved Copics as usual. I decided to add another mushroom that I gave some extra dimension with glitter and glaze. The papers are from mt stash and the cute felt mushroom is from my local habby store. ( I bought it ages ago because it was so cute and just knew that I would use it some day!)

Why don't you hop on over to the rest of the DT to see all there wonderful creations with this weeks release?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Digistamps4Joy - Blog hop!

Digistamps4Joy bloghop - Join in the fun!
From today we are holding a Blog Hop running from 7 to 14 July at Digistamps4Joy. It would be great fun if you could join in and have a look at all the great cards the Design Team have made. 
We all made 'easel' cards embellished with either glitter or sequins. One follower of this main Digistamps4Joy challenge blog will win a digistamp, so make sure you are a follower here! If you visit each of the links of the DT blog participants, and leave a comment on each blog, you may be the lucky person to win a Digistamps4Joy digistamp from each one
By leaving a comment on each of the participating blogs, you can earn an extra digi here on the main blog. The digi you can win is the one that the DT used on her card. So anyone who leaves a comment on the participating blogs AND 'follows' this challenge blogDigistamps4Joy can win a digi from any of the Design Team blogs. So, you can earn a total of 5 digi’s! Isn’t that a cool prize? 
You should have come to me from Sammi Williams and when you leave here, go back to the Main blog

I have chosen the wonderful Country singer because she reminds me of my granddaughter who is a gifted musician. She was coloured with my beloved Copics and the rose and guitar strings were glitterified (Is that even a word?) with a pen bought from GinaK a long time ago. Try as I may, I just could not get that to show up in the photo!
Here is the finished card. The dp is a freebie from a magazine and the lace, ribbon and charm came from my local habby store I just love how this turned out.

If you get lost alonfg the way just go back to the main blog and start from there again.
Thank You for visiting, Don't forget to leave a comment to stand a chance to win this beautiful image.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WOYWW - It looks better, I promise!

Good morning all you lovely people from WOYWW. I was hanging my head in utter shame when I walked into my playroom this morning and decided to quickly take a bath and get warm before I take a picture for you. While I was in the bath, my trusty helper decided that it was time to clean and wash the table cloths. That is why it looks like this today. It looked a lot worse before she started, i promise! She just made piles of stuff and put it on every flat surface she could find! The result is, I can not find anything, so ... message recieved, i will clean this mess before I start on a new project. LOL

 See what i mean? Piles of stash on every flat surface!
 This is what I decided. I only have a few days of school holidays left, so ... I will clean later, right now, I need to play and make some more mess.

Thank you to all of you who have left such wonderful encouraging messages last time. My problem at school is not really resolved, but I am confident that if I continue loving my girls, it will resolve itself somehow. In the end, love conquers all!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Digistamps4Joy - Its new release Sunday!

Good morning all. It is freezing cold here. I am sitting here typing away and shivering like a leaf. Even the parrot was just saying "Brrrr, dis koud!" (Brrrr,, its cold!) I had to smile, because if even the parrot feels the cold, it has to be very cold. The dogs are all snuggling in their kennels. When I went out, they just opened one eye and wagged their tails, no running up to me to greet this morning.
To warm our hearts, there is a fantastic new release over at Digistamps4Joy. Some very beautiful new digis from Jen and Margie. Some great Fathers day images too. Hop on over and have a look. 
The one I have used this time is called Cindi and friend. I just love that little mouse.
I coloured her with my beloved Copics as usual. The Dp is from a local company, some small left over pieces I have been hoarding for years. See, those hoarded pieces do get used eventually! The ribbon is from my stash and that gorgeous lace is from Penny Picks.
If you would like to be blown away by some very talented ladies' take on the new release, why don't you go to the blog and see just how amazing these new digi's are?
Stay warm. I am off to make myself some hot chocolate. See you all soon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WOYWW - Some random thoughts.

Good afternoon everybody from WOYWW and everybody else that comes to visit. I have been MIA again for a few weeks. School seems to be taking over and swallowing up my whole life lately.
I decided to join in the fun this week because I really need a little distraction and inspiration. And WOYWW is my go to place when I want to be inspired

As you can see, my desk is sporting very little other than the mid afternoon sun.
 I did manage some colouring. I made some good luck bookmarks for the girls in my mentor group. Exams started yesterday and they will be writing my subject tomorrow, so after tomorrow I will be buried under exam papers.
I also tried my hand at some crocheting. Not bad for a first attempt I think. I might even wear it this winter.

Personal ramblings to follow, no need to carry on reading if you just came for a snoop at the desk.

These last few weeks have truly been some of the hardest in my entire teaching career of 35+ years. My integrity has been questioned, my entire career has been hanging by a thread because of some really nasty and unfounded accusations. This led me to start questioning myself, started me doubting that what I have done over the years had any value what so ever.
I have thought about it long and hard, I have prayed about it even longer and harder and I have now come to the conclusion that I am a teacher to the core of my being, I LOVE my job and I love my girls. I have NEVER intentionally hurt any child that has been in my class. I WILL NOT BE BULLIED!!!!
I will no longer question my own integrity. Whoever this person or group of people are, I will not be bullied into doing anything for the wrong reason. I will continue to love my girls - ALL of my girls, even if it means that I am loving my worst enemy. Because I believe that love is never wasted and I believe that the sad reality of our country is that adults are teaching our children that they have the right to destroy anything and anybody that does no bow down to their needs and their wants. I will continue to tell them that their rights come with responsibility and that it is in their power to turn our weeping, beloved country around and make it the wonderful country that it could and should be.

OK Rant over.
On the way to school this morning, I suddenly thought of our wonderful leader, Julia who has had major surgery. I am praying for a swift and full recovery and will remain forever grateful that I found her and this wonderful group.

Lat but not least. This afternoon I received a phone call from my 5 year old grandson, Liam, asking me if I would be his Angel in Heaven when I die. LOL Of course I said that it would be my pleasure! After my conversation with him, his mom explained that he insisted in calling me and when he put the phone down, he wanted to know from her how long she thought he would have to wait for me to be his Angel? When she said she thought and hoped that it would still be a long time, he wanted to know if it would at least be before his birthday!? (At the end of November!) He really would like to have an Angel in Heaven before then. You just have to love the innocence of children! Hopefully I get to be his Angel an earth for many many more birthdays!

Have a great day everybody.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Digitalstamps4joy DT - New release

Good morning everybody. It is a somber, rainy day over here. I hate winter rains. We are supposed to be living in a summer rainfall area, but NOOOO.... first no rain the whole summer and now that it is starting to become cold, the rains start!  OK Whine over. 
At least there is some sunshine in this gloomy day, there is a new release over at Digistamps4joy and there are some real beauties today! The one I have used is called Daisy frame I loved it so much that I decided to do a boxed set of cards. 
 The image was coloured with my beloved Copics and then I added some flat back pearls. It took foe ever, but it looks so good it was worth the effort! The dp is from my stash and so was the cardstock and ribbon.
 This is the box. You will see that I used two different sized pearls.
 The sentiment stamp is from GinaK and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
The box fits six cards with envelopes. A great gift for an amazing friens.