Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WOYWW A scrapping frenzie.

Good morning all. It is voting day here in South Africa and we have a voting station across theroad from our house. People are lining up already, it's great to live here, you just wait till there are nomore lines and then you go. 
My desk looks like a war zone on this beautiful morning. It's hard to believe that I actually cleaned up after every LO I did this week. School starts tomorrow after the Easter holidays, so no more play days for me. I joined in the fun at Let's Scrap and used to national Scrap day sketches to make a small dent in all DD's hundreds of water polo photo's of World Champs last year and Common Wealth last month.
Not sure about this one. I like things ordered and in straight lines. LOL
One that will eventually be framed and displayed in my house somewhere. Her medal and South Africa's very first water polo medal EVER!!! So proud.
The SA team! beautiful girls!
Some great action shots.
Last but not least, the photo's from Worl Champs in Barcelona last year. The right hand side strip of photo's are a booklet that reveals more action shots and the journaling with some of the quotes from the FINA press releases after every match.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WOYWW - holidays are fun.

Good morning all. I am sitting in the des waiting rooms with DD1, waiting for her to have a follow up mammogram. Praying the lump in her breast has not grown. Last check up was officially 'nothing to worry about' till the dr phoned last week and asked for a new mammogram 'just to be sure'  
Did have time before we left to take a photo of my desk. Disgraceful, I know. How can one person create such a mess in such a short time?  In my defence, it's been holidays and I did have a lot of fun.
The colored stamps you saw last week made it onto some cards. I have decorated two shirts for the grandies with some rhinestones. They loved it so much, they grabbed the shirts before I could getsome photo's.  
I also started on the mountain of water polo photo's. This is the first page of DD3 playing at the World Champs last year in Barcelona. I also painted a box frame for this LO and it is now proudly displayed in the house. Makes it worth all the hard work when you get a ' Oh, thank you, thank you mommy' when they see it for the first time doesn't it?
Have an amazing week, see you all soon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WOYWW Back in crafty mood!

Good morning fellow WOYWW deskers. It is a lovely morning here in South Africa. I am on holiday and finally back in my craft room. It felt so good to colour for the first time in a long while. My desk is a mess, that's why you only get to see a very small part of it this morning. You will see my scissors (some of them), the photo of DD playing in Common wealth Champs and the papers I am thinking of using for the LO I want to make. You will also spot some of the happy mail that arrived yesterday. A big order of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I also had some time to colour, no time to put them on cards yet, but here they are, my latest tries. You can tell I haven't been colouring for a while.
Have a great day everybody, I hope to visit all of you this week.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WOYWW - better late than never

Good evening all of you! It is finally school holidays over here and I have just returned from our annual Leadership Camp for the grade 11 girls. So the photo you see here, really was my work desk this week. How lucky can a girl get? I get to spend a week in the bush with the most amazing girls in the whole world. They never cease to amaze me, the sheer guts and determination they show during this camp makes me cry every year.
 While I was in the bush, my youngest went to Aberdeen in Scotland to play water polo in the Common Wealth Championships. Can you see the pride in that selfie with her bronze medal? First time ever that South Africa won a water polo medal!!
 Here she is, in the pool, playing her favourite sport with all her heart. I am so proud of her and the rest of the team.
Hopefully I will be more creative in the next few weeks and have a little more time to pay al the WOYWWers a visit. Have an awesome week everybody.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Abandoned but not forgotten.

My desk, fellow deskers, are as abandoned as it looks. life has been hectic and crafting has taken a back seat for the moment. School is busy, life is crazy - in short, I am spinning. A quick recap of the last month, sees my DD returning from Holland and moving back home, she got a job teaching at my school (her alma mater), she made the SA Water polo team that are leaving for Aberdeen next week, her American friend came and is living with us for the moment, the two of them got Hi-jacked in our driveway last week and I am trying to keep it all together, just hanging in by my fingertips.

The desk, as you can see is all but bare, not much happening except the box card and box of tags made for my dear friend, the school's swimming coach's 60th birthday. Had fun playing with my Silhouette with this one.
Thought I would show you what my actual 'work desk' looks like at the moment. I was watching a video by an Afrikaans singer, Joe Niemandt, about fear and got the idea to let the girls write their biggest fears (rational and irrational) down on Post-it notes. I then mark them and we then had a big ritual where we symbolically burn all our fears. They loved the whole exercise and I even got a few thank yous and a few tears were shed. Special privilege to teach at a girls school where we are able to share our fears with each other. This is the notice board before we burn the fears. Makes me happy, just looking at it. The heading was added by the girls, gotta love that they love making the class look good too. 

I am off to the National Water polo tournament in Durban on Friday, can't wait to just sit and enjoy watching my child play. Have a great week everybody.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WOYWW 245 - A new angle

Good morning to all the good people from WOYWW and all other friends that have come to visit. I thought I would take the photo of my desk from a different angle today, just so that you don't notice that nothing much has been happening in my play room. Still just a mess of left over bits and pieces from previous projects.
Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes last week for DD's surgery. Apart from the fact that there was no bed for her when she got to the hospital, all went really well. Turns out it was a piece of the cartlidge (so don't know how to spell that!) that had broken off years ago and got stuck in the joint. They removed it and ground the bone down where it had actually started to make a dent, and that was that. She should be back in the water to train by the end of this week and doing boot camp by next week.
Have a fantastic week, see you all later.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Supreme Scrap Challenge - 1000 steps from home.

Scrapbooking: 1000 steps from homeMake a double layout or double mixed media project that shows where your live.
But it all has to be within 1000 steps from your home!!!!
For example you could make photos of your favorite tree, bus stop, house as long it is within 1000 steps of your home!

- You can not use any spray inks!
- You will have to use at least 3 photos on your project (scrapbooking and mixed media!!)
- You will have to add a visible journaling of at least 50 words

That was quite a challenge, especially because my Mojo seemed to fly out the door, just as the Challenge was posted on the Supreme Scrapbooking Challenge.
I went for a walk around my neighbourhood and took photo's of the strangest things. Potholes and street signs, Old rusted cars in somebody's yard, the shop, the hospital, schools, dogs and kids. I really think my neighbours are now convinced that I am crazy. LOL
Still no Mojo and time was running out! Then I heard the song 'You are my Sunshine' on the radio and suddenly it all fell into place.
I live in sunny South Africa (even though we have had rain for the past week), my suburb is called Sunward Park, I live in Sonskyn Road (Sunshine Road in Afrikaans), the schools and almost every other place around my house has some sort of reference to the sun and... I would NEVER survive without the sun.
Mr. Mojo was back and just in the nick of time too! I spent the next few hours planning and cutting out the sun rays and clouds and the title and playing with the photo's taken on my walk. I love the result and I really hope you do too