Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WOYWW - I am still here.

I know I have been MIA for two weeks, but I did have a good reason, I promise. It is 'silly season' at school. We had the orientation of the new grade 8's, new parents welcome, parents evenings at all three schools (my leaders had to be at all 3 to look after kids) and I am still trying to do all my preparation for teaching and finish all marking in good time. (so far so good), but that meant that there has been very little time for crafting.
You DO NOT want to see my desk (upturned couch and every other flat surface I could find) I would be arrested for public indecency if I did show you, so I will just show you the results. My new Copics and stamps arrived from America and even though I did not really have time, I had to have a little play, didn't I? The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, the ribbon and lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the papers are Bazzil and dp from Upikit, a local company.

I glitterified Tilda's dress and wings with Stickles and took a close up pic, hope you can see it, it is really gorgeous IRL. The images were coloured with my Copics.

Also made an easel card with another new Tilda. Dp is from Pebbles Inc.

I have to run back to school (another parents evening where the leaders are working! Pre-Grade this time), but before I go I want to leave you with a very big RAK request.

A very dear friend and fellow teacher, Cindy Geier, was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year. She had her first chemo treatment today. She is the mother of two teenage girls and dealing with this like an absolute lady. As a committed Christian, she is hanging on to her faith for strength and suppot, but I know that the WOYWWers are a very special group of people, so I feel I can ask you this favour. Won't you please send her a card or note of encouragement? If you would like to, please e-mail me at: and I will let you have her address.

In the mean time, please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Hope you all have a very fruitful and crafty week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WOYWW - What a day it was!

Nothing crafty to show today, in fact, there is not even a desk for WOYWW, but I did not want to let you down, so I loaded some more holiday pics for you. School started today and I have been so busy preparing for the new year that crafting had to take a back seat. If you came here to see my desk, then go to Julia's blog and I am sure you will find lots of desks to peek at.
On this photo you will see my illusive third child, the only boy and the one that HATES cameras. I am very lucky to have caught him this time. In front of him you will see a very empty plate. That plate contained our dinner and let me tell you, what a dinner that was! I am so very proud of my beautiful boy (I know, all mothers are proud of their children) This boy works for one of the best landscape architects in South Africa. He absolutely loves his job and even though he has on occasion worked for 48 hours straight, he never complains. When there is a crisis, he is the one they call, any time - day or night. For the last 3 years he has been earning very little money and finally decided that he needed to spread his wings and apply for another job. Just before his company closed for the year he was called in by the CEO and given a 100percent increase in salary! He was told that they were aware of how much he meant to the company and would like to reward him accordingly. In this economic time I think this is really a question of being rewarded for doing the right thing with passion.

He was so excited he actually cried a bit. When we went on holiday he said that he wanted to take his dad and me out to a very special dinner to thank us for supporting him and believing in him. The view you see here is from our table at 'Die Walskipper" a restaurant in Jeffreys Bay. It is on the beach, you can't wear shoes when you go there, because the tables are literally ON the beach.

It was my first time eating Oysters, not something I would do every day, but very interesting.

Look at that seafood platter! Enough to drool over. It was fantastically well prepared and so much that I thought they would have to get an ambulance to get me to the car. LOL

The drinks were served in tin mugs! Glass could be lethal if it broke and pieces were left in the sand.
Today was a typical firsrt day of the year at school - it felt about a week long! Getting to know new girls and getting all the admin out of the way. On top of that DH's car broke down which meant that I had to get up at 4h30 this morning to take him to work before school and drive back to fetch him this afternoon in peak hour traffic (the things we do for love!)

Have a great week everybody, I hope to have something way more interesting and crafty to show you next time.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

WOYWW - Something crafty at last!

Good morning people! Things are slowly but surely getting back to normal in my house. I hope you all had a fantastic festive season and a wonderful New Years. May this coming year have a lot of happy news for all the WOYWWers. My craftroom is still a hot mess and acts as a store room for DD's furniture. I just could not wait to start working after my holiday, so as you can see. no actual desk for me, rather the top of and upturned couch, the top of a microwave and every other flat (or semi-flat ) surface I can find to work on

I have wanted to make a side step card for a long time and when I saw these fabulous new scenes from La La Land crafts I just had to use one. The Cupid Luca was so cute I could not resist him and I wanted to use both.

So sorry about the quality of the photo, I don't know what happened there. Papers are all Bazzil and the dp is from a freebie paperstack from a magazine. The images were all coloured with my beloved Copics (I was having withdrawel symptoms I used them so long ago LOL)

This cute little Tilda is one I could not resist when I went to visit Cariena at her shop in Jeffrey's Bay. She just jumped into my hand. Papers are from the new range from FabScraps. The trim is from my new monthly collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I found this lace in my mom's old sewing box. It must be about 40 years old and it reminded me of this cute Tilda that I had in my stash, so she just had to come out and play.

Have a fantastic day and week everybody and don't forget to stop by Julia at to see everybody else's work spaces. I am sure they will be a lot more tidy than mine!