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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WOYWW - I actually don't know whats there.

Oh my, its Wednesday again, time for WOYWW. This week there are a lot of things going on on my desk. I am part of the SA group of ladies in the Supreme Scrap Tournament. So I am frantically trying to finish the challenges and post them before the deadline on Friday. Hence the makeshift photo booth on my desk
Everything else has been shoved to the sides. I am too afraid to enlarge the photo to see what is there. LOL
Julia asked last time and the answer is NOOOOO!!! That is so not my bicycle in the background. Its my DD's She has moved back home since she got back from playing polo in Holland and that is the only thing I would allow in my playroom. 
Thought I would show you a quick photo of my first challenge makes. To read all about it, see my previous post.
I apologise for neglecting all of you last week, I hope to do a lot better this week.
Those of you that want to, please say a healing prayer for my DD, Anke, she is finally having a knee op for a very old injury and hopes to be fit and ready to play water polo at the Common Wealth Games. (Any good places to stay in Aberdeen, that is not going to cost my life savings? I would love to go and watch her play and see a little bit of Scotland)
Have a great week everybody, see you soon!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Supreme Scrap tournament - Card challenge

I decided to be brave and take the plunge. I entered an international Scrap Tournament. I know, I know... I don't have the time. I am crazy busy at work. BUT  if I don't make the time to be creative I am going to go mad, so this way I am forced to make time to play.
The first challenge is up at Supreme Scrap Tournament and this is what it said:
Make a ATC card where Home is the theme. (ATC size = 2.5x3.5 inches or 64x89 mm)
It can be anything you want. It can be a welcome home card, a card about moving, a card with any quote on being/feeling at home or use the shape of a house.

- There has to be a title/quote/wish on the card

- You can not use any spray inks or flowers

- You can not use any kind of cutting machine

- You can not use any image with a house on it (that is a challenge huh!!!
My head was spinning. No flowers? No die cutting machine!???  Was that even possible? Could it be done?
I was playing around with a few ideas. What was 'home' to me? South Africa, obviously, but how do you portray that on such a small scale? Eventually I decided to make two completely different ATC's and to let my friends decide which one to enter. The answer was almost unanimous, they all loved the door. I created the door with a score board and swiping ink over the scored cardstock. This gives the illusion of a wooden door. The windows were cut out and recycled plastic used as window panes. The doorknob is a very old brass brad that I have had for years. I cut it with my trusty Tim scissors to form a doorknob.

The quote is one that my dad often used: Home is not always 4 walls, sometimes it is the wide open spaces. I think that is very true about our beloved country. The door actually opens to reveal a typical South African sunset in the Karoo, with a windmill.

Here is the other ATC that did not make the cut. It is a typical South African shack that you will find at any squatter camp in South Africa. I made the shack with corrugated paper and drew and coloured the pumpkins with my beloved Copic markers, The heart is a South African flag.
I had fun with this one, here's hoping I make it through to the next round.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WOYWW - a whole lot of tags.

Good morning to all the lovely people that come to visit from WOYWW (if that confuses you, go to Julia and all will become clear, just BEWARE, it is very addictive when you join WOYWW, but the most fun you will ever have). I am back at school and we hit the ground running again. No peace for the wicked they say.
My desk? A bigger mess than I thought. My beautiful granddaughter came for a sleepover last night and while I was at parents meeting at school, grandpa allowed her full reign in my play room, so this is what I found in my room this morning, little bits of paper love everywhere.
What did I do this week you ask? well,  apart from schoolwork, I did have time to print out all the tags from Just 4 Fun Crafts. She kindly posts a colour swatch for Copic markers every single day! I printed them on photo paper, cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo and laminated them. Then I put them all on rings according to colour families. A LOT of work, but now I have them all together and will add as we go along.
Have an awesome day everybody, I will be back after school to visit.