Wednesday, October 31, 2007


well the unthinkable has happened and I have been tagged - how funny! thanks Manon!

7 random things about me?

1. I'm currently reading "Children of a toxic harvest" by Eve Hillary - a biography about a woman who has an environmental illness. Very disturbing and a life changing read.

2. I grew up on farms (dairy, grapes, oranges, cattle) and my parents were self sufficient - we made our own cheese, butter, bread, grew our own vegies, meat, honey etc. Have you ever harvested honey - its a funny experience! We had an irigation channel on our property in WA that ran all the way past the school and on hot days in summer my sister and I used to jump in at the top (after school) and float all the way down the channel to home and then eat grapes til we got to the house. Dad would freak!

3. re No. 2 above, suffice to say we had a long drop toilet until I was 16 when I left home.

4. I always wanted to be a seamstress and almost had an opportunity to go to Paris. I still want to go to a fashion show in Milan or Paris one day, and I'll fill my suitcase with embellishments while I'm there. I was a seamstress for a few weeks with Hickory making lingerie, and I even prepared the garments for a fashion show but the dragon I worked for wouldn't let me watch it.

5. My step mum has a fabric shop and I want to work in it but she's in Tassie and I'm in Canberra.

6. I worked for 11 years for Foster's Group (Carlton and United) and we had the most amazing bar in the head office that went for miles - but guess who doesn't drink?!! How happy was my husband to get free beer every month?! I once had a special beer made for me for xmas by the brewers - it later became a very successful women's beer. I clicked over 10 years with Foster's on September 11, 2001. Needless to say I don't have that certificate on my wall.

7. My first date with John was Sandown (V8 supercars) and my second date with John was Bathurst (V8 supercars). I love them. I asked Peter Brock's wife, Beverly for her autograph and she signed it "peter brock" - what the?! I also had Russell Ingalls sign my boob. (it was covered by my t-shirt though)

so there we go. That's me for you. I tag Katie.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted too soon

more cards - all stamps from katie!


more stuff

more cards - now I just have to concentrate on the calendar x 13 swap I'm in.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Christmas Cards

Love my 5 in 1 template that I received from Katie and love it! Look what my christmas Cards look like this year..I'm going to send letters to my family instead of just a card, so I'll pop the letter inside these 'cards'.


an Album

Manon came over on Friday night and I pulled out the cricut and the Bind-It-All. This is an album that I created.. not quite finished as I have to journal in it, but almost there. Thanks Manon!


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Design Team Member in the making!

this is Sarah proudly displaying her first journal. She used a StampinUp craft journal and turned it into a gorgeous travel journal of her trip to visit us in Canberra. Great colour scheme Sarah!
love you

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


And this is for Aunty Jenny. A great shot of Jack's cousin William. William is about 6 months younger and a great mate of Jack's - they play wonderfully together. But let me just say that behind those gorgeous curls is an amazing mind. He can do jigsaw puzzles by himself and I saw him putting a 100 piece puzzle together. And I'm told he's a whizz at slot car racing.


And this is my beautiful niece, Sarah. She's pretty and sweet and thoughtful and kind and she loves SCRAPBOOKING! YAY!!!! We spent 5 hours one day (while her brother was at the AIS) creating paper art. It's not 'cut and paste' - it's paper art, Dave!
I took her to visit Lana at Keep It Simply Stamping and she was overwhelmed! We went home with lots of goodies (and I mean LOTS). Lana was pretty excited to see Sarah starting out on the creation journey that she was extremely generous and gave her a fantastic toolbox (about 5 stories high, with pull out boxes and handy clips to keep it all together) full of free goodies. So grateful to Lana for her encouragement. And Sarah went home with a StampinUp catalogue - oh my goodness - I'm going to have to save up for her christmas present!

David Fry

Remember that name won't you - David Fry - because one day you'll see him at the Olympics! He's ambitious and pretty determined! Imagine his horror to find that upon visiting his Aunty Madge he realised that we didn't have a home gym, just a trampoline and a tractor or two. To keep 'fit' he started lifting Jack and Sarah and eventually got desparate and lifted me! That's 90kg me! Amazing. BTW his sport is soccer and he's an athlete with the Tasmania Institute of Sport in rowing. He went for a tour around the AIS and had a chat/tour with Mitch Punch around the AIS and saw them training. It was a really big ask of Mitch to do that for me but he did and David was so excited to meet him and to learn from him. SO EXCITED. STOKED. PUMPED. Now he can see his goal and I have no doubt that he'll get there.

These pictures are our feeble attempt to help David keep fit!



my sister Tracy and her children David (little Dave)and Sarah, travelled from Hobart and my brother David (Big Dave)and his wife Kellie, and their little boy William, travelled 6 hours from Melbourne to come to Jack's birthday party. Thanks for spending time with us! Really appreciated.
This is a photo of the kids - Jack, William and Sarah, and the other little girl is Aliyah (she lives on our farm)


Jack's Birthday Party

I've finally downloaded the photos from Jack's birthday party at the farm. This is how happy Jack was to have his party and go for pony rides. Thanks Stephanie!!

BLOGGER isn't working at the moment so I'll try later - heaps of artwork to follow.