Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Friends that feed my soul


Do you have friends who gather you?
The ones that allows you to be just who you are...no masks...no pretense?
The ones who aren't afraid to speak into your life.
The ones who "get" you.
The ones that want to see you grow into your destiny and purpose.
The ones that can gather all the pieces when you fall apart and give them back to you in the right order?

This has been something that I have thought about a lot lately.  I turned 54 today.  I am at a stage of my life where I don't want to waste any more time on one sided relationships.  I want to nourish the friendships with friends that makes deposits into my life...and I need to cut off those who only make withdrawals.  I have always been too kind, too scared of hurting feelings...too considerate.

Over the years I have come to learn that true friendship comes from two sides and that often friendship don't stand the test of time.  When we were called into full time ministry we lost all our friends.  The work we were doing had no prestige and I think that some of our friends felt ashamed of what we were doing with our lives and who we were spending most of our time with.  Sad...but a fact.  Maybe they though poverty was contagious and they might just catch it if they associate with us.

I have also learned that the friendships that feed the soul need time, attention and intention.  You have to make time for those all important friendship dates.  Just a reminder...my word for this year is MOMENTS.  I am planning moments with the friends that feed my soul.  Some of my friends I have met "in the computer" and strangely we have a connection...it is my intention to make time to meet some of those friends in this coming year and to continue nurturing the ones who already feed my soul.

Do you have friends who gathers the pieces of you?

xxx


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delightful - CREATE magazine

Hi Scrappy Friends, the CREATE magazine for January is available for download.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.   Today I would like to share the second of five pages that was published in this edition.  This page was done for the "product" assignment.  The direction was to use a die-cut and alter it in an innovative way.


Supply list:  Patterned papers: My Minds Eye; Cardstock: American Craft; Brads, enamel dots, flair, die cuts: My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Mists: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Other: PanPastels.


A brief step-by-step.  I cut the heart die with the Silhouette Cameo.  I then traced the heart onto my background white cardstock. I blended three colours of PanPastels ie: white, permanent red tint and magenta to create an ombre effect behind the die cut. I set the pastels with fixative. (very important).

I attached the heart to the background and did some hand stitching around the heart.

I added little pearls to some of the cut out hearts and then added my photo cluster.

Please remember to go and check out the magazine...it is free!!! This month it is made up of a whopping 303 pages of awesome inspiration.

xxx

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Precious GIFT of friendship - CSI152

Hi there...today I am playing along with Color Story Inspiration's case file 152.  This colour combination was really a challenge to me and I ended up making backgrounds and then tearing it up..so frustrating.  In the end I decided to go with the Prima Epiphany collection because the papers are very neutral and one can just add colour to compliment the pretty papers.  Here is the page I made:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Prima Epiphany; Cardstock: American Craft; Flowers: Prima Epiphany; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Alpha letters: American Craft; Ribbon and bling: Prima; Dimensional sticker: Prima; Stickpin: Prima; Other: Studio 490 texture paste, acrylic paint, gesso, Lindy Stamp Gang embossing powder.

Here is the case file:
Here is how I solved the case:

The Scheme: All there.

Evidence: Mesh, polka dots, jewels, pearls, paint, watercolor

Testimony: I used the word "gift" in my title and my journaling is about the precious gift of friendship. "Shayne and I met 'in the computer' in 2008 through blogging. We made every effort to meet and today we are sisters by choice. Through the years she has been an amazing friend who I could depend on for support. Thank you my friend...your friendship means more than words can say."

I mixed texture paste with teal and lime paint and applied it to the background through a stencil.  The teal flower was sprayed with Lindy's Stamp gang mist to get the colour just right.

The ribbon and bling border has been in my stash for a long time.  If feels good to "use it up".

Thank you for visiting my little blog.

xoxo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Collecting those moments...


I have really slowed down life a little by savouring each moment.  On Friday night we had a double date with Kobus Jr and Lache.

We first visited Charlie's Pizza and Pasta in Summerstrand for dinner.  Seriously...the best thin based  Pizza in town and the restaurant has a lovely vibe too.  Then we were off to the movies to watch Taken 3 with Liam Neeson in the lead.  A lovely evening spent with some of my favourite people.

Sunday we drove through to Sundays River Mouth and joined Kobus, Lache, Bianca, Riaan and the children for a day of fun in the sun.

We pitched a gazebo...

 ...and played with Kobus and Lache's new toy.

 River mud is the best Ouma.

 ...it makes you wish you were small again.

 They were smothered in blocker before they were allowed to play in the sun.

 Kobus taking Leane for a spin. 

 Dewan was chattering non stop while on his wild ride.

 Isn't he lovely?

 Love this girl.

 He woke up tired and was a tad miserable...

 ...and stuck on his normal perch on Oupa's lap.

 K and I taking a spin.

 Very thrilling.

 The children enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

 You can't imagine how much pleasure you can get out of water and mud.

 Leane built a Olaf...yes from mud, not from snow ;-)


 Olaf has feathers and a nik nak chip for a nose.

 Bianca and Riaan.

 This girl is so allergic to having her picture taking.

Lache wanted me to have a ride with her...she is a wild one and we went up the river at 96km per hour...on our way back we heard a beeping noise and we were convinced it was the parks board that was after us for speeding...but it was just the engine alarm that was warning us that we were over doing it ;-)
Kobus with his oldest two.

Another fun filled weekend of saying yes and enjoying the moments.  I think I am beginning to love this.

Did you make the most of your weekend?

xx

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Best Day - CREATE magazine

Hi Scrappy Friends, the CREATE magazine for January is available for download.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE. Today I am sharing my third of five layouts that was published in this edition.  The Sketch challenge was just too good to pass up.  I loved the sketch (you can download it at the above links).  I used some of the photos I took on an outing with my precious little ones.


Supply list:  Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye; Cardstock: American Craft; Stickers; My Minds Eye; Veneers: Studio Calico; Brads: My Minds Eye, Doodlebug; Buttons: My Minds Eye; 3 Chipboard: Pink Paislee; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

 I kept close to the sketch design...changing it from a winter to a summer theme.

 I added some wooden star veneers as a sprinkling across both pages.

 I normally struggle with "little" photos but with this layout it was easy because I used some larger photos too.

I added some stitching for added interest and layering.

Be sure to check out this awesome magazine and be inspired...and now I am off to create for our next assignments...have a lovely day.

xx

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Those unplanned MOMENTS...

                           

The thing about living spontaneously is that you have to fight the urge to just say "no" before you think it through. Our friends Cliffie and Reynette have a holiday home in Mossel Bay and when they invited us to go and spend the weekend with them...my initial thought was "no...it is too far".  Then I remembered my decision to be more spontaneous and my no changed into a YES.  Three hours later we were on our way...and it was the start of a lovely weekend full of laughter, lots of talking and lots of eating.


We quickly realised why Mossel Bay is such a popular summer holiday destination.  The weather was awesome.

 Early on Saturday morning the guys spent some time in the jacuzzi before breakfast.

 They are our best friends and have always been loving and supportive.

 My darling and I.

 We are so much more than just friends.  She counsels at the Mission and most of the people believe that we are real life sisters.

 Capturing moments walking along the beach.

 These two are so similar that sometimes it is scary.  They both love to tease and had us in stitches regularly over the weekend.

 Mossel Bay is really very beautiful.  These pools are at the Point.

 The lighthouse with the Cape St Blaize cave that dates back to Middle stone age.

 A real Afrikaans advert ;-P
 Yup...K made us walk all the way up past the cave to the lighthouse.

 From the cave you get a beautiful view of the point and the pools that seem to be very popular.

 German tourists asked us to take a photo of them...so we asked them to take on of us.

 Then we moved on to Kaai 4.  What an amazing restaurant.  The floor is sea sand and it is so informal that most people just arrive barefoot from the beach.

 "Roosterkoek"...flat bread roasted over hot coals form the basis of nearly all their meals.

 Yummy lamb "potjie"...my choice of the day...note the enamel plates :-)

We ended spending most of the afternoon here.

The Sunday afternoon we had coffee and cake at Delfino's before driving back to Port Elizabeth.

Needless to say...this little man was very happy to see us and told us that he was sleeping in our suitcase.  Probably scared that we would leave him behind again.

When last have you done something without planning it?

xoxo