Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Plettenberg Bay - Photo post

Hallo there.  Please explain to me why time always, always fly when you are on vacation?  I wish I could just press the pause button for a while.  I believe that is part of the reason why I have become a serial just feels like a way to capture those ordinary life moments.  I am just sharing a couple of photos that Kobus and I have taken during the past few days. can be sure that this early bird didn't catch the worm.  My darling man is the early riser and on the first few days here, his internal clock was still set on our work routine.

 The start of a perfect day.

 Our modern technological children ;-P

 The lagoon side of the hotel.

 Assuming the position.

 The Harkerville Saturday market where Kobus and I spent the morning last Saturday.  I will do a seperate blogpost on this lovely farmers market soon.

 In line for the Full Monty breakfast.  The biggest breakfast I have ever eaten.

 Early morning beach walk.

 The entertainment at the hotel is focused on keeping the children occupied so that the parents can have a good time too.

 Kobus playing paparazzi.

 We meet up with these friends from Sweizer Reneke each year at this time.

 I love this man...and love to see him so rested.

 The most beautiful place in the world.

 No place makes me feel so at peace.

 One of us together.

 Some of the beautiful scenes at Old Nick's village.

 Beautiful iris.

 Look at the size of that Arum lily.

 Shopping in the quaint little shops at Old Nick's village.

This beautiful shot was captured by Kobus.

Thank you for coming along and sitting a while.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

1st DAY - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

Hi there.  The September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I want to share a 2 pager I made for the Theme challenge.  This month's themes are either Halloween, fall or school.  I decided to scrap some of the sweetest photos of Lukas' first day in Grade 1.  Here is my page:

Supply list:   Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, American Craft; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: Pink Paislee, Scenic Route; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Brads: My Minds Eye, Echo Park; Flair: Adri du Preez; Buttons: Teresa Collins; Stickers: Doodle Bug; Die cuts: Jillibean Soup; Embroidery Floss: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink: Colorbox, Ranger Distress Ink.

I have had this "alphabet paper in my stash for many years and they were perfect as a backdrop to the photos.  I cut the blocks, inked them and stuck them down in a grid pattern.

 I just love the effect of the stitching between the blocks.

 I cut the typewriter from another piece of patterned papers and a few buttons and a few of Adri's pretty flairs and the page was complete.

The owl stickers are by Doodle bugs and the little ticket buttons are from a Teresa Collins button pack.  The words on the little black board in Lukas' hands says:  "Mamma don't cry."

Please go and check out all the awesome pages in this months issue of CREATE and be inspired.  


Thursday, October 1, 2015

When life slows down...

...and you breathe real deep.

We are on holiday (vacation).  Two weeks of bliss.  I must confess the last week before our departure was hectic.  The wage envelopes had to be filled for three weeks in advance and I had to make sure that each and every payment due is scheduled and VAT and PAYE returns done.  Sometimes I actually wonder whether all the stress that lead up to a holiday is worth it.

But then we arrive at our destination...and it is as if this huge weight rolls off my shoulders...and my body goes into a totally different mode to which it is accustomed.  This is really, really my happy place.  A place where my body, mind and soul is restored and refreshed.  No stress...the biggest decision we have to make is where to go for our next meal...not too shabby :-P

Our routine quickly becomes set.  We sleep until we alarm clocks and no grandchildren banging on the door for Ouma and Oupa to wake up.  Kobus is a morning person which means that I am spoiled with coffee in bed.  We then go for a long walk on the beach.  The first morning we walked the nine kilometers from the hotel to Robberg and back.  We then decide where we want to go for a late breakfast.

On warm days we soak up the sun on the lawn of the hotel where there is also entertainment for children as well as grown ups.  Yesterday was overcast and cold and we woke up late.  So we decided to drive through to George and visit a colleague of Kobus from his Pick 'n Pay days.   Round about 4 o'clock the heavens opened up and the rain came down in buckets.  I was instantly chilled to the bone and we were off to search for a Cape Union Mart.  I needed a fleece jacket and I knew that they would be the only ones to stock it at this time of the year.  We packed for summer and the cold was unexpected and unwelcome.

I have brought enough reading material with me.  Reading is something I seldom find the time for and when we are on holiday I read until way past my bedtime and sleep late the next day.  A book is also a welcome escape if your husband is an ardent Rugby fan and he "needs" to watch all the World Cup matches.  I finished my first book "Smacked" an autobiography by Melinda Ferguson within the first day here.  It is a book that gives a lot of insight into the psyche of a drug addict and hopefully I will be more patient with the people in our care in the future.

I am now reading the latest Corban Addison book "The tears of dark water".  It is a gripping story and Kobus frequently moan at me to "put of the light" when he wants to sleep or to "get my nose out of the book" when he wants attention.  Today he is on the golf course and I can read as much as I want.  I might get time to read a few blogs too.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#Moments - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

Hi there.  Last week the September issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine went live.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I would like to share with you the 2 pager I made for the Product challenge this month.  The challenge was to use a stamp in an innovative way on a traditional layout.

I used photos taken last year when we visited the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical Gardens in Cape Town.  I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch.

Product list:  Patterned paper:  Kaisercraft (Antique Bazaar)
; Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter stickers: American Craft; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Mind Eye; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel dots: Prima; Die cuts: Kaisercraft; Rubons: Kaisercraft; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Archival Ink, Mediums: Neocolor II crayons; Stamp:  Marion Smith; Punch: Martha Stewart.

Mini Tutorial:

1.  Attach the flower stamp to an acrylic block and dab well with archival ink.
2.  Place watercolour paper onto stamping foam before stamping the image onto the paper.
3.  Shade and colour the image with Neocolor II watercolor crayons and blend with wet brush.  If colour is to bright tone it down by applying a layer of gesso.
4.  Fussy cut around the image and embellish the center of the flower with pearls.
5.  Use as an embellishment on your layout.

 I used some pieces from the embellishment pack and a rub on quote from Kaisercraft.

 Another stamped and cut out flower embellished with pearls.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to using stamps, die cuts in traditional scrapbooking.  Please go and check out all the awesome layouts made by the design team.  I am sure that you will find loads of inspiration in this month's magazine.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Happy - Blue Fern Studios

I played with the Blue Fern Studios sketch today.  Their chipboard is just the best and I have more than just a slight addiction to them.  Svetlana Austin of Colorful Memories are the only supplier of Blue Fern Studio's products in South Africa.  I recently purchased some of their patterned papers and they are thick and strong for those who love to you mixed media. I have been nursing a headache for more than a week now and my poor head would not handle anything today I just kept it simple and used no mixed media.

Here is my page for this month's challenge.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studios (Paisley and Vine); Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios (Techno Scape & Happy title); Wood veneer: Prima, Studio Calico; Flower: Websters; Triangle studs: Crate paper; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye; Hot air balloon: Websters Papers; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut stain), Dew Drop (Coffee Bean)

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I cut the hot air balloon from a very old sheet of Websters (Your life Beautiful).  The gears are by Prima and I inked it with Coffee Bean ink.

 I cut the Blue Fern Studios Techno scape in two and inked it with Coffee Bean Ink.

 The diamonds was fussy cut from a sheet of Paisley and Vine paper.  The cute little robot flair is by Adri du Preez.

 The flower has also been part of my stash for a long time.  It is a Websters flower and the lollipop shape works well on boy pages.  The little triangle studs are by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.

 I cut the red "love this" block from the cards side of the patterned papers and added some Studio Calico veneer arrows to it.

Thank you for visiting my little place in cyber space and thank you for the ♥

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Our visits to Katberg

We were blessed to be able to spend a weekend in Katberg at the beginning of August.  It was our honeymoon destination many moons ago and the first time we visit the area again after 36 years of marriage.  I want to document what the Katberg Hotel is like now because in the past I had written how Kobus and I used to go dancing at the Minetti Hotel in Seaview...and I was shocked to learn that no photos of the Minetti in its Hey Day still exist today.

When I booked the only option was to rent one of these golf villa's.
The golf villas are on the golf estate a stone's throw away from the original Katberg Hotel.

The beautiful Katberg mountains.

We didn't know just how bad the dirt road to the estate would be...if we knew we would have travelled in the bakkie...all the winter rain caused a lot of erosion of the road.

The second day there we walked to the hotel and found it abandoned.

We stayed in one of these rooms 36 odd years ago.

The path leading to reception and the dining hall.

The empty pool and pool area.

Yup...I was there too.

Kobus and old man's marbels ;-)

A baby donkey next to the it's woolly coat.

I drove the golf cart while Kobus played.

A stunning golf course.

This old bridge was also along the road...very high.

This last weekend it was a repeat performance.  This time the Bravehearts Golf members booked for a night and two games and the ladies were fortunate to be invited along.

Sitting outside in stunning weather.  Have I told you that we have had a very wet, grey and cold winter.  Just sitting and feeling the sun on my skin was medicine for my soul.

Spring has sprung in this part of the world and beautiful blossoms were plentiful.

I had breakfast with these two ladies.

The pool area at the Spa.

More pretty blossoms.

The three of us visited the hotel grounds again and this time it was in full bloom.

Azaleas in every colour imaginable.

The fresh green leaves of the oak trees are so bright they hurt the eyes.

Beautiful Camellia.


The gardens of the hotel are in full bloom but the buildings are still abandoned.  According to the managers of the golf estate a lot of money needs to be spend on getting the hotel back to it's former glory.  Unfortunately the road to the hotel has deteriorated so badly that occupancy has dropped and employing 80 staff members when only 20% of the hotel is occupied just does not make economical sense.  The hotel will only be opened again if the local government agrees to upgrade and maintain the road to the hotel.  Sad but true.  If you have a 4x4 vehicle however I can highly recommend this destination.  It is beautiful, quiet and peaceful.  Medicine for the soul if you live in a city.