Monday, April 23, 2007

Freestyle was fab!

I have just had the most awesome-ist weekend! The freestyle tutors were absolutely fantastic. I loved every one of them and each class I did was the 'best yet.' I think I was most impressed by Tia - she was just so neat.

These photos are of Emily Falconbridge and her Altered State class. We altered a photo by wetting it, sanding it, painting it and bleaching it oh and then doodling on it. Very messy but very fun. The white/orangey dots on the photo are from the bleach. This was a class I was helping in so I didn't have the black and white photos everyone else was using. Just happened to have these printed for a different class so thought I'd give it a go. It's not finished yet. The writing was supposed to be about yourself, I think - didn't get a chance to write down the journaling prompts she gave out. So last night I was just playing and wrote down some of my impressions of freestyle 07 and the different tutors. If you can read it - it makes a good summary of the weekend!

Helping in the classes was a lot of fun and kept me totally busy - a good thing. But I now have a whole bunch of projects half started cause I didn't get as much time to work on stuff as the others in the class. (Not that many people actually got stuff finished.)

I will need to go through the photos I took and do a longer post later when I get back from seeing Dad in Dunedin.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Going for the Mum of the Year title.

I sent Rebekah to school with a container of Easter egg biscuits.

And Alexander went to school with this gift for his teacher who is leaving to have her first baby.

Rebekah had a shared lunch. She wanted to take a packet of chippies, I decided to decorate biscuits with her. She made the icing and decorated them mostly by herself ... with the help of her siblings ... I showed her how to make them look like Easter eggs and then let her go for it. I had to let go of that desire to see them all done perfectly! And after school, when I asked what everyone else brought she said 'I'm glad I didn't bring chippies, most people brought chippies.'

It's probably a little early for sneak peeks, but I've used the April kit from SE to cover this tin for Alexanders teacher. He chose the doggy to go in it ... all kids need a doggy right? You'll see more of that later in the month.

It's Easter weekend and the plan is to relax, maybe do a little cleaning of the house - inside and out, maybe a little scrapbooking, a little chocolate eating, I suppose I should do a little exercise too. Hope you all have a fantastic Easter weekend and you keep safe.

Something to think about:

In 1361, a monk named Father Thomas Rocliffe made small, spicy cakes stamped with the sign of the cross to be given to the poor.

Ever since then, Hot Cross Buns have been a very special Easter symbol. Here is what they mean:

• The bread reminds us of Jesus' last meal with his disciples and how they broke bread together.
• The raisins are dried grapes and can be a reminder of the cup of wine Jesus and his disciples shared.
• The cross on top is a reminder of Jesus' death on a cross and a symbol of God's love for and desire for justice among all people.
• The spices used in the dough recall the spices the women brought to the tomb with which they planned to anoint Jesus' body.
• The buns are round and remind us of the stone that was rolled away from the tomb.

Monday, April 02, 2007


Well, I had a go at lifting a freestyle layout. Just laughing now at my inability to actually freestyle. Even a layout that looks 'freestyle' is planned and thought out as carefully as any other. Gotta practice a bit more, loosen up and just freestyle it!

Here's the layout I lifted, by Rhonna Farrer.

And here's my take on it.

As you can see I wasn't even very adventurous with the lift - more of a copy really using my own papers and photo. But it was fun, I love the brightness of the Rouge De Garance papers. Oh and I'm not sure on the 'rules' of using quotes - the vast oceans thing is sort of part of a quote that I changed by Isaac Newton. But he didn't actually say it like that so I didn't write his name under it...

Oh and thanks for all the support and comments with the weight loss thing - of course you were all right and I lost 1.1kg this week! Next week will be a different story with all the chocolate eggs and hot cross buns around at the moment!