Monday, 31 December 2007
We drove from the UK to Germany yesterday (Saturday) to stay with our friends Martin, Jill and Luke for the New Years celebrations. The Germans are quite big on fireworks and Oliver loves them so he will be excited about that.
We had a really good run with no traffic to hold us up except for checking in at the UK port. To cut a long story short, we missed our train and we ended up not leaving the UK until 12:20pm. Not the start we wanted but it turned out ok. Oliver had a sleep in the car and I closed my eyes for a while as both Oliver and I have been ill AGAIN !!!
We are both feeling better now but today Oliver seems to be losing his voice. The two men went out last night and didn't come home until after 4am so everyone has gone to bed for a sleep so what a great time to update my blog while it is nice and quiet.
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Here are the presents that Santa left and his special stocking from Disneyland Paris.
THIS is the stash Oliver got for Christmas. Not all of this is from us but also from family and friends. Oliver liked opening the toy gifts but when it came to the clothes I bought him - he was not interested !! He so needed clothes as he is out growing the ones he has.
This is his favourite toy. It is almost as tall as him !! LOL It is a Thomas the Tank Engine Sodor Mining Co.
Here is the little fella eating his yorshire pudding. He ate nothing else for lunch.
He had a great day and enjoyed playing with his toys.
Monday, 24 December 2007
I opened the blinds this morning to fog. Okay, I thought, it will clear. No, the fog stayed around all day.
Not a nice day to go outside and being a Sunday, I am not going anywhere near the shops. I will have to go tomorrow as Oliver hasn't had his photo with Santa yet. It suddenly dawned on me on Wednesday night that I have run out of days for the photo. Oliver spends the day at his grand parents on Thursday's and Friday's he is at nursery. The weekend was out due to it being the last weekend before Christmas so the photo will have to be tomorrow - Christmas Eve !! Wish me luck.
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Monday, 17 December 2007
Oliver is eating again today - he has been unwell all week with a very bad cold and I think he also had tonsillitis which is why he didn't want to eat - not even his tomato soup. He ever so graciously gave me his cold so I have also been unwell since Wednesday. What a pair we make !!
Only 9 more sleeps until Santa visits Oliver !! LOL
Friday, 14 December 2007
As you can see, our tree is only small but next year we will have a decent sized tree.
You can see the star much better in this shot but I was taking a photo of the candles.
This is the view out our front window. The photos are l-r: Nanny with Oliver and Karen, Steve with baby Hannah (who is now 2).
These photos are l-r: Janine, Sheldon and their twin boys, Matthew & Dylan then there is Poppy with Oliver.
I took this photo without the flash as you can see the lights better. The next photo is a close up of each light. This is the arch way leading into our kitchen.
It's Santa !!
I really like this vine as it has lights and it looks really pretty - I just wish it was a bit longer.
Monday, 10 December 2007
With Oliver's birthday being the 1st December, I don't feel that I should start Christmas until after that - at least while he is so young and doesn't understand, maybe when he is older it won't bother him but I will leave it up to him - it is his special day after all !!
Look at those BIG BLUE eyes !! Aren't they adorable. He has his Scooby Doo pj's on too !
Are we all counting down 'til Christmas??
Thursday, 6 December 2007
Rob had his work drinks last night and stayed at a local hotel near to his work. As he was drinking and it would take an hour to get home, it was better he stay at the hotel. His mate and co-worker Simon stayed at the same hotel.
Oliver asked his daddy when he called if he was 'drunk' yet (with my promtping of course !! LOL), Rob laughed and said not yet !!
No photos today - someone is not in the best of moods but he will be after a nap (fingers crossed) !!
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Of course it helped that I posted my cards on here too but don't forget that I have another blog for all my craft related projects Krafty Kylie. Go and check it out.
Sunday, 2 December 2007
This is Neill & Kath visiting us for Oliver's birthday. Neill was our best man at our wedding. They had another reason for seeing us.....they are expecting a baby !!! OMG !! CONGRATULATIONS GUYS !!!
For those of you that have seen Oliver's Thomas the Tank Engine collection, it is ALL Neill & Kath's fault !! Truly. They gave him his first set for last years birthday.
Oliver loves Neill throwing him up into the air - he didn't stop laughing.
He woke up to find his presents waiting for him in the lounge room.
This is what he got from Rob and I and amongst them is a present from the Watson's in Germany. Thanks Jill, Martin & Luke !!
Does anyone think that Oliver likes Thoms The Tank Engine??? LOL. As well as Scooby Doo !!
This is Oliver in action at his Manic Monsters party with his friends. There were 7 other kids to help him celebrate. He loved it.
As I took his original cake to nursery yesterday, I had to go out and buy a second one but I couldn't get a "Pirate" cake so he got a different Scooby cake instead.
Everybody meet Pirate Oliver !! He is saying 'cheese' with the biggest grin ever. LOL.
When asked if he had a good day, he said "Oh yes!"
Saturday, 1 December 2007
He was so excited as the cake had Scooby Doo on it.
Here he is trying to blow out the candles (without success) with Vanessa his key carer helping him.
My little boy turns 3 tomorrow. He understands what is happening and when you ask how old he is turning, he will tell you FREE - he hasn't quite got the "th" happening so they come out as "f". Bless him!
Thursday, 29 November 2007
It has turned cold here. Rob had to turn the heating up and we have to scrape the ice off the cars in the morning. The past two mornings have been okay, with no ice - I wonder if we will get snow this year.
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Here is my little Oliver playing with is Thomas the Tank Engine set. He put the track together himself, then when pulling the trains along the track he talks to them and tells a story just like his Thomas DVD's. Rob and I sit there some nights looking at each other amazed by what Oliver has said. He maybe only turning 3 on the 1st December but he is like a little old man.
Here is my next project. I got the idea from Step by Step Projects - Decorative Journals by Donna Downey. I bought it from amazon UK.
Donna uses a 3 ring binder in her book but I thought a 4 ring binder was better for me. I decided to use my Paper Salon paper with Bazzil blue cardstock. The letters are chipboard which I have coloured with SU! Chocolate Chip and the other 'home' in blue was done on the PC. I will use this on the spine of the folder.
I will post the finished project later today (hopefully) with a tutorial. It is pretty simple but I did not do it EXACTLY the same as Donna did - I didn't have all the products she used handy.
Thought I would tease you a little with my Christmas cards. LOL. Well, what I used to make them !!
The finished card is inside the envelope and if you look closely, you can see the red glitter !!
You will have to wait until Christmas to see the finished project but most of you that read my blog will get one in the post so you will be able to see it in person. Hope you like it !!
Monday, 19 November 2007
Hope you have got your cards well under way too.
Friday, 16 November 2007
I contacted SU! to see what the process was. I knew that I would have to re-sign in Australia but I wanted to know if I had to purchase both starter kits. SU! UK came back to me saying that I DID have to purchase the starter kit in Australia even though I would have the UK kit - both kits are identical apart from the stamps (but you can always change the sets). My problem with this is that I would have double the tools when I don't really need 2 sets. It was suggested that I wait and sign up in Australia. Oh well, I will still purchase SU! products here (at least they will be delivered to my door).
Thursday, 15 November 2007
I made this 'Treat Box' today while Oliver was having a nap.
You can find the tutorial on Beate's blog or on SCS and it was pretty easy to make. I should have filled it up with CHOCOLATES but I know that I would have wanted to eat them ALL!! LOL
I also used Papertey Ink's Beautiful Blooms stamp set which you can see on the outside of the box.
I am really pleased with my effort and pretty much made it up as I went along.
Supplies: Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms). Ink: SU! (Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Old Olive). Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey (Urban Couture). Accessories: Yellow Satin Ribbin, Yellow Eyelets.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
I decided to jazz up the box in the previous post as it was just toooooo boring for me.
I used my corner rounder punch on the handle and also the top of the box. I also added the organza ribbon.
Hope you like it.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
For those of you that don't know or have never heard of Papertrey Ink's Nichole Heady - where have you been!! Check out her blog HERE. I highly recommend you do. She is a very talented lady!!
Anyway, this project is from Nichole's blog. I made this box very plain with no added embelishments. The card on the right is my practice sheet (another Nichole Heady creation).
Supplies: Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms). Ink: SU! (Creamy Caramel, Really Rust), Adirondak (Cranberry). Paper: Bazzill cardstock. Accessories: Gold Brad.
Supplies: Stamps: Crafter's Companion. Ink: Versafine (Black). Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey (Fruitcake). Accessories: Red Organza Ribbon, Rectangle Nestabilities, White Gel Pen.
Monday, 12 November 2007
Rob likes the top one best and so do I.
I forgot to add my red gem stones before I took this photo to the corners of the sentiment piece. I may not use black ink for the snow flakes on the top of the card but use versamark and red glittler - a girl can never go without her glittler and I haven't used mine in a while. I will have to have a play today.
Ignore the eyelet at the top left corner, I was trying something and didn't like it but I cannot take out the eyelet now it has been set. The white border around the 'merry chrismas' sentiment is a white gel pen. I wanted to use my Papertrey Ink Borders & Corners stamp but they weren't big enough - I could have played a bit more but as it was after 11pm, I was too tired.
Let me know what you think of my designs. I am open to any suggestions.
Supplies: Stamps: Crafter's Companion, Stampendous - Perfectly Clear Stamps (Retro Border). Ink: Versafine (Black). Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey (Fruitcake). Accessories: Red Organza Ribbon, Red Gem Stones, White Gel Pen, Square Nestabilities.
Now that winter is drawing near (it is 8 degrees today), the heating has been on since we arrived home, it is warm enough inside the house for Oliver to be wearing no trousers.
I did actually start his training last weekend but he was ill with a bad cold during the week and wasn't in the mood to wear his under pants.
He has a potty in the lounge room and upstairs he has a seat for the big toilet. Yesterday was a really good day - he had no accidents at all!!! I was told that the biggest problem I would have is trying to get Oliver to do a poo in the potty. He so wanted to do one last night he asked for his nappy but I managed to bribe him with a new train if he went on the potty. After about 5 minutes, he said "I'm doing it, mummy". We praised him and gave him big hugs and kisses. I was really so proud of him and he was pleased with himself too!!
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
I got the sketch of this card from the Australian SU! catalogue but changed a couple of things.
Supplies: Stamps: SU! Pretty Princess. Ink: Black Stazon, So Saffron, Pink Passion, Lavender lace, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Barley Banana, Elegant Eggplant. Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, White. Accessories: Papermania Ribbon Collection (Pink), White Gel Pen.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Saturday, 3 November 2007
In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow upthe Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain's most notorious traitor.
After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, James did not turn out to be more tolerant than Elizabeth and a number of young men, 13 to be exact, decided that violent action was the answer.
A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby. Catesby felt that violent action was warranted. Indeed, the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics. Today these conspirators would be known as extremists, or terrorists.
To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.
But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack, including some people who even fought for more rights for Catholics. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th. Was the letter real?
The warning letter reached the King, and the King's forces made plans to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed.
It's unclear if the conspirators would ever have been able to pull off their plan to blow up the Parliament even if they had not been betrayed. Some have suggested that the gunpowder itself was so old as to be useless. Since Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators got caught before trying to ignite the powder, we'll never know for certain.
Even for the period which was notoriously unstable, the Gunpowder Plot struck a very profound chord for the people of England. In fact, even today, the reigning monarch only enters the Parliament once a year, on what is called "the State Opening of Parliament". Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.
On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.
Some of the English have been known to wonder, in a tongue in cheek kind of way, whether they are celebrating Fawkes' execution or honoring his attempt to do away with the government.
Bonfire Night is tomorrow and this will be my first one, so I will post some photos afterwards.
When I picked him up, all the girls said he has been no trouble all day. During the day the kids iced a cookie and put smarties on top so after eating all his dinner, he ate his cookie too.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
How cute is this !!!!!
I went out today and found this outfit (the only one for Oliver's size) and when I asked him if he wanted to be a pumpkin, he said 'yes'. It didn't last too long and he soon wanted to take it off. Oh well.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Anyway, this is my little fun card for Halloween. We don't really celebrate it here in the UK but I am sure that the children in our street will be out and about tonight.
As I do not have any Halloween stamps (I might have to buy some from Papertrey Ink), I got on the computer and used some from clipart.
My bat is flying but you can not see it from the top photo.
Hope you have a great Halloween (if you celebrate it).
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Supplies: Stamps: SU! Bundle of Joy, Wash DayJumbo Wheel, Hero Arts (It's a Girl). Ink: Pink Passion, Cartain Celery. Paper: SU! Pretty in Pink, Certain Celery, Blush Blossom. Accessories: Pale Pink ribbon from local craft shop.