Sunday, 30 September 2007
If you are wondering where I am in this photo, well I am behind the camera.
Here I am with Rob and Oliver.
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Our first day at Disnelyland Paris and it rains !! We spent the first few hours by ourselves as Ruth, Henry, Fred & Daisy were still on their way. They arrived around lunch time so we all went off to eat together and then hit the parks again.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet, current car) Bill Omega
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream, favorite cookie) Vanilla Chocolate Monty
3. YOUR FLY “GUY/GIRL” NAME: (first initial first name, first 3 letters last name) K Swa
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Pink Dog
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Anne Bankstown
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters last name, first 2 letters first name) SwaKy
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink and add” the”) The Brown Rose
8. NASCAR NAME: (first names of your grandfathers) Phillip George
9. STRIPPER NAME: (favorite perfume, favorite candy) Pleasure Rasberries
10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s and father’s middle names) Joan Frederick.
That was fun. Now to tag some new people. OK I tag Karen, Anna, Cheryl.
Thursday, 27 September 2007
I will post some photos when we get back as I don't know if the Disney hotel has internet access.
I think I am more excited than Oliver!!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Sunday, 16 September 2007
We went to our friend's (Roger & Wendy) wedding in Manchester today. Wow, what a lovely day it was too. The sun was shining and the temperature was nice. This picture is not the best but we were sitting at a bad angle as you can hardly see Roger. Wendy looked absolutely lovely as did her bridemaid's. They were very grateful we drove all the way from London to attend their wedding and it was no trouble at all!!
Here are the boys together, Oliver drawing with the pencil set that was a gift for the kiddies to keep them occupied. Oliver be-friended Sophie who is Wendy's little neice and while Wendy's father was speaking, both kids went up to him and as Oliver likes to copy everyone, he repeated what Sophie was saying which was 'Grandad'. Everybody was laughing. The following morning while having breakfast in the hotel, Wendy's parents came up to us and I apologised about the interuption and they were saying how funny it was.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Friday's DCM Challenge is:
This week I dare you to use a Word as the main focal point to your card. It can be a name, a greeting or just a word that inspires you. You can use other text but only one word as a main embellishment. So dig out your dictionaries, die cutters, alphabet stamps, rubons or download a funky font and show us what you can do! The design team have come up with some fabulous creations to inpsire you.
I put this together for a friend who asked for 'Thank You' cards. The 'thank you' doesn't come out very clear on the picture (sorry about that!).
Supplies: Stamps: HOTP (QVC UK kit). Ink: Brilliance (Pearlescent Coral). Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey (Blush), MME (Bohemia). Accessories: Bazzill Wings (Bitty Blossoms Flowers (Pink & Brown).
Friday, 14 September 2007
I didn't think I would be able to make this card until our holiday in Australia in 2 weeks time, but I made some time tonight while I wait on my friend Ruth to give me information for Christening Invitations she wants me to make.
The instructions for the Criss Cross Card can be found on SCS. I can honestly say it is easy to make - give it a go! Lots of samples I've seen have been in Christmas colours and they do look fantastic.
I hope the lighting is okay and you can see the colours of the base card properly. It is a lovely pale apple green colour.
Supplies: Stamps: HOTP (QVC UK kit), Anita's scribble flower. Ink: Vaersafine (Vintage Sepia), Brilliance Dew Drop (Coffee Bean). Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Wild Asparagus (Adorable Stripe/Light Blue). Accessories: Light Yellow Organza Ribbon.
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Big & Little We'd like you to use items in pairs of Big and Little - so you need to have both sizes on your card ie big & little buttons, big & little die cuts, big & little hearts, big & little circles etc The theme of your card can be whatever you like this time, so that's nice of us, isn't it?
Yes, victory is on the horizon!! It took us 1 hour to get Oliver to eat his dinner tonight - Pasta with a tomato and basil sauce. He absolutely refused to eat one spoonful tonight so he was told he wouldn't be getting his cookie (we have had this cookie for 3 days as a treat for eating his dinner). We put his toys away and he could play with them if he ate, but no luck there either. He then went to be without his bottle or a story!! I was starting to cook our dinner and Oliver was crying in his cot. After about 5 minutes I went up to him and we spoke and he was willing to try some dinner. By this time his dinner had gone cold so a quick zap in the microwave and it was just warm. I put ONE spiral piece of pasta on his fork and he ate it !!!!!!!! OMG !!!! I sat him down and he wanted to eat some more.
We praised him and this is Oliver eating his cookie.
I think he is starting to realise that we won't be backing down so he might as well eat his food - 'cause you never know, he might actually like it.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
I met my former boss (Dan) and colleague (Kuldip) for lunch today in London. Oliver came along for the ride too as it is not grand parents day or nursery. Dan and Kuldip haven't seen Oliver since Dan's wedding last year so he has grown some ! To get to London we went by train and Oliver loves his train rides. He looks out the window and when another train passes in the opposite direction he gets all excited and says 'mummy, another train'.
This is Kuldip with Oliver.
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
This really is for the benefit of my parents who live in Australia as they don't see Oliver very often and know that I struggle to get Oliver to eat properly...
I got Oliver his dinner before I went out to my exercise class tonight. He had fried rice and while he was happy to eat it, after half a dozen mouthful's he came across a larger piece of bacon and that was it - he didn't want to eat any more! Oh well, no desert !!
I am off into London tomorrow to meet up with some friends so he will HAVE to eat what is on the menu !! I know I am being cruel *wink* but we have been toooo soft on him with his food - no more!
Monday, 10 September 2007
This is the one and only mouthful that Oliver ate of his burger I made him for his lunch today. He was all excited to be having a 'burger' but he suddenly realised that it wasn't from McDonals !! He refused to eat any more. He also didn't get any treats. I wonder how long he will keep this up?
I know, you are probably wondering what is so fascinating about a boy eating his roast dinner - well for those of you who know Oliver will know that he is the worst eater in the world. The only big boy food I can get him to eat are: McDonald's cheese burger meal, Chinese fried rice and tomato soup. Of course he will gladly eat chocolate and chocolate biscuits, ice cream and so on but not what Rob and I eat. I was watching the 'Super Nanny' on TV the other night and one of the problems she was facing was 3 year old twins eating pureed food !!! Now Oliver's eating is not that bad but it could be a lot better. Anyway, we decided to take the Super Nanny's advice.
We sat at Oliver's little table with him so he could watch us eat and we could encourage him. He didn't refuse to eat which was a good sign. The first thing he did eat was his Yorkshire Puddings - he likes them. We snuck some beans in one of his mouthful's and he ate it then we tried some chicken but he cottoned on to it and spat it back out. There probably doesn't seem too much difference in the 2 photos but he had a go at it. He did actually eat a couple more mouthful's after I took the photo. We gave him big cuddles and kisses for his effort. Let's see what happens tomorrow night.
Saturday, 8 September 2007
I made this back in July at a class at Creative Pastimes but it was just the shell as I didn't have the photo or the embellishments. I really liked the paper (Basic Grey) and the colour but had no idea what photo to use. I knew it was going to be of Oliver and what better photo but a swimming one with the blue water and a beaming big smile from the little man!! I bought the stickers (Pebbles Inc) and the rub-on letters (Doodlebug) from the shop and if you are wondering what OBMS stands for on the front of the booklet card - Oliver Brett Matthew Swain !!!
This is the latest challenge over at DCM.
So, we'd like you to make and show a Christmas card which incorporates the following:
Some Paper Tearing
The colour Purple
It has to have at least one hole somewhere in the design!
Friday, 7 September 2007
I am looking forward to seeing my parents as my dad had a heart attack the day before his birthday in July and my mum passed out Monday week ago and hit her face so she had a black eye! What a pair they make!! LOL. B.T.W. - my dad is ok and I don't think he will be doing any more 12 hour days at work!
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Supplies: Stamps: Papertrey Ink 'Beautiful Blooms', 'Borders & Corners (Oval)'. Ink: Brilliance Dew Drops (Coffee Bean), Versamark, Versafine (Vintage Sepia). Accessories: Chocolate Brown Organza Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder.