Thursday, 27 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Can you believe I will be away on their last day, so I will not be there to day goodbye. Probably for the best as I would probably be a total wreck.
Printable teacher thank you card & tag
via Executive Homemaker by Janna Wilson on 5/11/10
Print Free File: Printable teacher card/tag
School is letting out soon! Need a quick teacher thank you card to pair with a gift for the end of the year? Well, here you are! I've created a round, cut out card and two tags on this printable page…easy as "apple" pie!
1. Download and save the pdf file to your computer.
2. Print the page onto plain or textured cardstock using your printer's BEST quality settings for a nice vibrant color. Trim inside the black lines to cut out the card. Punch the tags out with a 2″ circle punch for a super quick addition to a package or treat sack.
**Check out my Pretty Packages kit to make your own packaging (as shown above) for small treats and gifts for teachers too!
About the Executive Homemaker:
Meet Janna Wilson , country girl, graphic artist, mama to three crazy-cute kiddos, wife to Scott, stitcher, jewelry maker, dreamer, wannabe painter, Sunday school teacher, and lover of ALL THINGS crafty!
Visit Janna's online shop Whimsy Shoppe for fabulous downloads and handmade goods your family will love.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
This looks really delicious. Unfortunately you can’t get premade biscuit (scone) dough in the UK (or other places in the world). So I would suggest making up your own scone dough and then cutting it up into bits. Should work just as well (or even better maybe!)
Thanks to Mel at The Larson Lingo! Here is the recipe.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
There are so many blogs out there, the mind boggles (or bloggles). I spend way to much time wading through the blogosphere (yes that is actually a real word) and I find so much that inspires me. However, most of my browsing happens just by chance. I would love to take a look at the blogs my readers like to look at. So here is a Linky List – please can you add you favourite blog to the list (i.e. the first one you look at every time you log in).
Monday, 10 May 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
I have a complete writers block when it comes to my blog itsawomanslife. I just can't bring myself to write anything intelligent. Problem with blogs is, the more you neglect them the less people read them until you have to start from scratch with your readership. Blergh.
Friday, 7 May 2010
When I see a beautiful, minimalist blog like this one, I realise how far I have to go in my design...and she has three children under 4 years. Oh my word, how inadequate I feel. Anyway, visit mycakies because then you can see what I aspire to.
I love it when I see a blog designed by a totally normal person just like me, trying to do things I aspire to do, like style and redesign homes with everyday items. Have a look at Pepper Design Blog for projects and style that is within everyone's reach.
I especially like her collection of organising ideas for the Ikea Expedit range of shelving. I can't wait to go buy some!! (When we move to the States that is).
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Summertime Baby Knits: Though it is hot, babies still have a tendency to get cold in the summertime so give them something to cuddle up with.
by Veronik Avery
Classic layette worked in easy-care washable wool. The jacket combines traditional Gansey elements - with a practical crossover closure that buttons at the shoulders. The tam features a wheel-shaped crown and i-cord "stem." The blanket is worked in four triangles seamed together after the knitting is done. Learn more.
New Baby Blanket and Hat by Kristin Spurkland
Comfort a new baby with this super-soft cotton hat and matching blanket lined with plaid flannel for extra warmth, comfort, and beauty. Learn more
I agree completely. Along with a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee.
via Joy's Hope by Julie @ Joy's Hope on 5/3/10
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Yes I am using the word fabulous a lot recently. Oh well. I expect I shall find a new favourite word soon.
Oh I love my house. I also wish I could keep it just so, like the dreamy pictures in magazines, where all the colours co-ordinate to create a perfect haven with a specific atmosphere. Well, I was encouraged to find my parents-in-law had used our house as their getaway while we were in Australia, and it became their favourite place to go to relax and unwind. They called it their country hideaway. I think I like living in a country hideaway!
This morning I attempted to arrange three bunches of flowers into a vase so that they looked elegant, sophisticated and breathtaking. But I have never managed any arrangement that looked like that. I have decided that there are certain skills I need to develop. I am good at cooking. I manage even to wow people with my cooking. But I have never wowed anyone with my flowers. Or my photography.
So I have decided I am going to train myself (using the wonderful resources on the web) to arrange flowers. Watch this space for my progress and the links I find that help.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing
Monday, 3 May 2010
I have a blog going around in my head all the time. The problem with this is that I do not have a laptop on a string around my neck. So I feel frustrated at all these wonderful thoughts that I would like to share, that are stuck there in my brain. Should I do what my Granny did and hang a notebook around my neck with a little pencil, on a string? Problem is I would never stop writing things down, and life would come to a standstill.
How do I let the words go and not worry about losing them forever? How do I trust that the most important ones will come flooding back when I sit in front of my screen?
Beethoven had two notebooks with him all the time. One was for first thoughts. Those fragments that come to you as you are washing the dishes or driving the car (or the carriage in his case perhaps). Then every day he would discipline himself to go through his First Thoughts notebook and spend time developing the thoughts into a context. From this he would choose work that stood out for him and grow it into symphonies and concertos. This allowed the creative impulse to be captured, nurtured and disciplined into great works of art.
I have two notebooks, but I am struggling to have them with me when I need them. I also find it difficult to stop what I am doing and write a thought down immediately. I always think "I'll just finish this and then I'll write it down", but I never do. How am I going to build this habit into my life?
I started reading Twyla Tharp's book about the Creative Habit. I need to continue her book and perhaps it will help me with some practical ideas.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
This is my disease. It is pretty rare - but I always knew I was 1 in a million!
Monday, 26 April 2010
I got angry today that the internet was so slow that I had to wait minutes for each page to load. I got angry that I had to explain what I was doing to my family. I got angry when everyone else was on the computer and I had to do real-life things.
This is a problem.
Saturday, 24 April 2010
What is it about birthday parties that bring out the worst in adults?????
Friday, 23 April 2010
Bloggers: How Do You Keep Up?? | Tip Junkie
I need to get over my "I haven't posted on my blogs today" guilt. This is obviously a common thing.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
I need to get a new camera. This is my big WISH at the moment. Perhaps I should make it a big PRAYER.
Sinusitis a touch better. I have been taking so many pills I am surprised I have not ended up ODed by mistake. I wish I knew how long it would take for this to clear up. In the meantime, it is Joseph's birthday tomorrow, we have a move to make to America, within three months, we are stuck in Perth, and I can't even enjoy the sunshine because I am sick. Grr. Lots of books I want to get read though. Maybe I should make this a book review column for a while to motivate me to finish what I have started.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
We had a fantastic flight over to Seattle. The kids slept stretched out on two seats each, and so we managed to watch some films and relax!
The arrival procedure in the US was quite protracted - we had many queues to get through. It took us three hours from landing to get to the house we are staying at. Brian and Abbey Riehs collected us from the airport in a borrowed 8-seater. They are such a lovely, gracious young couple. They have been leaders of Children's Church for years and Abbey is a primary school teacher. They are pregnant with their first baby too. So they are a perfect place to stay for us - the kids adore them and they are so patient and good with them. They don't mind the constant noise and excitement! They have a beautiful home, newly built but in the older American style with wooden floors, coffee coloured walls, and immaculate right through. We have a bedroom each and our own bathroom, in one wing of the house.
The children did not know how to cope with the time difference, so they woke up at 3.30 am wide awake. We got them to lie quietly for an hour or so, and then Nicholas put Mary Poppins on the computer to keep them going for a little longer. So the first morning was an early one for us!
Abbey kindly took me to the grocery stores to get things the children like to eat and drink. It was a fascinating trip for me to see the enormous range of everything they have. I could have spent hours browsing.
In the meantime Brian took Nicholas and the kids down to the local park which has a "spray park" which was a fantastic idea - it was hot and sunny and the kids had a ball.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
After waving goodbye to our great friend Dougan and my lovely family in Bath I ran up an endless flight of stairs with a 30 kilo suitcase to miss my train by seconds. I nearly cried dramatically on the platform but people were staring. So I composed myself and caught the next train in to Paddington
On the journey I listened to Bill Johnson's acclaimed New Wine evening session which was fantastically inspiring. I was challenged once again to be excited by difficulties and not overcome by them.
My purpose was to collect my new SA passport from the consulate in Trafalgar square. I rushed to excess baggage, leaving my cases with relief and made my way to the tube. Five minutes after entering the consulate I was out with passport in hand and slightly overwhelmed by the ease of it all. In order to regroup I needed a Frappucino.
It amazes me how English stores can heat things up so efficiently in winter and yet in summer everyone has to sweat over their purchases. Perhaps they don't really believe it can ever get hot enough. Well today was sweltering.
I had a lovely long browse over all the London guides in waterstones book shop savouring the fact that I had twenty four hours of solitude in the big city. I thought I might be inspired. In the end I thought Liberty's was the best bet for a complete girly London experience. The next inspiration I had was to take a taxi.
Being personally chauffered down Regent street was completely fantastic and I think I would struggle to go back on a bus again if I lived in London. Also despite my secret fears the fare ended up only being 50p more than a bus fare. It just shows being cheap isn't always wise!
Libertys was all I had expected and I think their shopfitters were genius in placing the flower shop in the porch (you get hit with a sensual experience as you walk in and are removed temporarily from normal life) and then the stationery and chocolate halls beckon first. I was offered samples of champagne truffles and spent 45 minutes in that section alone. A brief interlude in the perfumer led me to the linen and bathroom halls. I whisked through the shoes and bags and after buying some little treats as gifts or maybe just to keep, I walked out onto Carnaby Street. By that stage everyone had hit the streets after work.
Having never lived in London during the true summer months I have never enjoyed the atmosphere here when people leave their little office holes for some evening sunshine and balmy fresh air. It is truly pleasant, a quality I have never associated with London!
So I am now sitting in a very eclectic little wine bar drinking a glass of champagne and not feeling in any rush to leave. It will be light for a while. I have changed my heels to my trainers and may even brave a walk back to the tube picking up some street vendor food on the way. I feel after liberty's, champagne and taxi it is time to savour the more down to earth side of London. Perhaps a kebab...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
New Song Church Vacation 2008
Well, I feel slightly overwhelmed that it is actually happening! There have been so many details to work out, but God has given us such favour over the whole trip. Keep an eye here for blog during our trip.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Joyce Meyer says we should write down three things we are good at and then write three ways for each thing that we can serve others.
So what am I really good at?
I think I am naturally good with computers. Especially the internet.
I can cook.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Once again I am up in the middle of the night. So I am using the time to update the St Mary's Church website which I built from scratch myself. Check it out and tell me what you think:
Sunday, 13 July 2008
This is a very funnylady that gets fatter or thinner depending on the weight you put in. It is supposed to help you picture what you will look like at different weights. It seem you look ugly at any weight if it is anything to go by.
I am in South Africa with my mom. Her scan is on Wednesday. My friend Clive just sent a video through on Facebook of a girl whose teeth got straightened by God.
Friday, 11 July 2008
I can now post to my Blog from my phone! There isn't anywhere that can prevent me from having my say on the web (except maybe the dead zone called Tesco)
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Nick has gone off to London to the Fresh Fires meeting, and will meet us at Heathrow tomorrow evening. I allowed him to go on condition that he packed his clothes, and the kids! SO I have done my suitcase carefully following Style TV's guidelines on how to keep you clothes crease free. This is because I spent about two hours ironing the other night. I think it was the second time some of the clothes had been ironed since I bought them.
Watch this space, I might just blog from the comfort of the airport departure lounge, Terminal 1. Happy packing!
Seeing as I always have so much to say, and I am sure everyone would love to know what it is, I am starting a blog. This is one area of the internet I have not ventured into, so I can't say whether the novelty will wear thin soon. But watch this space while you can, should be interesting! (For a little while at least).