Saturday, January 28, 2012

Favourite quote

I found this saying last year. I don't know who said it/wrote it, but I loved it...and still do! 

We rush around day in and out, very seldom taking time out for ourselves, (as mothers tend to do)  and pick up the pieces as they fall off. How many have we uttered "why me?", heaved a sigh, cried /ranted and raved, picked ourselves up and then carried on! Something I learned last year, was to stop and focus on number one...ME! If I don't look after me, who will?!

I've been temping these last 3 weeks in the PRO  position at the High School...the place where my world fell apart last year... It's been interesting. I've always wondered what other job I could do , (I've been a teacher for 22 years) and am starting to enjoy myself! I have my own office, phone, computer and printer, my day is not regulated by bells and I don't have to interact with pupils unless I want to! I have 3 weeks to go and then the post is advertised...who knows!

Creatively, not much this week, very sad, I know, but I've been looking at everyone elses tangles and reading up on other stuff to do. I was given a set of Derwent Graphitint pencils for Christmas by my darling hubby and am busy drawing...wait for it...another flower!

My pencil sets...
My Christmas present... I did the colour blocks...aren't the colours AMAZING!

My tangle for Challenge #55, is very simple. I have kept with my resolution this year to try new patterns though!
Challenge #55

My next thing to try, is manipulating photos with textured backgrounds etc. I just have to work out how to use the programme first!

Have a great week

Sunday, January 22, 2012


It's been a month since my last blog. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season and start to the New Year. 

I"ve finally got rid of the "Moonboot" after 5 weeks, and then started physio. I think one of my favourite things was when I could drive again!! Having to rely on other people to take me places for 6 weeks was tiring! Sooooo, I start driving 2 days before my hubby goes away on his annual work conference - this year to Orlando, Florida - for 10 days, which always coincides with the beginning of the school year! HECTIC! WHile he's away, we have a heatwave like we haven't had for years, 24 degrees at night and 35 degrees during the day! Poor Andrew returns from his trip, where it was winter, to this!

On to crafty things....I completed another flower, this one is a hibiscus I saw in someone's garden, and the colours are stunning! Does anyone know what it's name is?!

The Nipper season started in earnest again, with our 1st competition of the year being at Blouberg (translated from Afrikaans for my overseas friends meaning Blue mountain)...I took this photo of Table Mountain...can't get enough if this view!

The  Diva has hopefully had a wonderfully deserved break and started off the new challenges with a colour challenge. I'm not sure I like mine, I think I should have left the purple wash off! I have taken a leaf out of the Enthusiastic Artist's book though and am trying different tangles each time I do a challenge! My "challenge" this year is to do at least one new tangle with each challenge!

Challenge #54: tangles used are 'nzeppel, hollibaugh, Knightsbridge, tipple, fohbraid, mooka,and a spiral thingie of my own!

Playing with my camera, this is the Fiddlewood in my garden. It's a confused tree because it loses it's leaves in summer and is beautifully green and lush in winter!

Last, but not least, in my persusing of things crafty, I found this website called Rainbow Elephant, and discovered Pattern stacks These are SUCH fun to do and the instructions are awesome!

Here's to  wonderful 2012 everyone!