Monday, 29 July 2013

Books: Silver Clouds

Terri lent me to read while I was away in Darwin this week.  I have finished it before I have even left!  Thank you Terri it was a really enjoyable read and I half worked out the mystery :)
Silver Clouds is the fourth novel by Fleur McDonald.
Previously titled Silver Gums, Silver Clouds is an enthralling rural saga about a young woman who must come to term with past mistakes and a major tragedy in order to find peace, happiness and love.
When marketing executive Tessa Mathison leaves London to attend her great-aunt’s funeral in Australia, her life is in turmoil.
An indiscretion during a boozy night out has resulted in Tessa’s name being mud in London’s cliquey marketing scene, and soon after she arrives in her homeland she discovers she’s been sacked.
Tessa’s childhood home, Danjar Plains, is an isolated station which holds some bad memories for her. She plans to escape it as soon as the funeral is over, but then an unusual request in her Aunt Violet’s will makes it impossible for her to leave.
When charismatic and charming Brendan McKensie introduces himself to Tessa, staying at Danjar Plains no longer seems such a hardship. As various secrets begin to unravel, Tessa realises letting go of her heart may hold the key to unlocking both her past and her future.
From the author of the bestselling outback sagas, Red Dust, Blue Skies and Purple Roads, this moving novel is about making peace with the past, overcoming fear and insecurity, and the healing power of love.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Quick Cards

For Tex and John Henry

After dropping me off from the chair hunt outing, Jeannette said she was going to visit her twin nephews for their 6th birthday.  I thought it was a great opportunity to have a quick card making lesson, so I made the one in Real Red and Jeannette made the one in Marina Mist.





A Wing Back Chair hunt

Jeannette saw this place when she went to footy @ the Gabba a few weeks ago. She took me there to have a look for myself this morning.  Here are a few of the things I liked.









Friday, 26 July 2013

Friday Lunch

Happy Birthday Jaki

The card girls gathered to day for a delayed celebration of Jaki's birthday (last Saturday).  I made her a Post-it Note holder (tutorial here):
and a card


Welcome Benjamin

We also celebrated and welcomed Benjamin Edward into the card making group.
Here is a close up of the detail in the corner.


Monday, 22 July 2013

A week of gifting cards

I have had a very productive and busy week with making and gifting cards.

Baby Shower


For one of the staff at work as she prepares to leave for the adventure of motherhood.

A Post-operative hello


A cheerio to Aileen from my quilting group, after her surgery.

The loss of a father


This was was for a colleague and fellow ex-pat.

A dear friend


All my friends are dear to me.  This one needed to be reminded how special she is and how much she is appreciated at the moment.

If you would like any information on the "doings" of any of these cards, please leave a comment and I will be able to get then to you.


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Fog

Sunday, 21 July

I went into work for a few hours today to try and get on top of some pressing matters.  It was very foggy on the drive in.  I ironically thought I think this is what it looks like inside my head at the moment.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

At Madeline's Tea Salon, the cosy hub of the Avalon community, six women find their memories are shaping their future. Here you'll meet Connie Colls, fiercely independent and full of promise longing for a past she's never had, Bettie Shelton, the founder and president of the Avalon Scrapbooking Society and Ava Catalina whose hurting past won't leave her yet. There's also Isabel Kidd, still paralysed by the consequences of her late husband's love affair, Yvonne Tate and Frances Latham who both have demons of their own. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a poignant and heartwarming story, celebrating the friendship of six women born from their love of scrapbooking. As their memories are preserved and the dreams of both their pasts and presents are shared, surprising truths are revealed. 


When my friend Jaki blogged this a great read and a follow on from Friendship Bread (which I read in February) I jumped online and ordered it from the library.  I was a little anxious when I collected it last Tuesday as it is new and popular, so I knew that I would only have 2 weeks to read it without a chance to renew.  So I decided that really housework is very overrated )sleeping in an inconvenience too at times).  I finished it this morning.  I really enjoyed it.  

I have previously said that I won't be getting into scrapbooking, but there certainly some suggestions in this bookl that are very appealing!  Who knows :)

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Queensland Music Festival - Worlds Biggest Orchestra Challenge

What an exciting day out we had.  Lachlan joined in the challenge for the Largest Trumpet Ensemble - lead by James Morrison.


After that we headed down to Suncorp Stadium to attempt to break the record for the Worlds Biggest Orchestra.

 Here we are before entering the stadium

Kira was with the school section

I was amongst the clever triangle players and Lachlan was up high with the trumpeters


and here are all the 7223 musicians from the other end of the pitch.

A NEW WORLD RECORD !

Friday, 12 July 2013

Senior Sports Day

I was very pleased that my day off coincided with Kira's sports day.  Here she is on action:
the sack race


steady
spin


catch
well caught (both the balls and the photo).

We were very pleased that Gold House came equal first with  Red House.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Thinking of you

Thinking of Julie as she prepares for discharge from hospital following a thyroidectomy and some post operative complications.
Supplies: SU Craft & Poppy Parade; with Kazzass white Cardstock; SU Pleaseant Poppies and Sincere Sentiments; Su button & twine.



Monday, 1 July 2013

Project 365: June 2013

Work has been consuming much of my time and thoughts this month.  I am please it only features here twice!