Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paying Tribute

Earlier this year my Uncle passed away.  It was sad in a couple of was as my extended family is not as close as maybe I would like.  I had not seen my Uncle in a couple of years.  Though the nice thing is that I remember him as a strong and generous man.  I was very thankful to be able to attend his funeral and to see my Aunt, cousins and their families - shame it took a sad event to bring us together.  Since then I have wanted to do a tribute layout of my Uncle.  It was hard as I was not sure where to begin.  But recently a line of papers came out from Carta Bella that seemed perfect.  My Uncle was an avid sailor and loved to sail and race his Trimaran boat. So that is where I started, and this is my end result.

I really wanted to keep the photos from the funeral leaflet as there were some really lovely photos, and the hymns were so beautiful so I used two of them.
I also sat down and thought about some of the things I remember of my Uncle and some of the things we all did together.

Tribute pages can be really hard as they are so personal, but I think they are also very important as these people were important in our lives and need to be seen.

Here is another layout I have done of my Uncle and I when I was probably about seven.  I don't remember much of the details about that day, but I do remember being happy and having fun.
Thank you Uncle Ike for being a part of my life and for the advice you shared (I did follow it)
Love you and rest in peace.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cold in the Wild West of Auckland

I know many think that Aucklander's are just great big wusses and we just might be - I know I am especially when it comes to being cold. This morning before I even got out of bed I just knew it was cold.  I was glad that it was a Saturday morning as this meant I could get a sleep in.  Brad and Grace we up as they head off to Grace's morning Zumba class over on the North Shore.

Anyway Brad was out warming up the truck when he came in to let me know there was some thick frost on the truck.  I bounced out of bed, grabbed some warm trousers and my dressing gown then like a good scrapbooker I grabbed my camera.

Yep sure enough there was a frost.  Thanks for the visit over night Jack, everything looks so pretty dressed in white in the morning.

 I loved how beautiful the frost was on the roof of the car.  I looked like really short grass all sticking upwards.  It was fun to gently run my finger across the top.

Then I turned my attention to the garden and sure enough there was frost everywhere.  It was impressive to see it on the dirt and my flowers.  I am sure it was probably thicker down country but I do like to frost even if I don't like being cold.

Even my poor relatively new veggie garden was dusted in Jack Frost's handy work.  The gardens by the house seemed fine though - phew LOL!

But the rest of the day has also been pretty cold, feels like I cannot leave the side of my little fan heater.

Stay warm everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

17th July 2014

Oh my goodness I have neglected my poor blog for well over a month.  I mean what with getting ready for SENZ, setting up for SENZ, having SENZ, then packing up.

Of course then there has been the after math, the rain, production rehearsals for my daughter and then to add insult to injury came issue with the hot-water valves that needed a plumber.

I don't feel like I have had a chance to breath let a long blog or even craft for crafting sake.

Mind you as soon as I get to craft I have some fun ideas I'd like to create.  I just hope I remember what I want to do when the time comes LOL!

One of the strangest things that did happen at SENZ was that my daughter and I were filmed for the 4:30 Show with Liam and Cameron.  Now I don't know if our section will make the cut to the actual show, but the filming process was great fun.  Apparently it is going to air next Friday so we will see.