Thursday, June 17, 2010

Slow Dance


Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask How are you?

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You'd better slow down

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Ever told your child,

We'll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,

Not see hissorrow?

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say,'Hi'

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last..

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift....

Thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

This poem was emailed to me. It's writer is believed to be that of a young girl dying of cancer. I don't know if that is true or not, but the poem speaks to me in volumes so I thought I would share it here.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Disco Night!

If you're a parent, you'll know the excitment that comes with the school disco! The glow sticks, the poppers, the chips, the music so loud that even the funkiest parent is wishing they would turn it down just a little bit... please!

This was William's first 'official' disco. He had been dragged along before, but this was his very first and in the days leading up to the event he kept telling me he couldn't wait for the 'dance fever' lol.

Here's a few snaps of them before we left for the social event of the year (well, there will be another later on, but for now, this is it)... stike a pose!

Little Scrapbook Shop May Cybercrop

Our May Cybercrop also coincided with Little Scrapbook Shops 5th Birthday. Our CC theme was 'Whiskey & Wine'... quiet appropriate for a celebration!

I was on Challenge 1, the sketch challenge, and here's my sample for...

The twist in my challenge was to have a play on words with the title. Look at those 2 kids... having the time of their lives, and getting nice and clean as well.

If you happened to have missed our May CC, don't panic... we have another one just around the corner...

Would love to see you there!

Feeling Peachy Keen!

Feeling Peachy? Maybe a little bit keen? Then the Peachy Keen range from Kaiser Craft might be right up your alley!

I seriously feel in love with this range. The colours, the patterns, the embellishments... and oh the stamps! I couldn't wait to get working with it, and I think the proof is in the pudding with 5 layouts and 7 cards and not a scrap of paper left!

When I sat down to start creating, I also decided that it was time I pulled a few older photos out of the box. These certainly aren't the best photos lurking around my place, but they do tell stories and record memories, and that's the most important thing.

~ ROSE ~

This photo is a poor copy of the original. My Nan, Grandad, Uncles, Aunty and Mum. No-one is looking at the camera... I can imagine on the day that there were several going off and no-one knew which one to look at. I can see the pulling of the chairs together, getting everyone into position, flashes, smiles, laughter, and 'hurry ups' 'will this take long' as well. So many thoughts and feelings when I look at this photo... all beautiful.


I bet my mum washed out my terry towelling clothes back at the motel and they were fresh and ready for me the next day! In fact, it is possible that I only had this one set of clothes while we were away lol.

The Royal Castle is in Ballarat, and I was there... can you see my brother and I standing by the horse? If you look hard you will see the proof! I wonder how far back they had to stand to get that giant horse and us in the photo?

I just don't understand why terry towelling outfits are no longer available. They are true wash and wear, and if you should ever be in need of a towel to dry your hands, well, you just wipe them off on your clothes. Bring them back I say! Especially the all-in-one numbers... very special!
In the top photo, you will notice a lady in pink shorts with a white top giving the camera a little wave... that's my mum... you often find her in the background of photos doing that... it makes me laugh!

~ MEET ~
This photo was snapped in the carpark at Panthers in 1993. It was my first meeting of my maternal grandparents and my half brother and sister.
You would think that we could have found a nice grassy noll to take this photo, but no... a last minute thought in the car park.
Thank goodness none of us clash with the cars... and luckily we weren't run down by a crazed poker machine player who had just done their dough!

Scrap Girls May Retreat

How can we possibly have had the May Retreat already? It seems like only yesterday we were doing the March one!

As always, my Scrap Girls Retreat experience starts long before the actual day... it starts when Miss Kylie gives me a challenge kit and asks me to create samples. Here's 3 layouts I did using one of the challenge kits:

~ Jan and Sadie 1953 ~
Jan is Russ' mum.

~ Birth Place ~ This photo is of my Aunty Rene, Aunty Les and Aunty Pam out the front of the house they were born in.

~ The Puffy Shirt ~
What 6 year old boy wouldn't love a puffy shirt?! Just as well his mum brought him 2, cause Russ 'accidently' ripped the first one lol.
I also made 4 cards with the challenge kit. It's amazing how far you can stretch a challenge kit with a bit of imagination.

~ The Scrap Girls Retreat Goers ~

~ Typical! Kylie tries to take a photo of the room, and some fool pops her ugly mug in! ~

Not long now and Little Scrapbook Shop will be hauling it all out to Merroo for the Scrap Girls Christmas in July Retreat. Can't wait!