Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The first assignment is about wriitng down your values and goals with Christmas, and I guess this got me thinking. What do I value about Christmas??
I guess for me, its spending time with family. I've really missed it the last few years, as its been 3 years since I spent Christmas day with my family, so this year, even if I have to move heaven and earth, I will be seeing my family on Christmas day.
Another this for me is remembering why we celebrate Christmas and remembering the birth of Jesus and all that he did for us. I don't talk much about my beliefs, but it is important to me. It is way too easy to get caught up with the end of year rush with parties and travelling and forget what its all really about. So my aim for December is to spend even just 5- 10 minutes a day reflecting and reading the bible.
Assignment 2 and 3 are simpler - make time for myself to do this class each day, its times like this that I'm glad we don't have kids!! Makes things much simpler. 3 is to get organised for Christmas, which is done!! I know what we are getting people and we are going to Nan and Pops, so I don't even have to plan!!
Hopefully I will update as the class progresses!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
First some sady news, Ant over at Sketches to Inspire has had to close the blog as she is almost ready to have a baby!! So we are very sad, but at the same time anxiously waiting for the news! Anyway as I had already finished the next couple of sketches, I can now share them here.
This is the first LO I've finished from the wedding for the Scrap Therapy Cybercrop which is on right now!! This is for the sketch challenge and even Rex loved it, which was saying something!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
After spending 2 nights in Griffith and celebrating my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary we heading off to Sydney for a couple of days of relaxation before we jetted off overseas. We had a pretty eventful trip, with a freak hail storm outside of Yass sending cars spinning around us. It was terrifying, with me just begging Rex to get us off the road, but we managed to get through the crash unscathed. Once in Sydney, we visited Taronga Park Zoo, which included a trip on the sky safari (impressive for me as I’m terrified of heights. We did agree however that Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo was much better as its an open range zoo and the animals have a lot more room to move around in.
On Wednesday morning we got up very early (4am) to get ready to catch our flight. Mum’s partner Rod was so kind to drop us off at the International Airport, where we thought we flew out of. But no, it was actually the domestic terminal and after finding a lovely lady who worked for Toll and confirmed this for us, we raced to grab a taxi to the domestic terminal. Flying over was uneventful and by the middle of the afternoon we arrived in Port Vila, whose airport was like nothing we had ever seen. It wasn’t that much bigger than the Dubbo airport, however it was the international airport!! We got a transfer to the resort, where on the way, the tour guide explained some of the differences we might notice, particularly the lack of road rules, yes lack! There were no speed limits, you could drink and drive and over the week we decided that stop and give way were optional. Everywhere you would see people riding in the back of utes and general road craziness. What did strike as though was the friendliness off all the people we meet, and the courtesy shown. Everywhere you looked people were smiling and having fun.
The resort was beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a fare overlooking the harbour and right on the water’s edge. At high tide we could feed the fish from the balcony, and even saw a sea snake swim past. We spent many happy hours getting drunk and meeting other couples who had also gotten married on the weekend. It was overcast during most of the trip only clearing up as we left, but we still managed to check out the swim up bar. At one of the happy hours Rex won a raffle which gave us a discount on a jet boat tour, so the next day, that’s exactly what we did. It was a great way to check out the harbour and some of the other coves. While we were there, we also when on a dune buggy tour which was great fun but very dirty and a reef explorer which was a great way to see what was below the water. We passed on snorkelling as it was just too cold to do a lot a swimming. Finally we visited the Mele Cascades, which is a definite to go and visit. We just caught a local bus, and it worked out almost half the price of the tour and we could stay as long as we liked.
Our big adventure was on the Thursday, so our first full day there. We had decided to go into Vila and get our bearings. We noticed all the locals walking up some of the hills, but didn’t think anything off it until an Aussie walked past and asked if we had heard about the Tsunami warning. We decided to head back to the island and find out what was happening. Waiting for the ferry, it took forever (usually only took 10 minutes) before we were told about the Tsunami and that the ferry wasn’t coming. At that we decided to do as the locals were and followed them up the side of the hill. We met up with another couple from Iririki and proceeded to head up, stopping only for water and Shapes. We followed until we found where all the locals were waiting and decided it must be okay. It was nerve-racking the waiting, as we could see the ocean from where we were sitting. Some of the locals had a radio which they could hear updates, the only problem being that it was all in French so all we could understand was that is was highly important we stay up high. Eventually the warning was lifted and a local minister came and told us it was declared safe.
Okay so we arrived at the reception a little late, but hey we were allowed. After a not so quick toilet break (silly big dress), we were ushered in as Mr and Mrs Rex Hunt! And then the fun began. The food was absolutely delicious, the alcohol flowed and the speeches were great. Rex was really moved by the speeches, with all saying how fantastic a guy he is. Our speech didn’t go so well, we were both going to burst into tears so cut it really short. The cake completely lived up to expectations, and I’m happy to say there will be more served at our housewarming next year! Then came the bridal shuffle, sung by the newly married Cathy Wright (see the first wedding post!) The song was Brighter than Sunshine and was just gorgeous to dance to. Unfortunately my biggest gripe of the whole wedding was the music though. The DJ thought playing old country music which no one was dancing too was a great idea. No offence to anyone who loves Charlie Pride etc, but I listened to it for 4 years while working at Price Busters and it really wasn’t what I wanted at my wedding. The party didn’t pick up until right at the end when he started playing the Aussie pub rock songs which was awesome! Somewhere in the middle we had the Garter toss, which Horse caught, and the bouquet toss, which Monique, my Maid of Honour caught. Other highlights included seeing Rex’s niece Tahlia playing with my nephew Thomas and watching Rex’s Cousin John playing with a balloon sward.
Finally we said goodbye to all and headed back to our undisclosed Honeymoon suite for some relaxing. One final story form there and no, its not rude! Rex volunteered to run the spa while we were getting all the bobby pins out of my hair. What I didn’t know was that Rex had never run a spa though. He walked into the bathroom to check on the level and came straight out, soaking wet with a look of horror on his face. He had turned the jets on straight away without filling the spa, and as a result water was EVERYWHERE!!! He was also so convinced that it was on a timer and wouldn’t try to turn it off for fear it would continue longer. This was one of the few moments I regretted not having a camera as the look on his face was absolutely priceless!! Anyway long story short, there was no time and I managed to turn off the spa quite easily despite Rex telling me not to touch the button!! He is now no longer allowed near spa baths unless supervised
Friday morning I got my nails redone in sparkles, mum got her manicure and then the fun began. I checked us girls into the apartment and chilled out a bit while waiting for the girls to arrive. Once they got there we arrived at the church (late of course) and had the rehearsal. It wasn’t too technical; we were all too busy playing with Tahlia. Apparently she love cardboard box rides!! From here all volunteers came out to the Catholic Club where we put the chair covers ant place cards out. It was fantastic to see it all starting to come together and even without the table decorations it looked fantastic! Even better it only took about an hour because everyone chipped in. From here Kylie, Monique Greg and I ditched everyone else and went and got pizzas to eat while watching movies and eating chocolate. Greg was stolen by Rex for quite awhile and they hung out at Rex’s parents until Rex though he should possibly get some sleep. I wasn’t too worried, they spent the night looking up Lonely planet clips on YouTube (check them out very funny) and spent the rest of the wedding saying I’m on a boat and Like a boss (You’ll need to look them up to see what I mean).
Saturday. D-day. I woke up too early, stressing a bit about what would go wrong. We got up and wondered around to Mei Amici’s for breakfast (my favourite cafe in Griffith) then the girls and I made our way up to the hairdressers where drank champagne whilst our hair was done. I was so thrilled with the results, my hairdresser was absolutely ¬¬¬fantastic and I would highly recommend them to everyone!! From here, we went up to get the makeup done. During all this, it still didn’t feel real. I was waiting for the moment to hit when I would realise this was it, but it didn’t. Makeup went really well, and again it looked fantastic. At this stage we were running on time, so we went back to the apartment for lunch before we would get dressed and meet with the photographers. Getting dressed was a a bit of the ordeal, we tore my dress slightly, but the girls thought I wasn’t aware so just tried to hide it. I told them later in the night and they were amazed I didn’t say anything, but I just couldn’t see the point in stressing about it. Then the people started rolling in. Jason and Erin bought Tahlia over and the divers showed up, admittedly without the flowers (I had silk and we kept leaving them in the car with the boys.) Photos were taken and we were off. Pop never stopped grinning, so guess he was happy to walk me down the isle, or I looked pretty good. From here we went out to Lake Wyangan and again, lucked oout with the rain. It just started to drizzle as we were finishing up and having a drink and nibbles before we headed towards the reception......
Our first stop after leaving the animals in Griffith with Rex’s parents was to go to Wagga to see our beautiful friends, Jon and Cath married. It was a horrible day, we had had some big storm leading up to it and it was raining and hailing that morning. Rex was a groomsman, so spent Saturday morning doing very little besides keep Jon calm!! I tried to help Cath out, running errands and checking on the reception. Before long it was time for the ceremony, and we were all praying that the rain would clear, which it did. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, with a full choir singing. I managed not to cry, until they played Michael Buble’s song Everything at the end. It hit me that i n a week, it would me dressed up and walking into the church to that very song. The reception again was beautiful, with gorgeous food and some awesome music. Jon and Cath sang to each other (of course), Cath’s sister Rebecca and another lady, whose name escapes me, as well as the entire Who’s your Daddy band (well minus Cath) entertained us and kept us dancing till the end. The highlight quite possibly was Rex catching the garter, just in case there was any doubt as to who was getting married next!!
From here we ventured back to Griffith to prepare for our big day........
Friday, September 25, 2009
Just some quick shares from the last couple of weeks.
This was for Sketches to inspire (AKA Pinkalicious sketches). Come play along, its great fun!!!
This was a class I did at Scrap Therapy using a Prima Paintable (and no I don't know why its underlining and at this point, I really don't care lol!!)
Finally this is for the joint Puzzle Sketch and Scrap Therapy sketch challenge. I couldn't help0 myself, the colours in the Fancy pants papers are gorgeous!!! ANd the new CHA stuff has just arrived and is discounted!! How awesome is that :)
Thats all from me, see ya after I finally become Mrs Hunt!!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
These are some digi pages for the challenges over at Pickleberry Pop. The first was for the theme challenge, which is all about love. I know I must love this photo, cause I've scrapped it about 4 times now!!
This one was for the scraplift challenge. My favourite bit is the fact I now know how to do a magic extraction and remove the background, so yay for me!!!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
BUT this week has been shocking. Travelling back from Bourke I hit an emu in the hire car, I'm glad to say the emu was okay, he got up and ran away whilst I sat in the car shaking. Sunny, the vicious Jack Russell that she is then decided to attack a black lab (cause that was going to work), she is okay but I'm scratched. Then today was just a right off, absolutlely flat out and not in a good way. I'm just sooo glad the week is over and its only 4 weeks before Rex and I get a really good holiday, oh and get married!!! Only 29 days till I'm Mrs Hunt :)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This was for the Sketch challenge
This one was the inspiration challenge, I ended up with a million pink and green squares... Anyone want any?
Finally this was the theme challenge, a bit of a different interpretation on angel :)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
- Go to http://www.kaisercraft.net/digital-scrapbooking and download the entire Tag This kit (its a freebie!) We won't be using the lot, but will give you more to play with.
- Open up your graphics program (I'm using Photoshop Elements 5.0, but this should be able to be done in other programs. GIMP is a good free one if you don't have one.)
- Go to Editor. You will want to open a new file which is 12x 12 inches, with 300 dpi's.
- To make it easier, I opened up all the files I would need, including photos. This is similar to getting all your supplies before starting a paper page. You can go back and look for the perfect embellishment later. For this page you will need to open up the following files, and just have them minimised
- Tag this paper 4b
- Tag this paper 4a
- Spray paint
- Messy dot
- Boyz header
- Plus the perfect boy photo
- Tag this paper 4b
5. With both your new file and tag this paper 4 b maximised, drag, using the move tool, the paper into your new file. This should create a new layer. Adjust if needed by dragging the corners until you are happy with the placement.
NOTE: Layers are VERY important. They allow you to manipulate separate elements, without disrupting the entire layout.
6. Repeat with Tag this paper 4a. This should cover the other paper completely. Once it cover you need to go to the layers toolbox and change the opacity setting. I have changed mine to 24%, however have a play and see where you are happy. I have left the mode as normal, btu again, have a play, it can cause some really cool effects.
- At this point I dragged and dropped the photo, messy dot, spray paint and heading to where I felt happy.
- And Viola, you are done! If you save you file as a psd you can continue to change the layers at a later date. If your happy with it however you can save it as a jpeg as you would any other photo. This makes a smaller file, but makes it incredibly hard to edit later on.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
On far more important news, Rex and I had our bucks/hensnights last weekend. Rex had a simple BBQ/piss up at a mates place, while I met al the girls in Canberra.
Before I say to much, I want everyone to know that I have THE most awesome bridesmaids!!!
We stayed in a very fancy apartment in the city where we caught up with everyone, (including Aly and Thomas :)) We were very lucky as the girls hired a mini bus and Greg, Kylies husband chauffeured us around. We started by driving up black mountain, where i was crowned and had to complete a quiz about Rex to see how many challenges I would need to complete. I got some right, some wrong.
From here we went to a teppinyaki bar in Manuka which was great fun. Most of us caught most of the food (well except for Hathor :D). I can't wait to go again with Rex.
Then we travelled into the city to go to a cocktail bar, the Muddle bar and then round to the Uni bar for some dancing and more drinks. It was fantastic, I've never had so many guys come up to me.
Just some random photos, the rest are on facebook!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
THis was for the theme challenge - to be very girly. I hope Phil likes this, its for his album.
This was for the Sketch challenge, again a gorgeous pic of phil and Sal.
Finally this was for the months sketch challenge at therapy. Thomas is soooo easy to scrap!!!
In other news.... I finally am graduating!! I've finished my Masters in Education :) so thankfully will have more time up my sleeve inthe lead up to the wedding.
I've also won the early bird prize over at Puzzle Sketches. So shopping here we come!1 I'm hoping to get a couple of pages done today, then I'm off for my hens night :) Hopefully I'll have some photos to share once I get back.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thats it for this week, hopefully I'll get to catch my breathe over the holidays!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Good Morning Everyone, firstly I would like to thank everyone who participates in our sketches without you we wouldn't have this great challenge blog - So from the bottom of my heart Thank you
Secondly As on Today we have gone Monthly because I know we all get so consumed in our lives we just run out of time, so here we are the first day of a new start
Thirdly the Amazing & Beautiful Lee-anne from Scrap Therapy will be sponsering us every Month! Yay!! So not only will you get a great Scrap & Stamp pack but you will also get a Voucher to spend at the fabulous Scrap Therapy Shop!!
Make sure you pop on over and check it out! Great for all those times where inspiration fails to hit :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This was for Puzzle Sketches. I always love how everyones LO's look so different even using the same pieces.
This next LO was for Round three of the Make Believe Masters over at Scrap Therapy. Not only for they have these awesome challenges, but for June only, they have 20% off ALL alphabets!!!! Even Thickers!!!!!! Gotta hurry though, we are trying to buythe shop.
Finally this LO I do for the 10x10 challenge over at Pickleberrypop. Its great to get into the digi stuff, heaps less mess and heaps cheaper!!
This week I'm off to Orange for training and get to catch up with Mum (YAY!!) Very important bisness will be happening, we are doing the alterations for my wedding dress and buying the clothes for my hens. (Would you believe I have no purple at all!! Its a disgrace). I'm also catching up with the awesome Amanda, who I don't see anywhere near enough these days. I am terrified of the cold though, I'm no longer used to temperatures with a minus sign in front of them!!
One final this which I keep forgetting (don't know how though) is I finally finished uni!!! (AGAIN). And no, I am not going back for a very long time!!!!
Until next time, take care!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A new fortnight is upon us and a new sketch is up at Pinkalicious Sketches! This is my take on the challenge. I love this Prima paper, it beautiful and glittery in real life.
Scrap Therapy has had some huge announcements with a new design team being announced. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
Two of the ex-dter's from Scrap Therapy have joined up to create a new challenge blog.
On the 25th of June a new prompt will appear, due 20th July - so upload to your personal blog or online gallery, link it back here in the comments section and we will do our best to visit and leave you some love!
Well, a little bit of exciting news in my world...even though my husband Dean being made redundant he’s certainly not moping around! As well as throwing himself in to job hunting he’s finally taken the leap and set up his own photo editing business. It’s all official with a registered business name an domain – how cool!!!
The name of the business is “The Photo Fixer”, and the website is www.thephotofixer.com.au – and as the name says, he fixes photos – working with either digital photos, printed photos or even negatives. You name it, he can do it!Dean can restore those old photos you have in the box at the back of the cupboard to make them look like new, restoring colours, rips and cracks. But that’s only the beginning! As scrapbookers we all know how elusive “the perfect photo” can be, but it doesn’t have to come straight out of the camera – there are so many cool things that can be done post-photography to get great results. Possibilities include teeth whitening, skin touch ups, removal of unwanted backgrounds or details, additional of details from another image, the list goes on!
So if you think you could use The Photo Fixer’s services, please jump on the website and get in contact with us.
Oh and in final news, wedding invites were sent yesterday!!! That means most of the main organising is done YAY!!!!!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Since then I came to Dubbo for training on Tuesday, spent Wednesday with Aly and Thomas in Parkes (he is soooooooo cute!!!) and came back to Dubbo to see the dentist today and DGO meeting tomorrow. I'm then back here on Sunday for poker. I think I'm going to just move here :(
I'm looking forward to Saturday. Not only will I be at home but its cybercrop time at Scrap Therapy . I'm setting the card challenge, so come over in the morning and see what the challenges are.
I've also been doing the Make Believe Masters Challenges, and becuse I've been away, I did the second one as a digi
The following pages were for last months challenges at Pickleberrypop
This one I did tonight as part of the scraplift challenge at Pickleberrypop.