For the love of Gold and Washi and ... Bunnies!


Easter is indeed right around the corner and I love a good .. and easy craft to do with the kids as much as any other mum. 
I found an easter craft on pinterest that I knew would fit the easy category with this cute Bunny Family made out of cardboard rolls.  We of course had to accesorize our family with gold ears and washi tape outfits.  I love how they turned out!

Here is the list of what you need:
 Two other things you need : A black marker pen and scotch tape.

And the Steps to make them are pretty quick and easy .. my almost five year old girl was an awesome helper with these guys!
1.  Collect your toilet paper/paper towel rolls.
2.  Cut any to the size you need to complete your family
3.  Paint the rolls with your white paint
4.  Allow paint to dry .. maybe 30 minutes?
5.  Make 'outfits' by rolling your washi tape around a couple of times.
6.  With the marker pens give your bunnies some happy or funny faces.
7.  Fold and attach your pipe cleaners in the shape of ears and attach to the roll with some tape and you have an adorable bunny family to play with or display.

At the very last minute my girl decided our bunnies needed some tails ... DUH!  Why didn't I think of that? And so with some cotton balls and glue we had four cotton tail bunnies hopping down the bunny trail. :))





Project Life Catchups



Last weekend proved to be very productive on the updating my project life album front.  
I was very happy about that because I was eager to print some of these photos.   I managed to complete four weeks of photos and my keeping as simple as possible .. with the teeniest bit of embellishment approach is working just fine and dandy for me!   There is A LOT of my own handwriting in not only the journaling but also some of the filler pockets.

FEBRUARY 17 - 23:
 

WHAT THIS WEEK CAPTURES ..
*  I'll jump to the exciting part of this particular week .. our Aussie Family came over the US to visit and stay with us!  There was a lot of cousin catching up moments that my camera captured and it made my hear super happy to watch my kids bond with their Aussie family!  

TO NOTE:
* That quote card I made using the digital version of the Amy Tangerine Plus One kit  and just typing the words and then printing out the cards .. sums up how I feel with this whole living away from family business.   I truly hope our kids always remember that!

FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 2:

Left Hand Side :

Right Hand Side:

Middle Inserts:
WHAT THIS WEEK CAPTURES:
* Lots of hugs
* Lots of smiles
* An out of town adventure with my Aussie family to ... Dallas Texas (!)
* Being stuck in Dallas after our four day adventure turned into six because of a cancelled flight due to crazy crazy freezing weather. I had to put in a screenshot of the weather report from my phone.
 * We experienced all four seasons during those six days .. I still can't believe it went from glorious summer temperatures on a Saturday to Freezing temperatures the following day and thus we arrived at the airport (all eleven of us) and look up at the monitors and see the word CANCELLED for every single American Airlines Flight.    That meant finding a reasonably close hotel to camp out until first thing Tuesday morning.

TO NOTE:
Of course I took A LOT of photos and while they will not all be included in this album (I plan to make a digital book very soon that will include pretty much all of them) but at the same time two inserts just wasn't enough so to highlight two of my fave photos captured this week I added a
DESIGN G page protector along with an 8x10 page protector.
In the 8x10 .. I printed a black and white photo to fit on its own and on the back of that I did a super quick hybrid layout using one of the digital stamps in the Studio Calico Bluegrass Kit.

MARCH 3 -9 :



WHAT THIS WEEK CAPTURES:
* A.Jam.Packed.Week!  That is is the truth in a nutshell
* The last two days in Dallas
* Some at home resting days 
* A certain little boy's third birthday .. spent at the Happiest Place On Earth
* A certain little girl meeting her two favourite set of sisters ... Elsa and Anna from Frozen
* Deliriously happy kids
* Lots of cake
* Lots of Smiles
* A day at the beach
* A Sunday Funday with a yummy lunch and shopping 
* Probably one of my favourite memories .. that my husband happened to capture is a photo of us four tired parents on a Saturday night, surrounded by Mickey balloons, on the couch, messy hair, pj's on, staring at the TV.  It had obviously been a long (but very happy) day.

TO NOTE:
* I love having the option of using some of the project life core kits in digital format.
For example .. I purchased the Amy Tangerine Plus One after eyeing it for the longest time but as soon as I read it was available in digital format I didn't hesitate and got it!
I love that I can transform the rounded corner cards into straight corners with a very simple crop in photoshop.  Too Easy!

AND FINALLY MARCH 10 - 16:


* The final week we spent with our visiting family
* One day at Disneyland was not enough so we went back on Monday!
* This week was all about the selfie shots ... someday my kids will appreciate these (well .. I hope they do).

Phew! 
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Long Distance Family Love



I have been calling California home for the last 12 years but seriously when I am lucky enough to be with some of my family in the same country (whether it be me visiting Brisbane or my Aussie family here in Southern California) it's a treat! Don't get me started on the saying goodbye part .. well I'll write more on that later .. I don't like the goodbye part.

The last three weeks we were lucky enough to enjoy the company of my sister, her husband and my two handsome nephews.  Now that there are kids involved in the equation .. living apart from my family has its sad moments.  My older sister and I have two kids each (and she has a third baby on the way) and they are all very close in age.  The fact that these cousins don't get to grow up together ... *insert big big sad face here*.  It really does get me down sometimes .. however I have to look on the bright side like my kids having international pen pals. Hello?  Happy mail is amazing.  Not to mention we have to thank our lucky stars that we live in the world of skype! 

 It's hard to believe just how quickly those three weeks passed by.  As I very slowly get back into my own little life routine now that they are back home in Brisbane Australia, I reminisce on the awesome moments we shared.  We shopped, ate, explored a new city (Dallas) and somehow ended up spending a few extra days in Dallas because of some crazy freezing weather, we celebrated a certain little boy's third birthday,  spent a couple of days saying Hi to Mickey and friends, had a beach day, ate some more, cousins reunited and we watched as they played nicely (and not so nicely), there were a lot of hugs, kisses and more beach time to round it all off.


Dallas was a fun adventure in many ways .. we explored a few new cities that could possibly be home someday (?!?).    What a contrast to California living  .. a nice contrast if you ask me!









And how could we forget our unexpected extended stay in Texas after some crazy (freezing) weather caused our flight back to Orange County to be cancelled.   We went from a gorgeous and HOT Saturday to waking up to heavy cloud, COLD temperatures and Freezing rain on Sunday morning  ... they day of our original flight home. 

After six days in the lone star state it was back to enjoying the predictable California Sunshine (funnily enough while we were in Dallas,  Southern California experienced its one and only winter rain storm which we just happened to completely miss).





 From February 26th-March 13th our little house was full.  With four kids under five, our house was loud.   But you want to know my least favourite part about living so far from family?
The day after we say goodbye and go our seperate ways.  Of course it's more like 'see you later'.  However, that day after my family leaves or the day after we arrive back to the USA ... when that loud noise and chatter goes away is no fun.  Experiencing the void that is left behind kind of hurts my heart a little.   My husband is a smart guy (one of the many reasons I love him so) he told me something  many years ago,  when we had our own 'see you later' experiences in the early stages of our own long distance relationship and that is:  to enjoy that moment (no matter how sad you feel), to really feel it because you will never get that moment back.  So I try .. I really really do.  He does a good job of reminding me of this every so often.  And I'm Ok with that because I need that reminder that's for sure!




Project Life


I'm back in this space to share the last two weeks of my project life.
I choose not to title my spreads with 'Week #' .. I like to just include the dates in which the photos were captured.  I fully intend to continue with the weekly spreads but just in case I miss a week for whatever reason (which wouldn't be the end of world) I would much rather know the actual date that it happened.  I like to use Monday-Friday.  Just my preference though :)



WHAT THIS WEEK CAPTURES:
* My fascination with my kids and their love for picking flowers.  I am not sure when that fascination will pass but I will continue to snap a photo for as long as they let me.
* Another visit to our favourite zoo ...when there hasn't been any plans on the weekend the question arises "what should we do today".  More often than not my two year old's response is "the zooooo".
Since we go so often I like to challenge myself with the types of photos I take and the locations I take them at.   I could include the usual pic of the kids imitating the monkeys but you know .. I have to spice things up a tad.
* Lunch at the beach with a little play time and my daughter's love for collecting.  And when there is nothing else a moccasin works fabulously as a shell collection container.  Love Her!
* Outgoing Happy Mail ..

And Now The First Week of February 3rd-9th:
 
The Left Side:


The Right Side:

WHAT THIS WEEK CAPTURES:
* A very strange sight here in Southern California .. Rain!  Ha!  I mentioned early that Thursday morning that it might rain ... and it was all the kids kept asking me about the entire day.   Needless to say once it came down it was all about the puddle jumping.
* I snapped some quick photos during two of my errand running days with my little sidekick.  Let's just say some days are easier than others with my feisty, independent not wanting to hear the word no two year old boy.  Insert ** big sigh**.
*  One of my favourite moments this week .. a quick date night to disneyland to ride Space Mountain .. just the the two of us.   This is a photo of a photo .. yep definitely could not bring ourselves to pay the price they ask for the printed pic so this will have to do!  But I just had to get a copy of it somehow because our faces are priceless. 
* My want to be gardener getting her hands dirty.
*  A little piece of art drawn by my girl after we returned home from her pre kindergarten testing .. it was obviously a big moment for her (just as much as her parents) that she felt the need to document just what happened moment by moment. 
* A proud moment where my girl just couldn't contain her excitement after she realised she was swinging all by herself.  I expand on the extra insert below.

TO NOTE:
I obviously went a little overboard with the picture taking of my girl on the swing.
I couldn't pick a favourite and because I felt it was special moment I included a bunch of photos sized down to 2x2 and used a coin pocket page to display them in.  A tiny bit of journaling and some brush script and I kinda like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!



Hand Made Valentine Swap



This year will be year number two that I have participated in the Handmade Valentine Swap hosted by this lady.  I knew my card had to have four things : Black, White, Pink and Gold.
Definitely my favourite combination right now.

So I designed them reasonably quickly enough in photoshop but I wanted to add a little personal element so left the space empty where I knew I wanted to actually write the word 'love'.
For a little extra touch the heart is a gold sticker and to finish it off I used one of my favourite things right now .. gold thread to sew the white card stock under.

I wanted a little extra 'pop' factor so I went ahead and made an envelope liner out of this paper and decorated the front of the envelopes with that paper also.  Wrote a little note on the back and they are on their way to four lovely ladies.


I hope they enjoy!

A COLLECTION : LITTLE HANDS LITTLE FLOWER


Back in 2012 I captured a series of photos of a handpicked flower from my then one year old son and since then I try not to miss the opportunity to take a photo whenever they so sweetly come to me with a flower they 'picked just for me' .. I mean little hands holding little flowers what is not to love?







And when a little hand can't stand still for a photo ... the flower on top of his shoe will just have to do.  Especially when this flower was picked especially for his 'sissy'.

Project Life/Week 4


There was quite a collection of photos I reeeeally wanted to use this week but made a good effort at narrowing down a select few.

This is the left side.

WHAT IT CAPTURES:
My new best friend for car rides short and long ... audio books on CD. 
Our library adventures lately have been very good to us and I have discovered the awesomeness that is a book on CD.   My kids LOVE them.  So that means peaceful car rides. Win-Win. :))

A favourite timercam (One of my favourite phone apps) pic as we waited for daddy to come home so we could go to my daughter's soccer class.
And of course the little soccer player flashing a pretty awesome smile on her way out the door.

I play with paper .. my husband plays with a very cool  helicopter which was broken two weeks ago and I couldn't resist a photo of him trying to fix it.  It's just so him.  I say how much I love this paper and he says " this stuff. this right here is what I find amazing".  Of course talking about the technical and tiny sparts that make that 'toy' do its thing. 

 
MIDDLE POCKET:
Then of course I had to include some quotes spoken by my kids.
I cut down a studio calico handbook photo pocket exactly in half so it would just have two openings ..
just enough to include my favourite things I overheard my kids say this week.

The Right Side.

WHAT IT CAPTURES:
This weeks installment of pretty dandelion.  Those baby boy cheeks as he tries to blow the dandelion seeds in one breath ... LOVE!

My girl has a new face that she does when she notices there is a camera taking a photo of her.
A little nose scrunch.  An open mouth and there is usually a little screeching sounds that comes out also. 

The week ended with a school tour of the school we have applied for our girl to attend kindergarten at.  Oh Man!  That was a reality check ... time is going by too quickly. 

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A Collection : Pretty Dandelion

 THIS AMAZING PHOTO AVAILABLE HERE

I want to start a series here on the photo collections I have been capturing in the last few months.
First up ... Hello Pretty Dandelion.

These days my kids never miss an opportunity to blow the seeds away and make a wish.
I love how that they look past the dandelion's 'pesky weed' reputation and the minute they spot one either in our or a neighbours yard they are pulling it out.   In the case of my two year old it's all about trying to blow the seeds away in one breath and when that doesn't quite work out ..  he just squashes it in his little hand ... much to the dismay of his big sister!