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Camellia Season

Now that you have all picked yourself up off the floor because I have posted three times in 2 days, let me show you the lovely Camellia outside my window. It only started to flower last week and there was one flower, today there is at least 10. I love Camellias - the gorgeous bright colours against the deep green glossy foliage. This one is an old sasanqua I think. I say it's nearly 4 metres high and has zillions of buds on it. The flowers when fully open are about 5 inches across. Nice view from my scrapping desk & computer!

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Have both boys home today. I have cut down Josh's child care days to 2. He was happy to stay home Monday as all the fun stuff happens on his other 2 days. Now that I have cut down my work a bit I actually like having him home. Childcare is sooooooooo expensive, I can't wait til he's in kinder next year!  It's currently 'quiet time' where he has to watch a video or play quietly or read while Samuel is asleep (= not annoy Mummy so she can blog!). Have to laugh - of all the cool DVDs he has now got, all he wants to watch is the free demo CD that came with his colouring set at Christmas!

We're having Tortellini Boscaiolo for dinner - sounds REALLY decadent but is really really easy. My sister in law Andrea made it for us last week and it was yum. My other fave recipe for pasta is a small jar of 'Sacla Italia' rocket pesto mixed through pasta with stir-fried prawns and fresh rocket (cooked until the rocket has wilted) - yummmmm. That should lead into my story about my new lifestyle changes, but that's for tomorrow. Instead I will leave you with this layout of me and Samuel having fun at the park a few weeks ago. He is amazing - at 15 months he is climbing like a monkey! I love these SEI paisley and petals papers and embellishments.

Until tomorrow .....

Claire


I'm a MAVIS - woohoo!!

Big excitement today as I was officially inducted into the Mavis's at Scraptacular. I'm Mavis 17. Cooler than being Harry Kewel I think.

Today was Sensational Sunday at Scraptacular - bit of scrapbooking, scrapbook shopping, talking and eating all in one day! Jodie had lots of yummy goodies for me to oohh and ahhh over - it's a bit like going on holidays - need to take an empty bag to bring home all my new stuff! Did nearly two layouts - have had these awesome pics that the lovely Rach took sitting in my to scrap pile for ages. These Melissa Frances papers were perfect. How cute is that little bub. Mind you that's the same cute little bub that was still awake until 5 minutes ago!

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Have actually done heaps of scrapping lately - last weekend was the monthly Cybercrop to raise money for Very Special Kids - there were 8 challenges, of which I managed to get 5 done. This one had to have Q as the first letter in the title:

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This one was a Bingo layout where I had to use chipboard embellishments, Karen Foster embellishment, Heidi Swapp embellishments, 2 photos, unlimited patterned paper and I forgot the other one!

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This one had to be based on a sketch by Jen who organised the crop - I love this photo of my brother on Busselton Jetty. It shows me how independent and determined to enjoy life he has become since having his accident.

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This one had to be a colour i don't often use. I sort of cheated as you will notice there is green in there and that's the colour I always use - rolf! I had always found it hard to think about scrapping these pics because of the strong colour of the rose, but I am really pleased how this turned out. This captures my feelings about taking my boys to the garden of remembrance where my dad's ashes are buried in Perth. For those who don't know, my dad was killed in a pedestrian accident in May 1996.I wish he had been here to meet my boys. They would have bought each other much love and laughter. I've made sure my boys know all about him though, and Josh already treasures his pop stories and pictures (so much so that he let one of his birthday balloons go this year because he wanted to send it to Pop - talk about bring a tear to my eye!)

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and finally for the Cybercrop, this one was about a voluntary cause I am involved in, which is volunteering my time as a dietitian to speak to couples trying to conceive at the Monash IVF lifestyle program.

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Here's a few other bits and pieces - these three are for my family portrait album from the picnic in Kings Park in April - first my sister Kate and her partner (Scenic Route), then my sister Deb (Wild Asparagus one) and my niece Camille (Fancy Pants Chi Chi).

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Think that's all for now. I know there are more, but I will save them for tomorrow! Night lovelies and go the Socceroos - could they really beat Brazil? I wouldn't have a clue, I know nothing about Soccer, but the hype is fun.

Claire


This one's for Kim..

This one's for the lovely Kim who has just emailed me to say that she is sitting at her computer hitting the refresh button until I update my blog, ROLF. Here you go Kim, now you can go to sleep..

and this is for the lovely Sharon who wanted me to post this LO on my blog - can't wait to see your version!

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Back soon,

Claire