Friday, 23 January 2009

Little Shop of Sketches Design Team

I made it!!! I'm so excited...You can go here to have a look at all the successful submissions. I have the blog in my BLOG ROLL too so add it to your Google Readers if you like!

SOMETHING IMPORTANT - I have decided to take a leaf out of Joanne's book & leave my replies to your comments in the COMMENTS section of my own blog (that's if I can do it,lol!) 'cos as you know Blogger makes it tough to reply without logging onto your blogs or e mailing you. So please check the comments of the PREVIOUS post when you are reading a NEW post, to see if I have left you some love...another BTW, please don't leave anonymous comments, they're kinda creepy, if you're having problems with your ID rather just put your name, as Monique has done, otherwise I'm always left wondering if you're a cyber perv!

I have had a hectic week, mainly revolving around kids & school. I did get into The Zone (aka my Scrap Room) yesterday for a few hours. It was fun. I love being in there. I've missed it ;-( I bought a desk in early December (a Christmas treat, lol!) that I set up in my bedroom, because I didn't want to be holed up in The Zone all holidays & wanted/needed to keep an eye on the kids. It's lovely having a little facility in my bedroom & I set it up for my Christmas class by Shimelle Laine so everything I need for that album is in there. BTW I still haven't finished the album, I did well initially then got waylaid when we went I need to get it done ASAP. Hate unfinished work & it's not my style. I like to finish all my projects & generally do so can't live with myself 'til I get that ticked off my list...soon I hope!

Pottering about my space made me realise that I could start a shop with the quantity of supplies I have! I am as in love with stash shopping as I am with scrapbooking! I don't think I ever go overboard on the purchasing but it's amazing how one's supplies seem to breed over time. I have been doing some online blog stalking & am loving what I see at CHA. The latest releases from October Afternoon & Sassafrass Lass are particularly appealing. Wonder when & if we will ever get to see any of it...which brings me to THIS. Yesterday (22nd January) I received my DECEMBER 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Talk about a long walk to freedom, that magazine must have been making it's way here for the last coupla months so I ripped the poor thing out of it's plastic as soon as I laid eyes on it. I thought I was never going to see it & by the time I had faced up to the fact I couldn't find it online anywhere to purchase (locally I mean).

Have been too tired to look at it actually...just skimmed a few pages, but as my Christmas Album is completed up 'til Christmas it's a fat lot of good to me now...mind you, bet I can find some old photos of Christmases gone by to catch up on if I REALLY want to!!! My feeling of being overwhelmed by stuff was obviously short-lived as I found my way to Reminisce today for a bit of peeking. I phoned Scrap4Africa Mt Edgecombe & Renel told me NO NEW STOCK...Anchen's away (bet I can guess where she is...seriously jealous!), as I have made it a resolution not to walk into Imagine That this year (long story...) the only place I was left with locally was Reminisce. Love that little place but sadly NO NEW STOCK. At times like these I just wish I was elsewhere! Anyway, the good thing is, I am forced to dip into my reserves, which is a VERY good thing really.

I'm supposed to be saving up for a scanner (to scan my layouts rather than photographing them as I think it would be SO much easier & look SO much better) so I don't rally have money to throw at more stash anyway.

Anyone doing the 365? I have been taking the photos but haven't started yet. Will keep on taking the photos & hope I can get going once my JYC album is out of the way. My PICASA is refusing to accept any more photos. Think it is full...means I have to purchase more storage from Google. Needless to say hubby is not too happy about that as we have 7 free photo programs on this pc, but, to be honest with you, I find Picasa SO user friendly & it's editing functions are awesome. All you photoshop users are probably chuckling now 'cos I've heard that is the business, but when you're used to Photosmart Picasa seems like it IS Photoshop!

So need to sort out that little IT issue before I can post any more photos to my blog so that is a know how I love my collages ;-)


Vicki said...

Whoo hoo congratulations on Little Shop of Sketches - looking forward to seeing you there.

Desire Fourie said...

Helen, there is an award waiting for you at DOING LIFE
Hugs from Desire
PS: I will come back and read your latest entries, with a cup of tea and feet up.

Cathy said...

Left you a little something on my blog

Jenny in Durbs said...

way to go ! can't wait to see more. LOL Helen my school is Manor Gardens Primary way away from Durban North area.

Jenny said...

Well done making the DT! No, I'm not doing the P365 thing as I know I will run out of time as the year progresses. However, I will take a photo on the same day of each month titled "Out my Window" and will do something with those 12 photos