I hope you all had a good weekend! For us here it was very busy. My daughter was in a singing &dancing show all weekend - four shows - so the poor girl is already fast asleep & I am ready to join her! She had a wonderful time singing & dancing her heart out & soon I will have more photos/layouts of her all kitted up & strutting her stuff on the stage - too sweet to watch! Being a stage mum is exhausting though, I have been driving her back & forth - up & down - to rehearsals 2 or 3 times a week, sewing costumes & playing hair & make-up artist!
Seeing as it's the weekend I thought I would share some of the photos I took of her in our garden before we left this morning. I'm sure they will make it onto a page soon - in fact I even have the page already planned out in my mind :)
She is going to be eleven soon, so she is growing up, but she is still a very tiny little girl, often fitting into 5 - 6 year clothes! She eats like a horse though, as long as it is food that she likes...roast chicken with skin, fries, crisps, pizza, chocolate milk, popcorn, ice-cream, strawberry milkshakes, rusks...hmmm...not exactly a low-fat diet for a dancer, but Thank Goodness at the moment she can get away with that delicious diet!
She gets teased at school for those gorgeous rosy apple cheekbones, but I have told her that all supermodels have them so that makes her giggle!! She is happiest when she is belting out a tune in front of an audience & shaking her little self around a stage - it warmed our hearts to watch her this weekend, we were so proud! Even her older brothers were impressed with her "Better than I thought she would be" was one of the audible mumbles...I know that they were secretly very proud of their little sister being so brave & doing so well :)
You see what I mean? She is such a little half-pint, but she sure has ATTITUDE! Her best friend came with us to the shows (and my best friend too...) so she feels completely elated, overjoyed and EXHAUSTED right now, after a weekend where all the attention was on her! As the youngest of 4 often she has to keep herself happy & she is very undemanding & loves lying in front of the TV "couch-potatoeing" so she deserved her little spot in the limelight occasionally. It's only once every 6 months that her academy puts on a show but the preparation takes months so no sooner is one over than we all start planning the next!
This little man was at her best friend's gate when I dropped her home today - luckily I had my camera at my feet in the car - a kairos moment! We also came across a little family just like this, but as I was about to take my photo a
@#$%Q^* silly runner came jogging past & that was the end of that - they scooted back into the bush - opportunity lost! It was clearly "wild-life day out" today & I live in a very built-up area!!
And this was the view from my kitchen window today - I counted 8 yachts all in all - and a speedboat (which my son thought was a whale...pfffft...) plus the usual selection of cargo ships & container carriers...I took this photo off Google as mine came out with 8 little white specks that looked rather insignificant! Our view just goes on SEEMINGLY FOREVER...no land anywhere to be seen, just a horizon far, far away...it is honestly one of the most calming influences in my life & in the 6 years I have lived by the sea I have never tired of it.
We have been coming home between shows for a bite to eat & to get the house tidied up, and have been flopping down on the couch in front of the TV to eat our meals while watching these two adorable gentlemen! Roger Federa (who is half South African - having a mother originating from Durban!) & Rafael Nadal competing at the French Open - Roland Garros 2011.
It's the hunky Spaniard who gets my heart racing though & it's not hard to see why - just look at Mr. Armani - need I say more?!? Hot, hot, hot!! Aaaaanyway...back to the more temperate subject of scrapbooking...
And I did promise to show you the cards I made...I made this one for the challenge over at Reasonable Ribbon here - the challenge was to make a pink & brown card using some lace or ribbon so I used my left over vintage-inspired tulle from Webster's.
I was inspired by the challenge over here at Card Patterns (no. 117) but see I have missed the deadline of Friday to post it...oh well...it has been a crazy time with my daughter's dance show & dress rehearsals going on all day for 3 days solid. Will have to be more switched on next time...grrr...
I used Echo Park "For the Record" here & my daughter asked me if it was a Christmas card...so there you go...need I say more? Okay well I will say a bit more LOL...it's not SUPPOSED to be a Christmas card but if you want it to be then why not?! I guess that as soon as you put red & green together everyone makes the same assumption huh?!
I know you may all be a bit shocked seeing cards here & as Bente said, do I have a fever??? :) :) :) You know, I don't have a fever as such...but I do actually NEED some cards...I have been told off several times by friends for actually PURCHASING cards to give them for birthdays, etc, and when you think about it that is rather a disgrace, so I decided that to make a couple of cards every now & again really isn't going to kill me, and, guess what?! I actually enjoyed it! It was a quick creative fix on a Friday morning when I have only a short patch of Studio time before a very busy day starts so I have assigned Fridays as "card day" from now on...let's hope it lasts hey?!