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Where did the week go?

This week have just gone, but then, this school term has just flown by. I can't believe the girls finish term 1 next week and that the Easter Bunny will be visiting in just over a week. There has been so much going on, lots of activities at school and we are back into the soccer season this weekend - go GIRLS SOCCER!!!

This morning has been very enjoyable. I have spent morning packing. Nothing like giving little gifts away! I have packed the RAKs for Jasmine, Olga and Mimi. These will be in the post today.


And I've packed some surprises for a couple of other girls...


Its just one week until this great event.......

The GOOD FRIDAY CROP FOR KIDS is raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. I've sent a couple of gift certificates for my online classes down to the organisers, as well as some Ribbons Galore Dolly Bags.

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Take a peek of these cute flowers below. These are the American Crafts felt flowers I bought a couple of weeks back. They are so nice and lovely for layering. I've just attached them to the cards with brads.

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I was going to share a layout which has been on my desk for weeks and weeks (and weeks). I started playing with it again last night and changed a few things, so of course it didn't get finished last night as I intended. When it is complete (maybe in another few weeks), I'll share.

I do, however, have a little Easter project to share. This one was on the Maya Road blog recently as part of our DT monthly challenge. We had to use the new Maya Road Clear Journaling Stamps WITH a Chipboard Coaster book BUT the coaster book couldn't be used as a book. The girls came up with some wonderful projects, make sure you have a look if you haven't already. The flowers are covered with some new Paper Salon papers. Here's my Easter gift tags

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I'd like to thank everyone who is still emailing about my website and online class. Thank you for your positive comments. Sneak peeks for my new classes will be coming soon.

That's about all from me. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Thanks for visiting.



and the winner is...

Firstly, I'd like to thank all the lovely ladies who have taken my sample class at over the weekend. I really do appreciate the time it's taken you to email me your comments and feedback.

Now, back to the RAK. I had such a great response, I've decided to give three RAK's away.

Emily, my wonderful assistant and gorgeous daughter, was the official name drawer this afternoon and the following ladies names were randomly picked:

  • Olga H
  • Jasmine B
  • Mini S

Congratulations ladies, I'll be in touch to get your mailing addresses so I can send out your RAKs.

While the chance to win a RAK has closed, the sample class will remain open for anyone to try. You can take the class HERE.

I've started receiving layouts which can be seen in the Student's Work gallery.

Thank you

Have a great week.


Fiona x

free sample scrapbooking class now open and a RAK

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me with your lovely comments about my new site. I really appreciate you taking the time.

I'm pleased to say, the sample online class is now open. This is a simplified version of an online class designed to let you try out my new classroom.

To celebrate the opening of the classroom, I have a RAK to give away.

All you have to do is take part in my sample class over at over the weekend. Email me your comments, thoughts and feedback about the site. I welcome all constructive comments. (You can use the "questions or comments" button on the website)

On Monday I will pop everyone's name who has emailed me into a hat and draw out a winner. Im happy to post the RAK anywhere!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I look forward to hearing from you.


Fiona relaunched

I have spent several months working on a new project - it's actually a re-build of an existing one. I'm pleased and very excited to say my new website, is now open.

I've made this website easier to navigate, and I now have an online classroom facility. Classes will start in April.

A newsletter will be sent out regularly with news and details about my online classes. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, visit the site (the newsletter box is in the top right corner), or you can send me your email and I can add you.

I'm still adding lots to the gallery, and a sample class will be available to view by the end of the week.

I'd like to thank the guys at Seventh Vision, Peter and Aaron, who again have built and delivered a fabulous website, which I'm thrilled with. Seventh Vision built my Ribbons Galore site which was launched a year ago.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great day.

Fiona xx

weekend catch up

This is a little 8"x8" layout for an album that Phoebe is doing. We are both contributing to it. Sometimes she makes a little layout, and sometimes I make little layouts for her to include in there.


The next one was using some s.e.i. iron-on letters. These letters are gorgeous with soft velvet-y texture. These photos are almost 2 years old, goodness time flies. The journaling tells of these two girls of mine who would join me on my creative journey sometimes. While working on a step by step for SM, they sat down at the table with all my stuff and just started working - punching, colouring and cutting. They created jewelry from the shrink plastic I was working on, like the one Emily if wearing in the photo.


We finally had a Saturday with no sport yesterday. Phoebe has been playing Cricket during the summer which finished last weekend. But we don't have much of a break. Both girls are starting Soccer soon, with friendly inter-club games already being scheduled.

Anyway, with nothing organised on our Saturday morning, we went down to the Northside Produce Markets at North Sydney.

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Always a great place to visit. We do like good food in our family and we all like cooking, so going to a market where the food is sold by the producer is wonderful. The produce is so fresh and full of flavor and the smells as you wander around the stalls makes everything very tempting.

Here's a little glimpse of what came home with us.

This Fruit Soda cordial is yummy. We bought home two small bottles to try, but will buy the big ones next time. Very refreshing with sparkly mineral water too.


Fresh bread from La Tartine from the NSW Central Coast (Somersby). We spotted some bread with pecan nuts through it on their stall. We went away for a coffee, came back to buy some and it was all sold out! Lesson learned - buy it when you see it!!! Anyway, we came home with a fruit loaf (back) and a white loaf.


And this ham was delicious. It comes from Orange, NSW. It is real ham, with a real smoky flavour.


So, guess what we had for lunch. Ham and fresh ricotta sandwiches, absolutely gourmet when made with such deliciously fresh produce!


Hope your weekend has been relaxing!

Thanks for visiting.



bits and pieces at the end of the week

Last Thursday night Emily and I went out to Scrapabout Australia, where Heidi Grace was visiting for the evening with her lovely husband and gorgeous baby. She was very entertaining and kept us all laughing while we created a tag using some of her lovely products. Heidi was very patient {as was baby Reagan} while everyone had their photo taken with her.


Through the week I received a little order from Rocky Mountains Hobbies. Thought I'd share some of the goodies.

Being a lover of fabric, these little felt products are a perfect embellishment. They are super thin and gorgeous! Just love these American Crafts felt shapes. So glad I have finally got some to play with.

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I also bought some paper from Sassafras Lass which caught my eye. It was so colourful and happy, I just had to have it :-)  The first collection is called Scrumptious.


The next collection is called Blue Boutique, with colours of denim blue, reds and pinks.


On a sad note. A special lady, who I have been lucky enough to know since I was ten, died earlier this week. She was 84 years old. She first became our neighbour when my family moved to Northbridge in 1976. She soon became our family friend and local doctor. She was my doctor until my early twenties when she retired. She was compassionate, loving and very, very understanding.

I last saw her a few months ago at our local shopping centre. I was with Phoebe, in a bit of a hurry, but I wanted to say hello and I stopped to have a chat. I'm glad I did. She will be missed. I went to her memorial service on Friday afternoon, which was attended by about 250 people. It was a beautiful celebration of her life and achievements.




Just chatting

I have been downloading some photos this morning. Its been a while since I've cleared my photo card, I'm ashamed to say. I usually do it in a rush when I turn my camera on and see I only have room for a couple of photos left on my card. Considering I use two 512MB cards, that can be a lot of photos to sort through. So I'm trying to catch up this morning.

One thing I love about backing up my photos is that I get to review the photos I have taken, some I have even forgotten I'd taken. It's really is like going through a digital photo album.

Anyway, we spent the morning at Balmoral Beach last Sunday, one of my favorite places to visit in Sydney. The tide was high, really high, thanks for a full moon, and the girls love jumping from the boardwalk around the baths. As the tide was high, the drop wasn't so great, and therefore not so scary = happier girls!

Below was one of my favorite photos from the day. I sat my camera on the boardwalk and took the shot - I didn't even look through the viewer. I loved it when I opened it this morning. Phoebe with her blue goggles which are a permanent fixture to her face whenever she's near water and the bright red surf mats the girls received for Christmas, which again, are a permanent accompaniment whenever we are near water. Love the color of the bleached wood of the boardwalk and the green of the water.


We have spent sooo much time at Balmoral over the last 11 years. I'd hate to add up how many hours I've spent there sitting on the beach, under the trees, dipping my toes in the water with my two girls as they have grown up. When they were toddlers and pre-schoolers it was usually the first place we'd suggest to meet up with friends, have picnics with family or just go there and hang out, just the four of us. There have been days when we'd arrive in the morning intending to stay a couple of hours, and would end up buying fish and chips for dinner.

One place I love down there is the Balmoral Boatshed Cafe. You can see it behind Paul and Emily in the photo below. It's new, sparkly new and its fabulous.


The old Boatshed closed a while back and was pulled down. It was great too, had a lot of character (like you could see the sand and water through the floorboards of the cafe, type of character). But the new Cafe is great. People still wander in with sandy feet and towels wrapped around them, kids run in with their swimmers and wet hair, it still has all the atmosphere of a beach-side cafe. Love it, and I'm sooo glad its back and open and selling great coffee!

Anyway, thanks for reading my rambling on today.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Hope you have a great day.



scrapbooking classes

I will be teaching three scrapbooking classes at Scrapabout Australia in March and April. Here are the sneak peeks for each class. I've popped them in an album over in the left column here on the blog too, with more details, dates, booking information.


A scrapbooking class using the latest and greatest from Urban Lily on Saturday 17 March at 10.00am.


A mini book scrapbooking class using a Maya Road Chipboard Binder book as our base, decorated with the latest Karen Neuburger Chesapeake collection from Paper Salon.  Saturday 28 April at 10.00am.


Make sure you take lots of photos this Easter ready to create this double page layout. We will be using a little more Urban Lily, mixed with some Maya Road and Delish Designs in this scrapbooking class on Saturday 28 April at 2.00pm.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting.

Have a good weekend.