Monday-itis is alive and well…

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Just what is it that allows you to sleep-in on a week day but not always on a week-end?! People joke it’s a student affliction but I can assure you it’s alive and well in the “very mature”. Just like last Monday I could have quite easily turned over and stayed in bed without any drama whatsoever but alas, there were things to be done that could only be done today… dang it!

Looking at the clock now I can’t believe where the day has disappeared to yet the really sad thing is all the cleaning I had planned to do this afternoon after collecting the children has yet to be ticked off my list. Now that really is a  BIG dang it. No prizes as to guessing what I’m doing first thing tomorrow morning… ugh!

So it’s kinda apt what I’m about to show you. It’s one of my little demonstration items for workshops… a Tea-Bag Holder.You could really use it for anything but I had tea-bags sitting on my desk so I used them.

This one all came about through that small piece of  Greenhouse Gala DSP on the front. It was on my desk one morning, along with scraps of the Tangerine card-stock, and after a little playing this was the end result. The arrival of the new stamp set “Morning Cup” from the new catty was perfect timing. I had the most wonderful idea of how to use the coffee pot today so I’d best go sketch it before I fall asleep so I can do it tomorrow.

Only four more sleeps to the school holidays… BRINGTHEMON!!!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Pinch and a Punch for the First Day of the Month…

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Plus the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming… aaahhhh, the first day of Spring. That was until the clouds blew in, the breeze became gusty, and the air… generally cold. Do you ever get the feeling real life and one’s perception are two TOTALLY different things?

On saying this though that I must confess this morning was beautiful which worked brilliantly for Miss Seven’s and Master Nine’s Book Week celebrations on the oval. They had a hoot all dressed up – one as a witch, the other as the Hunchback of Notra Dame’s skeleton, and I as Big Red – Little Red Riding Hood’s big sister. See, she was the one who should have been looking after Grandma when the wolf ate her but instead had just stepped outside to “chat” to the woodsman about how big his axe was!

Another big event today was the official launch of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue – how exciting! No more secrets, no more narrative – you can see it all for yourselves! Whilst you are waiting for your own copy of the new catalogue, click on the picture of it just to the right to scroll through the pages… as I’ve said before, it’s beautiful.

Now, don’t forget, I have the new catalogues here for $10, or if you’d like one for nothing, simply book a workshop and not only will you receive a complimentary catalogue, but you will have the opportunity to earn free stamp sets and loads of free merchandise – too easy!

One of my “new” favourite stamp sets is Artistic Etchings – besides the wonderful Eiffel Tower, there is a fabulous circle stamp that I’ve used quite a bit already for backgrounds, along with a key, crown, and others. Both the key and crown I’ve embossed in gold before cutting them out and adhering to the card. I’ve also added small adhesive pearls to  both of these.

 My dear friend ROC showed me this following  little darling a couple of weeks ago. Something so very useful with the silly season looming so quickly upon us – a Gift Card Wallet!


 Open it up and you have this… how clever is this, the divided sections within is simply an envelope that’s been halved!

Don’t you just love it!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Two tidy rooms… too tired to think!

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It may have just been two rooms I sorted and rearranged but it feels as if I did the ENTIRE house! People think I’m just joking when I say I’m allergic to dust and mildew and the cleaning products that removes these things but I really am. So when I do do a major clean as I did just recently with the children’s bedrooms, the side effect is I feel as if I’m hung-over. Hence the reason I’m not the clean freak I used to be… and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

As always of course, I had one or three things on my list to do yesterday but I sat on the couch on the pretense of “sorting buttons” and that’s where I stayed until it was school run time. Even now I’m still toying with the idea of “sorting more buttons” as my head is still swimming. But enough of my pity party!

Let’s bid a Fond Farewell to Colour #23 – Barely Banana. This colour goes exquisitely well with the chocolate chip and why wouldn’t it – chocolate and banana – yum. I can still taste the banana and nutella crepes that were being sold from little crepe stalls on the side-walks of Paris. I was so looking forward to sharing this treat with my family when we holidayed there a couple of years ago but alas, I don’t know if it was because it was off-season or what, they just weren’t there…

The pattern on both the Barely Banana  and the Chocolate chip was from the Illuminated Wheel which is… retiring! I think it’s safe to say if I like it, it’s retiring. Fortunately I’m too tired to get a complex about it! In the shoe I’ve put some delicious Lindt balls, and in the hand-bag are two hot chocolate sachets. Chocolate on chocolate – you have to like that!

Oh… I’ve just realised I don’t think I’ve mentioned these two items are this month’s “Off the Page” class – named Sex in the City. I take no credit for that title, this belongs to Juliette Chapman, one of the incredibly talented ladies from the ESAD group I belong to.

Should you and a friend be interested in this class, or any class for that matter, please contact me and we’ll arrange a time suitable to us both. I understand time is precious to us all so if a class time just doesn’t work for you, simply call me and I’m sure something can be arranged!

Joke of the Day:

What do you put into a box to make it lighter?
A hole of course!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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