**** SOUTH AFRICAN PEAS - AUG THREAD ****
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Posted: 8/1/2013 9:33:36 AM
Hi everyone,

As promised we have a new thread! I must admit I have missed everyone! Life here has been super busy but that seems the norm now. Only a week to go till our Croatia trip and we are all super excited. I actually got an hour to scrap today and manged to finish a layout. It's of a photo of my sister and me as very young children. I just love the picture and am very happy with the finished layout. I got to use pink and floral which is so unusual for me with 2 boys!

Michelle - how is the kitchen Reno going? Hopefully finished by now or you must be going mad!

Carmen - not sure if I missed it on the other thread but do you have a moving date?

Hi to Tanya and Jennifer.

Chat soon

Cilla

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:58:22 AM
Hi Cilla!

Thanks for posting the thread. Yes, my kitchen is finished... well, sort of. I still need to paint the walls again. I posted a photo here for my Chatty Scrapper friends, so you girls can peek too

You must be excited about your Croatia trip.

I'll pop by again - need to go home from work now!




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Posted: 8/1/2013 2:00:26 PM
Great kitchen! You have done a wonderful job. Hope you are enjoying cooking in it!.

Started my second layout of the day... Maybe the mojo is on the way back

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Posted: 8/2/2013 4:43:51 AM
Finished the second layot and have posted both tin the gallery. Michelle, you will see a lot of your washi used in the one layout! Thanks again!

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Posted: 8/2/2013 4:58:11 AM
Hi all *waves*

I am super envious of your kitchen Michelle it looks ginormous!

Had a look at your layouts Cilla - really pretty.

On the scrappy front I've done a few layouts; I love watching process videos on you tube but have realised there is no way I could do them because it can take me literally days to finish one page - ridiculous but it is what it is I'm also catching up on the last few weeks of PL; I love doing project life but I also love doing 12x12 pages so it can be tricky trying to fit both in at times.

Non scrap related - my oldest is in full blown matric dance frenzy and would you believe a few days after the dance she turns 18; Sept is going to be a really expensive month!

Still think of the photo opportunities!!! Yay

Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:17:12 AM
Hey, I recognise that washi! Beautiful pages, Cilla. Wish I had more time to scrap at the moment. Just not getting there.

Tanya, please pmail me your postal address. I'd love to send you some washi too. It was almost as much fun getting Cilla's envelope ready as it was receiving hers! Sounds as if you are in for a very hectic few weeks.

Thanks for the nice comments about my kitchen. Yes, it is quite big. 4x4 sqm. I'm loving all the cupboards. My whole living area is double volume and open-plan, so space isn't a problem

I take days to do a page too. The most I've done in one day was 4 and they were all similar in theme and sketch. I so admire those scrappers that put a page together in an hour. I take that long to choose my paper!

have a wonderful weekend. We have a bit of sunshine here in CT, so I'm hoping to get into the garden a bit. And wash my car...




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Posted: 8/2/2013 10:54:28 PM
Hello my South African friends. You are Peas from ZA, so maybe this thread could be called "A Slice of Pea-za". Yes, I know I'm silly.

Anyhow -- no, no moving date yet, but it feels like everything we are doing these days is pointing toward the move, from getting the house ready for sale to DH training staff to take over for him once he leaves. If the house sells (and we have a prospective buyer who is working on getting a down payment together), we are hoping for DH to wrap up his job at the end of August, and then leave La Ronge a week or so later. We are still very much in limbo until the house sells. We are still raising our monthly financial support, so it will probably be a few months yet before we can leave. We are hoping to arrive at O.R. Tambo in time for your summer (ie. before the end of the year). I worry a bit about our visas, and Sara's passport renewal (and ours too, as our passports expire next -- well, I was going to say spring, but I guess it's fall for you -- next May or June, anyhow).

Michelle, your kitchen looks great -- lots of room and elegant fixtures. And Cilla, your layouts are such fun. I especially like your "Garden Girls", with all the pretty clusters. I am a very, very slow scrapper too. I really need to get going on some projects -- the only thing I've done crafting-wise in the last two months is an anniversary card for my husband. I would like to do a monthly Project Life spread for January through June, and then do weekly pages from July onwards, but that's already 10 layouts and I haven't done anything yet.... I am feeling the crunch, knowing that most of my supplies will be going into storage very soon.

I will check in again soon.

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/4/2013 11:02:41 PM
Carmen - cute name suggestion. You sound very calm in the face of the unknown. I like to have all my ducks in a row so to speak and then not knowing would be driving me crazy. I agree it must be hard to get your creative juices flowing when all is about to get packed up.

Tanya - please post a pic of your DDs matric dance outfit once it's decided. I just love seeing them. Is she an easy to please girl or is the process of finding a dress going to be a long one? If you get time, let us see some of your layouts too. I love your style!

Michelle - hope you had good weather this weekend. We had a very sunny but a bit cold weekend in JHB. Had a wonderful lunch at Casalinga with friends yesterday. Must resume my diet again today to get swimsuit ready for Croatia!

Must start getting school lunches ready now. Will check back later. Have a good week everyone!

Cilla

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 8/5/2013 7:10:31 AM
Hiya all!

Eish (very South African term) Carmen - moving is stressful at the best of times but to move internationally must be a whole heap more headache inducing. I've done a fair few moves in my time; mostly growing up so my parents shouldered all of the stress - good luck with everything and don't worry about your scrapbooking; you'll get there

As for the matric dance, we're going on Saturday material shopping; we have the design and a very talented dress maker so we're half way there, but I'll definitely post pics once she's all decked out and thank you Cilla for your kind words on my scrapbooking; made my day.

I did a bit of organising over the weekend and realised I need to get my proverbial into gear and actually start using some of what I have - the usual lament from most of us hoard...erm scrapbookers

I'm also beyond excited as I've now joined the smartphone club and can get those photos of things that lugging ones camera to just isn't practical (b/day present from my DH...love that man).

Here's to a great week ...

Tanya

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Posted: 8/5/2013 3:34:15 PM
I am glad that I come across as calm -- a lot of the time, "eish" would definitely be a very appropriate outburst from me!! I will be very relieved to be finished with the move. Limbo is a very uncomfortable position to be in for an extended period of time.... Today we've been "decluttering" the kitchen, and I am resigned to the idea that we will have to have at least two yard/garage sales to clear out the excess baggage, and maybe yet another to clear out some of the stuff that would under "normal" circumstances be going with us. Must run for lunch....

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/6/2013 9:59:41 AM
Hello, all! Glad to read all your news.

Great kitchen, Michelle. I salute your courage in taking on such a major project- I remember almost checking myself into the asylum when we did ours. I am about to do the tiny guest loo and I am quailing at even that.

Prilqod (if you are not already away) enjoy Croatia, Safe Travels.

Carmen- I take my hat off to you for your positive attitude to the uncertainties in your intercontinental move. Good luck with your decluttering!

Tanya- Matric dance pressures are not to be sneezed at either- best of luck!

Me? about 80% of the way through writing a new workshop, being messed around a bit by overseas family regarding a trip to a wedding the date of which keeps shifting and looking forward to the Convention at the end of the month.

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Posted: 8/6/2013 11:06:32 PM
Hi

Not on the way yet. We leave Friday night. I have started the packing and hope to finish it tomorrow afternoon. We have brunch with friends on Friday so I don't want to leave anything to the last moment. Jennifer, I have decided against the convention this year. It's the weekend after we get back and I will need a weekend to get DS ready for school again. It is a MUST for next year though. I hope you have a blast.

Michelle saw on another thread you put your back out? Hope you are ok?

Carmen - I agree that you seem very calm. I was told by our family dr the other day that I always appear calm and composed. Guess I am a bit like a swan and frantically threading water where no one else can see!

Off to golf on a rather freezing morning but it should warm up just now. I hope!

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/7/2013 9:59:33 AM
Hi all!

Cilla - yes, I pinched a nerve in my back, went to the physio on Monday but still stiff. I have to go back on tomorrow. I don't think standing all day at work helps much as I'm much worse in the afternoons.

I've spent most of the afternoon trying to sort out my desk. I've finally found the surface, so I'm rewarding myself with a little time here.

Jennifer - What workshop are you working on? Sounds interesting.

Tanya - We definitely need pics of the dress! Good luck with the material hunting.

Carmen - Strength. That is all I can say. I can't imagine going so long without firm plans. It would drive me moggy. Hope you make a bit of fun money with the garage sale.

It is pouring again here; I didn't wash my car, so I'm quite happy in a perverse sort of way. Hate washing a car only to get it dirty immediately again. It goes in for a service tomorrow anyway.

Any plans for the long weekend? I think Women's Day means we women can do what we want... and that means scrapping with chocolates and a glass of wine to me

Have a lot of fun in Croatia, Cilla. It's an amazing country.




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Posted: 8/7/2013 4:21:45 PM
It is fascinating to me to keep encountering, even in these threads, expressions unknown to me, as well as bits of history/pop culture. "Go moggy" -- I can definitely see using that one a lot! LOL. Your Women's Day is very interesting too -- rather more political/historical than Mother's Day, or even Labour Day (which is normally just "marked" as a day off work). What do people usually do these days to mark Women's Day, besides enjoying wine and chocolate? I didn't know anything about it, so I Googled and found this interesting article: http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/1956-womens-march-pretoria-9-august. Perhaps next Aug. 9 we will visit Pretoria!

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 11:11:29 PM
Carmen - yes Womens day is way more political than Mothers day etc. it is focussed more on the rights and issues that affect women than just saying thank you. I think most people treat it a bit like Mothers day but there are no gifts or cards involved. A lot of organizations that deal with women's issues will have functions, marches or rallies. Unfortunately, South Africa tends to be a very paternalistic country and especially rurally women's issues do not usually take centre stage so this is one day they can get highlighted!

Hope this helps.

P.S I also love the 'go moggy' expression

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Posted: 8/8/2013 12:31:42 AM
Thanks for the insights, Cilla!

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/8/2013 1:23:50 AM
To be honest I think a lot of us women are just super excited this year the public holiday gives us a long weekend. Yay Scrapbooking time!!!

Your workshop hint Jennifer does sound interesting; what are you going to be teaching? I believe April Foster from Studio Calico is going to be teaching at the convention this year. I'm not going either Cilla, went to a lot of them when they first started having them in Cape Town as well but I've taken a break the last few years. They're great though and super fun to go with a group - I don't know enough people who scrap to do that sadly.

Have a wonderful time in Croatia Cilla - I've never been so you're going to have to post some pics when you get back.

Sorry to hear about your back Michelle - hope you feel better soon. As for long weekend plans; there's the material shopping for the dress; I need to find a 70th b/day gift for my Mom but other than that... I plan on scrapping and just taking it easy. Sounds blissful

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/8/2013 4:25:00 AM
Carmen - Women's Day is very much a political rather than cultural holiday. That said, there isn't much most people do to celebrate. As Cilla said, Womens Rights organisations will have events, but on the whole most women will just take it as an excuse for a little 'me time'. The fact that it makes a long weekend this year is, of course, an added bonus.

Have a lovely day.





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Posted: 8/8/2013 5:03:49 AM
Hello, all- Michelle, hope the back will improve before too long.

Carmen, you put us all to shame with your enquiring mind about all things "S'effrican..." (insert execrable accent here). I have an old book, semi-humourous if I remember correctly, of these cultural expressions. I will try to find it.

Tanya & Michelle- regarding that workshop- nothing scrappy or crafty! I am flattered you thought it might be. It is a VERY boring intergovernmental/ interdisciplinary "how to" workshop manual which translates legislation into action & spells out (I hope) roles & responsibilities of various officials. Yuk. Confession time: this is my way of recycling your tax money into scrappy stuff. Please don't evict me from the thread hahaha.

Tanya is correct about the SC/ AF class- Carmen, you will be interested to hear she is doing "PL style..." pages. The sneak peeks for 5 out of the 6 classes are out and they all look stunning!

Cilla will be in almost on the 'plane mode, but the rest of you will have seen up-thread I tried to indoctrinate her to be a "Convention-nut" like me- just poor timing with Croatia. Next time! BTW,Tanya, next year's event/s are not to be missed. Big announcement next week, let's talk then....

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Posted: 8/8/2013 6:59:37 AM
You know I am so easily enabled and swayed and now I am dying of curiosity to know what next year's entails....!!! Bad Girl Jennifer
Off to check the website for this years to see what I'm missing out on.

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Posted: 8/9/2013 8:27:23 PM
I too am very intrigued by the hint re the 2014 convention -- I don't suppose there's any connection to our conversation, eh, Jennifer?!

I look forward to seeing what you create in April's class(es).

Hey -- what would you girls think of having a "South African Peas" group at next year's event in Joburg?! If these events are more fun to do as a group, we could be that group, yes? Cilla, Tanya, Michelle, Jennifer of course -- are you in?

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/10/2013 4:49:40 AM
Cilla-- no link to our emails (mid-year?) regarding Ali E, I recall.... sorry to disappoint you, I know she is your favourite.

Will definitely chat on Tues/Wed when the secret is out. SA Peas-- you betcha! Tanya & Michelle are in CT though- maybe us Jo'burg lot will have to travel & attend twice? If only.

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/10/2013 5:10:16 AM
Carmen - the idea of a scrappy 2peas getaway sounds great! I'd be game to join you in Jo'burg depending on the timing. As long as it's not exam time here, I'm sure I can(will) slip away for a few days.

I'm also immensely impressed by your interest and research into our country and culture. Not sure if I would go to all the trouble if I were moving. As long as they spoke English I'd survive

Jennifer - ROFL! That workshop doesn't sound nearly as much fun as what we were picturing! Hmm, so that's what SARS does with our money... (Carmen, SARS is our IRS).





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Posted: 8/10/2013 12:57:16 PM
Jennifer -- No worries about disappointment, I just wondered. I am very curious as to who/what will be happening next year. Hopefully we can convince Tanya to come from Cape Town too, as it looks like Michelle is in! Maybe Kerry as well -- I haven't seen her in these threads for quite a while, but she lives in Edenvale.

Michelle -- Is it curiously appropriate that SARS is both a tax agency and a communicable disease?! I'm guessing that the Joburg event is during or just after spring break...? So likely not a conflict with exam season. How do you usually travel to Joburg? It looks like there are good options both for train trips and for flights, from my research.

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/11/2013 1:50:02 AM
Hi, Carmen! Glad your mind is still open to being excited about Convention attendance, despite the mystery teacher not being your favourite Ali E!

Clarification on timing- this is already public info as a "save the date" went out about a month ago: I am hinting about the one-day event (as opposed to the two-day event which is traditionally August/September, SA springtime).

The one day event is in Jo'burg weekend of the 8th March 2014, then travels to Cape Town weekend of the 15th March. Many "special" features next year, trust me on this... Talk next week!

On Travel options, Carmen: flight from Jo'burg to CT takes 2 hours, I would recommend that. Train not really an option. As you are so interested in seeing & experiencing SA, driving & staying over a couple of nights en route would be more scenic and satisfying!

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/11/2013 6:51:25 AM
Hmm, Jennifer, the weekend of 8 March looks do-able for me to come to Jo'burg. I'll definitely fly - trains just take way too long for one weekend.

Carmen, LOL at SARS being a disease - totally true. Once they have you they never go away. No foreseeable cure for taxes, unfortunately.




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Posted: 8/11/2013 5:27:35 PM
March 8, eh? Can't you give us a wee hint on the mystery teacher?! I am very eager to hear!!

I was reading about the Shosoloza Meyl trains, and they look like a do-able option.... http://www.seat61.com/SouthAfrica.htm#.UggPClPmpR4. Not ideal for a weekend trip, but still something we want to investigate further. A two-hour flight sounds okay, though, for getting between the cities quickly. What airline(s) do you recommend?

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/12/2013 1:02:01 AM
I'd love to get together with you all will have to see what life looks like nearer March next year - a little too far ahead for me to be able to say yay or nay for definite. Fortunately for some weird reason my hubby absolutely loves driving up to Jhb (yea it's a long drive but cheaper than flying) so maybe I can convince him we need to do this

You know which teacher would cause mass hysteria? Tim Holtz....best classes I've ever taken were by him.

Carmen we don't have the variety of airlines you do (I'm assuming Canada is similar to US) we have our main carrier - SAA which tends to be a little on the pricey side but you do get a higher level of service ie. a meal on the flight etc. Our budget airlines are Kulula; Mango (which is a cheaper version of SAA)- there could be others can't think of them if there are - we had more but they sadly keep going belly up - http://www.travelstart.co.za is a good site to compare prices from the various airlines and obviously the earlier you book the cheaper it is.

Anticipating some spectacular inside info from you Jennifer....

Here's to a new week.

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Posted: 8/12/2013 2:44:12 AM
Hi Michelle, Tanya & Cilla! Only one more day to wait for the official news to break.... I will not break my word to my buddy, Not a word will pass my lips/ come from my keyboard until then...

I respect thoughts about diaries etc, we all have very busy lives, the best I can do is to "prep" you for the announcement as I will not be surprised if this "Mystery teacher event" sells out at lightning speed.

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 8/12/2013 3:38:18 AM
I reckon your friend needs to give you a huge bonus for managing to build anticipation and frenzy all with a few words from your keyboard!! Also you probably can sell ice to an eskimo... Cannot wait till tomorrow.

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 8/12/2013 8:31:15 AM
Huh! I was right

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Posted: 8/12/2013 8:41:08 AM
Well done Tanya! And see you in CT.... Maybe Jo'burg too?

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Posted: 8/12/2013 4:27:38 PM
Cilla's not going to see this in time, if it's going to sell out lightning fast and she's in Croatia....

I like Tim's stuff, but I'm not sure if this event would be the best choice for me. If it works best for our SA Peas get-together, I might be able to swing it, but I think I'd rather do the two-day August event with you girls. I (will) live fairly close to Emperor's Palace, though, so if any of you are coming for the Tim Holtz event, it would be great to get together or even have you over to our house.

Carmen.



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Posted: 8/12/2013 7:20:22 PM
We actually don't have that many airlines in Canada, truthfully. The only major ones are Air Canada and WestJet. Canada is large geographically, but the population is only 1/10th of the U.S. -- about 30 million to their 300 million. There are a fair number of airlines that do charter flights, plus some medevac (medical evacuation) work, and there are some that have scheduled passenger service in various regions, but I think only WestJet and Air Canada (and its subsidiaries) fly across the country or outside the country. In our area, we have Transwest Air and West Wind Aviation.

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/13/2013 3:20:23 AM
So Tanya was right AND she saw the official announcement on the Convention site before I did....Fakebook is apparently better for inside information than I am! I heard rumours that the news was out a couple of weeks ago.

Carmen, I hear you about the "Tim Style" perhaps not being the best one for you, but don't discount the Co-teacher, Paula Cheney-- an absolute GENIUS scrapbooker. So you have the brilliance of Tim/ Mario Ranger and a scrapbooker's eye. If you can get a seat- pre booking for loyal/ regular Convention clients is happening as I type and website bookings go live 14h00 S.A time - grab it!

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/13/2013 5:18:06 AM
Oh WOW! Tim Holtz will be great. Ok, I'm just waiting for the 14h00 announcement of prices, etc. Need to see if the finances will allow it too.

If I can do it, now would be a good time to book flights too. MUCH cheaper.

Now for the million dollar question: Can I stay over with someone, please? It'll save me a bit of money on accommodation. And we can get to know each other. Can we do the Saturday event? I can then fly up Friday night and back Sunday without too much hassle.

I'll be back soon to confirm whether I'm definitely in.




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Posted: 8/13/2013 5:48:08 AM
I too am waiting to see prices - don't honestly think I can justify the Jhb trip with him coming to Cape Town - especially as he's going to be at the Mount Nelson - such a beautiful venue.

Carmen for what it's worth he is an amazing teacher; very funny, personable and so patient with 'non arty' types like me (I'm the type that hates getting her hands dirty).

The two day events are great fun though so if you have to choose between the two perhaps the 2 day is a better deal for you.

Chat later.

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/13/2013 7:35:53 AM
Um....

The price for one day is a bit steep if I still need to fly up... The CT event at the Mount Nelson would be much more doable for me.

Maybe you and I can meet up in Cape Town, Tanya?




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Posted: 8/13/2013 8:09:10 AM
Michelle- I hear ya. Hubby & I traditionally stay over at the Emperors events, avoid late-night highways all the way back to the north. Although, now that the dreaded toll roads are finished, I must say it has cut the journey time. We still stay over though, "Dirty weekends" R us. The benefits of being a 2 careers no kids family.

My hubby is the hotelmeister- he always books us into good hotels as payback for all the "interesting" places we have stayed at while on projects. Poor b*gger is at one now hahaha. I have "booked" for the Joburg event and the masterclass- provided I get one of the 25 places, will definitely arrange a get-together. High Tea at the Nellie?

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 8/13/2013 10:42:53 AM
Have to admit I nearly fell off my chair at the price of the master class, I know it includes accommodation and will be a wonderful experience but heck....that is a shed load of Rands. Fantastic opportunity for those that can afford it

Michelle I agree the price for the one day is high, I'm sure there will be a lot of interest but without an idea of what the classes are going to be I just can't justify booking yet. Keep thinking to myself how much I could buy with that. Admittedly I have been fortunate to have been to two classes of Tim's before so that is playing a role in my hesitation.

I'd love to be a helper though, have always wanted to do that at these events.

Ah well.....let's see how the chips fall

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/13/2013 10:51:47 AM
Tanya - yeah, I gulped aloud here at work at the masterclass price. Staff was wondering what I was on about. Are Tim's classes worth it even if you are not so into his style? I'm not such a fan if the distressed look, but I'm sure there will be a lot of fun techniques to try.

Jennifer - High tea at the Nellie sounds perfect! I'm seriously considering both options, though. I'll discuss it with hubby tonight. Do they usually have good deals on the accommodation for these events? Then again, I'm tempted to wait for the 2-day convention later next year. Decisions, decisions...




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Posted: 8/13/2013 11:04:01 AM
Michelle, am hurriedly replying now as you wish to chat to hubby tonight: do not mean to not answer Tanya etc...

The Emperors packages negotiated by the Convention are very good: on the main site there should be a link to the Metcourt etc being used for the 2 day at the end of the month: perhaps you can get a ballpark from there? Think the other one is the Mondior? One is budget, the other suites- can't remember which is which.

I hear ya on the Masterclass price: however, it is a package like the Kichaka event. I have attended Kichaka event both years- Well worth it, lots of extras. You Capetonians will know best, believe the "budget" room rate at the Nellie is 6,2?

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 8/13/2013 11:15:37 AM
I do believe his classes are well worth it, he really is an accomplished instructor (check out some of his you tube videos to get an idea) he is also very technique based which is great if you want to learn something new, particularly using his products. I'd be very keen to see what sort of class he is going to do.

I wouldnt at all be surprised at the prices for staying at The Nellie, it's a five star hotel after all and the Grande Dame of Cape Town



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Posted: 8/13/2013 12:13:03 PM
I'm thinking the 2-day event is still the better choice for me, budget-wise and in terms of what I would take away from the classes -- and in terms of getting to meet as many of our SA Peas as possible. I could probably swing the price of the one-day event, but the two-day one is similar in price.... The pirce of the master class is nearly our entire personal spending (everything besides rent on the house in Joburg -- ie. groceries, gas for the vehicle, and all that) allowance for a month, so that's not going to happen for me.

That said -- I saw a mention of being a (volunteer, I assume?) helper at the events, and I would be interested in doing that in Joburg if Glenda is looking for someone, especially if any of our Peas are coming.

I don't know if I'll have a guest room (although you're welcome to sleep on our couch!), but if any of you folks do decide to come for Tim's event in Joburg and I'm not on-site, let's try to get together for supper (or even just coffee/dessert) one evening. I am (or rather, will be...) in Edenvale, about 15 minutes drive from the airport (and the Emperor's Palace) and could most likely pick a couple of people up if you don't have a vehicle.

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/14/2013 2:45:59 AM
Carmen-- what a very generous Pea you are.

All of you considering attendance at the event: I have already disclosed I am buddies with the Convention organiser, so discount my assurances about value in the TH classes (whether we are talking the 1-day or the Masterclass) if you like. I am convinced that nobody will walk away unhappy from what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On the other hand, if diversity is your thing then next year's 2 day event is the one to plan for.

Just a bit of "bad news" regarding volunteering to be a class helper. I believe there is a long waiting list! Dang & Blast.

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Posted: 8/14/2013 3:17:49 AM
figured there would be a long list for volunteers... who wouldn't want to! Ah well if all the wheels fall off (not that I wish ill on anyone) remember me....

I do agree with you that Tim is well worth it, especially if you haven't been to one of his classes before; they really are superb. So if you're wavering - I'd say go for it. (I should get points for at least trying to persuade others ).

Jennifer I do hope you'll regale us with how fantastic the master class is after you've attended... it does sound like a once in a lifetime experience. We'll listen in envy and live vicariously through you.

Here's to getting over the mid-week hump.




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Posted: 8/14/2013 3:34:54 PM
Any hints on the 2014 2-day convention teachers?!

Carmen.


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Posted: 8/15/2013 12:18:00 AM
Carmen, nope- not a single one. The Convention Organiser always goes to the January/ CHA Winter and the negotiations start then.

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 8/15/2013 7:50:56 AM
Okay, you girls have persuaded me.. Hubby said he doesn't mind either way, as long as I use my own disposable income and don't eat into household money. Fair enough.

So I think I'll take the plunge and fly up. Make it my 'me-time' treat, lol.

Jennifer, I'll check out the hotel prices. I've stayed in one of the hotels before for a pharmacy convention (can't remember which hotel) and it was fine. Not that I plan on doing anything else except sleep there. The casino does always amaze me - seeing people there all times of the day and night.

As someone that has gone to this type of thing before, does one have to take a lot of tools with? They say they send out a requirements list, but I'm thinking of the 'big' stuff like craft mats, trimmers, etc. Can just see the looks at the airport with all that stuff in my bag.

Carmen, we can definitely get together! And a dessert-date sounds like fun! Thanks for the offer anyway.

It is raining cats and dogs here and my kids have a concert at school tonight that they need to wear t-shits and go barefoot for. Ugh! Tomorrow they are all going to be sick.





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Posted: 8/15/2013 8:58:00 AM
Hooray, Michelle! Hope your hotel enquiries go well. Hubby does hotel stuff through our business so we have not used the person who does the Convention specials, but I do know that other ladies say it is worth it using the service- my thoughts would be put the "normal" rate you find online into your budget, then any increases which might happen before March next year will be offset by the Convention special rate. Hope that made sense.

Regarding equipment- I hear you about all the heavy stuff you will have to haul up here. I am obsessed with having my own "stuff", in particular cannot cut with a "strange" trimmer, but a couple of my regular table mates HATE to pack so we all share & help each other out. Inks, paints, stamps, punches etc are usually in a little basket on each table- often these are switched out class by class! In Tim / Ranger classes (I have attended both 2009 & 2011) we got a LOT of stuff, both to share at table and to keep. As I am the Jo'burg regular I will pack a cutting mat for you, when the list comes out for class we can compare notes and I will pack "duplicates" of any stuff I have. You will need a Ranger non stick mat for sure, (I don't have a spare at the 'mo) and if your trimmer is bulky, are you good with a craft knife/ metal ruler?

Bottom line- sure we can make a plan. Tim's kits are well-known for being very well-prepared & stocked- now that I come to think of it- help me out, Tanya- all we had to bring in 2011 was our Ranger mat & cutting stuff. Some of the papers were pre cut to size?

Carmen-- better get your house in Canada packed up, as apparently you have dinner guests in Edenvale in a couple of months...
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