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AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:15:03 PM
Hi

The board really seems to be playing up and duplicating posts. Seems a very general issue.

Hard to believe it's actually October already! less than 3 months to Christmas and I haven't started shopping yet!

Michelle - hope the bronchitis clears up quickly. Can't wait to se the birthday layout and hear all about the retreat.

Carmen - so hoping the sale will still happen quickly. At least the buyers had a valid excuse but they could have called still!

I got a page scrapped yesterday. It's not mybbestbor favorite work but I am trying to let go of trying to make every page a masterpiece and just get the photos scrapped! one day when I approach being caught up I can try be more artsy! Might pop into Hobby X this weekend.i want some more Simple Stories Vintage Bliss paper. Am loving the soft colours and finding it works surprisingly well with some boy layouts!

Chat later

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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:30:29 AM
Hello, all. Prilqod- here's to another 3 page thread for you/us!

Just a quick request to the slice of PeaZa group- TH Sunday class Jo'burg March 2014: please correct my facts if necessary- so far we / you are up to 5 at your table : Carmen, Cilla, Michelle, Tilla & Shanantha (Tanya we will miss you for sure). May I go ahead & "book" your table next to "mine" as I have a standing commitment to my group? I don't want to end up on that "Crop nightmare stories" thread....

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 10/1/2013 2:23:53 AM
Hi again

The board does seem to be playing silly buggers with everyone.

Cilla Vintage Bliss is one of my favourites as well; I just love the colours in it.

Michelle sorry to hear about the bronchitis - hope you're feeling better before your retreat and we're going to hold you to posting your layout next week.... speaking of which I updated my gallery with 2 new layouts. Oh and Michelle I had a parcel stuck at customs for ages too and in the end I phoned them and all they needed to release it was my ID no. So if you see that happening again give them a call. I'm also one of those that loves getting the new stuff; probably why I sub to so many kits although I have let Cocoa Daisy go and so it's Scraptastic; SC; Freckled Fawn and Citrus Twist - hmm that is still a lot I don't really order much outside of those though.

Carmen another one holding thumbs for you for your house; does seem to be a rather tricky situation.

I got a small parcel yesterday with the new Silhouette stamp material in it going to play with that this weekend and see how it does; I know a lot of people haven't been all that thrilled with it but it wasn't terribly expensive so no harm done if it is a complete flop.

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AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 10/1/2013 3:12:00 AM
Jennifer - yes please book us next to you. That would be wonderful as we could all actually get to meet each other properly.

Looks like the board bug has fixed



Tanya - off to check your gallery ....

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AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 10/1/2013 3:12:01 AM
Jennifer - yes please book us next to you. That would be wonderful as we could all actually get to meet each other properly.

Looks like the board bug has fixed



Tanya - off to check your gallery ....

Michelle Mostert
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Posted: 10/1/2013 5:55:18 AM
I'm feeling quite a bit better today, thanks. The antibiotics are kicking in!

Tanya - do you get the new Freckled Fawn embellishment tin? It looks so adorable, but I don't use much of those kinds of embellies. I'm worried I'm going to end up with gorgeous tins but supplies I don't use Though, that seems to be par for the course in scrapping anyway, LOL.

Cilla - way to go to get some scrapping done! Sometimes you just have to say 'good enough', or nothing would ever get finished. Not that your pages aren't super cute.

Jennifer - I can't see us peas ending up on 'that' thread. We're all great people, not so? If there are so many of us, maybe we should all wear green to show our 'pea-ness'? Haha, so much for not dressing up.





Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:06:34 PM
Michelle, glad you're better....yes it's the Freckled Fawn tin kit and it really is adorable. I am also very impressed with her customer service...my tin arrived quite dented (normally I don't make a fuss about things but I want to re-use the tins at some point) so I emailed her and she was aware of the issue and sent a replacement tin with a free set of rhinestone stickers. The Oct kit is being revealed this evening, looking forward to seeing what's in it.

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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:37:17 PM
Hi all -- just popping in to let you know I did follow you over to the new month's thread, and I'm not posting on the duplicate thread.

I will try to get back to anything I missed on the September, but for now -- Shanantha, welcome to our "Pea-ZA pie"; Michelle -- get well soon, and have a wonderful time at your retreat; Tanya and Cilla -- way to go on the scrapping; Jennifer -- yes, please book our table next to the Usual Suspects table; Tilla -- kudos to you on hosting the big party....

I'm sure I've missed something....

Oh, the cruise -- seriously, none of you like cruising?! Two of our best vacations ever were cruises to the Caribbean, and the first one was a scrapbooking cruise with Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp, through Creating Keepsakes magazine. March next year wouldn't be a great time for us to go on another cruise, but I am curious as to who is organizing it, what cruise line it is, and where the ports are.

I should get back to getting my house show-ready.

By the way, I'm finding the easiest way to keep track of our threads is to "watch" them -- click the little arrow next to the bottom "reply" button, and there is the option to "watch" the thread. That way you don't have to hunt for the thread, and it's easier to find it on the TwoPeas app as well.

Carmen.

ETA: I tracked down the cruise -- http://www.scrapbookrhapsody.com/scrapaway-2014.html I could see doing that some time, especially with some scrappy friends. Is it an annual thing?


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Posted: 10/1/2013 9:47:31 PM
The "buyers" were no-shows. Again.

My chest has been hurting all evening, I got frustrated and yelled at my 3-year-old for making messes that were just her pulling out a few toys, and I skipped both my workout and doing art with her in order to clean my house. I am sick of these people and their inconsiderate, rude behaviour.

That my house is clean is cold comfort.

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:12:01 PM
Hi

Tanya - I love little tins and boxes so I would also be upset if it arrived dented. But it sounds like good customer service to send another.

Michelle - yay for feeling better! I like the idea of green. Not too dressed up but still a show of solidarity

Carmen - that is just so rude of them regardless of their busy lives. As professionals you would think they had more courtesy. Don't you hate it when you yell at your kids a bit unfairly? Happens to all of us sometimes so go easy on yourselves. You have a lot on your plate right now.
I love cruises but would not want to scrap on one. Not sure why? Guess I keep all my bits of my life neatly compartmentalised and holidays are one bit and scrapping another!

Loving this awesome weather . Off to play golf again. Wish me luck... My game really sucks at the moment

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Posted: 10/2/2013 12:54:59 AM
In no particular order--

Carmen- it is a tough market for sellers all over the world. That is to remind you that as regards the "buyer/s" bad manners : it's not you, its THEM. Ungrammatical, but I think you know what I mean. Look after that chest as your weather starts to turn colder.

Michelle- Good to hear you are feeling better in time for your Hogscrap event- please give us a rundown when you get back.

Cruise- I have shopped at the store running this event (JBay- made a side trip specifically to do scrapbook Tourism) and have second hand feedback, not personal experience, to give on the last 2 years' land-based event by the same organisers. Anyone who would like to hear my 2c worth please peamail or email (those of you I have already corresponded with).

PeaZa table/ suspects- DONE! hooray. Any Tim fans taking CC102?

Tanya- looks like you are our Tech Queen with your silhouette stamping experimentation AND our kit-club reviewer. I received my Convention-gift freebie SC kit from the P.O. yesterday. Not sure if it is representative of their normal kits, are you still a subscriber / when did you stop your subs?

Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 10/2/2013 1:54:41 AM
Hiya all...

Carmen cannot believe you had a no-show AGAIN... just plain rude...I honestly don't understand people like that, badly raised is all I'm going to say.

Jennifer.. yes I do still subscribe to SC... I get the PL each month and based on what the other kits look like I sometimes add them in; like this month - I ordered two add on's 'cos I really like the colours and embellishments. I did stop my main kit sub awhile back because I felt the papers were a little muted for my liking so this way I still get the opportunity to add extras if I want to. I really like their PL kits and have never had an issue with their CS...and I'm really hoping they're going to stick with using FedEx to ship because they're super fast. Did you like the kit you got? Oh and yes I'm taking CC102 - loved his first class and didn't hesitate to sign up for this one.

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Posted: 10/2/2013 2:44:26 AM
Morning, Tanya and thanks for the reply. Sending you an email, hope that is ok.

Glad you are taking CC102- see you in class Monday! Have you ordered an apron? I missed out last time.

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Posted: 10/2/2013 9:13:20 AM
Goodness - i was off line for a few days (technical issues ) and had soo much catching up to do ! Looks like everyone has been very busy being sick, scrapping, being badly treated by potential buyers - hope that all comes right soon !
I actually went to my scrap class last night - first time in 2 months and was great seeing my real life scrap buddies again !
Jennifer - I am not going to the TH event, so there will be space at the table !
Also not scrap cruising - my boss complains all the time that I am constantly away on holiday !
Loving the Glitter Girl class and also considering the latest offering at SC - way more affordable and I do love their printables and cut files too. I must go see if my SC kit from convention is at the PO, although I got one when I still subscribed. No more shopping for this year - maybe I need to join the frozen peas thread ?
I agree - this is by far the nicest bunch of people here - I was gobsmacked by the nasty comments about the Glitter Girl Bombardment of the GS board !
Love the idea of getting all dressed in green for your TH event


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Posted: 10/2/2013 9:17:24 AM
O and I am going to put a picture of me - I have been confused with Tanya on a couple of posts - well done on your grown up cocktail party survival btw ! I guess we just grow with the kids - I felt quite relieved to have survived the 7 year old bash, can only imagine how chuffed you must have felt Tanya


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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:02:12 AM
Lexi Bridges started a thread about scrapping about yourself as that was the theme this month for the GG - how about that as a challenge ? I hardly ever scrap about me !


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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:17:07 AM
Ugh, just lost a nice long post!

To summarise: Jennifer- thanks for organising the tables. I'll have to go shopping for something green to wear, but any excuse to shop is good!

Tilla - weird about the GG threads being bashed. Can't understand it either.

Carmen - Not again! Not fair!

Need to go fetch kids from playdates and do my snack shopping for the weekend...




Tanya Hubbard
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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:43:13 AM
Hello....

I'm sitting on the couch after a busy day dying for a glass of wine but alas school duty calls later...got one of those dreaded parent/teacher thingies, have to go cos it's an important matric one or at least that's what they're conning us into thinking (if you can't tell I hate parent/teacher meetings).

Jennifer have to confess I know nothing about an apron but would most likely not get it...not much of an apron fan.. I do have his first book though, signed nogal.

Message boards are fascinating microcosm's of life really aren't they?

Tilla I think your challenge is a great one although I'm tempted to cheat and proffer up a layout already made but I shan't, I shall be good and scrap a new one....are we going to give ourselves the month of Oct to do it in? Ooh we could make it more interesting and add some 'restrictions' e.g must use washi or ribbon. Maybe Tilla you could add to your challenge and we do a rotation where next month one of us comes up with an idea? What say we all?

(Quite happy for you all to tell me to stop being so gosh darned enthusiastic and have that glass of wine and leave us in peace, dammit)

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Posted: 10/2/2013 6:46:51 PM
Hi all. I am not going AWOL intentionally but I had some minor surgery this morning and may not be posting for a bit. I will be back when I can.

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:49:40 AM
Hi

Carmen - I realize you might not see this till much later but hope you recover quickly and all is ok?

Tanya - as a fellow wine lover I would have had the glass before the parent/teacher meeting. Might have made it more bearable. I second your idea for rotating the challenges and am happy with Tilla's suggestion.

Might go to hobbyX this Sunday just for a bit.

Btw, has anyone else watched this week's Show Me How on The Home Channel? It was all about washitape. Not really too much insight into it but was nice seeing how widely it can be used.

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Posted: 10/4/2013 3:57:13 AM
Bumping us so we don't get lost in the sea of Glitter Girl posts

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Posted: 10/4/2013 6:12:20 AM
Hi Cilla! You did not pick up on my earlier post (Sept thread, maybe) regarding Hobby-X / smaller show: as you may be popping in on Sunday, forwarded mail I got from the organiser FYI. Let us know about all the loot, please.

Carmen: all good thoughts for healing up soon.

Tanya & Tilla: without enthusiasm nothing will happen. Keep pushing/ challenging us...

TillaH
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Posted: 10/4/2013 3:01:48 PM
Carmen - wishing you a speedy recovery !
We have had an exciting few days - the ducklings hatched on Wednesday and today we had to move them and mother duck from the front garden where she had the nest to the chicken coop until they are big enough to not be kitten food ! Catching ducklings was easy - all 14 of them ! Mother duck took about 2 hours but had my niece here who just arrived from the UK to help.
Weekend full of parties, but will have to fit some scrapping time too - glad you are keen on the challenge


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Posted: 10/4/2013 5:28:06 PM
Hi -- stopping in for a minute. The surgery was for some corrective work needed post-my daughter's birth 3.5 years ago, so in a rather tender area that makes it hard to be at the computer for long! I am still very sore, but definitely better than on Wednesday. I am registered for a writing workshop tomorrow (Saturday), and am hoping that I will be able to actually participate!

I would love to go on another cruise -- I definitely caught "the bug" on the Creating Keepsakes one in 2006. MSC holds a certain appeal as kids cruise free on their ships. I have gone on Carnival and Norwegian (NCL) ships, and would like to do one with Royal Caribbean, perhaps between our terms in South Africa. I wish more of the "big" lines would give the African cruising a shot, but maybe the domestic market isn't big enough?? Most of the cruises I've seen that touch on the continent are the "around the world" ones, which obviously is WAY outside our budget.... Ah well, I'm sure we'll be visiting plenty of the gorgeous areas in southern Africa through the course of our work with the mission, both for work and for land-based vacations. I definitely want to brush up on my French so I can be an asset for trips to the Indian Ocean islands the mission has connections with (Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar).

So -- we have a challenge to scrap about ourselves, eh? I shall see what I can do about that. My scrapping focus right now is on getting caught up on my 2012 Project Life albums, which are far from complete, but I may be able to make at least one page/project about myself....

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:30:03 AM
O a writing course - that sound interesting - sure it will help with my journaling as I have started to keep notes on my Ipad while we travel, then ending up just printing it out and putting it on my pages - not very exciting, I always find it a bit boring to read afterwards !
Never been on a cruise, but planning one with my friend of 35 years when we turn 45 next year ! My mother did the Norwegian one a few years ago, sounds awesome !


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Posted: 10/6/2013 3:16:35 AM
Good morning ladies

What a windy Sunday we got up to today. Perfect scrapping weather. Glenda has graciously seated me with the "Shrek group". Thanks for inviting me ladies. Now to find something green to wear . . . any excuse to go shopping!! I tried to get some scrapping done but was a bit upset with a school that I applied to for the girls - maybe it was my fault for assuming but in short - from what I gathered after the interview I assumed the girls' places were secured but when I heard about orientation that we were not invited to I phoned only to hear that twins have been placed on a waiting list!! I am so disappointed. More so in their reasoning. We are Hindu but the school is Catholic which I do not have any issues with - not even if my girls had to attend Mass. I believe in tolerance and have brought up my children to respect all religions. My gripe is that preference is given to Catholic girls and so my two are way down the line. I really like the school and the hardest part will be to tell the girls that they will not be going there - well not next year at least!
I'm trying really hard to believe that everything happens for a reason! Can't wait for this year to be over. This has been an awful awful year!!
Sorry for the venting so early on a Sunday morning but I had to to move forward. I guess the girls are with me another year. Will make the most of it. Take them for ballet and art lessons or something.

On the scrapping front - are those wood veneers available in SA? I love the look and they can also be painted. Maybe I'll make myself feel better and order from the 2peas store!! When all else fails there's always shopping!!

If ever any of you decide to visit Durban please let me know. Would love the scrapping/shopping company!

Enjoy your Sunday. Happy scrapping. I plan to sit here for the day. Cooking is done. Homework is done. What more is there to do?

xoxo Shan


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Posted: 10/6/2013 11:03:49 PM
Hi Shan
Sorry to hear about you school issues - how disappointing ! Why did they not make the issue clear when you went for your interview ? If the fact that you are Hindu is the issue ? Maybe they just have a long waiting list like most good schools do these days ?
Hope you got some scrapping and retail therapy done ! I managed to watch a few 2peas videos while doing admin and selected some papers , all stll sitting on my desk - maybe get to do a bit this afternoon


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Posted: 10/7/2013 12:12:04 AM
Morning Tilla. Thank you for that. There is another school that I am going to later today. Keep your fingers crossed. Spent most of yesterday watching Shimelle's videos. Not much scrapping though. Will only be at ease when the girls' places are confirmed.
Have an awesome Monday.

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Posted: 10/7/2013 1:22:26 AM
Morning all...

Shanantha - so sorry to hear about your school woes I can just imagine how unsettled you must feel; I hope you get it all sorted out soon. Having your heart set on a particular school and your kids not being able to go there; must be soul destroying; I hope the 2nd school you're going to today turns out to be equally as good.

I had a bit of an eventful morning yesterday; my oldest went to a friend's 18th Saturday night and was rather silly - in other words she drank too much and somehow managed to fall over and cut her hand - so much so that we had to take her to the local hospital Sunday morning to get 3 stitches. Very much doubt she'll do anything like that again in a hurry - life lessons can literally hurt sometimes...but the way I see it, they have to experience these things for themselves; as parents we can tell them about life and warn them against the dangers but until they experience it they don't really take it in. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse than it was. Ah the joys of raising children

I didn't manage to scrapbook at all this weekend; braai Saturday, folks were down for the weekend; so I am now 2 weeks behind on PL and it's starting to weigh on my mind, but I'll catch up this week; love doing my weekly spreads.

Oh and on a more positive note according to the scale this morning I am currently 7.8 kg's down...which means I'm half way to my target - whoot....(not bad for 2 months). I have a feeling this weekend will catch up with me sometime this week but for now... I'm super happy with me.

Hope we all have a wonderful start to our week (heard the first Xmas related radio ad this morning - promptly told the radio it is way too early for those!!!)

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Posted: 10/7/2013 2:43:41 AM
Hi all

Started a post Saturday but my iPad was taken over by the kids so I forgot to finish it!

Tilla - the ducklings sound adorable. Post some pics if you can

Jennifer - popped into Hobby X yesterday. Was not great. I got a bit of paper and some pop dots as my son managed to use allow mine! Also got the silhouette magnet paper which I hope to try for some Christmas projects.

Shamantha - hoping the school issues get sorted. I have plenty family in Durban so I am often there but not planning to come down again this year. Will let you know if and when I am there and we can get together for a coffee.

Tanya - well done on the weight loss! That is awesome. I have started my diet again today. I am not feeling swimsuit ready! What a shock for you with your daughter. You sound like you take everything in your stride though. I think she learnt more from this experience than you could ever teach her yourself.

Carmen - hope you are feeling better.

I started a layout yesterday. Just need to do title, journalling and embellishments today. Then I plan to rearrange my scrap room. It's a real mess!


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Posted: 10/7/2013 5:06:52 PM
Hi all.

It's getting to be chilly here in La Ronge -- our lows are expected to hit -1 Celsius by Friday/Saturday. I had so hoped to avoid another winter in the north, but that is looking less and less likely. I will be trying again to get good photos of clean rooms so we can get a website up -- DH registered our street address as a domain name, so we will be using that. The house looked really good (aside from my office) last Tuesday when the "buyers" were supposed to be coming, but things have gotten run down again with me having surgery and DH getting a bad chest cold. But I will aim to get at least a couple of rooms photo-ready tomorrow -- I should be able to manage the living room and entry areas (hall, landing, stairs, front entryway), and maybe the hall bathroom too.

No scrapping here this weekend -- I spent most of Sunday in bed -- and this morning I was at the hospital, the library and (briefly) Sara's preschool (they had enough helpers today).

Shanantha, I'm sorry to hear you weren't able to get your kids into the school you were hoping for. That must be frustrating and disappointing. I hope we are able to get our daughter into the school we are hoping for (Modderfontein Montessori), but it's hard to know when to apply when we don't even have a moving date. How early do parents normally need to apply for pre-primary schools??

Tilla, I should really watch a few of Shimelle's videos -- so many people rave about them! I have watched a few scrapping videos here and there, and enjoyed them. One problem is that my daughter comes in while I'm watching, and either wants to know what "TV" I'm watching and "watch" (more likely jabber through!) with me, or watch preschool-friendly videos on YouTube instead! I like listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable on occasion too -- maybe I should multi-task by cleaning and listening to the Roundtable at the same time?!

Tanya -- Congrats on the weight loss. I am not doing well at all with that -- the exercise has been sadly curtailed by the surgery complications, and I've eaten more cookies than I care to count this past week. Sorry to hear about your daughter getting into a bit of trouble. As you say, maybe the stitches will be the wake-up call she needs?? I would love to be barbecuing (braaiing -- is that the verb form?) this week, but the weather is definitely not conducive to that right now! Do you have a backyard braai pit?

I should get back to my office clean-up, and/or play Candy Crush and rest. Might go for the latter....

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/7/2013 11:04:36 PM
Shan - hope it worked out yesterday with the other school and that is was a nice as the first one - maybe even nicer ? I did read your post but had no time to reply !
Tanya - well done on the weight loss ! What are you doing ? I lost 10kgs last year, but sadly gained half of it back and really want to get rid of it again, but not trying very hard ! But have set myself a goal of exercising everyday for at least 30 minutes, so I either go to gym or walk around the school after drop off before work. Now I can also do some swimming exercise - yeah !
Had to chuckle at your dilemma with your daughter - bet it won't be the first or last time she does something silly - and you are so calm about it ? Sounds like my parents - and probably the best way to deal with it ? At least she enjoys herself, but hope the responsible young adult will arrive soon.
Carmen - I hope you will be able to get your littly into nursery - maybe contact them and find out what their system is - my sister had a very good relationship with her local Montesorri - she would spend quite a few weeks at a time here while they were in Tanzania, and everytime she was able to send my nephew to school.
Hope you manage the house and keeping it tidy - I do hope you will get some help when you live here ?
Have a good week !


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Posted: 10/8/2013 1:01:54 AM
Hi all

Thanks for all the congrats on my weight loss; it is gratifying when ppl start to notice (even if it is just my mother-in-law ) - Tilla you asked what I'm doing - I've cut out carbs and sugar; basically loosely following Atkins/South Beach - I tend to keep quiet about it though 'cos it seems to be a rather controversial way to lose weight with most ppl feeling that it's dangerous. I feel great; I've lost weight and I don't exercise - I hate exercise so for me this is working well. In total I'd like to lose 20kg's but realistically I figure I'll get around 15kg. I'm not naive though I realise that it is really easy to gain the weight back so I'm hoping the fact that I'm starting to like myself again will keep me on the straight and narrow

As for sounding calm about my daughter's silly shenanigans; I'm just that way I guess, I don't get upset quickly and what would be the point of yelling at her - won't change anything Besides this is the first silly thing she's done and I certainly can't claim to never having done something stupid. Heck a few years ago I fell out the back of a landrover and broke my wrist and yes the landrover was parked in our driveway at the time; I stepped up to get in and just fell out.... I've also burnt my eye on microwave popcorn - fyi - don't look into the bag when you first take it out the microwave 'cos it's hot....

Carmen things will start to sort themselves out soon and you'll start to feel better - you've had a lot of stress lately and having to have surgery (minor or otherwise) is always going to take its toll. Allow yourself to recover - best way to do that is to watch scrapping you tube videos I watch them all the time - have quite a long list of favourites.

Michelle - I'm dying to hear how your retreat went so stop being so scarce and come tell us all about it!

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Posted: 10/8/2013 6:56:21 AM
ok, ok, Tanya...

I'm back in the real world today. Kids back to school today, scrap stuff unpacked and (sort of) caught up on sleep. It was so much fun! I got 11 pages done, which is a record for me for 3 days. That said, I actually have bruises on my arms where they were resting on the edge of the table And who said scrapping isn't a contact sport?

I haven't laughed so much is ages. We were 24 in total, 8 at a table, but with more than enough space to spread out. I think I know where your lost weight is - after this weekend it's all around my middle The food was amazing. The regulars told me it's quite normal to pick up 2-5 kgs! Now they tell me! I've decided this will be a yearly event from now on. Saturday evening we even had cocktails while watching the rugby, on a big screen in the scrap-venue. The Houw Hoek Inn is organised.

Jennifer - I met a friend of yours, Carolynn, too. She says you are doing the TH master-class together. Lovely woman. And she says you are lots of fun too, so now I can't wait to meet IRL.

I love the "Shrek girls"

Carmen - Hope you feel better soon. Surgery is always rough, no matter how minor. And, reading between the lines, yours sounds very uncomfortable.

I'll load some pages tomorrow. Need to photograph them first. And I love the idea of a monthly challenge, rotated amongst us. My mojo is overflowing, so I'll get right on that page about myself.

I'll catch up on the rest of chat later, but just wanted to let you know I'm back.




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Hello, all. Lots of news, I see: Hope I don't leave anyone out.

Michelle: sounds like a great time was had by all at Houw Hoek. Apologies, earlier upthread/s I mixed it up with the Hogscrap event- would LOVE to attend one of your Cape events one day. Silly me assumed everyone knew Carolyn because of her shop so I am glad you met her, I haven't seen her since the July event. Thrilled she gave me such good PR- if you see her again before I do, tell her she is hired!

Tanya: Great results, you have great discipline! If the SA peas are all off the Pea-za and are shrinking shreks, I had better make a plan before March too.

Carmen: Hope you are healing well and will be back to your bright self soon. Housecleaning can wait.

Cilla: Hobby-X sounded disappointing, even more so than the short list of exhibitors led me to believe. At least it is close to your home and didn't require a major expedition. Thanks for the report, was too busy to go and glad I didn't miss too much.

Tilla : sad you will not be "Timming" with us. Now that I think of it, surely Timming is more fun than Gymming, there goes my weight-loss plan up in smoke and it has only been half a minute since I said I needed to lose weight before March. Pathetic.

Shan: Re wood veneers- I know what you mean- so many great designs and I am sure, like me, you want a little bit of everything. I have seen the boxes of Prima brand ones here- don't want to violate 2Peas TOU, but most of the stores do Prima so I am sure they will get the wood stuff not just the papers & flowers?

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Posted: 10/10/2013 6:44:21 PM
It's been another rough day on the road to recovery. We are going out for supper tonight -- we have a gift certificate and the restaurant closes for the season this weekend, and it's Canadian Thanksgiving on Sunday/Monday so we will be away for a few days with family -- and I am hoping I will not be in too much pain.

Your scrapping retreat sounds like a wonderful time, Michelle. I look forward to seeing some of your results.

I have been lusting over Christmas scrapbooking kits today. I have bits of the Cocoa Daisy "Christmas Pack" left, but most of the paper in my stash is circa 2008-2011 or even earlier. My Christmas embellishment folder is overflowing, though, so I really shouldn't buy more. All the talk about December Daily has me wanting a kit really badly, though....

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 10:54:36 PM
Good morning. Fridays are the best days to get the boys out of bed - it's ice cream day!!! Now who wouldn't get out of bed for ice cream?
Thank you all for your warm words about my school woes! I have submitted applications to another school but that's for 2016! May look for a playschool for the next 2 years. My granny always says everything happens for a reason so I am looking for the silver lining in all if this. My granny is amazing! She is an absolute angel. Going onto 82 next month!

Tanya, you must share that diet details. I put on 31 kilos with the twins and what a battle. Still trying to shift 10 odd kilos! You can pea-mail me at shanantha@me.com! Thanks.

Carmen, hope you are on your way to better health. Recovery is a slow process, don't rush it.

ScrapontheRocks (is it Jeniffer? - still trying to figure out who's who) please send me some information on the organizers of the cruise - may just go if the family is keen.

Michelle, please plan your next retreat in Durban - nothing comes to Durban! Well, there are the odd day classes but nothing that I haven't seen before. If I go to a class I expect to learn a new technique. To follow a step by step cut and paste lesson is something I can follow on YouTube. So please consider us here in poor old Durban!

I have caught up with some scrapping last night. Goody for Shan! The girls are not well so they slept early.

I have to do a presentation on my son for Superhero of the week. My idea is to create little sections of mini boards on a big board. It has to be interactive to share with the class so any ideas? He's in grade 3. Was also hoping to get one of those advertising boards from the movies to "dress up" like him! I actually did a Superhero layout of him when he was 3. He is such an odd child, he has such quirks and honestly you'd have to spend hours with him to like him. He has ADHD. But he's so caring and sensitive and as mums we see past their bad behavior and focus on what's good.

Breakfast time or the boys - Cehaan has discovered Nutella and has finished off a bottle in 3 days! Cuan cannot eat and travel. He has his breakfast at school.

Have an awesome start to the weekend. Will catch up with all the stories later.

xoxo
Shan

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Posted: 10/11/2013 2:06:36 AM
TGIF everyone.... (for some reason this week seemed to drag forever)

Michelle your retreat sounded awesome; would love to go next year so when it gets near if you could let me have the info I'd really appreciate it.

You know talking about Hobby-X I went a few years back and already then thought it wasn't how it used to be; sad really but perhaps a sign of the times? Stick to online shopping

Carmen funny you should mention xmas scrappy stuff; was having a look at them as well; don't want to do December Daily (too big a project) but do want to include in my PL spreads....but I always find the lines to be rather heavy on the northern hemisphere's experience of xmas - snow; snow and more snow. Ah well I have older lines still in my stash too so will no doubt work with that; to be honest haven't seen a new line that really speaks to me yet. Hope your time away goes a long way to assist in your recovery.

Shanantha sounds like you have your son's project well in hand and it sounds really creative As for Nutella it's a firm favourite of my 14 year old as well - I don't buy it often but when I do, it doesn't last long either.

Have a couple of new layouts in my gallery; took a half day yesterday and spent it creating, was nice although I ended up giving myself a headache because I was concentrating so hard.

This weekend we're off to watch Rocky Horror - super excited; love the movie and have been to several productions over the years.... after all 'it's just a jump to the left'...lalalallalala

(I am not only a nerd; but a really bad singer too)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and I'm hoping others are going to say they've updated their galleries.... *hint*


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Posted: 10/11/2013 8:12:44 AM
Hi there everyone
Carmen - hope you will have a lovely relaxing weekend and take care ! Shan - I love your attitude to life you seem to just take everything in your stride - keep it up !
Michelle - very jealous sounds like you had a wonderful retreat - does anyone do them up here (for cheap) I know Scrapbook Studio has one in the Midlands next year Shan if you are interested ? And the Russian girls from Scrap Africa had one somewhere outside of Pta, but otherwise not much that I know of ?
Maybe Jennifer - you can let me know - seems like you are well connected in the industry up here ?
Tanya - took the hint and uploaded my latest project for Scrap Africa Sketch challenge here as well - let me know what you think !
I have to go design some flair buttons now - but really feel like just scrapping a bit !
Hopefully get some time on the weekend - how is everyone doing with their challenges ?


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Posted: 10/11/2013 11:40:12 AM
I am definitely hoping for some relaxation time. The only plans we have right now besides church and the Thanksgiving feast on Sunday are to take Sara, our niece Quinn (7) and nephew Theo (5) to the city to play at an amusement facility called the Fun Factory. I imagine there will be lots of games (board or card) played as well.

Tanya, I have wondered about finding "relevant" supplies for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas. The Glitz Hello December might work...?

Carmen.


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Posted: 10/11/2013 11:51:32 AM
Shan - there are some cute digital scrapbook kits with superhero stuff - Nisa Fiin (Splendid Fiins) I believe just released one at the Lilypad. What a cool project!

Tanya - the Rocky Horror experience sounds like great fun. One small world connection: there is a guy in one of the early scenes who is actually the founder of a Shakespeare theatre festival in Saskatchewan. I will Google it. I have heard of a similar "experience" done with The Princess Bride, which I would love to try.

I will work on getting something uploaded to the gallery. It's been a long time since I did that.

Carmen.

(Sorry for multi-posting; I'm on my phone in bed and it's hard to review/easily respond to all the posts from the app.)


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Posted: 10/11/2013 12:09:25 PM
The Rocky Horror cast member I mentioned was Henry Woolf. He played one of the Transylvanians and was in the wedding scene. I haven't seen the film, but he is short, has bushy eyebrows and speaks with a British accent. He actually didn't found the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (river) festival but he was the artistic director for 10 years and taught acting for many years at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Posted: 10/11/2013 1:14:51 PM
Hey, have you guys heard about this new app, Cape Town Love?! It's similar to A Beautiful Mess and the other apps you can use for putting graphics on photos, but specific to Cape Town (and to some extent other parts of South Africa -- eg. a graphic for "braai". Here's a link with info: http://www.thefreshexchangeblog.com/2013/09/app-in-a-day-presenting-cape-town-love/

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Posted: 10/11/2013 3:17:14 PM
Ah thanks Carmen - that looks like a fun app - altho I always download them and hardly ever use them


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Posted: 10/11/2013 6:22:59 PM
The sweet thing is the app is free! I am looking forward to having photos to use the phrases on....

Time to get ready for our Thanksgiving weekend. I will try to check in via my phone over the next few days -- we need to get this thread on multiple pages again.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:02:08 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, Carmen!

Please educate us a bit on what that means to Canadians. I have a very sketchy knowledge of US Thanksgiving (Nov?) Pilgrims, Founding Fathers etc but please give us a little more- you are so interested in our Country, now it is our turn.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 5:09:16 AM
Thank goodness it's Saturday! This week was hectic. I felt as if I was doing crisis management the whole time.

Shan - I also have a quirky kid. Sean, my eldest has ADD and speech dyspraxia. He lives on Nutella on white bread and biltong. That's it. At 11 some people still struggle to understand his speech, but he is coping well in a main-stream school. He is in a private school, for the smaller classes - don't think he'd cope in a class of 35 or more... So I totally understand how you feel.

Carmen - Sorry to hear you are still in pain. I second Jennifer - tell us more about your Thanksgiving. It's not a holiday we celebrate here at all. I'm amazed at the things you have found out about South Africa. You know more than we do about our country, LOL.

I still need to upload my pages. My camera seems to have died on me , it may have to be cellphone pics... Always something, isn't it?

Tanya - I'll definitely let you know next year when we get the retreat info. Can't see us moving it to Durban, though, Shan. You'll just have to come here!

Don't have anything plane for this weekend. Want to watch the latest Vampire Diaries episode and we have Season 1 of Arrow to watch too. Totally mind-numbing sitting in front of the TV the whole day, but perfect for the rainy weather again today.




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Posted: 10/12/2013 7:28:47 AM
Hey Michelle - you have to have lots of patience and a very high tolerance level to have a child with ADD. I thank my mum and dad for the patience and tolerance genes. But I do have my "off" days!! I'm sure you believe, like me, that we were specifically chosen for our children. Now who can argue with God? A sense of humour always helps. And scrapbooking - really if I didn't have my paper and glue I'd be on drugs!!

Also now I don't feel so bad about giving him Nutella 3 times for lunch this week! After he's had it for breakfast!! Whatever makes him happy.

Tilla, I saw the Midlands event advert but if I remember correctly it's Mothers' Day weekend. And my attitude to life has come with vast experience. When I was younger I was very sheltered by my parents and my sister and when she died I had to literally grow up overnight. I became a mum to a 3 year old and a 10 month old overnight. All I wanted to do was crawl under my duvet and stay there until I wasn't numb anymore but I couldn't. I had 2 babies who only had me. So I got up, dried my eyes and made the best of a really bad situation. I grew up. More than that I've learnt that however tragic something is in your life, how you react to it determines how the rest of your life is going to pan out. But just like the ADD situation, my grief totally takes over on some days and I cry until I stop and then I'm fine. Well as fine as I can be. So it's just a case of lemons and lemonade. (which is my favourite softdrink, mind you.)

Carmen, thanks for digital stuff - haven't had a chance to look at it yet but will do soon since it's due in the 1st week of November!

Tanya, all my plans are fine and dandy but only in my head. It's getting it done physically that's a battle. I procrastinate and am quite disorganised but am making that my Number One Resolution on January 1, 2014! Promise. Will keep you updated on my progress, or lack thereof!

It's not as cold as I expected it to be today. I love the cold. I hate summer. Really!!

Did some scrapbooking last night. Plan to do more just now. As soon as the children have their tea and biscuits. My granny always has tea at around 3 and my children spend a lot of time with Grandma and expect something sweet with tea everyday. My mum bakes very well so we are never short of sweet things. I actually told her to go to New Zealand for 6 months and then I will lose that last 10 kilos!

Happy scrapping ladies.
xoxo Shan


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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:06:19 AM
So sorry to hear about your sister Shanantha can only imagine the pain you must have and still do feel. You do seem to have a very positive outlook on all things, I admire that so much. As you said when we have kids dependent on us we can't do anything else but keep going.

I agree with Michelle, your knowledge of all things South African Carmen is to be commended interesting about the Rocky trivia, so looking forward to this evening, we're kind of dressing up as the party goers from the movie....will no doubt do a layout of it

Currently I'm lying on the couch nursing a slight headache, really should be finishing off some scrapping but I don't have the energy so I'm going to watch you tube instead, have several days of the Tim Holtz class to catch up on.

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Posted: 10/13/2013 12:00:04 AM
Hi all. I am writing from a small bedroom at my parents in laws' home, after dealing with a particularly bad bout of night terrors on the part of our 3-year-old. Thank goodness my niece and nephew are sound sleepers, and that it happened before the adults had gone to bed. I have so much respect for parents who deal with really tough issues with their kids on a regular basis, and do it with grace, compassion and strength. Scrapbooking is a good therapy for sure!

I would say that Canada's Thanksgiving holiday is a much more low key celebration than the American one, without the patriotism/mythos surrounding their holiday. Our Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October, and it celebrates the end of the harvest season specifically and gratitude for the blessings of the past year more generally. Thanksgiving Day is a federally mandated holiday, so most people have the day off and are able to travel to be with extended family. Turkey is usually the main dish served at the big Thanksgiving meal, with root vegetables (mashed potatoes, turnips, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots) appearing as side dishes, and pumpkin pie -- open faced, topped with whipped cream -- the usual dessert, although fruit pies (apple, blueberry...) or pecan pie may show up too. For Christians, the Sunday of Thanksgiving may be the feasting day, and church services will specifically focus on gratitude to God. The cornucopia -- a long cone filled with harvest foods -- is a common symbol. It is also common for churches to collect food to be given to the needy, with Thanksgiving being the fulcrum.

That's what I can think of right now. If I have more, I will add it.

Carmen.

ETA: here is what Wikipedia says about it: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)


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