Thursday, December 30, 2010

Le final post for 2010...


Well, its here.. The last day of 2010.
So much to look back on and smile about.
Birthdays for happy boys...

anniversaries to celebrate another year together...

adventures with people i love so much.....

and beautiful girls blossoming ..and some serious moving on from one phase of her life to the next...
Renovations starting to look done...

I am so grateful for the blessing of my family....and my true friends..and an extended family that is so close.
For the friendship of those both near and far..
and yes..I have to say it..for facebook...twitter...and the internet in general.Without them I wouldnt have "met" so many wonderful people.Thank you for the honour of allowing me into your home and circle of friends....(be it ever so distant)
For the opportunities I have been offered to encourage the artist in me....and for the honour of being asked to create for so many wonderful people and places this year...
and above all....
I thank God most of us made it out alive...and well.
2010 was a good year.
But it was a hard year...
the loss of friends,
mental illness,
career difficulties,
crossroads issues...
goodbyes,
difficult decisions...
hard lessons learnt on so many fronts....
but i am thankful for them..because i know they have made me stronger as a person..and like they say..what doesnt kill us..right???
For all the bad in 2010...
theres a song for that..
and to those people who have "taught me a lesson" the hard way....
theres a song for that too...
"With all the pain in my chest.. I still wish you the best"..and i say..

*ahem*
Farewell 2010!!
May 2011 be full of joy for all of you...
See you next year!!!
Love, Debxxoo

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Done and dusted...

Heres to hoping you had a fabulous Christmas Day..
we here at the Godley house had the best and busiest day.
As always too much food, and this time I made Margarita slushies to sip while we opened gifts=hot and a headache!!! but oh, so yummy....

our dear little man woke at 2 am ..so excited..and i think we hunted him back to bed every 15 minutes after that until we decided to get up at 5 am....(he just couldnt wait anymore, Mummy!!)
so by 5pm we were all well and truly knackered!!!

Our beautiful girl got her wish..a guitar of her own

and a real amp..(Peavey Viper)..

and our boy got his drum kit...



a very musical Christmas..and we now officially have the noisiest house in the street.

My darling sister got a new baby too..his name is Harry.

He was a gift from her hubby..and Im proud to say i helped find him...(Damo and i make quite the pair of secret squirrels) Harry is the Sweetest little puppy.He is so perfect for her....(and her kids think hes pretty great too)

It was a great day..so many wishes fulfilled...mine was for a happy day with my family where no one was stressed out ,and lots of laughter and smiles and it was really, just a beautiful day. I am blessed that I can spend Christmas with my family..and my heart goes out to those who cannot. Although Im sad its over for another year...it was a lovely happy one..and I sincerely hope yours was too....
For us, 2010 has been one of those bittersweet years...lots of lovely memories..but mixed in with some incredibly difficult times for us personally, and also for those we are closest to.
So, it was a sweet way to finish out the year.
A dear friend of mine (who is a numerologist) told me 2010 was the year for challenge and struggle...and man, was she right.
She said 2011 will be a year of completion. so...lets see what that brings, huh??
Merry Christmas to you.
All my love and kisses to you
Love,Debxxoo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge....24 finished!!!

video
So...just a little video I made of my arches for the Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch challenge 2010.
I admit...I started these in November...late bloomer!! But all 24 are done and dusted..and i so enjoyed the playing....the best fun can be had when you just create because you want to!!!
great challenge!!
more soon, debxxoo

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A bit of a Masters Entry share...

Well, now that the Scrapbook Memories Masters edition is out..I can share my projects!!!
I was fortunate to receive two honourable mentions this year...and I humbly thank those who picked my work for the very special edition, and am humbled to be in a book with so many talented people!!
My favourite layout was this one..(not in the mag)..It had to be a layout that included something not bought at a scrapbook shop..so i used these delicious old glasses i found at a garage sale..
...the photos i used were taken with my iphone, Hipstamatic applications..i love these photos from our trip to brissy in June.
A bit of detailly thingy:

Then there was the double featured in the mag..(sorry didnt take it off the wall for the pic..soooo unprofessional i know..but ya get that..and i forgot to take a photo before i sent it..so this is it)LOL..
..my favourite part of this was the the little vintage girl i cut from an old kids book in the bottom left corner..Teehee...
and then my favourite project...as always was the off the page one..and the challenge was to create something that was useful around the house....
so, i decided to take something already useful..a vintage aluminium teapot..and turn it into something altogether unrelated but useful just the same...A sewing station...with my favourite theme of all time...Alice In Wonderland....hehehe
Its a bot hard to show you, but its a
red Queen castle inside, made from collections houses....with needles, thread, scissors, bobbins etc inside...sitting on a green felt garden/pin cushion complete with mote and red and white rose garden (pins)....the lid has a light you can push in so you can see what youre grabbing...the spout holds a tape measure, the handle the cottons...(and the little resin hat???I love my hat!!)
and the whole teapot was covered with vintage Alice in Wonderland book paper....
see inside???..I also used the playing cards from graphic 45s' Halloween in wonderland.
..super fun to make.Im stoked it made it into the magazine.
So thar ya go.
Off to bed for me now....hope your week before the week of Christmas is going swimmingly!!!
More soon...
Love and squishies....Debxxoo

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

So sweet...

Christmas is soooo on its way..and one of the nicest things about Christmas is the Tarisota free printable Recipes each year. this is my recipe...well, actually its my addition..but i didnt come up with the recipe.
Strawberry loaves for Christmas brekky....YUM!!!!
So make sure you pop on over and take a look...
and..can i say a BIG thank you to all those lovely people who wished me well for the Masters this year.
I do love the challenge and frankly, would have a major cow if i ever was named one..(seriously..I chew my nails at the "but what if i got in" prospect every time i enter.My hubby says" what the bloody hell do you enter for if you dont want to win??"....but its really about the challenge for me.
Perhaps once upon a time it was all i ever wanted..but the last 3 years...definately not.
Without sounding like a bad sport..(because i really dont mean it that way)..
I enter with the hope of NOT making it in. I just hope for an honourable mention..seriously..Im perfectly chuffed with that, and i have been fortunate for the past 3 years to have one..lets see if i can make it to 4???(is the mag out yet?? does anyone know???)
A special thank you to Bev, Kylie and Julie..i love you guys!! You know how to make a gal feel special.thank you for your input..i seriously did try and comment back..but for some reason..bloglines wouldnt let me comment back!!! AAARGH!!!
I do agree though...scrapbooking is taking a bit of a dive here in Australia..shops closing left and right..it would be nice to see a wider view of the industry being included in the magazines.One cant help but wonder if it would inject some new interest in our beloved craft. Diversify and conquer I say!!!People whose work is a little left of centre like Louise Nelson and Linda Baldock are the future of Scrapbooking in this country..i really believe that.
thats quite enough prattling for me i should think....
So, again, thank you!!! And..to all those Masters out there this year..congrats again!!!
Love to you all...Debxxoo