Rusty says

Thanks for the love and well wishes. Im on the mend. Amazingly it looks like I will survive with no permanent damage.


Horrid day

No funny stuff around here today. its been down right horrid. Esp for this guy. He and another kid collided at school. its turninga nice yellow colour now, but that is the least of our worries. Our cat may not make it through the night, and if it does there is still a fair chance that she may have to be put down tomorrow morning.
If you have cat and a front loader washing machine - double and triple check first. ALWAYS, cause I can never take back the carelessness of today, and the pain I have put our Rusty through. Not to mention breaking the heart of that sweet boy above in finding her the way we did.
keep your fingers crossed for us.


Im going to share something

Something that may be shocking to some.

Ahem. I have a sweet tooth.

I know. You are all so shocked right. It may time to recover.

And lately I cant cope. There has been an abundance of christmas cook books and magazines floating around my house.

The rockstar has a slight addiction to cooking a christmas dinner. We go overboard every year and then always say we wont next year.

But we do anyway.

He does a baked ham, a rolled stuffed pork roast, a turkey and trimmings galore.

I get starters and desserts. Oh and my mums potato salad. Every year.
I love cooking mini things and sweets, well recently you learnt of my sweet tooth, so now it all makes sense.
This year there will be some sort of seafood ( prawns and oysters of some kind normally, and maybe a crab salad), and just what ever mini thing I come across I want to try, im thinking a sweet onion tart.

But then we get to the best bit of all,

( I promise you the shock will wear off soon).

But here I where I need help. I have planned
  • a marscarpone cake
  • my vanilla and rockmelon icecream, ( maybe some green apple gelato for adults as well)
  • fruit salad
  • and.......................
This is where I am stuck, normally I insert cheesecake or pavlova here, but I want something else, the marscarpone cake is very like a jumbled up cheesecake. The inlaws norm bring a fruit cake/pudding, though this year I have it literally already covered and looking pretty, well minus one holly leaf that needs to be redone, thank you small child! (oh and ewwwwww!!), and I dont do triffle.
Im thinking pie, though I may be being swayed by the abundance of pie falling across the american sites. And it needs be able to be baked ahead. The evil husband has the oven covered.
I need suggestions. Please.

Ps I really hope that no one will feel any differntly about me now. Please I am still the person I once was.
PPS now I am really feeling the need for , well, truthfully, all of the above.



We like to paint in my house.

We like to paint special pictures for our loved ones.

We like to paint with different mediums.

One particular child wanted to paint this week.

His urge to paint was strong.

He did it in secret.

A secret painting just for me to find.

He used only one colour.

In a very exculsive medium.

With his fingers for the brush.

And he painted it from the very Bottom of his love for me.

The painting was on the wall.

The one colour was brown.






This is my sister. Her name is Megan. We Call her Moo. She lives very far away and I recently got to see her for a bitty bit. I miss her lots. Though am slightly annoyed she gets to be the pretty one ( not to mention is still in her twenties and gets to travel to places like Ibiza for work.).

See that umbrella, she had just finished using it as a weapon/wand on that cute kid of mine in the background.

To be fair that cute kid of mine in the background, Im pretty sure, had just cast Avada Kedavra on her.

Thats just how our family rolls.

Ps See that umbrella, Im pretty sure she will want to use that as a weapon on me for posting a picture of her here.

PPs Sucked in Moo, you live in England and you cant reach me.

PPPs Mum im sorry I told my sister sucked in..


last Chance


Sorry for going awol the last few weeks, but sometimes a girl just needs a blogging break.
Ill jump on later to catch up with everyones blogs and write a decent post, but just wanted
to let everyone know its your last chance today to get all the very first Cyber Crop at the Scrappers Outlet!!


Spooky Cyber business

The Scrappers Outlet is having its ( and my) first Cyber Crop.
So come join the fun in the last ( and spookiest) weekend of october!


Perfectly Imperfect.

But for my first attempt now half bad. They are delicious and pretty ( if you excuse the fact my late night brain just reconised, That the pink ones can seem - well slightly adult depending on how you take their picture. Thank goodness I always take a million photos!).
Royal Icing
New Obsession

Its been a long time since I played with my icing Tips and my gel colours, But a class has come up, A free one ( thanks wash house) and its one ive wanted to do for a long time. Cake decorating, and while im rusty with the tips, ive never used fondant before ( oh I lied one time I made my own and did li seascape cupcakes - hmm). Im excited. And it means I get to combine a few loves, Baking, Photography and we cannot forget eating. Oh sweet heaven, you must be full of sweets, cakes and cookies.

Ps I love my lil ice cream cone cookies, but now all I see is slightly adult images. No more pink cones.

PPs Sorry if ive not said hello this week, I am about a billion posts behind in my google reader.

PPPs Who has a good roll out sugar cookie recipe?



Im sad, it was the last day of school holidays yesterday - which means the baby and i sleeping in till 9 9:30 is no more. But we spent the last day in style. ( grainy museum style - gotta love that low light!) Big boy date style!! ( thanks Kaye for taking the Kook).
Yep the Museum.
The boys love it there - i think it has something to do with all of those bones. My boys are gross, so skeletons - right up their alley!
But it does mean back to school Monday. Somehow I dont think the littlest brother will be very impressed.

Ps I got another layout picked up by scrapbooking memories! Yay - it's the Joshua Layout and the best bit - I actually like this one!!!

PPS Watch out if you are anywhere near Rooty Hill Caro tonight - they are letting me out amongst Other Adults!!!!

PPPs Im meant to be getting ready right now.

PPPPs Though I really cant be arsed.

PPPPPs My mum thinks I use the word Arsed and Arse to much on here.

PPPPPPs Sorry Mum.


Extra Goodness

Happy Hour 7pm - 9pm
Our first happy hour went off without a hitch and we have had emails asking if we will run it again tonight. So, the answer is YES!
* FIND US AT www.thescrappersoutlet.com
* New release PRIMA FLOWERS FROM $5.00 (different stock each week)
* Wednesday 6th October
* TIME 7pm - 9pm (Times are random from week to week, so look out for our emails)

Gets Around

My lil snowball in the heat is a busy busy guy! it was featured at One Pretty Thing ( which is one of the best darn craft sites around!) after his creation, featured over on russian site here, and over on wists.com.
And this morning I was contacted by Craftown to have him join their list of thousands of crafts.
They grow up so fast!

Ps Prima fans might just want to be online at TSO between 10am and 12 ( qld time) for a special flash treat today.

PPs id be quick if I was you!!


Challenges and just for fun!

Scrapping time has been sparse with school holidays, any mummy scrappy time quickly turns into family craft time. But I have ben able to scrape in a few goodies.

out for publication

This is a just for fun layout of my sweet boy, this photo had been sitting in a frame for the longest time and when it came to change out a few photos I knew I couldn't just have this one hidden away in a box or a random photo album.
He was 5 days away from turning 8 here and now he is a few months away from 12. I mean really, hello, where did all the time go??
Uses Crate Paper, old and new lines ( my addiction to this company is growing everyday). My replacements websters alphas ( thank you to the company for sending me out new ones after I let them know about the issues with the old ones), my ladies home journal from the 1st of May ( my birthday!!) 1956, and music paper cover with a few bits and pieces added.

This busy layout was trying out the new sketch challenge for
TSO, by the ever talented Cyn!
I got to use the old office stamps that Beth and I found at the market while hunting for button woman ( who was MIA!!! Not happy jan!).

And the crazy people at TSO let me set a challenge. So Cause im in my baking mood - I did a recipe challenge.

1 patterned paper only

insects/creatures of some sort

ribbon or trim


So if you think you can turn into wonderfulness id love to see. Post over in the mystery challenge gallery at TSO for a chance to win!


So many good things!!

Chipboard Methodology - starts 25th october and runs for 8 weeks.
Check out all the details and join in the fun! I cant wait till it starts!
And do not forget Scrappy Hour, join the newsletter and follow the blog for future happy hour announcements.


Slice of Monday = bliss

Equals long weekends and ( finally) the end of the longest season in the year - Football season. I can even forgive the start of daylight savings if it means a break from football for a while. Is it mean that I used to feel very relieved when his gig clashed with his team playing?
Hey Im a good wife in other ways - I kept the beers coming when he was building our new balustrade today and I made caramel popcorn ( hot digity damn I AM a good wife,
What? What do you mean you bet the caramel popcorn was for my sweet tooth?!? - just craziness. ( please dont tell him!)).

Ps - I will admit to enjoying the grand final ( even though i badly wanted to sit at my desk above for some quiet mumma time) - Thanks to a few drinks and glimpses of Daniel Conn


Remember Folks

Daylight savings if you are in my area.
Though as the Rockgod just told me.
You dont have to change your clocks, just change the time

Ps feel free to insert your own groan of lameness - I did!

PPs look at this layout Cathy did - the secret ingredient......

its a coke can people!!


Happy Hour

Join us at www.thescrappersoutlet.com every Wednesday for SCRAPPY HOUR..... every week TSO will be having a Scrappy Hour Sale with HUGE PRICE REDUCTIONS OF UP TO 80%+ OFF RRP!!!!

* New release PRIMA FLOWERS FROM $5.00 (different stock each week)
* Wednesday 6th October
* TIME 10am - 12pm (Times are random from week to week, so join our newsletter for updates)


Oh I admit it when I got Bo Bunny Block party to work with over at The Scrappers Outlet I was a little bit scared.
It was so bright. But I sucked it up and stretched my self and might now just be a lil impressed with myself!!
I think I might just like a bit of bright now!!!
And I still have so much left!! Im still working with it! and I only got half the range — can you imagine how much you could do with the full range!?!?!

Im slightly in love with this lil froggy card, he already had a lot of dimension to him on the sticker but I knew as a mumma of boys how much they love stuff that pops. So I fussy cut ( holding my breathe the entire time with the scalpel ) and popped him extra with some foam dots. And now he is bright and fun and ready to go to a special lil boys birthday!!!! And hello sparkly green brads — im in love!!!

(This is my sexy rockgod serenading his mumma on her birthday!)

This range just screams summer, great for us Aussies as really lets face it we are already getting hints of what it's going to be like anyway ( well except for today which feels like God was cleaning out his weather bag and found a left over winter day so he thought he should use it before it ran out!)


I need these (another nothing to do with anything post)

As a mumma to three boys I think I need these in my life.

Oh my word. Who am I kidding???? I want these for my self. Hello Pink and orange sparkly ninjas, ohhhhhhhhh maybe with the odd sparkly lime green one!! If anyone sees these in Australia, please let me know!

Ps There might have been some impromptu dancing to Im too sexy by Right Said Fred in the middle of cleaning today by the sweet middle and myself — but there only might have been cause it might just be a bit too embarrassing.

PPs and if there was it is, NOT, because I own said song, it might have just been one of the miracles that occasionally appear like gem on vh1. Sort of like a cherry bit in the block of black forest chocolate.

PPPs if said dancing did happen it may have made me think about how the heck that made a one hit wonder ( the wonder part I understand, its the HIT that confuses me).

PPPPs oh my gosh he was a knob.

PPPPPS Im too sexy for this post.

PPPPPPs Im very sorry. I think I have a terminal bad joke disease. I caught it from my husband.


One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

except that this was a gift to me

and that Christmas is about gifts.

Big W has ornaments for sale - already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday when I sent off my first lo for publishing, I hit a halloween store and hit up a chrismas aisle all in one day and thats just wrong people!!!!!!

Ps I have hit the big time now people, remember how I told you how in Feb, so many people wanted to give me money all in that one special day?? Well finally some one has offered to enlarge my penis.

PPs I am slightly worried about what that sentence will do for google search but apparently people keep googling "Sarah Lou" boobs already so I guess it just makes my blog more rounded.


Scrap the boys

Kooky Bear was the obvious choice with so many nicknames, but I wrote about the one that stuck, which has progressed from Kooka belly - to Kook ( as he is mainly known, with the odd bear thrown in just fro fun) to kookinator, to skater, to skater pie to skate or to just pie on the occasion.

Ps He gets called pie for good reason - couldnt you just eat him all up!!!!!

PPs he is only so damn cute so he can get a way with being a lil devil! The same reason as his brothers. Damn them being so damn cute.

PPPs but then I guess they cant help it - its all in the genes. ( mothers side! - What???? You say they look just like their fathers?!?!? Spitting Image even????)

PPPPs I got brave and cut up some of my crate to do this - and it didnt kill me. Just.


Slice of Sunday

Dont know if you recognize these (I almost didn't), but these are legs. And this is what they look like when they dont have winter coverings on them.
They may be white and pasty, but they are out of the closet people. Legs are back.


And they have ZVA and yummy new chippie, oh and glorious stamps and Bo Bunny !


Summer loving.

Finally got off my lil ol bottom and got the sketch done at TSO. And i like it. very bright and bubbly for my normal style, but its that sweet lil cutie pie bubba. That got done last night, tonight while I had a fabulous lil lady in the house ( miss Phebs, Daphs sweet daughter - she tried to even out the abundance of boyness i have here ALL the time!) - she scrapped like a trouper I moved paper around. Someone stole my mojo.
Though I think my mojo is asking for a fabric hit. Hmm using a sewing machine on actual fabric - can barely remember what thats like. Skirt season coming up I think thats why.

Ps - ohh maybe THIS one

And THIS is why

It did give me a chance to have a bit of a memory road trip with some of my favourites from my child hood. When the big was born I went to great lengths to try and track down some of my favourite books from childhood.

We Help daddy.
This is a big memory of mine. I have hardly any from under 7 but this is as clear as day. I have not been able to find the matching We Help Mummy though :(

Good Night Little Bear - Used to love the fact he was on the daddies bears shoulders and they still couldn't find him.

Rainy Day Play Book.
I wanted to be these kids. And I set up pretend libraries just like them.

Muddleheaded Wombat
Dont really need to say anything here do i?? I so wanted his caravan.

Ps half an hour after I cleaned up all the books. I walked past his room. He had been extremly considerate and only pulled off half a shelf this time. Thank you Sweet Baby.