Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Making Progress for Twenty 15

Well I have been off work for 6 weeks now due to my shoulder surgery.. Its going ok.. just ok.  I didn't realise how long it would take but thats probably because I am not the most patient person when it comes to being restricted in what I do each day.  It has been a huge test for me.. frustrating and many tears but I am learning to be patient and let my body recover in its own time.  There is no possible way of speeding up the recovery.  Now that I am ok with that.. I am a bit more relaxed.  It took me about 4 weeks tho.  So then Monday I go and walk into my dining table leg and break my middle toe.  Such a dork.  Stupid table.. Not sure who put the dumb thing there????  Mmmmmm words were a bit more harsher than that under my breath.
Below is me having my weekly rehab on my shoulder.. Very painful and not nice at all having to exercise my shoulder muscles.. but I have to so I dont get frozen shoulder.   This procedure below is called Dry needles. Ouuuchies.

This was the day we got home.. Ken and Corey packed up the caravan in this weather.. then we started to get flooded at home.. Thank goodness this is all we got.. Our 3 tanks filled and overflowed so that is a massive bonus for us for the next many months.  I love the rain.. I just cant get enough of it.  Crazy I know lol

I have been asked for a long time now to do up my Project Life pages as kits.  So I thought now is probably a good time for me to start.  I have just released my first lot of kits and the interest was amazing!!!!  Thank you all so much for the overwhelming support... I shipped my first kits out in the mail yesterday to Australia, USA, New Zealand and South Africa.  So excited.  It is a lot of work for me being on my own but I do it because I actually cant get enough of creating.. I love to cut and stamp, and colour match and do all those fiddly little things.
Last night I started planning my next kit.  I will be selling them monthly so if you are interested private message me on Face Book.
Here is a sneak peek of my second kit.

We had a great 2 weeks at the beach in our caravan. It was so so hot though we spent a lot of time in there car van as it is air conditioned .. very spoilt.. Glamping is for me lol.. My hubby swam every morning still and then he and Corey went surfing on Coreys new board.  We got a bit of rain but most of it bypassed us.
I am hoping to save for a Cameo.  Does anyone out there have one and can tell me if they like them or now.  I do use my Cuttlebug a lot and Im sure it would be a lot easier and faster and more variety for me.  When is Christmas again?? oh yeah.. Birthday?? Oh yeah.. December ...  Better start saving.. and do some research.
Well that is about it for me today.. I have not done much more except my kits.  
Make sure you become a member of my Facebook page SNAP IT UP PROJECT LIFE.... Its lots of fun and lots of inspiring ladies in the group.

Well on that note I have to say goodbye and enjoy this gorgeous coffee that I have just been served.
Have a great week girls... 
Lots of smiles and happy days..
Moonie x

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time is the healer

Well hi there all.. It has been 4 weeks tomorrow since I had my shoulder surgery.  It is a pain in the butt (shoulder) and I am seriously over it.  The pain each day varies.. I know it is quite sore most days til about midday 1pm and I'm sure this is due to my sleeping on it but I broke my T6 and T7 falling down our internal stairs when Corey was only 7 weeks old... so I have not been able to sleep flat on my back since then.  Hence why I am waking up feeling like a truck has hit me as I am sleeping on both sides.  Its a massive test and challenge for a person like me as I never sit still.  Always out on the go except for night time which is my down time.  I had a break down with my hubby this morning sitting on the toilet seat lid lol... just bummed that I have to listen to my body and I am getting frustrated.  We are currently in our lovely caravan at the beach so there is no power walks, bike reading, out on the boogie boards etc this year.. so I feel a little lost and useless and no fun.  But hubby is good at consoling me and saying its ok...I need to rest and relax.

If you are not a member of my Facebook group "Snap it up Project Life" become a member.  We share all our pages and pockets and ideas there..  I have also decided after many lovely girls asking me to start designing my own PL kits.  So I am nearly done with the first kit that will be available in about 2 or 3 weeks.  I have names of who are interested and I will be doing 20 or so a month.  Everything will be included except your page protector and thickers as you can create your own titles with your own thickers and also to keep the postage prices down.  Private message me if you are keen as I will be doing these once a month for as long as the interest is there.

Ok so below is my Week 48.  I have used the 6x6 page protectors which I love to use and mix things up a bit now and then.  I love them as each card is like a mini 12x12.

Below I have used the Heidi Swap Christmas 6x6 Paper pad with Simple Stories number strip.

Heidi Swapp Christmas 6x6 paper pad and words.

A very sad day and week for so many people so I have added this in about Phillip Hughes using a little Flip Flap from Close to my Heart.

Below is my Week 49.  I was in New Zealand this week laying my Nana to rest who passed away at age 91.  I love being at home and spending quality fun time with all these great kids.
I have used my gorgeous goodies from Flutterby Designs here in the page below.

I love this little pocket.  Im so proud of my  Mums garden.  Her and John are very passionate and proud of their little home which looks a millions dollars and full of character.. I have adhered these cute little wood veneer circles.. you can find them here and finished the page off with a matching flair button.  Anita has miles of gorgeous and funky flairs to suit all sorts of pages.. go check them out here ...

 I love this little 3x4 pocket card.  So funky and bright.. just livens up my page.. Flutterbys has them here

Below is another cute printed out 6x4 pocket card.  I have used the little page TAB to add a little embellishing to it.  You will find the huge range of tabs here.  The birds and hearts were on a lovely hand made card I got.  I just had to recycle them and use them again on this page.  I love them.

Simple Stories card below

 And lastly for this week my favorite fresh juice in NZ.   I love it.. it is so fresh and icy cold is to die for.  I managed to bring back 3 bottles this time.. I have made them into ice blocks.
I have used a Flutterbys flair button again here as I cant get enough of flairs and a little photo cut out with the date on it.. 

So that winds me up for another week or so.. I hope you are all getting into your PL or catching up or even creating your title page for 2015.. I cant wait to get there. I am currently up to week 51 and very excited to start a whole new year all over again.
Til next time.. be happy and be kind x
Moonie x

Monday, December 29, 2014

Recovery time

Hello hello.... Well Im happy that the main part of the silly season is over..... the hustle and bustle is still happening in the shopping centres and car parks are still manic but at least I don't need to go there for any reason except the odd food shop.  I am slowly dealing with my recovery.. It has been a big test for me not doing too much as I am a goer and always doing something.. My biggest struggle with my arm at the moment is hanging out the washing  as I just cannot lift my arm up above my stomach height and drying my hair with the hair dryer.. I do it on a lean while resting my arm.. It's the simple things that i get frustrated with but I am so lucky my son comes out and helps me.. he hangs and I peg with one hand.

So here if my Week 47.. Im happy to type that I am getting there.. I would have loved to have been up to date to start the new year with a clean slate.. but that is not going to happen but thats ok.  Im so not worried. At the moment I am actually just enjoying my time creating.

This page above if you have noticed I have only used black and white photos.  I was actually asked to do a 5 day Black and white photo a day challenge.. so with this I decided to create this into another challenge in my Snap it up Project Life page.  My challenge was so do the above.  A full page using just black and white photos only.. but any embellishments.. so here is my take on the challenge.. I am happy with the way it turned out.

Below is a gorgeous Cameo cut out that my beautiful sister friend Honey Bristow in New Zealand shared with me months and months ago.  I am loving using them.

I love the way my week turned out.. I have used the die cuts and popped them through my cuttlebug.  I would love a Cameo but I only have the old fashion hand held one.. lol.. I still love it and what it does.

Our gorgeous Grandaughter.. (well my husbands Granddaughter) Aliyah.  I love this delicate photo of her looking into space.  I have used a Maggie Holmes frame, a cute wee doily, Kaiser wood veneer and some pretty gold paper for that special finish.

Just a typical today photo for my black and white challenge.. I have taken this just before I have started my training for the day.  I have used this cool digi stamp WEDNESDAY.. I LOVE THEM.  just adds another element to the page.  I have stamped the word ADVENTURE onto this natural coloured ribbon.. The finish is perfect.

Below I have used this cute Teresa Collins stamp TRUE STORY which is donkeys years old.  I have held onto it as I have loved it but have not used it a lot.  But I am starting to now.  The sun mon tue die cut down the bottom is done once again in the Cameo which I was given by another kind friend Belinda x thank you my friend.

And a close up of my Week 47 card.

I am enjoying my PL at the moment.. Little by little.. I am getting there.. As I am off work for a 5 more weeks I have had a bit more time to read a few blogs and get onto Pinterest and look at the inspiration out there.. Oh man there is some of that. 
I hope you all have a fantastic week and make sure you create something out of your square this week.  I try to each week.  Even if it is something little. You will be amazed at how much fun it is to do so.
Thats is for now..
Love always
Moonie x

Monday, December 22, 2014

Time to rest

Well there are only 3 more sleeps to go until Christmas Day.  I am taking it easy.  I have done all my shopping so that is the main thing out of the way for me.  As I had shoulder surgery only 4 days ago... I am now in slow mode, do not much mode and I really have no choice now but to take it easy.  I have 6 weeks off work to recover and I know I will need just that.
I had a rotar cuff and bursitis on my shoulder which was very painful in the past 5 months (I injured it 3 years ago in our caravan), so I had to get it taken care of as it was restricting me from so much in my every day life.  And like my surgeon said, if I leave it any longer it will end up tearing.  That would mean having about 4-5 months to recover.  So I was operated on 6 weeks after the first time Steve saw my ultrasound results.
Sooooo, for now.. it's steady steady for me.  I am not worried.. It will be a bit of a test for me as I am not one to go slow but at the moment  I can only do that.  Do a bit and then feel sick and need to go and lay down.  I feel sick from the pain so I guess that is what recovery is all about.  Doing just that.

I will try and spend a bit of this time catching up on Project Life. To date I am currently up to Week 48.  Thats ok.. Im happy with that.  I am looking forward to having a Christmas page.  I have some gorgeous yummies from Flutteryby Designs and I cant wait to get my hands on them and have a play.  I will post as soon as I have completed that page.

A realistic selfie of myself the day after surgery.  Very swollen arm, fingers, neck and even my poor eyes.

My best friend ever learning how to do a pony tail all over again..
It's impossible to do the most simplest of things which we just do without thinking daily.

Anyway... I am happy to just potter for now and get onto Pinterest and check out the inspiration all over the world.  So many lovely idea and so much talent out there.  And time for me to catch up on some blog reading.
Please make sure you have a very Merry Christmas with the ones who you love and chose to be with. If you cant be with the ones you love...  Im sure you will all have a wonderful day no matter what you are doing.  We have a very relaxed day coming up.  We are off to our friends place for the morning (which is actually my surgeon and his family) then Ken is on beach patrol at 11.30am so the boys will be on the beach for the part of the day.  I am really looking forward to our time together as two fun families who get on so perfectly.  Their kids are 14 and 12 and Corey is 11 nearly 12 so they are perfect together.
Cant wait to share some more work with you all.

Love and good wishes to you all
Moonie x

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Having fun with Flutterby goodness

This is my long weekend off and it is pure bliss.. It has gone from 32-34 degree days to a low 18-20 degree today and pouring with rain.  The perfect weather to feel lazy and content.  My hubby and son have been away for two weeks and I left 5 days before they left so its been nearly 3 weeks since we saw each other.  We are busing to get back together and be in the loving arms of each other again... and of course drive one another crazy.  
Even though I have had a pretty much roller coaster of a few weeks I have managed to squeeze in some time out for myself and do what I love.
This layout I have used some of Flutterbys gorgeous products.  If you have not seen them yet make sure you get those fingers moving and click HERE to see all Anita's goodies.  

This is Week 44.  The week I flew north to spend 6 days with my darling daughter who I miss terribly.  We had the best time.  Life is not fair having to be apart... but as long as she is happy I am happy.
Below I have used a Heidi Swapp overlay on my photo.  It is the first one I have used out of my pack I purchased a while ago.  I thought this overlay matched perfect with this cute as rain drop paper I have had in my stash for ages.  The two colourful stickers are of course from Simple Stories.

Below is the cutest 6x4 Everyday Etc card which you can find over at Flutterbys.  They come in a set of 22 Matte photo cards and are great fillers for inserts.  I have added a few title epoxy stickers from Heidi Swapp.

Below is one of the cute cards from Heidi Swapp again.  I have edited my photo by adding the Ali Edwards digi words on it up on the top right hand corner.  To finish this pocket I added the cute flair button from the YOU range.  Pop over here and take a peek.  I love fairs so much I could eat em up.

Here is the super cute Becky Higgins overlay I have used.  So so simple and cute.  I added a little flower embellishment  which matches perfect.

This day in Townsville I was so lucky to have the day with these mad mothers.  My lovely friends Jodi and Helen.  Both scrappers and Project Lifers also.  So of course we had sooo much to talk about and not enough time..  I love the wood veneer  "today".  I love to leave these raw.  They are my favorite.  If you can see just down the bottom on the left there is a little cute tab that says "This is awesome".  Click HERE to have a looksie at them.

And of course my beautiful little ray of sunshine.  She lights up my world when I am with her.. I just want to be her Mummy all the time.. but the circle of life has moved and she is now a little wifey and very happy in her life.. Im sure she still needs me.

Lastly I got this cute little snapshot of her baby Chief.  Her blue stuffy who is the most adorable loving woof woof.  He was at this moment having a wash and a spoil.  He looks a bit serious but seriously was loving every moment of it  I just love love love this SELFIE card from the HAPPY SET.  Just too cool for this little man.. and hey.. how many of us take Selfies now lol.  If you want to see the little pack of flair buttons like the one below go here and check them out.  You will have a field day just choosing the ones you want.  Aren't the little tabs cute.  I love these as they are easy little embellishments that make your page.

On that note.. I'd like to say thanks so much for popping over and reading with me.  I love to share and love to read blogs also.  I hope you have been inspired.
Have a great weekend..
Moonie x

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blog or not to Blog?

Hi everyone.. I am back to ask a simple question.  
To Blog or not to Blog

I have been blogging here and loving it since 2009.   I am wondering if people still read blogs or if they are more keen just to read Facebook posts instead and get their inspiration off Pinterest now.  I do enjoy blogging and keeping my posts up to date.. but I find I have next to no comments left anymore and not many views.  

It is time to move on and just post on FB or stay.  Id love to know your thoughts on this please..

Love all my readers and followers... 
Moonie x

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just Breathe

I dont know about you but it is that crazy time of the year.. People seem to be getting impatient and rude and Im finding them sad to deal with.. Yes I work in retail but it doesnt give people the right to be absolutely rude and toxic to staff.  Most of my customers are great.. I love them.. but geez.. you do sadly get the odd rude ones who you would like to just kick to the curb... but instead.. I breathe in and breathe out and smile... so please.. just remember.. most people in retail At the Moment are doing a great job and it is a very busy time for everyone.. so please... just make sure you smile and be nice.. just like you would like to be treated.. it is really easy and takes no energy to do so.

I have just been away at my Daughters place in Far north Qld. It was a great little week away for both of us to be together and catch up on our special time.  
I have just 4 weeks left of my work and I am off for approx 6 weeks due to shoulder surgery.  I will not be able to do much.. but will be hopefully in less pain in months to come.  I am going in just 7 days before Christmas Day but as we are having our annual 2 weeks off at the beach here at Cotton Tree just 10km from our home.. I thought I would have the surgery while I am off on holidays anyway.  We just chill at the beach so it is perfect recovery time there.

In the above page I have used Becky Higgins Project Life Boys Rule Value Kit.  I love this kit.. There is not a lot of masculine kits out there that are still a bit fun and bright.. I bought this one as soon as I saw it.

You can find these kits @ Spotlight

Tex (Melissa Walden) and I had loads of fun this day (above) over @ Moffat Beach.  We spent 2 hours playing with our Canons.  It is the most fun way to learn your camera.  On the beach with a coffee and a great friend.. what more could you ask for.  We bounce of each other and give each other tips.. 

I had to capture my little friend Molly and her two most precious babies.. She loves and cares for these two.  They are very spoilt.  With my card I have used one of  Heidi Swapps cards and the chipboard stickers.  I love these.. The pink definitely is me all over.  And I have used a  cute little weekly stamp at the bottom of the card.

Spoilt lucky very blessed wifey.  I love this ring Ken bought me.. I have always loved the round settings in rings.. and this one is to die for.  Especially since it is silver.. I cant take it off.  Oh and I have used a gold overlay that was in the page protectors of Heidi Swapps.  These are great if you want your photo to dominate your pocket.

Big mix up of embellies and paper here.  This is what I love about creating PL.  Lots of goodies to play with and add.

Pretty much Heidi Heidi Heidi in the above card. The star is off a Simple Stories piece of paper.  I sat one day and punched them all out.  Great to add to a corner.

Not at all liking my hand writing but have to keep popping it in :-(

Below I have had a play with Heidi Swapps App.  Fun fun.. when you are sitting in the school pick up line lol

Love this girl Dee... a fun day out for just the two of us showing her around the Sunny Coast.

I have sort of lost my mojo since I have been back from my holiday.. I am only 4 weeks behind which is fantastic but I have to find some mojo.  I low its tucked away in there somewhere.. Last night I spent the evening in the air conditioning as it was a massive 38degrees yesterday printing out the previous 4 weeks.. So I will be able to sit down and just scrap. 
So til next time.. thank you for popping over and having a browse at my work.  
Lots of luv and hugs
Moonie x