JYC 4 – Plans for December

The Calendar app on my phone has taken over from the small paper appointment diary I used to carry in my purse. Plans for December include:

  • get together with some of Richard’s uni flatmates on Friday 9th
  • Christmas scrapbooking session in Featherston on Saturday 10th
  • get  together with friends from my ante-natal class on Wednesday 14th (we met nearly 26 years ago, before our first babies)
  • Infrastructure Group Christmas dinner at the Pukemanu Hotel on Friday 16th

That looks like quite enough to me!


JYC 3 – Gifts

sevilo-signsevilo-sign-close-upIt’s hard to choose “the most perfect gift ever received”, but the “Sevilo” plaque, handmade by Rose, that we received for Christmas 2005 must be one of them. The families gathered at Kaitoke park in mid January to “do Christmas”. When Rose presented the heavy parcel to Richard & me as our joint present we had no idea what was inside. The sign (featuring our property name – derived by spelling ‘olives’ backwards) was beautifully designed and featured my favourite colour combination (yellow & blue). It must have taken Rose many hours of patient work to complete. The sign hung on the side of the garage at Fantail Grove until we sold and moved away mid-year 2016, but we didn’t sell the name “Sevilo”, which has come with us. We are building a garage at our new place, and surely we’ll find a good place to install the plaque so that visitors will always be sure where they are.

JYC 2 – Counting down to Christmas

For me the approach to Christmas is inexorably tangled with the arrival of summer:

  • roses blooming in the garden,
  • the demand to complete the staff summer holiday leave plan comes out from the CEO,
  • strawberry punnets are available at 2 for $5,
  • the Summer Reading Programme staffer is at work & the library is decorated to the theme (yachts this year),
  • finding lists everywhere (other people’s in books and on tables at work; my own in various bags and piles at home),
  • boxes of Christmas books are out for borrowing in the Children’s library,
  • Greytown shops (and the library) have their swags of evergreens and lights hung from verandahs,

and there’s a feeling in the air of suppressed excitement and anticipation that makes me happy.

JYC 1 – Christmas Manifesto 2016

I plan to take a few minutes each day of December to follow along with the Journal your Christmas prompts from Shimelle.

Christmas Manifesto 2016
This Christmas was always going to be different, as we have moved house from a large home with room for lots of Christmas decorations & entertaining to a very small cottage with Christmas supplies in deep storage. In addition our son will be in the South Island for the holiday. We decided to embrace this and make it more different still by arranging an away-from-home Christmas, for just the two of us. However, within all this difference I will retain the joy, generosity, anticipation and delight of Christmases past, as well as enjoying the pleasures of the new.

More pages!

3photo0802162photo0802161photo080216More scrapbooking – this time from a session at my fellow-Scrapmate Carmel’s place. As I was to be crafting away from home I made up a kit of supplies (papers, journalling cards, label stickers, ribbon, and wood veneer; I also included brads and flowers as haven’t used them for such a long time!. Once again I did the 3-2-1 photo layouts, as this sequence usually gets me into the scrapbooking groove quickly. It obviously worked yesterday, as these three layouts took me less than three hours (although I did have to finish off the 1-photo layout’s journalling after I got home).

Three for one

Following an idea from the lovely Shimelle Laine (my scrapbooking superhero) I gathered a set of supplies and some photos. I made layouts with three photos, two photos and one photo using these supplies, and took inspiration from some of my own favourite layouts for the 3-photo and 2-photo pages. I watched Shimelle’s latest YouTube video (Glitter Girl #124) for inspiration for the 1-photo page. I’m very pleased with my results – thank you Shimelle/Glitter Girl!

3-photo page 2-photo page Inspired by GG#124

Something scrappy

I’ve been working with photos from our 2007 trip to the Big Island of Hawaii over the past few months. It might seem a bit of overkill to create an album of 12×12 layouts devoted to just one 10-day holiday, but I’ve been having a great time re-living some of our adventures. In fact, one album is completely full and I’ve started on volume two….

Over in another corner of blog land Jennifer Grace has started her annual Frosty Festivities event for 2015, and although my layout’s not at all frosty or festive, I used some inspiration from her first post in the series to create this:

Brave - the story of Richard's snorkelling adventures in Volcano National Park.

Brave – the story of Richard’s snorkelling adventures in Volcano National Park.

There are lots of ideas still to come in the Frosty Festivities series, and some fantastic give-aways, so why not play along too?

Zoom In, Zoom Out

I’ve decided to take part in a weekly photography challenge posed by Helena (whose blog you can find here). I’m not sure if I’ll manage it every week, but I’m going to try.

As the title suggests, the aim is to take a close up and then provide the context, either by zooming in/out or by being close and then walking away. Straightforward enough, huh.

As I was driving home today I saw this and knew I’d found a subject for my first ZIZO post:

Zoom-In-3Jan-2014 Zoom-Out-Jan-2014I did not expect to find such an amazing flower on a traffic island!


One Little Word

Resolutions aren’t for me. Instead, since 2009 I have selected a single word to be my focus for the year ahead. I first heard about this from Ali Edwards, and you can read more about it on her blog here.

My words have been:

  • 2009 – choose
  • 2010 – present
  • 2011 – clear
  • 2012 – slow
  • 2013 – active

For 2014 I have chosen the word MORE. I believe I have been doing good things for my physical, mental and emotional health – and now I am going to focus on doing MORE of them.

I saw this inspiring video and I created a similar layout to celebrate and record my intentions for how my One Little Word – MORE – will manifest in my life through 2014.

My ONW for 2014I really enjoyed doing the stitching and making the watercolour background. Celine’s instructions on the video were easy to follow – although I did make a practice page first for the watercolour part. I think this is only the second layout (ever) I have made that uses no photographs – but I might do more of them if they all turn out as well as this one!