Happy Long Weekend!

7 06 2009

and here I am at home on a Sunday…. not working you say?

Indeed not working my pretties …

because I have recently been (nervously) through the Local Government interview process (again) and accepted a Customer Service position at Singleton Council… yipp yipp yeehar… no more working weekends or public holidays!

The ladies are astonished that Mumma is being so tough this weekend though… officially the rubbish that they used to get away with because I was only with them every second weekend (and exhausted and unable to put up a fight… I always gave in… while I worked they stayed with Mum) it can now STOP!!! I am being quite tough but if I’m going to survive with my sanity in tact, the rules are now enforceable… they don’t try half of the cheekyness with Mum as they do here with me. I think it’s that I’m on my own too. No back up of another adult. So as of now I’m toughening up on discipline and acceptable behaviour. Mind you it’s 10.30 pm and the little toads were just jumping up and down on my bed. They aren’t completely under control yet obviously… I wanted to sleep in this morning… 8 am was all I got.

Anyway that means more time to berl-loggy blog!

I beg your pardon? You don’t believe me? We shall see… shall we?

Bestest ever news! I am officially going to Kim Archer’s amazing retreat in November… that cannot come quick enough for me and I will no doubt be blabbering more about it as it gets closer. I went to the Skrapkatz weekend retreat last month and this year made myself a new handbag and managed to finish about 7 layouts … A new record ’cause normally I take a car load of stuff and all I do is gasbag and eat …

speaking of cars… I have a new (for me) car. I will take photos of it tomorrow. I have never loved a car like this… I did love my celica from my young and free days but my new wagon is the most perfect for us! I even bought personalised number plates. Because Jennifer Lopez is J-Lo I am L-Mo… like ELMO – gettit ??? Yeah not many do understand it lol.

Some of the retreat pages;


and I HAD every intention of entering the Kaisercraft Dt call… so I started this… of course the deadline came and went before I finished the album… so here it is finally done. The best news is that (great mate and unofficial sister) Rona was awarded a position on the Kaisercraft DT… I have been telling her for ages that she would be a shoe-in for DT’s and mags… now she believes me… I think … I do love Kaisercraft’s mini albums and have so much of their mdf in my stash… Did you know there are flamingos on their new paper? … for what it’s worth I reckon flamingoes will be the new deer in scrapping lol


So I’m about to put a scrapping dvd on and go glue my fingers together lol

Say hi if you are still reading,

Hi to Chris Millar and Rach who I’m still getting around to replying to …

much love

Lib x


Pretty things…

21 10 2008

Last week my boss and I headed out to Peterson’s Champagne House, about 15 minutes away (Yes that’s where Tamar (Tarisota) visited for her holiday) but I was there for my last component in the Wine Studies course…. oh yes many many hours of study! This was the Sommelier component and we had Michael (No. 2 in NSW – used to sommi at Waterfront restaurant in Sydney) as our teacher. He was brilliant and I learned so much. Geez I hate my job lol! A sommelier (som-elle-ee-er) is a wine/food match expert and is the person who, at better restaurants, develops a wine list which does not contain anything you can find at Woolworths liquor/BWS lol

*** Edited to add… I started this post much earlier and due to the fact that wordpress is such a doll… it saves every little while or so… boo sucks to be a typepad user lol I know heaps of bloggers and typepad girlies who are always whinging about ‘lost’ posts. Well my computer spat the large uploads (not wordpress’ fault) but WordPress had automatically saved my entry. YAY! WORDPRESS! If you are thinking of changing blogs or starting one up…. GO WORDPRESS!! I can now bring you the normally scheduled program lol… I hope you enjoy.

A few of my ‘new’ favourite things.

This is my classy new coffee mug. Makes me so happy!

This is the spunky new… ‘my old one fell apart’ purse. It can also be remembered as the ‘Oh My God Libby, I cannot believe you are coping on your own without copious amounts of money from me, your Mother’ purse. My Mum bought it for me…. and yeah it cost a bomb, but it’s so damask and so me… it has a shiny deep red bit too, you can just see it… delicious!

The Monica Poole bag is finished. Onward to the new Janelle Wind pattern. Thanks to a bit of Busy Needles (the local fabric store) and a kick in the bum/pain in the side from laughing – from Rona… I’m going to try to get to Fred the Needle at Penrith on Friday on the way to Canberra. Wish me luck! oh those Amy Butler, Mr Miller, Heather Bailey etc etc fabrics. I may not be able to afford the petrol to Canberra after that little spree! lol oh well

These two are just happy roses from a great day out at Petersons Champagne House. I love flowers!

Don’t forget Jessica Sprague is holding a fabulous free class. Just head over to her website, register and Bob’s your Uncle, Fanny’s your Aunt, you can start playing with the Stories In Hand class. This sort of offer doesn’t happen that often. Run! now GO!

Really excited to be heading off this week on a mini break (Bridget Jones) the girls are as excited as they can be about visiting the nations capital. To them, Canberra is just a place we talk about at the moment. Kindy excursion tomorrow to a ‘big’ school they aren’t going to attend. Oh well the bus trip will be spoken about at length and ad nauseum until the next kindy adventure. Bus trips are apparently ‘huge’!

There are workers taking apart and repairing one of our old wooden town bridges at the moment and every single time we travel over the ‘big’ bridge we have to mention ‘The Donolly Bridge’, ‘The Donolly Bridge’ which you can see from the big bridge. I am very sorry now that I ever mentioned what that huge orange crane was doing and why we can’t go over Claire’s bridge anymore. Not sure why the girls have to ‘own’ each bridge… I think it started ’cause the old wooden bridge near Mum’s is pink and as such became Charlotte’s pink bridge and then we had to find a purple bridge for the Bear…. anyway I’m sure that makes no sense to anyone.

Big hello’s to Megan, Jen, Mel, Rona & Stacey. Thanks for saying G’day and I will get around (hopefully tonight) to emailing you back. Off to pick up the girls now…


Lib xxx

New bag and a bit of exciting news…

12 10 2008

I bought a couple of handbag patterns over the past year. I made a bag last year (in a Monica Poole class) and use it every day (the black and white spotty one).


I’ve bought a few Monica Poole bag patterns, mainly just because they are stocked locally. Then the other day I found Janelle’s frilly dilly bag online at Honeysuckle Cottage I have been searching for ages for this bag and although the pattern hasn’t arrived yet… hopefully monday… I’m so excited to start looking for material for it, that I dived into the fabric stash and started another quick and easy bag while I wait.

Obviously it needs a handle or two. My 7 billion year old Husky sewing machine has been working a treat and I’m trying to keep her going for a while longer. They certainly made this old girl to last. She used to be Mum’s and I’m greatful that Mum bought a wizz bang jobby a few years ago and the Husky has been given a new home and a fair workout from me.

The really exciting news is that in a couple of weeks the girls and I will be heading to Bungendore (Near Canberra) for a photo shoot workshop with Barb from Jinky Art We are only there as models, when I say we, I mean the ladies, not myself lol. I’m super excited about a road trip with the ladies (the last one was all the way to Dubbo Zoo) and the photos which will result from one of the best child photographers in Australia and the workshop participants. I can’t wait. I am collecting props to take with us and hope that the girls are willing to play along on the day. Who am I kidding of course they will. LARRIKINS!!!

All right pig that’ll do. Thanks for visiting. Leave a comment if you like. I don’t mind if you don’t either.


Lib x