A Beautiful Princess to join the family

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and Another beautiful boy

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Another gorgeous grandson to love

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Another Beautiful Grandson to Love

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Lachlan James Hastings Hosking has arrived!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Part Six of Autumn Colours

Well it looks as though we will be caring for another Foster child for a while. The "Powers That Be" are working out the finer details... like how to get him to school and back each day, but if that sorts itself out, then Steve will be coming to live with us for a while. He has some issues, ADHD and delayed intellectual development, and he is as busy as a bee! but he is lovely and I am sure he will fit in well.



I have the next installment in "Autumn Colours" for you, we are almost at an end for this kit now, I do hope you are enjoying it.











Link to download Part Six HERE Link Removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. Please come back and leave a comment if you download, I really appreciate them all.



Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Part Five for Autumn Colours!

I have the next installment for "Autumn Colours" today and some pics to share of my latest sewing project. Busy weekend ahead here, Nicholas is off to Canberra to spend a week working at the National Zoo and Aquarium for his Year 10 Work Experience and we just got a call to take a little 8yo boy for the weekend, perhaps longer, so forgive me if I don't get back with the final parts until next week :)



My Mum and Dad record TV programs to watch at their leisure and have been sending them to me once they have finished with them as I can't always get a good reception where we live. As a thank you for this effort, I made Mum a bag and sent Dad some shirts which I hope they both will like. This is a pic of Mum's bag, taken from an issue of "Beautiful Bags to Make" magazine. I liked the pattern so much I made myself one as well, close-up is of my bag!








Mum's Bag




Close Up of my bag front







and on to Autumn Colours.....













Link to download Part Five HERE Link Removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. Please come back and leave a comment if you download, I read them all and they put a smile on my face... and you want me to be happy ..... don't you LOL


Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Part Four for "Autumn Colours"

just a quick post as I am going back to bed for a nap LOL Nicholas has just started his Yr 10 Work Experience and getting up before 5:30am is just too early !






Link to download Part Four HERE Link Removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. PLease leave a comment if you download and I thank you in advance!


Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fishing success!

It's not often that Gary goes fishing and actually catches something. He firmly believes that he couldn't land a fish in a puddle LOL

and it looked as though the trip to the dam was going to have the same result. Nicholas and Gary were on the water for about 4 hrs before they decided to call it quits with no results. Pulling the boat ready to load and they met some guys that pointed them in the right direction, they took the plunge (haha) and set off to try once more. Apparently they hit the fish jackpot! No sooner had Nicholas dropped in a line, than he was pulling in a redfin. Gary managed to catch a few as well and they came home with about 40 redfin. Some of them were too small to keep but these fish are an introduced species, so cannot be returned to the water, so they have to kill and dispose of any fish they don't keep. You cannot throw them back even if they are dead, so bad are these fish at eating all our native species out of house and home.

For my American readers..... this is our Tinny, a 3.3 metre aluminium boat with an 8hp outboard motor.

A bag full of fish!

Preparing to clean and gut! One tried to get away... can you see it ?


All cleaned, and heads chopped off. What an amazing job. While Gary cleaned and gutted, Nicholas rang me on the mobile and he could barely contain his excitement about their catch! So happy to hear that in his voice.

I asked Gary to try filleting the fish as I am not that good with whole fish, and we don't often get fresh fish to eat anyway. He did his best and by the time he got to the last of the three he chose to work with, he was doing a great job! I then floured, egged and crumbed them and this is the result. I have to say... they were delicious and even Nicholas (not keen on fresh fish) ate them all. I cant wait to try out different things with the rest of them now :)


come back tomorrow for the next installment for "Autumn Colours" . Thanks for visiting!

have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sorry about the delay...

next installment for Autumn Colours coming up.....






Just sent the boys out for a fishing trip, trying out our little tinny now that it is finally back on the road, or water if you prefer LOL We are hoping to use it for a holiday we have planned in the near future so this is a dry (or wet) run to make sure all works as it should before we hit the road.

Anyways, the reason you are here .....

Link to download Part Three HERE Link Removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. Please come back and leave a comment if you download, I appreciate them all!

If this is your first visit, the previous parts are still available for download, but I will be removing the links to previous posts in the next couple of days!

Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Next installment of Autumn Colours

Time for the next intallment for "Autumn Colours" . Thanks to those of you that took the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate them all. It is always nice to read that someone likes your work !











If you wish to see the contents of this kit, scroll down to the previous post and I have listed it there.


Link to download Part Two HERE Link Removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. Please come back and leave a comment if you download, it only takes a minute of your time and I love reading them all.


Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Freebie

I have been working on this kit for ages. It has an Autumn theme and I realise a lot of you are now heading into Summer, but here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are heading into colder months and so I am stuck in Autumn.... this season is also my favourite :)




As you can see. this kit is HUGE!



Kit contains:


12 papers - patterned and 12 papers - plain


2 bows, 2 brads, 2 butterflies, 3 buttons, 1 charm, 3 flowers, 1 folded paper, 3 frames, 3 leaves, 1 pageborder, 4 ribbons, 2 stars, 3 stickers, 3 strings, 4 tags, 2 tassels and 1 wordart!! Whew!!


I have broken this kit into 7 downloads and will be giving them away, one at a time, over the next couple of weeks. Please come back and make sure you get all the parts. The files have been uploaded to 4shared, downloaded and checked to make sure they are not corrupt. This has taken weeks to achieve so I hope you don't have any issues getting the complete set of zips.


Link to download Part One HERE Link removed. Password if required is "scarecrow" without the formatting. Please leave a comment if you download. The time it takes you to say thanks is minuscule compared to the effort I am putting in to bring you this freebie and I really appreciate all comments!

Friday, March 4, 2011

My new nephew is finally here. Charlie made his appearance at 1am Japan time on the 4th March. He is so beautiful! Wish my sister and her family could just move Japan a little closer now so I could go visit! Congratulations to Christine, Ryo and Luke!




Amber put together this little quilt using Animals in Pyjamas embroidered squares, designs by Embroidery Library. Gary had embroidered the squares checking out the designs and Amber thought they would make a great blanket. Amber sewed the squares together for the front and the back and I put it all together. For a first attempt at sewing, I thought she did a fantastic job!



Look who popped in for a visit this morning. Mollie, our boxer, was barking at something on one of our trees and when I went out to investigate, I found this gorgeous Bearded Dragon. I called Mollie in and the Dragon crawled up onto this branch and sunned himself for the rest of the morning. Just beautiful!


He was quite large too!



Hope you enjoyed my pictures :)
Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

YES!! at last... a new freebie!

I have been busy creating but have been having the most annoying time trying to upload the zips for my freebies. I am uploading each zip and then downloading again to check to make sure they are not corrupt and therefore wasting your time. This cuts into our Internet allowance hugely, which is a pain.... but the biggest pain is the time involved. I uploaded and downloaded 5 times last night trying to get just one file to download not corrupted! I have tried 4Shared and Mediafire.... no difference with either. Any suggestions ??

Anyway, I do have part one of my mini created for the Colour Challenge at SkrapHappens! so I hope you like it!





I have only checked Part One at the moment, so don't forget to come back and check for the next two links to get all of this freebie! checked!!


Link to download Part One HERE .


Link to download Part Two HERE .


Link to download Part Three HERE Links removed. Password if required is "peaceful" without the formatting! Please come back and leave a comment if you download.


Have a great day wherever you are!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CT work.... at last!

wow! I feel like a have been away for ever :)

Our foster children are only with us for another few days and then move on to their Grandparents. I hope it all works out for them all. We will miss them terribly, but the tantrums will not be missed. Fostering is hard work and really gets to you emotionally, a lot more than I thought!
I created a memory page for us with some pics that Amber had taken on her camera. I love the closeups of their faces! I have used Shelly's SS00085 - Spring Splendor digital kit for this layout.


This layout was created a for a challenge on Shirley's Blog. I have used Shirley's SC00478 - Chickie Love and Shelly's SS00085 - Spring Splendor to create this layout of Gary and myself. Pictures were taken by Nicholas on his new camera that he got for Christmas.



I have used CD00809-Your Smile, a personal cutter file from Chris's latest QMC available from Visual Designs By Chris. This is the latest photo of my gorgeous grandson, Lachlan. Isn't he just too cute!

I have created this layout in Photoshop CS3. Styles, textures and shadows have been added to create dimension to the layout. Designed to show that Personal Cutter files (Cricut, Pazzles, Klic N Kut etc) files can be used digitally!



I have used CD00814 - Formal Gals, a personal cutter file from Chris's latest QMC available from Visual Designs By Chris. These are some photos of my eldest daughter and her then boyfriend at their 2000 school Formal.



Now I just need to get creating a freebie before I lose you all, my wonderful readers! LOL

Have a wonderful day wherever you are!