Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Scrap Pile - December DT Layouts

These are the layouts I have done for Scrap Pile DT this month. Have had so much fun, that I think I will do some more DT layouts in December.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged
by the talented Ros Madley

Here's the rules to follow
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.

So my 6 random are:
1. I have 3 Tattoos, and would like some more if I could find the right designs.
2. I have a preminition that I am going to die at 60.
3. I love animals, and in April next year, my DH and I are going to do a University Course in Native Animal Husbandry and Care.
4.I have suffered from severe depression since not long after my DS was born. Still fighting!
5. In my layouts, I don't like to use white!
6. I am a very content person. Happy, where I am, who I married etc. Wouldn't want to change anything!

So the 6 I'm tagging are
Sorry, can't think of a 6th. I am still new to this blogging. If I find one, I will amend.

looking forward to learning some things about you all

Scrap Pile DT Layouts for November

Good Friends - Is my DS Thomas and his girlfriend Olivia. They are the best of friends, so when photos were taken at Creche, Olivia's Mum and I grabbed the oportunity to have one done of the two of them together.

Family- Is using the Ambrosia range of Basic Grey Papers. I just loved using this range, they were so beautiful. I didn't even mind hand cutting all the little butterflies out.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Couple of Difficult Months

Thursday 16th October, 7am in the morning the phone went, and I automatically thought, 'who the hell would ring at this time in the morning'. It was Mum, asking me to ring her back at her neighbours house as her phone was going flat.

Panic struck! Something was definitely wrong, but what could it be? My first thought was that something had happened to Dad as he had not long been out of Hospital after and bowel operation and subsequent blood clot scare.

I rang Mum on the number she gave me, to be told that the house had caught on fire.

It seems that at 3am some drunk 16 year old local gang members had decided that it would be lots of fun to scale the colourbond fence into my parents backyard, break into some secured areas, take some petrol reserved for the lawnmower, pour it over Mum and Dads car parked under the enclosed carport and set it on fire! And of course spraying their Gang sign on the fence before leaving.

The fire then very quickly spread to the house.

Fortunately, Mum, Dad and their cat, all got out in time, but then had the horrid task of watching as their house was on fire, while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

Once the fire was put out and the damaged assessed, 2/3 of the house had been damaged and the costs went well over $200,000.

The two 16 year old were caught, when they came back to the scene of the crime, to watch. Apparently this is quite a common thing for them to do, so the Police were on the look out and caught them straight away. Being minors though, we will be lucky if they get a slap on the wrist.

I headed up to Melton in the morning and tried to help with all the questions and assessors that were coming and going throughout the day.

We found out pretty quickly that there would not be enough contents insurance to cover the cleaning of the house, which, because of all the soot, would cost approx. $20,000!

So we started arranging a working bee to help clean and pack up the house, as everything needed to be put in storage until the house was fixed, and that could take up to 6 months.

My Brother and his Wife came from Queensland to help and my Auntie came from Tasmania to be moral support to Mum and Dad.

We had a huge turn up and got all the work done!

I thought that was the hard bit done... but I was wrong.

The emotional scars this has left on my parents has been immense. The nightmares every night, the feeling of not being safe anymore, the uncertainty of what is going to happen next. It has all taken its toll.

The physical side of cleaning is the easy part. Trying to help mend the emotional is far more complex and difficult. Even now, my parents change on a daily basis, from being excited about getting a new house, to not wanting to get out of bed and face life.

I am no psychologist, so the best that I can do is just try and be there for them when they need me, even if it is just to listen.

I wish these 16 year olds could see the after effect their little fun has had on those effected. Maybe they would think twice next time...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Scrap for Leukaemia Day

Well, today has just been a great, great, relaxing day. I went to the scrap for Leukaemia Day organised by Chandon Craft, to obviously raise money for the research into Leukaemia. We had a number of people there also, that have had Leukaemia and won the battle.
I was able to complete a number of layouts, and had a wonderful lunch at the Bistro that was at the venue. Was fabulous to not have to worry about the kids for a whole day, and just relax.
Here are the layouts I created today:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

This post is Dedicated to my good friend Ros who has helped me make this Blog in the first place.

Hi Ros, yes I am finally doing my first post on this blog. Yeah!
Saturday was Worldwide Card Making Day, so being part of Scrap-Pile Design Team, we had a great time setting and completing card making challenges.
I must admit, I am not usually a big card maker, because I am more into creating layouts to preserve memories and to fulfill my creative need.
But I just loved making some cards on the weekend. I will definatly be making more in the future.
Will upload some pictures to show you the cards I have done on the weekend.
Hope you like them.