Summer Lovin’

Confession: I hate summer.

Sorry, I know everyone has these “pretty” views of frolicking on the beach, toasting marshmallows on the bonfire, camping somewhere picturesque and enjoying a cheeky cocktail by a pool.

But this is Australia. In fact, this is Perth. It’s hotter than the surface of the sun for about five months of the year. In fact, even though it’s June (ie: winter!) we’re still getting temperatures of 26 degrees (that’s 78 degrees for those of you who only speak in Fahrenheit).

So basically, at the height of summer when temperatures are regularly north of 40 degrees, frolicking on the beach will get you heatstroke, toasting marshmallows on a bonfire will get you fined by a Parks and Wildlife ranger (we have TOTAL firebans out here) not to mention make you all sweaty because it’s still 4000 degrees at 10pm and camping somewhere picturesque will result in being bitten by something with either many or no legs and will end with a visit to the nearest emergency room. The only thing I can happily partake in is a cheeky cocktail by a pool. (Except I currently can’t do that because I’m breastfeeding. And it’s winter. Maybe in six months time I can enjoy a Southern Buster.)

Hint: A Southern Buster (recipe found in my Granddad’s ancient cocktail book) is something you should definitely try – half a shot of brandy, a quarter shot of dry vermouth, a quarter shot of lime cordial, topped up with ginger beer and garnished with a slice of lemon. Thank me later.

This months Pixel Scrapper blog train is Summer Lovin’ and even though I don’t love summer, I figured I’d partake anyway (because the colour palette is TO DIE FOR!)

Now it’s time for a game I like to call “Spot the whopping huge mistake” or, if you’d prefer “I can’t believe I missed that”.

Look closely. It says “12 plain papers” on my solids pack. Yeah, that’s wrong. You actually get 14 plain papers (with two different textures). Sorry for that – I should really change it but I won’t because the baby will be awake in about 6 seconds and I’ve only managed to drink half a cup of tea, so you’re just going to have to cope with an incorrect preview page. (You’re grown-ups, you can manage, right?)

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Enjoy your papers, enjoy your cheeky cocktail by a pool and can someone please have a drink for me!

 

Nature Escape

Nature is a lovely thing – it’s green and cool and beautiful. Just like my (new) garden. We lived for six months surrounded by sand after we moved into our new house but now we have a lovely green garden, some fruit trees and a lot of grass. It’s bliss! (Mainly I just love not having huge amounts of sand blowing into the house every time I open a door or window.)

The trees will grow up (we have a flowering plum, some Manchurian pears, a lemon tree, lime tree, a few magnolias and some cottonwood hibiscus which have glorious huge yellow flowers). We’re hoping that the native Carnaby cockatoos will come to visit us often – they nest in bushland across the road from us every winter and spring. This year we also have some red-tailed black cockatoos to add a splash of vibrant colour.

The theme for this months Pixel Scrapper blog train is Nature Escape. The cool blue-green colour palette is always soothing to the eye. (Some people say that “blue and green should never be seen” – I think those people just have no idea how to blend colours.)

As always, I have done two packs – one with patterned papers and the other with solid colour (but slightly textured) cardstock.

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I hope you love the huge range of goodies over at Pixel Scrapper this month and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog-train digital papers in my Etsy store.

DSD Is Open Again!

First things first!

At 3:09pm on the 20th of December, our little girl was born weighing 7lb 2oz at Joondalup Private Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

The delivery was brutal (stitches – ouchies!!!) but everything went as well as can be expected. She arrived 3 weeks early and needed a little time in the Special Care Nursery due to jaundice but we were discharged from hospital on Christmas Day so we got to spend a very special Boxing Day with family. Since she was born she has thrived and even though I often feel like I don’t know what I’m doing (and sometimes I cry from sheer frustration and sleep deprivation) my partner and I are so in love with her.

Now, onto business – the store is OPEN!!! I have re-branded with a gorgeous image of a dachshund flinging itself forward (as they have a tendency to do) and you can see him on all my paper packs.

To celebrate the store being open again, I’m giving away a HUGE 20-sheet paper pack. It’s a brand new one called Fresh As A Daisy and it’s one of my absolute favourites.

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Be quick as this paper pack is only going to be available until the 31st May 2017.

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Keep It Moving

It’s funny that this months Pixel Scrapper blog train theme is “Keep It Moving” because I’m certainly not doing much moving at the moment! I’m just over halfway through my pregnancy, still sick as a dog and still spending a lot of time on the sofa or napping in bed.

I wasn’t always this lazy though (honestly!) Once upon a time I was young, fit and a ballroom dancer. A very good one (one of the few things I can proudly say I was very good at.) I started when I was 6 or 7 years old and had passed my Oscar – first time around – at the age of 16. (The Oscar is the highest award achievable comprising a long complicated routine within a particular style – Modern, Latin or New Vogue. Not everyone passes it the first time round.)

I haven’t danced for years now and I don’t think I’ll ever start up again – it’s very much “use it or lose it” when it comes to the body and dancing. While I still have great movement in my feet (the way I can hold my toes still freaks out my partner who thinks my feet are unnatural), my knees are completely rooted. Dancing in 3 inch heels for most of your teen years will do that to you.

I had some great teachers over the years and was pretty good at all three styles, although I will admit that Tango and Paso Doble were my weakest dances – all those heel leads made me nervous and I often thought I’d slip in my stiletto heels and go sliding across the dance floor, snapping bones as I went. (I never had any major injuries while dancing, although did fall flat on my backside a few times.)

So for this month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train, I used the “Keep It Moving” theme to play around with some Ballroom bits and bobs. I’ve also done that thing where I experiment – I am a paper girl, I make papers, I use (mainly) papers in my own layouts. But I couldn’t resist doing some glittery dancing figurines and a smattering of word art this month. I hope you like them!

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I hope you love the huge range of goodies over at Pixel Scrapper this month and don’t forget you can see all my non-blog-train digital papers in my Etsy store.

Freebie Friday – 26th August

Almost time for the weekend and I’m looking forward to this one – with our house now sold it means we don’t have to do a top-to-bottom scrub of the inside (and let’s not forget the weeding and mowing in the garden!) Hallelujah! That means a couple of lazy sleep-ins, some relaxation and on Sunday we get to catch up with some friends for a lovely lunch in the Swan Valley.

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 8.5×11″ paper in a super versatile black and white polka dot pattern taken from my A4 Coral Crush paper pack. (Which is 50% off this week!)

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There’s no catch – no newsletter sign-up, I don’t want your email address, phone number or Twitter password.  It’s free – you don’t have to do anything except click the link to download it.

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Freebie Friday – 12th August

Happy Friday guys! I hope you’ve had a great week.

My week has been spent in front of the tele watching the Olympics (I am now an expert in gymnastics and equestrian dressage) and keeping an eye out for Mr Sparkles – the wild rabbit that lives in our garden. Sadly, I haven’t seen him for a few days and I’m slightly concerned he may have been turned into bird food (we regularly get hawks around here).

For today’s Freebie Friday I’m giving away a great khaki green tartan paper (the colour is called Salt Bush) and it’s from my Camp Ground paper pack which is this week’s Monday Special.

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Freebie Friday – 5th August

It’s a cool Friday here in Perth – about 12 degrees Celsius outside but I’m sitting in my cosy living room munching on raisin toast and drinking litres of milk (it’s my latest pregnancy craving). Not much has happened this week, apart from our house hitting the real estate market, our dishwasher dying (sob) and Mr Sparkles – the wild rabbit who lives in our garden – deciding to build a new burrow beneath our rosemary shrubs. I hope your week has been a good one!

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 12×12″ leafy paper from my fun and bright paper pack called Funky Bunches which is also this week’s 50% off Monday Special.

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Back To Nature

My morning sickness is (marginally) better so I’ve decided to have a go at this months Pixel Scrapper blog train.

The theme is Back To Nature and I’ve taken inspiration from a trip I did almost two years ago. From our home in Perth, Western Australia we drove three days all the way up to tropical Broome. If you’ve never been to or seen much of WA, it’s a state of colour and contrast. In the south-west there are rolling green fields (with many incredibly wineries dotted about), majestic forests and a tranquillity that can’t be described, only experienced. The enormous WA coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with waters ranging from deep blue to the palest turquoise. Inland and northern WA has spectacular red/orange dirt, amazing wildflowers and a heck of a lot of cows (yeah, cows. Roos too, but mainly cows.)

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Sunset in Broome – where coast and red dirt country meet.
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Sunset in Broome
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Stunning turquoise water on the northern coast.
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There were fields of Sturt Desert Peas along the inland road.

So while “Back to Nature” may mean camping in forests and a lot of brown and green shades, for me the phrase reminds me of this trip where I saw colours and sights I’d never seen before. I’ve decided to use the blues, yellow and orange from the palette to create this months blog train paper pack.

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Freebie Friday – 23rd July

It’s a lovely sunshine-y Friday here – the air is chilly and refreshing, but the sun has a tinge of warmth to it. I’ve spent quite a bit of time this week with my nose pressed to the window overlooking my back garden, keeping an eye on our new resident (a wild rabbit I’ve called Mr Sparkles).

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 12×12″ vintage grunge paper with a gorgeous brocade texture which has been taken from my paper pack called Aqua Vitae (you can find that pack and more vintage grunge packs in my Etsy store.)

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There’s no catch – no newsletter sign-up, I don’t want your email address, phone number, top secret cookie recipe. It’s free – you don’t have to do anything except click the link to download it. (And thanks to feedback, the link is now staying live for a WHOLE WEEK!)

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Freebie Friday – 15th July

Friday – in my household Friday is the day of homemade pizza eaten from the comfort of the sofa with a DVD on and a tall glass of ginger ale to ease my “morning” sickness (which is all confused as it hits around 6pm.) The weekend is mere hours away and with any luck that means some time to create and perhaps visit my brand new nephew who was born a week ago.

This weeks Freebie Friday is a sheet of 12×12″ paper to co-ordinate with my Monday Special (which is 50% off for only 3 more days.) The shade is called French Beauty but the pattern is brand new and not yet available in any of my other packs – it’s a cute spring/summer floral pattern called Daisy Doodle.

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