Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Happy Birthday Dad. 64 years young today.


Happy Birthday Dad. 64 years young today.

Two more sleeps

Wow, only two more sleeps til the big day. How exciting!  I loooove Christmas.

Here is a layout I did for Anna's Craft Cupboard this month. It's taken at this year's Perth Royal Show in the cooking pavillion. I love the cakes the people make to include in the show. SOOO amazing.

Have yourselves a Merry Christmas one and all.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Graduation prep

Today I am helping my son's School prepare for their Year 7 Graduation. Damon is in the graduating class. The year book is done. I am making the goodie bags up. I haven't got everything from the Principal yet so I can't complete them. I may need to hide them before Damon comes home.

I've been seasonal cleaning my husband's closet.

I've also done a little mending. I don't like to sew so that was tedious.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


We may find out today who the final 3 are. Won't be me. Only had 300 or so posts compared to some crazy amount like 1500 for others. Pity, would have loved the opportunity to be on the Design Team. Still, nice ladies there. It's been fun.

All day scrapping at Barbara's tomorrow. Way to go, way better than the housework I'm doing today.

Monday, November 30, 2009


1.  Week 6 at Vote for my design at My nickname is Daisydokes. You can vote Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, once each day. Please help support my cause. A design team position is up for grabs.

2. Here is the site I will be guest designing for in June 2010.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Bursting at the seams with happiness.

1. Had a great day at Damon's high school orientation day. Perth Modern welcomed us with open arms, very warm and inviting. Wonderful.

2. First opportunity to be a guest designer for a scrapbook site. Scrap Tiffany has offered me the chance next June to design for them. Yippe and hooray.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vote for me

Vote for my layout in the Scrap Your Pants Off competition at Artypants by clicking on the Week 5 voting and choosing Daisydokes at Thanks for your help. You can view my work in their gallery. Check it out.

Today's events

Back into the ABT this morning. Then, off to hit Target for some Christmas shopping. Got some stuff and was happy with that. Feel a bit buggered now. Ready for some couch time even though the ironing is calling.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'm back

Back from Rottnest. Very relaxing. Played some tennis, surprisingly I enjoyed it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chellenges galore

I have a heap of scrapping challenges for Arty Pants to complete tonight. I did some creating last night with a friend. I'll put up the images later. Very happy with the results.  Head over to if you want to join the fun.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lack of sleep

I'm so tired. I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep.  I got up and finished watching a movie, cropped some photos for my son's project and generally felt unhappy to be awake.

On a brighter note, Nicole and Irene are coming over to scrap with me tonight. Yay.

Now, I must away to make a cake for tomorrow's School Assembly.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cyber Crop

If you're into scrapbooking,come join me at the arty pants Cybercrop this weekend for some Supersticious challenges, fun, games and prizes to be won. New members welcome. Best of all it's FREE!!!!

Arty Pants Supersticious Cybercrop

Time:7:30PM Friday, November 13th

Rottnest here we come

I've been busy this week preparing for our trip to Rottnest Island this weekend. We're staying for a week and have to take a lot of gear with us. I alone have the task of packing so it is quite a job. I'm going to take some paints and my Christmas cards so that I have some things to do.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vote for me

It is week 2 of the Scrap Your Pants Off competition at Arty Pants. I'd love to have your vote. You can vote once a day as an unregistered user. My nickname is Daisydokes.  Here is the link:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PINK layout

This is my submission for November's sketch competition at Anna's Craft Cupboard. I'm first off the bat to attempt it. I found it to be a really easy sketch to complete. Probably took no more than half an hour from start to finish.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Just returned from the Interschool sports day 2. Damon's 6/7 boys' team came first in their leaderball comp. Very proud Mamma.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Week 1 challenge at Arty Pants. Vote for my scrapbook layout.

I invite you to go and take a look at I have entered a Scrap your pants off competition. You can look at everyone's layout and vote your favourite. Please vote for mine at :

Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Chutney Mary's

Dinner with my friend Lorraine tonight. Her late birthday present to me. She was taking me to see Buddy the musical but it got cancelled. We'll have a nice evening nonetheless.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


My lasagne was delicious. Will have to have it again for dinner tonight.
Lovely day here. My pool is now swimworthy so I'm sure my boys will want to jump in it asap.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BPS School Fete

Booragoon Primary School is having a fete on 7 November from 2pm til late.

I've been delivering pamphlets advertising this fact this morning but still have more to do another time.

I've volunteered to make 2 large lasagnes. I'm making one today just to practise, not that I need it as I make a mean lasagne, very traditional. I'm just looking forward to being able to eat some of it. ooooh, it's beeping now so better go.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Retail Therapy

Yes, like many other women out there I solved my disappointment of yesterday with some retail therapy. Plus, I love a great bargain and there are lots of sales out there right now.

I got a pair of black suede sandals for just $25 ($100 originally). I bought a Charm dress for $42 ($199 originally). I also bought a white mesh shrug for which I paid full price but that is the item I was searching for in the first place so feel happy I got one. They were thin on the ground people.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I can't help but feel very disappointed that I didn't make the short list for SBM's Masters Competition. I'm sure it will wear off but right now I feel gutted.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rocket Boy

This is a layout for Anna's Craft Cupboards' October sketch challenge. It is of my adorable son Mark when he was 3 1/2. He's now 9 so it was nice to pull out this old photo of him to play with. I like the result.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New layout

This is a layout I did today for Anna's Craft Cupboard.

It's of my boys' Yu-gi-oh cards. They're all laid out in my eldest son's room.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


My car is packed. I'm all ready to go to Grade 7 School Camp. Drop Damon off at the bus at 8:15 am and Mark at School. I drive down with my car filled to the brim with stuff to feed Damon and to keep us warm. The forecast is rain. Boohoo. I'm looking forward to eating marshmallows and spending time with some girls. I don't get to do that often.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Layout for Annas

Here is my layout for the August Sketch competition at Anna's Craft Cupboard.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Pink is such a powerful performer. Damon and I got free tickets and what great tickets they were. A pre-event and then marched right up to the front of the stage. What a view!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I had this amazing cocktail in Sanur, Bali. I just knew I had to do a special page for it. Here is the result. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Monday, August 3, 2009


It's August already. How did that happen?
Life has been very busy of late. Always too many things to do.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More or less

The sunshine I could do with more of, the hard step class I could do with less of.
The concerts I want to go to I could do with more of, the hefty price tags I could do with less of.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Back into it at the gym today, followed by lunch, ironing and a visit from a friend.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Job

Very pleased with myself. I have a new casual job at Anna's Craft Cupboard, which is an online Scrapbooking store. I start next Tuesday.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kid Free

Today is my first kid free day in 2 1/2 weeks. I'm spending it by doing lots of loads and washing and drinking cups of tea. It is nice and peaceful.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Julie Godwin

Australia's first Master Chef was won by a much deserving Julie Godwin. She has played with integrity and soul and determination. Good on her. I've very much enjoyed watching this show. I will miss it. It was something I shared with my 9yo son and loved having that time together with our shared interest.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bali Holiday Scrapbook

Yesterday I started a new scrapbook. It is of our Bali holiding in April this year. I completed the cover page and am so pleased with the final product.
I hurt my lower back yesterday doing the Triangle yoga pose on the Wii Fit so I'm missing a session on it today. Not very comfortable. Spent a restless night, only sleeping through the first half of it. Hopefully it will get better fast.

Monday, July 6, 2009

1st Day

It was the first day of School holidays today. How delightful not to have to get up early and march the children off to School.
We left the house at 10am and headed off to Garden City. Stayed there til 12. Had morning tea with some good friends by a chance running into them.
Came home and watched Karate Kid 2. The boys enjoyed this.
On to the Wii Fit for a while, a holiday pastime I had decided we would do each day if possible. A good start to this resolve.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Last Day and Reports

It's the boys' last day at School before School hols begin. I'm busily cleaning the house in preparation for it being messed up for a few weeks. haha
They got their reports yesterday and both got great marks and lovely comments. They're both doing really, really well and I'm so happy about that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No rain today, woohoo

Finally, the rain has eased off. Plus, as a bonus, I don't have a jumper on - LOVE IT.

1. Food shopping - done.
2. 3 loads of washing - almost done.
3. Folding - done.
4. Muffins - done.
5. Washing up and emptying of dishwasher - done.
6. Playing on computer - still in progress. :-)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Clothes Swap

I had a clothes swap at my place with 3 friends. I invited many but only 3 could come. We shared some food and wine and best of all, our clothes. Everyone went home with something new to them and I donated whatever was left over (a lot) to Save the Children charity shop. I recommend this activity.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Land of the Lost

Be careful parents. This movie is labelled PG but it should be an M.

Friday, June 19, 2009


You think it would be easy to encourage two boys to wear raincoats when it is pouring with heavy rain outside. Well, apparently not.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


It's actually raining today. They've predicted a thunderstorm.
Mark is off on an excursion. He's taken a brolley. Teacher said not to but I wrote him a note saying I'd like him to have one. Aren't I always the cheeky one. Others will too though I'm sure.
I'm trying to come up with a good enough excuse not to go to step class. I have my workout attire on though.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Plastic cast

I took Damon to the hand surgeon today for him to take a look. He recommended the therapist remove the plaster cast and fit a plastic molded cast, which is removable. It's great. It gives Damon a lot more freedom and is most comfortable. Best of all, no sling.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I did another ABT class this morning. I enjoyed it more because I knew what I was going to be doing. We'll see if it still hurts as much tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


My 12yo son broke a bone in his hand yesterday. We spent 6 1/2 hrs at emergency. I've kept him home today so he can rest it, plus he feels a bit sick. Great day to spent indoors as it is very wintery/rainy outside.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


My muscles are SORE today. Going up the stairs is sheer pain. Darn it.

Monday, June 8, 2009


My friend Kate and I did a group fitness class today. First one I"ve done in many years. It was ABT and boy it was pretty hard. I'm way out of shape. We've committed to going and doing some group exercise twice a week. I'm looking forward to getting trimmer and more fit. Bring it on.

Monday, June 1, 2009


I've been busy creating today. I love my scrapbooking.

Monday, May 25, 2009

More Cleaning

Yesterday I spent the whole day going through my sons' clothing to see what fits and also cleaning out their closets. Very satisfying. Then my youngest son and I started in on the activity room. Oldest son would not help. He grumbles so much when he does it's not very pleasurable when he does at any rate.
Have to clean and wash today but will try to get back into the activity room.
Also, must resolve to take back up the Wii Fit.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rain, rain

The wintry weather has finally arrived. Woke us up early this morning the rain was so heavy

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mobile Madness

My 9yo and I created a mobile on Vasco da Gama yesterday. I drilled holes in CDs and we used my circle cutters to cut out the text and pictures he had created and pasted them on to the CDs. Then we used some twine to thread them together and hung them off a hanger. The Teacher really liked it. Creative Mums rule.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spring Cleaning in Autumn

My Mum is having a garage sale in two weeks. I'm going to join in. Usually it's me running one with others joining me so I'll be quite happy to just tag along. I went through my laundry cupboard today and started on the shed. Lots to do but I have a deadline so it should motivate me.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

PofTC - @ World's End

Not a huge fun of this movie saga. Watched the last instalment today. It was soooo long. Unfortunately I decided to eat my lunch during it and Jack licked his brain whilst I was doing so. GROSS!!!!!!!!!!
Getting organised today for Memoranza on Saturday. Only half ready. I'm going to do an 8x8 album of Troy and Kiki's wedding. It's going to be dead easy so I'll have to take other stuff to occupy me from 1:30 pm til 10:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


The future I was 90% sure I was going to have for the next 2 years has changed so I'm thinking about my prospects and wondering what do I want to do and how do I go about achieving it. I came up with an idea this morning and am going to set about achieving it. I have til 31 July.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cricket win

Damon's indoor cricket team, the Mad Melvilles, flogged the opposition last night - 208 to 30.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Had some really disappointing news yesterday. Something I had been eagerly anticipating is now not happening and I will be sad for some time about it I'm sure.
Happily, I had 3 wonderful friends over for a couple of hours this morning to share tea and homemade cake with me and that took my mind off things.
Also, Perth is having such glorious May weather that it is hard to believe. I always lament at the first signs of winter as I love warm weather so much.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Impulsive Purchases

My girlfriends and I (all married) were having a discussion last night about big purchases. It seems that if hubby wants it you go out and buy either today or tomorrow. If we would like it we have to work on them slowly, or else have it impact on the hubby so he also then wants it for us to be able to purchase it. e.g. When we moved into the house we live in it had carpet in the meals area We had a 12 month old baby. You can imagine! Took me 2 years to convince hubby to rip out the carpet and replace it with a wood floor. It is so nice and so much easier to clean. If I had of been able to make it his job to clean te carpet we would have ordered the new floor promptly I'm certain of it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Movie night

Last night I went to see the movie The Boat That Rocked with my friend Lorraine. It was about pirate radio in the 60s in the UK. Charming little movie. Remarkably, we were the only two patrons viewing this movie. We saw the late session which finished near midnight. Even more remarkably, we were the last two in the whole theatre and they locked the doors after we left!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Day 2

Well, I've managed to get on here two days in a row. Off to a good start.

This morning I'm looking to change my bedlinen. The new sheets and quilt cover I'm looking for seem to have disappeared from my linen closet. Oh, dilemma. Hence, I am now on the computer instead of trying to resolve the issue. haha

I am considering whether to use ebay again. I've been a member for a long time and have mixed results with buying and selling. I have done some spring cleaning and would like to sell some of the stuff online as it is in good nick. I may have to go the garage sale route again. I have one a year but am enjoying them less and less over time. Will have to ponder this some more.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

1st one

Well, this is my very first blog post. I'm not so sure this is the thing for me but I'll give it a go. I had to join so as to become involved with someone else's blog.
I kind of like my blog's name though. Catchy.