Friday, 29 November 2013

{A walk through the garden gate...}

My take on CSI 99. I loved the colour pallette, my fav colours.  For the background I used Tim Holtz distress paint, stencils and gesso.  My journalling reads as follows :
I fell in love with these tiny micro veggies the moment I saw them in one of our local shops.  They are super cute, carrots, radishes and spring onions. Off course perfect for the new CSI challenge so I just had to get some, with a husband just shaking his head.  The thing is, I see potential in the little things, I explained. I believe micro veggies are very easy to grow.  You can grow them outside, in a garden bed or in containers, or inside on a sunny windowsill.  This is just what I will be doing next year…perhaps one of my New Year resolutions…

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


In South Africa where we stay we never see snow.  The first time I ever saw snow was when I was in matric, 32 years ago.  This is a photo of my daughter, this was her first snow as well.  After she left school she attended a  service year for Christ and during her outreach to Lady Grey it snowed. For the background I used sprays, gesseo, gelatos and a prima stencil, some sewing and washi tape.  I entered this layout for the White with 1 November challenge.

Friday, 22 November 2013


This is my take on Challenge #98 over at CSI.  I loved working with this colour scheme. For the testimony I used the word "dream." My journalling is on the spiral notebook paper behind the photo and reads as follows : From the second you were born, I felt an intense need to dream for you. As you became older, those dreams and ideas have changed.  Every parent wishes only the best for their children, but sometimes life gives us the best perspectives, by giving us some of the worst times. It is often through difficult times that we find the truest joys of life. Looking back so many of your dreams have come true and some shattered, but you have learned how resilient your spirit is as you overcome life’s disappointments.   Never give up on your dreams or walk away from them, a great dream usually takes many years to mature. Have total faith in yourself and especially in God, and always remember, God’s dreams are far bigger than we could ever imagine ourselves.  May the Lord broaden your horizons for all the rich promises He has in store for you. Be happy as you travel along the journey of life, a life rich in texture, the staircase to your great dreams…


{Life on the other side of the road}

This is my take on challenge #97 over at CSI.  I took this photo during our vacation in Mosambique.  My journalling reads as follows : These photos remind me how we sometimes take running water for granted. It seems like such a simple thing, but many people go without water for days, weeks, and even months. We do not have to walk for miles to a well to obtain water like the children on these photos pushing the wheelbarrow with buckets for miles so they can have water in their homes to bathe, wash clothes and cook. Such a simple thing as water…but we consume so much daily. How many people across the world would be so grateful each day for a single gallon of pure water? It certainly puts things into perspective. I am grateful for the blessings that I have.

Monday, 4 November 2013


This is a photo of my daughter in one of the beautiful streets in Pretoria, South Africa standing on a carpet of  Jacaranda blossoms.  The background on this layout was inspired by one of Kelly Foster’s awesome tutorials.  Check out her blog. I used flower and heart chippies and my new gelatos. Other products used BoBunny and Martha Stuart flowers.
The journaling is on the back of my layout and reads as follows : During the month of October and our town, Pretoria, is transformed into a glowing purple mass when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.  This is one of the greatest displays of nature’s colours, which lines street after street, showering bright petals on sidewalks and roadways. They are everywhere, on pavements, parks and gardens throughout the city.  Sadly…our town faces a future without its famed Jacaranda trees, as a deadly fungus, which has been eating away at their roots slowly attacks them.  Jacaranda time in our city makes me happy and the environment beautiful….


{Playing school}

This is my take on CSI # 95 {Playing school} I documented an old memory...I think this photo was taken when I was about six or seven years old in front of my dad’s garage. I even remember that the garage doors were painted orange and white. This is some of my... fondest childhood memories, playing school with my dolls. All of them, even the broken dolls the monkey and the clown. Sometimes I played inside other times outside depending on the weather. I had a blackboard as you can see in the photo that my dad made. I would arrange wherever I am playing with tables and chairs. I used old storybooks for my students and I also awarded them stars for good work.See more

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