Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Cup Runneth Over

Recovery was not a smooth as we fist thought.

This is a forgotten blog post from May! :-/

My gratefulness still applies so here it is.....


Home. Safe. Happy.

We are so grateful for the nursing staff at GRH & Dr Oates' surgeon Dr Samuels, whose care for our Maggs was really above & beyond.

He specifically instructed for her to be watched closely & monitored overnight (most of the other morning tonsillectomy kids went home in the arvo) as she had been tachycardic since her Op & so he knew that she was not accepting enough pain relief to make herself comfortable.

He visited her this morning and told her to accept the pain relief and give her little body a break & be comfortable again after such a long time of illness.

She shed one little strong little girl....

Once we got her home, showered & medicated her, her colour returned almost instantly.

We are now all tucked up in bed enjoying our family being close around us. Such a difference to Christmas I could just cry.

My favourite memory is singing to Maggs in recovery to bring her heart rate down to more acceptable levels. The nurses oohed & aahed like they had arrived at the 'happily ever after' part of a beautiful love story lol.

Am very touched my singing has that effect on anyone. :-)

You may notice my fb page quietly slip offline on Monday, for a week or so, as I bunker down with my little family, and focus on keeping things ticking over, school wise, while also caring for Maggs.

Thank you so much everyone for your continued prayers. 

I thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

"My cup runneth over." 

Psalm 23:5 KJB abridged.


Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


A Deeper Word

Just like Art Journals, when I first saw Bible Journaling, I didn't get it.

I'm not against writing in your Bible. In fact I'm all for it. I've even used pages from 2nd hand Bibles in my mixed media work & canvases.

But I saw all these painted Bible pages on Instagram & Pinterest and thought "What...?"

Just like that..."What..?" ☺

So after doing some research I found out that you can use any type of Bible but yes there were some purpose made Bibles for Bible Journaling that had a single column of text per page & extra white space at the margins.

I found some great blogs for beginners. However the Bible most commonly recommended was out of stock everywhere except Amazon, and they are selling it for over $100US.

Say it with me again... "What..?"

Thankfully just about every time I browse The Book Depository they have a sale on & worldwide postage is free (yay!).

My order arrived in under 10 days & now these beautiful Journaling Bibles await being wrapped & placed under the Christmas tree this year.

The Beautiful Word Journaling Bible, specifically, is currently available in 3 different styles, the photos of which I'm sharing today, with large print to be released in early 2017.

For myself I went with the faux chocolate leather cover. I'm so keen to get into Bible Journaling that I was okay with the slightly higher outlay for a more special looking Bible. 

As my girls Bibles are gifts & I don't known yet whether they will enjoy it (but I think they will) I went with the less expensive style; the hard cover. Also from what I see other people doing, once you fill a Bible up you start a new one, just like a written or art journal, so I figure if they really get into it, which I hope they will, these won't be their one and only Journaling Bible, just the first of many...

Miss 23's Bible is exactly like mine inside with colour & monochrome illustrations already printed on pages, with plenty of blank space for your own. The style of the illustrations & the nature of the craft is such that you can embellish the existing artwork if you wish or completely paint over it with your own.

For the 3 younger girls I purchased the Beautiful Word Colouring Bible. Inside it is filled with illustrations that are waiting to be coloured. Miss 4 probably won't use hers yet but it will be there for her when she is.

I'm so excited to get started I want to be doing this yesterday, but I am still working on teacher & Christmas gifts. With so much going on in the next few months though Christmas will be here in no time & I am really, really going to enjoy sitting down with my girls over the Christmas holidays & getting my art on...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photos With Mum

It's universally acknowledged that, more often than not, Mum is the picture taker.

And that of course means that she is not present in many photos with her children unless it's a professional family portrait.

This is why I LOVE selfies in a year when so many people are bagging out on the colossal amount digital images we are creating by the minute, and how many of those are 'vain' selfies of attention seekers, drama queens & narcissists..... O.o

I just seriously love photos, especially of my children, as my mother was not big on taking photos, & when I was young and first had children, it was still a big deal to not only find a half decent camera you could afford, but then to also get them printed.  

Glitter in the bedroom...what WAS I thinking??? :-/
So SHINY!!! :-D
The quality of todays photos are amazing compared to the colour challenged Polaroids I grew up with and the grainy inside shots taken with the wrong film in a point and click analogue camera.

So pretty!!
My two youngest girls & I did so many things during our time down south in the lead up to Christmas, & then in the City over the Christmas period.

In the city it was just the 3 of us; Miss 3, Miss 6 & myself. I took many photos of them exploring Kings Park, their excitement at the amount & variety of playgrounds around, & special time spent with friends & family who were able to visit with us briefly.

I really only took a couple of selfies with the girls. And I'm so glad I did. Together with a selfie of myself & Miss 10 at last years Primary Presentation Night, I've been working on creating 3 special frame 'sets'.

Today I'm sharing pics of the first.

I deliberately worked on Miss 6's first as I wanted her to have it to look upon during her recovery from her recent operation.

All 3 frame 'sets' will be very different, not only reflecting the differences between the girls personalities, but also taking into account the colours in each photo.

2 of the amazing prints I purchased from Dream Big Printables

I also had some prints from Dream Big Printables that I framed and put on her bedside from the night before her Op.

Miss 4 & 6 sleeping soundly next to the newly framed 'be brave'.

Miss 10 asked to decorate her own photo set, meaning it WILL be truly unique compared to the other two.

I LOVE helping my children to craft & create art!!

One down, 2 to go!  Watch this space! ;-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What it means to be DID on THIS day, my birthday.


17 years ago I was pregnant with my second child (it was however my 6th pregnancy) which I knew was going to be a boy.

I was eating dinner one night with my then husband my Big Girl (Miss 23) who was then just 6. The same age as my current Miss 6.

Anyway I randomly started crying, as you do when pregnant. My husband asked me what was wrong.

We were renting a tiny dark bricked home back then, all completely exposed inside & out, and at night with a lamp on, & the glow from the TV, it made quite a cozy scene.

While looking around and taking in the picturesque quietness of the evening I had suddenly been granted a flash into the future. And it had made me cry.

It took me a while to pull myself together enough to be able to convey to my husband what was wrong.

I told him;

"I saw a time into the future where Lyssa (Miss 6) had grown up & left home & I was living with people I havent met yet. (Meaning the baby I was carrying and the ones presumably still to come after him). What if they don't LIKE me? I'll be alone, and Lyssa wont be with me..!"

And I started crying again.

My husband thought I was an idiot. No surprise we later divorced....

And yet, here I am 17 years later, my then husband is now just a 15 year old memory, all my friends from that time are no longer in my life; some of them have passed away....

Last night I realised I was living THAT moment.

I hadn't seen Miss 23 properly in 2 days because of her night shifts and my caring for the current Miss 6 post Op, and Miss 23 had already left for work again.

As I moved through the house seemingly invisible & inconsequential to everyone else talking and laughing together, their little in jokes they share but wont included me in no matter how hard I try to connect....

Mr 16 breezed past me quickly without a word or a glance even though he had not seen me all day...

I'm here right now, in that lonely future I saw, but back then I had no idea how it would come to pass, but just the glimpse of it had made me cry.

My little girl is grown & practically leading her own life (as it should be really), my mother, father & brother are gone. 

And I AM left alone in a house full of people who I HAVE now met.

And they don't like me.

Not today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Repurpose Spoons to Garden Markers!

Short & Sweet!

Follow the link below to see how to make these awesome garden markers from repurposed spoons.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What Sets Your Heart Free? Canvas 2016

My MIL is a wonderfully talented lady.

She tells me she loves me all the time even though she has only known me 12-13 years.


She has definitely  seen me during some of my worst moments and has never seen me during my prime except in pictures or through the telling of funny anecdotes.

She is an artist in her own right, yet she comes to me to be tutored; to expand her knowledge of craft projects & supplies.

It's a beautiful time that we enjoy together.

This visit to town she was determined to make a canvas in a style similar to mine.

The stamp was my suggestion, and so is the quote/scripture, as I've used it previously, but the colour scheme and direction the canvas took is 100% Linda Baker.

And it is gorgeous!!!


"I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your statutes, Yahweh. Don't let me be disappointed.

I run in the path of your commandments, for you have set my heart free!"

Psalm 119:30-32 

World English Bible

What It Means To Be DID On THIS Day; May 15, 2016

Short & sweet.

What it means to be DID on this very day in May....

1.  I'm trapped in a fat unhealthy body that reminds me of an albino Jabba the Hutt & there's nothing I can do about it.


2.  The buck stops with me, no matter what the 'buck' is. Everyone else has an excuse or a reason for why everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, ultimately falls on my shoulders.

3. There is no point asking for help.

4. I have to do everything myself. If it doesn't get done it's because I didn't do it.


5. If by some miracle someone does try to help me by doing something for me, it'll be wrong. Thats not me being picky. It WILL BE WRONG.

6. Because nobody around me listens to me about how I'd like things done. Noone here cares as much as I do about doing things right.

7.  As I pull up into my driveway I see a house & yard that should have had money spent on it, except my husband and children are obsessed with buying the latest consoles, the latest games, the latest gadets & technology that ultimately are just THINGS and are a waste of money. I'm drowning in plastic debt because of plastic THINGS.


8. Somehow by being a go getter I've raised a lazy family/household. I thought you were supposed to lead by example???

9.  I'm not coping well with being trapped in a house full of people who dont like me.