New phase in life – Glam-ma and Grumpy


Glam-ma and Grumpy

Glam-ma and Grumpy

Well this week we are finally able to let all know that we are going to be Glam – parents.  This is especially exciting for us, as we never thought it would happen, our son and daughter in law decided years ago that they were not going to have children.

Because of this news, I have been making quiet – busy books over the last couple of months, using my applique skills and my cutting dies to make the shapes.

slide the beads maize

slide the beads maize

Peek a boo

Peek a boo

count and move the buttons

count and move the buttons

Thread the straw through the loops

Thread the straw through the loops

crinkle toy

crinkle toy

Count the buttons

Count the buttons

Pull the buttons

Pull the buttons

Match the hands

Match the hands

squeaky toy

squeaky toy

Touch and feel the different textures

Touch and feel the different textures

Match the colours

Match the colours

Match the buttons

Match the buttons

Cover for Hudson

Cover for Hudson (this book is for my nieces son)

Different colours

Different colours

Match the hands

Match the hands

Touch and feel the different textures

Touch and feel the different textures

Count and move the buttons

Count and move the buttons

Peek a boo

Peek a boo

My focus on the pages for the books that I am creating at the moment is sensory, tactile, colour and shape matching, my next lot of pages will be play.

 

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More of my Julie Nutting doll layouts


I just love these stamps and all the possibilities.

Happy Braandi Birthday

Happy Braandi Birthday 

Cafe

Cafe

Back to school

Back to school

East, sleep, craft, repeat

East, sleep, craft, repeat

A cat's life

A cat’s life

Hey there sailor

Hey there sailor

Paris is always a good idea

Paris is always a good idea

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

You've got mail

You’ve got mail

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Golf, take the time to enjoy the little things

Golf, take the time to enjoy the little things

I believe in fairies

I believe in fairies

I believe in fairies

I believe in fairies

Underwater

Underwater

I need vitamin sea

I need vitamin sea

You can't control the sea by staring at the water

You can’t control the sea by staring at the water

It’s that time of year again. Man Flu


It’s winter in Australia now, but it is warmer in a lot of countries, so this post goes out to all the women who have to look after the men in their lives who get the Man flu, need Manpons  and in need of a pill to fix all their ills, and if those don’t work, there’s another pill at the bottom of this post that will sort everything.

 

Men can be such babies when they get sick, and Man flu, Manpons and a pill for complainers will definitely help .

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Manpons – for the guys that act like little bitches and whinge like a girl

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A pill for chronic complainers,

Hypochondria?

Pay too much tax?

Boss not fair?

Not gettin any?

Back hurts?

No One Cares is for you!

they are recommended to be take with a nice warm cup of shut the hell up.

Codral Man Flu tablets

Codral Man Flu tablets

How To Avoid The Flue

Eat right!

Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin C.
Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system.
Walk for at least an hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
Wash your hands often. If you can’t wash them, keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around.
Get lots of fresh air.
Open doors & windows whenever possible.
Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.
Get plenty of rest.
OR
Take the doctor’s approach.
Think about it…
When you go for a shot, what do they do first?
They Clean your arm with alcohol…
Why?
Because Alcohol KILLS GERMS.
So……
Walk to the liquor store. (exercise)
Put lime in your Corona …(fruit)
Celery in your Bloody Mary (veggies)
Drink outdoors on the bar patio..(fresh air)
Tell jokes, laugh….(eliminate stress)
Then pass out. (rest)
The way I see it…
If you keep your alcohol levels up, flu germs can’t get you!
My grandmother always said,  ‘A shot in the glass  is better than one in the ass!’
Live Well – Laugh Often – Love Much

And another pill for those that all other pills don’t help with, the Fuckitol pill

Fukitol pills

Braandi the aqua dog


Well, what we considered old news, has come to the surface again.

Sunrise on channel 7 are coming to interview Braandi tomorrow morning VERY early for a live interview.

Her dad gave her a lovely brush, and we’ve packed some toys and a bed to take with us to the office, as it’s going to be dark when they do the interview we are going to do it at the office.

This will be the 2nd interview now, Braandi is getting very confident now.

Braandi the aqua dog


Our little girl just loves the dolphins.

Braandi the aqua dog

Braandi the aqua dog

A couple of weeks ago, Braandi was swimming with the dolphins in our canal, when our neighbour Lee Treby happened to be outside and filmed it.

Well, I uploaded it to Facebook and wow, is all I can say, the footage went viral, several news channels picked it up and now she has been on a nightly news program in Perth.

Now, Today tonight have picked up the story and came out to film Braandi swim with the dolphins and it is going to be aired tonight.

Here is a snippet of tonight,s show.

https://www.facebook.com/TodayTonight/videos/vb.220363978003066/1421881164518002/?type=2&theater&notif_t=video_reply&notif_id=1493686777479740

More Julie Nutting doll layouts


I am completely obsessed with the Julie Nutting stamps, I just love them.

Last weekend, I spend several hours preparing my new layouts so that in the evening, I can sit in the lounge room and watch TV with my husband and still craft.

I prepared 10 new layouts and have finished a few already, it takes a lot less time when all the papers are cut and stamped and put into a ziplock bag ready to craft.

Here are some more of my recent layouts.

 Julie Nutting doll layout, I love Mandurah

Julie Nutting doll layout, I love Mandurah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Julie Nutting doll layout, St Patrick's Day

Julie Nutting doll layout, St Patrick’s Day

 Julie Nutting doll layout, Wine and cheese

Julie Nutting doll layout, Wine and cheese

My Julie Nutting paper doll layouts,


I love art and crafts and my latest projects are Julie Nutting paper dolls. I’m not sure how many  there are, but I just love them,

During times of stress, people do different things, I craft, I can sit in my craft room and watch my TV and craft, be it colouring, cutting or just anything crafting.

I’m going to try and have lots of layouts to sit on my desk at work like a rolodex, with a different theme for each day, so I have set myself a rather large task of creating them.

Here’s some of my first layouts

Julie Nutting doll layout In the lounge

Julie Nutting doll layout In the lounge

This was my first attempt of doing paper dolls, at first I found them quite daunting cutting them out, but I got quite proficient with my knife cutting out all the little bits and pieces. I made this one about 12 months ago before I got any stamps printed them on printing paper and glued them on the board and used my Faber Castell big brush markers to do the shading. It’s about 36 inches long and I made the mistake of glueing the paper for the wallpaper down without wetting it first, so I had bubbles that were hard to remove. So I just put some texture paste with a brick work stencil and covered the bubbles up.

Julie Nutting doll layout At the office

Julie Nutting doll layout At the office

This was my first actual layout and I am quite pleased with it. I’m going to try and use multiple craft methods in each layout, stamping, die cutting, stickers, colouring, patterned paper and at least 1 paper doll.

Julie Nutting doll layout At the office

Julie Nutting doll layout At the office

I really enjoyed making this one, I had made the BBQ and food stuff ages ago, just needed something to put it on, and the background paper was a sheet already patterned.

Julie Nutting doll layout Let's make coffee

Julie Nutting doll layout Let’s make coffee

I love coffee, so I had to make this one, I think I will make lots of different coffee ones as I have a few stamps and dies to use.

Julie Nutting Doll layout Valentines Day

Julie Nutting Doll layout Valentines Day

Of course with Valentines Day, I had to make one, trying to find 2 dolls of similar size, was my first hurdle, but once decided I thought it came together quite well.


Bush fire prone areas in Perth and surrounding areas


Bush fire prone areas in Perth and surrounding areas

The landscape of building approvals is always evolving. By linking with leading industry experts we can be sure our clients receive the best up to date advice and service. An increasing number of properties are now subject the Bushfire Attack Level assessments and Structerre assist our clients to understand their risk. See an exert from Structerre’s explainer below and visit their website to find out more.

structerre.com.au/requirements-for-building-in-bushfire-prone-areas

The WA State Government has recently passed legislation which means if you are building a home or performing construction work in a designated bushfire prone area, you will be required to undertake a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment.

Based on the results of the assessment, you will need to comply with the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Bushfire image showing why the bal assessments are important

Image courtesy of Structerre Consulting Engineers

The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment relates to the classification of bushfire intensity levels that a home may experience in the unfortunate event of a bushfire.  It is determined by assessing surrounding vegetation types and distance, the slope of the land, and the proximity of adjacent buildings as well as the Fire Danger Index for the region.

The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment will determine the specific construction and design requirements for existing or proposed structures outlined in the Australian Standard AS 3959 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas.

These requirements aim to enhance the protection of your home against possible bushfires.

A Bushfire Attack Level report provides structural engineers with site-specific information on how to design the structure to reduce the risk of ignition from bushfires.

To help you identify whether or not your site is located in a designated bushfire prone area, the State Government has created a mapping standard outlining the designated bushfire prone areas across WA.

Structerre can provide you with a Bushfire Attack Level assessment in accordance with Australian Standards.

The assessment will rate your site with a Bushfire Attack Level and you will receive specific design advice and requirements on the construction of the property within this area. A Bushfire Attack Level report is typically undertaken at the building permit phase and must be provided to obtain a building permit.

  • What is a BAL?
    • A BAL assessment provides designers with site-specific information on how to design the structure to reduce the risk of ignition from bushfires, ember attack and radiant heat.
    • The result of the assessment determines the specific construction and design requirements that will need to be adhered to, in order to improve the performance of structures against possible bushfires.
    • A BAL rating can range from low, to BAL- FZ – extreme risk (Flame Zone).
  • Why does a BAL assessment need to be done?
    • For any new builds in bushfire prone areas, new legislation means a BAL assessment is required in order to obtain a building permit.
    • To help you identify whether or not your site requires a BAL assessment, the State Government has created a mapping standard outlining the designated bushfire prone areas across WA.
    • These maps are available to view on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/regulationandcompliance/bushfireproneareas/Pages/default.aspx
  • What does this mean for you?
    • Building in accordance with the BAL rating and Australian Standards can bring significant additional construction costs for you or your client, sometimes over $20 000.
    • Higher BAL rating = Higher costs

Structerre Consulting Engineers, 22/01/16,  www.structerre.com.au/news/requirements-for-building-in-bushfire-prone-areas

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Ways To Use ChapStick (lip balm) You Might Not Know About


When I first started using LipSense lipstick, I was a regular user of lip balm to keep my lips moist, especially in the winter months and when I had a cold.
I would have one in my bag, on the boat, in the office, at home and in both cars, I used to keep them everywhere.
Now that I have been using LipSense for just over a year, my lips are extremely moist and I have no cracking, so what to do with my many lip balms.
I did a little research and found the following article on LittleThings and thought I would share.

Ways To Use ChapStick (lip balm) You Might Not Know About
Article by REBECCA ENDICOTT
Photos by Janine Ngai / Heeral Chhibber for LittleThings
There’s nothing like getting a little bit of extra use out of a product that you have lying around your house anyway.
If you’re as thrifty as we are over here at LittleThings, that means trying to get as much use as possible out of everything — just check out all of the non-cooking uses of olive oil to see this ethos in action!
The fact of the matter is, most things have more than one use, and we should all be taking advantage!
There’s no point in spending money on different products for every different dilemma, when one product could be taking care of them all in one fell swoop.
So naturally enough, when we see a tube of ordinary lip balm, we don’t just see a product that can heal our chapped lips, we see a miracle cure for just about everything that ails us!
Scroll through the gallery below to see a few of our favourite uses for this unassuming household product.

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#1: Protect Against Blisters
Getting a new pair of shoes is great, but the blisters that come with them? Not so much.
Next time you buy a new pair of flats that will take a few wears to break in, prepare your feet by smearing lip balm on your skin.
Find all the places the shoes rub (like the back of the heels) and liberally coat in balm to prevent those stinging blisters.

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#2: Remove A Ring
There’s a special kind of anxiety involved in getting a ring stuck on your finger.
Whether you’re in a jewellery store and misjudged your size, or your fingers are swelling from weather or illness, it can be a real hassle to get a stuck ring free.
Next time it happens to you, grease up the edge with the waxy contents of a lip balm, and watch the ring slip right off.

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#3: Seal Small Cuts And Hangnails
If you’re prone to paper cuts, or acquire new hangnails every other day, it might be a good idea to keep some lip balm handy.
Lip balm is no substitute for a bandage, but it’s a great way to seal a small sore spot or cut from the elements and encourage it to heal.
Next time you get a hangnail, use a clean lip balm to cover it up and keep it from getting worse.

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#4: Tame Your Flyaways
Most of us are involved in a daily battle to keep our hair under control, and ordinary lip balm might be the secret weapon we’ve been waiting for.
For one thing, if you like your hair slicked back in a ponytail or bun, you can use some balm to keep the frizz under control.
Meanwhile, between eyebrow waxes, you can keep your stray caterpillar hairs under control with a little taming lip balm.

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#5: Soothe a Sore Nose
Perhaps the best known alternative use for lip balm is on a chapped nose!
When you’ve had a cold for a few days, the misery of being sick is only enhanced by the misery of your nose slowly growing more raw and sore every time you blow it.
Next time, make sure to smooth on lip balm between sneezes to help protect your nose and keep the pain at bay!

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#6: Open Sticky Windows
Windows warp and change with the seasons, which means that every time the weather changes your windows probably get stuck.
Whether they’re wedged open and refusing to close, or stubbornly stuck shut, lip balm might be the solution.
Use the balm to grease any part of the window track you can access, then put some muscle into it. You should finally conquer that tricky window!

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#7: Shine Your Shoes
Don’t let a few scuff marks on your shiny new shoes get you down!
If you own leather shoes, it’s a good idea to take them to a cobbler from time to time for shining and minor repairs.
But in between, you can give them a tune-up by applying a little lip balm to scuffs and rough patches, and rubbing it in thoroughly.

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#8: Keep Your Laces Tied
If you’re one of those people who trips over your shoelaces every time you stand up, this is a tip to bookmark.
Next time you tie your shoes, double-knot them, then lacquer the knot with plenty of lip balm.
The slippery balm will cause the laces to pull against each other, slowly tightening the knot as you move.
Which of these awesome lip balm hacks do you think you’ll use?
Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE these brilliant ideas with friends and family!