15 July 2008

*Thanks so much for all the 'Nanna' congratulations..... and for sharing in our excitement...

Its funny really....I loved my kids to bits when they were small (and obviously I still do)....but they were constant are all kids. Looking back...I certainly didn't take the time to appreciate they wouldn't be this way forever.....I rushed through each day....on auto pilot.... I barely snapped a photo.....I never put a pen to paper....and we just existed from week to week. As my kids Nephews
and Nieces arrived.....I love them to bits....but I was so 'over' the baby/small child days...I didn't really appreciate them as much as I could of either....and then we moved....and although I still had some gorgeous young Nieces and Nephews....I just didn't get to see them so much... and I began to really miss that.... I'm bursting....with my fingers itching...longing to hold him/her... see who he/she looks like.... and to have a little person in our lives again....

*My darling Parps had major surgery yesterday in Tassie....I'm thinking of him constantly ... so if you you could.... please wish him well.

* My chemo is almost finished! I had my routine appointment prior to chemo yesterday (Thank this week to lovely Michael from work for driving me down.....sitting with me...and safely returning me home) my appointment.... she went through my treatment plan again....and I have two more Paclitaxel/Herceptin treatments over the next two weeks..... then a three week break. I then have a heart scan again....and begin a further 9 months of Herceptin. The best bit about that is the majority can probably be done locally....and my trips to Adelaide will be 3 monthly for heart scans and checkups.....there really is a light at the end of the tunnel now...hooray!

* School holidays are almost over here.... its a shame really....I love them. you are aware
....I took a little blogging holiday recently...and while I was gone...I seem to have been the lucky receiver of a few awards.....and some fun tags! In name popped up on quite a few as I was reading through blogs on my catch up round (which isn't over yet) and so I'm terrified as I list of the awardees and tag'ees that Ill miss someone... but here goes...


I received this one from the beautiful Jolene.... and the gorgeous Lea... it really made me feel good to to make their lists.....and then to read their lovely comments about my work....thanks girls.... I think from time to time we all tire of our own to hear such beautiful comments made me feel inspired.

So now it seems I have a job to do.... read below....

Who gets the "Brillante Webblog Award"? Websites and blogs, which by its currency, the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy. Here are the Award Rules :

1. The winner can take the logo

2. Place a link to the person that send you the award

3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Scrapbooking-Blogs, which by its currency, the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy

4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.

5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they've won an Award .

So. now its my turn to make some awards.....and its kind of tough....I could award my entire blog lines list..I mean...that's why they are all there....I love them in one way or another.... but I need to narrow it I think Ill make my awards to....

Jen Johner
- I just love this girls ability to scrap an awesome layout....and her it.

CraftyMatters ceramics
- these are the cutest...funkiest little embellies....and Jane is always bringing out something new and unique to add to the collection.... you've got to try them!

Kim Archer@ home - This girls talent is endless..... her enthusiasim....proffessionalism....and ability to come up with amazing classes time and time again....blows me away!

Donna Wild
- I'm always attracted to Donna's beautiful style.... she uses negative space so well... she makes colour pop... her photography is stunning as well.....beautiful work.

Ali Edwards - what can I say.... no-onescraps the every-day as well as Ali... she is my every-day idol ... her style although quite different to timeless and so appealing. Have you ever tried to scraplift an Ali.... pretty near impossible....seeing as she sprinkles every page with Ali dust....and I havent got any.

Ok..... now some tags.... Im lost as to who I received these from but Ill thank these gorgeous girls..... Megan, Yvette, Bridgette ....

1. Ten years ago........I was living in Bordertown SE SA... my kids were aged 9, 7 and 4 ...I was working a sales/ clerical job at Bordertown Pumps and Refrigeration.

2. 5 things on my to do list* visit my friend Keryn for a cuppa....havent seen her in weeks * Pack up my scrap supplies for the scrap weekend beginning tomorrow * Order the last of the timber blinds for the family room....worked out curtains look crap...and want to continue the blinds * Meet some scrap deadlines....just waiting on Mr mojo * Finish watching the Jamie Oliver special I taped the other night *

3.Snacks I enjoy......Topping my list...Macca's banana bread, Chocolate (not at the moment though...Im a poombie, Premium biscuuits with cheese, Good flat whites with skim milk...Mmmmmm

4. If I were a millionaire...Buy a new car.... have an awesome holiday.... invest...share with family and off my home...hire a personal trainer...

5. Places I have lived.....Wallaroo, Bordertown (on the farm), Marree, Bordertown (Nurses quaters), Bundaberg (moved 4 times while there), Bordertown(with my parents in town), Loxton, Bordertown(our own home), Paringa and Barmera (moved three times here).

now ill tag Tammy..... because Im not sure if she has done it yet.... but seeing as Im so late...Im guessing every man and their dog has done it

ok.....then there was this one....
Thanks Belinda, and Im sure there was someone else....

Here are the rules:

- Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
- Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here goes...

1. I smell everything before I eat it.....and unfortunatly I also smell everything before I shove it in the washing machine....eeew. Just briefly......just a sniff...its a bad habit.

2. I am a night owl. Love to stay up late but I hate getting out of bed in the mornings...ditto!

3. I love car travel holidays....with swags.... and tents. I love getting off the road...and exploring.

4. I stress when my house is untidy....I can let it go for awhile....but then I become obsessed and cant rest until everything is spotless again.

5. I hate rudeness...and insensitivity....I hate going into a store and not being acknowledged....I dont mind waiting if staff are busy....just hate being ignored.

6. I have a very select sense of humour... I either find things hilarious....or I cant see what the joke is about...I think mine is apprently crude or warped...not sure which.

7. I love to annoy Ian and the kids when Im bored....I stick my fingers in their ears....stand on their toes.... poke them....anything for a reaction.....but I HATE it when they do it to me.

Now - I tag...Omgosh...Ive been here all morning... who havent I tagged??

Finally..... I received this award from this gorgeous girl....who has a heart of gold...and someone who has been a great friend of mine for some time now.... someone who's work is always colourful... tells a story (which I love)....and shows beautful craftmanship Sheree....

The Arte Y Pico is awarded to blogs that you consider deserving due to their creativity, design, interesting material and for their contributions to the blogging community. If you receive the Arte Y Pico you in turn bestow it on five blogs.

So now I'd really like to bestow the award on to these fabulous girls....

Cherie... an absolute treasure... with a heart as big as the world!

Moi .... for her ability to keep it real.... and scrap with a real story behind her layouts....I love that.

Julie ...a fellow Master...and an amazing talent...

- who scraps this wonderful and unique style...that screams Tammy.... and is such a warm...and caring person taboot.

- I admire this girls ability to scrap boys..... her work is beautiful ...varied...and inspirational. I often here people say boys are hard to scrap.....and I a visit here....Jill pulls it off beautifully.

Arte Y Pico Rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each awardee has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award:
5. Display these rules.

Well.....I think thats it form me today.....Im totally award...and tagged out....time for a shower...


  1. Oh WOW Mardi...missed your last post...but now I am up with your families exciting fantastic...nothing is more exciting than a new baby and as a "Nanna" you will get to enjoy all that baby stuff all over again.

    Thanks for sharing all your layouts in the last post..I love them all..

    Glad to hear you are almost finished with the chemo... one more thing ticked of your list

    take care
    Cherie xx

    ps.thanks for the Arte Y Pico award and your kind words...xx

  2. Hope ur Parps is doing well after his surgery!
    That's a + about Adelaide.
    Congrats on the blog AWARDS! Very much desreved!
    Night owl here too.
    Have a great weekend

  3. YAY! How awesome that your chemo is almost done!

    Hope all is well with your Parps...sending best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    Loved reading your tags... and thankyou so much for your beautiful, kind words!! You're such a sweetie! I'm off to check out some of those links you had in your post...

    Have a fabulous Sunday!
    Sheree xx

  4. Hi Mardi i just popped by to let you know that i have awarded you with the Brillante Weblog 2008 award. Congratz :) Hope things are all well, i miss you guys lots and cant wait to catcha up again.

    Love the layouts of Alexes baby bump....i bet your counting down the days untill you can hold your preciouse little grand son/daughter in your arms.

    Love Lucy xoxox

  5. Mardi those seven weird and random facts sound so much like me it's not funny!!! ????

    Gald to hear you are near the end of your treatment and that things are going well..catch you on the Boxx !!!

  6. hi Mardi,
    have been thinking of you heaps lately. Hope you are well :)

  7. Anonymous11:14 am

    And here I am, checking your archives to see when I missed the news about Alex ... because I do pop in reasonably regularly as you know ... and I find such a lovely post ... Thank you so much. You know how much I appreciate your encouragement. xxx