Friday, November 30, 2007

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Monday, November 19, 2007

My word this week is "Reflections"

Happy Monday everybody. Woo Hoo I am packing and have something to confess. As I pack up my home it is becoming once more just a house. It feels like the soul of my home is being put into boxes ready to emerge somewhere else.
Right now as I sit in my living room, there are none of the bits and pieces that made my house my home. It feels good cos I am leaving a blank canvas for the new owners to put their stamp on. Only 6 more sleeps and the packers are in. There should not be too much for them to do. They have to pack my artwork move the furniture, move my clothes and not much else. This has been my easiest move in 40 years.

Funny thing is that the more I pack the more 'echoy' the house becomes. I feel it as I move through the house and especially if I am on the phone. It sounds empty LOL. well I guess it is!

This week I have a little pampering, nails and waxing on Thursday and hair cut on Friday. I am also having a little hair do on Tuesday 27th for my birthday which is now all organised. I am having drinks and snacks with 6 girlfriends at my local pub. We will, I am sure, behave very badly LOL. Hopefully will get a few pics to share with you.
Had a great weekend but I partied too much on Saturday and was wrecked on Sunday. All I wanted to do was sleep. Hee hee and I did.
I arrived early at the party on Saturday and was so pleased with this shot. I was sitting outside and took the shot through the window and managed to capture the reflection of the outside table and the backs of two of the chairs. The shot goes all the way down to the kitchen where my friends Richard, Jill and their daughter Rebecca are standing.

So here are my reflections:

Candles in brown paper bags never go out of fashion here in South Africa. They are so effective set in the garden!!! It was still light when I took this shot but already you can see the relection of leaves on the wall.

Here is a close up of the candle set in some sand at the bottom of the brown paper bag.

That's it from me for today
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The word today is Away and SPS

Caz my DD walking away. Sorry this is a cheat!!!
My SP for today. Had fun dressing up in my fairy outfit!!! Sorry my wings have been clipped. LOL.
A Question...(again)
Now I wanted to ask again, is there any chance I could get to meet some of you when I am in England? Maybe we could meet somewhere where we all have to travel a bit. I know I cannot meet you all but it would be just so good to see some of you in real life. You have all become so special to me these past few months!!! Have a think about it. I will be based in Hertfordshire but am definately planning a day shopping in London. Could anyone get to London??? We could have tea and sandwiches and scones at my favourite restaurant in Harrods!!! And we could bring our cameras and take pics of each other.

Had this up yesterday as well and I may get to see Lynsey and Hazel Woo Hoo.

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The word today is Collect and Miniature

Collect: To bring or gather objects together.

Although I am packing up there are still some of my treasured collections around the house. Yes some angels tha have avoided being packed cos they have just been bought LOL.

Miniature: A replica of something in a smaller scale.

Oh such an easy one my lovely lttle miniature stove

WOO HOO and Clink Clink everyone!!!
Have finally received confirmation that the house is SOLD!!! I am so excited and relieved I do not know what to do with myself. At last.
Thanks for all your lovely comments of encouragement and well wishes. You have been my lifeline for the past few weeks.
I move out on the 28th November which is less than two weeks away!
So today I can start cancelling things; electricity, water, alarm, pool doctor, telephone etc. I have a big list so will just work through it! It will not take long as it should be just a few phone calls. Can you tell how excited I am? Woo Hoo.
My dear friends at my local scrapping shop have said I can come craft there and use their equipment so that I can really pack the craft room.
The other decision I have to make is where to stay between the 28th November and the 10th December. I have had quite a few offers from very dear friends and family so it's decision time. Another friend has offered secure parking for my car while I am in England visiting my DD caz and darling son in law Stu.

I have just changed my ticket to Johannesburg which was scheduled for the 23rd November so now fly on the 30th November and return to Capetown on the 3rd December. So I will have a birthday with family in Johannesburg albeit a bit late.

WOO HOO girls!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The word today is Snip

Snip: To cut quickly.

I can hardly get in my front gate will someone cut this QUICKLY!!!!

Oh I found this little weaver pottering about the garden the other day!

Just a short post for me today folks as I have lots of craft stuff to do over the next 2 weeks for IACW as well as packing up my crafty room and getting rid of a few bits and pieces. I find de-cluttering so therapetic and although I did this in April May of this year there is still some stuff in the house that I really do not need!!!
Update on the Packing:
So today I have to be ruthless with CLOTHES. I just have have too many and do not wear them all. There are so many people who need clothes I am sure I will find a worthy cause.
Update on the House:
I heard yesterday that the house sale is confirmed BUT have not seen the paperwork yet. I also want to see the SOLD sign outside of my house. Well guess I have to be patient just a little longer. The thought of leaving my home on the 28th of November and it is NOT sold is very scary. Oh well guess I have to be a big brave girl.
That's it for me for today
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Monday, November 12, 2007

The word today is Almost

Almost: Not quite or very nearly.

I have benn emptying kitchen cupboards in preparation for my move!!! So far I have emptied 4!!! Well ALMOST LOL.

Morning folks. Hope you all had a great weekend. Must admit mine was quiet and it was quiet on HS:MS. Well it's another Monday!
Update on the house:
Have to get cracking with the packing. 13 more sleeps and my movers come in (on the 26th November) to pack up my house. They will be doing all of the packing except my crafty room and my 'personal' stuff. My clothes are going in to portable wardrobes and will be unpacked at the other end Woo Hoo.
Update on IACW:
By the way I have a 'South African pinny' as my post today at IACW so have a visit if you have time. The other news over there is that we are launching an A to Z Art Journal project on the 5th January 2008. We have already had quite a few readers signing up! It should be a great project and will last the entire year. One letter of the alphabet every 2 weeks!!!

Here is a sneak peek at my pinny:

Update on ME: And woo hoo it's 14 sleeps to my real birthday (the 27th November). I will be in an empty house and have organised "Marvellous Maids" to do a spring clean of the house after all the furniture has gone. So I will be spending my birthday spring cleaning LOL. However have organised to party a bit in the evening with a few of my best girl friends.

It was so good to hear from Charli this weekend. I was worried about her (guess you were too)as she had gone AWOL. Welcome back Charli!!!

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Friday, November 9, 2007

SPS and SOS #12

Decided to combine SOS and SPS this weekend!!!
I have been busy sewing for IACW so can share with you today a sneak peak at our "Alternative Xmas Press Wrapping" post. All of my bags are made from calico and off cuts of 'Christmassy" fabric. They are 'rag bags' inspired by Trish's rag wreath.
So if you have a mo, get on over to IACW and see the other projects the girls came up with for today's post!
And can you believe it's another SPS!!!

Ok promised you my before and after pics so here goes.

This is BEFORE the haircut taken on Thursday:

LOL No, I am not practising ballet, I am just having a big happy stretch. And this is AFTER the haircut taken on Friday:

Definately a much funkier hair cut! Thanks Natalie!!!

Update on the house:
Well there is no confirmation yet that my house is officially sold, so I am biting the bullet and going ahead with moving my furniture on the 26th November. I cannot live in limbo any more. So that's that. I have to postone my trip to Johannesburg which was scheduled for the 23rd to 28th November to celebrate my BIG 60th birthday with my family. Not a problem I will just delay my birthday by a few days. Hee Hee I get to stay 59 a bit longer.
Update on my trip to England Well this is still planned for the 10th December. I am getting excited now and as you saw the other day starting to collect pressies for Caz, Stu and the children (Rebecca and Callum). Rebecca and Calum also live in England with their mum. They are not my real grandchildren but I think of them as grand kids. They call me Di and they are really good kids. Callum teases me and Rebecca loves to do crafty things. They adore spending time with their dad and Caz in the country so Ii do hope to see them at Christmas.
Update on our Just Giving Page:
If you would like to make a donation to our breast cancer awareness campaign, you can go to the link at the top of my blog. You have been so generous THANKS.
Update on IACW!!!
On Saturday we launched a GREAT project which will be starting in January and run for the whole year so get on over and check it out!

Thanks for visiting and LOVE from Di XXX