Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Favourite Spots


This is a beautiful little chest of drawers that lives in my bedroom. My jewellery lives in the top drawer that you see in the pic.

I have been tagged by my DD Caz:

1. If you could have £100 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose?
I would buy only cardstock. You cannot have toooo much!
2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose?
mmmmm ok then stamps!
3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year...which would you do?
4. Would you rather own a scrapbooking store or have your own scrapping room at home...(can't have both he he he)
My own scrapping room. It will be as big as my living room (5 by 8 metres.) It will have great shelving, a big table in the middle, space for my sewing machineS, laptop, printers and craft robo. It will have a fridge, kettle, coffee, choccies, and wine. It will be open to the garden, and have a bathroom / toilet. Woo Hoo and I am going to have all of that in December!!!!
5. And last but not least, what is your CURRENT cardmaking or scrapping style.
It has to be BACK TO BASICS. I fear that we have lost much of the spontaneity of scrapping by using all of the expensive embellishments.
I'm tagging in return:

Finally here is another shot taken at the airport last week through two sets of windows!

IACW Update on a WINNER!!!

JENGA wins the Scrapping Angels kit donated by Anna @ Scrapping Angels. Please email your addy to Thank you to everyone who left a comment :)

And of course the fun is not over yet! Everyone who has donated, sent in a LO up to the end of today and leaves a comment on todays post will go into a big lucky dipper prize draw to win a goodie bag from Scrapbook Inspirations!!!!

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Favourite Spots

Bedroom - You have seen my bedroom before I think as "white", but this is a new pic LOL.
I had to laugh on the weekend, my brother ROB who lives in Johanesburg visited my blog for the first time and left me such a lovely comment. Love you too Rob.
As promised here are some shots from the rose farm!!! My camera and I cannot do it justice and unfortunately you can smell them we choose 'smelly' roses and were spoilt for choice!!!!
I loved this one as it is green in the bud and turns to a gorgeous lime yellow but pale!!!! My personal favourite - looks like a cabbage!!!! IACW Update And we have another lucky dipper prize today for our Scrap Your Boobs campaign. Its an A4 sheet of Zettiology rubber stamps donated by 3Djean and the winner is Hazel Harris. Please email us your address at and we will get your prize to you!!! A big thanks to our very generous sponsor!!! Woo Hoo we are giving away another prize today. It's a Scrapping Angels kit donated by the lovely Anna @ scrapping angels! There will be a draw tomorrow so leave us a comment to be eligible for the prize!!! Chris's Mini Challenge The lovely Chris has donated 10 pound to our breast cancer awareness campaign on behalf of the winner of her mini challenge winner Marieke. Thanks so much Chris and congratulations to Marieke. And thanks to all you lovely folk who have made donations!!! You have now raised 392 pound!!! Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Monday, October 29, 2007

Favourite Spots

The word today is Window

This is my most favourite window in the house. When the sun shines, the sun catchers and crystals make beautiful stars on my walls and ceiling.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on the weekend. I have just arrived back from Johannesburg and we had such a lovely weekend there seemed to be no time to BLOG (sad face). I will make it all up to you this week!

I should have some lovely shots to share with you tomorrow as we visited a rose farm yesterday to buy roses. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!!

Oh almost forgot I made a little mini album which is on IACW today. Here is a sneak peek. If you would like to see more please visit IACW!!!

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Sunday, October 28, 2007

SOS #10

I took this on Friday morning at the airport through two lots of windows while I was having coffeee waiting to board.

Woo Hoo

The winner of the kit supplied by Kirsty Wiseman is Rach. Well done Rach I know you visit my blog too!!!! Please email us at with your postal address. Thank you so much to Kirsty for putting this kit together with her own fair hands.
Today IACW are offering a fabulous handmade bracelet created by our very own Trish. Everyone who has made a donation to our Just Giving Page up until the end of today will go in the lucky dipper. All we need from you is 1 pound!
And wow girls isn't it amazing that HS:MS has gone from about number 19 to number 9 over the past two days!!!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Saturday, October 27, 2007

SPS #10

A cheat today as I took these on Friday before leaving Cape Town for johannesburg!
My new RED HAT!!!
And with my ACW hat on:
Today IACW are doing a prize draw to win a fab kit from Kirsty Wiseman . Just leave a comment on the post and the winner be shown on Sunday. We have exceeded the target for donations that we had set ourselves and are really grateful to all of you that have donated on our just giving page, Thank you, and a HUGE thank you too to all you lovely brave ladies that have scrapped your boobs and sent us the pictures.
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Friday, October 26, 2007

Favourite Spots #3

Hi all. Am now in Johannesburg for the weekend so have no idea how I will do the prompt today unless it fits one of the places I took shots of yesterday!
But I FORGOT I am moving to Johannesburg and this will be my new home. Have I told you that I LOVE towels. And I just love the colour of these which is the same as I have at home!!! They remind me of Watermelon!!!
I am sorry did not get around to your blogs yesterday but my day started quiet and ended in great excitement. I had viewers to see my house and AN OFFER which I accepted!!!! My estate agent was so pleased that we got on line and she made a donation to our breast cancer awareness campaign!!! How sweet was that?
The evening was spent with estate agents sorting out the paperwork and documentation they required.
I am just so excited and they want to move in on the 1st of December 2007! I can now finally get on with the move and my life. Woo Hoo!!!
By the way if you can visit IACW today, Charlotte has a GREAT post on easy peasy "hand made buttons"
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Favourite Spots #2

My favourite part of my hallway is my beautiful flying magic carpet. I love the feel of it on my toes. Morning all. Just a short post today from me today and tomorrow I will only be on line much later as I am flying to Johannesburg for the weekend!!!!

I went round the house this morning taking photographs of all sorts of odd things in preparation for today's favourite spot. How DAFT is that!

Been to the hairdresser this morning for my two weekly trim. It looks great (I think).LOL.
In case you have not checked IACW; readers have raised 346 pound for Breast Cancer Awareness!!! And we have received 47 entries for out "Scrap your Boobs" challenge! That is just so GREAT. Well done folks.
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Favourite Spots #1

My first favourite spot:

My most favourite corner which contains poppies painted by my Mum and a reminder to me to have fun and laugh. I see it every time I enter the lounge and it is GREAT medecine.

Morning all. Hope you are all well and not suffering from colds and flu!

I am getting excited about my trip to Johannesburg this weekend to see my sister and brother in law. And I have another trip booked at the end of November for 5 days. I will be in Johannesburg with my family for my 60th birthday on the 27th November!!! That beats spending it here in Cape Town. I decided that I did not want to have a party so will probably have dinner with my close friends in Cape Town when I get back from Johannesburg. Life is HECTIC. Woo Hoo I love Birthdays!!!!

Been doing lots of crafting this week but cannot share with you yet as they are IACW prokects LOL.
What you think of this old tractor! I took this on the way back from hermaus on Friday. we stopped at a farmstall to biy some home made bread and there were two old tractors! It might have made a cool "Green" shot LOL.

And a BIG Woo Hoo for our prize winner at IACW, "queenofstash (Debra) ". If you could email to us your address your prize wil be on its way to you! ( .

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Monday, October 22, 2007

The word today is PINK not VIOLET!!!!

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain." Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet!!!
"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Private." Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo PINK!!!

This is the lovely Thank You card given to me by my niece Jo and her boyfriend Richard - Loads of pink LOL

And what would life be this month without a little something different or the same!!!

I have a few of these little things in different colours and love to wear them This is my favourite!!!

And a little more research!!! "The use of the word pink as a color first occurred in the 17th century to describe the light red flowers of pinks, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus. The color pink itself is a combination of red and white. Other tints of pink may be combinations of rose and white, magenta and white, or orange and white.

Roseus is a Latin word meaning "rosy" or "pink." Lucretius used the word to describe the dawn in his epic poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). [1] The word is also used in the binomial names of several species, such as the Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) and Catharanthus roseus." To read more about PINK go to

LOL I cannot believe I have done this just for you!!! I am so happy in my wrinkly skin LOL. And it is not even SPS!!!

Finally a lucky dipper prize is on offer today at IACW so get on over and leave us a comment on Tuesday's post to be eligible for the prize. We are offering the prize because thanks to you all we have now exceeded our 310 pound target!!!!

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

The word today is INDIGO

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain." Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet!!!

Yes this is a perfume bottle; my current favourite "Alien" by Thierry Muegler.

I actually had to do some research on Indigo as I was not too sure what it looked like. LOL "Indigo and violet are different from purple, which cannot be seen on the electromagnetic spectrum but can be achieved by mixing blue light with red light." There are 4 indigos!!

Electric indigo

Deep indigo (web color blue violet)

Pigment indigo (web color indigo)

Indigo dye "Pigment indigo (web color indigo) represents the way the color indigo was always reproduced in pigments, paints, or colored pencils in the 1950s. By the 1970s, because of the advent of psychedelic art, artists became used to brighter pigments, and pigments called "bright indigo" or "bright blue-violet" that are the pigment equivalent of the electric indigo reproduced in the section above became available in artists' pigments and colored pencils."

Because I am really a '60s HIPPY", I have chosen "Pigment indigo" !!!

And a big thanks to all the girls (and boys) who accepted my challenge and donated so generously this weekend. I have just paid my donation and it's dedicated to you !!

And a reminder that you should send your "Scrap Your Boobs" layouts to before the 31st October 2007.

Woo Hoo!!! We won the World Rugby Cup.

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Sunday, October 21, 2007

SOS #9

And its SOS again
LOL I made another rag wreath whilst in Hermanus this week visiting the WHALES. Again it took me about 1 hour and was just so rewarding to make!!!

I took this from the car whilst we were driving quite fast from Hermanus to Cape Town on Friday. It is an informal or squatter camp and yes people live here!!! The area is ENORMOUS and growing daily. The shacks are right beside the highway. In a country as rich a South Afrca, it's hard to believe that millions of people "live" in this squalor.

And just a reminder:
For every 1 pound that you donate to IACW Breast cancer fundraiser ( Just Giving page )I will donate 1 pound. This challenge is open until Sunday midnight 21st October!!!So come on girls just 1 pound from each of you! And why would I do this? Because cancer took my Mum. Here she is:
Because of her I had a mother, I am a daughter, and I am blessed.

A big thanks to all the folks who have donated!

I was struck yesterday by the number of people who have lost friends and family to cancer. If its not too painful, perhaps you would share your memories of them with us in a layout???

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Saturday, October 20, 2007

SPS #9

And it's SPS again!!!

Had a little fun in photoshop!!!
Today is my 100th post on blogger and to celebrateI have the following challenge:
For every 1 pound that you donate to IACW Just Giving page I will donate 1 pound. This challenge is open until Sunday midnight 21st October!!!So come on girls just 1 pound from each of you!
And why would I do this? Because cancer took my mum.
Because of her I had a mother, I am a daughter, and I am blessed.

Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The word today is BLUE

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain." Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet!!!
So just so you see how cheap it is for you to visit Cape Town, a great meal can cost as little as R45, that's about 3 POUNDS STERLING!!!!

But have to tell you that nobody obeys the rules!!!! Here we have a motorcycle parked beneath a NO MOTOR CYCLE sign.

LOL I have given you so much sea in the past few days, so here is another. This is the view from our apartment looking to the right... Had a great day yesterday with my niece Joanne and her boyfriend Richard AND my nephew Steve and his girlfriend Samantha. We all went for lunch saw lots of whales and just had a good laugh together. (I LOVE hanging out with young people they are so much fun) Well today we go back to Cape Town so it's good bye to the whales. maybe I will come back in November just for a weekend.
And WOO HOO, I have been given a YOU MAKE ME SMILE AWARD!!! LOL. Thanks Hazel. I will handle this tomorrow if that's ok. Going home to Cape Town today, and Jo and Richard are off home to Johannesburg BOO HOO. I will miss them as they have been great company this past week. P.S if anyone is struggling looking for Indigo look at
P.P.S. And a big Woo Hoo for SuzyB who won yesterday's great prize at IACW! Please email us at with your address and the prize will be on it's way!!!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

The word today is GREEN

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain." Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet!!!
The Windsor Hotel is next door to us:

This is the view from our apartment:

This tiny little luminous green creature landed on Richard's Smoothie!!!
LOL!!! Had such fun with Green!! Could not choose which one so you have them all! And it was another great day in Africa yesterday!
As you can see the whales are really close to the shore!!! My best is when I hear them; it's like a great big blowing sound.
My nephew (Steve) and his girlfriend (Samantha) are in Cape Town this week so they are joining us in Hermanus this morning!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The colour today is YELLOW.

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain." Red Orange Yellow green Blue Indigo Violet!!!

I took this yesterday on the way to Hermanus. It's growing wild and indigenous to the western Cape.

And as promised some whales. Perhaps tomorrow I will catch them breaching!

Having a GREAT time and just enjoying seeing these gentle GIANTS of the ocean. Will share as much as I can.
Parting thought HEE HEE, this is my idea of a rainbow, a shop full of CROCS!!!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

The word today is ORANGE

LOL I am in Hermanus in WHALE space, but did bring this bag with a few crafting things to keep us busy in the evening.
Have already seen loads of whales but need to sort out the pics so will show you tomorrow. The weather is GREAT and Jo and Richard are so happy!!!
Thanks for visiting and love from Di XXX

Monday, October 15, 2007

The word today is RED

Inspired by IACW to make a XMAS RAG WREATH, I made one yesterday and it was SO QUICK. I cut a ring from quite strong cardboard, tore fabric into 1inch by about 4 inch lengths and just tied it on. Then I cut narrower strips of red felt and tied them on. Then green ribbon tied on and VOILA VIOLA it was done. This is the MOST rewarding fun thing I have made for a long time!! Thanks Trish at IACW for the inspiration!!! Right now I have it hangingin the room where my computer sits and it looks GREAT with all the red and orange curtains I have in this room.

Happy Monday everybody!!! Well it's happy for me LOL. I have family staying with me and we have a great day out planned for today.

And GREAT news!!! The lovely Angela and the lovely CHRIS have entered our SCRAP YOUR BOOBS competition. They have made gorgeous layouts and just so tasteful! You can see it their blogs or at IACW. Thanks Angela and Chris MWAH!!!

AND MORE NEWS!!! Chris has started her own mini challenge with GREAT blog candy prize. In addition she is donating 10 pound to IACW breast cancer awareness in the name of the winner. So Chris's winner wil stand a chance to win one of the IACW prizes.

Chris says:

"I am asking you to take part in my little challenge to be included in the draw to win lovely blog candy and I will be making a £10 donation to the Just Giving page for the winner also... who will then be eligible to win some of the goodies IACW are offering too :D"

Please visit CHRIS to see the GREAT challenge she has put together!!!

I was so bleak yesterday when the prompt was late, but decided to post as normal. So if you missed yesterday I had a big scare!!! See Sundays Post.

Almost forgot. You can see my crochet blanket if you visit IACW today. I think it looks great!!!

Thanks for visiting have a great week and love always from Di XXX

Sunday, October 14, 2007

SOS #8

Well I have to tell you all now that I had a BIG SCARE on Saturday morning at 4.00am. Someone tried to BREAK IN to my home!!! I woke up at about 3.45 am and was sitting in the lounge with just one lamp on when I heard a scratching scraping sound coming from the kitchen. I crept through and listened and it was coming from my kitchen door. I quickly put the lights on and dashed to the window and a HEAD appeared; I shouted "WHAT DO YOU WANT GO AWAY" and the person disappeared. I felt ok cos although the door is made of wood, behind it is a metal security door. But I was a bit shaken. I put all the outside lights on and I assume the burglar ran away.
In retrospect I should have hit the panic button and the alarm would have wakened the neighbourhood. But instinct is such a funny thing and my instinct was to confront the thief LOL. NOT CLEVER

When it got light I took my panic button and went outside to investigate. This is what I found...

The burglar had been chipping away at the lock!! He did not know about the extra door behind this door!!!

So it was off to the police station to report it. Unfortunately they may not do anything about it because they have so many more serious cases to deal with.

But the good news; Jo may niece arrived yesterday with her boyfriend Richard. We had a lovely afternoon just chatting and chilling then went for a yummy fish dinner. Home to bed so I missed the rugby. Who won by the way?

So not much to show off today except my damaged lock.

Thanks for visiting and love from Di

Saturday, October 13, 2007

SPS #8

And its SPS again!!!
Took this yesterday for today's post at IACW - Christmas sewing. It's a pinny/ xmas sack / xmas shopper. I made it from my fat quarters and calico that I showed you a while back!!!

Woo Hoo had my nails done yesterday and we chopped quite a bit off. I think this is the best length for me. Not too long! Also had the eyebrows waxed. (no eyebrow pic sorry)

My niece and her boyfriend arrive today!!! Am so excited. Just have to do a bit shopping and then I am all ready for them. Woo Hoo.
Have a great weekend folks and remember our SCRAP YOUR BOOBS challenge at IACW. I may have more exciting news for you tomorrow thanks to the lovely CHRIS!!! No hints today!
Thanks for visiting and love always from Di XXX