Happy Australia Day!

You know you're Australian if....
You believe that stubbies can either be worn or drunk
You think it is normal to have a Prime Minister called Kevin
You waddle when you walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount vouchers stuffed in your wallet or purse
You've made a bong out of your garden hose rather than use it for something illegal such as watering the garden
When you hear that an American 'roots for his team' you wonder how often and
with whom
You understand that the phrase 'a group of women wearing black thongs' refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds
You pronounce Melbourne as 'Mel-bin'
You pronounce Penrith as 'Pen-riff'
You believe the 'L' in the word ' Australia ' is optional
You can translate: 'Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas'
You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep
You call your best friend 'a total bastard' but someone you really, truly despise is just 'a bit of a bastard'
You think 'Woolloomooloo' is a perfectly reasonable name for a place
You believe is makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin
You understand that 'Wagga Wagga' can be abbreviated to 'Wagga' but 'Woy Woy' can't be called 'Woy'
You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread… and actually grow to like it. You’ve also squeezed Vegemite through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms.
You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis
You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says 'cobber'
You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of the Angels' song 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again'
You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionary known as the Wagon
Wheel has become smaller with every passing year
You still don't get why the 'Labor' in 'Australian Labor Party' is not spelt with a 'U
You wear ugh boots outside the house
You believe that the more you shorten someone's name the more you like them
Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language
You understand that 'excuse me' can sound rude, while 'scuse me' is always polite
You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasions via your nose
You understand that 'you' has a plural and that it's 'youse'
You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle
You biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules of beach cricket
You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call 'Anzac cookies'
You still think of Kylie as 'that girl off Neighbours'
When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally strip-searched by Customs - just in case you're trying to sneak in fruit
You believe the phrase 'smart casual' refers to a pair of black tracky-daks, suitably laundered
You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction
When working at a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer
You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national anthem and
then have trouble remembering the second
You find yourself ignorant of nearly all the facts deemed essential in the government's new test for migrants.

You know that Americans think we’re all Steve Irwin clones. And crikey, they couldn’t be more wrong.

You have the ability to compress several words into one - i.e. “g’day” and “d’reckn?” This allows more space for profanities.

You’ve ever used the words - tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad, sweet - to mean good. And then you place “bloody” in front of it when you REALLY mean it.

You know that the barbeque is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. And the women make the salad.

You’ve sucked your tea/coffee/Milo through a Tim Tam and you call it a Tim Tam Bomb or a Tim Tam Slam.

You see people walking bare-foot on the sidewalk and don’t scorn…. because you’re doing it too.

You have a story that somehow involves an excessive consumption of booze… but you can’t remember.

You know that the value of a public holiday is measured in terms of alcohol. God bless the queen and her 4-day birthday.

You know that there is a universal place called “woop woop” located in the middle of nowhere… no matter where you actually are.
You've had an argument with your mate over whether Ford or Holden makes the better car!
You will immediately forward this list to other Australians, here and overseas, realising that only they will understand!!
And a video, this is my home town Geelong and I'm proud of it!

Some new layouts.....

Firstly I scrapped a quick page for Chandon using the new Little Yellow Bicycle 'Sweet Love' range, this layout and the new products are instore now or available here...

Ok....so I have been really into my scrapping lately and have finished another two new layouts - one just for fun and one for Bon's Room of the Month January challenge.

Here's the room of the month for January - we are meant to use the photo as inspiration...

And my layout:
Layout title: I can't live without...

Products used: Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Making Memories Patterned Paper, October Afternoon Patterned Paper, American Crafts Patterned Paper, October Afternoon Alphabet Stickers, American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants Journaling Card, Tim Holtz Film Transparency, My Minds Eye Transparency, Making Memories clip, Hambly Studios Doily Rub On, Do Crafts Vinyl Stickers, Kaiser Rhinestones.
And the layout just for fun.
Layout title: This little man...makes me smile.

Products used: Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Collage Press Die Cut Paper, Scenic Route Patterned Paper, Vintage Comin Book Paper, October Afternoon Alphabet Stickers, October Afternoon Journal Card, Bazzill Borders, Doodlebug Frills, My Minds Eye Transparency, K & Co Clear embellishment, Making Memories Clip, Dymo Label hearts, ribbon, staples.
That's it for me for today, still feeling a bit blah - so not sure if I'll scrap or just rest for the day....will have to wait and see.
'Til next time, xox

Bons Cybercrop - tomorrow night!

Just a quick post to say Bons is having a cybercrop tomorrow night.....haven't done one for ages (cos' I've been away) and always enjoy the challenges.

Plus the added bonus is a free, yes free, online class with Sandie!

Timetable is


Where: Bons Scraps Forum (you need to register to join in!)

Time of nights events:
  • 8:30- Sandie's OnLine Class

  • 8:45- Sketch Challenge

  • 9:05- bingo
  • 9:30- Scrap Lift challenge

Should be fun ..... oh well, hoping to scrap tonight too but feeling a bit 'yucky' so will prob end up going to bed early!

'Til next time, xox

Doing a happy dance!

Well I'm so excited...I got an email from Celine this morning and I have had a page acceptance in her Entreartists magazine!!!! The 7th issue, I'm so honoured and excited as I LOVED this magazine while in the UK and Europe. I'm feeling very lucky to have an opportunity to be in her mag!

Also my class at Chandon has sold out, so that's another confidence booster!

My word 'achieve' is already in motion with my scrapping with a page acceptance :)

Because of this good news I was in the mood to scrap....here's a sneak of the kitchen table now....

'Til next time, xox

My Word - 2010

So....I have taken quite a while to update for the new year as I have been thinking about my 'word' for the year.....my goals, what I want to aim for, etc.

So my word is......

achieve [əˈtʃiːv]
vb (tr)
1. to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain
2. to gain as by hard work or effort to achieve success

I want to achieve:
* success in my relationships; with Clint, my family and friends (continuing the strong bond with my long time friends and making new ones)

* success in my workplace and help the children in my class achieve their full potential.

* success in my scrapbooking layouts which I hope to be proud of; that document my life, who I love and what is special to me right now - if that means getting published also I will consider that a bonus!

* success in how I view myself as a person, my confidence, my looks, etc.....I want to feel comfortable to be able to be 'me'!

So thats my aim for the year, I want my word to permeate throughout my whole life, to really embrace my word, and try my hardest to 'achive' all my goals in 2010!

Other things:
* Clint's Pa passed away on the 10th of this month, although it was very hard for the family, the service was lovely and I couldn't have thought of a better way to remember and reflect on Pa's long life - he was the ripe old age of 91 when he passed! We are so grateful for the christmas we just spent together and his 91st birthday....he'll be remembered always.

* I have joined this group of 13 other ladies in Geelong to do a year long challenge and create 8x8 canvas pages for each other - should be fun (and already a good start to my 'word' as I will be meeting some new people in doing this!

* I have a year long class happening at Chandon (more info can be found here) I am really excited and enthusiastic about this and hope the participants will be too!

* I am itching to get scrapping - some of the challenges at Bon's are just waiting for me to get started on - also hoping to catch up with the girls with Marelle next Friday night, should be good fun!

'Til next time, xoxo