Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Roaring like a lion...Pencil Lines and Scrapbookers Anonymous...

The saying for March has always been "in like a lion out like a lamb".  Now I do realize that its April but I'm wondering if this is the month in New Zealand that the lion comes in.  After two weeks of nice, warmish weather we are experiencing very chilly winds and this is the 5th straight day of rain.  Brr.....Not sure if this is winter weather come early or if the worst is yet to come.

As I took Aron to school this morning, this was the temperature outside.  7*c......44.6*f.  Now when you do not have central heat and the insulation isn't all that great, 44.6 is COLD.  Plus factor in the wind we are getting!  The temps here in NZ are not as extreme as in Indiana but cold is still cold.  We do have a heat pump in our tv lounge (living room) and a gas fire place.  The office lounge....aka my scrap space...doesn't not have those heating systems so I use a small oil plug in heater.  It just can't keep up with the cold today. I'm not really complaining, its just a different way of life than I'm used to.

Twice a week, teammate Kelsey and I walk from her house down to our favorite coffee shop for a hot drink.  Well, with the rain and cold today we drove down.  I had to snap a quick picture of the ocean and clouds.  The ocean waves just looked angry today.  The ocean is SO cold on a sunny day I can only imagine what it would feel like today!  Gives me goosebumps to think about it!

But this helps us warm up!  I drink a chai latte with trim (skim) milk.  Mmmmmm.....warms me up for sure!  The company is good for my soul and this is good for my cold hands.  :)

Pencil lines and Scrapbookers Anonymous...
For this layout I decided to combine challenges.  The sketch at Pencil Lines was a great one for this photo of the boys.  Banners are so "in" right now.  I decided to do a little bit different banner.  I liked the way it turned out.

The Gals over at Scrapbookers Anonymous really found a challenge this time around.  I love this site because they ask you to create something with stuff you have in your stash.  This time it was eyelets.  Wow....I hadn't used eyelets for years!  I remembered that I had a package of them that Aden gave me for my birthday about 2 years ago.  So I pulled them out to see what I could do with them.  Hmmmm...I decided that I would put them in my gears.  The challenge was not only eyelets but 23 of them.  I just squeaked by with 24!  Boy, it had been awhile since I had set an eyelet.

Great challenge Ladies!!

Now, if I can get my fingers to thaw out enough I'm going to work on a project.  But first to find some warm, fuzzy socks.  My feet are cold!!! I have warm, fuzzy socks??  Off to look!  Hope its warm where you are today!!


  1. I love your twist on the banner. and the eyelets just make it that much more awesome!!!! =) Love the layout and the cute photo. Thanks so much for digging in your stash and playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

  2. I always have to bring out my knitting when the weather turns cold - may have to try fuzzy socks this year... We are still having tshirt days here but the heater is going on at night. I will admoit to loving the ocean in winter - only to look at from a warm spot though.
    Loving the gears and eyelets on your Lo, great idae!

  3. I absolutely ADORE your gear banner! I think I might have to scraplift that! ;) Sweet LO!! tfs!

  4. Wow, I love this base paper and the gear banner is great! The eyelets really look fabulous! So glad you got your goodies! Getting scrappy goodness in the mail always makes me happy too!

  5. Sounds pretty chilly on your side of the world!! Go ahead and keep the chilly temps there because I like the warm weather we are having in Texas!! This LO is fabulous!! I LOVE the way you did your banner with gears... that is so creative!!
    barb :)

  6. love how you did the banner with the cogs! thanks for playing along

  7. love those cogs so great- lovely colour scheme and great photos- thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous

  8. Lovely take on the sketch ! BRAVO !!

  9. That banner is so cool! Great take on the sketch!

  10. Great page, love what you've done for the bunting :)

  11. The eyelets and the gears are an awesome combination! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!


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