March already?!

Oh no! I abandoned you! So the last few weeks have gone by in a bit of a blur. It’s been busy.  There are new babies in the family a little man for my brother’s family and a little lady for my cousin. I also visited another cousin’s baby this week, who was born at the end of January.  I can’t wait to see my other cousin’s new little one at the end of the month, I am flying up to Wellington to see their family. It will be so great to have a change of scenery too.

This week was mad, Christchurch was hit with storm that gave us endless heavy rain and some really strong winds. We had bad flooding, apparently the worst storm Christchurch has seen in the last 100 years! Luckily our area was fine, but it did mean we missed going to the library for babytimes!

As for what I have been reading – Still reading the same series, but have now finished book 2 and onto the third, finally! I am aiming to read more than one book per month so I can finish the series before the end of the year and start something else.

Right now though, I am off to Spotlight to see if I can find some fabric I like to make a Mei Tai baby carrier for bug and I – I’m finding the Moby wrap is not quite supportive enough any more with my super active wriggly baby.

Talk again soon, I promise!

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A little bit of this!

It has been a busy couple of weeks, with everyone in the house getting sick with a yucky head cold. Baby girl is still pretty snotty, but otherwise well. 

We have also had some weather! I normally find talking about the weather rather boring – but when we get flash flooding city wide it’s pretty bad! This just so happened to be on the evening I was doing my first real Stampin’ Up! party, as in one with people I don’t know. I feel it went well, we all seemed to have fun. Going out in the evenings is still quite a challenge, leaving Bug at home with daddy is hard as she needs feeding to get to bed and I am the one with the right body parts!

On the good weather days we have tried going out and about – even if it is just a short walk to the supermarket for a few items. I find it makes the days easier than being stuck at home all the time. Helps make the days a little less grey!

The most exciting thing that has happened is our little nephew made his entrance to the world – a little drama but mum and bub are all well and home now.

Yesterday a fantastic Blog Hop that went live by a very creative group of Stampin’ Up! Demos from all around Australasia. Here is the first post then just follow the links on each blog until you are back to the start! So many awesome ideas using products from the latest occasions catalogue.

What I am reading

I really enjoy reading, but I don’t often have a lot of time to sit down and just read a book, but I like to always have a book on the go. Although, of course, we all read a lot more than just books! I thought I would share with you each week whatever book I am currently reading and anything else I have read over the week that I thought was interesting. (I read a lot more that I won’t share – a lot of it is junk!!)

Book:

Queen of Sorcery (Book Two of The Belgariad by David Eddings)

Internet articles etc:

Finland’s Finest: Why We Need to Take Note of Finland’s Approach to Early Education | Not Just Cute

Humans of New York

Baby’s Hungry: A Daddy’s Perspective on Nursing (and Nursing in Public)

Why I’m not that ‘girl who travels’ – Olympic Wanderings

A Dietitian’s Confession: Why I’m Turning My Back on Whole Grains

What are you reading?

Anita xoxo

My Top Picks for Sale-A-Bration

I always love to know what other people would pick when it comes to new catalogues, so I thought I would share with you what I would pick from the new Sale-A-Bration catalogue!

  • The Birthday Bash Bundle – It is a fantastic card kit, enough to make 20 cards and leaves you with a set of markers, a stamp set and, no doubt, there would be left over of the rhinestones (there is heaps!) and bakers twine.
  • The All Wrapped Up Bundle – As the name suggests, a great gift wrapping set including 10 bags and 8 boxes, so many pretty options here!

The other bundles are great too, but I love those two the most. Now, the freebies we have to choose from I find a bit harder to choose from, there are so many great ones! The ones I love the best are:

  • The Sweet Sorbet designer series paper – this is stunning, I love it, I fear I will run out of this pack quickly!
  • Good as Gold card kit – I love it, with a bit of gold foil and some pretty polka dots you would get 8 great cards
  • See You Later stamp set – I love this too! The pictures, the fonts and the words are all just perfect.

If you could have anything at all out of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, what would it be? Do you like the same things as me?

2014 Sale-a-bration Catalogue

2014 Occasions Catalogue

A Baby Sprinkle Card

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I made this really cute card for a friend on the weekend. It was for her baby sprinkle (like a shower but littler as it is her second bubba). I used whisper white cardstock, island indigo card stock and ink, polka dot parade DSP in daffodil delight, and the label love stamp set with the matching artisan punch and a little silver cardstock too. So quick and simple, but pretty stunning!

To use a simple background like this and then echo the colour in the foreground is always a great way to tie in the look. I chose to use these colours, as they are what I have (I don’t own too much just yet!) and was suitable for a gender as yet unknown bubba! They are from different colour ways from Stampin’ Up! but I love how they look together.

Anita xoxo

Exciting things are happening!

So it has been a little over a week since I last said anything, that is because I have been hard at work behind the scenes!

To be honest, the first thing that I think is exciting might not seem quite so exciting to you! I have now added a tab above called “Shop Now!” this gives you a direct link to my Stampin’ Up! website, from which you can browse all the awesome products I sell, see what the current promotions are and all that jazz. I think that is pretty awesome.

Second, I have found a blog theme that I like and works the way I wanted it to! That is harder than it might sound (well, unless you also have a blog and wanted it to look a certain way!).  So I want to thank BluChic for creating such a beautiful theme.

I’ve also been preparing for the upcoming Sale-A-Bration, which I am really excited about. Starts on Jan 28, and the catalogue is filled with gorgeous kits and fantastic free items to earn – which are easy to earn too. If you want to know more, contact me, or visit my page (via the Shop Now! tab). In anticipation of this and the new seasonal catalogue I have organised a party too – details can be found on my Facebook page.

Little Bug is a great time suck too, but I’m certainly not complaining about that! I have managed to make a couple of cards during her naps though

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Which do you like best?

The most exciting thing now though, is that Stampin’ Up! is running a Book-A-Thon, so demonstrators are madly trying to book parties today – my goal is to book 4 by the end of the day. Wish me luck!

Anita xoxo

It’s my birthday!!

Well, it was yesterday. It wasn’t a big one, but it was my birthday nonetheless. It was also my first one as a mummy and I think that’s pretty cool. So my hubby was away tramping with some friends and wasn’t home until dinner time.
A friend took me out to breakfast, which was really lovely. The sun was shining for most of the day (there was a brief downpour followed by more sunshine and Blue sky).
When Bug had her next nap I napped too. That was so good! We slept for an hour and a half.
Later some of the family came to visit, although I sometimes wonder now if they want to see me or Bug more!
When Simon got home from his tramping trip he and the friends he had been tramping with made me a delicious dinner and dessert.
My family are away on their summer holiday now so took us out to dinner on Wednesday for pizzas and pitchers of lemon, lime and bitters, it was a good night out. It’s great to spend time with them and eating pizza is always awesome!
I’d say that’s a pretty fantastic way to start off 27.
Anita xoxo