Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Five #19

Boats at the Queenscliff marina before we went fishing last Sunday.



I did a heap of pages this week ... well for me anyway ... here's one about our advent calendar.  Credits HERE.



On Sunday night we went to the new restaurant, 360Q, at the Queenscliff Harbour.  It is run by the Rathbone Wine Group and the chef from Yering Station has been brought up to get it up and running.  Excellent food.  They have four sharing plates, the zucchini flowers were sold out but we tried the other three offerings and they were all good ... walnut coated labna balls with beetroot vinagarette a standout.  I had a scallop risotto for main which was yum too.  They had all the usual suspects on the kids menu.  Mine chose fish and chips as usual and I was very impressed to see a nice thick piece of panfired fish come out ... they gobbled it up quick smart.  Drinks and some of sharing plates in late afternoon on the deck overlooking the water would be lovely too.


There are heaps of pretty craft ideas around but this is one for the boys:  Custom Lego Guy Heads ... although I'm sure my girls would get into this too.  via @katepickle.


Although I do use a variety of fonts on my layouts I do have my three go to fonts that I use a lot.  If you look through my layouts prior to my switch from PC to mac you will notice that for layouts requiring a simple neat font for journaling often feature century gothic, if it's handwriting, CK Ali's hand and for typewriter I usually chose vintage typewriter.  After changing over I just had the standard fonts that came with PSE8 which is an extensive and varied list but included none of these fonts.  I have found a new favourite for my simple font, Helvetica Neue which has about 6 weightings you can choose from in a little drop down menu.  I have really missed the other two though so this week I finally downloaded CK Ali's hand and Vintage Typewriter, both free fonts.  

Go here to download ... CK Ali's Hand and Vintage Typewriter.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Develop on fridays :: lesson one | your creative voice

I've decided to join in Develop on fridays, a creative photography 'study group’ led by Jefra Starr Linn. It’s going to consist of a post and an assignment each friday on the paislee press blog.

The first lesson is all about finding your creative voice and here's the assignment:

Take at least 75 photos. Maybe more. That’s up to you. But start out without restraints on how many photos you take. And it needs to be of one thing, one subject.

(I feel like with photography, as with any other art form, I need to get warmed up. Usually the first 50 shots are pretty dry and once I get warmed up and the creative juices flowing I start really working with my own muse symbiotically.)

Now after at least 75 photos, find the one photo that you feel, out of all those photos is the closest to how you see and what you see. Post that. Also, to give us a little context, post your top five runners up for your number one choice.

I started out on Wednesday and decided to photograph the corn patch in the garden ... took the 75 or so photos and nothing jumped out at me ... yep, 75 photos of blah.  Then I thought of the tea cups my MIL sent with Hubby when we married and thought they would be a perfect subject.  We have one window in our house which faces north and so has quite good light throughout the day so I set up there and took photos in two sessions ... one with the sun coming fairly full in the window and later once it had moved to the side.  The only problem was I got back from a four week holiday this week so I had to dust before I could start.

My #1 pick:


And the four runner-ups:





Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Australia Day

We arrived home from the beach yesterday so even though today was a public holiday I still had plenty of jobs I needed to get done ... unpacking, four weeks mail, washing and ironing etc.  The kids were happy pottering around reacquainting themselves with home.  Fortunately I had something to look forward to.  Every year mum and dad take us kids to the Australian Open on the second Tuesday night, which happened to fall on Australia Day this year.

Hubby's parents had the kids overnight so I had the whole evening to myself.  We start with dinner in the Legends room ... yes, we are legendary eaters and drinkers.


The day session finished late so we had a slow paced dinner before wandering up to Rod Laver Arena, which was still closed for cleaning when we got there.


They started off with a little Australia Day entertainment and unveiled the Woodies busts for the Hall of Fame.


Last week we were having a chat about who we might see and mum worked out that if all went according to plan we'd probably be seeing Nadal.


Her assessment "Don't tell me we're going to have to watch him picking his undies out of his bum all night?" ... he didn't disappoint.


We also got to witness in real life another compulsive behaviour with his water bottles.

Anyway, enough of Rafa's idiosynchrasies, he was playing Andy Murray.


Part way through we had a break for the Australia Day fireworks so we got up and stretched our legs  ... took the opportunity for a toilet break and checked out the fireworks from the concourse.  Meanwhile Matt Preston was holding court in the stands ... looking like he had been enjoying himself as a guest of Jacob's Creek wines.


The tennis was really good in the first two sets before Nadal pulled out in the third with an injury ... ripped off.   I'm inspired to get back on the court, there's something about seeing the tennis live that does that. You get a much better idea of just how hard they're hitting it when you're right there.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gone Fishing

On Sunday the kids and I went fishing with mum and dad ... have mentioned before I get seasick? The forecast was for 0.5-1m waves.  The boat is stored in a shed at the marina so first it needed to be put in the water.  The Boy was particularly fascinated ... for obvious reasons.

4 great iPhotos

Here's dad:


and the kids sitting in the front while we made our way out into the bay.

4 great iPhotos

Here's Little Girl being a clown and avoiding the camera.

4 great iPhotos

The Boy had a bit of fish early on ... but there was something wrong with the reel and the line got all tangled up which meant we were down to two rods.

3 great iPhotos

Not long after this The Boy felt sick ... then was sick. I got him to sit up front with me and keep LOOKING AT THE HORIZON ... really ... look at the horizon ... look at the horizon ...

3 great iPhotos

He was pretty miserable but after a bit perked up a little and wanted a biscuit to eat, which I gave him. It didn't stay down for long. In spite of my exhortations to watch the horizon as three boats went past and left us rocking even more he made use of the bucket again. I didn't mind just being able to sit up the front and daydream the morning away ... while staring at the horizon of course and watching the guy in the boat next to us pull in eight whiting.

Meanwhile Little Girl paired up with mum for spot of fishing ...

2 great iPhotos

and Big Girl paired up with dad.

2 great iPhotos

The girls actually enjoyed opening the pipis and cutting up the bait.

3 great iPhotos

Our catch for the day: 3 puffer fish. Here's mum trying to get one off the line.

4 great iPhotos

I'm pretty proud ... I successfully managed a fishing trip without being sick. All the kids were keen to go again, including The Boy, although we said he had to wait until he's a bit bigger. Monday the girls went out again with mum and dad. Big Girl hooked a whiting but it slipped off as she was reeling it in. They also caught an australian salmon but threw it back because they're not good eating.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A movie, biking, more beaching, fishing and summer food ... this week's P365

Wild, wild weather means movie day, we almost filled a whole row of seats and it was Ruby's first ever.

18 - The Movies

Barefoot bikeriding ... reminds me of riding and roaming the streets barefoot all summer when I was a kid.

19- Barefoot Bikeriding

What a feeling ... riding the wave all the way into the beach.

20 - What a Rush

Took Ruby with us to the beach today, the kids had a ball boogie boarding on some decent waves.

21- Beach Again

Summer wouldn't be complete without sitting in a sweltering fish and chips shop after beaching on a scorching hot day at least once.

22 - Fish and Chips

Kids ate icypoles while wandering round the lighthouse and pier. Girls walked home by themselves while I stayed with the boy at the park.

23 - Icypole

Fishing with mum, dad and the kids. Caught 3 puffer fish and the boy was sick but the kids are keen to go again.

24 - Fishing

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Earthsea Quartet, New Moon and more challenges

The Earthsea Quartet The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the first three Earthsea books in early high school and loved it and rereading I can see why. The well realised fantasy world, realistic characters and a lovely, simple old world writing style combine with fast moving plots and thought provoking treatment of evil to give a very satisfying read. I remembered the first book reasonably well, in spite of the many years since I read it, but the others were not so familiar. This time around my favourite was probably The Tombs of Atuan.

New Moon (Twilight, #2) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found the Twilight series rather addictive, especially reading them over the summer holidays but this is definitely the weakest book. I just wish Bella could be a little more sure of herself, I know teenage girls often have self-esteem issues, but this dips too often into the pathetic. My recommendation ... read it quick and move onto the next one.

and more challenges ... I know you might say I'm addicted :)

Mind Voyages Reading Challenge


Moon Voyage : Read at least 6 winners on the Hugo Winners List

Sling shot back to Earth: Read at least 3 winners on the Nebula Winner's List

Venus Voyage: Philip K. Dick Quest - Read at least 2 of his books

Mercury Voyage: Robert Heinlein Quest - Read at least 2 of his books

Mars Voyage: Read at least 6 winners on the Hugo List and take a side trip through the 21st century and read at least 4 nominees.

Go into Warp Drive and visit the other planets

Jupiter Voyage: Go side tripping 90's Style

Saturn: Go Side Tripping 80's Style

Uranus: Go Side Tripping 70's Style

Neptune Voyage: Go Side Tripping through the 50's and 60's

The I'm going to Pluto because Pluto is still a planet as far as I'm concerned Voyage: Mix it up, choose the number of books you want to read from each voyage, include some new books you pick up along the way and enjoy the ride.

The Rules are simple:

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
  2. Participants may join at any time.
  3. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  4. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2010.
  5. Books may overlap other challenges.
  6. Create an entry post linking to this blog.
  7. You don't have to decide before hand what you will be reading.
  8. Come back and sign up with Mr. Linky in the "I'm participating post" below this post.
  9. You don't have a blog to participate.
  10. I'll be adding a post with Mr. Linky for participants to post book reviews.

I think I'll go with Pluto, mainly because it gives me some flexibility.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Five #18

We had my dad's 70th birthday party last week.  Good food, good wine, good company and a couple of yummy cocktails ... definite overindulgence.  Speaking of overindulgence ... I bring the dessert bar ... although I just noticed, this was before the gelato and waffle cones came out.



I've done a decent amount of scrapping this week.  My favourite is probably this one of Little Girl and her party dress.  Credits HERE.


I've just got a new computer and I haven't yet downloaded some of my favourite fonts ... probably should get on to that ... here's a good selection of free fonts:  65 Popular and Professional Free Fonts.  My favourites ... probably Velocity, Birdman,  and Nordic.


Check out this Rainbow Cake, after our success with Rainbow Cupcakes I'm tempted.


Been listening to Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons. Soaring build and the lyrics ... what's not to like.

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
At my heart you see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

38 things to do before I turn 39

* Inspired by Andrea *

 I turned 38 over a month ago and I've been slowly putting this list together ... finally finished ... and already started.

1.  Make a photo book.

2.  Do the Rip View Classic Swim 

3.  Take the kids to the museum.

4.  Get old school friends together.

5.  Grow broccoli.

6.  Clean out the filing cabinet.

7.  Go see some live music - Good Vibrations tickets bought and used.

8.  Make paper cranes with the girls.

9.  Have a dinner party.

10.  Do some TTVF.

11.  See a movie by myself.

12.  Go to a new restaurant with Hubby.

13.  Have a picnic at Hanging Rock.

14.  Play tennis.

15.  Make my APS photos digital.

16.  Enjoy sunset in the backyard ... just Hubby and me.

17.  Make relish.

18.  Perfect the bread recipe.

19.  Go for a bike ride with the kids.

20.  Go out just to take photos.

21.  Share one of my favourite childhood books with each of the kids.

  • started Finished Famous Five with The Boy
  • started Heidi with little Girl

22.  Ski a black run.

23.  Dance in public.

24.  Make doughnuts.

25.  Finally sort and backup my digital photos.

26.  Read The complete Works of Jane Austen

27.  Make a slideshow of our US trip.

28.  Grow veges from my own seeds.

29.  Make a photo display for our wall.

30.  Learn something new.

31.  Make cinnamon buns.

32.  Photograph a stranger.

33.  Make the ultimate 90's party playlist.

34.  Start at the start of Feist's Riftwar Saga

35.  Spend an afternoon playing parlour games.

36.  Take 12 self-portraits.

37.  Find some coffee tables for the lounge.  - found in dad's shed, thanks to my sister-in-law's love of redecorating.

38.  Video one of the kids impromptu plays.

Monday, January 18, 2010

More beach days, party, cooking, mega zucchini and books ... this week's P365

A good place to be in 44 degree heat ... the only problem is the walk home.

11 - Rockpool Exploration

It's after Christmas but there was no way the kids would let me avoid helping them make these cakes they found in one of Grandma's mags.

12 - Christmas Tree Cakes

My holiday reading stack ... currently two thirds through it ... another trip to the library is probably on the cards.

13 - Holiday Reading

Spent a large part of the day driving to and from Melbourne for an appointment ... picked up the mega zucchini from our garden while home.

14 - First Zucchini

Setting up for Sunday's party ... fascinating to my boy who gave progress reports throughout the day.

15 - Set Up

A day out to Torquay to catch up with Megan and Simon for lunch, then body surfing, soccer and castle building with the Klein's.

16 - Beach Soccer

Party day to celebrate dad's 70th birthday. Food, drinks, company, all so good.

17 - 70 Today

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Five #17

The Nipper club Championships were held last Saturday. We got there a little early, the beach was beautiful.



I finally finished my double page layout about Come Celebrate.

I used a template for the first page and made a second complementing page myself.  Full credits HERE and HERE.


Habit, words and photos celebrating everyday life.  Great inspiration for capturing the everyday especially if you happen to be doing project 365.


Visually stunning and suitably mad, hoping that in March we will be able to see Alice in Wonderland.  Check out the trailer.


Digitally Inspired, a new (well kind of new) blog for digi inspiration. this straight from the horses mouth ... well the about page:

Several times a week we will be showcasing layouts, projects and products picked randomly from the world of digital scrapbooking to share with you.

All selections are random and based on what we feel inspires us. We are not affiliated with any designer, store or even individual scrapper.
If you find a page, product or anything relating to digital scrapbooking that inspires you, please feel free to email us at

Go check it out.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Everything Summer Holidays - Project365

4 - Nipper Disco
Big Nipper day: back beach in the morning ... tonight the Nipper disco ... attended by me and one girl.

5 - One Big Hole
Good dumping in high tide waves + belongings soaked by freak wave + my boy shivering on the beach + one big hole = beach done.

6 - Bathers on the Line
Wetsuits, beach towels, rashies, nipper caps and bathers hanging on the line ... it must be summer holidays.

7 - Ready
Training boards ready and waiting for the Nipper program to start for the day and IRB being launched to drop the bouys out.

8 - Mum's Juice
Most afternoons mum blends up some pineapple, orange, mango and banana in her super heavyduty blender. The kids love Grandma's juice.

9- Nipper Championships
If the second buoy seems a long way off in the run-swim-run you can always hitch a lift back to shore with your instructor in the IRB.

10 - Handmade by Us
Insane dodgeball game @ The Wave, boogie boarding w/ the kids on the back beach, afternoon tea w/ friends , roast dinner ... happy Sunday