Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kuala Lumpur

DD and DGD under the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. We had a 15 hour stop over here, which was great for the wee one, because it meant both flights were overnight, where she slept right through.

We had her running around to burn up her energy and she had a ball.

To get this photo, I'm lying on the ground!! These towers are just too tall to fit in a standard 6x4 portrait. They are very impressive. Just makes me wonder how tall the tower in Dubai will be when it's finished - it's already the tallest building in the world - and it isn't finished yet!

Now to Cricut stuff. This was my Off The Page project at this month's club. The photographs aren't very good.

I remembered, about two hours before I left for the airport, that I would post these while I was away, so it was a very hurried job.

The photo's do not do the project any justice. I got my inspiration from various sites on the Net, but they had only decorated a slice. So, I decided to do the whole cake!!!

I cut the slices from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More at 8" and it took nine slices to complete the cake on my cake stand.

I always set the girls a challenge at the club, and so this month I gave them all a slice of cake to decorate. I can't wait to see what they do with their slices. But, I'll have to wait for two months - no Cricut Club in October.

I will post the 12x12 layouts and cards over the next few days. So, don't miss them.

Thanks for dropping in

Love Jane

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Photo's

My first photo of DGD #2 - Erin.

She has a full head of hair, dark like her Granny. Mummy and Daddy are blonde, so she may change. But for now she's dark. Isn't she gorgeous. Have had lots of cuddles, and will be spending as much time with her as I can while I'm here.

This is DS with his daughter. DDIL wouldn't have her photo taken until she is feeling a bit better, can sympathise with that. So photo's of Mummy to follow.

And of course first photo's with Granny, see the resemblance? She is so tiny and perfect.
As you've probably realised, we arrived safely in Scotland, after a gruelling journey, via Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam, more about that later. DGD #1 was great on the journey, she slept most of the way, as the flights were overnight. We spent 15 hours in Kuala Lumpur, went to visit the Petronas Towers, and had quite an adventure, photo's to follow.
I have gained internet access (obviously!!!), which doesn't involve my Dad's phone bill (thank goodness), but boy, is it slow, slow, slow. Took me nearly half an hour just to upload three photo's to my blog!!!!
Maybe I'm just too used to high speed broadband at home. But, I'm thankful I will be able to post while on holiday.
So, lots of photo's to come and also the projects from this months Cricut Club, which the girls have asked me to post while I'm away - no Cricut Club in October - Didn't realise I would be missed that much.
So, will be posting them over the next couple of weeks - stay tuned...
Thanks for dropping by
Love Jane

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Last Post

Evening everybody,

This is my last post from Australia - we fly out for Scotland in approximately five hours.

I will be posting while I'm in Scotland, however, they might be a bit sporadic - bear with me.

Back to normal in about a month - urgent need of R&R.

Thanks for visiting.

'Talk' again soon

Love Jane

Friday, September 19, 2008

It's aGirl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a new Granddaughter - Erin Hannah Marshall - born at 1038pm UK time - 18th September.

Mother and baby doing well - Daddy on cloud nine.

Have been up most of the night (we're 7 hours ahead of UK) waiting for phone calls and updates, very difficult being so far away - just want to give my boy a big hug and snuggle his child - never mind will see them on Tuesday - so excited......

Just waiting for first photo's

Love Jane

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Six Cards

1 sentiment, 1 sheet of paper - six cards.

I wondered how many cards I could stretch one sheet of paper to, and was amazed when I got six cards from it - I had thought maybe five at a stretch. Quite economical this card making stuff, when you want it to be - they aren't too fussy! LOL

I wish I could send these cards out to you all, but I don't know your snail mails, so if you visit, claim one for yourself - Thank you for continuing to visit and your lovely comments.

Sorry about the colour in the last photo, not natural light as you can tell, took these tonight as I wanted to get them on the blog, and as I have Cricut Club tomorrow, will be too busy, and Friday will be hectic - leave for Scotland on Sunday.....
I will leave with this note - second grandbaby will be born tomorrow. DS partner has pre-eclampsia - now as a nurse I know how very serious this can be - however, the doctors are happy that they have discovered it early and are not overly concerned at this stage, however, she has been kept in hospital as of today and will be induced tomorrow Thursday 18th (UK). I'm already in tomorrow in Australia - aren't time zones confusing sometimes....
DS is on his way home as we speak - he is in the (British) Royal Navy, serving in the Gulf. There was always the fear he wouldn't make it home in time for baby's birth - his paternity leave was due to start on Friday, getting him home on Saturday for baby's due date Sunday 21st - but baby's never arrive when they're supposed to...
So, thumbs up to the Royal Navy, they are flying him home in time. Doesn't your heart just burst with pride sometimes....
Thanks for dropping in
Love Jane
Edit to post - why does blogger sometimes let you seperate your paragraphs and other times it won't. I had spaces between my paragraphs when composing this post, yet when I publish it, it all scrunches up, making it very difficult to read - anyone know the answer???? a very confused Scossie xx

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Vintage Mum

As you've probably guessed, I'm not doing much crafting just now, as I'm off to Scotland in a week and have so much to organize with my family research - need to know exactly what I'm looking for when I go to Edinburgh, where they keep the Scottish records.

You have to book your spot, and pay for it of course. So I don't want to spend that precious time just scrolling through records - I need to have my direction clearly focused...

Plus, Edinburgh is on the other side of Scotland from where I live, so my girlfriend and I are going to spend a couple of days there, so my time is precious.

The other focus will be to spend some time at the cemeteries, looking up the old relatives. You can get lots of dates and stuff from old headstones...DH says I'm weird.

Quite appropriate for the time of year I thought. Good job he's not coming home with me.

DD, DGD and myself are going, the husbands have to stay in Australia due to work commitments. A month is too long for them to be off of work.

This is a layout of Mum, when she was about three, with her older brother. Photo taken in 1940.
There is some dry embossing on the brown c/s, though doesn't show very well in the photo.
I love the metal dragonflies - matched well with the patterned vellum I used for the journaling.
I'm thinking now, when I look at the layout on the screen, that I should have inked the flowers a wee bit. They look too 'clean' on the page. Nae mind, I like it.
Thanks for dropping by
Love Jane

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Big Girl Bed

Just had to post these photo's of DGD - so adorable.

She is growing up way too fast. She is now out of the cot and into a 'Big Girl Bed'.

One of those cots that converts into a little child's bed, and boy was she excited.

And Granny got to read her a bedtime story.
Another precious moment in the life of a little girl.
I love being a Granny....
Love Jane

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wee Mouse

Good morning all, from sunny Perth, WA. Summer is on its way - at last.

It's been a very wet winter this year, not so cold, but record rainfall. Well, we do really need it. Gearing up for hot, hot, hot.

Well, it will be when I return from Scotland - I do believe it will be a little (LITTLE!!!!) bit colder there. I don't think I could survive a full Scottish winter. I am so acclimatised to Australian heat now. Love it.

Anyway - to my little card. This wee House Mouse (isn't he adorable) is skipping his way to a very good blogging friend, who always makes me smile xx

I have used Basic Grey papers and stamped the wee mouse onto what looks like biscuits (too cute). They're obviously chipboard.

Would love to get those gorgeous nestabilities for the Cuttlebug, but have been unable to source them in Oz.

Should be able to get them over in Scotland, so if anybody knows where I can get them while I'm home I would be grateful for the info.

I will be visiting Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr and Dumfries while I am there (family research), so if you know a store that sells them in those areas, please let me know before I go.

Still looking into internet access on my laptop while I am there - all too confusing for a techy novice - don't want to run up my Dad's phone bill - he would have a freak (dinosaur) - love him dearly!!

I can't imagine not being able to blog hop and post for a whole month - and I would miss you all too much - HELP!!!!

Love Jane

Saturday, September 6, 2008

First Vote

Here's my next BRAK card - using Melissa Frances papers.

I'm enjoying making these little cards, it's fun pulling all my bits and bobs out, flowers, buttons, ribbons, etc. and working on such a small scale.

If you want to be part of Jen's BRAK visit and join up, way cool!!

Well, I'm off to vote today - nothing amazing in that you may think - but, it will be my first vote in Australia, a state (WA) election. DH and I became Australian citizens back in February. It's compulsory to vote in Australia - if you don't vote, you get fined!!

Same happened to DSIL, who is Australian. He was in Scotland for two years, where he and DD married. When they returned to Australia, DSILs driving licence had been suspended. He hadn't voted (obviously, he wasn't in the country), hadn't paid the fines imposed, so they suspended his driving licence!!

Fortunately, he was able to prove, with his passport, that he hadn't been in the country during those elections, and his suspension was lifted.

So, I'm off to vote, don't want to be fined!!!

Love Jane

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Another Cricut layout, just love this owl from the Happily Ever After cartridge, he's just too cute, and don't you just love those eyelashes!!! LOL

This is one of those rare photographs of DGD looking at the camera, and she was actually posing!

Something to do with the sunglasses me thinks. She also stopped smiling? Very strange phenomenon. She is normally a giggly little girl, but she actually took on a more serious persona as soon as she put the sunnies on. Very strange. She wasn't even two at the time.

Cool photo though, and the title's really original too, don't you think!!??!!

A rare photo of me with glasses on too, still getting used to them.

"Age doesn't come itself", so they say. Boy are they right!

Thanks for dropping in

Love Jane