Monday, May 31, 2010


From the Xtra site this afternoon:

"A Hamilton man has had 300 stitches in a leg after being attacked by his female partner with a craft knife. The incident, in suburban Dinsdale in Hamilton West about 11am yesterday, has left police asking people who feel under pressure at home to seek help before something more tragic happens. The 48-year-old man had to be taken to Waikato Hospital where he required 300 stitches to his right leg to close the wound that ran from his right thigh to down below his knee.A 23-year-old woman was arrested and was to appear in Hamilton District Court today, charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm."


Saturday, May 29, 2010


Did anyone follow American Idol this year? I haven't watched an entire season since Fantasia won, cos that woman just annoyed me so much with her oversized mouth, but THIS season has been AWESOME.

I watched the entire extravaganza on Thursday night. There is really no other word to describe it. The two hour show with all the top 12 in was just incredible. Seriously incredible. Check out this YouTube link. Imagine being in the top 12 and getting to sing with The Bee Gees, Bret Michaels, Hall & Oates, Joe Cocker, Christina Aguilera or Alanis Morrisette... how frickin cool is that? Even the tribute to Simon Cowell with all the former Idols and finalists was awesome. I was starting to feel emotional by the end of it!

But as always, once I finally decide which finalist I want to win, the other one gets it. Bugger it all! Granted, the two of them were both great, but I truly think that Crystal was amazing... a complete individual, not afraid to be different, with a fantastic voice and a beautiful soul. I am sure we will see more of her in the future. Seriously, how can you listen to this and not get goosebumps? Un-frickin-believable. So, so talented.

Think I might go and check out iTunes for that Crystal track...

Toodles, B x

Ahhhh, it's the WEEKEND!

Thank goodness for that! Last night I managed to get the last post done for the Crop.... check it out here.

This week has been a long week, I've been shattered tbh :) It took until Friday morning for me to feel like I was catching up after last weekend, and I have only just finished unpacking! Not to mention that I got bitten by something, probably a spider, on Wednesday. So I've got a pretty ugly welt on the front of my left shin, and a sore leg. Oh joy.

So THIS weekend I have washing and housework to catch up on, cos none of that got done in the past week... oh and grocery shopping. Anyone wanna swap? No really..... anyone?

No? Right, I'd best go do it myself then!

Toodles, B x

Saturday, May 15, 2010

So... What are YOU doing today?

I have a few indoorsy jobs to do this weekend, leading up to Crop for a Cause next weekend. It's been in the planning since last July when I booked the venue, so it's hard to believe it's only a week away! So this weekend I have more baking to do, some make and takes to pack, and a wee bit of sewing. Check out the Crop blog here for a peek...

J has one of his little friends here this morning, then he has a Kea thing on at Century Pool this afternoon. By the time we get through all that in one piece, it'll be time for a snoozle in the lazyboy in front of the fire I reckon! Ha ha ha.

So... What ARE you guys up to? Let me know, yeah?

Talk laters,

Toodles B x

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What the...?

Seriously, WHAT is with the latest Cadbury's ad? Tap Dancing Cows? Other than the fact that milk comes from cows, and chocolate is made from milk, WHAT is the connection? It's stupid! See:

Dumb, dumb, dumb!!!

And speaking of dumb, I was gutted that Siobhan left American Idol last week... she was my favourite. Her performance of Aretha Franklin's 'Think' was just A. May. Zing. She rocks. And on that note, here she is:

Right, that's it from me, off my soap box now. Seacrest out ;)

Taupo Catch-up... (WARNING, PHOTO HEAVY!)

Okay, track back to April 16th... and my trip to Taupo for Nic and Lucy's Autumn Escape.

I was up at 5.30am and off to the Timaru Airport for check-in by 6.15am. Then onto a TINY little plane, winging my way to Wellington. Luckily, being so damn early, I slept most of the way. Not really loving the little planes to be honest. And arriving in Welly? Holy Moley - I nearly crapped my pants. The biggest problem with a tiny plane (other than it being so tiny) is that you can see out the front windscreen, just like the pilot can. And I could see the runway, then it would disappear away off to one side as we lurched in the turbulence, then it was back again, then it disappeared again.... you get the picture? Aaarrggghhh! The landing (if you could call it that) was a bit rough - I hit my head on the side of the plane. Ouch! Man, was I glad to get into the terminal. I had three hours to kill (which I spent half of sleeping, and the other half checking emails and blogs using the free wi-fi - nice!)

Then, onto ANOTHER little plane to flit across to Taupo. My first views of Lake Taupo...

Luckily for me, the fabulous Trina picked me up from Taupo airport, and after a quick stop at a supermarket for some wine(!), we were at the Wairakei Resort:

Down the corridor to where my room was...

And finally arriving in my room. Time to unpack my tote! You see, I had to check my tote and tool bag as my luggage, and take my clothing in my carry-on bag. All around the wrong way!

Lovely comfy bed, complete with Donovan's chocolates, Lebe shampoo and conditioner samples, and Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules.

So here's what the tables looked like in the Crop Room... we all were pre-assigned places to sit, and were greeted by a pizza box full of sponsored product each:

Oh, and the Candy Bar:

We had a dessert bowl on our table that we were free to refill as often as we liked with any or all of the lovely goodies at the Candy Bar. Apparently, over the course of the weekend, us 130 ladies got through 50kg of lollies!!!! Not bad huh? Teehee!

After familiarising ourselves with our surroundings, it was time for lunch - savouries, tuna bake, beautiful sandwiches made on bagels and french sticks, cheeses, crackers, fruit, cake, tea/coffee. A HUGE spread. Yummo!

First class of the weekend was at 4pm - Rachel Tucker's Sew Me Mini Album:

Here's the finished book:

Rachel had gone to a lot of trouble - there was even a felt needle book for each of us in with our class kit, complete with threaded needles, all set and ready to go.

After my mammoth lunch, I wasn't REALLY hungry for a huge dinner, so Jo and I popped over to the Wild Bean Cafe across the road and grabbed a quick, cheap tea. I had a ham and cheese toasted sandwich and chips for $6. Bargain!

Then, class number two - The Apron Class, taught by Rachel Tucker, and Nic Howard. Everything was just so well prepared and lovingly packaged up... it seemed a shame to unwrap it all :( But it was heaps of fun playing with it all! Our class kits:

Rachel had to stand on a chair at the beginning of class to get us all started - she's so dainty! Not to mention hellishly clever and creative. Love that.

With each of our kits, there was a cutesy cupcake pincushion, wrapped up like a real cupcake in cellophane. Rachel had handmade all of these beforehand - 20 of them in all. She must have been such a busy girl making them. Knowing how much work was involved, we all appreciated them, very much.

Here's all the goodies that were hiding in the class kit...

Oh, and proof that our Rach can sew - by hand even!

Just look at that concentration on her face! Ha ha ha!

I think that the Apron Class was probably my favourite - it's not even something I will wear, really, just look at admiringly and remember the fun I had making it! Love love love it!

After a bit more scrapping, and finishing off my Mini Album, we were off to bed at midnight when the Crop Room closed for the day.

Saturday morning, after a MASSIVE cooked buffet breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, spaghetti, toast and orange juice, it was off to my third class for the weekend... Nic Howard's double layout class, at 8.30am! It was a typical, simple but effective, Nic class. Awesome. Here's Nic sitting in Rachel's seat between Bo and I, pretending to actually DO something:

And here's Lucy, doing what she does best - being cheeky and issuing orders over the mike... who the hell let that woman have a microphone?!!! Just kidding :)

In between classes for each of us, we got together and tried to get some photos of us 'hanging out' in the Wairakei grounds. There is a bit of a story that goes with that... we borrowed a tripod, and started to get ready. My camera doesn't have a self timer setting on it, so it was no use. We tried Jo's camera, and the results are below... The minor problem being that we could only find timer settings with either a 2 second delay (not long enough), or up to 10 bursts, one after the other. Thinking we had it set on ONE shot to be taken after 10 seconds, we posed beautifully... and then the camera kept clicking, and clicking, and clicking!

Oh dear!!!! Oh and did I mention that although we were staying in Taupo, it smelled a lot like what I imagine Rotorua smells like... decidedly sulphuric! There is quite a lot of geothermal activity in and around Taupo apparently. You learn something new all the time. Here we are next to one of the geothermal 'outlets' in the grounds...

And checking out the loungers by the pool...

My last class of the weekend was one taken by Kelly Goree - a cute little firecracker from the US. It was a two hour class where we made three double page boy-themed layouts. They were pretty simple layouts, finished off using sticker accents from the same paper range, 'Max and Whiskers' by Basic Grey. Fun to do, but not REALLY my cup of tea, layout wise.

After tea I spent the rest of the evening finishing off my layouts and sewing the strawberries to go on my apron. Sunday morning was spent working on a layout of my own,

...then packing for the flights home again... Time to wrap up my tote again:

Then after lunch, I was off...

... heading back home via Wellington again on two more TINY planes!

And that, my friends, is that. Back home to my boys :)

Toodles, B x

Saturday, May 8, 2010


It was my Dad's birthday at the end of last month. We bought him a bottle of Jim Beam and gave him that on the day, then I finished this off and gave it to him at work a few days later... it's like a cross between a present and a birthday card. My Dad is cool :)

Sadly though, when making this for him I realised that I don't have any recent photos of just me and my Dad together. There are the obligatory entire family ones taken every year or so, at special birthdays/anniversaries etc, but I don't have any of just me and him. I'm going to have to remedy that!

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Keas... We Care, We Share, We Discover, We Grow

J has officially been invested as a Kea Scout with his Highfield Mountainview Troup. I had to rush off to Postie Plus the first week of term and buy the polo and sweatshirt for his uniform.

He was so funny, really excited about the whole investing process. He phoned my Dad and asked him if he would like to come and watch, and D's parents too. In the end, at the ceremony, he had all four grandparents, both D and I, and his Auntie Gemma there watching.

Here he is promising to be a happy Kea Scout:

Shaking hands with Scouter Debbie:

Receiving his scarf and Kea woggle from Scouter Erin:

And receiving his certificate and uniform badges from Scouter Penni:

Also, luckily for J, he was also awarded the trophy for Kea Star of the Week - given out each week to the Kea who has behaved the best all evening. What great timing, to get a trophy with so much of the family there to see!

One very happy little Kea Scout at OUR house that night!