I have an 8 month old…

September 23, 2009

and boy do we all know about it right now! He is so frustrated trying to move but not quite getting there yet. He seems to be able to shuffle himself around in a circle on his bottom but we have no real forward movement yet. Cam is also loving standing and bouncing in your arms while flapping his wings as if that will help him take off! He can also stand unassisted at the couch or coffee table and the grin of achievement on his little face is just priceless!

Sophia is sick with a cough/cold right now but is in good spirits. For some reason her eyes(one in particular) get really green and gunky whenever she is sick. It’s like she has a cold in her eyes – can anyone shed some light on this? I’m planning on taking her to the doctor at some point soon to have her eyes tested as I think she may need glasses. She seems to be having a lot of trouble judging distance. For example I can’t even count the number of times she has missed the step and fallen up it, walked into a door handle or missed the coffee table with her cup or plate and it’s ended up on the floor.

We were told at Kindy yesterday that Sophia could start morning Kindy in a months time. I said “Oh no, really?, I am not ready for that!”

We just cruise here in the mornings right now – Isabella is the only one who needs to get ready to go anywhere and I just make her lunch and ship her out the door at 8.15 to walk to school with friends up the road. I can’t even fathom getting all of us organised to leave the house so that Sophia can be at kindy for 8.30. 8.30!! Who gets anywhere with 3 kids by 8.30? Well obviously a lot of people but I am not one of those =)

Isabella is doing well at School – only two more days of term yikes! I do enjoy not having to rush around in the holidays but she is hard work to keep entertained. It looks like Mum will take the girls to Waiheke for a few days in the first week and they’ll go to Waitomo to Dave’s parents for a few days in the second week so actually I am getting off pretty lightly!

Creatively I have been busy, I’m working on a layout and card kit to go up for sale on the website by the end of the week, so I’ll show some pics of that soon.

Bron very kindly took some photos of the tin I made her and emailed them to me so here they are:




Also I made a cute card with Bron for a School mum friend who had a baby a few weeks ago:

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And this was the tag we made at the Stampin’ Up workshop I hosted last week

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It was great fun – Bron was fabulous as a first time demonstrator and sales were so good I managed to score some extra goodies. Now we just have to wait for them to arrive, I can’t wait to get stuck into Christmas cards this year!

Wow,¬† long post! Guess that’s what happens when they are few and far between.

Take care and have a great week

xx Kate



July 20, 2009

Does anybody else get this? As much as I try to get done on a Monday it always seems to be more of a recovery day from the weekend than anything else! Dave’s back at work and out of my hair (sorry darling but it’s true), Isabella’s at school instead of in my scrap space and it’s just me and my smallest 2 little muffins who seem to create the least amount of work. Both are easy going and relaxed. Cameron sleeps really well most days allowing Sophia and I to bake (today it was lemon cupcakes with pink icing and sprinkles) or create. She will happily stamp or draw for ages while I make my own stuff. I love spending that time with her because once she’s at morning kindy and then off to school next year it’ll be a different story!


I’ve been taking Jessica Sprague’s photo editing course and love it! I am a bit behind on the lessons and need to catch up but this was lesson 3 ‘create a vintage hand-tinted look’. Lots of fun and the possibilities are endless for changing up your photos.

I’m also currently working on some card kits and some page kits using the new June Bug and Lemonade ranges from Basic Grey. Fantastic patterns!

I’ll leave you with a photo of the littlest squirt right now. Love that fat little neck, it makes for great snuggling into.


What have you got planned for the rest of the week?

Kate xx

Have you met my new best friend?

July 17, 2009

You may not know it yet but Cathy Zieleske (not that she’ll ever read this) you are my new Scrap Queen.

I’ve been scrapbooking for coming up 4 years now, slowly finding my way, discovering what I”m good and not so good at, which style fits me best and why the heck I’m doing this.

Hello!! Why didn’t anybody¬† introduce me to Cathy back then!??

The woman is a scrap genius. Not only are her designs clean, clever and timeless but she is hilarious and kooky and has you reading along thinking Yes! Scrapbooking is cool, I shouldn’t be embarrassed to tell people what it is I do in my spare time.

So, just in case you have also been in a no Cathy Zielske zone for the past 4 years I thought I’d introduce her. Her two books are called Clean & Simple scrapooking and Clean & Simple scrapbooking – The sequel. I got my copies from www.fishpond.co.nz an online bookstore.

I have to say that they are thus far the best investment I have made in this hobby and I only wish I’d come across them sooner.

You can also follow Cathy’s blog here www.cathyzielske.typepad.com

One of Cathy’s key messages is that scrapbooking is supposed to be fun. If you are not having fun doing this then something is wrong. This is exactly why I downsized Paper Pesto to become something more managable and something that I can have fun with. Because for me scrapping as a hobby is fun but scrapping as a business was not. When I let go of unrealistic expectations about how far I could take scrapbooking as ‘a job’ and just see it for the enjoyment it brings to my life as a hobby I instantly relaxed, and created more pages that told ‘the story’, pages that made me happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this,

Kate xx

Birthday Card – Hannah

June 16, 2009

A cute little card Hannah made for a weekend birthday her family attended.

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My mummy thought you might like to see an updated photo of me before I grow up completely! This is me at Nana and Pops house last weekend, I’m nearly 3 and a half months old now, can you believe it? The entire family adores me and mummy is always kissing me and telling me what a beautiful baby I am. I wish she’d think of something else to say.

Right better get to bed, I promised mum I’d sleep through the night tonight.

love Cameron xx

Fearless – Fiona Newth

May 6, 2009

Fi’s son is mad about skateboarding and she’s done a layout of him pulling off one of his many tricks. Behind the photo are 4 of the Teresa Collins Cards that Fi has cut from the paper and distressed with brown ink, tearing and scrunching. I love the way she’s grunged up the edges of the paper to suit. It looks completely different from her last layout of her daughter yet it is from the same kit. I only have a few left so get in quick!



More Spice than sugar – Fiona Newth

May 4, 2009

When Fiona popped around for a visit the other day she saw the new kit, instantly fell in love and generously offered to do up some samples for the blog. Personally, I think she just wanted a reason to get her hands on this kit!! Either way, her work is gorgeous and much appreciated. Thanks Fi!