Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Using MDS elements with Photoshop

I CASEd this card from Stampin' Up! South Pacific's facebook page, but to add my own twist, I used MDS elements from the One Big Sale-a-Bration MDS content disc. You can get the disc free when you spend $100 between now and the end of March. Contact me to place an order.
I also decided to record tutorials on this card to show you just how easy going digital can be:

Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and what you would like to see in my future MDS tutorials!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Homemade Mixed Berry Yoghurt

I'm a bit obsessed with homemade yoghurt lately. I'll write another post on making the actual yoghurt later as I am about to experiment with a few new techniques, but I thought I'd share how I flavour the yoghurt.

I add a tablespoon of water, 2 tablespoons of castor sugar and about 300g of frozen berries to a saucepan then cook it on high, stirring, until the liquid starts to bubble, then lower the heat a little, and continue stirring until the liquid is syrupy. Once it's done, I pour the berries into an icecube tray and after it's cooled, chuck it in the freezer. I store the frozen cubes in ziplock bags and then just add a cube to each serve of yoghurt. At the moment I add the cubes when I make the yoghurt and mix it in properly before eating, but when Charlotte starts school I think I will keep the yoghurt plain until I pack her lunch in the morning, that way the frozen cube will help keep the yoghurt cool in her lunchbox, but should be thawed out by recess time.

The whole process only takes about 10 minutes (including cleaning the pan) to make enough for 2 batches of yoghurt and I think it's worth it to have yoghurt that isn't full of preservatives and fake flavourings (so much more delicious too!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Phoney people are the worst

Do you ever come across people who are so phoney and deceptive about whatever their worst flaw is, that you honestly don't care about the horrible things they've done, just that they won't own it?
I want to shake one particular person right now and tell her to "stop being so phoney!" She feels the need to pretend so much so that she is lying about things that are common knowledge, and not rumour mill common knowledge either, just outright basic facts. Being lied to in such a transparent manner annoys me so much more than the actual behaviour she thinks she needs to hide from me. Please! Just take off the mask and own it!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Scrub up Dr Charlotte!

It always amazes me how my children, the very same children who can "wash" their hands without getting them wet at any other time of day, are suddenly capable of a surgical scrub room level of hand washing when they're up (for the millionth time) going to the toilet for a post bedtime pee....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nothing like a mouse sighting to prompt a late night cleaning spree

Ugh! I was on my way to bed tonight, when I spotted a stinking dirty filthy mouse crawling along my kitchen counter, right next to the clean dishes on the rack. So, we've just spent the last hour re-washing dishes and scrubbing down counters and appliances. On the plus side we got the little bastard mouse, so hopefully that was a once off and he doesn't have a family vacationing behind my pantry!
Heard another trap go off, but it got away, so now we have a mouse loose in the house that won't touch a trap :(

A New Blog...

It's been over a year since I last wrote a blog post, so much has changed in the last 12+ months, it didn't feel right to pick up where I left off, so I'm starting a new blog. Hopefully some of my followers will move with me, but if not, that's ok, blogging is more about me anyway.
Why I stopped blogging and why I started blogging are essentially the same thing; I stopped because of the (mostly self imposed) pressure to share my creativity on a regular basis made me feel stifled. But not having that outlet for sharing made it harder for me to be creative. So I have decided to blog again, but this time it's not going to be dedicated to any one topic, some posts are going to be about card-making and scrap-booking, some posts are going to be about nails and nail art, some posts are going to be about my kids, and some posts, they're going to be me, blurting out whatever crazy is in my head at that moment.