ANZAC Day - April 25th marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli during the First World War. In subsequent years the meaning of ANZAC day has been further broadened to include Australians in all Australian military operations.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
From my family to yours, we hope you are enjoying a most wonderful Easter!
Having just recently had our 5 week holiday to Tasmania , we decided to spend Easter at home this year and get some things done around the place - as you can imagine there has been a lot of catching up to do!
The boys awoke to find a small selection of Easter goodies in their rooms from Mum & Dad before heading outside to see if the Easter Bunny had hidden anything in our garden! We enjoyed homebaked Hot Cross Buns for breakfast but of course you can't go past having a little chocolate for breakfast on Easter Sunday morning either can you? *grin* Not that I'm a really big fan of chocolate, but the boys did spoil me with my all time 3 favourite Cadbury chocolate selections for Easter - Stuart with Cadbury Dream, James with Cadbury Turkish Delight and Adam with Cadbury Strawberry. Mmm! It's now all tucked away in the fridge (my favourite place to keep my chocolate) so that I can enjoy my daily ration in the coming weeks (mmm - maybe even months since I'm not about to undo all the good I have done losing weight recently) *grin*
Here's just a few pics from the day!
[Adam enjoying a few of his Easter Surprises]
[Look what we found scattered here and there in the garden - what a colourful collection]
[Mmm - just one or two . . . maybe three or four]
How did you spend your Easter? Did you have a favourite indulgence this Easter?
With Easter just around the corner, here's a quick Gift Giving idea that won't take long to put together BUT looks so very effective!
Just head on over to the Scrappit Blog to find step-by-step instructions on how I created this cute little gift box - I've even included a a quick template picture so that you can see where to make all the score lines! I promise - it's easy! *grin*
We just enjoyed the most wonderful karting weekend at the Bairnsdale Kart Club Open. People from across Victoria and even a few Interstate drivers, made the journey to Bairnsdale to participate in the annual event.
James & Stuart went up to the track on Saturday for the practice session and learnt that there were only 4 entries at the time in the 'Rookie' class . . . that should make for some interesting racing on the Sunday we thought, and indeed it did!
In a random drawing, James ended up starting the first heat in second place but ended up getting a fantastic start and was leading by the first corner. With some very competitive drivers in his class, he managed to finish the first heat in third place. In the second heat they had a reverse grid so he started second last but again managed to get up to third place by the checkered flag.
Points from the first two heats were then added up and this determined the starting position for the final . . . James was to start in third - could he hold his position though and end up on the podium?
Unfortunately, he didn't get all that good a start and slipped back to last position but by half way through the race, he was slowly gaining on that third place driver. I think it was with 4 laps to go he made the move and successfully got himself up into third position - with first & second place out of the question, he successfully maintained his position and did end up on the podium at the end of the day winning himself not only the third place trophy but $100 as well!
Congratulations James - that was one fantastic weekend of racing! Now to get focussed on the Golden Power Series coming up in Morwell next month!
Last night I decided to have a play around with a little 3D Bird's Nest Kit that I've had for a little while and that came from Maxine's Melange.
Isn't it cute?
Maxine comes up with the most clever of projects I must say! This particular kit included cardboard, jute string, muslin, coconut fibre, a cardstock branch and a little wire. With the addition of some glue, a bit of patience and some careful manipulation - VIOLA! One authentic little Bird's Nest nestled in a branch!
I decided that the little bird's nest would be the perfect embellishment to use on at 'Home Sweet Home' Greeting Card - here's how it turned out!
I love how this card has turned out, although I must admit it is a little more bulky than what I usually create! Now I wonder who is going to the lucky recipient?
Today Jan took our Longford Crafters group through making a colourful set of Happy Funky Cards - as always though, I couldn't resist tweaking the original design just a little.
I decided to keep the embossed backgrounds on all the cards the same and I added some horizontal ribbon behind the stamped accent too!
Hers's a little close-up too!
The ivy stamp along the bottom was stamped once and then without re-inking, I turned the stamp around and re-stamped over the top of the original stamped image. The little birdie was then stamped followed by the greeting stamp!
Whilst the design is relatively simple, I love the monochromatic design of the cards. I think I'll definitely be trying this technique again but this time with more earthy tones and different stamps from my collection too!