Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fantastic Savings! 20% off select Stamp sets and more!!!

Great news for everyone!  Need more inks or paper?  Now is the time to STAMP, STOCK & SAVE!!!

For a very short time 1st-6th October, you can get 20% off select stamp sets, and 15% off inks, paper and envelopes!!!  These items are the back bones of our crafting lives so get in quick and stock up while this offer lasts!  I know I will be!

Simply click on the link below which takes you directly to my online shop and place your order today!!

Stamp, Stock and Save!

Christmas Preparations?!

How time flies when you are sick!  We did indeed both tumble down with the flu and nasty colds that kept us both very sad for over a month!  Scott was particularly bad with an awful flu virus, and I've only seen him this sick once before!  Dreadful and yet we had work to do.  Sheep do require treatment, crutching, drafting, and more.....

The last couple of months have also seen very little rain for these parts, and once we started shearing, the rain came just enough to wet a few mobs and delay us. Shearing of the merinos is done and today it rained and hailed....a little, however, I can't complain, beggars can't be choosers!

So while we have struggled through a few weeks of sickness, we did manage a little trip to Melbourne for Scott's university reunion (fabulous blokes and their girls!) and stayed at the gorgeous Langham.  I could get used to that!

On the Stampin' Up! front, I have been lacking the energy to sit up at my desk till recently (colds do not = creativity), but with a little bit of inclement weather and a couple of days off, I'm catching up bit by bit.  Two workshops in the pipeline where I get to showcase the amazing Holiday catalogue products!  It does feel like an early start, and I'm certainly one who complains about Christmas products appearing in the shops too early, but if I don't get organised now, my customers won't get organised before Christmas and all of a sudden, I go to make some cards and it's already mid December!  Not this year!  Plus, Stampin' Up! have simply hundreds of decorating and gift ideas!  I've picked a colour scheme and will make some lovely table decorations for the family to enjoy using the 'All is Calm' designer series paper!

Here's some photos of the farm life lately......

Scones are always welcome!

As is a feed of yummo hay! 

Scott made this awesome fire pit from our old gas cylinder!  Super sturdy and perfect size! It works a treat!

Moving sheep

I found a very old bone down the paddock and gave it to Cooper.  He thought it was pretty great even though it was the same size as him!

Mickey had a chew too!

Mickey & Cooper...."just looking ma!'

The woolshed entrance was rotting and unsafe.  Scott and Stuart are pulling it down and will replace with a shiny new one!

Workers Moss and Mickey

L to R - Agatha, Lewis and George.  My boys are very big now!

Spring has sprung but not delivered too much rain!

Charlie continues to find peace with the world

Usually afraid of the mower, Mickey decided to jump up and do a few rounds of the lawn with me!

More woolshed improvements!  The loading ramp had so many holes in it, it was easier to pull the whole thing out and replace with concrete.

Foundations for the new entrance

At the Royal Adelaide Show I was a very proud Godmother! Emma made delicious coconut ice & Hamish got a first prize for his muffins!  Awesome job!

Looking good!

Working with lambs

Naughty!!!! Lewis has found a way to break into my garden (I still don't know where he's getting in!), so there are a few plants getting nibbled and a few heavy footprints around the garden!!  The roses are getting a trim here in my herb garden!!!  Since this photo was taken, he was breaking in 2-4 times a day, and is happily put back in his paddock by following me for calf pellet treats.  Yesterday we moved the motley crew to the ram paddock, hopefully no more break-ins!

Lamby is fat and doing fine! Put her face to mine the other day and sniffed my nose.  Very cute!

Cleaning up some lambs bottoms before sale.  Both John and Scott decided they don't want to be shearers.
 I'm also set to attend my first market as a stall holder at the Mt Gambier Twilight Artists Market on 28th November!  Not only a chance to sell some of my work, but a chance to branch out to members of the community of crafters and get a little creative myself!  Nervous, but hopefully it will be fun!
Making up some Christmas card samples with the Holiday Catalogue from Stampin' Up! Love the 'Festival of Trees' stamp set
Playing with the Stampin' Up! clay.  Very light and easy to work with, plus it air-dries overnight so nothing fancy to do to create a gorgeous Christmas decoration!

Cheers for now!  Happy crafting!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Winter Days....

Sitting in my sewing/craft room looking out at a cold, windy and drizzly wet day!  I am thankful for a warm heater and hot tea and I know I'll never be bored in this room!  So much to do!  Best to update some social media and then get down to planning my next fun Stampin' Up! events!  Sad to say it, but there's no time like the present to get organised for Christmas craft and I've recently received the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue for a preview!  Before it's released to the craft-loving public, we demonstrators are lucky enough to be able to pre-order and play with the new products to make up gorgeous samples to inspire your creative spirit!  I can't wait!

We are planning to hold a big Christmas Craft Day at the Bool Lagoon Community Hall, so keep your eyes posted for updates!

In early July I held my High Tea Launch for the New Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue!  We had a lovely day exploring the wonders of the new products and enjoyed a sumptuous High Tea!  A big Thank you to all who attended!  I love sharing this fun craft!
High Tea!

The girls hard at play!

Goodies on Display

Make the prettiest jam jar labels using the 'Four Frames Stamp Set' & 'Decorative Labels Punch'

Spiral Rose Die cut with the new 'In-Colours'

Photopolymer Alphabet Stamp Set!  SO versatile!
Workshop In Warrnambool! 
Then followed by two workshops in Victoria for some of my dear friends!  So what next?
............The HOLIDAY CATALOGUE!!!!!! I have it in my hot little hands and I'm so excited to share the festive creations with you, but you'll have to wait till late August to see the fun!  Till then I'll be busy working on samples to make your Christmas bright!

Winter on the farm is allowing a slower pace at times as it is simply too wet and unpleasant to be outside, but we still get plenty done! Here's some farm pics of the last month!

Charlie takes it all in his stride and has discovered the pleasures of an open fire!

Yes, the day was a grim as it looks and moving uncooperative sheep is hard work!

My boys Malcom & Mickey

I'm having fun getting to grips with some yummy bread-making lately! So pleased with how it turned out!

Wellies are essential now!  Love my welly socks!

Lamby, George and Lewis devouring their calf pellets.  Lamby still likes to butt in and have some!

The first lemons from my tree!

The boys love riding up on the hay! L) to R) is Moss, Cooper, Mickey and Malcom

My beautiful compost bins we constructed a couple of days ago!  Thanks to my brill hubby! Scrap pieces are making up one front board for the time being, and more bays will be added when we get to it!

It's a beautiful world we live in!

I will post some pics of my project life when I get it up to date, but it is seriously the easiest and nicest way to organise and keep your photo memories!  Click on this link to see the beautiful new range of Project Life card kits and supplies and start documenting your life!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Chokito a Day.......!

Makes us work, work (and I get to play a bit!)!
Does life rush past for us all? It certainly feels like it some times! Never enough hours in the day, but still, I try to take a little time to 'enjoy the moment'!
Here's a slice of the last month's moments!!

Mandy, Mick and Jack came to visit so we had our traditional paddock bbq (complete with dreadful weather!).  What great weekend!

 Somehow, Jack looks very at home on the bike!!

 Mickey in Sphynx pose!

 Scott has been very busy sowing paddocks!

Mickey again as 'King of the World'!

 I need a mum!  Thanks to our beautiful neighbour who makes the time and has the biggest heart to look after these treasures!

 George and Lewis are getting real big and still come to get their morning milk when I call!  Don't let them stand on your toe though! They are BIG kids now!!

 Crazy cat lady pyjamas at Peter Alexander!  Think I may need these! So sweet!

The Naracoorte Captured Images Camera Club has been exhibiting some of the members favourite pieces at the Naracoorte Art Gallery all May.  A few of us got into the local paper!

Charlie has adopted this seat as his particular place!  What a nice fit!

Sheep loving their grain!!!  It's getting really green around here now.  Not too much rain sadly, but we have it better than many.  Won't be long till we start getting bogged in the paddocks!

Mickey (again, he's my boy!), so handsome!

Autumn at Shepherds Way!  A lot of leaves to take care of!  Anyone like to become my gardener for free scones and caramel mud cake?

I was lucky enough to go to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Melbourne last week!  If you don't already know, I joined up as a demonstrator last year!  Stamping and papercraft supplies, ideas and gorgeous projects! Check out my web page to find out more!  Harlock Pastoral Stampin' Up!
I've had so much fun and so much inspiration and can't wait to be able to share the contents of the new Annual Catalogue with you all!  Coming out on the 1st July!  Contact me if you'd like to book a workshop!  Handmade is definitely the way to share, inspire, decorate and create! My favourite things!

This week we are marking calves as they are all getting to the size of George & Lewis (yes, they'll be done too).
So I'd better get to bed as we'll be marking most of the day tomorrow!
Nighty nite! Sweet dreams!