Thursday, January 28, 2010

This Is Me


Man alive but this week has been a scorcher!! I was fooled into thinking we were in for a mild summer but apparently not so.

Anyhows, no matter what the weather, we still have our scrapping to look forward to. I’m pretty sure you thought I’d forgotten about the page about YOU but alas no, that’s exactly what next week’s page is. “This Is Me”. I’ll forgive you if you choose to do it on one of your kids or another family member but I do encourage you to give it a go. It sure will be a lot of fun to look back on a page like this in the years to come.
The pictures you need are:
2 jumbo landscape
4 (4 up) portrait.
Have a peek at the attachment. I haven’t filled in the info as yet but I’ll get onto in right away.
(I rather liked the paper for this page – very different)

Valentine’s Day is drawing near (I’m a bit anti all this bleeding commercialism but thought I’d best toe the line). So why not come along and do a noo noo little love book to give to your significant other? It really is a fun project. I’ll give you more details closer to the time but you’ll need 14 (4 up) pics. It will come in kit form – price to follow. Some of you did this as a Christmas project but loads of you missed it so here’s another opportunity.
Tombo glue finally arriving early next week along with some other goodies.

Can’t say I’ve heard of too much fun and exciting stuff happening in the world of scrapping. Hope things hot up as we ease into the year. Until then, scrap on!
Kind regards

This has got absolutely diddly squat to do with scrap booking but I thought some of you might find it interesting. Did any of you see Invictus? I did and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I usually go to these movies with Americans trying to do the South African accent prepared to cringe but I have to say Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon did a really credible job. Anyway, the point is that it did make me realize what an incredible man Mabida is – humble, intelligent, forgiving and how incredibly blessed this country was to have a man like him take over the helm of the New South Africa. We could have just as easily landed up with a megalomaniac like Mugabe.
I was intrigued to find out more about the poem Invictus so I googled it and this is what I found:

"Invictus" is a short poem by the English poet William Erners Henley (1849–1903). It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888 in Henley's Book of Verses, where it was the fourth in a series of poems entitled Life and Death (Echoes). It originally bore no title: early printings contained only the dedication To R. T. H. B.—a reference to Robert Thomas Hamilton Bruce (1846–1899), a successful Scottish flour merchant and baker who was also a literary patron. The familiar title "Invictus" (Latin for "unconquered") was added by Arthus Quiller-Couch when he included the poem in The Oxofrd Book of English Verse (1900)

At the age of 12, Henley became a victim of tuberculosis of the bone (och!!). A few years later the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. In 1867 he successfully passed the Oxford local examination as a senior student. In 1875 he wrote the "Invictus" poem from a hospital bed. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until the age of 53.
Apparently Mandela had this poem with him on Robben Island. I can quite see how and why it inspired him:

Invictus (Latin for unconquered)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Monday, January 11, 2010

First 2010 Scrappin

Hello there!

“I gotta feeling that this years gonna be a good year
That this years gonna be a good year!”
(Sung to the tune of Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling).

Yes, here we are in 2010 – a whole new decade with lots of excitement and promise in store. I REALLY think we’re going to pull this 2010 World Cup off in spectacular fashion. I’ve made my usual resolutions, same one’s as last year (loose weight, get fit, de-clutter etc) but this year I’ve added a new one: Time Management. Yes, this year I plan to manage my time a whole lot better than I did last year (which was mainly in chicken running around with head chopped off mode). The good news for you is that hopefully this way I’ll also be able to keep on top on the scrap booking and be a bit more efficient at getting the pages out on time and getting lovely new stock in.
We kick off the year with “Christmas Morning”:
This is a lovely Tracy Shimper page using all her Art From The Heart papers. You need:
1 A4 landscape pic
4 (2 up) portrait - 7,5cm x 10cm
4 (4 up) portrait - 5cm x 7.5cm
4 (4 up) landscape - 7.5cm x 5cm

Be forewarned!! There is a page coming up that’s all about YOU! Yes, you may shudder but it’s going to happen!
The suppliers are all only just opening now so my apologies for running out of adhesives. My bad. New stock will be arriving soon.
The fabulously talented Ms Bee Smith will shortly be starting her card making classes in Durban North. Probably by the end of the month and most likely once a month on a Thursday evening. I’ll give you more details when I get them.
That’s about it for now except to say that I wish you all a year filled with love, peace, safety, tolerance and of course MEGA scrapping!
Kind regards

Read what follows if you like, might make you think twice about sniggering when someone’s trying to speak English. What a crazy language!

You think English is easy???
Read to the end...a new twist.
1) The bandage was wound around the wound .
2) The farm was used to produce produce .
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse .
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this .There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is'UP.'It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report ?We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lockUP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UPexcuses To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special .And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP .We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takesUP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you areUP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used It will takeUP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP .When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP , is time to shut UP !