Monday, March 31, 2008

Some funnies...

Weird wedding dance!


Baby Floaters

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ed's Birthday

Myself and himself were born 8 days apart in the same hospital. Every year on his birthday I like to maximise this by saying he's a year older than me even if it is shortlived. It's kinda mad to think we started out in the same place at roughly the same time and then met up some 20 years later. One of the first movies we ever saw when we started dating was 'When Harry met Sally' and throughout the movie they interview these little old couples on the couch about how they first met. We laughed our heads off when one of the sweet little old couples came out with 'we were born 8 days apart in the same hospital'. Spooky! There are some benefits to having your birthday so close - we will probably always have a joint birthday party for those significant numbers. We had a great 60th a few years back and now we are looking ahead at our 80th ;-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Bunnies...

Just back from another lovely weekend with Niamh and Ollie in New Ross and it was a bonus to have Easter to celebrate together. The kids were thrilled to see each other as always amd the first thing we did was go for a walk up a mountain (well a little one!) called Carrig Byrne. The view was great even if the footwear wasn't entirely suitable ;-)


The next day, Easter Sunday we went to see friends Susan and Euan where they played hostess with the mostess with hot freshly baked scones and a fab Easter egg hunt for the kiddies. They were busy bunnies trying to find every last one of them. Susan has a great eye for detail and none of the detail was spared to make the kids feel special.

There was even a bunny pinata which went down a treat - and here is the moment when it opened much to squeals of delight from the little ones.

After the egg hunt we went for a stroll in Woodstock near Inistioge where we had a lovely ramble around the walled gardens. It's such a great park for a day out!

We finished up our weekend with a spot of lunch in Kildare outlet village and some yummy Italian food.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Top of the morning to ya! Surprisingly it didn't rain earliest childhood memories of St Patrick's day were of the most miserable of days, huddled under umbrellas in our co-ordinated green hand knitted jumpers (made lovingly but usually in a frenzy the night before the parade by my mother on her Brother knitting machine!). These days at the St Patrick's day parage were usually spent jostling for position, especially when we had spent hours camping out our position on the kerbside in the rain only to be elbowed out of the way by a less than socially graceful family who swanned in at 12pm to take our spaces. And all of this effort was to catch a glimpse of the AT&T alarms floats which in their day were the 'Beez kneez' of floats...

Not much has changed today - this time it's my turn to bring my kiddies in to see the St Patrick's day parade. Lucky for them and their little legs they get the best view up on our shoulders. I literally saw nothing of it as I was standing behind a bunch of tall men and some hoarding. However I was able to hear the drums of the marching band and experience the parade through the lens of my camera - often snapped by waving my camera in the air or by the little ones on our shoulders. So here are some photos of the parade I didn't see in real life but it was there about ten feet in front of me. At least we didn't have rain and the floats have come along way since the AT&T days of my youth!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

My Little Ballerina's

Tonight I was a proud mama as my two little ballerina's had their first Ballet production in Belvedere school. They have been working for months on this show and it was delight to watch. Their teacher Mairead Langan is one of the most talented ballet teachers in the country and her production was so professional- it was inspired. My little ones were so excited about being on stage-the lights, the secret passages they had to go through for their entries, the costumes and their perfect hair and make up. I hope they remember this in years to come as it was a such a big deal for them in their little lives to date.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Class and Crop in Donnycarney

The theme for this month's class in Donnycarney was 'Maybe' and the journaling reads..

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Crafteire Weekend...

Just back from a great weekend in Tullamore 'Crafteire' the annual get together with all the crafty nuts I know around the country. It was great fun and I enjoyed the luxury of an executive room at the hotel instead of the usual b&b - much handier for depositing stash when it starts to build up around you LOL! All of my classes were great this year and the kits had loads leftover so happy bunnies all around. Just some of what I made this weekend

Amber Jane's funky Summer layout using the fab Pop Culture papers - my new favs!

Loved this class with Eva using the elegent 'Life is Beautiful' papers. I bought loads of these as I love the texture.

This was Annamarie's class for Crafteire using the latest K&CO papers. She used a photo of my daughter Lucy as it matched the papers so well and now I am lucky to get to keep this for her album. It's a beautiful and cleverly designed multi-layered transparency LO - the photo doesn't do it justice. Will find a better picture..

When we arrived on Friday evening we were given 3 sheets of paper and challenged to design a LO or card using just these papers and to create our own embellishments. Tricky enough as they are not my usuals but I liked the end result - the birdie is cute!

Another one of Amber Jane's class using Fancy pants and I loved how this one finished up - gorgeous textured papers and lovely diecuts to go too.

And this was Eva's other class using these lovely cheery papers. I chose the alternative kit just 'cos I like Blue (no surprises there really!LOL!). The photo matched perfectly which is always a bonus!

And this was Jane Dean's wonderful mosaic box masterclass. I really wasn't sure about this on Saturday night as my tiles were looking a little shrivelled but it all came good when I started using the stickles. I cheated with the black and white tiles - life's too short for making pastry! :-)

Great to see so many faces -old friends and new. As always we didn't even pop our head out of the hotel for the 3 days we were there!