Monday, April 27, 2009

Mid Summer Megascrap Event 2009

Midsummer MegaScrap Event 2009
DATE: Saturday 20th June 2009
LOCATION: Main Hall, Le Cheile Community Centre, Donnycarney, Dublin 5

Celine Navarro PhotoGuest Tutor - Celine Navarro
We're thrilled this year to be able to bring you the creative talents of the unique Celine Navarro in a full day of Scrapbooking Classes.

As a mixed media and scrapbook artist, Celine travels the world teaching her fun and funky classes (she's just back from a teaching trip to Singapore!) and she is really excited about her trip to Ireland.

Celine is the Founding Editor of the French {entreARTiste} Magazine and she's also a Designer for American Crafts, Hambly Studios and Pink Paislee. She's also been Guest Designer for Jenni Bowlin, Studio Calico and Prima to name but a few.

To check out more of Celine's Work take a look at her Green Frog Studio Blog!

If you'd like to join us for a full day of Scrapbooking Classes with Celine Navarro packed with inspiration and techniques, ticket prices are as follows:

Full Day Package (9am - 5pm) - €87.50 includes two 3-hour Scrapbooking Classes with Celine including kits, prize draw & refreshments.

Half Day Package (10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm) - €50.00 includes one 3-hour Scrapbooking Class with Celine including kit & refreshments.

Full details of the classes will be available online in the coming days.

To reserve your space simply book online and pay your deposit by Friday May 8th or for further details of the event please email
Where's the venue? - To see a map of the area click here
What's the closest DART/Train Station? - Killester
Which Dublin Bus Routes can I use? -20B, 27, 27B, 42, 42B,43 from opposite Connolly Stn.
I'd like to make a weekend of it! Closest Hotels - Bewleys Dublin Airport or Crowne Plaza Santry

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunny days are here again..

Our neighbours have a skip outside of their house and it was half filled. They kindly allowed us to add whatever we wanted into it so this morning when I woke up and saw blue skies and sunshine I took that as a major sign to empty the contents of the shed out onto the lawn and purge purge purge. 8 hours later and we now have a cleaner garden and a shed where everything has a special place. Oh happy days!

Lucy couldn't wait to get the 'relaxing chairs' (as she calls them) from out of the depths of the shed and this is how she spent her morning - doing Jackie O impersonations! I love days like these...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter Party Crop - Le Cheile Donnycarney

Today we had the Easter Party Crop in Le Cheile Donnycarney and there was a great turn out of crafters. I started the day off with my double layout class using Jennie Bowlin's 'Trendy' papers. I will be repeating this class in Churchtown next month (details to follow).

I liked how this LO turned out so I decided to repeat it again with these beautiful 7 Gypsies papers which Annamarie from The Scrapbook Store has just taken delivery off - they are going fast so don't delay!

My favourite part of the day was actually sitting down and taking part in our Guest teacher Carrie's class where we made a stunning little notebook from scratch - covers, inserts the lot! It was a hands on paint project but we all got stuck into distress painting and dyeing our papers with coffee and the end result was this lovely little book which I am very happy with...Thanks Carrie-can't wait for your next class!

Tonight I chilled out with a glass of wine watching my favourite reality TV programme 'Britain's Got Talent' and I was absolutely bowled over by this little 12 year old guy from Wales. What a fantastic little star! He will be giving Susan Boyle a run for her money!

Shaheen Jafargholi

Hope you're having a good weekend

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Hope you're enjoying the Easter celebrations today. We took a picnic basket to Farmleigh and had our lunch outdoors in front of a sea of daffodils. The girls played for hours, running up and down through the daffs.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Summer came early for Easter...

Wow what a fabulous day today- the sun was out early so we decided to make a day of it in the garden. First we had some fun on the trampoline and after last weekend's escapades it was just one at a time and well supervised!

Then Annamarie arrived with her family and we had an early Easter Egg hunt using a €5 kit from Tesco which gave hours of fun for the little ones. They insisted on us hiding the same chocolate stash a few times in a row as the chase was more fun than the reward.

While all this was going on Annamarie and I got a chance to scrap a little. I finished preparing my class for next weekend's Easter Party Crop in Le Cheile centre, Donnycarney. I will be teaching a scrapbook layout using Jenni Bowlin's 'Trendy' range of papers. The event will be run all day from 10am -5pm and it'll be a fun packed day with classes, prizes and craic!

Jennie Bowlin 'Trendy' Collection - the kit includes all of the above ;-)

And here's a little sneak peak of what we will be making. It's a double LO with an open theme. You will need to bring just one large photo (5x7 or a little larger in landscape format) to suit the papers. B&W will sit well with this range.

Annamarie from The Scrapbook Store has created a fabulous LO using Pink Paislee Winsome Fascinating papers and they are just gorgeous!

And Caroline Moore will be teaching you how to make a handmade journal. These photos show you a finished journal but the class will involve the making of the journal which you can decorate yourself afterwards. More details of Caroline's class are available on the forum:

And here is a sneak preview of her kit for the class...

If you've any questions about the classes just check out my class thread on the forum or email If you haven't booked your place you still have time to grab one of the last remaining places by emailing or texting 086-2065346.

There are a few ticket options available:

● Shop & Crop Only Ticket - €15.00
● Crop Day plus 2 Scrapbooking Classes (with Annamarie & Lainey), crop space & entry to prize draw - €50.00
● Crop Day plus 2 Scrapbooking Classes (with Annamarie & Lainey), 1 Handmade Journal Class (with Caroline Moore), crop space & entry to prize draw - €75.00
● Shop & Crop plus Handmade Journal Class (with Caroline Moore) - €35.00

For further details or to book a place at any of the classes just email

Happy Easter to everyone!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Secrets of Success...

I love motivational speakers and I came across this clever 3 minute motivational talk and had to share...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Turning 40...

[Photo courtesy of Anita Mundt Photography and Design]

It's a milestone and I think it should be embraced and not run away from...well that's what I'm doing anyway..LOL!! Today I turned 40 in Temple St Hospital with Lucy Lou and the one conclusion I made of the day is how lucky I am. I have the love of a good man and two beautiful and healthy kids who I can celebrate my birthday today...

So thought's on turning 40 -
1. It's only a number
2. Age is a state of mind
3. Despite what I think sometimes...I have lived, I have traveled, I have done something with my 40 years.
4. You're never too old to achieve your goals
5. I'm so lucky with what I very lucky...
6. I can't wait for the next 40 - bring it on I say!

..And this is how I spent the day - after we left the hospital, I had a lovely lunch in my mums with a large bag of cards and pressies to open. Then a bus ride into town to meet himself and we took the girls to see 'High School Musical'. We had box tickets which was a lot of fun for the girls and for me! Then when we got home the neighbours called in with more presents and a surprise delivery of flowers (thanks Marlen!) and they stayed for a little glass of champers to finish it all..Happy day!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Lucy's Big Break!

It was the end of the perfect weekend - we had a fantastic party on Friday night, my pal Ruthie came up with her kiddies from Cork and we had a lovely relaxing girls night in. Then on Sunday afternoon we went to my sister's house for my niece Ellen's 3rd birthday. The party was just about over and the kids were finishing up the last bounce on the trampoline when disaster struck!

(see the little monkey in the background giving it socks!)

WARNING- If you're squeemish then look away now!!!
I mean's not pretty...
We took a quick spin down to the VHI Clinic but they took one look at her and sent us to A&E in Temple St. Fifteen minutes later we were in triage and on a bed down to X-Ray. I just happened to have my camera in my bag as it was a birthday party (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!). So here's the damage - pretty impressive and what's more impressive is that apart from a mild bit of whimpering when it first happened my brave little soldier didn't even cry in the hospital. The nursing staff couldn't believe why she wasn't screaming! Neither could I!

We finally got a bed at 1am on Monday morning and it was a long wait til Monday afternoon and she was taken down to theatre for bone manipulation. I have to say I found it hard to hand her over to the orderly to take her down to theatre. However, she came back eventually and the first thing she complained about was that her cast wasn't blue as requested!!! Kids eh! I've promised to alter it for her with sparkly diamonds LOL! So after a 2nd night in the hospital we were free to go. There were so many sick and poorly kiddies in the ward that a broken arm didn't feel that serious afterall. The staff were just fantastic - always a cheeful smile for every child.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Our 80th birthday Bash

It's been a mad week getting ready for the big night last night - our joint 80th Birthday party. We were born 8 days apart in the same hospital so it made sense to do a joint celebration. Friday was a great day -lots of pampering in terms of hair, make up etc (well a girl's gotta make sure she doesn't look her age on her 40th birthday LOL!). We booked a lovely function room in The Twelfth Lock Hotel and Restaurant and it was a great venue. We had over 70 people there and it was so much fun to catch up with everyone who means a lot to you all in one room. We party'd the night away until 5am finishing up with a catwalk fashion show of all the lovely bags I received as presents. What a night - had an absolute ball! The best bit is I'm still technically 39 for a few more days!!

My crafty friend Liz (Littlebit) made this fabulous birthday cake for us showing our favourite passions in life - Liverpool FC and Scrapbooking!