Hi everyone :)
Gosh the school holidays have flown by and tomorrow we start the final term for the year… and you can bet it’s going to get crazy around here!
I’m still working on transferring all my files across from my ‘old’ laptop and having a few ‘issues’ as I’m sure anyone who has been through the process will understand. I’ve even had a couple of times when I’ve basically ‘thrown my toys out of the play pen’ but I’m making progress LOL
The first week of the holidays turned out to be pretty good… I would exactly call it relaxing but it was definitely FULL!
On Monday, Toby and I headed over to Tirau to meet up with Esther for the day. We had quite a good poke around in the Christmas Heirloom Shop there and I finally managed to find the ‘perfect’ Santa for me! He’s really stunning and pure vintage which is the look I’m after! While we were there I even found a beautiful lamp post… complete with flickering light… that simply had to come home with me!
After doing some shopping we headed to a restaurant for lunch and ended up both getting extremely good lamb burgers. I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last time I have lunch in Tirau!
I also managed to find a gorgeous clear glass vase that I really like. It’s got an unusual shape and I’m planning on using it lots over the summer as the flowers bloom.
After having such a wonderful day on Monday I was devastated to pull a muscle in my back on Tuesday morning. I felt quite crippled by it and knew that it was going to take more than just one visit to the chiropractor to get it all fixed but Nicola is amazing and she worked her magic! By Friday I was actually feeling a lot better!
I finally got the last retreat layout done and loved getting a bit more creative with stencils and paint. My poor Silhouette Cameo worked overtime during the week and I re-sprayed my cutting mats several times to get everything I needed cut out but it worked out well.
A BIG thanks to Nina who helped me out for several days… during her school holidays too! We cut die-cuts… made embellishment packs… sorted papers and cardstock… counted… counted and counted some more but we got all the retreat packs done and dusted with a fair amount of team work. Thank you so much Nina for all your assistance!
After getting all the retreat stuff done I gave my hairdresser a quick call and thankfully she was able to fit me in for a cut. It was absolutely divine to be able to sit down and be pampered after all the packaging was done.
The retreat itself was AWESOME! Thanks to Nina (yep she really is that good!) we were all done, sorted and displayed by 2.30pm and we actually got to have a wee break before everyone turned up. My favourite display was the Christmas one… probably because Mr Claus took pride of place along with his lamp.
Loreen made a fabulous haunted house which took hours to put together. It’s completely made of paper and looked stunning!
Of course we had our group photo which ended up being on our Sunday layout. The sun shone and we spent some time outside relaxing. Donna and Tanya even gave the swings a go!
I found this retreat the most relaxing one I’ve ever done… everything went well and it was a wonderful time to spend with scrapping friends.
In fact I even did a little ‘scrapping’ myself! I’ve got an idea to create a vintage Christmas village to go on the mantelpiece and over the weekend I managed to get two of my trees done… thanks Hazel for loaning me your glimmer mist too! Totally love how vintage it turned out!
I’ll be back this afternoon with my Project Life update for this week. Catch you soon xx