Hi there Friends,
Sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee, and get some inspiration......
Some news from around here.
My oldest son has left the African continent to venture forth. He is in Phoenix, Arizona.......... I know right TIM LAND!!!! Desperately tried to go as hand luggage, but to no avail.....
So this weekend the middle son participated in an athletics inter-school meet in Uniondale........yes Uniondale. Being the lovely Mother I said I will take him there ( I don't often miss any events the kids participate in) This was said before I checked exactly how far Uniondale is from us. Ahem..... not very bright. On Friday (I know, bit last minute) I checked Google for directions - 76 kms, it says, 1 hour and six minutes travel time - not too bad I think. Boy was I ever wrong..... According to the locals, this 76 kms is not how you travel to Uniondale, there are two alternative routes...... One, go to George then to Uniondale - almost 300 kms, or go to Port Elizabeth, then Uniondale - almost 400 kms. So being the super smart family, my husband and I decided the locals don't know anything and we will take the short route.
So starts the journey!!!! The first 6 kms is tarred road, then the dirt road starts, not too bad till you get to a T-junction. Following the directions we turned right and the fun started!!! Approximately 50kms of dirt road and all of it hugging the contours of the mountains, up and down we went, it probably took us just as long to travel this road as it would have taken to travel one of the other routes, but you know what, I would not have exchanged it. The road was scary and in some places only wide enough for one car, but the scenery, and the views were absolutely awesome.
My husband gleefully informed me midway through the trip that I am a control freak, I of course disagreed....... It was just that being the passenger makes it more scary than being the driver. So here are a couple of things that I learnt on this trip:
- If you have to be the passenger, make sure you have stuff to chew, this prevents you from making snide remarks about the drivers skills cause it is rude to talk with a mouthful. It also helps you not to gnash your teeth so hard that you break a filling or two.
- If you close your eyes on the scary parts you miss the beauty around you.
- Sucking in you breath does not make the car thinner.
- Stepping on the pretend brake on the passenger side does not make the car go slower.
- Moving your body with the car doesn't increase the car's road holding ability, all you get is funny looks from the family and it makes you dizzy.
- Those things above the door where you can hang on to, are really good quality - the one I was hanging on to didn't break - and believe me I tested it well.
Here are a few of the photos taken on out trip:
The man in action!!! Uniondale has a gorgeous sand stone Church, and right opposite the church is the Correctional Services...........
The top left photograph is of one of the Liquor stores in the town. Top right is the sign on the gate of the same place. The bottom two pictures were taken of the signs in front of the butchery..........
A couple of photos of the scenery. Angie's G-Spot elicited some giggling from my teenagers. The writing on the rock I am not so sure of. It is spray painted on the rock right opposite the waterfalls, and on a really sharp curve, so maybe one must stop staring at the scenery and rather concentrate on the road? Who knows!!
The top photo is of a really pretty ruin. I had visions of having an impromptu photo shoot there, but after spotting a snake and seeing that I would have to climb over the farmers fence, trek through long grass (more snakes?) I decided against it. The bottom photo is THE VIEW, oh wow, it is like being on top of the world!!!! I think, on a clear day you can really see forever.......
Now back to scrapping!! Which is after all why you are looking at my blog!! LOL
I decided to join in the 12 Tags of 2013 challenge hosted by Tim Holtz (mainly cause I can add the badge to my blog, and it looks cool) At some point I will catch up with Januarys' tag....
This is Tim's tag for February:
and here is my take on the tag:
I used a white tag, stamped it with a lettering stamp and vermillion Archival Ink. Then I inked it with antique linen distress ink, flicked some water on and dried it with a heat gun. After that I inked it with some fired brick distress ink. Random hearts was stamped in the vermillion Archival Ink. The tag was then inked around the edges with black soot distress ink and then distressed. I coloured the gauze using some Enmarc Dazzles spray in ruby read. The gauze was attached to the tag with a tiny attacher. Tim Holtz tissue paper was used to make the ribbon for the tag, and a piece of tissue paper was stuck at the bottom of the tag to balance it all.
I made the XoXo with some chip board letters, and used a technique taught at the Scrapping4Charity event hosted last year by Cathy van Vollenstee in the Strand. The technique was taught to us by Melody Koopmans. I used a piece of Tim Holtz tissue tape under the letters to make them pop!!
A heart was cut from grunge paper and and a heart was cut out from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found paper, glued down, inked with distress ink black soot and covered with Glossy accents. After it was dry I pierced a hole trough the heart and attached a jump ring, a second jump ring was used to attach the heart to the string. The string is some packaging strint that I had, I used the black soot distress ink and water to colour it.
The February block as well as the matting is also from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found paper, they were inked with soot black distress ink and the February block was then distressed.
Well I am definitely well prepared for this Valentines day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed looking at my interpretation of Tim's February tag.
Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is
the place where no one else has ever been. You have
to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness
of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by
hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you
are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What
you’ll discover will be yourself.
Till next time.......