Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wonderful Imaginations

Isn't it great that kids have such great imaginations ? And boy do these parents have tooo LOL.

Theme of a summerparty @ Colin's creche was fairytales and we had the hardest time thinking up a "costume" for this. He changed his mind a few times big bad wolfe, one of the 7 goats, Little Poucet (which we were hoping since it was the easiest to realize ) but decided for the latter the night before (yeah). But... next morning guess what happened, yep he changed his mind again. He was going to be one of the 7 goats .... So how do you make a goat with about 1 hrs notice you might ask ? With imagination and some special make-up .... check this out !

Oh and then in the afternoon, we had another rush job as Michael thought it would be nice to dress up too. So when he said big bad wolfe, I suggested the puss in boots and he went for it (thank god because it was an easy one to realise), so again a little imagination and special make-up ... check this out !

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

GM rocks {even over 40 ! }

It's a good thing Mandy is on vacation or she'd think it's about another singer that has the initials GM (LOL) but I'm talking about George Michael of course.

Totally unexpected I was able to purchase some last minute tickets thanks to an early birthday pressie from my parents (thanks sooo much you guys you rock !) and it was the most fun I'd had at a concert in a long time (thanks for coming with me Edith and Wendy & Jos for having the patience sms'ing and waving so we could find you there LOL) .

Don't get me wrong I loved all the concerts I've seen this year so far, but this was such a party probably bcause of all the great songs that bring back so many memories ;) He had a great stage with super light effects and designs (hmm the scrapbooker in me loved that !) and he had sort of a catwalk thing going on so when he came to the front of the stage he was about 7 mtrs away, the funny thing was it looks so close but when we made a pic it looked so far ....
Not too happy about his last cd though, bit too disco ? but his fab voice makes up for that. And btw I just love how he dances, yes I cannot help it I have a bit of a crush on a gay guy .....

Tommorow I'll share some scrapping I've been doing, mainly cards (my little brother turned 19 this week) for some special people and a little project for Michael's school (that I HAVE to do tonight as it's teachers day tommorow where they celebrate all the b'days in one day).

Oh and we moved the dutch dares up a week due to some other things going on but wanted to keep you busy in the meantime so check this out !

Friday, June 22, 2007

My Favorites part I

I'm a cream freak you all know .... I should probably scrap this soon ;)

But I'd love to share my favourites with you since Revlie was so happy with one that I gave to her as a mommy gift when we visited last (which was #2).

1. I've had this tube an eternity b'cause it does last a long time, except the tube is looking really nasty (EA should really work on that material :( ...) and you probably have heard of this wondercream (used by make up artists as lip gloss) it works like magic on everything: Elizabeth Ardens 8 Hour Cream

Description: This skincare classic helps to soothe, restore, soften and protect chapped, dry or mildly irritated skin. It aids in the temporary relief of chapped lips, smoothes rough spots on your knees, feet and elbows and softens tough, hard cuticles and hangnails. Dermatologist, clinically and allergy tested. For all skin types.

2. Second favorite, I use it on my hands and feet, nice cocoa smell before I go to sleep LOL... Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Cream

Description: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Cream with Vitamin E, Softens & Relieves Rough, Dry Skin. Helps smooth and blend unattractive marks and scars. Tones skin. It is an excellent all-over-the-body moisturiser and after tanning butter. Recommended for stretch marks, during and after pregnancy.

3. A new favorite, using it for my dry feet instead of palmers and is working even better !! I might have to bump this one up a spot except the price is keeping me from that haha maybe I'll make this a summer favorite as my feet are much dryer in the summer than in the winter..... : Boots Mediterranean Olive, Sage, Almond Wonderbalm

Description: Capture the essence of the Mediterranean using this blend of ORGANIC and wholesome ingredients to produce a simple, healthy beauty recipe for dry and rough areas of the skin. Softening Olive oil, Nourishing and soothing Almond oil, Fragrant and calming Sage oil.

4. And last but not least, something in my first aid kit (a tupperware box filled with all kinds of creams and band aids) and in my purse : Melagel from Melaleuca

Description : Moisturize bug bites and scrapes with the soothing power of MelaGel. The natural beeswax in MelaGel creates a breathable "bandage" that moisturizes skin where you need it most. Plus, when you put Melaleuca Oil on first, the staying power of MelaGel keeps the natural healing oil in contact with your skin. We also added wheat germ oil, an antioxidant with vitamin E that helps attract water to your skin and keep it hydrated. Finally, MelaGel’s cocoa butter lubricates your skin and works to keep skin moisturized with the added vitamins A and D3. A must for every first aid kit or medicine cabinet, MelaGel comes in a convenient tube and pocketsize disk.

5 ???. And the next on my list to purchase is this, I've wanted to try it ever since I saw it on Oprah (which was a while ago) and I couldn't find it in the Netherlands or someone who could buy it for me in the states. But I've found the supplier in the Netherlands and I will be ordering it this week so I'll let you know how I like it soon ! One Minute Manicure

Description: exfoliates, reconditions and moisturizes the skin with a premium blend of botanically-based oils and triple-milled Dead Sea Mineral Salts.

Now you don't have to be a cream freak but I'm sure you have your own little wondercream (I know oriflame has a good one too ...) or other favorites please share them so I can be addicted even more ;)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rak Addresses

OK y'all I'm almost ready to start making those RAKS but I still don't have all your addresses ....
So if you still would like some of my old scrapstuff and your name is listed below because you nominated someone or wanted a RAK all for you very own so please Kerry Davis, Tineke
email me so I know where to send it ! ?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Very long update and some photo's too .... part II

If you're interested in part II of what's been going on in our lives then read on, if
not click away now and don't look back.

Michael got his 3rd ribbon at his swimming lessons only one more to go and
then he can go for his diploma which we expect after the summer. Here's a funny pic of him, the ribbon and a matching balloon.

The boys had their pic's take at school, and even though colin was a bit ill
they took a good pic of them both !

And of course here's one alone :

The whole class:

can you believe he stuck out his tongue on the class picture and is so proud of it LOL.

Went to see Revlie, Ruben & Sanne with Corinne, wow talk about deadlines. I finished up
her scrap pressie literally seconds before we had to leave :

She can add her own fave photo of Ruben to it herself and it's finished.

That about sums up part II all up for the last 2 weeks ........ I warned you it was
a lot ! And I will be sharing some more pic's this week of how a little imagination & some normal clothes make some nice dress up gear for Colin's creche party!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Justin T.

Wow what a concert ..... He knows how to give a show ....

Unfortunately the after party wasn't exactly what we expected, but we still had fun. And this morning (after 3 hrs of sleep) there I was making DH coffee for his Father's day breakfast.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Yep it's that time again !

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments, it definately raised my spirits !

I am so in a scrapping mood lately got lots of inspiration (maybe it's because my scraproom is getting more and more organized. I whipped this little dutch dare up yesterday brought to us by the sweet & talented Celine, just some lovely pic's of the boys (this is just one side will post the other side soon) combined with paper designed by a sweet friend I was extremely happy :D.

Wanna see more ? Play along (and win a RAK) ? Check out the dutch dares of this week !

Monday, June 11, 2007

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Never underestimate the power of the irate customer.
It takes a lot of time and energy to win over a customer and losing one only takes a few seconds .....

Remember my post of May 25th ? This was due to some orders around Pentecost that went wrong with some customers due to my moving/organising at home and Pentecost itself. Unfortunately one customer that had a Murphy's Law thing going on was so upset that she said she would do something about it and unfortunately she is on some messageboards..... And there are always people who add a little to the story. So I'm getting a bad rep at the moment which is quite disturbing to me being the perfectionist & virgo that I am.

Luckily I have loads of satisfied customers that keep coming back, but hey its tough competition out there in the land of online shops so if you do see some bad reviews and you've had good experiences please share this as it's nice to hear about a good review too :)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Very long update ..... and some photo's too .... part I

So I haven't been sharing lot's of photo's lately but I will be making that

If you're interested in what's been going on in our lives then read on, if
not click away now and don't look back.

We had a garden extreme make over, thank god for sweet parents who arranged it
all, all we had to do was make a plan and pick out tiles. Here are some way
before, during and current state pictures. Just a few more things need to be
done (mostly by us) and then it's finished ! We hope to make our own
loungeset after our holiday in july.... Stay tuned for that adventure. Pic 1 left is the old situation (about 3 yrs ago), photo 2 right is demolition and so on ..... This weekend the playhouse will be back & some plants in pots and I will show the final photo of this extreme make over !

We went out for a fun day with Liek, Remon & Arvid and had a blast @
Plaswijk Park. Funniest thing of the day ? Colin appearantly waches too much
Rocket Power as he keeps calling him Remon "Raymundo" LOL. Besides taking
loads of photo's of the kids:

Liek and I also made some with each other, here are some of my faves ( I do think I need some photoshopping though LOL) :

Oh and then there was Scrap-a-Ganza last Sunday, I had only booked one day
this year and I must say it was the most relaxed sag I attended. I took 2
classes by Dyan Reavely (she was fun and her products are fab, will
definately be getting those !), Vivian Bonder (she's nice, and I would have
gotten more done if Corinne wasn't next to me LOL as she struts her own
stuff and I couldn't get my book to look like Vivian's even if I wanted to
haha) and then Karen B. (wow I just love how organised and structured her
workshops go ! and how does she come up with those cute interactive things.
Being an engineer you can tell she looks at supplies very differtently
...LOL). Took home 2 nice ladies from Manchester (you know we were talking
so much but I don't think we even exchanged names hihi) and dropped them off
at Schiphol after they had their pic taken with Bubbah (they couldn't
believe the coincidence him being my husband as they love his blog LOL).

Finally went to see Spiderman III with DH (we loooooooove movies especially
sci fi and fantasy) and even though the effects were FAB I must say Peter
Parker is a cry baby which was kind of a downer really ..... Hope Pirates of
the Carribean will be more fun !

Oh and I think somewhere inbetween I was tagged by Frederique to name 5 fave
boy & girl names:

BOY: Michael, Colin, Connor, Thomas, Jonathan

GIRL: Julia, Megan, Sophie, Lisa, Joy

I tag Liek, Nili (since you're new at blogging thought I'd help you with
some subjects LOL), Daphne, Dawn, and Mirjam :-)

That about sums up part II of the last 2 weeks ........ I warned you it was
a lot and there will be more to come this weekend !

Friday, June 01, 2007

@ the Scrap-a-Ganza on Sunday

I'm so looking foward to going and meeting friends and doing what I love most!

Who's going ? If you see me will you please say hi even if I haven't recognized you ? I love meeting people that I've only "spoken" to online, always so much fun, I remember last year was the first time I met Corinne live was there !

My schedule (you never know we might be in the same classes !);

Sun 9.30 It's a Girl Thing
Sun 11.00 Pearl Gearl
Sun 12.30 Him & Her
Sun 3.30 Borderline

Oh and Dawn, a little birdy told me you'd be there too ???????????????????