We did something a bit different for Easter this year.  Or maybe that should be I forced everyone to do something a bit different for Easter this year.easter091

First, we got together on the Saturday, not Friday or Sundayeaster092

Second, I only put on sandwiches for lunch.  No big spread.  Nice sandwiches, but just sandwiches.  Oh, and hot cross buns (of course)!

Third, we invited a couple of extra people – Aunty Kathy and Uncle Peter

Fourth, no one was getting away with being a wall flower, not even me!

We made Easter Bonnets!!!

I do have more photos of people wearing their bonnets, but I wasn’t too sure how everyone would feel about the photos being out there for the whole wide world to see!  So (parents) if you’re happy for me to put you out there, let me know!

We also had an awesome Easter Egg hunt, but I think we’ve already got enough photos.

Thanks to Skip to My Lou for the table setting printables, and LottieLuLu via Crafty Crow for the bonnet inspiration.

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Yesterday I was struck with fresh force by how strange and superbly appropriate the name ‘Good Friday’ is. Why not Bloody Friday? or Black Friday? The Lord of the Universe was murdered, hands that ‘flung stars into space’ pierced. Absurd Friday. Yes, until you catch a glimpse of the heart of the gospel, the Father’s heart.

But it does leave ‘Easter Sunday’ sounding a little esoteric bringing up the rear, an awkward tag along. Perhaps ‘Better Sunday’ is the go. But then, why is it better? The mysterious Easter has become nebulous, an umbrella celebration for renewal and rebirth. But Better Sunday heralds a particular renewal, a unique rebirth. It doesn’t simply repackage the age-old celebration of the cycle of seasons, and the revolution of years. As beautiful as they are in their own way, each brings an equal measure of loss in its motions. Better Sunday made a quantum jump. A lasting change. Because of it, we have down payment on life of an entirely different quality: eternal, rich, unshadowed, real and already working renewal, yet simultaneously looking forward to consummation.

But for now we sit in tension, scratching our heads at how it ever came to pass that He who invented Light lies cold and bloodied in darkness.



Little Jos is discovering his hands at the moment.  I love the way that he stares at them in complete amazement when he manages to get them in his line of sight and hold them there.  He also tends to be a bit cross eyed looking.


Nan: What does an elephant do?
Cayley: Elephant blows his trumpet
Nan: *Laughs… a lot!*


Praying for Stellan.  And for Lusi, can’t wait to meet your new little girl Lus. 🙂



* For a short nap today.
* For being able to recognise that I was behaving about as maturely as my children, and being able to apologise to them and get over it!
* For lunch with Nan and Pop and Aunty Cathy
* For dinner with Gran and Opa and the clan
* For Nan and Pop babysitting so I could go to the housewarming with Brett.
* For quiet cuddles with Jos during worship today.


Made a couple of cards this weekend too.

New Catalogue

Stampin’ Up!® has a brand new idea book and catalogue, and boy is it gorgeous.  This is definitely my favourite one so far!  My wishlist is so long I’m too scared to actually tally it up.


E-mail me to arrange your copy today!  $10 to pick a copy up or $15 posted to you.

And here are a couple of cards I’ve made with a couple of new stamp sets.


I made this card from a combination of inspirations.  First I found CPS109 and then CC38.

I stamped the image onto whisper white, coloured it using inkpads and an aqua painter.  I then punched the image out as a circle and highlighted the edges by sponging with pink ink.  Matted the image with a scallop circle and pierced holes in each scallop.  Layered up the base cards, piercing the edges of the black, laid down the two pink strips and the image piece on top of these.

Products used in this card:

Stamp set: Window Dressing (Level 3 Hostess)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Black Stazon for stamping the image, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Going Grey, Bashful Blue and Basic Black for colouring.
Accessories: Trimmer, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, Snail Adhesive, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack from the Crafters’ Tool Kit

The next card was also created from a combination of two challenges – a caardvarks sketch challenge and CC16.


To create this card I stamped the image and the sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and trimmed around, leaving extra width on the right side of the image for scalloping using the Scallop Edge Punch.  I coloured the image using an Aqua Painter and the Stampin’ Pastels.  I rounded the corners of all the pieces and also used the Scallop Edge Punch on a piece of black cardstock, lined it up with the image piece of Kraft cardstock and trimmed it down.  The sentiment was layered onto Real Red card and a small piece of Basic Black on the bottom right corner.  The base card is Basic Black, then Real Red, then Kraft.

Products used for this card:

Stamp Set: Echoes of Kindness (Level 1 Hostess)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Kraft
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Trimmer, Stampin’ Pastels, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, SNAIL adhesive