Thursday, 30 December 2010

cards made since Christmas Day and blog revamp

Hi every one  well that is Christmas over for anothe year and I am so happy to see the end of it as well.
I always feel so affected by it as its supposed to be a time for family and for children and my siblings never think of me at this time so it can be very hurtfull for me so once Christmas is out of the way I tend to relax more and get creating again as well.
Its been enjoyable having Ian with us too he doesn't go back to Auckland till 21st January and now Alastair is heading south to Oamaru for around 10 days or so so hey I consider that to be a holiday on its own actually.
Here are the latest creations that I have to show you all.
Take care and Happy New Year to all who read and follow my blog.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

cards made at December 4 2010 workshop

Iwent to another workshop yesterday December 4th here in town that was from 10 to 4pm. We made 8 or 9 cards and little Christmas gift thingies. I have decided that 4 hours is enough for me I was starting to get confused by the time the last couple of cards came along, we were also using a mixture of inches and centimetres  for the measuring and scoring of cards and this made it quite hard for me to comprehend but i guess I didn't do so bad when you see the cards
The first one is a variation on the easel card and I must say rather easy to do considering, the next one that we did  was the diamond fold Christmas card the worst part of this was the measuring and folding once again as the decorating part was easy it was mainly all stickers this time round. The next card we did was the trifold cascade style card, another easy one to do really and again it could be decorated whichever way you chose to do it, we seemed to use stickers mostly at the workshop yesterday. Another card we made was what they called a simple 3 piece card the worst part to this was the measuring and cutting out of the niches that seemed so fiddly to me. I really enjoyed making the double tri fold cascade card and out them all that we did yesterday that is my favourite one, the other card we did but I didn't get to take pictures of was a teepee card.
Here are the photos of the workshop cards for you all. Enjoy

Reverb #10 reflect and manifest on 2010 Prompt December Day 1

This prompt is called one word. Write one word to describe what the year 2010 has been for you.
Well for me it has to be Disaster. Disaster you ask well first of all on September 4 2010 at 4.35am life in Canterbury New Zealand as we know it changed forever, the landscape changed, people's lives changed as we were struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake with widespread serious damage done in Christchurch and surrounding rural areas. Luckily no lives were lost as a result of the initial earthquak but homes have either been destroyed and in lots of cases so much damage that people have had to find other accommodation.
One thing though it pull the whole community together too but like the phoneix rising from the ashes so now is Chirstchurch and Canterbury.

The second disaster to hit the South Island and indeed all of New Zealand has been the Pike river mining disaster in which 29 lives were lost through a mine explosion.
this has been absolutely devasting for all concerned because we all hoped that at some stage they would be still alive but two days later another mine explosion occured and it was then  realised that there would be no one then alive from that second blast.

So yes Disaster has been a word to stand out for me in 2010 and how do I hope that it can change in 12 months time hmmmm that is hard to think about but we now have to look forward to a Royal Wedding, the Rugby World Cup and hopefully some other happier times for the country as a whole. I guess the icing on the cake would be New Zealand winning the Rugby World Cup as they haven't won it since the first time it happened, can't remember how many years ago now though.

Pike River coal Mine Tribute

This poem was sent to me and written about the 29 coal miners who died on  Friday 19th November 2010 at the Pike River Coal Mine.
This poem is very poignant I think and I wanted to share it with my blogger friends world wide.




THE MEN OF PIKE







They came from near and far away



The men of Pike to work that day



The afternoon shift way down deep



Beneath the mountains oh so steep



A long way in but further out



The afternoon shift sets about



A job not flash but hard and trying



A job that holds the risk of dying







From seventeen to sixty two



They start their shift to see it through



For one his first, for all their last



How could they know there’d be a blast?



For all at once no siren whining



Suddenly the worst in mining



Dust and rubble fill the air



A loader driver thrown clear



Just one other finds the light



The rest are hidden from our sight







And so we learn as news is spread



The news that mining families dread



It’s up at Pike there’s an explosion



Faces drop and hearts are frozen



Who, how many, where and why ----



Will they make it ---- will they die







Fathers, husbands, brothers, sons



Coasters, Kiwis, Aussies, Poms



Mates and friends who we are seeking



Methane gas from coal seams leaking



Vents exploded, phones unheeded



Level heads and strength are needed



The world above unites as one



To bring the missing to the sun







Rescue teams are standing by



As holes are drilled and experts try



To find a way that’s safe and sound



To rescue those beneath the ground



Could robots work where men are mortal



To pierce the dangers of that portal



But alas all effort fails



The darkness of the mine prevails







A second blast of rock and thunder



Hope and prayers are rent asunder



A nation weeps and Coasters mourn



Pike falls silent, dark, forlorn



A hole remains within the ground



Devoid of joy, of life, of sound







Another hole within the heart



Of those forever set apart



From those they loved who went to toil



Digging coal beneath the soil



Those who gave their lives that day



To work a shift for honest pay



They wait at rest within their mine



The men of Pike, the Twenty Nine



ery poignant I think and I wanted to share with my blogger friends world wide.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

More cards made

I have in the last few days made some more cards. Two are for swaps that I am in and one is another birthday card for a friend.
Enjoy