I’m a scrap-booking addict of epic proportions. I live in a little sea-side village off the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. I share my life with my hubby and seven dogs and I count myself very lucky to have them. I have a beautiful daughter who is now 24 and whom I am very proud of and love dearly. I am also godmother to little Isabella, my niece whom I also love to bits.
Whilst scrapping is my number one hobby, I am also an avid reader and I also enjoy taking long walks with my dogs.
I really do enjoy the simple pleasures in life and one of my greatest pleasures have to be a long hot bath at the end of the day and then getting into my bed. I have a thing for crisp, white cotton sheets that smell like sunshine and summer. I’m addicted to coffee and drink far too much of it. I love the smell of the earth after the rain. I love the exuberant way my dogs greet me every morning and the new challenges brought on by every new day. I love the cry of a fish eagle and I am passionate about wildlife and animals in every respect. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Cathy
Hello again my friends :) Just wanted to show you a layout I did for a lesson in our local Scrap Affairs Magazine. The theme of the issue is "travel" and I've been wanting to scrap this little church for so long and this was the perfect opportunity. I don't want to bore you but I thought I would tell you a little bit about this cute little church.
This little church, one of the smallest in the world and the only privately
owned Roman Catholic Church, is dedicated to the memory of a brave man by a
loving father. The story of the church is that Llandaff Mathew, lost his life aged 28, in
an endeavour to save the lives of other miners at Burnside Colliery near Natal on the 19th March
1925. His body was never recovered after another rock fall. His father, Maynard Mathews, a retired magistrate, lived at the “Lodge”
where the garage now stands. He was an eccentric old man who was a Roman
Catholic and wanted to place a plaque in memory of his son in the Ladysmith
Roman Catholic Church. When this was denied him, he was very aggrieved and
determined that he would place a plague in a church. Mr Mathew built his unique
memorial with this sole purpose.
The Church, which seats just eight (the number of lives that Llandaff, so we
are told, saved before the final fall), is a fully consecrated Catholic Church,
with all the vestments of its big brother, the one wing of the Cardiff
Cathedral in Wales. Mr Mathews became a priest and was received into the order
of St Dominic on May the 7th 1926. On his death the property was sold to a Mr
George Tierny, a Roman Catholic, who later sold it to Mr CN Osborne, a
Protestant. Mr Osborne decided to retain it as a Roman Catholic Church.
In 1960 Mr Charles Osborne West bought it and had it declared a National
Monument. In 1974, as a wedding present, he gave it to his wife the present
owner Mrs Mims West-Thomas who still resides in the village.
The church has a regular service once a month and is very popular for
couples that want a small wedding with a difference. It is also a place of
comfort for weary motorists who wish to pause for a moment of quiet solitude in
this lovely Church. My sister and I stopped here one day and she took these pictures for me. Thank you Sis!
You are in a very “special Church” dedicated to a brave man and loving
father who later became a priest and gave his life to the service of the Lord.
So when you read this, remember both of them in your thoughts and prayers and
all those who have preserved this wonderful church.
It is time for a new challenge over at Scrap Africa and this time we were to use the poster below as inspiration for our projects. You can use the phrase in your project or you can make a mini-album to tell your story. I chose this beautiful photo of Josie and Beauty. Beauty was Josie's first love, and the
pony who taught Josie to ride. When Josie and her parents lived in the Middle East Josie took every opportunity during the summers to visit Beauty in Norway. She also took Beauty on her first ever
riding camp when she was only 6 yrs old. Beauty belonged to Penelope
Ponyfarm, the place where her Mom grew up, and where she too learnt to
ride and care for horses. On days when Josie struggled with her confidence Beauty was there to help her along and if the lesson didn't go too well, there was always cuddles and special moments to compensate for that and so a very special bond formed between the two of them. After Beauty retired Josie still went to visit her and just spent quiet moments cuddling and grooming her. Sadly Beauty passed away in 2011 due to a severe bout of colic at the ripe old age of 25. She was a legend to all the kids at Penelope Farm. Josie and Beauty's story is written on a tag which I tucked away. Combined with this challenge I also made this layout for a DT project at Flourish With A Bling. I used pieces of the beautiful FWAB Bella Rhinestone Flourishes Wine and saving the rest of it for another project.:)
And here is the "inspiration poster".
That's all for now :) Thanks for looking and have a great day!!xx
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Ok here is what one of you will get: *** Kaisercraft stamps x 4 *** Kaisercraft Rub-ons x 2 *** Kaisercraft wooden flourish *** Flower border punch *** Corner embossing punch *** Pack of Prima resin flowers *** An album with files for 20 x 20 cm pages *** A candle holder cage (pictured in the beginning of the post) that you can decorate yourself I hope it is worth of commenting on this post and stand a chance of winning this gift pack. Here are the rules: This giveaway is only for readers of my blog. You are welcome to join if you find my blog interesting. If you post on your blog
an announcement about my giveaway then you can come back and leave a
second comment for an extra chance with a link to the post on your blog
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Ooh I had fun with this bottle...my first altered bottle!! It was just a "lemonade" bottle from Woolworths and I decided to try my hand at altering it and I used the colour schemes from my bedroom but it will look pretty good in my bathroom too...LOL!! I think another bug has bitten me!!