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Making cards

We are gearing up to the birthday months here at Ruth’s Place. September and October have lots and lots of birthdays in our immediate (Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and myself are all in these months) and extended family. So I’ve been making cards.

This was an experiment that I liked and I think will try again. I think it would also work well in an art journal.

tree picture

Good way to use up scraps. The pink is left over from some gelli printing I did with my very fabulous sister-in-law. 

Next I tried my hand at something different. Watercolour and ink.

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thankyoucard

I’m happy with how they turned out.

Yellow

I have to admit that yellow is not a colour I usually work with in any of my crafts, but when I saw the mood board at Berry71Bleu I was charmed. I did this page at the beginning of August, but then internet woes (as in non-functioning internet) and a short trip to Australia to take care of some things got in the way of earlier posting.

Here’s my take on the challenge.

iguazu falls page

I didn’t have very much yellow in the stash, so I coloured some white flowers with my water colour crayons

iguazu falls page closeup

and edged the page with watercolour and ink. It would be nice to be able to run to the local store to pick up supplies for a challenge, but I can’t deny that living in a place with no scrapbooking stores is good for using up the stash. It’s been a long time between scrapbook pages, but I’m kind of happy with how this one turned out.

Fiji Part 3

I didn’t intend to leave so long between posts, but I’ve been sick this week and it was all I could manage to get to work each day. Once I got home I collapsed in a heap on the couch.

We chose Matana Beach Resort  primarily so that Gorgeous Man could become certified to do this:

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He brought back some fabulous photos of the things he saw. (We put my new camera into a waterproof case).

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pufferfish

Gorgeous Girl’s new camera (another early birthday present) also takes photos underwater. She really got the hang of snorkelling this trip.

Asnorkel

I took this next photo as we were pulling away from the resort’s beach. It doesn’t do justice to the colour of the water.

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Am I boring you yet?

I did work on my travel journal quite a bit while we were away. I still need to get photos printed, but I’ll show you some of the pages in a later post.

Fiji Part 2

Our first few days at the resort were wet and cold. We were fortunate in that we come from PNG to Fiji via a few days in Australia and so had warm clothes with us. There were guests who hadn’t packed any cool weather clothes at all…

This is the view from the dining room.

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Guests eat together with the manager and dive master. There was a set meal each day, but the resort will take dietary requirements into consideration for you.

On our first night we left the dinner table briefly when someone discovered a unique crab.

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Not being able to find a shell the right size it had used a bottle instead.

Despite the rain Gorgeous Girl was very taken with the kayaks.

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This yacht pulled into the bay and camped for a night or two off shore. The owners spend 7 months a year sailing around the world in it. Gorgeous Man, Gorgeous Girl and some of the resort staff were lucky enough to be invited on board to have a look around.

Gorgeous Girl also tried her hand at paddling. She was quite good at it.

kayak 2

While they were kayaking, myself and one of the other guests took the opportunity to visit the village next door to the resort. The village was still very traditional and I had to wear a Fiji sulu (sarong) over my three-quarter length pants, I donned a length of cloth I purchased a few years ago in Zambia that I never travel without. We were formally presented to the chief (who we had already met because he came over to the resort most mornings to share coffee and breakfast) and shown the school. I didn’t take any pictures of the village. It just felt too intrusive to be photographing people going about their daily lives (I’d be a terrible photo journalist). But I did take some photos of the school.

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Compared to schools I’ve seen in PNG and South Africa it was quite well equipped for a little village school. The resort is trying to help them raise funds for solar panels so that the school can have electricity. The resort itself runs on a generator for a few hours a day as well as having solar panels for power the rest of the time. This is the primary school. High school students board in town which is a 20 minute boat ride away.

I also tried some arty scenery shots with my new camera which was a very early birthday present from Gorgeous Man.

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Low tide.

Fiji Part 1

I’ve been a bit stalled with writing about our Fiji holiday. How do you condense 450 pictures into a few blog posts? I’ll try and capture the highlights.

Flying into Fiji is very different from flying into Papua New Guinea. The international airport in Nadi is set up to welcome the tourist visitor and in the arrivals hall visitors are greeted by men playing the ukelele and singing. We took a taxi to our hotel and Gorgeous Girl wasted no time in making use of the playground and pool.

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pool

We had one night in Nadi before heading out the next day to Kadavu Island.

It was a 19 seater plane. We were only allowed 15 kilos per person baggage (we had to leave a suitcase in storage at the hotel in Nadi – it was full of supplies for the next six months in PNG, school shoes for Gorgeous Girl etc). One surprise was that after checking the bags we were asked to stand on the baggage scale with our hand baggage so that the total weight on the flight could be calculated.

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The assistant pilot also did the safety briefing and we got to watch them fly the plane.

Our first view of Kadavu.

first view kadavu

Possibly the world’s prettiest runway.

runway Kadavu

We were met at the airport by staff from Dive Kadavu Matana Beach Resort. 

We walked across the road and down to the beach where our transport to the resort waited.

boatfrom airport

The view was breathtaking.

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view 2

Gorgeous Girl enjoyed the boat ride.

ainboat

The colour of the water was amazing and it was really clear.

Back

We had a wonderful time in Fiji. We’ve been back for a few weeks now, but life has kind of run over us a little. Two hours after Gorgeous Girl and I arrived back in Papua New Guinea we received word that Gorgeous Man (who was still in Fiji for work) had taken ill and spent the afternoon on a IV.

After a few stressful days he was well enough to travel home although the rest of his work trip had to be cancelled. Shortly after Gorgeous Man arrived home, Gorgeous Girl and I both came down with a stomach bug. Gorgeous Girl also needed to see the dentist today and so life has been busy. I’m also trying to get ready for the new semester as the students are due back next week.

I do have my Fiji photos transferred from the camera to the computer, now to edit them and do a few blog posts for your viewing pleasure.

Art journalling

I’ve been really stalled with playing in my art journal because I am intimidated by the huge expanse of white on a double page spread.

Last night it occurred to me that I could do a single page. There was no rule that said I had to fill both pages. (Yeah, I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes…). So while chatting with my brother via facebook I got out my pencil and set to work. I was inspired by an image I pinned from Totally Tracy.

This is how my page turned out.

flower art journal page

Yes, I’m aware that it’s highly derivative, but I’m still finding my feet art-wise after being told throughout school that I had no artistic ability…

I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m tossing up ideas for a similar yet different page to go opposite it.

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