Monday, 28 July 2008

A PopUp Album

While I was away, there was a Megaclass organised with the talented Lance Anderson (Mr Rusty Pickle) and Donna Downey ! I was raging I was gonna miss such an event !! But on my way back, I found out Lance's class kit was available to buy from Annamarie's The Scrapbook Store (link thingie not working, but there is a link to her store on the right hand side bar of my blog). The kit was designed by Karen Burniston; her work is always amazing !! See for yourself:

If you have ever taken a class with Karen Burniston, you'll know who detailed her instructions are. And fair play to her, I was able to put everything together using only the written instructions !!


Kiki x

PS: I'm working on new cards. Will post as soon as they're ready.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Some Cards !

I have been busy since I came back...really, I have :D First, I had to finish an order of 50 cards I had left half done when I left to Costa Rica. Then, we have some friends birthdays these days, and Mother's day in Costa Rica is celebrated on August 15th.

And these Bella stamps, I have been wanting to use them a long time ago. I made some cards like this one:


Kiki x

Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Thanks to Jackie and Clare who gave me this award :D

I would like to nominate Gertie (Aine) Tigger and Eva These 3 girls run very different blogs, but I love to take a peek often to see what are they up to. :D

Monday, 14 July 2008

Wedding Anniversary !

Well, the main reason we went to Costa Rica was to take part in my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration. It was held on July 5th, which was exactly 50 years later. I have to mention that my Dad bought my Mum an engagement ring as her present, she never got one 50 years ago !

Traditionally in Costa Rica, the night before the wedding, the groom arrives at the bride's house and brings a Serenade (Mariachis, trios, etc). So this time my brother, sisters and myself organised a Serenade for our parents. We got a "Trio" of guitar players/singers, they played my Parents favourite songs. It was a surprise for them.

Listening to the "Trio"

They renewed their vows:

Photos at the party:

Well, we left Costa Rica last Friday, arrived in Ireland Saturday's such a long haul !! Jet lag is killing us !! but I can't wait to go back to my cards !! I bought a few bits and pieces, mainly unusual stuff and loads of ribbons and paper bags! I didn't go wild craft shopping cos I had bought new stamps & other bits before I left, that I can't wait to put to a good use !!


Kiki x

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Photos from Costa Rica !

Helloooo !!!!

Things have been a bit hectic from the time I set foot on the first plane !! I got sick all the way !! My gut got emptied...put it that way !!! It lasted 5 days and I lost 6 lbs !!

Dental appointments have been great, my youngest got her extraction in the end, the infection was still there and it was the best course of action. It was VERY quick. Brought my eldest to see an Orthodontist (braces' dentist) yesterday, and her permanent teeth won't have space to grow, so he reccomended 4 teeth extraction, which were done this morning under local anaesthetics, it was also very quick and not a bother at all !!! Now, I need to find an Orthodontist in Ireland, tough job I believe !!

They have both been to the Children's Ophtalmologist and got a new set of glasses. My youngest was still waiting in Ireland for her appointment, and from that appointment it would had taken not less than 6 months to get her first set of glasses, and over here she was seen on a Tuesday and got her glasses on Thursday...wayyy toooo efficient !!

Last week we spent it at the beach...but I got sick over the first days (such a bad luck !!) I had a throat infection and was on antibiotics. But had a series of strange events too:

First, I got sunburnt on my front side on the first day. I dont trust the Carrot Hawaiian Tropic lotion anymore :o( it washed out in the pool. I was sore and had to use loads of Aloe Gel.

Second, as I felt better, I spent the days on a lounger reading a very entertaining book "Confessions of a Demented Housewife" by Niamh Greene.

I was sitting next to a Palm tree with overgrown roots, and an Iguana has made its home of it. Iguanas usually avoid people, but the ones at this resort are completely domesticated. I was quite ok being so close to it, I'm not afraid in any way. I think the one next to me is a male (spikes in its back). They eat leftovers left by people who eat around the pool, we fed them a couple of times.
Then, all of a sudden I felt "something" had landed on my head !!! initially thought it was a bird, but as I shaked my head, I realised it was the Iguana !!!!! He had jumped to the wrong side !!!! there were "girl" Iguanas looking for leftovers and he wasn't sharing !!! I busted in laugh !!! what else could I do !! I wasnt afraid in any way. He then went back to its original rest place, see in the pic below :

And one of the "girls" looking for food:

And third: As I was sunbathing on the last day, on my belly, trying to match the burnt front, I felt something "warm" fell on my back, I got up and run to ask my husband what it was ??? and it was bird poo !!!! My sister says it is good luck...but since I'm not supersticious, does that count, I wonder...

The gils enjoyed themselves at the beach a lot !! My eldest is an innate swimmer !! and she got infatuated by the coconuts hanging from the palm trees (???).

This is the resort's landmark, the Pier:

A Favourite Photo: my eldest at the beach


Kiki x