Friday, April 30, 2010

Last of April Challenges

Here are the last of the April challenges.

My entry for this months photography challenge at Bons. The challenge was to take a photo of some food, any sort of food BUT we had to give the recipe! This salad is devine!! You must try it!

Here is the recipe:

Barbecued Corn, Spinach and Avocado Salad

Serves: 8
Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

Salad can be assembled ahead of time; drizzle with dressing just before serving. Dressing can be made up to three days ahead; keep refrigerated.

4 medium yellow capsicums
3 trimmed corn cobs, halved
2 medium avocados, sliced length ways
150g baby spinach leaves

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey

1. DRESSING: Combine all ingredients in screw-top jar; shake well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Quarter capsicums; remove and discard seeds and membranes. Cut each quarter in half length ways. Cook capsicum on heated oiled BBQ, uncovered until brown both sides and tender.
3. Cook corn on heated oiled BBQ uncovered, until browned all over. Cut slabs of kernels from the cobs, taking care to keep them intact, where possible.
4. Arrange capsicum, avocado, spinach and corn on a serving platter; drizzle with dressing.

A layout for the Bons Write Now challenge. Criteria was a long title using left over alphas, embellishments with words on them and journalling of course. I chose to do a LO, for my sister, of my nephew and his dear little puppy who he lost on the 16th April. Journalling written by his mummy (my sister). Photo was taken when we were holidaying up there over the Easter break. Midgee was killed the following week.

My take on the fantastic free class that was run last week at Bons by Felicity Wilson.

Have a great long weekend. Its the start of another new month tomorrow so that means new exciting, can't wait!!!

Min xo

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just using some scraps

I created this....

I think I love dollies (paper and fabric) at the moment...they seem to appearing on most of my recents pages...hehe!! Its great to try something different hey!

Well I am madly trying to get a few more last minute challenges done by tomorrow (end of month) so will have to make this short and sweet.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Melinda xo

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just a few....

layouts to share from last weeks Cybercrop at Bons.

Sketch challenge provided by Felicity Wilson. Extra criteria were, something circular, something dottie and transparency.

Bons colour challenge....Kraft, Green, Blue with a smidgen of yellow and of course black and white were allowed. Had to include the words...for best results sprinkle with lots of love, more than one brad and one big photo. Here is my take.

Have a great week!


Min xo

Friday, April 23, 2010

Don't you love it....

when the kids behave and are happy to have their photo taken. Here are a few photos I took yesterday....just felt like having a little play with the camera.

Look how messy Riley's hair is!!! So cute!!
And these are just so adorable of Finlay...well I think so!!

Here are Wednesday's and Thursday's photos taken as part of the photography challenge all happening this week over at Bons.
Wednesdays Prompt....
My photo.....

Thursdays prompt.....
My photo....

So I am feeling all inspired to scrap now! Best get off here and do something!! hahaha!!

Have a great long weekend! Hope its a scrappy one!

Min xo

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



My husband is 31 today and Riley has been going around singing this all day! He keeps asking me when I am going to make the birthday cake!!! Gotta love kids hey...birthdays to them are all about the cake!

Hope you have a great day, as best it can be when you are working... love you heaps xo

We have marinated lamb fillets to put on the BBQ tonight along with a potato bake (his favourite) and steamed veg! Yummo!! I have also made dessert but you will have to wait to see it...its for the April photography challenge at Bons Scraps. I need to photograph it first...haha!!

Don't forget its Bons Cybercrop on tonight. Starts 7.30pm. Can't wait to see what the DT have for us this month!

Register HERE to join up.

Min xo

Monday, April 19, 2010

1st Christmas!

I have always wanted to do an all white LO, although everytime I attempted it, it never seemed to I know its all about the photo! The photo will either "make it" or "break it"!!

So seeing as though the criteria over at the KRAFT IT UP challenge blog was to use Kraft as your base (of course) and a monochromatic colour scheme but not using brown, I jumped at the chance to try it again. This is what I have come up with. A very cute photo of Finlay taken at his 1st Christmas (I know...long time ago!!). He was only 10 weeks old...

Thanks for stopping by and for all your gorgeous comments. They keep me inspired!

Have a great week!

Min xo

Friday, April 16, 2010

Just gotta say...

I LOVE this page!!

It came together so quickly too. Yesterday while the boys were playing outside, I moved a little scrap stash to the kitchen table and sat down and did this was using the POTM (paper of the month) at Bons.

Love the My Minds Eye lil robots collection! Perfect for my little munchkins!!

Well this afternoon, my sweet sister is coming over to babysit the boys tonight while Brad and I go out for dinner for our anniversary....I am so excited..Brad said he would choose the place and surprise me! What a sweetie!

Thanks everyone for all your lovely messages on our anniversary too!
Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Melinda xo

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I married my best friend!! Its hard to believe that 10 years has gone by so quickly but I love you still just as much as the day I married you. Thank you for the best gift of two precious boys!

Man haven't we changed!! We look so young there...and of course this is a photo of a such thing as digital photos back I was to lazy to scan it!

Scrapping are a few creations I have done the week. Here is Sandie's sketch. And here is my take. Extra criteria was paint, buttons, circles, stars, sewing and cut your photo into 3. Loved it! My take on the Room of the Month. I took inspiration from the gorgeous amount of yellowy sunlight coming thru the window.

I have just about completed the Paper of the Month...loved it so will be back soon with that one.

Hope you are all having a great week!

Min xo

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


at Bons!

Here are the details:


7.30pm - START
8.05pm - BINGO

Make sure pop in everyday for the photography challenges too. There will be a new prompt each day! Great prizes and heaps of fun. Register HERE to play along.

Also running that night will be a free class hosted by Felicity Wilson. She will be using the yummy April Boy Kit (which has sold out) but you can use your own materials instead.

Min xo

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I would... go here to find out how!

Min xo


love flowers???? if you are like me you will, so head on over here to find out how you could win these!

Min xo

Monday, April 12, 2010

Holiday Shares

WE'RE BAAAACK!!!!! Finally made it home after a fantastic week in Emerald with my sister..Boy its such a long drive up and back...We spent a total of 26hrs (including a few stops) up and back in the car!!!!! Both boys took it really well and when we stopped for meal times they had a good run and play around the the park. I think that helped tire them out too. It was so good to see my big sis again and my little nephew. The boys got on so well. Riley and Brandon had heaps of fun together, playing with Brandon's little puppy, catching insects (ewww!) and reading books.

Here are a few holiday photos...

The three munchkins!

Eating a candy Easter egg!! Didn't know they still made those. Fiona picked them up from somewhere!

Gorgeous Brandon and his little mate Midgee.

Red claw caught from one day out at the dam. The big boys went out a couple of times and caught a lot more. The little boys just thought it was Christmas!!

Having fun at the local pool!

Lots of bubbles!

Its COLD!!!!

Not the best photo of the two of us...I think Flis has a better one... but I think we saw each other everyday except Wednesday!! Thanks so much for everything Flis, dinner, photos of the boys, endless chats and laughs, just everything!! Her work is amazing, even better IRL...if you haven't checked her blog out, you better!

Highlight of the trip home. We stopped of at my brother-in-laws work. He is a diesel mechanic for big trucks. Needless to say Riley and Finlay loved the big noisy truck. Uncle Phil even took Riley for a little ride. Brad said he had a grin from ear to ear! So cute!

Hope you all had a lovely break over Easter. I am keen to get into some scrapping now, so hope to find some time this week.

Min xo

Thursday, April 1, 2010


we're on our way, our holiday starts today!!! Did you ever read those books as kids??...the Beranstain Bear books. They were all our favourite books. Mum still has them all, so I must get the boys some as they are great books for kids! Quite funny too!

Well we are off on our mini holiday during the early hours tomorrow morning. We are heading to Emerald to spend some time with my gorgeous sister, BIL and nephew! I am also very excited to be able to spend some time with Felicity Wilson too!! Can't wait!!! Do you know its been nearly 3 years since we have been up there! The boys will have an awesome time together. Brandon, my nephew will be on school holidays so that will make it all the better.

This is what I have been thinking about all morning! It one of the April challenges at Bons. Love that room Flis! You do need to put your boy goggles on for this one, although who says a boy page can't be done with some pink!!

So wishing all of you that are also going away over the Easter holiday, a very safe and happy holiday! Will be back in over a week with lots of photos and stories to tell and will be anxious to do some scrapping!! Although I have packed a small bag with me..shhhh...I haven't told Brad yet!! hahaha!

Min xo