One Little Word 2014: Thrive

As has been my way, the last four or five years, I have chosen a word as a banner for the year. One that will be a focus and point of measure for the things I am hoping to achieve. This year I am once again participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word group after not taking part last year.

My one little word for 2014 is Thrive.

It is time to grow, prosper, flourish and bloom. A time to settle down roots and take up the blessings I have been given, using them for better and to bless others. There is so much more that is hovering on the edges to share which will no doubt come to the fore and be more relevant as the year goes on.

In 2014 my OLW album will be pretty simple. Following Ali’s prompts, examples and down loads. No reinventing the wheel, or doing it digital, or hybrid. It is about the word and the place it has in my life. The actuality instead of the craft. That said I am sure there will be a little of it sneaking in somewhere.

Like this fun little graphic I made earlier today on the iPad utilising Rhonna Designs App.


One challenge is Ali and I chose the same word. Trying to be authentic and not compare my work with hers will be something to work on. Many of her reasons and things she is hoping for in choosing her word are the same ones I am wanting. It resonates with all I want this year to hold.

It was quite a process to feel it is the correct One Little Word for me in 2014 so I am sticking with Thrive. :)



Port Macquarie Craft Expo 2013

Port Macquarie is once again holding the annual Craft Expo this weekend at the Port Macquarie Racecourse. CTMH independent consultants are having a stand there and I’ll be in attendance. We’ll have lots of craft products, idea’s, and opportunities (like a door prize draw and more) plus hand made goodies for sale.

Which is why I have been absent from here – and a busy little butterfly. :)

IMG_3418I’ve been making a few things to sell. Some of these – Gift Boxes with Toffee’s inside.

IMG_3420Cute huh? They make great teacher or friend gifts for the classroom pals.

IMG_3676Then there is a bunch of cards with a variety of sentiments.

Then there is even one of these. Plus a few other surprises I’ll keep in store for the stand at the Port Macquarie Craft Expo.

IMG_3680Not sure if I am going to sell this Advent Calender or not. My younger two are hoping it is going to be filled with chocolates and set out in our family room soon. :)

You can fill it with chocolates or a little lego toy or something small of course. Or alternatively put in little hand written notes sharing something to do for the day that is appropriate for the season.  Stay away from the candy perhaps?

Come down and see me from 11am to 3 pm on Sunday the 24th of November 2013 at the Craft Expo Port Macquarie. You’ll be able to find out about scrapbooking, stamping, card making and more. Not to mention upcoming workshops and some exciting things we have in store for 2014.

Look for stand #92 CTMH in the undercover out door area.

Getting Crafty Fundraiser

This week I am getting all crafty and doing lots of goodies up to sell at a fundraiser for a local preschool. It is a good opportunity to get out there and meet some more people while I share my Close to my Heart business.


This year has been so busy, running back and forwards with everything, that socialising has taken a back seat. We enjoy being hospitable and hope that next year provides more opportunity to do so. Perhaps we should pencil time for it into our schedules.

Speaking of which – I am down in Sydney next week for a business event with Monica Wihongi, Close To My Heart Vice President of Training, Events, and Consultant Services. I met Monica in Melbourne and she is the sweetest little thing – with loads to share. As well as learning more about the business side of things we will be working hands on with new products and I can’t wait to get even more crafty.

While in Sydney I will also be holding a CTMH gathering and consultant information open day. Details are available by Contacting Me if you would like to come along.  We’ll be doing a mini “Create and Take” and also having a chat about the Close to My Heart Consultant Opportunity. There are some great incentives right now!

In the meantime you will find me at St Peter’s Hall, Ocean Drive, in Laurieton on Saturday 2/11/13 from 11:30 – 3 pm for the fundariser. I’ll have Scrapbooks and other CTMH items on display as well as some lovely gift ideas and handmade Christmas cards for sale.

Come along and say hello.


New Zealand and Hobbiton

The trip to New Zealand was over before I knew it. A bittersweet time as my purpose in being there was to assist my elderly Aunt in traveling, and take her husbands ashes home to be buried. It was his wish and she wanted to carry it out for him.

The day itself was beautiful and while sad it was nice to know he was home. Though he liked Australia he always talked about his precious New Zealand whenever I had the opportunity to see him.

While most of our time there was for family and the things that needed to be done we did have a chance to get around a bit. His family took some time out to show me the place that he loved so much. They really blessed us with their time. It is always great to be shown around by a local instead of the more traditional touristy methods.

LaVieEnChic_Murawi Beach NZ

We saw wild West Coast beaches, amazing forests, Rotorua Geysers (a bit stinky :) ), and the splendid Hamilton Garden’s, all the while traveling through wonderful countryside. A day trip around Auckland and views from the top of The Sky Tower, in the middle of the city there, were further highlights.

One place I was thrilled to visit was the set of Hobbiton in Matamata on the North Island of New Zealand. Wow! What a beautiful area. No wonder they decided to film in that place. It was perfect in every aspect.

lavie_hobbiton My children were a little miffed at me getting to visit the place before they did but we hope to get everyone over there some day for a vacation. Perhaps playing the Hobbit version of Monopoly I picked up for them will provide some consolation. :)

Every area of the North Island that we visited is as stunning as you see in the tourist brochures, and they tell me over there that the South Island is even more beautiful. That, and the friendliness of the people there, is enough for me to want to visit New Zealand again.

CTMH “Holidays with Heart” Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our very first Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Mandy’s blog Hall of Indulgence then you are in the right place. If you landed here on your own, that’s perfect also. You’ll find the next place to join the hop by going to the link at the end of this post.

Today I am sharing with you one craft project, which I have decorated to use this Christmas, that features the fabulous products from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide which is available now through to December 31st this year.

I already had the  J O Y chipboard letters and as soon as the Sparkle and Shine papers hit my desk I knew they would be perfect for decorating them up.


The elegance houndstooth paper, traditional red candy stripe, and multi-toned paper reminiscent of Christmas baubles, are in the lovely aqua type hues that appear to be trending for this upcoming season. Combined they are just stunning.


Embellishments from the Sparkle and Shine Compliments Dimensional Elements were perfect for giving the joy letter pieces some depth and texture. Then a few little extras like the peg and twine  added extra touches to pretty it up.


Of course a girl has to have some bling right?


The medallion was made by cutting a 1&3/4″ x 12″ strip of the candy stripe paper, and scoring it every 1/2 inch then concertina folding it like a fan. Attach the two ends into a circle and hold one side of the concertina together pinching down in the middle and spreading out the other side. It is glued to a small circle of card stock and weighted down overnight to dry and hold shape. The “Celebrate the Season” stamp I used to make the top of the embellishment is from the Limited Edition Sparkle and Shine WOTG scrapbook kit.


Here you can see the gorgeous combination of five of the papers used from the paper pack. The edges are all grunged up and distressed with the Slate Ink pad which is the prefect neutral for this job.

Every product in the The Holidays .MH consultant whilst stocks last. Some items are in short supply so order early to avoid disappointment. All orders totalling over $130 during the promotion can choose one starred item from The holidays with Heart gift Guide for free. Yes free! Which makes it a great time to grab one of our Cricut Collections or perhaps the Stamp Pad Ink and Marker Organiser to help you reach this fabulous offer.

I’d love you to leave a comment, perhaps sharing which item from the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide you like the most before heading off to the next stop. You can find the next stop on the CTMH Australasian blog hop at Patricia Manhire

20 Years

My eldest son celebrates his birthday today. Seems like only yesterday he was born yet here he is turning twenty.

We follow a wheat free diet most of the time so his youngest sister experimented with a gluten free cake. Did a pretty good job too!



The card was made using paper from the Pro-Player WOTG Scrapbook kit utilising the pattern and exclusive stamp set from the Laughing Lola WOTG Cardmaking kit.

My sister had her birthday this week, along with one niece. Another niece had a baby boy this week too, so it has been one long week of celebrating.

Did you celebrate anything this week?


My Online Business Address Website

One of the cool things about Close to My Heart is the way they structure everything to make life easy for us little independent consultants here on the ground. Gotta love that!


The coolest thing is they provide us with our own individual website where our customers can go to order products easily.  You can even hold an online gathering if you are too busy to have one at home. This allows you to earn hostess rewards for qualifying orders.

So without further ado you will find my official CTMH website at

Feel free to drop by and check it out. If you feel like ordering something you can click on my gathering link for the month which you can find in the box down on the bottom right, or just hit the shop tab up the top.

if you’d like to know more about holding your own online gathering with the chance to earn hostess rewards please contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out.

I am off overseas, for about 2 weeks, helping my elderly Aunt, who lost her husband earlier this year take his ashes home to New Zealand. So I will be out of touch for a bit.

See you when I get back.


One of the fun things about living here is walking the beach and collecting looking at driftwood. Yes we used to collect it but let’s just say it started to take over the courtyard.

Little did we know when we moved here there would be a constant, at times immense, supply of the stuff. All the floods earlier in the year brought us a huge range to choose from.


Now we admire and discuss and decide if a piece is something we are really going to do something with or if it’s just going to get thrown on the pile.

We do have some lovely driftwood, with artistic plans for each one. There is a bunch of smaller, well sun bleached and weathered twigs which I am planning to make some sort of garland, banner or swag type thing to decorate with for Christmas. Other than that we have a lot of firewood excess.

Today we had the opportunity to help out a friend who needed a mass collection for his business which makes and sells art sculpture based on driftwood.

We met across on the north shore of Port Macquarie and went fossicking along the Hastings River and coastline. A bunch of us met and had a picnic first. It was the first time that we had been across the river which is done by car ferry on a winch. That was an adventure for the kids in itself.


The coastal beach on this side is desolate in it’s wild beauty. Windswept, awash in coastal grasses and driftwood it was a stunning place to hang out for the afternoon.

Been feeling a little adrift lately with everything going on behind the scenes. Good busy as always, but not finding time to nurture or be nurtured with any depth. A day out like today, helping someone else, spending time in nature, was just the ticket to break that.


The view across the river back towards Port Macquarie is lovely. It must be something at night. Maybe a twilight drive out that way next time I am feeling adrift.



A Fabulous Weekend

Creative Kickoff with CTMH in Melbourne was fabulous. I learnt so much, created a bunch of layouts which just need photos adding to, and made some lovely new friends.

I renewed friendships with ladies I knew many years ago in Western Australia. Plus caught up with my good friend Ingrid and her precious daughter Ava who we knew for many years in Saudi.

In all it was a great weekend. Lots of love, laughter, food and friendship. Oh – and swollen feet which are still not down.

Now though it’s time for a break. Taking time to process it all, see what fits and where I am headed makes sense. I need to spend some time with my kiddo’s, getting some rest, and hopefully this swelling that is hanging around in my feet.

More later…