The pirate Captain

LOL I love that movie. It is [almost] totally unrelated to this post, however :)

Every now and then the person we bought Captain from back in January very nicely asks for a recent picture of Captain, and today it was a particularly good reminder to snap some new photos. Cue five minutes on the side of the road when we were walking home from school this afternoon! 

This is one reason I totally love my Fuji X100. A compact camera to carry around (as opposed to the big DSLRs), wide angle lens, complete manual control over everything. For these shots I set it at 1/250 second and aperture of 4.0, leaving the rest to Lightroom. I had it on auto ISO, and it varied from 640 to 2400.

Captain has continued to be a total mischief lately, finding new and creative ways to escape the (almost 1/4 acre) back yard, including climbing and jumping. 5 foot high seems to be a sweet spot that he can't quite get over without some kind of ledge or foothold to help him along, lol. He will eat pretty much anything, so we are still reminding the kids every day to put their stuff up high or behind closed doors! A few weeks ago he rummaged in my bag and found a triple pack of ferrero rocher chocolates that I'd been given. He'd eaten a full one before I could stop him, and yes the gold wrapper went all the way through ;)

On Sundays we have a 'no-technology entertainment' rule, at least until late afternoon, and last Sunday we spent a few hours painting pickets and railing on Sunday for a new picket fence we will have across the front of our house. All the kids helped out. We're really looking forward to having it finished, plus a few extra bits of fencing, so that he will be able to get down into the yard from the verandah without needing us to take him. We're still time-sharing the very back part of the yard between Captain and the chooks, but will be building them their own corner within the next few months or so.

Wedding ideas and scrapbooking sweet things

A few scrapbook projects I've created for Aussie Scrap Source lately... both had a touch of Germany in their subjects ;) The layout above was for a Prima Marketing weekend inspiration post. I'm not usually very flowery, but I loved these aqua and green toned paper roses, and the metal flower pieces were just awesome. I'd love to see them as jewellery!

Then we were asked to create a wedding event range, sponsored by Sizzix, which was new for me. I borrowed my sister's cuttlebug and used some embossing and cutting dies for the first time in years! I used Cosmo Cricket's Sweet Disposition mini-range, which I just love, and added a natural rustic kind of feel. In the layout at the end I use a photo I took at my friend Sylvia's wedding in Germany some years ago, and the baby girl in the first layout is her daughter who Sienna and I got to meet last November :)

My scrappy inspiration has come and gone and come back again in all different directions lately, but I've created a double page for an upcoming post (just yesterday) that I really love, so I'm feeling a bit excited again... I will share when it has appeared on the Aussie Scrap Source blog, promise!