Well this is officially the last post for 2008!
We took the boys to see some 9pm fireworks tonight as well as an icecream and they loved it!
Hopefully this is the first of many New Years Eves out as a family. They had a great time and so did we.
Thank you to everyone who visits my blog. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment, no matter how big or small. And for those that don't leave a comment that's Ok too - it's just lovely that you take some time to visit here every now and then.
Best wishes to you all for a Safe and Happy 2009!
Enjoy the New Year - 45 minutes to go here in Brisbane - just need to keep my eyes open a little longer - hehehe!
What's a post with a photo - here's my collage of Xmas Day 'opening presents'.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well this is officially the last post for 2008!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thank you so much for all the lovely birthday wishes - it really meant alot to me!
And, I can't believe how many Capricorns there are amongst us - more birthdays to come.
I've been processing photos galore and getting ready to print them off tomorrow. I like to crop them sometimes in Photoshop and make a collage so I can use on my layouts, so I've been spending time on that tonight. Here are a heap of photos from Christmas Day - spent at my parent's home. It was a huge family affair and we all had a great time. I can't wait to do this layout!
Best wishes to everyone for a Happy New Year in case I don't get time to post tomorrow night.
Here's to a wonderful 2009!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Today I'm celebrating my Birthday and not just any birthday ... the BIG 40!
I'm having a fun day with Ethan and Joshua playing trains and building Neo, gingerbread for morning tea and heaps of kisses and hugs from them. Looking forward to when Manuel gets home from work too.
Hopefully I'll have some photos to share soon!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We celebrated Christmas lunch and dinner with cousins and aunties and uncles and grandparents and greatgrandparents and nieces and .... well it was fantastic! The boys had a great time, not just with the endless supply of presents but playing with their cousins and also a visit from Santa Claus on the day. I'll share some photos next week. Oh and some of those cousins and aunties are visitors to my blog .... time to leave a comment girls!!!!
Earlier in the week, the boys were excited to bake some gingerbread. We started the tradition last year and they loved it. This year though we baked them and then decorated them, ate a few and then packaged them into a biscuit tin as a gift for their 95 year old GreatGrandmother. They decided that since she couldn't bake her Greek biscuits anymore they would bake something for her - I'm lucky to have such good little boys. Of course, they kept a container for themselves too - hehehe!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The boys are so excited that Santa is coming tonight - Ethan reminded me that we took photos last year in front of the tree before bedtime, so I was more than happy to carry on the tradition.
Of course, they also got some homemade gingerbread for Santa, an apple for the reindeer to share and a glass of water in case anyone was thirsty. Ethan included a special note for Santa as well.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So we have to strike a deal in our house for a mini photo session - one crazy photo then one 'normal' photo. In fact the 'normal' ones are hardly normal most of the time. I'm loving my new camera and I just collected my second new lens - a 50mm f1.4 - and had to have a play. Here are some shots - gotta love my model!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
... 2 in fact,
although I can only share one since I'm thinking that I can use the other for the Keeping it Simple article in Scrapbook Creations.
The weather in Brisbane was forecast to be 35 degrees celcius today so I stayed inside with the boys most of the time. We baked gingerbread and hopefully we can decorate them tomorrow. I also completed 2 layouts and went for a swim. We should all sleep well tonight.
Here's my Finding Diesel layout - I kept thinking it needed some patterned paper but I just couldn't get it to feel right with it on. That gorgeous arrow is a sticker from the American Crafts range - a gift from Severine a while ago - isn't is so cool!
Six sleeps to go!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
All I needed were a few new photos and some goodies from the scrap store and I felt inspired to scrap again. I'm sure it's been a couple of weeks but I'm in the groove now and I'm about to complete another layout once I share this on my blog.
These photos were practice shots with my new camera and lens - I'm really loving it and I was pleased with how these photos turned out of Joshua and his trains.
Thanks for dropping by - only 7 sleeps to go!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thanks to Tiff for nominating me for this blog award - 2 awards in 2 days - how cool is that! She's a really fun girl and a great scrapper - go check her out.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The tree is up and the presents are wrapped - except of course the ones Santa will bring.
We've had the tree up since mid November - the boys put it up one stormy afternoon to stop them feeling scared. I love having the tree up early - it feels like Xmas doesn't it!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Finally, my new camera arrived at the camera store and I love it!
I'm so happy to have the Canon 40D as well as a beautiful new lens - the 24-70L.
The 50mm f1.2 is on it's way but I'm loving the other one.
Here are a couple of the very first images I took on the weekend.
Oh and Kate B. asked me about a previous layout I posted on my blog - a Xmas layout. She asked what inspired me to use black aplhas against a black background.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ethan came home last week and announced that he needed some cards for his 27 school friends. So this is what we made - Xmas Bookmarks. Some of the designs were inspired (in a big way) by my friend, Melanie Louette - her cards are beautiful - go check them out if you have a moment.
On the reverse side he wrote his To's and From's - the kids loved them!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I'm so excited.
I received an email today from Jennifer Wozab (Simple Scrapbooks - USA) requesting a layout from me for the MAY edition.
I am so excited - this will be 2 editions in a row.
And to make it even more wonderful, my dear friend Severine DiGiacomo (from Switzerland) will be in the same issue as me - she has a layout accepted also. I'm very happy for her.
I'm really really excited - did I say that already?
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's that time of the year where I need to gather all my ingredients together to bake some gingerbread with the boys. A friend of mine, Nicole Southworth, shared a layout of hers last year with her daughters baking gingerbread and it inspired me immediately to go out and grab all the gear I needed to do this with my own children. They loved it and so did I and the best part was that it was pretty simple to do. What more could you want? I'd love to hear if you follow any xmas traditions - such a great time of the year, isn't it!
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I forgot to upload my 4th layout last night. I was so busy completing a layout for Scrapbooking Memories for the Xyron Challenge they have coming up in the new year. Wow, I've never used one before and I loved it. So easy to use and sticks everything down so well. I bet you all have one in your scrap stash - don't you ?
This layout is a favourite of mine - not sure why the design grabs me but it does - I think it's the American Crafts rubon arrow - not sure exactly.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Here is the third layout that is featured in this month's Scrapbook Creation's Xmas Article - not difficult at all to replicate and really nice to look back on in years to come at how the house looked at Xmas time. That reminds me, time to get the Xmas wreath out and onto the door.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I have some exciting news to share ... a little while ago, Tanyah Payne from Scrap 'n Craft with T (online scrapbooking store) invited me to put together a kit for her along with a layout using the products that I chose. Myself, along with Michelle Jamieson and Tracey Thorne will be taking turns each month to do this and they will be for sale along with 'step-by-step' instructions.
My kit will be available from the 1st January and I can't wait to share what I've done.
In the meantime, Michelle Jamieson has the very first kit available for sale and it's gorgeous!
Oh, and Tanyah is a great scrapper herself - having received an Honorable Mention last year in Scrapbooking Memories Masters.
The kits are available for sale throughout Australia.
Posted by Leanne Stamatellos at Monday, December 01, 2008