Sunday, July 7, 2019

Finding happiness

Minimalism is about owning fewer possessions...owning less stuff!
I no longer need to find happiness and fulfilment in possessions. I want to find happiness and fulfilment in making memories, and doing more with my life, and to do that, I don’t need more stuff in my life!

I’ve decided to give myself a year to change my life and become minimalistic. Over the year I’m going to go through every room in my house, every cupboard, every drawer, every cluttered space. I’m going to take pictures along the way....the before and after! I’m going to sell, donate, throw out and give away my unwanted stuff, so I can live a simple life and do more things I love!

I’ve decided to start with my front’s a complete disaster. It’s the room that every one sees first when they step into my house. It is filled with stuff - Jenna’s stuff, left behind after she moved out many years ago, broken items that need fixing, items that no longer serve a purpose, boxes filled with paper work that need sorting, junk items, soft toys, old toys etc.....

Today is the start of minimalistic journey!

Friday, July 5, 2019

A simple life!

Today, is my birthday!!
Happy Birthday Shazza!!

Having less stuff to look after means, doing more things for me, spending more time with my family and friends, being able to have people over to my house without feeling I can’t have anyone over because the house is a freaking mess, doing more things I love.....
I realise that my possessions are not making me happy, they are actually keeping me from the very things that make me happy in life. I want more joy, more peace, more relaxing times and definitely a purpose!
I no longer want to accumulate material possessions, I want my life to be SIMPLE!
To have a SIMPLE life, I need to let go of things I don’t need any more, things that no longer serve me, things (clothes) I don’t fit into, things that are broken, things I no longer collect...... but most of all to stop brining items into my house. Stop shopping, stop being convinced by advertisement that I need something, stop buying stuff just because it’s cheap, stop buying stuff because I think I’m getting a bargain!


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Shazza simplified!

This morning as I laid in bed, looking around my bedroom and into my walk-in wardrobe.....I thought gee I really do have a lot of stuff :( Do I really need all this stuff? How have I accumulated so much stuff? Am I South Morang’s number one hoarder?
So, I decided to launch a new cycle in my life.... I’m calling it ‘Shazza simplified’! What does that mean?
It means from today I’m starting a new chapter in my life. I’m going to minimalist my life by reducing the stuff I have! I’m tired of maintaining, sorting, cleaning, dusting, replacing, and  repairing my stuff. How many times have I decluttered my garage....many, many times, (just ask my sister Debbie Carboni). Every time we chat, she asks me ‘what are you doing’ and my answer more often than not is.....I’m tidying the Garage! LOL
Today I’ve decided I no longer need ‘Stuff’ to make me happy! Some days I can’t even see the things I love because ‘stuff’ is in the way, taking up space, taking over my life....
I feel like I’m being held captive by my ‘stuff’! My household clutter has to go. You can’t organise clutter!
Today is my first step to my ‘Shazza simplified’ life....
Today I’m becoming a MINIMALIST!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Archi-scraps - In-between dress sizes

This month at Archi-scraps the chalenge is to SQUEEZE something in-between.

You can find the challenge HERE

 At Archiscraps during April we are asking you to SQUEEZE SOMETHING IN BETWEEN.

Here is my Interpretation of the challenge...

In-between Dress sizes

Here I am in-between two dresses!!
I paper folded the dresses origami style, then jazzed them up by adding a belt and a button. I found two 'Barbie' coathangers to use...perfect!

Here is a close up....

The Journaling says..... 
Don't you hate it when you're in-between dress sizes!!
You try to SQUEEZE into one size (using your straight back, suck your tummy in super power!!) OR the next size up hangs loosely off you like a floppy summer shift that makes me look like a frumpy sweatshirt mum!!


Thanks for a great and fun challenge Julene and Archiscrap design team ladies!

Shazza xx

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Artastic - All Dressed UP!

The August challenge at ARTastic this month is to use this pic for inspiration. 
You can find the challenge HERE

 August inspiration is by Marie Jonsson-Harrison with "Balloon-Wedding"

 CRITERIA - Feature things that fly either in the photos or as embellishments

Here is my take on the challenge....
'All Dressed UP'!

I added the large hot air balloon, a plane and a paper clip hot air balloon.

Here is a close up

Thanks for a great challenge....
Jane and the ARTastic Design Team

Shazza xx

Monday, August 13, 2018

Archi-scraps - Read

Here is my page for the latest challenge at Archi-scraps. 
You can find the challenge HERE

 Here is the Mood board.
The building in the picture is in Dubai.

Your challenge is to use ONLY THE COLOURS IN THIS MOOD BOARD.
(with neutrals such as black, white or Kraft)

My page has the distressed background rectangles which reflect the front of the resort buildings and the rectangle outside areas.
Just love these colours....I think they are a close match!

A page I did a while ago but have never entered it in a challenge, just waiting for the right chance!
Today was the day! :)


...and a close up!

 Here is my pregnant daughter reading a book on motherhood!

Thanks Julene and Design Team ladies for such a perfect challenge for my page!

Shazza x

A champagne kinda Christmas

I just LOVE Christmas!!

So happy I came across this challenge and its NEW!!

 'Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog' 
you can find the challemge HERE

And the first challenge is.....

Anything goes

Here is something christmassy that I can add from our family Christmas last December

A champagne kinda Christmas

 Love celebrating with family


Thanks for a great first challenge, I hope to keep up each month!


Shazza xx

Monday, May 28, 2018

ARTastic - Swinging Time

This month at ARTastic challenge blog, the inspired painting is by Cathy
McClelland called tap Dancer.

 and the criteria is to use FLOWERS

Here is my take on the challenge called 'Swinging Time'

with lots of added little flowers and flower buds. 
I even added my own 'tap dancer'

Here are two close ups!


Thanks Jane and the Artastic Design team for your wonderful inspiration this month,
I'm very pleased with my end result!

Shazza xx

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Archi-scraps - Awesome Foursome

The challenge this month at Archi-scraps is Chevrons and the colour Blue

Castello di Sammezzano
This castle looks sedate on the outside but on the inside? It’s an explosion of color and texture. The 16th century masterpiece of architecture and design sat abandoned in Tuscany, Italy, for decades.


Here is my interpretation of the challenge..

Awesome Foursome

and a close up

I added blue chevron felt behind the blue picture frames.

Thankyou for such a great challenge this month
Julene and all the Design Team gals!

Shazza xx

Monday, February 26, 2018

Artastic - Soul Girls

The February inspiration at 'Artastic Challenge Blog' is something a little different - this lovely ceramic piece by Jill Foster called Fringe Faces

The criteria is GIRLS only

 Here is my take on the challenge called....
'Soul Girls just wanna have FUN'


 Little girls always seem to have so much fun when they are together, 
so I thought adding our adult heads to little girls bodies would look awesome.

I really love how this turned out, I'm sure we would all be great friends if we ever got together as a group.

I love how Mary has put her arms around Lori and my

Soul girls are...Libby, Kaz, Cheryl, Lori, Mary and me (Shazza)

Thanks for a great challenge Jane and her Artastic team.

Shazza xx

Friday, January 19, 2018

Archi-scraps - Always Be Yourself

Hi Ladies!

The start of a new year and that means the start of new challenges!

Over at Arci-scraps the challenge this month is to 'Let your hair down', and use tassels.

This is my take on the challenge....

'Always Be Yourself'

and a close up!!

Some good advice for my daughter Jenna.

Thanks Julene and Design team girls for the inspiration!!



Thursday, January 18, 2018

ARTastic - Mystery Island Vanuatu

This month at ARTastic the inspirational photo comes from Arthur Streeton called 'Beach Scene' and the criteria is to use a vacation photo.

Here is my take on the challenge called
'Mystery Island Vanuatu'

This is a vacation photo from my scrapcruise in April 2017
Had such a fun day on Mystery Island with my friends and adopted family (the Berrymans)!! 

Thanks for the challenge Jane and ARTastic DT's


Sunday, February 26, 2017

ARTastic - Carousel Kiddie

Hi Ladies!

This month at Artastic the inspirational photo is by 
Karen Pierce called 'Carousel Delight'

 The CRITERIA - Butterflies

Here is my take on the challenge....

'Carousel Kiddie'

and a few close up!!

My Grandaughter 'Skyla' riding her flying pony :)

Thanks for the challenge Jane and Artastic DT's


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Archi-scraps - PAINT

Hi Ladies!

Put some colour in your life!!
here's your chance to use all those odd colours you might have in your stash.
Our challenge is to USE LOTS OF COLOURS

Here is my interpretation of the challenge...

I used lots of color, chalkboard paints, neon paints and glitter to make this gorgeous background.
I then added a paint quote, a photo of used paint brushes and a little yellow house to tie in with the inspirational photo.

 Lots of splatters and was fun bringing the background to life!

Thanks for a great challenge Julene and DT girls..... it was fun getting messy this month!

Shazza x


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Archi-scraps - BFF

Hi Ladies!

The new year brings new challenges and Januarys challenge at Archiscraps is to use lace!

Here is the inspirational pic.

This is a ceiling at the Alhambra in Spain. Don't you love that lacy pattern?

Here is my page called 'BFF'

I added blue edged lace to the bottom of my pic and the bottom of the title, as a border. This is my daughter 'Jenna' and her new bubba 'Skyla,'
it would be lovely if they were 'Best Friends Forever'

My page is from a class I did with Cindy Porter at 'A Scrappy Tiger' retreat. I just love the bright blues against the orange pp.

Here is a close up!

Thanks Julene and Archiscrap girls to get me motivated to finish off this page!