Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



I pray you all have a wonderful Christmas, full of peace and wonder, and also wishing you a prosperous New Year, and good health....boy do I know that one...
Be blessed and enjoy the season and don't forget the reason, and see you all in the New Year, hopefully, once things are settled again, I will be able to enter some challenges....
Thanks everyone for all of your support and prayers...
Blessings Hilde

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

This is a story I must share, please re post. Help our Farmers


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    This is one of the most important reads ever..... Please read and re post...
    AUSTRALIA YOU ARE AMAZING!
    THIS POST HAS GONE VIRAL AND IS NOW HEADING TOWARDS 1.5 MILLION HITS SINCE WE POSTED IT ON MONDAY AFTERNOON
    Politicians of Australia, the people are speaking - and you need to listen.
    The team of people who are supporting David - who is flat out working and operating on horses right now - took a call from one of Australia's most respected and best loved former political leaders this morning who said:
    THAT VETS LETTER HAS BECOME A DEFINING MOMENT IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY.."
    read it yourself....
    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE:
    Dear Men and Women of Australia,
    There are two photographs on this page, and while they might look like father and daughter, they are separated by two nations, one ocean and some seventy years.
    Yet incredibly, they are both part of the same tragedy, the kind that leaves deep and irreparable scars on a nation and its people for a lifetime.
    The young woman who was born in 1907. The elderly man who was born twenty years later in 1927.
    The photograph of the woman was taken in the Great Depression of 1936 when the man was still only 9 years old.
    Her name was Florence Owens Thompson and she was a 32 year old mother of seven who was photographed sitting homeless in a tent. The image was published across the newspapers of America and it managed to enrage the nation, because people could not believe that Americans could be treated in such a way.
    It forced President Roosevelt to act, to step up and become a leader for his times: he launched soup kitchens, work gangs, programs for the homeless, dams and roads and railways were built – and he gave his people hope.
    John Steinbeck later wrote a book called The Grapes of Wrath which became an American literary Icon. It was about a drought that made the farmers penniless – and how the banks had forced them off their land so they could sell it on to the big powerful corporations. What happened to the farmers of Oklahoma ultimately carved a deep and shameful scar across the American identity that was felt throughout the Twentieth Century.
    The second photograph on this page is of Charlie Phillott, now 87, an elderly farmer from the ruggedly beautiful Carisbrooke Station at Winton. He has owned his station since 1960, nurtured it and loved it like a part of his own flesh. He is a grand old gentleman, one of the much loved and honoured fathers of his community.
    Not so long ago, the ANZ bank came and drove him off his beloved station because the drought had devalued his land and they told him he was considered an unviable risk. Yet Charlie Phillott has never once missed a single mortgage payment.
    Today this dignified Grand Old Man of the West is living like some hunted down refugee in Winton, shocked and humiliated and penniless. And most of all, Charlie Phillott is ashamed, because as a member of the Great Generation - those fine and decent and ethical men and women who built this country – he believes that what happened to him was somehow his own fault. And the ANZ Bank certainly wanted to make sure they made him feel like that.
    Last Friday my wife Heather and I flew up with Alan Jones to attend the Farmers Last Stand drought and debt meeting in Winton. And after what I saw being done to our own people, I have never been more ashamed to be Australian in my life.
    What is happening out there is little more than corporate terrorism: our own Australian people are being bullied, threatened and abused by both banks and mining companies until they are forced off their own land.
    So we must ask: is this simply to move the people off their land and free up it up for mining by foreign mining companies or make suddenly newly empty farms available for purchase by Chinese buyers? As outrageous as it might seem, all the evidence flooding in seems to suggest that this is exactly what is going on.
    What is the role of Government in all of this? Why have both the State and Federal Government stood back and allowed such a dreadful travesty to happen to our own people? Where was Campbell Newman on this issue? Where was Prime Minister Abbott? The answer is nowhere to be seen.
    For the last few months, the Prime Minister has warned us against the threats of terrorism to our nation. We have been alerted to ISIS and its clear and present danger to the Australian people.
    Abbott has despatched Australian military forces into the Middle East in an effort to destroy this threat to our own safety and security. This mobilization of our military forces has come at a massive and unbudgeted expense to the average Australian taxpayer which the Prime Minister estimates to be around half a billion dollars each year.
    We are told that terrorism is dangerous not only because of the threat to human life but also because it displaces populations and creates the massive human cost of refugees.
    Yet not one single newspaper or politician in this land has exposed the fact that the worst form of terrorism that is happening right now is going on inside the very heartland of our own nation as banks and foreign mining companies are deliberately and cruelly forcing our own Australian farmers off the land.
    What we saw in the main hall of the Winton Shire Council on Friday simply defied all description: a room filled with hundreds of broken and battered refuges from our own country. It was a scene more tragic and traumatic than a dozen desperate funerals all laced onto the one stage.
    Right now, all over the inland of both Queensland and NSW, there is nothing but social and financial carnage on a scale that has never before been witnessed in this nation.
    It was 41 degrees when we touched down at the Winton airport, and when you fly in low over this landscape it is simply Apocalyptic: there has not been a drop of rain in Winton for two years and there is not a sheep, a cow, a kangaroo, an emu or a bird in sight. Even the trees in the very belly of the creeks are dying.
    There is little doubt that this is a natural disaster of incredible magnitude – and yet nobody – neither state nor the federal government - is willing to declare it as such.
    The suicide rate has now reached such epic proportions right across the inland: not just the farmer who takes the walk “ up the paddock” and does away with himself but also their children and their wives. Once again, it has barely been covered by the media, a dreadful masquerade that has assisted by the reticence and shame of honourable farming families caught in these tragic situations.
    My wife is one of the toughest women I know. Her family went into North West of Queensland as pioneers one hundred years ago: this is her blood country and these are her people . Yet when she stood up to speak to this crowd on Friday she suddenly broke down: she told me later that when she looked into the eyes of her own people, what she saw was enough to break her heart
    And yet not one of us knew it was this bad, this much of a national tragedy. The truth is that these days, the Australian media basically doesn’t give a damn. They have been muzzled and shut down by governments and foreign mining companies to the extent that they are no longer willing to write the real story. So the responsibility is now left to people like us, to social media – and you, the Australian people.
    And so the banks have been free to play their games and completely terrorise these people at their leisure. The drought has devalued the land and the banks have seen their opportunity to strike. It was exactly the excuse that they needed to clean up and make a fortune, because once the rains come – as they always do – this land will be worth four to ten times the price.
    In fact, when farmers have asked for the payout figures, the banks have been either deeply reluctant or not capable of providing the mortgage trail because they have on-sold the mortgage - just like sub-prime agriculture.
    This problem isn’t simply happening in Winton, but rather right across the entire inland across Queensland and NSW. The banks have been bringing in the police to evict Australian famers and their families from their farms, many of them multigenerational. One farmer matter of factly told us it took “oh, about 7 police” to evict him from his first farm and “maybe about twelve” to evict him from his second farm which had been in his family for many generations. You think they are kidding you. Then you see the expression in their eyes.
    And there was something far worse in the room on Friday: the fear of speaking out against the banks: when we asked people to tell us who had done this to them, they would immediately start to shake and cry and look away: They have been silenced to protect the good corporate image of their tormentors called the banks. What in God’s name have the bastard banks been allowed to do to our people?
    This is a travesty against the rights and the human dignity of every Australian
    So it’s only fair that we start to name a few of major banks involved: The ANZ is a major culprit (they made $7 billion profit last year). Then there is Rabo - which is an international agricultural bank - the NAB, Bank West and Westpac (who paid CEO Gail Kelly a yearly salary of some $12 million). They are all equally guilty. For any that we have missed, rest assured they will be publicly exposed as well
    But here’s the thing: when these people are forced off their farms, they have nowhere to go. There are no refugee services waiting, such is the case for those who attempt to enter the sovereign borders of this nation. The farmers simply drive to the nearest town – that’s if the banks haven’t stripped their cars off them as well - and they try and find somewhere to sleep. Some are sleeping on the backs of trucks in swags. There is basically no home or accommodation made available to take them. They camp out, shocked and broken and penniless – and they are living on weet bix and noodles. If there is someone that can lend a family enough money to buy food, they will: otherwise they are left completely alone.
    And consider this: not one of them has asked for help. Not one. They just do the best they can, ashamed and broken and brainwashed by the banks to believe that everything that has happened is completely their own fault
    There is not one single word of this from a politicians lips, with the exception of the incredibly courageous father and son team of Bob and Robbie Katter, who organised the Farmers Last Stand meeting. The Katter family have been in the North since the 1890’s, and nobody who sat in that hall last Friday could question their love and commitment to their own people.
    There is barely a mention of any of this as well in the newspapers, with the exception of as brief splash of publicity that followed our visit.
    The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce attended the meeting in a bitter blue-funk kind of mood that saw him mostly hunched over and staring at the floor. He had given $100 million of financial assistance in a lousy deal where the Government will borrow at 2.75% and loan it back at 3.21%.
    The last thing these people need is another loan: they need a Redevelopment Bank to refinance their own loans: issuing a loan to pay off a loan is nothing more than financial suicide.
    The reality is that Joyce cannot get support from what he calls “the shits in Cabinet” to create a desperately needed Redevelopment Bank so that these farmers can get cheap loans to tide them through to the end of the drought.
    Our sources suggest that those “shits in Cabinet” include Malcolm Turnbull – Minister for Communications and the uber-cool trendy city-centric Liberal in the black leather jacket:, Andrew Robb – Minster for Trade and Investment and the man behind the free trade deal, the man who suddenly acquired three trendy Sydney restaurants almost overnight, the man who seems to suddenly desperate to sell off our farms to China – and one Greg Hunt, Environment Minister and the man who is instantly approving almost every single mining project that is put in front of him.
    At the conclusion of the meeting, we stood and met some of the people in the crowd. My wife talked to women who would hug her for dear life, and when they walked away people would suddenly murmur “oh, she was forced off last week” or “they are being forced off tomorrow” . Not one of them mentioned it to us. They had too much pride.
    The Australian people need to be both informed and desperately outraged about what is being done to our own people. This is about every right that was once held dear to us: human rights, property rights, civil rights. And most all, our right to freedom of speech. All of that has been taken away from these people – and the rest of us need to understand that we are probably next.
    In the last four weeks the Newman Government has removed all farmers rights to protest to a mine and given mining companies the rights to take all the water they want from the Great Artesian Basin – and at no cost to them at all.
    And all of this has happened under the watch of both Premier Newman and Prime Minister Abbott.
    Until Friday, we used to think of Winton as the home of Waltzing Matilda: it was written at a local station and first performed in the North Gregory Hotel. I think it was Don McLean who wrote, “something touched me deep inside…the day the music died”… in his song American Pie, and for us, last Friday was the day music died.
    We will never be able to sing Waltzing Matilda again until we see some justice for these people, and all the farmers of the inland.
    This is no longer the Australia we once knew: no longer our country, no longer our people, no longer the decent caring leaders we once remembered.
    Right now, the banks, the mining mates, the corrupt politicians and all the ‘mongrels in suits’ have won – and the Australian people don’t have a clue what has been done to them.
    Like the American Depression and the iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, there is a terrible, gaping wound that has been carved across the heartland of this nation.
    We need to fully grasp that, and to understand that our people – dignified, decent and honourable old men like Charlie Phillott - have been deliberately terrorized, brutalised – and sold out.
    In one sense, Charlie Phillott has become the symbol overnight of every decent Australian: the simple right to live out our lives on the land we love - and the land we are still free to call our own. At least until some dangerously persuaded corrupted trendy liberal theorist decided to strip all that away.
    The truth is, no Australian was ever consulted about whether or not they wanted to see their land mined into oblivion or see our precious water poisoned and given away for free, whether they wanted to be driven off their land by the greed of banking executives who saw the chance to make a profit by wiping out the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us.
    No Australian was ever consulted about whether or not we wanted to see our beloved homeland sold on the cheap to greedy faceless foreigners just because some slimy two-faced minister managed to convince a weakened prime minster to meekly carry out his bidding.
    Nobody has asked us. We the People. Not once.
    So if we are ever going to do something, then we’d better realise that its now only two minutes to midnight – so we’d better move fast.
    Regards
    David
    Please share this as widely as you can across Australia. You are now the only truthful means we have to spread the message.
    Contact politicians, contact newspapers, radio and television stations. Demand that your voice is heard.
    PHOTOS:
    Charlie Phillott (left) The Australian December 2014:
    Florence Owens Thompson (Dorthea Lange) March 1936 (originally photographed in b&w and retouched

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Good News

Hi everyone, just wanting to thank everyone for wishing me well and praying for me...
I have had good news from the Oncologist today, the treatment I am on is working, and some of the tumors have even started to shrink....Yeah, happy dance..
I don't expect to be doing too much crafting over the next couple of months as we are renovating, moving and all that as well, and a bunch of family stuff, you get the idea...
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year...

Blessings Hilde

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Last Challenge for Crafting with Dragonflies

Challenge # 39 : Anything goes/Option with Farewell/Goodbye theme - our last challenge

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great week so far, and the world has been kind to you ...
I have some news to share today....
with great sadness I have to announce that this will be our last Challenge. I am so sorry to close down after only 18 months, but life has thrown me a few curve balls of late, and I need to get my priorities right...As some of you may be aware that I have had a setback with my health and will need to totally focus on getting well again.
This challenge blog and my own personal blog have been my saving grace...when things were tough I always had that release to concentrate on the blogs, but now I have a much bigger challenge ahead of me, and as much as I will miss you all and the wonderful Dragonflies, it's time to say Goodbye.
I really do appreciate everyone that has followed this blog and was very torn to keep going or not...but sometimes you have to make the hard decision....

You have all been so supportive and wonderful. I feel like I have so many new friends, its's been amazing how we can connect over the internet.....life is full of surprises.
We will also be moving house and renovating......just to add to my list.

There is a season for everything, and my new season has opened up with a bunch of major changes....so I am embracing everything new and different......
Change can only be brought about if we are willing to get out of our comfort zone...one can't expect anything to change if you keep doing the same ol thing....mmmmh!
So the theme for our last challenge is 
Anything Goes, 
with the option of Farewell/Goodbye

Our sponsor is Pickled Potpourri,
and the winner will be announced in a couple of weeks, which will be the last blog announcement.
So make sure you keep checking back.

So here are some great inspiration from the Dragonflies for you to get your creative juices flowing...

Susan made this gorgeous card, on the inside it says: Don't look back, you have already been there.

Sammy made this amazing card and matching tag...love it


CG used this gorgeous image to perfection


Tracey use turned this beautiful Iris into a work of art.

Wynn made this gorgeous card

I just wanted to acknowledge my wonderful supportive Design Team, with out a doubt, including the Team Members that have left, it has been an absolute pleasure...Blessings Hilde

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies, # 38 : Anything but a card - as long as it has a Dragonfly on it..

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great week. Hop on over to the
Crafting with Dragonflies and join in on their wonderful challenge:

Craft something... ...anything
with a Dragonfly, as long as it's not a card....


This could be a 3d Dragonfly, an image or a drawing, or a picture, a die cut...as long as I can see it...
Please remember we are a family friendly blog.


Here is a freebie image for you to use, that I did when the challenge blog first started..feel free to use it but you don't have to, just in case you don't have a Dragonfly image...


Our sponsor is me!! So this will be a surprise gift, so enter at own risk,, lol. Once the winner has been selected there will be some options to chose from....mwahhaahaa...
don't you just love surprises?

Here are the most gorgeous creations from the Dragonflies  

An absolute divine box, just gorgeous, created by Sammy


 What a clever idea and so gorgeous created by Tracey


Here is the before and after, beautiful altered note book made by Wynn

CG made this gorgeous spool into a box with lid, how clever


Susan altered an lunch bag, just gorgeous


Make sure you join in and hop on over the main blog and have some fun....
Blessings Hilde

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies # 37 : Cards in Pink (Breast cancer Month)

Challenge # 37 : Cards in pink ( Breastcancer month)

Hi all, hop on over to the Crafting with Dragonflies blog,  our newest challenge is
Cards in Pink (for Breast cancer)

I have previously had Breast cancer myself about 10 years ago now, and it's come back, but I am fighting it hard, it's been detected early enough to attack it with medication only at this point...so God willing that is all it will take.....
So as you can see, this subject is very close to my heart...
Never give up I say, I have too much to live for, and who else is going to tell my husband what to do,  if I am not around? LOL...oh yeah..

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sami Stamps
I just love these images...please make sure you stop by her shop...


Here are some great creative and beautiful cards for you to get inspired by...

Tracey has put together this lovely card, using many different techniques,love the lace butterfly...

Wynn's lovely card, using


Sammy made this gorgeous card, great colouring...


Susan has made this beautiful elegant card


CG has made a pretty card with butterflies


So there you have it, the girls have made some beautiful cards once again...
I am so blessed to have that many talented ladies on this blog..
Big Dragonfly hugs from all of us....blessings Hilde

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Crafting with Dragonfies # 36 : Anything goes

Challenge # 36: Anything goes - Cards to 3d, from Scrap pages to boxes


Hi everyone, and welcome to another great challenge over at 

 Now I know you all love 
Anything goes.
Now when I mean anything goes, I mean it...lets see your scrap pages, or 3d creations, boxes or whatever you want, but remember we are a family friendly blog....
Hard to believe we have stepped into October already.....where has the year gone??...
I hope you are all well and will endevour to join us with this awesome challenge.
Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is

Dollar Graphics
The prize is  $ 20 Gift Certificate...wow!!
Please make sure you visit them and check them out, they have some awesome designs...hard to choose....you will love it..

Now let;s have a look why the Dragonflies made to inspire you:

Susan made this gorgeous step card, very jungly, love it


CG came up with this gorgeous box, wonder what's inside?

 Wynn made this gorgeous gift set from a pre coloured set available....
she is getting ready for Christmas

Sammy made a gorgeous door hanger, what a great idea

Tracey made this super gorgeous tag

There you have it...make sure you check out the main blog..blessings Hilde

Sunday, 21 September 2014

DT Card for the Squirrel and the Fox # 78 : Happy Birthday



Hi all, well sadly this will be not only the last time for me as a DT member on the Squirrel and the Fox, but also for the Challenge Blog, Tracey and Linda and closing down the blog..
Life gets in the way and things change.....thanks to all my teamies, was fun..
I would have had to step down anyway, as I need to take care of my health now...

We are asking for a Happy Birthday card, and this gorgeous pre coloured Cockatoo is from TPS our sponsor....triple matted and with some Gear die cuts from Tim Holtz, in gold no less,   everything else is from my stash..
Hop on over the main blog and check out all our deets...
Blessings Hilde

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies # 35: Gift Card Holder


Hi all, it is Crafting with Dragonflies time again.
With Christmas looming in the distance this couldn't come at a better time. Get those giftcard holders ready and be prepared, make some in Christmas papers and some in other styles and colours. These are great for Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, or just because.
Things have changed over the years, and a lot of people prefer gift cards nowadays, so they can get what they want....makes life easy....
Our sponsor is Bugaboo and they are always so generous with their winning gift.
http://www.bugaboostamps.com/

Now over to our wonderful Dragonflies, here are their samples and how gorgeous are they? Well done girls as usual.....xxxxxooo


Susan created this beautiful clutch with a belli band, gorgeous colours

How very elegant and how good does the image look shrunk down like that, very clever Wynn
  
 Tracey . This is beautiful work and the bag look is so sweet

  
Sammy said she got the template from LOTV and the tag image on the front is from Bugaboo
The selection of papers are really nice...



CG created this really gorgeous gift card holder and I like the fence idea

There you have it, what wonderful examples the girls have provided. Due to health issues and now a funeral ( my Mother inlaw passed away on Tuesday) I just was not able to provide a sample...I am sure things will improve eventually, at the moment it just feels all rather overwhelming...

Hop on over to the main blog here and enter...
Blessings Hilde