Monday, 9 December 2013
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Well without being too overdramatic and sentimental here, crafting is almost what I live for and it is when I craft I am having some of the happiest times in my life. Crafting is my relief when the world is cruel, tough or boring. It is my relaxation when I need to switch off or forget about the stresses of work or life. Crafting is my retreat. When I craft I go into my own little bobble where nothing else exist, I forget about everyone and everything around me and it is indeed a very happy universe for me. Wow, that almost made crafting sound like a drug - and I guess for me it is like a drug and it gives me a high. Yet it is so much more healthy - even if not on the bank balance!
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Day 29: If you could start your crafting life all over again what would you differently OR Craft something that has a beach theme
This is a really good and interesting question. Hindsight is such a good - but very annoying thing! I would definitely decide not to buy some of the items I have bought in the past - such as Fiskars Shapeboss (it was so cool at the time.....honestly - it was!), lots of papers and probably lots and lots of other gimmicky items I have blissbully forgotten about right now.
I would teach myself digital design early on and save a lot of money buying stuff from other people. I would learn to colour in really with with alcohol pens. I would attend more classes, workshops and retreats (if I could afford them) as they are great fun and you meet so many nice people. Just a shame many of them are very expensive so it is difficult to justify the cost when often you go on your own without a partner.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Hey everyone! Only 3 days to go on the challenge and we are still going strong!
Day 28: If you had 3 wishes what would they be OR Craft something Craft something to celebrate a new home
Well, those 3 wishes below may not necessarily be my all-time, or too much thought through wishes, so with the risk of being a bit frivilous with them here goes:
1. I started my blog just round about the time of the start of this challenge - and it was the challenge which really got me started - and have kept me on my toes. So my first wish would be that I can keep up the blogging and not stop just because the challenge stops. I may not keep up the every day blogging, but at least a few times a week. I would also like to start participating in card challenges out there in cyber-land in order to push myself creatively - and that would be something for me to blog with.
2. The second wish would be for my mum to be able to sell her house. My father died 5 years ago and my mum decided last year to try and sell our family home. It has been on the market for over a year now - as the market has just been completely dead. Unfortunately her house is just one of many houses on the market with nothing shifting. So perhaps my wish should be for the whole housing market to improve - but that is such a huge ask - so just let my mum be able to move on with the next chapter in her life.
3. The third wish would be to open my own business with something crafty. Not yet sure what it would be - but watch this space - it may happen one day. My only fear is that something I hold so dear as a hobby, and which provides me with a huge relief and relaxation from the everyday stresses, would not be so dear to me if it was my full-time procession. Would I enjoy it just as much if I suddenly had to work to deadlines and profit margins. Would I even have time to craft just for the enjoyment, or would it all suddenly just become work? Well, I guess there is only one way to find out!
So that is me for today. I will craft a card with a New Home theme over the weekend (or at least have the best intention to do so) but not today as I am off out with some girlfriends tonight whom I haven't seen for a long time.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Day 22: Which crafting season is your favourite and why OR Craft something that has silver on it
I LOVE to craft for Christmas. I like when the days get darker (yes, I know that is weird) and I like all the things we do at Christmas time. All the decorations and preparations are the best part of Christmas for me. Each year I try to do some new decorations for the house, I make loads of Christmas cards. I tend to do a craft stall in late October selling cards and other projects I have made and I enjoy all of it.
Apart from doing my own stuff I also enjoy the Christmas season for crafting because of all the Craft Shows and other events with homemade items which happen in the pre-Christmas months. I adore going and browsing the non-craft items such as the foodstuff, flowers (although some may include that in craft) etc etc. I think when we crafters go to those shows we appreciate the time, effort and skill of the items made and are prepared to pay a bit more than on a shop bought item. Sometimes at those places I find it frustrating that some people will look at an item think it is nice, but say I can buy that much cheaper at the supermarket. Just my little rant - sorry!
I managed to make a card with silver on it today - here is is:
Friday, 21 June 2013
Day 21: Describe your perfect afternoon OR Craft something that has an animal theme
My perfect afternoon at the moment would be to sit on the settee with my two cats and have nice cuddles and hear them purr. I could even sit and just watch them sleep - that gives me immense pleasure too. Otherwise if it doesn't involve cats a perfect afternoon could be lunch and drinks in a pub - maybe sitting outside in the sun with cold drinks and good conversation all afternoon. Oh, but I also love an afternoon in my craftroom - which happens far too seldom!
So now I can show ragdoll photos again?
First a photo of Alberta and Michigan, Alberta is on the right. They both love our bathroom and the shower is one of their favorite places - strange, right? Sadly we lost Alberta in March which is why we got got the kitten Utah now.
Thursday, 20 June 2013
For those of you who have got used to my daily blog - apologies for not blogging yesterday. It was a manic day for me. I was out and about all day at different meetings and didn't get home until 00.45 this morning. Crazy.
So monochrome card will follow - plan to do some crafting this weekend. Need to relax and enjoy it. Now the more difficult task of deciding what colour I would be and why? It is so difficult to choose as I love colours. For many many years pink was my favorite and I had so much pink clothes that I eventually decided not to buy pink clothes for a full year. Then about 2-3 years ago I went to House of Colour and did a colour test - where they they you what colours suit you best. Guess what - I am winter and one of the best colours for me is pink. So there was a reason why I was drawn to pink.
So I guess the colour I choose may be pink - but I also really like a deep purple at the moment. So can I have two colours, please? The pink because it brings me in such a good mood when I put it on. If I have a bad day it will be made better if I dress in pink as I find the colour uplifting - and if I am already in a good mood (most days) then it will just be enhanced by dressing in pink.
Sometimes my work calls for being a bit more subdued with my clothes and that is where I have found that the deep purple is great. I don't always want to wear black in the corporate world and I find that purple gives me a bit of my identity without rocking the boat too much!
So there you go. Catching up. Now off to see what I should be blogging about today.