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Songbird

Happy ANZAC Day everyone ūüôā

Forgot to include this card with my last post. ¬†It was one I made very quickly at the end of my group crafting day. ¬†My friend had bought an old Japanese book from an op-shop, with the thought of using the text on cards and other projects. ¬†She shared the pages with us, and I created this card with some other Japenese-y papers I had luckily brought with me. ¬†Actually, they were from years ago when I was on the Design Team for a scrapbooking store. ¬†I hadn’t used these papers since then, but they went well with the text as a backing paper. ¬†I liked the addition of the vintage bird too (when do I NOT like adding a bird?). ¬†As I didn’t have all my supplies with me, it’s not finished as well as I would like, but it’s ok and a quick and simple little design that ended my day on a satisfied note.

Hope you are having a productive day ūüôā

PS I am dedicating this to the late, great Prince, who we tragically lost this week.  RIP x

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Culling and Doodling

Firstly, apologies for not posting anything this last week or so. ¬†It was a busy, stressful time and I just lost track of the days. ¬†Plus, I had nothing of interest to say! ¬†Which isn’t unusual for me, let’s be honest. ¬†I’m not exactly a thrilling person to be around (or read about)! ¬†But the last week or two was focused on work stuff and other boring tasks and obligations. ¬†I had some friends and family in hospital too, so that took up some time and brain power. ¬†Basically, I didn’t have the “ooomph” to post anything.

I am currently on annual leave (thank the heavens!) for three weeks.  I just really needed time off РI was feeling like I was going to have a nervous breakdown or punch someone in the face (possibly one of those things, followed by the other).  I had time owing,  so I took it.  I was going to travel to Melbourne and have some time there, but decided to save my money and stay home and sort my shit out.

I have so much I want to do. ¬†Most of it involves culling and cleaning. ¬†LOTS of culling. ¬†I have so much stuff and it is overwhelming me. ¬†Most of it is just clutter and junk and silly little things I can’t get rid of, for whatever reason. ¬†Today I went through my wardrobe (precipitated by me going to the op-shop yesterday and buying more clothes) and sorted tonnes of stuff out. ¬†I made up three big garbage bags full of items I know longer need or want. ¬†Shoes and handbags and pants and skirts and tops and EVERYTHING. ¬†I seem to keep more handbags than I actually will ever need, in case I have a wedding to go to. ¬†What kind of crazy reasoning it that??? ¬†If, in the event of being invited to a wedding, I find myself without a suitable handbag, surely I can just go and buy one at the time? ¬†I don’t actually need to keep twenty of them in my house at any given time. ¬†Plus, most of the ones I have are really old now and probably not in style. ¬†Not that that normally bothers me, but it seems a bit ridiculous.

I have put on a lot of weight in the last year or so, so I really needed to bite the bullet and get rid of my “skinnier” clothes that I do not fit in to anymore. ¬†While it pains me, and it does, these items are just sitting around, reminding me that I am a fatty. ¬†I might as well get rid of them and use the promise of being able to buy more when I am thinner as an incentive to lose weight. ¬†So, out they go. ¬†I even have pants from when I was just out of hospital after my meningitis and they are like¬†crazy small sizes. ¬†I will NEVER fit into those again so why keep them? ¬†The op-shop is getting LOTS of stuff from me this week.

I’m also taking the opportunity to sort my remaining clothes in to Summer and Winter stuff – storing the Summer items away in plastic tubs. ¬†There are no in-between seasons for me – I am either freezing cold or warm. ¬†Trans-seasonal does not exist in my house. ¬†So I’m either in shorts or I’m in in thermals and walking around the house wearing a blanket. That’s how I roll. ¬†It is still Autumn here but it may as well be the middle of Winter, as far as I’m concerned. ¬†So, out come the jumpers and cardigans and long pants (ugh – how I loathe pants) and *shudders* jeans. ¬†They all need ironing, mind you, so that’s the next big task. ¬†I hate ironing and avoid it like the plague. ¬†But I am not totally feral, so iron I must, if I don’t want to look creased and prove myself to be failing as an adult yet again.

My craft room will of course be on the list of things that need sorting. ¬†It’s in such a state. ¬†I will have to be brave and get rid of stuff. ¬†I have a few arty-crafty friends who might take it off my hands, otherwise I will box it up and give it to¬†the op-shop as well I guess?

Speaking of crafting…last weekend I spent a few happy hours at a friend’s house, having a lovely card-making day. ¬†It was so nice. ¬†Four of us brought our supplies and things to share and had great fun working away at our own little projects. ¬†I’m not very good at working in a group, to be honest. ¬†I think I am so used to creating on my own that I get a bit self-conscious around other people. ¬†But I had fun anyway and made a couple of cards. ¬†I didn’t bring a lot of supplies with me – I just wanted to finish some things off more than anything. ¬†So I completed a couple of my “doodled” Little Peeps cards and I am reasonably happy with them. ¬†One of the ladies at the table had a Big Shot embossing machine so we were able to have a go with that and create some nice backing papers and card (for example, the dotty white one I used in this Happy Birthday card). ¬†We had some yummy lunch and caught up on each other’s lives and enjoyed some quiet, yet busy creative¬†time.

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I stuffed up the stamping (of the text) in this one but it is ok I suppose…

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I won’t be doing any crafting this week, I don’t think. ¬†I need to knuckle down and sort my life and house out. ¬†I can reward myself later with some mess-making crafting. ¬†For now I have to concentrate on culling and de-cluttering, sorting and organising. Not nearly as much fun, but definitely necessary for my sanity and state of mind.

Sorry for this boring post – just didn’t want to be neglecting my blogging duties altogether. ¬†Have a happy weekend and Happy Anzac Day (tomorrow) to my fellow Aussies and Kiwis! ¬†Lest We Forget x

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Love and Miracles

Just a short post today… A bit of a stressful weekend just gone, with my elderly Aunt in intensive care at the hospital due to cardiac issues, my friend experiencing relationship dramas, another friend in serious ill-health in another hospital, and life just chucking stuff at¬†everyone¬†left, right and centre.¬† I just want everybody to be ok ūüė¶

But I did fit in an hour or so of crafting.¬† I was determined.¬† Even one card is better than achieving nothing at all.¬† So I sat and made this one little card, which isn’t fabulous, but it is finished.¬† And it has a bird, which makes everything better.

I do so want to believe in love and miracles.  Especially at the moment.

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Print Block Workshop

Hi everyone.¬† This weekend my Mum and I attended a Print-making workshop at the Henderson Environmental Centre¬†in North Beach, organised by the City of Stirling.¬† It was a lovely setting, nestled in native bushland, and the weather was gorgeous – sunny and warm but not too hot as to hinder creativity ūüôā

There was a group of us – nine ladies, one hubby and two artists from the Beau Est Mien studio in Northbridge – and everyone seemed to have some sort of artistic background, or had at least “dabbled”.¬† Weirdly enough, the majority of us worked in – or had¬†connections with –¬†the Mental Health sector, so there was a lot of like-minded people there who were used to using art as therapy (whether for their clients or for themselves as respite!).

We were given very brief instructions about how to go about actually carving our little stamps before we all got stuck in.¬† There’s not much to know really – draw on a design and start carving!¬† Not a finger was harmed in the process (which is very impressive for me – you know how clumsy I am ordinarily!) and everyone made at least one thing they were delighted with.¬† The “kit” we got was such good value – card blanks and envelopes, a little draw-string linen bag for printing on, the rubber for carving, wood blocks to mount them on, a blank tea towel to decorate, a Beau Est Mien card, magnet and a discount coupon.¬† We also got lovely morning tea and could help ourselves to refreshments all through the day.

I lost the plot early on and, despite drawing some designs the night before, had trouble getting started.¬† I think I didn’t want to waste my pieces of rubber on a crappy design.¬† I really wanted to do a stag head, so I could use it on Christmas cards, but I didn’t feel confident starting on that, so I tried a sea anemone instead.¬† Which looks like a beach ball.¬† But never mind – it got me into the swing of the carving and how to use the tools for the result I wanted.

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Confidence boosted, I began on my next stamp Рthe stag head.  I am pleased with how it turned out (although I stuffed it up at the end and made his head a bit wonky and weird at the top) and will definitely use it on some cards and tags at Christmas.

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Next up, my little lizard!¬† He was tricky and I cursed his little toes while I was painstakingly cutting them out.¬† He did start off with five toes on his hands, but they got lopped off in error ūüė¶¬†¬† I’m quite happy with him – he’s not bad for my first day’s effort.

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The class made some beautiful designs – everything from dragons to plants and birds.¬† I desperately wanted to do a bird but just couldn’t get it right.¬† So I’m not showing you the one I did!¬†¬† The lady opposite me did the most delightful wren (you can see her stamp in the photo below) – he was so cute and detailed!

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My Mum, of course, outshone me but pretended she wasn’t very good at the rubber stamp carving.¬† She is such a liar, ha ha!¬† Look at her lovely stamps! (below).¬† So pretty!¬† She’s all enthused now (I called her this morning and she was still super happy and “high” from the previous day’s creativity)

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So, all in all, SUCH a nice day.¬† I learnt new skills (well, I have done lino-cutting before but a million years ago in high school) and met some lovely people, spent quality time with my Mum and didn’t think about diets or anxiety or work for four whole hours.¬† Awesome ūüôā The best thing I heard all day was “Practice Makes Progress”¬†– that nothing and no one is ever perfect, so we should just strive to make progress and improvements, rather than trying to attain perfection. Which is lucky, because I don’t think perfection is on the cards for me any time soon!

Hope you managed to “carve” out some time for yourself over the weekend x