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Quote for the Day : You are not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

“…The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do,
no matter what you try, will simply not like you.
But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely.
The ones who love you they are Your People.

Don’t waste your finite time and heart trying to convince the people who aren’t your people that you have value. They will miss it completely.
They won’t buy what you are selling. Don’t try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only waste your time and your emotional good health.

You are not for them and they are not for you.
You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours.
Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognise and appreciate your gifts, who you are.

Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK…”

— Unknown

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Crazy Amazing Friend

Finally, after many months of doing not-much-at-all (craft-wise), I made some cards this weekend.  My craft studio is now a total mess, but that’s ok.  I am not going to beat myself up about it because the whole point of having an area dedicated to art is that it can be as messy as I need it to be and not impact on the rest of the house.  I have been very good and haven’t taken my crafty supplies downstairs into the lounge room (my usual habit – watching TV and making things at the same time).  I’ve left the mess upstairs.  And it’s been great.  I sit up there for hours and time passes happily but very quickly.  I have a big cup of tea and avoid the fridge (my other habit – eating too much).

Anyway, despite a nasty headache and some eye problems, I made a few cards I am pleased with.  Was kinda hard to get back into the swing of things but once I got going, it was happy days 🙂  I’ve missed it.

So, to start, here is one of the cards I completed.  After I took this photo I actually added some string to her little sign – so it doesn’t look like it’s just stuck there on her front.  She’s wearing it around her neck instead).  I  like her – she’s a bit wacky.  The arms/hands made me laugh and just look at her jazzy shoes and stockings!   I made her up of all different bits and pieces – vintage paper dolls, gift wrap and even a chopped-up doily.  Anyway, I was happy with her – so nice when that happens!  I’m easily discouraged, so it’s really a relief when I create something I am satisfied with.

I have been invited to participate in a Christmas Craft Market in December so I am now madly getting stock together. I am seriously low on everything and I don’t want to have a table with nothing on it! I don’t have a lot of time and pesky work gets in the way.  I am trying to utilise my evenings better and not waste the hours just watching TV or faffing about.  Now the weather is a bit warmer, I can sit comfortably somewhere other than right on top of the heater, and get stuff done.

Hope your day is happy and creative x

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Song Lyrics for the Day : Friend of Mine

“Friend Of Mine” – Liz Phair

Not a lot of patience
You’re not a patient man
Don’t have a heart to stay with
You get it while you can
Just because you can
Get out of it

And I wasted your time, denying
That that’s the reason we fight all the time
It’s been so long since you’ve been a friend of mine

Gonna take a vacation
Stop chasing what I lack
Am I gonna get blown off
As soon as I get back
On another track
Without you

‘Cause I don’t have the heart to try
One more false start in life
It’s been so hard to get it right
Seems like the moment I catch up
The farther you fly

And I wasted your time, denying
That that’s the reason we fight all the time
It’s been so long since you’ve been a friend of mine

And I wasted your time, didn’t I?
And that’s the reason we fight all the time
It’s been so long since you’ve been a friend to me
It seems like I dreamed and now I’m waking up to daylight
What happened, when did you let go of me
I miss you so badly

It’s been so long since you’ve been a friend of mine

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Cherish (and Quote for the Day)

Another very simple card which took no time at all to complete (which is nice, for a change – I really must try and not be so slow!).  Some vintage text, an old postcard image and a lovely lass – nothing too difficult or complicated.  I added some dimension to the lady’s head band with Diamond Glaze, just to make it stand out a bit more and add some interest.  All edges were inked with “Vintage Photo” Distress Ink to add continuity and overall sense of harmony (in terms of the colours all looking as though they “go” together). It’s a good technique for when you maybe have some papers that don’t strictly work together – try inking them up a bit to help tie them together tonally.

To finish, a little quote to go with today’s post, from one of my favourite books (and authors) :

“If you cherish something enough”, she told me, “it doesn’t matter how old or worn or useless it’s become; your caring for it immediately raises its value in somebody else’s eyes. It’s just like rehab- a body’s got to believe in their own worth before anybody can start fixing them, but most people need someone to believe in them before they can start believing in themselves.”

— Charles de Lint : Waifs and Strays

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Dear Friend

Another birdy card.  I just like birds, ok?  They add a nice finishing touch and some colour.  And I like that they add direction ie they are usually not square (I find that birds rarely are!) and help to draw the eye in or across, and tie all the elements together.  You know what I mean – don’t make me try to make sense!

Having said that, I struggled with this card.  I added bits, and took bits away, and fiddled around for AGES, trying to get it to look right.  In the end, I gave up and settled for what it had become.  A day later, I don’t mind it now.  I think adding the green square in the upper corner helped to bring all the colours and elements together without having to add another image or word or heavily patterned piece.

Do you have tried-and-true elements or images you like to use in your designs?  I’d love to hear what inspires you and makes your design process easier.

Have a lovely day, dear friends 🙂

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Best Buddies

Two more Little Peep cards.  I like the first one and her crazy hair and happy face.  Well, I try and give them all happy faces…but she looks extra chipper.  I kept the rest of the card simple with only a faded stripe paper as a backing.  Her red checkered dress is bright enough to be the focal point.

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This purple-patterned miss is also kinda cute.  If I’m allowed to say that about something I drew myself ha ha.  I kept to the purple and white palette with this one.  I’m still trying desperately to use up ALL my papers but I find it hard to move away from the colours I like best (blue, browns and faded tones).  These Little Peeps help because they only require small scraps of card and paper and don’t overload me with colours I don’t like so much.

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This next little lady goes for green tones.  I was going to sneak a flower or two in there as well (to go with her leafy dress) but I couldn’t make it work.  Also, I was being lazy.

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Still lots of faces to make into card toppers.  The one on the right hand side here (with the brown bob) is inspired by my niece.  Her Mum asked me to try and do the whole family in Little Peep form so I’m starting from the youngest and working my way up.  I’ll let you know when I finish them (if I do…I’m a bit of a hopeless case when it comes to completing projects).  I am going to try and get myself some glasses this week (I’m biting the bullet and doing what I should have done ages ago) so hopefully they will help me to get things done.  With less squinting and headaches.

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Hope you are having a good day 🙂