Wednesday, September 17

I'm Still Here

Not sure how many times I may have typed that blog title?  But, I am still here.  Reading blogs daily, dipping into my Twitter feed and generally mooching about.  I've finally got my new work schedule and it's a little more full on than last term, hitting some of the times I might have normally thought about crafting and blogging.  So, I need a new plan to maximise my free time to include:
- Relaxing
- Creating - what ever form that may take
- Family time
- Household chores
- Voluntary work  
I'll have to give it some thought.

The early mornings are getting chillier here, but we've been blessed with some very sunny days and more are forecast as on the way.  With my schedule feeling a bit overwhelming the summer holidays seem like a long time ago.
My thoughts are often here, rather than where they should be!


Wednesday, September 3


There's been a little link on my side bar to Society6 for some time now.  It's where I upload my photos to be made into products for sale.  Admittedly, it's been a bit neglected lately, but I notice they have some fab new products available since I last looked, including tote bags.

I think I might have to upload some more pictures and get shopping!  If you are in the UK keep an eye open for their special postage deals and then with the exchange rate there are some good buys to be had.  I'll try and remember to shout next time I see one available.


Tuesday, September 2

One Little Word

I've been keeping the summer vibes going with some bright little bracelets featuring word beads.
Blue Moon Beads metallic words come in silver and gold and feature words such as 'faith, 'wish', 'wisdom' and 'love'.   They're very tactile and have a pleasing irregular shape.  I think they could be made into great gifts for a celebration or to offer support to a loved one.
The bracelets I've made use glass, acrylic or ceramic beads strung simply on wire and crimped at the end to hold them in place and provide a loop to attach the clasps to.  Match them up with your favourite colours and you have a piece of jewellery with a little bit of personal meaning to take you into the new season.
All of the beads and findings used are from Blue Moon Beads.


Wednesday, August 27

Learn Something New

Shimelle tweeted a reminder earlier today that next week is the start of September and so time for her annual Learn Something New Everyday online course/challenge.  First of all there is no way that next week can be September.  Are you sure you folks just haven't got this wrong somewhere?

Last September saw a shakeup in my personal life and, as the craziness landed in mid-September, my LSNED book remains a lasting record of my state of mind at the time.  Changes in my life and priorities have left their mark.  I now have much less time and inclination to pursue my creative hobbies and I dream of returning to the bliss of creating a little bit each day and the peace of mind that it gave me.

As things have been a little shaky again this last week I've decided to keep my LSNED in diary format.  Documenting where I am and what I'm learning along the way.  If there's time for a bit of prettiness, some patterned paper or a few stamps then so be it, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it if it doesn't happen.

I just need a nice little book for my diary.  Perhaps one of these little spotty numbers from Paperchase.

Or one of these vintage blossoms from Papermash.

Will you be Learning Something New Everyday in September?  If so, what are your recording plans?


Monday, August 25

Not Again!!!

Been away camping and come home to yet another kick in the teeth.  Expect things to be a bit slow around here while I find my feet.  I did make some jewellery before I left so perhaps my 1st aim should be to photograph that and get it blogged.  It's dark and pouring with rain, so let's just hope for better things tomorrow.


Wednesday, August 6

WOYWW #270

I think it's exactly 20 weeks since I was last here for WOYWW.  "And what's on your workdesk?" I hear you say.  Well, nothing actually.  I have exactly nil projects in progress at the moment (other than the ones that have been sat in a box for months, because we all have a box like that, right?)

I have been sorting my supplies though.  In an attempt to reduce my stash by about 2/3rds so that it reflects what I actually use and fits into the space that I actually have, I have been purging big time.  Stamps are one of the items to be hit hard.  Here's the current status of cling and clear stamps.
Basically, I kept every stamp that ever came my way, whether I used it or not and that was a situation that could not continue.   All of the foam backed ones that I never use are gone along with loads of those free ones off the front of magazines.
I think there are more that can go, but at least they are (nearly) all on the shelves.

I found this really cute set of chicken wire shelves for my Distress Stains and Paints.  They are full, so no room for any more, well i could probably squeeze in a couple.
Before you consider me a paragon of virtue and remove my name from the list of messiest desks, I have to admit that my paper supplies still look like this.
So a bit more work to do there!  Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, August 5

BoBunny Scrapbook Page

So, yesterday I said that today I would update on my craft stash reorganising, but that was because yesterday I thought that today would be Wednesday, but it's not, at least I don't think it is?  Ah, the joys of the summer holidays when the children fighting and arguing blurs from one day into the next.
This little cherub is no longer so little, but still just as messy.   I made this page using a sketch from Shimelle for an inspiration party that ended in June, so only slightly behind the times!
The background paper is one of those designs I've been hoarding, Mama-Razzi2 from BoBunny.  The designs are covered in lovely old camera prints and shutter designs.  The colour combo is a bit dark though - powers that be Mama-Razzi3 in pastels with a shot of brights running through it please.
I've done the classic 'pick colours from the photo' for the embellishments, using pink, yellow and aqua.  I think most of it's Kelly Purkey's Mon Ami, I couldn't resist using that 'Foodie' arrow in the top right-hand corner.  The alpha stickers are a mix of old Papermania foam ones and Tim Holtz little type writter ones.

Back to being referee, seconds out, round 4!

(Oh, and that update on my supplies organising tomorrow, definitely.)