This was inspired by my parent's Golden wedding celebrations this weekend, Agatha Christie and my sister Rachel's speech yesterday. A perfect combination and so worth a share
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
So as you know it is my parent's Golden wedding anniversary in less than 2 weeks now and I have been trying to help keep costs low by making some crafty items for the party. This activity involves poshing up some plain glass vases.
So I bought these vases from The Range. They came as a pack of three designs and cost £3.95. Originally had twine tied at their necks but I wanted them to be more beautiful so this is what I did.
First of all remove the twine and other packaging and set aside. As my mum's bridesmaid's dresses were peach and the anniversary is gold, I chose those two colours as my palette and bought the following items:
3 metres of 1/4 inch peach ribbon
3 metres of 1/4 inch gold ribbon
1 reel of gold coloured jewellery wire
6 gold heart shaped beads
2 packets of small gold beads
20 small peach coloured, heart shaped buttons.
I cut lengths of jewellery wire, bent it in the middle and threaded it through the large heart bead and some small gold beads. I then opened out the two ends of wire and threaded the small gold beads and peach buttons randomly until I had enough to cover the wire.
I wrapped the wire around the neck of the vase and wound the ends together and cut off the excess. I then tied two colours of ribbon in a knot as the top of the vase. And here are the finished vases.
The next task involves a large bag of stones!
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Hello and welcome to another One Little Word post. Today I am going to tell you about one of the crafting activities I completed for this project.
During January, Ali asked us all to consider how our word was already visible in our lives. Although, I felt I was definitely ''Rebuilding'' I wanted to make something artistic to remind me of my word whenever I saw it. I was inspired by a chat with my friend Ronnie when he described going to a local artisan shop in Los Angeles and showed some pictures of painted stones he saw there. The light bulb in my brain went on and so I made a painted pebble project.
I already had a pebble I had collected from the beach a while ago so I washed and dried it and then painted it with two layers of Gesso, which is a canvas primer. I thought it would help adhere the paint to the stone.
Next I chose a bright pink paint which I lightened with some white and painted my stone completely in that colour and left it to dry.
While this was going on I found a font I liked on Word and typed out my word ''Rebuild'' until I was happy with it and printed it onto paper. I carefully copied the writing onto my stone in pencil and then drew a flower and butterfly just because I love them to give the stone a bit more interest.
I painted the lettering in black with a very fine brush and then the flower and butterfly in different colours and left to dry.
Once the whole painting was dry, I drew around the shapes with a black Sharpie to neaten them and make them standout.
And here is my finished stone all ready for me to see everyday.
How are you making your word visible?
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Hello and here is the first post of my journey with Project Life this year. Having failed miserably last year to get going and stay, I really wanted to give it a try this year. I have got alot of scrapbooking paper all ready and a whole trolley set aside just for this project, however this month I got slightly waylaid again and in the end I decided to go for a month of digital scrapbooking.
And here are 3 of the layouts I created.
I have ended up doing single pages throughout January, one because I didn't want to force myself to make double page spreads straight off and two because even though I thought I had taken lots of photos, it ended up that I really hadn't.
For the layouts, I used the two free Becky Higgins templates, this is template A........
They are really easy to work with in Photoshop and as they were freebies, they didn't break the bank either. I had previously purchase a minikit of Maggie Holmes minikit which was on a special offer and only cost about £6.00 and I have used it throughout the pages in January. It uses alot of pinks, blues and lemons which I loved. It has a vintage feel too.
I also used the banners from Serendipity Designs and circular tabs from Studio Calico's Coppermouth collection. The circular numbers are from Becky Higgins Project Life Cherry edition.
I have completed weeks 3 and 5 as well but have as yet to make my title page as I haven't decided what to go for. If you would like to see any of the pieces I have collected for my Project Life project on Pinterest, you can see my board here.
How are you progressing with Project Life? I would love to hear.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Hello and welcome to my first post in the One Little Word project. If you would like to read more about it and my views then hop over to my post here.
This year I chose the word ''REBUILD''.............
And here are my scrapbook pieces and journalling...............
I am using an 8.5 x 11 inch album as this is the size Ali Edwards has created the monthly digital and printable components. Ali is using a We R Memory Keepers album which has divided pocket choices. Sadly I couldn't get hold of these so I have had to adapt the pages, but this has enabled me to use some scrapbooking papers as well.
So the first page has my word in a teal alphabet using a patterned paper with butterflies. This was apporpriate as whilst I was choosing my word last month one of the images which came to mind was that of a butterfly rebuilding itself from the body of the caterpiller and emerging into it's new world. This really struck a chord with me and I explore that a little on this page.
On the second page, I have included the art I made for my word and also a mindmap of the synonyms which come up when you search for rebuild in the Thesaurus. The photograph is one I took of myself on Christmas Day which I actually like for a change. Ali suggested we begin with a quote so I used this one by Rae Smith........
I placed all my pieces onto a pale lemon paper and added some blue spotted washi tape
This third page asks where your word is already alive in your life, what are your fears for this year, what things you want to do less and more of and what excites you about this year.
The final page is about your intentions for this year and I found this a really helpful exercise which I can come back to add to or smile at when I achieve it.
How are you getting on with your OLW this year. I will see you at the end of the month for another update.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
I belated welcome to my monthly numerical roundup in association with Julie Kirk.
I mean is it seriously February already? Where did January go?
So here is the communal count Julie suggested this month
a. This one was a toughy because I wasn't quite sure how to address it. Anyway:
- I tried to develop a new filing system for my bills because I am dreadful at doing such organisational tasks,
- I have tried 5 of new authors,
- I managed to get my old iphone to work and rest and uploaded 6 new apps to use for Porject Life,
b. For me the price of bread depends very much on my tastes and coinage available. I do like fancy bread like home cooked bakers loaves and seeded wholemeal loaves on occasion but when the need is greatest then cheap and cheerful own brand bread has to cut it. So the price can vary anything from 47 pence to £1.67. I do tend to but in the reduced to clear items as well so I think I once got one for 20 pence! What a skinflint I am!
So now onto my own choices to share.
As you know I do spend alot of time at the Doctors and this month was no different.
1 face-to-face appointment with my GP plus 2 telephone conversations
2 trips to the hospital, one for the pre-operative assessment and one for the actual event.
2 blood tests but this required me to be stabbed 5 times as my veins are just rubbish. I also had one Venflon inserted, but 2 attempts to site it (it's shoptalk for a drip).
Total hours in hospital for my procedure 4 which was a bit of a shock as they'd told me I'd have to stay in overnight. I walked down to theatre at 8.30am, watched the sunrise as I went to sleep and was in the ''ward'' having a cup of tea and some biscuits by 10.20am and in the car to my sisters at 11.50am. You can tell I'm a Project Lifer by the accuracy can't you?
In crafting activities I made 20 Golden wedding invites for my parents which I have shared previously and everyone really likes. I am now tasked with making an album ready for the day of the all the little intimate photographs taken on their wedding day. My mum wants it to be peach but can I find any peach themes papers? Not on your Nelly. We may have to rethink that one.
Number of exams I have passed 1, I completed the Powerpoint module. Number of times I have pulled my hair out trying to get my head around the Excel functions 20 million, that is my go to number for everything I'm afraid and it certainly feels like it!
Number of Project Life layouts I have completed 4!!!!! Yes I know you haven't seen them yet but I am still playing around a bit. I have made them all digitally this month as it worked better for me and I am so pleased with how they look so far.
I have also had 3 lovely presents from people. My sister and her partner sent me some beautiful flowers and Ronnie, my friend in LA, sent me my Friend Movement mug. I also received rather an interesting parcel the other day. I had not ordered anything and had absolutely no idea who it was from until I opened the box.
This is what was inside.................
On reading the card I found it was all from my lovely blogfriend Lizzie who is at once both very lovely but also very naughty. She knows my love for the owl and the mug will be used and the tin contains 3 smaller tins so I will be very happy to put all my lovely gifts to good use.
Number of books read in January 12 and a lovely lot of books they were too. I have already read one book this month so we're doing ok so far on the reading challenge.
Number of TV programmes we said goodbye to 1 being Sherlock which at only 3 episodes is far too short. However there are some lovely new things to watch too.
1 lovely programme about midwives in the East End, one lovely programme about gay men in San Francisco, 1 scary Scandinavian thriller I am still on catchup with, so far I've watched 3 and there are 10 in total. Number of annoying Antique type shows my parents make me watch when I go to lunch 20,000,000 see my go to word came out again!
Phew time to back away from the numbers methinks and wish you all a happy Sunday.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Just a quick post today in support of my incredibly brave, tenacious and beautiful friend Lucy. If you have ever wondered what, why and how someone develops, lives with and moves forward through their battle with an Eating disorder then please read her story by following this link to her fund raising page where she shares her own story of living with this disorder.
beat is the organisation Lucy is fund raising on behalf of . They provide support, education and research into eating disorders and hold their annual Eating Disorders Awareness week between February 24th and 2nd March this year. You can read more about their plans here.
I am not asking anyone to give funds, however I want to share Lucy's story with my blog friends to raise awareness of Eating disorders in general and the struggles that other people with different mental health issues face. I hope this will help just one parent, sister, brother, husband, wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, teacher, colleague, friend or fellow sufferer to gain the love and support they need to get into their own recovery. Eating disorders do not affect just girls alone but both genders, and figures for this disorder are rising in boys and men.
I do hope that perhaps this will raise our own understanding of this disorder and I know it will help me to be a better and more supportive friend, to my friend Lucy.
Thank you so much for your time and I'll be doing something supportive during the week in her honour x