Friday, 28 March 2014

The Awesome ladies project x

Last month my blogfriend Kirstin invited me to join a group called The Awesome Ladies Project on Facebook. The idea of this project is to encourage ladies to pledge 2 hours a month to a crafting project which makes them feel like an awesome lady.

So today I am making my first pledge to put those 2 hours aside. This will be happening on the last Friday of every month from now on.

The things that make me feel like an awesome lady a lot of the time are my friends and their love and support. I have been so lucky to find wonderful people to explore my life with and have learnt so much about being a good friend. One of the projects I am currently working on is something for a friend and doing that is making me feel amazing at the moment as it is a surprise for him and his team, but I will have put all my love and friendship into it when it gets sent across the pond. I can't share any pictures yet because if he comes on here and sees it'll spoil the surprise.

His friendship makes me feel awesome because we have never met but he accepts me for who I am and always inspires me to be a better person.

I hope some of my lovely readers will be able to see some of the work the group are creating and I promise to share my work really soon.

Just a little something which makes me feel awesome all the time - sunsets.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Golden wedding anniversary crafting - guest name cards x

Hello lovely readers, I am doing a final little post for my parent's anniversary party which was sadly 2 weeks ago now. Time flies by fast. My parents have been enjoying a second honeymoon in the Lake District courtesy of my sister and her partner. I received a postcard today saying they're having a wonderful time.

So onto those name cards. Well in actuality they were name stones. Do you remember the stone I painted with my One Little Word for 2014? Well I decided that for my parent's party, each guest would have something to take home with them.

I went off to Clevedon, my nearest stony beach, one Sunday and sadly the beach was closed because of the stormy weather we'd been having. However, over tea and cake and whilst chatting about books, a lovely local lady told me of a secret beach I could go to and collect my stones. Off I traipsed and collected 30 lovely big stones to take home.

Here is what I did.
First of all wash all your stones with warm soapy water and leave to dry. I then laid mine out onto a sheet of non-stick oven liner which I use for misting et cetera to dry.

Next you need to paint all your stones with 2 coats of gesso which is a primer and is available from most good craft shops and leave them to dry.

I then painted each stone with 2 coats of this specialist metallic paint which I bought from my local DIY shop in Wells. I used antique gold for this project. It also comes in silver. It was excellent paint as it washes off with warm soapy water so no need for extra paint cleaning substances and dried to a really good finish.


Leave your stones to dry and then they are ready to decorate

As I was not keen on painting all the stones with each persons name, I decided to cheat slightly and write on the stones with a permanent marker. I tried a Sharpie but it really did not work at all well so I used a basic felt tip pen which was perfect. And here are some of the finished stones.

And here is my name card along with a little bag of gold coloured sugared almonds and chocolate drops all ready for the party.

What might you decorate stones for? 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

1 picture, 20 words x

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

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Golden wedding anniversary crafting - Table vases x

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

OLW 2014 ~ make your word visible x

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

Project Life 2014 ~ January x

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

One little word ~ January x

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.