Crafts for pennies & priceless smiles

Whenever there is a ribbon, a button, bead, or pretty much anything that looks like it can be reused, in my house it ends up in a craft bucket. You might have a drawer or a shoebox or a tin your gran gave you? Anything can be on there, a little treasure trove.

We visited Nana yesterday and she contributed bits and pieces she saved, asking can they be used. Oh yes they can! In minutes we managed to upgrade accessories stash with new choker necklaces and they took them out for a stroll 🙂

Few ribbons, some beads and a bit of sewing skills. Nothing more. Absolutely priceless memory created 🙂

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It’s that time of the year again…

… and we’re going NEON.

Welcome to the roller skate birthday party preparations. Let the games begin.

Now, initially, there were rumors that the little wonderfuls would like Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory parties, but that went down the drain on Monday. Luckily I hadn’t had time to go nuts but I’ve found sooo many ideas that my brain was already buzzing. Oh well – perhaps we do that next year, who knows. Onwards and upwards and lets get into ’80s feel as neon and skates are screaming for large hair-dos!!

OK, so plus side is – it has to be out there (we can’t fit in the house) and it has to be indoors (as outside is either wet or freezing) – I was maniacally googling and calling around on Tuesday morning and voila – there was a space in a sport centre nearby and they had the date that is perfect (and a Saturday, which makes my life soo much easier). Now, I got to choose between 12 o’clock slot and 3 o’clock slot – now that was a dilemma – earlier slot means there should be something children can have for lunch (even if reality is that they will skip straight to sweets and snacks) and the later one is the one where by the end of it we will all be ready to collapse.

Risking the early morning panic – and my manic behaviour – I’ve picked the 12 one. Only time will tell how bad did I do 😀

Now, back to work – I have some party invitations to whizz up – last years’ movie tickets went really well with the audience so I’m thinking of what to create to keep the standard going 😉 I loved little beach huts we did this summer (just tried to link them and then I realised – as usual – I forgot to write that post, so here they are)

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summer party invites

And now I’m crawling through the google image results for that just perfect template/image/something magical I can reuse and tweak into the perfect invites. Not there yet.

On the other hand, I’ve found neon leg warmers that will be our party favours, printable cake toppers that I’ll turn into stickers and mini disco balls for the cake they ordered. That will require blog post on it’s own – to be continued…

Something for me :)

Went to visit Crafty Old Birds today to visit their latest work – so many beautiful things, from Sally’s wet felted hats and scarves and dresses, Jay’s woven scarves and beautiful metalworks and earings made by Cathy. I commissioned a pair last week and here they are – absolutely gorgeous!
my new earings
I don’t have the other links, but if you contact them via the B&B’s page, that will do – and maybe you come for a visit too!

Clearout time

Time for a clearout. This blog, like most aspects of my life, has been quite messy and very neglected for a while. So starting anew 😀

Currently, I’m in full blown ‘get things done’ mode. Not sure how long it will last, but riding the wave as long as possible! I’m in the process of finalising house extension plans, slowly getting back to crafts and cooking and baking again. My hand is finally getting close to being usable (so far, I’ve been out of commission for the last 6 months due to repetitive strain injury, aka RSI). There is still some pain, so I’m taking it gently, although it feels good to have a grip of things again.

So… back to the clearout. I’m clearing my house, my mind, and alongside – this blog. I have loads of ideas humming in my head and I will try to get some of them out. Picture wise, I’m not sure will I be able to put more effort in, we shall wait and see. I am aware that is needed. Topics that will continue will include mostly crafting, with occasional interrupt around house or life or universe. I take requests 😉

To the supermums out there: I get you, congrats!

Not sure how is for you, but in my case, Sundays exhaust me! Honestly, by 6pm I’m eagerly awaiting working week and some help in getting my two duracell-like-bunnies tired. I mean, we had a busy weekend: they walked, ran, played for hours on a birthday party, been out to shops they like, pub lunch they like, we watched turning on of the Christmas lights, walked some more… and despite everything, I still have to fight bed time. As they aren’t tired. Not at all. Yet the parents are the ones who need a break 🙂
Today I sort of feel a little bit closer to that ‘supermum in training’ title. I finally put most of my stock in the shop. Not sure did I get the pricing right but I’ll learn eventually. Heck, I’m not even completely convinced that I’ll sell anything, but at least feels like I’m doing something. This is my present to myself this Christmas – instead of buying some (nice) yarn – actually I was aiming for another phat box – this month I will try to destash some more, in finished objects sense 🙂
If nothing else, I got some inspiration to do a toy. Won’t say much, but gnomes here I come 😉
Girls helped me set up the shelves buy spreading minicards all around. They were really cute!

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Managed to some exercise as the younger one decided to fall asleep half way to the town when we were going to watch turning on of the Xmas lights. And no, I did not bring the pram. And I felt really really stupid. As my hubby said we’re all going but in the last minute changed his mind saying he’ll just go and get a haircut (actually, he said that he’ll catch up and we should go ahead and then thrown in  the haircut possibility while we were walking away). Of course, it was so busy later that they didn’t let him thru the barriers due to too many people. Gee, one event in ages and no rain – do you think people will go? Doh! So he was waiting for us outside while I tried for good 40 mins to persuade little munchkin to wake up. At the same time neighbors helped and lifted the older one up every now and then so she can at least see something. Hope no back pain for them as she’s getting bigger every day. Overall, lights were pretty but the organisation quite poor (and not due to the barriers) – but I’ll leave that for another post… anyway, no need to lift weights next week!
after putting them to bed, I so far sorted the washing, did the dishes and another round of laundry in the queue, and I’ve sat down to continue on other bits and pieces. Still have to finish tidying up the living room, but I’ve brought everything in here, the other round of washing and eBay sold stuff to be packed and I’ve turned on the telly to see that the “Dirty Harry” is on and now I do feel lucky 🙂 bit of a break to ramble here and me and Harry will continue with the to do pile.
In case no one told you today how great you are for doing everything you are doing to make anyone and everyone in your life happy or just helping along with stuff that needs to be done – I get you! Congratulations, you’re doing an amazing job! And if your Sundays are tiring – have a lovely coffee or tea break on Monday!

A little bit of everything :)

I’m fully into multitasking again and I’m trying to figure out how to jam all my interests into 24-hour days. Haven’t figured it out yet, sorry.
As mentioned earlier, writing (anywhere) helps me focus. Well, at least a bit more than usual, methinks. Today I’ve merged bits from couple of blogs into one – so not sure do all posts make sense but I do have time to check – this is my collection of ramblings anyway – if useful to someone out there in this multitude of ones and zeros, it is a bonus. I’m mostly my own reader anyway 😀
with Christmas getting closer each minute, there are loads of things to do, but slowly stuff is falling into place. The driving licence thing is done – so now I’m legit to drive in most (if not all) countries of this little thing called Earth. If these two driving licences I have aren’t compatible with any country, I’ll make sure not to move there 😀
House buying is getting closer, we’re currently negotiating. Fingers crossed and I might be able to ‘move in’ before Christmas! I will be happy to put paperwork thing in by than – at least moving forward from the standstill we have been in..
House clear-out is ongoing – and I have just realised this sounds like a weekly progress report at work ha ha ha
But seriously, there are so many things hanging around the house as I haven’t had a moment to look at it – so the approach I’ve been using for my email account (deal with each email once – act, delegate or delete) is creeping into other aspects of my life and it kind of works. Some things I can’t do that way, but 80-20 rule applies. And ebay is handy so I get to have some pennies to spend on other things I’m interested in!
Pinterest is a lovely thing – I miss the ability to turn the pages of an idea scrapbook, but this comes pretty close! I’m a bit annoyed as it doesn’t guarantee exact link you want if you’re re-pinning stuff, but than again, i do have a tendency to obsess about getting things done properly 😀
I’m determined to do stamping and needle felting and sewing as my next “thing”. And it might happen together, as I do have some mixed media projects in my head. Just need time. In the meantime, I’ll kick on with the knitting (I’m hoping to be able to put some stuff in the local craft/art shop) as there are so many unfinished projects in my head (and in the project bags) – and it will help with the clear-out too 😀
Finally used up the lovely baby alpaca wool I got from Maple long time ago – so far two cute hats (both from Amanda – silk day and long-tail) and a pair of child hand warmers and a bit to spare, so that will probably go towards few hexipuffs 🙂