The love supreme

The love supreme


Cushion Project - Dudley and Grace

It has certainly been awhile since I stitched anything for my my once Etsy store - Dudley and Grace.

However when I was approached a few weeks ago and asked if I could stitch a special custom order destined for some 'student host families' overseas....I couldn't say no.

On a foot note..I am so sad with Etsy and its rating system....and my very unfortunate experience. If you visit you will notice my very poor rating. I was devastated. After many years of running Dudley and Grace with a 100% rating I now I display as 1 star!
I wont go into the tale....other than to say....I lost a lot of sleep over those 2 negative comments and I doubt I will ever me wounded.


Currently #6

Currently #6

Thankful for - My new iPad replacement.

Reading - I am Pilgrim - sadly I dropped and smashed my iPad which meant I missed re-borrowing and have to wait for it to become available again.

Watching - Game of Thrones for the second time.

Podcasts -Slow your Home and the Paperclipping Roundtable.

Wearing -  MB black leggings and sport top after an early morning walk.

Making - Quilts for the kids... its time to continue making after a hiatus over summer.

Paper crafting - Wanting to finish my pre-prepared travel mini-book before heading away on holidays in this weekend.

Focused on - Getting my lists ticked off before our trip O.S this month.

Hoping to - to get all my escape2create retreat supplies packed and ready

Planning - To iron and pack our bags very soon.

Continuing - clearing out and tidying up....I already have an urge to get serious again after we return from holidays.

Wishing - I found it easier to say NO! .... Just one little word... how bloody hard is it!


Kids crafting - Canvas art

 Its grown into a tradition... 
the girls come for some sleepover and we write a list of the activities they would like to do 
and the food they want to eat. 
The top of the list is always 'arting'.

This holidays they chose painting...
so we bought some lovely big canvases and they set to work.
The first step was to prepare the backgrounds which we then left to dry for a week or so.
Then this week they finished them off.
I love that they both have their own very distinct styles.


Memorandum Monday - Slippery Elm

Just a quick one today.
Life has been such a blur of late... we have a rather large holiday looming which seems surreal to be honest. So the last few weeks have been crammed with all those things that need ticking off... visiting family...and catching up on deadlines.

So I was thinking about  my Memorandum Monday....and thinking my life had been all a bit to mundane to even find something to report when I spotted my bottle of Slippery Elm on the bench.

You see....on and off over the last few years I've struggled with what I very professionally call a 'burny stomach'
Its not heartburn.... its more like a dull burning gastric annoyance.
It comes and goes but when its bad I live on Rennies chewables for relief.
I do think stress is a factor.

So I popped by the health food shop and asked if they had any suggestions...
and they very quickly pointed me in the direction of Slippery Elm.

Slippery Elm contains mucilage which is a substance that becomes a slippery thick gel when it mixes with water. It coats and soothes and protects against damage and inflammation.

A few weeks in I can notice such a difference already.
If 'burny stomach' is a complaint we share....I say...give Slippery Elm a go.

This is my last Memorandum Monday for a month or so.. holidays are calling.
Thanks Sian and Monday Memo girls...Ive enjoyed joining in over the last few months.


Project Life - March

I am a little behind with my Project Life shares here on my blog... but amazingly
I am quite up to date in my actual album.
My keys to success in my opinion?
The smaller format album
The use of the collect app
and the ability to chose.. journal and print my filler cards all from my phone.

Apologies this month for the poor quality photos... and a heads journaling has been blurred in places so that my family doesn't feel like I've overshared.

.....and there we have it...March 2016.


Jot Magazine - May mood board

The minute I saw this mood board I knew who the amazing compiler was...
it had Jot girl Sharmaine written all over it.

It was an awesome...awesome.... challenge.
A break from the pastel.... a break from the pretty....a chance to grunge it up.
I had a ball and I know you will too.
I just have to mention here....check our Jot girl Amandas layout...whoa!
(I have popped the mood board and links at the bottom of my post)

I truly hope you can join us this month....


Kraft plus May challenge - image inspiration

Its a new month...and a new challenge at Kraft plus!
To re-cap my thoughts on this challenge....

"Whoa! This challenge broke all my rules!
I just dragged out everything that looked remotely as though it fitted my theme and added it.
Talk about a lot of fun. Its bright and chaotic just like the inspiration"

Check out the inspiration below...

and some close ups of the chaos.
Luckily I had such a cute photo that worked so perfectly.

I hope you will give it a go this month... check out all the details on the Kraft plus blog as well as some ahhhhmazing design team creativeness.