Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Jot - August Mood Board Challange

Its a new month and a new mood board over at the Jot Blog.
This month its a gorgeous blue....silver...stonewashed palette... it reminded me of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul...I'm sure its the tile influence. Anyway....that's a little off track.
It was brought together this month by one of my favourite artists.. Jot girl Amanda.

This is my contribution...

Supplies / Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern paper- Arctic Frog, Typo, American Crafts. Embellishments- Studio Calico flair, American crafts sticker, Heidi Swapp ephemera, Heidi Swapp foil words. Other - Stamp, watercolours, machine stitching, die cut fronds, paper blossom.

You can find the challenge on the Jot Blog HERE....

Saturday, August 01, 2015

#1 Too much stuff

I have TOO MUCH stuff.

....and I'm quite sure I'm not alone.
On the surface all looks fine...  but open a cupboard and hooley looley.. thats a LOT of stuff.

The WORST part is that every time I need something I cant find it.
Very few things have a home... things are spread around... bits here..bits there... there are no rules to where you will find things...its a disaster. Its a time waster...and it drives me and everyone else in the house nuts.

My attempts to de-clutter have been ongoing for some time...I've tried the 'room at a time' routine... the 10 minutes a day routine... the cupboard a week routine..and every other suggested 'de-cluttering method' you can think of...I named my previous attempts 'Donnerising' after my friend Donna who has the most organised house ever...but still...
they all fail before I finish.

The reasons I fail?
1. I am not ruthless enough.... I hoard sentimental things...and I am too good at pulling out the old 'keep it in case' cop out card.

2. I don't sort it all at once and then find things a home. Its useless tidying books in one room when I have books in 5 rooms....they all need to be sorted at once and put away in their home.

If you need some inspiring thoughts about clearing out...freeing up....resetting your life...
Have a listen to Graham Hill....  

Then...if you want to try a new approach... or just want to check out the Konmari approach that everyone is talking about then I recommend reading this book by Marie Kondo.
(I bought my copy as an eBook on iBooks.)

Its a quick read.... but it had an impact.
I loved that it had a totally different approach.
The Konmari method is to work through your home in a specific order.

I began as she recommends with clothing.... it means bringing every piece of clothing into one spot....EVERYTHING has to come out of your wardrobe....drawers... spare cupboards...and laundry.... in fact anywhere clothes may hide.
Then you can begin sorting.... make a pile of things that 
'Spark Joy'
and a discard pile  out of anything you no longer wear. Its important to be truthful as you look over each piece...if it doesn't spark joy... out it goes.
The next step is to fold it all in a specific way so that once it is put away in the cupboard you can see everything at a glance.

You know what...I've only dealt clothes at this stage.... but I do feel so much better for having made a big change so quickly... my wardrobe is a breeze to find things in.. its a great feeling.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Scrapbooking with friends ....

Every so often I get together with some of my 'scrapbook loving' local friends .... on these nights I usually organise a 'kit' of products and create a layout that we can sit and do together. Its a great way to chat...scrap and for them to try some new techniques and new products. 

Just recently we scrapped this layout....it records our incident packed trip to the Eagles concert... there were so many disastrous moments on this trip that it just needed to be put down on paper. Like the inclement weather and a freak lightening storm.... our soaking wet bed... and the wheel that fell off our friends car on the way home. 
So I added in a handmade flip album to house some additional photos. and a pocket to slip in the tickets and extra memorabilia.

 Supplies / Cardstock - Bazzill, Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern papers - Crate paper open road collection. Alphabets - October Afternoon stickers.  Embellishments - Epiphany clear dots, Heidi Swapp masks and mists, machine stitching.

I really loved the way it came together so on the night as the girls were creating theirs....I made another ...almost identical but with different papers to pop in the photos of our recent weekend in Adelaide.

Supplies / Cardstock - Bazzill, Watercolour paper. Pattern papers - American Crafts.. Alphabets - October Afternoon stickers.  Embellishments - Epiphany clear dots, Heidi Swapp masks and mists, machine stitching.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sassy Scrappers July mood board challenge...

Ooolala... (or "Doolally" as spellcheck prefers ;) 
Talk about a dramatic mood board this month at Sassy Scrappers...
That striking masquerade mask makeup grabbed my attention and who doesn't love roses.

...and here is the stunning mood board...

and a closie..

SUPPLIES // Canson Watercolour paper. Pattern paper - Crate paper (Maggie Holmes and Open Road) Alphas - Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp 'happy' die. Embellishments - Maggie Holmes ephemera, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Heidi Swapp trim. Other - Heidi Swapp mist, frond punch, machine stitching. 

All the challenge details can be found at 'Sassy Scrappers' .... and thanks again for the fun challenge Sassy girls.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

June 2015 - a Review

 I know my family love reading these posts more than just looking at layouts..
so for that reason.... here was our June...
* I took part in the Dirt War Survivor event.

* Ian and I spent a Sunday driving to Wentworth via the old coach road.

* After a search spanning many years I stumbled across an old school reader that Ian has wanted for ever....it is now deemed almost as precious as his treasured 'moon book'

* I stitched Mitch a lap quilt using all the T shirts he left behind when he moved out.

* I bought a stack of Jigsaws from Buy Swap and Sell.... the girls were delighted especially when they realised they all featured fairies.

* Brayden became 'train' mad.

* We kicked off some scrapbooking with friends again ...  The lovely girls at Shabby Chic Shack helped me with a layout kit and the girls loved it.

* Briony was home from Uni on placement at Glossop Primary.... that meant lots of time spent with the kids... baking...playing...and cuddling.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kraft+plus challenge - Mustard Explosion

Gosh the Kraft+plus girls know how to set a challenge...
Just when I thought nothing could top circles with animal print...
they set the "A Mustard Explosion" challenge.
Oh my Lordy..

Here are the details.... and mood board... the Kraft + girls sure made it look easy.

and some details....

Supplies Cardstock -Kraft, Pattern paper - Crate paper, Simple Stories Alphabets - Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp. Embellishments - Heidi Swapp speech sticker, photo corners, ephemera. A.P.O.C.D kit - washi tape, sequins, doiley. Other - yellow paint, machine stitching.

Thanks for another awesome challenge girls...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Briony made a Quilt..

I am so proud of my girl....
She finally finished her quilt.... with just a tiny bit of help from me.

It is made from 6" squares... all chosen and cut by her...and I think it looks absolutely fabulous.

I don't think she is rushing to begin another one anytime soon...
this may be the one and only..
just as well she did such a sensational job.