27 May 2014

Marvellous Mini

A Mini Scrapbook is such a pleasure to make but, for me, virtually impossible to put to use.  An inordinate amount of time is spent, choosing the right papiers and embellishments then placing them on the page in a way that makes everything come alive.

A really good "mini" will stand alone as a piece of artwork, without the interruption of photographs. 

So it is with some trepidation that I hand one over to Sally Cakes to decorate (deface) with suitable photographs.

Ridiculous really.  It was always intended to be used as a gift for one of her friends.

I often wonder if there are others out there who create projects upon request only to find that they have "commissioner's regret" once the item is finished.

Having laboured, lovingly, over said project you can only hope that the ultimate intended recipient appreciates the amount of work invested in the mini.


A certain amount of detachment is required.  Perhaps that is why surgeons and specialists appear to have such a cold bedside manner.  Once their work is completed, they no longer have any connection with the patient; no use investing any effort into creating a bond with their patients.

Most of us are defined by our nature.  Mine being emotional and soft-hearted.  Even becoming attached to inanimate objects . . . . 


I can report that Miss Cakes' friend was overwhelmed with her Mini Book.  Such a gratifying feeling and one that makes the whole process worthwhile.

25 May 2014

Poorly Photographed

It pays to take care with the photography of your work.  After all, you spend so much time creating beautiful pieces of craft, you should just spend a few more minutes setting up the right photograph in the right setting or location.

But alas it's midnight the night before you're due to give the card and gift. Exhausted, you quickly snap the final result in less than ideal, darkened conditions and crawl into bed; ready to hand it over the very next day.  Result: happy recipient.  By product: lousy record to blog.

I doubt I'm going to change my ways at this point in my life.  I've always been something of a "last-minute-Lucy".

Above is a makeshift stamp that was created so I could stamp a Lego-look onto the envelope housing the card.  The dots are those foam ones; leftovers that had been removed from a foamie alphabet from letters like b, d, o and p.

22 May 2014


Writing up blog posts is akin to journalling.  It is a way of recording your thoughts and emotions about a particular event or experience or person.  Some experts liken it to an exercise in de-stressing from your hectic day.  In this particular instance it is something of a record of what goes on in my crafting life.

So it flows that if you leave something for too long, you can actually forget what it was about.  Case in point: today's post.  This card was made last year, probably making it about eight months old.

Happy Birthday to whoever you are . . . .

18 May 2014

Christmas Catchup

Scouting through my photo files recently I came across a plethora of untouched photos, all awaiting editting, tweaking and including into posts.  Sigh . . . . . what a busy end to 2013 it was.

Here is a shot of a small gift to my KK recipient.  A Christmas bauble filled with epsom salts, glitter and Christmas paraphernalia.  The challenge is to find items small enough to fit through the teeny tiny opening of the bauble.

This gave me an idea - Place Cards for the Christmas table.  I mean what else do I have to do at the end of the year?

Last Christmas we were fortunate (read "unsuspecting gullible victims") to host both ends of the yule festivities.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - yey!  I can laugh now that it is a distant memory; but when you work full time, hosting two major family events within a 24 hour period is just plain crazy.

Luckily I have the talents of Sally Cakes to fall back on.  She always kindly steps up to assist her zealous mama with the final preparations of whatever over-ambitious task I have elected to take on.

Sally sat down and industriously filled the 11 glass baubles that were needed for our evening visitors; these served the dual purpose of being decorative and useful.

Each person's name was placed inside the bauble - lettered beads threaded onto soft wire.

Please ignore all my ramblings that may suggest I am something of a Christmas Grinch. Quite the opposite. I love Christmas and all the memories that come with it.  There is nothing better than sitting down on the day and looking around, knowing that everyone in the room wants to be there and is someone that you care about.

07 May 2014

Gone Fishing

In every "complete" stamp collection, if you look deeply, there will be at least one stamp that is happily named "Gone Fishing".

This handsome fellow was made back in 2001 by Annie White for Stamp World.

The image was coloured in using my stamp pads, a very small paint brush dipped in water and a modicum of patience (I see that I still require assistance to stop myself colouring outside the lines).