Last weekend I hosted my second Crafternoon Tea Party of the year (read about January’s here).
I baked some Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing (yum), and of course had on hand the many varieties of teas I’ve been collecting. Susan brought Costco cookies (so yum!) and Clo brought White Tim Tams and choc-mint slices. We were on bikkie overload!
Once again, it was so fun! There’s something so fantastic about bringing creativity into people’s lives – people who think they are “uncreative” – and seeing what they come up with, once given the tools.
We created a “Scrappy Framed Photo”. The instruction of this craft was minimal compared to the resin bangles, as all I had to do was show some examples of some scrapbooking I had done previously, and show everyone what was available to them and how it might be used. Then for the most part I wasn’t even there (off trying to print photos and feed the baby!), and what everyone came up with really delighted me!
To thank my lovely gests for coming I made these little party favours, by cutting the cupcake shapes on my Cameo and popping some lollies and malteasers inside (though I was lazy and used sticky tape on the outside instead of glueing them!). So cute =)
I already have ideas for next months Crafternoon Tea Party!
Yesterday I felt bored and unsettled, unproductive and lazy. Yuk. I knew the only way the remedy the situation was to make a list of things to do, get off my butt and do them. So I re-potted a plant, I baked some brownies, sewed some nappy boosters, and started making headbands for next weekends market.
I felt much much better by the afternoon =)
Today I need to finish designing Issue 6 of *bespoke* zine, upload a gallery to a client website, call the blinds people and organise installation (yay!), clear off the dining table, and make Potato Bake for dinner (YUM). I mght try watch a movie this arvo when Rafa goes down for his afternoon nap too, it’s very rainy, perfect movie weather =)
Join in the Point and Shoot fun over at Sunny + Scout.
Over at Creative Collective the lovely ladies are asking us to show our highlights from January.
“What was it that really got you excited this month? What inspired you? Did you start anything creative? Have you got any creative goals for February?”
My answer is, a dangerous new hobby.
*cue dun dun dun music here and visualise dollar signs sailing out the window*
It makes sense, I love photos/photography/snapshots, I like being crafty, and I’m a graphic designer. So a hobby that combines all three is calling to me. I’ve only just started my Project Life album, and still have to create a few more pages detailing what went on in January, but I’ve got a title page and I guess that’s a good start!
I’ve made a couple of notes in my diary about what I can put in it for January (having a blog helps, I can refer back to old posts when my memory fails me heh). So what did we do in January 2012? Rafa met his Great Grandma; We went to Sydney for the weekend, to the beach and Ikea; I hosted a Crafternoon Tea Party; I made a “Don’t Forget” Chalkboard; I went to the January Brown Owls catch up; We got Raf on a good sleeping and napping routine; I did my nails!; I participated in January Photo a Day; I went and had a Massage & Body Pamper session with mumsy & watched an amazing sunset afterwards; We went to Katie’s BBQ for Australia Day; and I seemed to do lots of shopping.
So I think my creative goal for February will be to just keep doing it! I plan to have 2 double page spreads per month, I guess that’s a page per week, but I’m not aiming to do it every week, just every month.
The sources of inspiration for this are Pinterest, Studio Calico, and Allison’s blog.
Do you do scrapbooking? Are you addicted?
The Fash’n’Treasure Market is on again next weekend, and I will be there! I’ll have all my old favourite pieces as well as some new ones I’ve been working on =) There will also be a specials tray, so you could grab a bargain!
If you’re in Canberra on the 4th Feb, please come and say hello!
Last weekend I invited some of my favourite people over to have an afternoon of playing ladies and a bit of crafting. I made scones and brownies, and put out Tim-Tams and Shortbread Creams, and had about 10 different varieties of Tea to choose from. We sat and chatted and played with the babies (Beck brought Lara), then I taught them how to make resin bangles and rings, which everyone loved and then got to take home their new jewellery. It was a really great afternoon!
Next time I think we will make some memory shadow boxes =)
Over a few days last week I finally got around to doing something with a gold picture frame (op-shop find) I had lying around the house (forEVER). After the dog and husband had knocked it over several times and scared the bejeebus out of me, I decided I had to do something with it. Prompted by my Cameo acquisition and the fact hubs kept forgetting one item that he needed for the day (keys, phone, lunch, pass, wallet) and I kept forgetting the grocery bags, I put together a quick and easy “Don’t Forget” list board for the back of the front door.
This was a really quick and easy project, and I really really love how it turned out =)
I spray painted the frame satin white, and for a bit of colour I stuck green striped washi tape around the inside ledge (a place for the chalk). I then painted a piece of thin mdf I had in the shed with a few coats of black chalkboard paint. I attached the mdf to the back of the frame using liquid nails (that stuff is awesome) and some gaffa tape for extra hold.
To create the heading “Don’t Forget”, I used my brilliant Cameo cutting machine with some adhesive backed card stock. All I had to do was type out the words in the Cameo software, send the file to the machine, and it cut out the words for me! I peeled off the backing paper and voila, I have word stickers to use in my project. Of course you could use any scrapbooking supplies to do something similar without the fancy machine!
I used a roll of double sided mounting tape ($2 from Top Bargain) to mount the board to the door, and that was that! I think it took me longer to find where I’d put my stash of chalk than to actually put the whole thing together =P
Total cost for this project for me was $0, because I had everything lying around already, but if you were to start from scratch it would probably look something like this (and you would have lots of supplies left over):
Op-Shop frame – $5
Chalkboard Paint – $16
Paint brush – $4
Washi Tape – $4
Spray Paint – $8
Liquid Nails – $10
MDF board – $5
Card stock/letters – $2