I seem to be coming into the anniversary season in the next month or so. I was in need of a card at short notice the other day but I found I had nothing available in my collection. So it was time to find some more of my mojo and make something quickly.
I spent a good hour or so routing through my card and paper stash but I couldn’t find anything to spark my imagination, until I discovered my remaining crochet hearts. I thought simple was the best option and using my hearts I looked for some co-ordinating papers to set them off.
For the first time in a while I enjoyed putting papers together and finding matching colours. I put together a small collection of six cards, all different colours with some marbled paper inserts. I hope the recipients like them too.
Today I have been to collect Guinness’s ashes from the vet which was quite upsetting. So I decided to take him for a walk around Bury. It’s been nice that the sun was shining and I felt better in the open air. I took a detour into TK Maxx, I always find it a great place to lose some time. I’ve noticed recently that they have been offering some craft items at pretty good prices, so I thought I’d have a look. As I am still looking for my mojo, I thought the selection of craft materials might inspire me to make something.
I found a collection of products from Papermania this time. It was a bumper pack of the Sew Lovely range – a sewing inspired paper range including ribbon, papers, decoupage and glue. So I bought the lot and came home to have a play. It’s pretty hard when you can’t find any inspiration, so the little inspiration card on the decoupage was a Godsend. I don’t do much decoupage normally, but I found the cutting out and putting pieces together very therapeutic. The kit is lovely. The papers all have a look of handsewn items – quilts, patchwork etc, and there were loads of little extras on the sheets – buttons, roses, pins. I’ve put together three decoupage elements and made them into some different cards for me.
Thank You Sew Much
It was great to find my craft space again and to actually make something. These cards are a completely different style to anything I’ve made before. The colours in this kit are great, so bright, yet very subtle. And the extras like the tape measure ribbons and card buttons are great to work with. I will be looking for ways to use some more of these in future projects.
Well the Easter holidays have not quite been the fun packed couple of weeks we hoped for. We have had a pretty traumatic month all in all. Having just got through my beloved little cat Stella passing in March, and then being rushed to hospital for a week, we have again been left distraught as we have now lost our other gorgeous cat, Guinness. It has been a tough couple of weeks and it has left us all rather empty and finding it difficult to do things around the house.
Having said that we have tried to do some things over the break, many of which have involved being out of the house. It’s just been too empty.
Crafting hasn’t been at the top of our list, however, I have encouraged my daughter to make a little diary for her homework. I think she’s done an amazing job. Her marking of Guinness’s passing is lovely.
I’m feeling a bit lost at the moment and hoping to get my mojo back soon.
Easter holidays are tough for me this year as I love chocolate and cake and I just can’t have any! But baking is also one of the best activities for the school holidays. So with my daughter eager to make something for her friends and family, I helped her out with her idea of making chocolate nests.
This has got to be the easiest ‘baking’ ever! I let her be in charge and tell me what I needed to do. So she broke up shredded wheat into a bowl. I was tasked with melting the chocolate over a pan of hot water and once melted I poured it into the shredded wheat bowl. She then mixed it all together. I had bought some Easter themed cake cases and little sticks from a local pound shop and they set the cakes off a treat. The little nests were then made in each case and some chocolate eggs added to complete the nest effect.
They looked great once they had set and I believe they tasted pretty good too. We were certainly popular amongst the neighbours on Easter Sunday!
Now just another 2 weeks of holidays to fill!
Happy Easter everyone.
I hope you have a lovely family celebration.
There will not be quite as much chocolate in our house this year, as I am unable to eat it, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
Enjoy your day.