Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Making the most of it when I have it!

The run to Christmas and then Christmas was a bit of blur - sick kids, sick mom, accident and surgery and family time meant that I was not as prepared for Christmas as I wanted to be and then after I just enjoyed doing family stuff with the kids.  Once they all went back to school life went back to normal, and I caught up with the house and now I seem to be able to find a little time to craft.

To get the creative inspiration, there is nothing like a deadline or challenge to get your craft on!  So a friend asked if I would make a name garland for her niece / god daughter, and as I was invited to the Christening it was a great chance to make a gift for the baby.  Unfortunately, I cannot make the Christening as I am taking photos at a friends wedding blessing on the same day, I was so happy to be able to make the garland.  Truly, I sat there looking at the supplies, and was not feeling it at all, and then after getting some chipboard out of the press I then realized where I was going and what I was doing.

The paper I used was one I picked up in a pack from Ikea - and they are on special at the moment, probably cause they did not sell very well.

I punched a lot of strips for the edging and ruffled them and glue gunned them in place - no better glue to hold them!  Sticks and sticks of glue later they were all in place and I cut the name out using my Cricut machine - it's such a fab machine that I need to use a bit more because it is amazing!

Close up of each of the hearts and I used a new Martha Stewart punch I bought in USA it's a collection of small flowers that I pushed and layered up and topped with pearls.  They added just the right amount of embellishment for the garland.

This card has been made a few times by me - only on special occasions as it takes so much time to make.  Around 50 small had made roses on this card, 4 colors and some embellished with little pearls.  I love how this cards looks, it is worth all the effort.

Close up of the rolled roses....  I did a tutorial here of how to make them, they are really easy and once you know how to make them they are a fab addition to crafty projects.

Two girls who I love and admire need two special cards for their 20th Birthdays - I came across this dress tutorial on Pinterest and had to have a go.  Love the cards for the girls, all they need now is the addition of the birthday money inside and they are good to go.

I hope the inspiration has not gone and it stays around for a while, as I love it so much and really love making time to make things.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Where have you been?

Yes you might ask where have I been!  I wanted to try and explain the series of events that kept me away from blogging but decided that a photo line might explain the long absence.....

Travelled to Florida on a plane!

Visited the mouse in his house....

Did loads of this till we got hit with a tail end of a hurricane!

 Tried to tame this mad child with the angelic face!

Took some photos for a friend's Christening

Took photos for our Christmas Card

Met this charming young man!

Baked this massive Salted Caramel and Chocolate Birthday Cake and threw a party (Never AGAIN!)

Photographed this show - AMAZING and Megan (daughters BFF) stole the show.....

Two bold girls got a delivery of an Elf to tell Santa how good or bad they have been!

Hosted an Elf - Froddle for a month who caused havoc but also entertained us!

Got to work with a model and some new lighting skills

Met this little lady who was a little dream

Shannon had to have emergency surgery on a tendon in her hand after a sisterly fight with a glass Christmas Santa - 4 days before Christmas, the 7 stitches come out on Friday!

Got over Pneumonia just in time for Christmas!

 Delivered these just in time for Christmas to a happy Tommie

Happy Christmas and New Year from me to you!

My wish for 2013 is less drama, more fun, great family days out, happy kids, a calm home and secure jobs for us all!

Love Michelle xxx