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Shake it baby!

IMG_1105aHello, Hello!

How are you doing today?  Hope you’re happy and well!  I’m not too bad, though I’ve been wrestling a cold, as have done the kids, the last few days.  The babies had to miss school *again* – just so I could keep them warm and help them recuperate better.

Apart from that, I’ve been making some new Christmas cards.  As you see here, I’ve made a Shaker card with my own little watercolor painting in the background.  I painted a little kid pulling a sleigh in the setting sun looking at a Christmas tree.  :)

IMG_1104aOn the next one, I used an old Christmas picture I had in my box of paper scraps and just made a snow globe shaker card with it.  I embossed the white cardstock with a beautiful snowflake cuttlebug folder I have.  It’s SUPER simple, but effective.  I put the shaker on the edge of the card, because I really wanted to give that “snowflake” background HEAPS of space.. to make it look like a snowfall. :)

Next, I used a simple bear stamp which I watercolored:)

IMG_1107aI also used the cute Martha Stewart border punch to make that lace edge:)  Seriously LOVE it (Well, to be fair I LOVE everything Martha Stewart.  She’s my Craft Goddess!)

Oh and at the top of that Bear card is some cute red & white baker’s twine:)

IMG_1108aFinally, here’s my very FAVORITE card I’ve made this year so far for Christmas:)  I watercolored a little girl skating in the middle of nature with the sunset as a background.

Of course, you can’t really see the detailing, but I’m really happy with the result.  I’ve glittered up the trees and used some Sakura 3D pens to really make the girl’s coat POP.. and well, I can’t say enough about the beautiful pattern paper I used behind the image.  It’s just gorgeous!  Pinks, teal, grey, silver.. Just *WOW*… and it gives a real sense of patchwork:)

Hope you like what I’ve done and that you’re having a great day!!

BIG HUGS and Lots of xxx

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Photos and more Photos:)

IMG_1090aSo, this is what I was up to last night! :)

I had so much fun making this card, because it was a messy job! ahah  Who doesn’t like a good ‘tie dye’?!

Anyway, it turned out a lot better than I expected for a first try!!  Again, I water-colored my stamp, used some Sakuras to make the card POP.. and obviously Glittered the wings to my heart’s content.  :)  Hope you like the result as much as I did!

IMG_1102aNow, I also decided to take some photos of my baby studio for you to see where all the magic happens! lol  I tidied it up just for you!  Yes, you might have your doubts about how the table ‘usually’ looks… especially in the middle of all that aforementioned ‘magic’… ahah:)

As you can see, I have 3 chairs at my table, so both kids can sit and craft with me, though usually, only one of them does so at a time.. so they get to sit in the chair next to the door.  (Best view of the Screen mind you!!)

So, yes, a little tour?  First shelf, all my twines and ribbons… second, pens (touch marker boxes, gel pens…) and cuttlebug machine and ‘luggage’ of mini embossing folders and mini die cuts.  Third shelf, big embossing folders and die cuts, and all my big tools… like Memory keeper’s envelop board, Martha Stewart Mega slicer as well as her scoring board.  (They sure take HEAPS of space – hence why I piled them up..) Fourth, all my one color cardstock and papers, and last shelf.. All my mags (Some of which I keep to read, and others just as cute paper for embellishments and such.. like in the first Christmas card ‘fairy Christmas’.. the Fushia pink for the tag came from an Oprah Mag!)

IMG_1096aNow, on the table.. my laptop and my scan n cut, sakuras, black inks, etc.. and on the other side.. is where all the bling hides:)  This photos gives you a small apercu :)

IMG_1101aSO, first shelf, buttons, baby punches, and baby paper pads.. Second shelf, Big punches & Stamps.  Third shelf, BLING & inks & GLITTER!! ahah  You can’t really see them on the photo, I think.. but in my red shinny box, I have HEAPS of big glitter tubes.. and against the wall, Matt got me a big Martha Stewart glitter set (all called after precious stones!! SOOOO Beautiful!!).  Fourth shelf, BIG paper pads with beautiful designs:)) And little tools of the trade.. Fifth shelf – kid shelf.. papers, the kids can use, red bucket of ‘stuff’.

Okay, ALSO.. under the screen.. you can see I have 6 big drawers.. Most of them have arty ‘stuff’ in them.. like one is FULL of paper/cardstock embellishments… oh and another, my water color pencils, pastels, etc.  So, they are ALL full too.. and above my printer are my pretty beads:)

Finally, you do NOT want to know what’s going on in my closet behind me.  It shall remain a MYSTERY forever.

Anyway, ahah:)  There you go.  Now you know where I spend every FREE minute of my day.  When I’m not watching Fringe on my screen these days.. I’m watching my personal ‘Art Channel’.. of youtube videos on Everything and Anything Art related… or music videos:)

Life is good, am I right?!

Love you all!! And thanks for coming over! ;-)

xxx

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Christmas Card Season Begins!

IMG_1088aHello, hello!

How are you doing today?  I’m pretty good – though I wish we were just *starting* the weekend and not ending it!  I LOVE spending the day just crafting with or next to the kids.  Time just flies by when you’re having fun.

The card you’re seeing I made yesterday!  I LOVE this little fairy stamp:)  I colored her in with my watercolors.  Adorable!  I also LOVE these cool new colors for Christmas – Pinks and Teals!!  My whole paper pad has those colors.. so, that’ll probably be my theme for this year!

Also, check out my instagram section to see my cute new baker twine bobbins and for more photos of my craft room soon:)!!

Hope you’re having a great day!  Sending you BIG hugs and lots of love!!

xxx

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August already!

IMG_1004aHello!  Hello!

How are you?  I’m good!  The kids?  Not so much.  They’ve been sick since last week!  Anna caught the flu, and Sami had a cold.  Can’t wait for the weekend to come around again. :)

Apart from that, I just finished making this card.  LOVE my cutting dies and cake stamp!  I just ordered myself a PILE (5 BIG bobbins!!) of Baker’s Twine!!  Can’t wait for them to arrive!!  After that, I’ll have a rainbow selection of them:)  Might take a photo for you to see!  Though I have to admit that I already had a pack of tiny little bobbins (a pack of 20 or so from Spotlight?!) .. But this is SO much better because they’re INSANELY HUGE Bobbins!! Yay for working out for money! ahah

Talking about working out.. I lost 2lbs!! YAY!!  only 31 more pounds until I’m back to where I mostly want to be!!  Sounds like a lot, but it’s not that bad!! These 2lb bring me officially to -16lbs since last Summer!! (-8kg!!)  In 4lb.. I’ll have lost a whole 20lb!!! I’m really quite proud of myself.  It’s taking ages, but at least I’m not dieting.. just being reasonable and exercising.  Very happy with myself and the results!!

Talking about exercising, time for my last 20 minutes of the day!!

BIG HUGS!!

xxx

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Another day Another Blog

IMG_0721Hello, Hello!

Long time no blog.  Can’t believe we’re already a week after the school holidays!!  Where has the time gone?  July has been so busy – but super good!

Can’t believe the worse of winter is already over! Yes!  Can’t wait to get back into my studio and craft to my heart’s content.  In the winter, the room is just WAY too cold to spend heaps of time in.. so, I switch to a different fun hobby – hence all the knitting!

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That being said, it’s still birthday season anyway.. so, here’s a photo of my mother-in-law’s watercolor birthday card.  And the inside.  Had a good time making it.  The cute fox one was made for a good friend of mine:)  Hope she liked it! ahah

Next week, I have some 3-way conferences to go to with Anna and Sami’s teahers.  :-/  ugh  Hate those.  The only good thing about them is that it means they close the school early.  :-p

I’ve also finally finished my Oxford Victorian Anthology of Ghost stories.  Foof.  That took long enough!  Now, I’m back into the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie.  Something light and easy.

IMG_0713Game wise, I’m still playing my pc Sacred 2 game, and I’m about to start a new point-and-click game – though not sure which just yet.

IMG_0714I’m also still trying to lose weight.  I’ve been stable since my last weigh-in.. though I’ve gone up and down 2lb or so.. but since last week, Matt’s created for me a very cool Excel sheets that rewards exercise with money!  Who doesn’t like that idea?!  Anyway, I’ve done one week of it – and I’m not done just yet, but it’s motivated me in doing 50 minutes of X-training *EVERY* day.. :)  Can’t wait to go shopping! ahah

Hope your day is going as well as ours.  I’m about to go roll some lasagna sheets:)

Enjoy your night!

BIG HUGS !!

xxx

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Knitting Frenzy!

Hello Hello!

How are you doing?  Hope you’re having a great week so far:)  What have I been up to recently?  (Outside getting Anna’s birthday party slowly organized?)  I’ve been knitting!!

I’ve been knitting indoor balls – as the weather isn’t being all that friendly these days  – way too wet and muddy!!

To make Sami happy, I’ve made a Humpty Dumpty ball, but not any kind – inspired by the Scribblenauts one as that’s the one he loves at the moment. :)

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Anna wanted a Bunny Ball, so here is what I made for her :)

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Only 3 more days before the School Holiday begins!!  Can’t wait!!  So many things planned!!  Especially sleep-ins:)  Have yourself a wonderful fun day!!

Big hugs!!

xxx

First Weigh-in and updates

  Hello, Hello!

It’s  Monday here and it’s off:)  Loving the Queen’s Birthday at the moment!  I’ve been good, but struggling with my ‘non-diet’..  It sure isn’t easy all the time fitting in the exercise every day, and not munching in the evening – at all.

I used to snack in front of the tv.. with Grapes, grapefruits, etc.. fruit fruit fruit.. and didn’t lose any weight… Too many calories in the sugary yummies to do so!  So, had to cut it all out.. (and eat the fruit earlier in the day…) to actually get a result on the scale.

As you’ve probably noticed on the ticker, I’ve lost 3lb/62!  It’s good, but at the same time.. the reason I didn’t just Blog about it right away, and still don’t really feel like telling the world is because I don’t expect this entire ‘non-diet’ to work out.  I’ve failed SO many times, that I Just don’t believe this is going to get anywhere.  Yay!  A Pity Party!  ahahah  Just kidding.  I don’t feel ‘sad’ for myself.. as my weight is directly the result of my choices.  It’s just “hard” to make the right choice.  If it wasn’t, everyone would be skinny, right?!

So, yes, I’ve lost 3lb so far and I’ve done really well these last 2 days of this new week.. and today, which is my 3rd day – I’ve also fit in my exercise.

I have to admit here that to ‘lose’ the easy extra calories in my meals, I’ve switched everything I could to “light”… It gives me more food for less calories or as much food for less or less food, for even less calories..  Win-win-win.

Apart from that first step, I also decided to try out some Weight Watcher foods – like their Jam.. which has barely any calories, and is SUPER yummy.  I don’t eat lots of jam in general.. but if I feel like some with my crepe.. I can have a dab of it on the side of my plate and know it’s fine.

I also stock my pantry with little treats.. for snacks.. which are low calorie.  I got some kind of multigrain crackers (made of soy with lindseeds, sunflower seeds, etc) ..which are 4 crackers for 112 calories or something.. super yummy and filling.  As well, as some chocolate type WW bars.. which are about 90 calories for 1 bar.. and SUPER sweet and gooey.  They really taste like a ‘real’ chocolate bar for a sugar hit.  :)

So, between those two type of snacks.. I’m pretty happy.  That said, I only have them if I feel ‘hungry’ .. it’s not an automatic 3pm thing.  I’ve also switched 1 of my afternoon black coffees for a green tea.  Not sure what that’ll do, but I’m thinking it can’t hurt?

What else… hmmm.  8 glasses of water (which I seriously hate…as I don’t feel “that” thirsty… and HATE going to the ladies’ room every two minutes!)… 1 hour of Cardio a day, eating within my calorie range, and 1 green tea a day.  That’s really what I’m doing right now.. and NOT eating ANYTHING at all after dinner.  And we eat dinner early.  :-(  I’m talking 4pm something here.  So, I seriously get HUNGRY by 8pm.. but no, no food.  What I do instead is get my Earl grey with a tiny bit of light milk… and it does the trick until the next day.  That milk just makes me feel right again.  Makes all the difference in the world.

So, yes.  One day at a time.  I’m coming on to my Toms so, I might not weigh myself next week and just wait for the following one.  Will see how it goes.  Anyway, there you have it.  :)  Back to my crafting now!!

Sending you big HUGS and lots of love!

Online Weight loss Journaling

Hello!  Hello!

How are you doing today?  Hope you’re happy and well:)  I’m good.  I’ve been X-training.. siiigh.. lol  and entering all my data at “My Fitness Pal”.  If you’re serious about losing the weight too, then you should definitely take a look.  It’s free!  And you can log in with your Facebook account.. and add all your friends that use the system too! – Instant support system!

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/