I've been meaning to blog about the downsizing of my craft supplies for a while now, as a few people have been asking whether our home de-cluttering included a clear out of my crafting goodies, or not. The answer is yes! I've pretty much gone from having a HUGE cupboard full of creative things, to a basket for holding my yarn, a tiny suitcase for pen pal supplies and four small containers to hold fabric, paper craft goodies, stamps etc..
My craft area has changed since that photo above (click here to see it now), but I'm sharing it so that you can see my button collection in those four large jars. There were more buttons in a cupboard too, but after some thinking I realised that I really hadn't used any of them over the last 10 years, mostly because they were all so miss-matched.
So, I caved and purchased the Midori Traveler's Notebook to use as a travel journal for my upcoming Dubai trip. I'd been pondering about this since the travel journal post that I did in early November, wondering whether to use a normal old notebook, purchase a more specific travel journal or treat myself to the Traveler's Notebook. Obviously the latter won out, mostly because it's so versatile and after the trip I'll be able to continue using it as a journal.
Next week I'll be in Dubai. Dubai. DUBAI!!
It still seems a little bit surreal, but my suitcase is packed and I'm all ready to go. Our climate in Tasmania is positively chilly compared to Dubai, so I've bought a few maxi dresses to take and light weight summer cardigans. As I wrote this post, it was a warm 27 degrees in Dubai - hot for Tassie, but I think I'll be okay and not melt too much. Mind you, I'm still wearing a winter cardigan most days down here!
The idea for these felt twig trees came to me on a recent bush walk, so I gathered a few twigs on the way back to the car and spent the afternoon bringing my idea to fruition. They're a nice A4 size - easily adaptable though to whatever size takes your fancy - quick to make and cute to hang up for the festive season.
Let's get started:
Following on from my 'love for bloggers' post the other day, here are some nice things from a few of my lovely readers. There are lots of crafty goodness posts, plus some awesome non-crafty things to read about, so go and have a 'clickety click' and visit some new blogs today. Fingers crossed that you might find a new favourite to read.
Hello handmade Christmas friends!
I've finished all of the handmade gifts that I'd planned on making for this year, so now I've decided to fill any spare pockets of time with ornament creating. This is the third year that I'll be attaching handmade ornaments to James and Bella's Christmas presents and even though they probably aren't in love with this mini tradition that I've started, I'm hoping one day (when they have their own tree!) that they'll enjoy decorating it with a few 'Mum made' pieces. So, I'll continue to plod away with the little stash I'm slowly buiding up.
Since we're also getting to the end of the school year here in Australia, I thought you guys might enjoy some handmade teacher gift ideas for my post today. Here we go:
Our weekends are pretty much taken up with bike racing these days, for this young man below. We all pile into the car early in the morning with a packed lunch and head out to our destination and race - which is anything from cross country mountain biking, road, track, enduro or cyclocross - sometimes in the north of the state, but mostly a little closer to home.
I know that we haven't quite reached the festive month of December yet and a few of you might be gasping that I'm sharing this Christmas pom pom tree ornament in November, but I have a few Christmas style tutorials/DIY projects up my sleeve for this year, so I thought I'd better start posting them now! These pom pom tree ornaments are fun to make and are 12cm in width, so a nice size to make a statement on your Christmas tree or you can hang them up individually around the house.
Let's get started:
It's no secret in this house that Mr Goodsell loves a piece of chocolate or two, so I thought his birthday celebration this week deserved a bit of chocolate overload. After a quick search on pinterest, I found a simple birthday cake design and knew it was the one to do! Sadly, no matter how much I try to find the original creator/link of this cake to share with you, I just can't track it down as the links don't seem to go anywhere. This is what sometimes makes me sad about pinterest.
Hello friends! Can you believe it's time for another handmade Christmas post? I don't know about you, but the days seem to be flying here lately. I am frantically trying get organised for Christmas, especially since I'll be away for the first part of December. Yesterday I bought some Christmas tags and a bit of wrapping paper, because I know that I just won't have time to make tags or cards this year to add to our gifts. But, in case you're feeling creative and have a bit of time up your sleeve, I've found some super sweet card and tag tutorials from around the web for you. I would love to receive that fold up reindeer card (number 3) and I'm also a bit in love with the finger print card, which is number 7.
I bought some new things! Nothing super fancy, but I thought you might like to see. Firstly I stocked up on a bit of festive coloured felt, a few new embroidery cottons and some calico. I've been using some of these supplies to work on a series of Christmas tutorials to share - six of them in fact. They're fun, colourful and not too complicated, so I think (hope!) you'll enjoy them. The first one will be going up bright and early this Saturday morning and then one a week from there.
I just thought I'd pop in and do a little update about the creative pen pal swap and also share some cute pen pal things that I've found recently. To date, I've matched up over 600 people from around the world and I'm still receiving sign ups every day. I think there are only 7 unmatched people in my inbox (woot!) right now and I'm just waiting for the right person to come along, so that I can hook them up with a new friend to write to.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.