Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mixed Media Collage Canvas

I am just about to head off for school pick up, but wanted to quickly show you all a sneak peak of my canvas collage.  A SLOW work in progress.  I can blame my procrastination tendecies with this one trying to make it all perfect so I keep changing bits and pieces.  Some techniques used so far painting, spray painting, glimmer mist and some glitter.  Of course as you can see the gorgeous birdcage from Kaisercraft is the main feature.

Hoping to have this finished by the end of the week so I can start the next one. hehehe.

Gotta Run xx

Monday, August 29, 2011

Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors

I LOVE these scissors, did I mention that before.  I finally got the chance to open my own pair and have a play.  So many ideas so little time.  Here is just a starter with a cute little card.  These scissors are really smooth and easy to use and cut beautifully.  Given you are cutting 4 strips at one time.  They definitely get the thumbs up from me.

How bright and fun is this card. So easy to put together and yet so effective and different.  You can do so many things with these scissors.  To grab your own pair (and these are a must have tool for any papercrafter I have decided) you can find them here.

I have been working on a mixed media canvas over the last few days.  I will update with some photos soon as I have been taking a few along the way.  Loving the idea of using different mediums to create something unique.  I think I will be addicted to making a few more of these.  Can't wait to share.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Glassine Bags Have Arrived!!!

Yippee I did a happy dance and a very loud sqeal of delight when these bags arrived from the mailman this morning.  My kids were like - Ahh What are you so excited about??  I know its a bit tragic really to get excited about white paper bags, but these are not just any paper bags.  These are Glassine White Waxy Semi transparent paper bags.  Don't take my word for it take a look at how you can use these.  I have been searching everywhere to stock these so of course I am super happy when I find them and add them to the shop.  You can find them in our party supplies department here

White Glassine Wax Paper Lolly Bags - Pk 20 (21.7cm x 14.6cm)

Remember that butterfly covered doily using our amazing twine from a few posts ago, well I knew it would come in handy somewhere.  This is cute gift Idea inside the bag there is a CD wrapped in some gorgeous paper and finished off in a glassine bag with the decorated doily to finish it off and a tiny pink flower peg.  All that's left is to add a card.  So cute, so versatile, make sure you grab a batch today.  These would make the most adorable lolly bags, love that you can see through them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gift Tags and Lace Doilies

Some cute new supplies added to the store

Merchant Gift Tags now also available in Butter Cream

Dainty and Delicate Doilies a New style now in stock

Some New Papers have also arrived the one below is one of my favourites more from this range is available in store

My Minds Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite Genuine Sky

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Inspiration

Love this little message.  Where are you resisting change??  I know there are several areas of my life where I just keep bucking the current.  This is a great reminder that each day is a new day to make a change no matter how small to that end goal.  Guess what??? the universe is always patiently waiting to assist when it sees you are on board and ready to move forward it will then double your effort each and every time.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chandelier Kit - DIY

Happy Weekend Everyone!!

I feel some spring cleaning fever coming on with the sunshine and fresh air.

Just popping in super quick to mention that Chandelier Kits from Making Memories are finally in stock after a long wait.  There are only a few of these available on site and they are adorable.  Click on link below to take you straight to the store to purchase.

These are too adorable to pass up.  Great for home decor or even to decorate for a special party child.  Great craft activity for adults and kids.

Have a sunshiny weekend everyone and do something special and different, something you wouldn't normally do. xx

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A little something to brighten your day...

Although I didn't create this I just had to share.  Found this on pinterest here.  Feel free to share the love oh and remember to take a compliment for yourself as well. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

All Shopped out

I spent hours walking the isles of the Home and Gift Fair today.  Needless to say I am exhausted but also very excited about some gorgeous new party products coming our way.  Polkadots and Popcorn Cups.  Cute too boot.  I am sure you will love this range also.

Heres a sneak peak

I am also eagerly awaiting the arrival of this little gem.  Fringe Scissors from Martha Stewart, can you believe it.  I love my tools can you tell???

I found this cute little display of fringe samples on Pinterest the day.  So many ideas so LITTLE time.

I think that is all the updates for now.  So long since I have gotten a newsletter out so its on the to do list for the next day or two.  All these fairs have thrown my routine out of whack.  Looking forward to a little less running around.  Not to mention getting in and out of the city is stressful glad I don't have to do that every day.

Sweet Dreams Everyone!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Creating with Pink Bakers Twine and Some Heartfelt Advice

I attended the Life In Style Trade Show and apart from finding new products to stock it is a great way to be inspired.  It's great to purchase things ready made but as my sister joined me since she has now officially returned from working in China we found ourselves saying we could make this and we could make that.   Realistically however there is never enough hours in the day and quite frankly it is a rare occurance around here that I create for the pleasure of creating.  Often when I do create in the back of my mind I have the thought of how my customers might use or benefit from said creation.

So after a long and busy week I thought I would sit down and a have a play with the twine I have available.  You see the other epithany I had running through my head yesterday was I have all these supplies and I just need to sit down without being attached to the expectation of any end result and just play.  Get the mind and the ego out of the way and not judge myself whilst I create but just creating for the pure fun of it.  So you will find below a little sample inspired by some things I saw yesterday and quite frankly I am not sure what you would use this for as it's too big for a card maybe it could be framed in a crisp white 3d style frame.  In any case it doesn't really matter how you use it becuase I am just sharing a new way to use some twine and butterfly punchies doilies and large heart punchies.  Might even be great to decorate a wedding album.

I might could even make this into a mini kit for customers to buy who don't have these supplies.  Of course if you already have these supplies you could sit down and make something similar or alternatively copy it.  Sometimes the act of just creating can be the same as sitting down and trying to meditate and clear your mind, only this is more fun. Just create and don't be attached to any outcome.  Most of all don't be critical of yourself that you should be doing this or should be doing that.  Just be kind to yourself and enjoy being present whilst you create and go with it.

By the way in case you hadn't noticed I was in the mood for a heartfelt post today.  I also have the quote in my head that Sunny Mummy mentioned on facebook a couple of months back "Success in business does not make up for failure at home."  I am always so mindful of this as my business gains momentum and yet behind the scenes I sometimes stuggle with the emotional drama of a growing teenager and how to handle these challenging years ahead of me.

So that said time to switch off, log off, and enjoy doing the things I love for myself and sharing those things with my kids. Quality time not quantity is more important.  Time to kick guilt to the curb and stop using it as a procrastinating tool and just show up in life rather than finding every excuse there is out there as to why I can't.  They are after all just excuses.....

To finish on a lighter and brighter note, the cute pink/white twine is available here.  The punch is available here but is out of stock at the moment, more in stock next week.  I will be adding these large oversized hearts to the store shortly as well as the doilies probably Monday.  The hearts measure 3.5" and the doilies are a little larger.

Have an inspired weekend and make sure you log off and log into life as Sunny Mummy would say.  Words of Wisdom there applicable to this day and age.  Our Mothers never had these issues maybe that's why they were so much calmer.  We have gained so much and yet lost in other ways.  Time to make the balance work back in our favour.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hello Sunshine

Wow this beautiful weather in Melbourne is beckoning me to go out and play.  It's so tempting.  To compromise I am doing inside and outside jobs just to get a bit of sunshine and warmth.  Would love to be out there all day though.  I keep thinking that maybe I can take my work out there but this would be too much of a mamoth effort and not worth it.

Anyway some sunshiny new things to share

I am so exciting to be attending the gift fairs that are on this week and next in Melbourne.  It being this week with Life In Style and next with the Reed Gift Fair.  I am on the hunt for some new and inspiring products to sell on site so stay tuned. 


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