Thursday, April 24, 2014

Never let it be said…

… that I can’t take up a challenge!  Not long after I did my post this morning about the light bulb vases there was a comment from Esther… and she knew EXACTLY how to push my buttons and get me into gear!

Her comment may look innocent enough but when I read… Go on - give it a go and let us see what you can do with a less than $2 bulb… it was like she’d thrown down the gauntlet and I didn’t have much choice really.

Follow that up with Vicki saying… Just do it!!!  What’s a girl to do… so I got my backside into town and gathered up some supplies and here’s the results:

Not all light bulbs are created equal… and there’s so many choices out there!  I specifically wanted ‘screw in clear bulbs’ and it would seem that they’re not as easy to find as you might think… or as cheap!20140424_101200_1

Then it was home with my supplies including a new pair of needle nose pliers (because I have absolutely no idea where mine are… except that they’ll be ‘in a box’) and some safety glasses… see Dad… I do take care of myself!

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My first effort was a complete flop… almost had all the insides out and then the bulb broke.

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Second attempt… pretty much the same thing.  Actually I bought three light bulbs from this brand and all three broke so clearly not all light bulbs are created equal!

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Frustration was starting to set in so I swapped to the pretty pink boxes and thought I’d give them a go and voila!

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Toby still loves the camera!!  These little light bulbs are a really cute shape too!  Before long I really had the knack of it:

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I found some old metal egg cups and some silver serviette rings that I don’t think I’ve ever used and they made pretty good bases for my new mini vases.

All up I think I kept my mess pretty well contained… don’t you?

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Then I decided that I might just have one more experiment.  I went back to the supermarket and bought some screw in frosted bulbs with the idea that once I got the innards out of them I could use salty water (thank you Google) to get rid of the frosting.20140424_140111

It totally worked and I made three more mini vases.  So here’s my efforts for the day:

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I actually really like these vases… they’re simple, pretty and they almost have a vintage feel to them.  And if I actually used screw in bulbs in my home they would be a great way to recycle the bulbs when they blew!

So now I’m wondering if Esther and Vicki will take up the challenge??  I’d love to see if the Wellington and Christchurch bulbs produce the same results as the Gisborne ones LOL 

Go on… I dare you!

No need to re-invent the wheel

This morning when I opened my email programme my eyes were instantly grabbed by the latest ‘Treat Me’ offering… and not because I wanted to buy it… but because it was something I’d already seen.  It seems that others have now seen it too… let me show you what I mean.

Last year while I was doing my Feel Good Friday stuff I spent a lot of time looking around Google-land looking for ideas that caught my eye… and in October (Week 43 to be exact) I came across these little beauties:

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Remember those??  Little vases made out of light bulbs?  You can go HERE to see my original post.  There are loads of tutorials out there… some are better than others… and to be honest I’d forgotten that I was going to give it a try.

Well it seems that someone else has stumbled across this idea too… and they’re pretty happy to charge you for it!

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Yes that would be $19 for ONE light bulb vase… but wait there’s more… you can pick up two of them for $36… and if you want to be really extravagant you can get a set of 12 for a mere $206. 

Hmmm… I think I might have another look at those online tutorials LOL

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Still finding my feet

Well, were almost a third of the way through 2014 and to be honest I still don’t feel like I’m walking on solid ground yet.  I even had a word picked out for 2014… Creating!  And to date I’ve done very little of that this year!

So I’ve come to a few conclusions:

  • Maybe I don’t have to do what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years… maybe I don’t NEED to do Project Life the same way???
  • Maybe this year I need to focus on other things???
  • Maybe things didn’t turn out quite the way I was hoping and I’m not quite sure how to deal with that yet???
  • Maybe this year I need to figure out what I actually want to do with the rest of my life???
  • Maybe I really just don’t have any clue as to what’s going on and I’m trying desperately to keep my head above water???  Yeah… kind of feels like that at the moment!

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So I thought I might just show you a few snippets of my life in the past week… hoping that it might inspire me a bit!

On Saturday I went to the markets… Gisborne actually has a really good market on a Saturday morning and I LOVE having fresh flowers in my home all the time!  Here’s a few of my goodies from the weekend:

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I bought some red and white roses… a few plants for the garden (including some herbs), plus I bought some watercress and walnut pesto (divine with pasta) and some lemon and passionfruit curd… totally delicious!  I loved this photo so much I’ve used in in my new banner… clearly the simple things still make me happy.

On Sunday Toby and I spent some time in the garden… he was ‘supervising’… yes he’s still pulling the “But Mumma, I’ve got NO thumbs!” card.  We did  a bit more gardening on Monday and the pots are looking pretty good now although we still have a few more to do.

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On Monday it was Grandma’s birthday… not the really significant ‘you don’t have to go to work anymore’ one… but it’s getting closer!  Toby and I set ourselves up last night since Mum was busy on Monday and we SKYPED her!  Poor Toby really wasn’t too sure about it and he did bark at her a few times.  The neat part was that we took her on a virtual tour of our new home since she hasn’t been here yet. 

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Meanwhile, Toby and I are continuing to get to know our new home… we’ve explored lots in our neighbourhood and we’ve discovered some good beach walks and hill tracks.  We’ve also decided that we love kerb-side recycling which happens every Tuesday.

So maybe things didn’t turn out quite the way I had hoped or planned… but it’s the way it is and I’m making the most of it :) 

p.s. I’m getting quite good at making lemonade… if you get my drift!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I’m celebrating!

I know my blog has been very neglected this year… and to be honest I’m missing doing my regular posts.  I’ve got to make a plan to get myself back to blogging regularly again… but in the meantime I’ve got a celebration!!

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Today marks the day that I am 100 days smoke free!!!

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Feeling really good about it and just had to share!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

One Little Word – October pages

Hi everyone :)

There have been tons of things happening around here and I’m trying to catch up on some projects.  I’ve finally managed to get my October pages done for my album so I thought I’d share them with you.

In October 2013 Ali Edwards prompted us to create an art journal page about our word.  For this particular month she wanted us to focus on the PROCESS rather than the end result… and that usually works for me fine… but in October I had so many ‘Choices’ going on in my life that I struggled to focus. 

Roll forward to February 2014 and I was finally able to create my art journal page and it  came together in quite an unexpected way.  I’ve already shared the actual art journal page with you so here’s my pages that will go into my One Little Word album.

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During October I was making some pretty big career choices and looking at lots of options surrounding my decisions.  In the end it really did all come down to ‘taking a leap of faith’.

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p.s. Once I actually took that ‘leap of faith’ lots of AMAZING things have happened in my life!

Wishing you all a great day xx

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Art journal page for One Little Word

Hi everyone :)

I’ve been struck by a bit of a bug today so I’ve been at home.  I don’t do ‘bored’ very well… in fact it drives me insane… so I decided to have a proper look for my Distress Inks and I found them in the very last container I looked in… but at least I found them!

I also found my notebook of ideas for the October prompt for One Little Word… yes I’m actually catching up on a project!

Last October Ali Edwards prompted us to ‘get messy’ with our word and create an art journal page.  I’d had quite a few ideas last October but nothing would really come together at the time.  This morning I looked at my notes and suddenly saw something that I’d never seen before… a really strong message that I wanted to remember… so with inks located it was time to get messy!

I started off with one of my pages that already had gesso on it and out came my inks:a

I discovered one thing this morning… Distress Inks lift off a gesso’d background REALLY easily!!!  I tried using the heat gun to set the ink but no matter what I did the ink kept lifting… so I decided to use my Distress Paints instead.b

I started off with a few different shades of blue and grey to build up the sky along with a piece of wet and dry foam to help me blend.  Then I moved into the greens:c

I dried it all with a heat gun and then got busy with a bit more inking to create extra depth on my page.  Totally love the way the paints and inks work together.d

Next up was some stamping… I was trying to really create some depth so I did multiple stamped images using the same stamp and a variety of ink.  First up with some Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink:

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Then some London Fog Memento ink:

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Followed by some Walnut Stain Distress Ink:

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I was really enjoying ‘playing’ by this stage so I  got busy with a stencil and some Wild Honey ink to create a hint of sunlight.  It’s not so obvious in the photos but you can see it clearly on the finished page.

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I had already cut out a stencil that I wanted to use on this page but in the end I used the ‘center’ of the stencil instead. 

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I wanted a darker colour so I used the ‘chocolate’ Gelato and lots of blending with my finger to get exactly the look I wanted.  A quick spray with fixative and she was ready to go!

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After she was dry (which takes about a minute) I glued her to my page with mono glue and then started to add some shading with my charcoal pencil and blending it with a damp brush.

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If you’re wondering where I’m heading with all this here’s the message I wrote to myself back in October…  There’s lots of choices… just pick the one that ‘speaks’ to you and take a leap of faith!  I really wanted to include part of what I’d written on my page so I got out some neglected stamps and went for it.

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And for those who know me well… yes it did tick me off that I got some ‘touch downs’ with the letter stamping!!!  Moving right along… I wanted a bit more on the page and I had a cool ruler stamp that I thought might work:

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Umm.. no I don’t think so… then I found some cool Prima resist canvas elementals that Esther gave me ages ago and decided to open the packet and give it a go… lovely, lovely product to work with… thanks Esther xx

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I coloured mine with Distress Stains (Rusty Hinge and Faded Jeans) and then added a brad from my stash.  Then of course it was time for the date tag:

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My page is now securely adhered into my art journal:

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As you can see I’ve actually reached the end of the first signature of pages.  When I put my art journal together I thought I would have plenty of room for two signatures but to be honest this journal is getting really fat so I’m thinking I might take the second set out of the journal and start a new one.

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p.s.  I noticed when I put this page in my journal that I’d dated my last page wrong… I did the last page on FEB 15 but the date stamp said JAN 15… I was able to fix it up without too many hassles.

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Now that I’ve finally gotten my October art journal page completed I’ll be able to share the rest of my One Little Word album with you soon.  Thanks for all the comments about the last post too… it inspired me to get creative again xx

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I’ve been creative!

Hi everyone :)

Today I finally got my arty stuff out and did something creative.  It’s been a REALLY long time since I actually got inky/painty hands and it was well overdue!

I know I usually take step by step photos but today I just got completely lost in the creative process and forgot all about that until the page was actually done… and of course by that stage I had stuff EVERYWHERE!!

Here’s my finished page before it got put into my art journal.  The page actually curled up quite a bit… must have been all the layers of paint!1

It looked heaps better once it was attached into my art journal:2

And here it is again as a full spread:3

About the only think that I know is not on my page anywhere is Distress Ink… and that’s because I haven’t been able to find ANY of them since I moved! 

I’m still going to carry on with Project Life this year but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep to the same format as the last two years.  I have been taking a lot more photos on my new phone so I’ve got plenty to work with but for now I’m busy adjusting to life in Gisborne, a new relationship and a house that is far too small for all my stuff!