Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glittering up a storm.

A glittered snowman peeks from a tin cone!
A broken tassel end becomes a tree stand,
Yes there was a glitter blizzard in my craft corner (situation normal ! ) I have been crafting up a veritable snow storm of glittery Christmas Projects, I love Christmas i guess i never lost that childlike wonder.How i never lost it is beyond me Christmas for mothers is a lot of work,When my children were small i was often still wrapping their gifts rather badly on Christmas eve . Santa had a lot to answer for and i felt like his slave manys the year,I wouldn't change it for the world 1 loved to create Christmas for my boys and i wpu;d do it again in a hearbeat,Anyway i have many many projects on the boil and here are a few things i just wanted to make for no reason except Christmas and glitter are two things i love,

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Random Happiness

OK i have been much happier of late.could be just I'm finally moving on after my divorce and i have lost a bunch of weight and can now breath  better without asthma meds.I can clean like a whirling dervish and shop like only a woman can shop in real shops not always online,I have been in a few great craft swaps and made some friends along the way,I have a grand daughter and a god daughter who make me happy always and forever, So this is just a happy post of random things i wanted to share,If i take close ups its only because you may be like me and want a good look.I have been known to get a magnifying glass out to see how someone did something or look at how they decorated a shelf etc,I know obsessive much!But with craft and decorating that is definitely me,
How sweet is this swap-altered bottle of mother of pearl vintage buttons

My Hatpins on my dressing table

Yes it is  rather full here but they are all my favourites,

I love old keys

Storage beneath my dressing table- love hatboxes!

How sweet are these hand decorated Alice pegs from a swap.

Glittered spider  for a vintage halloween tussie

Do Ants have towels ?

That's what he asked me when he was 4 as well as other gems like how does god put the toes on when he makes babies,you can see how toes may be difficult,Lucky he had me to tell him that God is just good at that sort of stuff, He was (well he still is in fact) my eldest son Matthew.Matt had genius level IQ a fact apparent then and now. The ringleader in many of my four sons childhood adventures and misadventures,The one least caught but you always knew he had made the evil plot and his brothers (his minions) had merely carried it out.I would go down to their play area on the 3 acres we owned at Springwood commonly known as my boys BAD BASE and there would be ropes strung between trees up over branches weighted down with rocks etc, Look Matt would say if you trip this then it will move that and lift this and pull that and etc etc and in the end capture something (usually me !) Upon lifting said rock yes that is exactly what would happen.He is using his powers for good not evil these days.I'm terribly proud of him even if i don't understand half of what he does but then again I'm sure he knows nothing of some of my craft techniques,I should have realized when he read Lord of the Rings aged 8 when the other children were reading golden books.The past few months he has been making his own computer, when i say making i mean he didn't go buy a case and all the parts he made the lot soldiered and cabled etc even the pipes for the water cooling system he had to research and find.If there are holes on the case he made the holes.Sooo clever i cannot tell you and all meticulously planned and executed while he has been working full time and he and his lovely partner Suzie have both been completing Uni. Oh and i forgot he has also been learning Spanish as he is on his way soon to south America,Here is a link for those who unlike me may know what they are looking at

Friday, October 19, 2012

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming you better believe it,I have started the annual Christmas card and tag making and decoratiion planning,You see i must have a theme some years its a colour or like one christmas it was stars this christmas is pink and silver and snowflakes i cant wait,
Here is some recent crafting exploits Christmas and otherwise,

Matchbox scene swap

Birthday card for a 3 year old/

My sisters three sons Josh ,Corey and Jye

Halloween banner for a swapbot swap.

Changing it round

Silver and Crystal it just goes togther !
When you live in a small space (and i do!) nad you have a lot of stuff (hmm and i may !) then best thing is to keep it fresh change it round and always be going through and getting rid of stuff,I am a bower bird i am always but always bringing things home.On a recent day out to Katoomba with my mum and sister we of course went op shopping and found bargains.
The Silver old sheffield teapot was one of my treasures from the day,.For a while i have known i NEEDED one to go next to my table chandelier.I love it,it makes me happy and i had fun polishing it up with some bi carb and boiling water. The thing is i am constantly changing and re arranging the little still lifes around my apartment (its spotless so this week yes it is an apartment and not a flat ).It keeps it fresh and interesting,
here are some reason changes and rearranges,I also put my wooden screen outside on my balcony as its much roomier without it and people can actually sit at my table without hunching and breathing in,.
This little vintage tin pram houses my lavender plants.
 When mum came to visit (she is like the energizer bunny and never but never stops) we went and bought new plants and made my balcony beautiful,So now i actually do sit out there with my secret apartment cat Poppy and eat breakfast  which is a lovely thing to do.I am however breaking the balcony trend around here which is to have assorted mismatched broken chairs and dead pot plants and rotting bamboo blinds.Its a trend i am happy to break,My balcony although tiny and my balcony off my bedroom which houses my exercise machine and clothes line are as close as i get to a yard so i feel they need some love.
Just a little sun trap where i can eat breakfast

Im always changing display groups
Moving my screen outside freed up badly needed room

Love my cane lounge with the swan arms

My hall is TINY as in TEENY TINY  so of course i bought a huge hall table.

Another place that is constantly changing soon my xmas forest will appear,

My little Mermaid

 i spent the morning watching my grand daughter Sophia at her swimming lesson.She mostly enjoys it when she isnt screaming hehe,She does love the water and is a real mermaid in the bath,I loved watching her and felt like a real proud nanna waving at her as she went by with her dad.Ahh today life is good,

Sophia and  Daddy (my son Timothy)