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Don’t Settle (Collage)

I’ve gotta say… I am lovin’ the bricks on this collage.  They turned out really well (*pats self on back*) and just seemed to fit with the rest of the design.  The pantsuit (isn’t it fabulous?) came from a vintage seventies pattern I found in an op-shop.  I picked up a few for 50c each – I love old dressmaking patterns and their gorgeous illustrations.  And then I cut them up ha ha.

This Deer Lady went through several changes before I settled on this head for her – she was almost a camel at one stage.  I toyed with the idea of her being a rabbit and an ostrich momentarily too, but the deer head seemed most appropriate and ladylike.

It’s one of the first times I’ve used my own quotes, rather than stealing a well-known one from someone much wiser than myself.  But it also seemed to fit.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta go with what feels right, right?

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope your day is amazing 🙂

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Pretty Pegs

Pretty Pegs

How did it get to be Sunday afternoon again already?  I don’t know where the weekends go.  The weeks themselves fly by, but then it gets to the weekend and time just speeds up even more.  So unfair.

I’ve had a nice couple of days.  The weather has been lovely (too hot for some at this time of year but I love it) and I’ve spend time with my Mum and Mother-in-law.  I did a simple high tea/morning tea yesterday, nothing extravagant and we had a nice time just catching up and chilling out.  I wanted to stay in touch with my Mother-in-law as much as possible, after my marriage break-up, so I have tried to keep things as they were, at least between us.  She has always been very kind to me and welcomed me into the family straight away and I would hate to lose contact with her.  I’m not sure what the protocol is when you break up with someone, but I feel that I didn’t break up with her or the rest of the family so, while keeping a respectful distance from the ex and not making things uncomfortable for him (I don’t need to turn up at every family gathering) I think it’s ok if I at least see them for their birthdays and other big events. This week both my Mum and Mother-in-law celebrated their birthdays, hence the morning tea.  November is a busy month for me with lots of birthdays and other occasions.  I’m also doing a watercolour painting class in a couple of weeks which I am looking forward to (with some trepidation – I’m not the world’s greatest painter AT ALL but I do love the look of watercolour).

Last night (actually, late last night – I was up past midnight naughty girl) I prepared a bunch of pegs for making into my “Pretty Pegs” sets which I aim to sell at my mini-market.  They are good little sellers – easy to make and not a lot of initial outlay for materials.  Good for stocking fillers and just look really pretty when displayed.  They are also a good “TV Craft” i.e. they are something I can do whilst watching telly.  I like to multi-task! 🙂

So, last night I glued co-ordinating papers to the pegs in sets of four.  I used Ranger Matt Accents – it glues well and dries quickly, sealing the paper to the wood nicely.  I left the pegs to dry overnight to make sure the paper had bonded well.  This morning I sat and snipped the paper so it was nice and close to the edges of the pegs and then sanded them to give them a lived-in, distressed look and to take off any rough edges.  I hate sanding – it takes forever (well, not really, but I am an impatient crafter!).  I had quite a few little sets to do:

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Lots of pegs!

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Extreme close up! 

Next I will tie the pegs together in their matching sets with a length of raffia (which I have just realised I have run out of) and attach a little tag that gives ideas for using the pegs and voila!  That’s it.  Easy-peasy.  Which is what you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  I am hoping to make a few more things today…so stay tuned! 🙂

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Cheated a bit here – I used a photo from some sets I made previously (“here’s one I made earlier!”)

Sunday Night

Sunday Night

Well it’s Sunday night and time to pack up the crafty bits, iron tomorrow’s work clothes and do the dishes.  Time to say Goodbye to the weekend and get ready for the week.  I’ve watched the last episode of My Kitchen Rules and made my lunch for tomorrow.  Sigh – where does the weekend go?  Why do the hours go so fast on Saturday and Sunday and crawl by on a weekday?  All I know is that by the time Sunday night rolls around, I am overcome with a melancholy only an immediate lottery win could fix.

Just want to show you my card-making efforts for today.  I had a slow start and faffed around a bit for the first couple of hours, not making anything particularly good.  The last two cards were a lot better and I was able to end my craft session on a satisfied note.  Hope you had a successful Sunday and are all prepared for Monday 🙂

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Just couldn’t get this card to work – took about two hours to match the buttons (and still didn’t succeed!).  Couldn’t make the word below work either – until I added the white banner.  That helped a lot!

ImageWas determined with this card to finish it and finish it quickly!  Kept it simple.  It’s not great but I did get to use the new lace that I bought!

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ImageLiked this one.  I had some paper-tole butterflies that I wanted to use on cards and this was the first one I tried.  I just built up the middle butterfly with padded tape and left it at that.  The butterflies already had some glitter on them – that was enough embellishment.

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ImageWas really happy with this one – it turned out so pretty and the colours worked really well despite the butterfly and papers not being from the same company or line.  I did a bit of stamping as well, just to add an extra dimension.  Built up the butterfly in the same way as the previous card.