2010 :: MERRY CHRISTMAS

12:31 PM Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It's lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It's highter thought and a greater plan.
It's glorious dream in the soul of man.
~ Wilfred A. Peterson ~





Merry Christmas to all my blogfriends.
Hope you have a lovely festive day with family and friends.
~Cx~

[F] arewell .... [F] inally

8:56 PM Friday, December 10, 2010


Time is free, but it's priceless.
You can't own it, but you can use it.
You can't keep it, but you can spend it.
Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.
~Harvey MacKay~



What a busy hectic last 2 months. Packed our lifes in the UK in boxes .... said goodbye to lovely lovely friends .... moved ± 6 000 miles (10 000km) - farewell to our home of the last 10 years!
Slow internet access caused BIG frustration for me to connect to blogger, but finally got that sorted. Slowly but surely get our lifes sorted again. Can follow blogs again - yay!!!!
Waiting for our shipment and to move into our new home soon!!!
But first we'll have a Christmas in the southern hemisphere with family - BLISS!
Take care and enjoy the festive season.
~Cx~

Inspiration...

9:14 AM Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out."
David Weatherford

I wanted to make my own iron board cover for a while as I could not find anything in the shops or online that fit. Then one evening I discovered a online shop in London that make them to fit your ironingboard. They are lovely and cheap. Check out their website here http://www.ironingboardcovers.co.uk/index.htm. I've ordered myself a lovely new ironingboard and now I love doing my ironing again.
What do you think of it?
Have a good week.
~Cx~

Some cupcake treats

7:01 AM Wednesday, September 29, 2010

To find fulfillment .... don't exist with life, embrace it!
Jim Beggs

I love making little cupcakes for special occasions and since last year I had a few special occasions to do so.
Here are some of them. Enjoy!


Surprise babyshower

Birthday Party

Little boy's birthday


Surprise birthday party

One year old birthday party

Fairies inspired by www.flickr.com/photos/rouvelee/2313798260/


Little boy's Christening







Hope you have a lovely week.
~Cx~

My creative space

2:47 PM Monday, September 27, 2010

'The future depends on what we do in the present'
~Mahatma Gandhi~




Not much creativeness has happened since my last post, but I still have to show you a few things I've made this year.


Here is February's baby blanket - LUCA.

The blanket was made from 6 colours of Sirdar's Snuggly DK Range
(Brick Red, Denim, Sky, Daisy, Cream and Summer Lime).
I just love the colours and softness of it.


Have a good week.


~Cx~

My 2010 project .... postponed!

12:41 PM Tuesday, September 7, 2010

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.
~George Fisher~


End of last year I had this plan for 2010 - open an Etsy in June. So I thought of making a few items for the shop every month. I did managed a few items, but the Etsy shop will have to wait till next year. This is all because we never planned on relocating, but I'm still determined to do it, just a year later.

Here is January's loveliness.

I'll show some more of the other lovelies later, so please visit my blog again and leave your comments.


Have a lovely week.


~Cx~

Vintage

6:06 AM Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
~ Helen Keller ~



The last few weeks were just busy and rushed, but we did have some lovely quality time as a family too. We are clearing cupboards and trying to declutter before the BIG move. It's harder than I thought it will be.


Apologise for not posting a lot lately - my days evolves in a lot of admin at the moment. Luckily we found someone to rent our house, so that's a HUGE thing from the tick list. The tick list is growing rapidly and as soon as I think I have done a bit of ticking, some new things creep up on the list!


Just wanted to show you one of the beauties I bought a few weeks back. I am so thrilled with it - it is just B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! But for now I just need to pack them carefully, until I can show them off in style, once we settled in our new place next year! Weird to say next year - it's still such a long way away.

I will show you a few of my crafty things I've done this year over the next few weeks, as I'm not doing any new projects at the moment - tooo tired in the evenings!


Have a good week.


~Cx~

Challenges

3:39 AM Wednesday, August 18, 2010

There are always two people in every picture:
the photographer and the viewer.
~Ansel Adams~



Altough our lives are a bit hectic at the moment, I still try and make time for the weekly DPS assignments. I love these challenges, as it gives me the opportunity to focus on taking something that is not always usual and help me to learn more and more every time about my camera, composition, exposure, aperture .... and now I’m hooked to that as well.



I try to get some crochet time in between all the sorting, decluttering and organising before the removal people come in 8 weeks time. It’s scary close, but I’m actually getting through a few cupboards, s-l-o-w-l-y .... but I’m getting there.

So my me-times are not much, but I have a few little projects that needs to be finished. I’m waiting for more wool for my ripple blanket, so can't work on that at the moment. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get finish something to show in my next post.



Have a good week.

~Cx~

Upcycle

7:00 AM Friday, July 30, 2010

"There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use."
~Mother Teresa~


The whole idea surfaced, when I needed a home for my crochet needles. I thought of making a crochet pencil case, but then we had some tube sweet holders that were going in the kids’ school recycle bag and I just knew!!!! As a kid I remember my grandma used to put her knitting needles in a tube that had a crochet jacket …. so there is a bit of sentiment in this project as well.



I always have left over yarn from my crochet projects and that was just perfect to make the crochet tube jacket.

So I made one last year for myself and since made a few for gifts to friends.

When I saw the project on Makers-online website, it just encouraged me to write this blog post to show you how I’ve gone about making it.


Check my flickr for larger versions of the pattern

(Part I and Part II)

Enjoy making your own tube jackets!!!!
~Cx~


”upcycling

Time to reflect

12:50 PM Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still
~Dorothea Lange~

Haven't forgot to blog for the last few weeks, it just happened to be quite a dramatic hectic few weeks in our household, but all is fine now.


Did not have much time to crochet the last few weeks, but have managed to enter a photo for an assignment on Digital Photography School. My brother encourage me to do so. As soon as I heard what the challenge was, I already had my idea to mind, I knew that I wanted to take a picture of my cozy mugs.





I had no idea and when my brother send me the note, I still thought he was pulling my leg, but no, I actually won the assignment. See more here - http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DigitalPhotographySchool/~3/pM-ksF4Oxy4/this-week-in-the-digital-photography-school-forums-18-24-jul-10

Thanks for looking!

School holidays has begun, so I hope we will do a few nice outings during the holidays.

Hope to see you soon.

Cx

Summer

11:12 AM Monday, June 28, 2010




A life without love is like a year without summer
~Swedish Proverb~


Summer has definitely arrived and it has been lovely to be outside in die sun with lovely temperatures, cooling down in the paddling pool, get some colour, have barbeques, go for walks and just enjoying the lovely weather.

I’ve been quite busy with house things at the moment and have not had that much time doing my little bit of creative things lately.

Over the weekend we did some decluttering, or well we set out he weekend to do a few things around the house, but have not managed all that well, with this weather.

This afternoon I just had to pour myself a lovely cold elderflower drink and sat outside for a wee bit to crochet a few rows on the baby blanket. Really need to finish it very soon. Have got my cushion cover to finish as well – still searching for the right buttons to go with it, so will reveal soon.



Have a good week.

~Cx~

It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know
~Unknown~


Such a lovely present that I received from my brother the other day and I am so frilled with the book. Has learned so much about my camera that I did not know! How sad is that! So in between the crochet, I've practise some of the things Bryan is talking about, but will refer to his book a lot from now on.


As he said, you can take great photographs with any camera!

My brother has recently bought himself a Nikon D5000 and has already taken beautiful pictures - have a look http://www.flickr.com/photos/49602156@N04/ Well done you!!!

Enjoy the rest of the summer weather in this part of the Northern hemisphere.

~Cx~

Book lovelies

7:27 AM Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happiness is a grateful spirit,
an optimistic attitude,
and a heart full of love.

~Unknown~







Received this lovely recipe book earlier this year as a birthday present from a lovely friend of mine ... she just knew .... one of the best presents!

I've baked a few things out of it already and can't fault any of it .... the banana loaf, baked chocolate cheesecake, pound loaf, carrot cake, cupcakes they are all winners.

Definitely going to do some baking from it again this week.
Have a lovely week - seems like we have a week of summer!
~Cx~

Growing rapidly .....

11:19 AM Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Look at each day as a chance to invest life into life.
A chance to share your experience and deposit it into someone else's conscience.
Each day is a chance to work miracles in the lives of others."

~Jim Rohn~


Just did not previously have the time to blog about the kid’s excitement this year in planting their own vegetables. Not a lot, as we don’t really have the space, but they are so keen and just want to harvest already. Not long to go for the carrots and strawberries now.

Unfortunately some plants did not survive - the sunflowers (someone had a big munch into them, so we’ve got sticks left) and the tomatoes (no seeds germinated). :-(

Whilst on holiday, the plants went on holiday too and had a lovely time at some lovely friends of ours. Ever heard of plants going on holiday – crazy, but after last year that we went away during summer, nothing survived and the kids was devastated.

So here is a little progress ...






Have a good week.
~Cx~

Spoiled

9:01 AM Friday, June 11, 2010

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."
~Sam Keen~


Got spoiled by hubby earlier this week. Just love the COLOURS!
~Cx~

We're back...

8:09 AM Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination;
never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
~Lord Chesterfield~
It was sort of a roller-coaster holiday, with all sorts of things that was different to what we will call holiday, but through everything I still had time to do what I love to do .... take some memories to look back onto.



The drive down south was not bad at all. The kids was amazing in the car and the roads was fine. So no worries there. We just stayed on the high ways so did not see that much of France's beautiful towns, hills, but we just wanted to get to our destination. But saying that - I'll do the drive again with the kids!



The first few days the wind was just terrible and enjoying the seaside was almost impossible. We thought if this is going to carry on for the whole time we're there, this is just not going to be nice. My husband's parents joined us after a few days. The wind still blowing. His dad did not feel well and was taken to hospital with chest pains and after a few hours, ended up getting 2 stents fitted. It was quite nerve wrecking to not understand the language well and not knowing what exactly is going on. So we ended up having hospital trips for the first week. I was glad that I had my crafty bag with me, so the time was well-used waiting in the car with the kids.


The kids enjoyed the sun and swimming pools a lot and we had a few nice leisuring days around the park not doing much.



The next few days after his dad got back home with us, we took it easy and we had a nice time around the pool and ventured a bit further to a few local towns.

Canet, was the beach on the otherside of the marina from where we were. 5 minutes drive. There was a lovely vibe and markets and it reminded us of one of the coastal towns where we grow up.



Perpignan was about 25min drive from where we stayed. We did go there on a Sunday, so not too much going on, but still beautiful along the canal.


So sad we only descovered this little fisherman's haven, Collioure (30 min drive) almost on our last few days, but it was lovely and such a splendid day out there. Beautiful market, lovely sceneries and it was just how I imagined coastal France would be.




Read about this castle before we went to France and it was on my must-see-list. Glad we did go and see some of its glory. We could not stay long and only had a few hours there. Would have loved to walk along the river and see more of Carcassone itself, but maybe another time. La Cité reminded me of San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy, which we visited a year ago.



On our journey back, we visited friends in the Midi-Pyrénées area near Laguépie. The last 30 minutes of the journey towards where they stayed, was just amazing. Windy roads through vineyards, farms and beautifulness. We saw a part of France that we'll definitely go back to. Wish we had more time to just discover and enjoy, but next time.


I just fall in love with the lovely French windows ....



and all the colours .....



but did not managed to finish my projects, but hope that I will be able to get some time next week, when the kids are back at school and I got rid of my cough and cold.


For now there is washing piles that needs my urgent attention.

Hope to get them sorted soon.


~Cx~




All packed and ready to go.

2 days, 1235km & 13 hours on the road.

Will report as soon as we are back.

See you soon.
~Cx~

Happy birthday big boy!

2:38 PM Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Moments, Praise God
Difficult Moments, Seek God
Quiet Moments, Worship God
Painful Moments, Trust God
Every Moment, Thank God



:: 4 years :: 48 months :: 208 weeks :: 1461 days :: 35064 hours :: 2103840 minutes ::

Can't believe how quickly another year has passed by and it's your birthday today! Happy birthday big boy! We love you lots. Enjoy your special day.

-Cx-

Some holiday loveliness ...

12:47 PM Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly
~Anonymous~

Received some long awaited fabric from the US today and I’m so so pleased with it. Can’t wait to start all the new ideas for our bedroom …. my new project. I planned the project last year, and thought I’ll quickly order the fabric, but then realised that the fabric was only due to arrive in the shop in April, so had to postpone my project, which I’m now actually glad happened, so I have something to take with me on holiday. I never ever go without a little creativity on holiday!

Not sure how much time I’ll get to be honest, but I will definitely make a start when we’re away.


Now I need to focus on the packing and getting ready for next week.

Looking forward to the break and new sceneries. Will let you know more about the holidays in the next few days.

-Cx-

The Party ....

6:29 AM Monday, April 26, 2010

Just find what you love to do and... do it
~Dawson's Creek~


After last years Creapy Crawley party, I started to think what could the theme be for this year. As our 2 little ones birthday's are quite close, we are still lucky to have a combined birthday party. It wasn’t until end of last year that the dress-up Pirate and Fairy theme-idea was born. I love every minute of planning the party and had a lot of time to prepare in advance. Although this week, the house chores and normal routine did go a bit out of the window.


There was quite a bit of planning going into it all, but the timeline/to-do-list worked perfectly.
I started about a month ago, sending out the invitations, making the eye patches for each little pirate and fairy wands for each little fairy. It was so much fun. Worked on everything in the little time that was spare / available throughout the month.



Cones for the popcorn, labels for the thank-you biscuits, pirate treasure map, colouring sheets, cupcake etc.


Last week I started with the sugarpaste decorations and the ideas just grow and grow. Haven’t done big decorated iced cakes before. Cupcakes yes, as they are not as daunting. I really did not know in the beginning what I will be doing for the little man’s cupcakes. Thought I'll just put a coin chocolate on the chocolate cupcakes, but then I had the idea of some pirate buttons.


Little man came home from preschool every day last week, wanting to see what i've been doing and what has been finished for his party. He was over excited and could hardly wait for the actual day to come.

So last week was basically a planned week of making and baking.

Monday – baking of thank-you biscuits and decorating the sugarpaste pirates
Tuesday – sugarpaste fairy decorations for cupcakes
Wednesday – iced the thank-you biscuits
Thursday – Baking of cupcakes and cakes (in between gimnastics lessons and pre-school)
Friday – more baking, pirate treasure map, thank-you biscuits in give away bag,

(husband sent to shop with the shopping list)!


Saturday – decorating the cakes, making the coloured popcorn, some rocky roads and brownies for the adults, checking the check-list and packing everything for the big day yesterday,
Sunday – decorating the cupcakes, making the sandwiches and off we went....

Loved the way it all worked out.

The whole time I did have a bit of butterflies about the whole rolled icing business, as I have never attempted to do it. But I think it came out beautifully, especially as this was my first time.

I started with the little pirate chocolate cake and coated it first with the ready rolled white icing and it was not too bad. Had to improvise a bit in making a turn table with a Lazy Susan and a bowl, but it worked pretty well. Then the coloured green coating was to be kneaded and rolled and my first attempt failed as it was just a bit dry and cracked almost immediately. But second time round it was fine. The finishing touches was done ...


and ....


the result!!!



We had lots of playing, facepainting, jumping on the jumping castle, playing a few games and eating!


and now it's all over until next year …. a lot of time to start thinking, planning for the next theme.

Cx