Sunday, 27 June 2010
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Have a wonderful Day. Angela
Friday, 25 June 2010
Now onto our update....
Belle and I worked on this Mussie Tussie today for the June challenge over at Our Vintage affair. I really love working together with her and am very lucky to have such a lovely talented little girl to share my time with. To see more pics or read more please go to Belles page. We used the sweet little baby bird picture as our inspiration today. Enjoy and if you would like to leave Belle a little comment she would so love to read them(she is always looking forward to reading comments and kind thoughts) thanks for stopping bye and have a wonderful evening. Angela
So now to my post, First I want to apologise for my downing post yesterday and say thankyou to all those who posted comforting thoughts. It was very kind. Now onto a new day....Today is a new day filled with birds chiping, sunny skies and maybe some creating inbetween reading posts. So lets head upstairs to the studio and see what we can do...
Of course my trusty companion Sunny is always at my feet.
So I will take a few hours of creative time to work on some of my current projects before jumping back into the blog party(my daughter wants me to wait till she is home from school to continue). Tomorrow or Sunday I will post another "How to" posting for anyone interested. Until then I will leave you with this bit of inspiration that I viewed above my front door this morning.
There are 3 or more baby swallows in there and mama keeps flying back and forth to feed them. I tried to ge a shot of her feeding them but she keeps flying away when she sees me.
Wishing you all a wonderfully creative day. Angela
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Ok now onto the 24th. Today June 24th is the 8 year anniversary of when I lost my dear Grandmother. My little girl was just 6 months old at the time and I am sad when I think she never got to really know her. I know she knows about her because I always talk about her and tell my daughter the things we did together but she will never hold her in her arms or kiss her forhead as I have done. She will never bake a cake with her or get to tell her she loves her. My gram and I were very close and losing her I not only lost a best friend but I lost a piece of myself too. I have so many wonderful memories of the things we did together. How Gram taught me to read and write and got me in trouble in school for teaching me to write my name in script. I had my sweet 16 at her house and was married from her house. 8 years ago today I said my last goodbye to her as she lay in the hospital after a horrible accident. Her whole life changed in just 1 night by taking a wrong turn out a doorway. She found herself unable to live life as she had. My gram was a very independent woman and watching her father suffer with Rhumetoid Arthritis she always said she would not be dependent on anyone. Eight years ago her wish was granted as we said our goodbyes and she was let go peacefully. I am thankful that we got to say goodbye as many people do not but until today I have not been able to let myself talk about it openly or even lose myself to a good cry. I had a beautiful little baby girl who needed me and I did not want to dampen her happiness in the world by being sad so I truged forward missing that piece of my life in silence.
I often say my daughter was my little miracle helping me through the tough times and pushing me forward. Moving to England I have finally had the time to sit and think long and hard about things. All the time I toughened up not letting the hurt show, or being able to cry....Even when losing my mom a few years later I had to be tough until now. Today I will be selfish and let myself cry and be sad. Just for today while I am here in this house alone I will do that. I was always afraid that when I did get to sit and cry I would not be able to stop.....today I cried ....for the first time in a great while. I cried until there were no more tears and my eyes were blurred but I did stop. Today is both a sad day but it is also a joyful day for I am going through photos and remembering all the good times there were. Yes I miss my gram very very much as well as mom and the others and I will cry and be sad today but tomorrow will bring a new day, a new set of memories and a new smile from my little girl. I will never let my grandmother, mom and others be forgotten. Their memories will live on in us their children, grand children and great grand children. I know my grandmother is watching over me today and will be ok that I am sad because she knows I will be ok and never forget June 24. thank you for listening, I have not been able to talk about this for a long 8 years. I will leave you with some pictures I have found.
The above picture is Gram and Belle on the floor . Inset above is Gram, Pop ad myself at my wedding and a picture of gram and pop at their wedding.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I am still working my way through the list ( Up to C's now)and will eventually get to see all the blogs....But I had to take a little bread to bake this....Pecan Bananna chocolate cake just in case anyone stopped by this afternoon....
So why don't you grab a cuppa and a slice
Monday, 21 June 2010
I also create a little collage of snippits from my pictures shown below at the end of this post.
I just had to take a break from reading the blogs and post about this wonderful little blog Bella Vista which is part of the blog party. Barb is having this wonderful giveaway ... It is a lovely little teacup and book. Now I love teacups and actually have a little collection that I covet so this is up my alley. so I had to partake in this one and it is so beautiful. I hope you get to visit Barb for her teatime giveaway at Bella Vista.
Ok, Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.... or at least reading and checking out more create spaces at the Where Bloggers Create Blog Party! and with that I say goodnight and will leave you with a snippet collage of my own creative space which you can find out more about here and a heartfelt thank you to all the wondeful people who have left me comments on my post.I am slowly making my way around. Have a wonderful evening and happy blogging. Angela
Friday, 18 June 2010
Above is a view of my desk from the entry door. My daughter and I sit face to face with our tables so this would be her view.
Above is a view of our shelves. All the papers are organized by colour and theme, the brackets are all labeled too(My daughter went crazy with the label maker)The ribbons in the middle and end are on shower hooks and again organized by colour.
and some of the stuff organized on the shelves. Lots of embellies, stickers and papers here.
Here are a bit of the things I used the most stashed on the sill behind my chair in the above photo. Below shows the other side of the sill containing my beloved prima flowers all sorted into baggies by colour and style. Did I tell you I love primas.......
Below shows are a few photos showing the view from our creative space as well as some creations we have done hanging up as inspiration...
Being on the second floor we overlook the rooftops of neighboring houses in the village and out to the farmlands behind.
The little Bambi picture hanging on the wall is an airbrush I did in school. My grandmother hung it proudly in her bedroom until she passed and it came back to me.
and of course if all else fails there are always the magazines and sketch books.
Below shows our diecut area along with one of our miniature creations in progress, a miniature scrapbook store we are currently working on.
Here is a layout I did with my darling.
I will leave you with this photo of a beautiful Rose in our garden this morning as inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend. Angela
You can do this using any size and style envelope and make it longer. I just did this one with 3 envelopes. the other one I did previous had more.
I hope this is a detailed enough tutorial. If you have any problems or questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be working on a few more tutorials over the next few weeks so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful Friday. Angela
Monday, 14 June 2010
The Roses are really easy to make. You just take lace and stitch it around in a circle pulling in another loop each time for the bottom layer. then the second and third layers you stitch in and out through the middle of the lace and pull tight then pull the smallers layer tight and up through the middle. Reverse the flower and stitch the 2 layers togeher. Then you can add a bit of colour using ink or watered down acrylic paint. For this second card I added pink to it.
For the paper on the challenge card I used Best creation. For the paper on the oops card I used GCD studios paper I got from the Craft Den it is flocked and really nice The lace is from there as well. The pearls are from Kaiser Kraft and the leaves are prima and the stamp sentiment is inkadinkado. Ribbons are from my stash. Hope you enjoy both. thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Angela
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I also tried to challenge myself to use photos I was having a hard time coming up with ideas for. I loved this photo but kept putting the pile aside and could never fit it into my layouts.
while that was drying I made all the lace flowers and cut the leaves from some lace trim. to make the flowers I just stitched an in and out stitch along a piece of lace and gathered it. For the smaller flowers and roses each petal is cinched and stitched to the center as you spin the flower. I painted the leaves and some flowers with washes made from the same paint as the background and Green miniature paint. I really had so much fun making these and I absolutely love how the background of the layout came out.