Friday, 23 March 2012

Autumn Retro Sketch #3

I am loving this weeks Retro Sketch, it is so versatile. I decided to go Clean and Simple for a masculine card.

I wanted to celebrate the changing of the season. As much as I love the long hot (wishful thinking really) days of Summer. I really enjoy Autumn, the warm days, cool nights and leaves changing colour.

I need more masculine cards in my stash, especially Birthday Cards. I checked with Ron and this passes muster, just apparently even buttons are a bit girly!! The leaves are punched using the bird punch. I used Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Really Rust and Crumb Cake for my autumn colours.

Such a cheeky monkey, playing with Daddy.


Saturday, 17 March 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

Hope everyone has a great St Patricks day. We are having some friends for an Irish dinner tonight. We have adapted a Beef, Guinness and Oyster Pie recipe to use Venison instead, it smells delicious bubbling away on the stove. Of course it will have to be served with potatoes in some form and some green vege.

No crafting today, Grace is very unsettled, it has taken all day to get her down for a nap. We think a couple of teeth are descending, fingers crossed they go back up. Could be something else entirely though, any alternatives??

In any case here is a scrapbook page I finished a few days ago.

I used Beau Chateau DSP, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake CS for my base. Some pink (I'm not sure which) and Marina Mist CS with Vellum for the squares. The buttons are from my local sewing store and the pink ribbon and 'adore' rubon are from my stash. Photos are from about 8 weeks old.

A lovely photo of Grace, Ron took it this morning before the day fell apart. :)


Friday, 16 March 2012

ColourQ 128

 I joined the girls at ColourQ this week with this lovely cushion. Ron would love this, all his fav colours:

Here is my card not exactly a St Paddy's card but close enough for me. My card is fairly CAS just a little stamping using Growing Green, some Gray CS and courdory brads.

I didn't have any Going Gray so I used Basic Gray instead. I would have preferred to stamp the sentiment in gray but don't have any gray ink. In this case close enough is good enough for me. The top portion is Certainly Celery, then Garden Green with Wild Wasabi on the bottom.

A quick photo of Grace to finish up.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Switching Sides

Finally I am switching sides from the reader/follower to blogger. I love reading all the different blogs out there but mainly the crafting/card making/scrapbooking/sewing and home making blogs. There are so many talented, interesting and witty women out there in the blogosphere and I have decided to throw my 2 cents into the mix.

I am a 25 year old new Mum to a darling wee daughter, Grace. Born 11th December, she has changed my life irrevocably and I love it. Everyday is fun, exciting and different as we both learn together. My husband Ron and I live and work on the family farm here in Wanganui, New Zealand. We moved back to my hometown 18 months ago after several years moving around the country working. We have lived in some beautiful parts of the country but are loving the chance to set some roots for our little family. We love cooking great food, really we love sharing the food with good friends and family and the odd bottle of wine. I love reading a good absorbing book and listening to music when I get the chance.

I have loved getting my craft on since I was a young girl, Mum was great at crafting with us, her annual Christmas cards and newsletter are a family tradition. My Mother In-Law reintroduced me to crafting when I first met Ron she showed me the family scrapbooks and something just clicked. I loved flicking through the albums, an excellent way to get to know their huge family. I have been slowly crafting more and more regularly. I am now enjoying recording our lives, especially for Grace. Recently I have tried my hand at other papercrafts and even started to teach myself Quilting. Although that is a work in progress.

Hopefully this will be a place for me to show my crafting endevours, better to have them out in the world rather than just in my craft room (aka the Dining Room). Plus somewhere to show off photos of the lovely Grace, she is growing like a weed as Ron says.

My next post will be a 'proper' crafting post complete with photos and everything!!