Monday, August 30, 2010

{Beautiful Blogger Award}

Sometimes, it's like the universe knows just when you may need a little 'pick me up' moment in your life. Recently, I have had two such moments, that have come along at the perfect time. Firstly, I won a little giveaway over at Clare's blog, thankyou so much Clare ♥ for the beautiful book, I did get a little lost in all the loveliness of it over the weekend :-)

Secondly, I checked into the blog this morning to find that I had been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award by the lovely Gail from After All These Years. Thankyou Gail ♥

Now, it is my job to let you know 10 things about myself. I do tend to avoid anything overly personal on my blog, so I hope this gives you some insight into who I am, at least a little bit ;-)

1. I love lollies – can’t get enough of them, milk bottles, strawberries and creams, red frogs, snakes, musk sticks... not a big chocolate fan, just lollies.

2. I don’t like tuna, the smell makes me ill. I once sat beside a lady on a plane who opened a can of tuna, and I had to be sick. Trouble is that dear Hubby loves it, so I have to leave the kitchen when he is enjoying it... yuck... makes me ill thinking about it.

3. I am a complete sucker for romantic comedies. I can watch my favourites over and over and have a cupboard full of my faves on DVD.

4. I have no issues about age, it is a state of mind. I recently got personalised plates with my year of birth on them, and I couldn’t care less who knows my age, I am comfortable in my own skin, so it never bothers me, I still find my own birthdays really exciting, and always will I am pretty sure. By the way, I am 31, soon to be a joyful 32 :-)

5. I miss my old job. I loved being a primary school teacher and feel that chapter is not yet closed. I do love being a mum more though, and hope that when my munchkins are a little older, I can reopen the teaching book, and add a few more pages to it.

6. I am a die-hard Twilight fan, yes one of those, oh the shame, the horror! Had you guessed it? I keep it quiet, yes I am a little embarrassed to admit that I got completely lost in vampire books designed for teenagers – they were the first and only books that I have read since I had littlies, I have read them twice (cringe.. well you do want complete honesty, don’t you?). I buy the movie cover version of the books as they are released, as well as owning the original author cover versions, have both DVD's and will buy the others as they are released, and, yes, I am team Edward all the way.

7. My husband is my bestest friend in the whole wide world. We have known each other for 14 years, and been married for almost 11 of those, and my heart still skips a beat when I see him each day. I can tell him anything, and do, and love him dearly.

8. I don’t like fizzy drinks, unless they are mixed with alcohol.

9. I am quite unsteady on my feet. I often fall down stairs, up stairs or trip over my own feet. Yes, if you were at a Gold Class viewing at Chermside of Eclipse about a month ago, I was the girl who fell up the steps, and landed sprawled out flat on my stomach between the final and second final rows with my head almost hitting the crotch of the waiter who had the hot chocolates on board on my way down.

10. Lastly, I don’t like wearing make-up. It makes me feel all icky in the face after a little while, so I avoid it as much as I can. When I do, it’s Bare Escentuals, and it’s lucky to get used a couple of times a month.

My next task is to pass this special award onto more beautiful bloggers, I am going to bend the rules just a little and pass it onto 5 lovelies, I check into these beautiful blogs almost daily for a little slice of heaven, I hope you enjoy too,
  1. Clare's Craftroom
  2. Cuggles Creations
  3. Cute As Buttons
  4. Janelle Wind
  5. Mon Petit Poppet
Thanks again for checking in to see what I have been up to, enjoy your week.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Something Cardy, Something New...

Good Afternoon blog friends. I seem to only be finding the time to blog once a week at the moment, so I thought I would make todays a little longer than usual.

I have been working on a few clean and simple cards, first up is a cute butterfly card, I just love this sentiment

Next is another card, using the same design, but changed up with hearts and one of Dawn's beautiful stamps from Papertrey's Signature Greetings set

The last card is another clean design, again using the Signature Greetings set

On another note, it is a little sad, bittersweet I suppose you could say, but these...

...have been hanging around with not much to do of late, as something kind of made it's way home with me a couple of weeks ago. Before I introduce you, a little background on my very non-fashionable little self... before I started to make my own bags last year, my handbag collection consisted of free gifts from make-up companies, you know the ones that you get when you spend $100 or so, on the back page of the little monthly brochure... vinyl outer, lining tearing away after the first month of use... you get the idea. Well I have longed after a friend's handbag for a while now, which has been sold out for some years, so when this new little baby was released this month in my favourite Honey/Fudge combo, I just had to have it.

I love the smell and feel of the leather, it's so yummy and is my new best friend ♥

Well, sorry this has been a bit of a longwinded post, but I do hope you have read or seen something worthy of your time:-) otherwise, I am sorry you have just lost the last five minutes of your life, five minutes that you can never get back. 

Smiles and bye for now.

Card Ingredients
Love is Like a Butterfly: White Cardstock - LSS, Butterfly Punch - Carla Craft, Coloured Cardstock - Yellow and Pink Bazzill, Close to Cocoa, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery - SU!, Stamp - SU's Butterfly Prints, Choc Chip and Pretty in Pink Markers - SU!

I Love You So Much: White Cardstock - LSS, Heart Punch - Carla Craft, Coloured Cardstock - Yellow and Pink Bazzill, Close to Cocoa, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery - SU!, Stamp - Papertrey's Signature Greetings, Ink - Pinecone Versacolor.

You Are A Peach - White Cardstock - LSS, Small Flower and Large Heart Punches - Carla Craft, Coloured Cardstock - Yellow and Pink Bazzill, Kraft, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery - SU!, Stamp - Papertrey's Signature Greetings, Ink - Pinecone Versacolor, Scalloped Square Punch - SU! Melon Mambo Ribbon - SU!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another Bag, and Giveaway Winners

Hello Blog Friends. It is a chilly windy day here and I am so looking forward to the warm days of Summer, I have never been a fan of the cooler weather, there's just something about chapped lips and runny noses that doesn't appeal to me for some reason. I made this bag a few weeks ago in preparation of fun Summery days.

I have used Janelle Wind's Frilly Dilly pattern for the base, but added a different frill and fabric strip along the front of the bag. Fabric is from Heather Bailey's collection with a little soft denim for the frills.

Thankyou to those of you who shared in my one year celebration of my little blog. The giveaway is now closed. There were 4 comments and 3 giveaways, which just doesn't seem right to me, so Liesa, Jenny, and Steph , I am going to send you each one of the giveaway items that I had blogged, plus add in a fourth set of cards for Lisa. Thankyou Ladies for your continued support and for checking in to see what I have been up to, it means a lot to me ♥

Enjoy your day, smiles and bye for now.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Year On... And A Little Giveaway ♥

Hello there bloggy friends, I am sorry that my promised early in the week giveaway post has run more towards the end of the week, but such is life in many households, mine not being any different from yours - I am sure you understand ;-) As well as having reached the 10 000 blog visitors milestone, today is actually one year exactly from when I posted my very first blog entry, so I have decided to have three little giveaways to celebrate the two sweet occassions, just because I like odd numbers rather that the evens, strange, yes, but we all have our little quirks.

Giveaway number one is a set of 4 cards with envelopes included

Giveaway number two is a set of four cards with matching envelopes in a nifty little folder

Giveaway number three is another set of four cards with matching envelopes in a nifty little folder

... so, if you would like to win yourself a little treat, handmade by me, please leave a comment on this post. I will pick 3 winners, using the very technical "printing out of your comments, scrunching them up and drawing them out of a basket" method to find the three winners one week from today, on Thursday 12 August.

You do not need to have a blog to leave a comment, the giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. I will email you to get your details if you are one of the lucky winners.

Have a great weekend, smiles and bye for now ♥