Saturday, 1 March 2014
Moving ahead with Project Life, but struggling with the photos. The weather has been so bad to take photos and I'm not especially creative with ideas, either. I have a nice camera: Canon 550D but I haven't used it enough to even get familiar with all the settings! I found a fantastic video here on YouTube and learned a lot just watching it. I ordered a new close-up filter for my camera, but haven't actually used it yet except for one outdoor shot on a very windy day.
Not exactly spectacular results! Can you tell what it is? (Stem on a rose and these are the thorns) Focus is bad, lighting is bad, and frankly it was so windy I could hardly stand up to get the shot. I gave up. I read some reviews of this filter and they were all very favorable, but they did say it takes a bit of work to get up to speed with it. I think I may join a local camera club for some tips and inspiration.
Also this month I've been fighting with my PC. Generally every evening when I go to bed, I don't turn off the power, I just put it to "Sleep". Lately it won't wake up. I have to power on and off twice to get it to wake up and be useable. Aside from the frustration, I've been filled with dread that one of these days it's just not going to wake up at all. So I guess I'll need to start scouting around for a new system. I don't mind getting a new computer, but I really hate the thought of transferring all my files over. That takes hours and hours. I do back up, but of course not every day. I'm living in fear now......
Yesterday I went to the Make-It Show in Farnborough. This year they combined it with the Knit and Stitch Show, so together they made a very big show! I drove and brought three of my crafty mates with me for a lovely day out. We all "shopped til we dropped" and had a good time, but I was really tired by the time we got home. At the show, I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a lot of Project Life supplies, so really that's about all I bought other than some Washi tape. I have enough paper already that if I made cards and scrapbooks every day for the rest of my life, I wouldn't be able to use it all! I've got a self-imposed ban now on buying any more supplies other than things like glue, which does get used up, and a few Project Life things. Even those have to come to a halt for awhile as I'm not using them up as quickly as I can.
So today, I'm off to play with my new supplies and finish my February PL layout. And maybe do some laundry and a little housework?
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Yes, but only slight. My Project Life bits are still not here and I don’t know WHEN they will be! I ordered them from Amazon UK, but it will my last Project Life order with them. First of all, I didn’t realize that they would be shipped from the USA. That just takes tooooo long! Second, I got two notices that the order has shipped; one was shipping via USPS (US Postal Service) and one was via DHL Couriers. I wrote and asked which one is the real one, and they (the seller) replied they ship out of the US via the USPS and then in the UK it’s delivered via DHL, but they couldn’t/wouldn’t give me any kind of tracking number. So now I just have to sit and wait, possibly for a couple more weeks, and hope it comes. Meanwhile, I could have ordered it through a UK-based company and would have had it all by now! I did look for one, but didn’t find it until after I’d ordered! Anyway, I’ve since found some page protectors at Hobbycraft, who have a fair selection of Project Life supplies, and some other goodies from Sarah’s Cards Ltd, who have lots! I’ve also found several web pages of printable (and free) PL cards, so I suppose I could get started.
Also, I’ve found tons of wonderful examples, information, ideas, and more on Pinterest as well. (Pause to answer the door) Oh my goodness! It’s here….. a huge box with my album, core kit, page protectors, and more. Now if the order comes from Sarah’s Cards today or tomorrow, I’ll be well away……
About finding things to document: I’ve been getting so many ideas of things to put in the album that I hardly know where to start. We were away this weekend at the youngest grandson’s christening, so I took several pictures there, of course, and a few along the route. And photos of things I’ve made this month so far, and the month isn’t over yet!
I’ve also started my 5:2 Fast Diet. It’s going well…. until this weekend away, that is. But never mind, I’ll just get right back on the wagon. I’d lost 8 lbs this month until the weekend and now gained back 2.6 lbs. I’m not too disheartened.
Well, I’m salivating over my non-food parcel just now. I’m sure I’ll be posting more later, with photos. If anyone have comments on either the diet or on Project Life, I hope you’ll share them.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Hope you enjoy it. When I converted it from a .mov file to .mp4 file, it lost some clarity. I've got to get this sussed. If anyone has tips, please leave comments. They will be GREATLY appreciated!
Today is New Year’s Day 2014 and I’d like to wish all my friends, family, and anyone reading this blog, a very happy new year! It’s started off really crummy with rain, wind, and more rain, so maybe it will soon be fine. Hmmm….
I’m beginning to go more than a little stir-crazy with the weather and the holiday chaos, so I braved the gales and went to my craft cabin this afternoon. I did three scrapbook layouts last week:
If these seem small, remember you can click on them to enlarge them. The first is of my Texas grandchildren. The little guy, Cameron, is now 1 1/2, so the photos aren’t exactly current. I did them in “black and white” because my printer does B&W as a sort of soft cocoa colour. I’ve tried everything to reset it, but nothing works. My previous printer, also a Canon, did the same thing. With these papers, however, it seemed perfect. The paper is old but I seem to remember it has the name “Daisy” in it.
The middle layout is of our youngest UK grandson with my husband. It was taken just after Jacob’s first birthday (October) so is fairly current. I’ve had that star paper for awhile and thought the colours seemed to be perfect with his red shirt and yellow trousers, complemented by the blue in my husband’s shirt. The little animals I stamped, coloured with ProMarkers, then cut out. The paper is old so I have no idea about the manufacturer.
The right layout is of another UK grandson. I had a few photos I really liked, so decided to make a sort of timeline type layout, from Christening to his second birthday. The little animal figures are from his birthday cake. I saved them, as we do, knowing they’d be great on a layout! The patterned paper is Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie.
The other thing I did today is a little plaque. I found the card in a Simple Stories paper set, so I’ve used some Basic Grey (discontinued collection pack, can’t remember the name) and mounted it on an 8x10” canvas with Mod Podge. It only took minutes but I love it!!!
It’s so fitting as it’s just the way I feel when I’m in my craft cabin. It’s my sanctuary, my happy place, my creative space, and my favourite spot to just sit and think. I put together a video tour today but can’t get it to load so I’ll have a poke at YouTube and see what I can do. Watch this space……….
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Even though I’m not posting much lately, I really AM still crafting. We have had just the WORST weather in December, plus I’ve been suffering an arthritis flare-up in my knee, so have been kind of lying low. Not being able to get out to shop and crop is now killing me!
My first project was to be an advent calendar. In November, I bought a sheet or panel to use, with instructions:
I think they call this the Makower Advent Calendar. I have seen a couple made up and they’re beautiful. I bought a solid blue cotton with gold stars to use as the back of the panel:
Yeah, well…. it “could have been” beautiful, but it’s still all folded up for “someday” in 2014! Just no time. And frankly, with my knee I have not had the motivation. Pain, especially the constant, excruciating kind like mine, is distracting, depressing, and just plain diabolical. It’s been well over a month with no relief and I can’t even sleep at night because of it.
Nevertheless, it was my turn to host our little craft group and I was eager to show off my new cabin, so in December I had my craft mates over for our Christmas craft party.
I pushed two tables together to give us nearly 12 feet of crafting room. I only have four chairs, but added a computer chair and one of our six members couldn’t make it at the last minute, so it worked out fine. This (above) is the way it looked before we started and the picture below is in full swing:
As you can see, we used ALL the space. The table in the left that barely shows is full of cake, cookies (or biscuits, as they’re called here), an electric kettle for making tea and coffee, and a few other things. We really had a good time and I think (and hope) everyone was very comfortable. When I don’t have crafters in, one of the tables folds up out of the way. I’m considering leaving one table (about 6 x 3 feet) in the middle of the room with four chairs permanently as it’s such a nice space to work. I’ll use the small table (here on the left) as a desk for my laptop, etc.
Now that my craft cabin is organized, I’m trying to get myself organized as well. I’ve got a list of craft project to do (birthday cards, etc.) and some almost-finished scrapbook layouts ready to work on. It’s a great feeling to sit out there in the garden with a cup of coffee and just create, read, or putter around generally. My little sanctuary! I even have an easy chair for just chilling out:
And almost all the mod cons: phone, kettle for making coffee, radio/CD player, laptop, printer, and lots of books. What else could a girl ask for? Well, maybe a toilet would be nice, but then I’d never come into the house!
Monday, 28 October 2013
Here are a few final photos I've promised. First, in the left corner of the room, the oak shelves and the little plastic drawers (you can just see in the edge of the photo) is my sewing area. I don't have much fabric yet so the shelves look a bit bare. I'll probably add a few things here and there, but I'm determined to not go wild with stacking up a bunch of fabric I won't use. I also have my sewing, quilting, patchwork books and magazines here.
The other three photos show the three Ikea Expedit shelves (two 4x4 and one 2x4), which hold my papercraft supplies, and another oak bookshelf, which is mostly for books and magazines. I hate throwing out magazines, especially my Stampington ones like Take Ten, Art Journaling, Stampers' Sampler, etc. They really never go out of date.
There are a couple of things to show close up. First is this wooden sign I found in Whitstable at a little shop:
How cute is that! I just love a good miracle and sometimes when I craft, that's what I pray for.........
And above the other Expedit shelves are all my handmade albums: travel, art journals, and circle journals. Because they're so colourful, I wanted to show them off. Actually, I love making these even more than scrapbooks and cards, so I'll be adding to them from time to time.
Fortunately, the storm we had last night didn't do any damage to the studio. I was worried, as it was the first real test for weather-proofing, but the little cabin held up very well and remained watertight! Lots of trees felled, though none around here, and some power outages down closer to the south coast. We had our candles and flashlights (they call them "torches" here in the UK) ready, but hey-ho!!!