Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scrapbooking - Creating boy pages

Scrapbooking boys hasn't always been the easiest, finding embellishments to add to the pages suitable for boys has at times been quite frustrating.
Shapes have always been a go to for me with stars and circles and arrows but after awhile you just want something different and my boys really disliked having anything remotely girly on their photos.

Its probably part of the reason why I'm a minimalist hah! I do make alot of my own bits to go on their pages but with these 3 I have gone back to the basics and used arrows and circles.
My normal paints and scraps feature again with some older photos of Daniel in my attempt to use up what I have before buying new and also to get all older photos scrapped.

If you have any cool ideas for unique boy embellishments leave me a note below would love to know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lets get organised - Gift wrapping

Its almost that time of year again when we all have a zillion presents to wrap up. October and November are busy birthday months for me so the next 3 months I will be going through alot of paper, bags, ribbon and tags.

 I thought I would come and share how I organise and store all my gift wrap supplies. Its by no means a fabulous system and im sure there are better out there but this works for me.
I tend to buy paper by the roll, its easier to get the amount of papre required. I store all my rolls in an upright container, nice and easy to see what you have.

 I have a small container that holds any paper I get not on a roll, along with tissue paper and cellophane, it sits on a shelf beside my desk.
I have a plastic crate filled with ribbons, bows, pom poms, large tags and anything else I might use to decorate the outisde of a package.

 Beside my plastic crate on a shelf I have this basket I thrifted which holds all my bags, paper and plastic.
This system works for me and its easy for the boys if they need to wrap things.

What sort of system do you have for all your wrapping supplies ? Would love for you to share your ideas with me, leave me a msg below with all your ideas.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thrifty finds - glass bottles

I think I may have a new addiction! Lately on every trip to my local thrift stores I come home with some sort of glass bottle.
Not just any glass bottle I am a little bit picky, milk bottles are a favourite, I picked two up last week and now have a little collection of different sizes happening.

Bottles with fancy designs, anything vintage or any bottle that just catches my eye usually comes home with me. Love the little Le Jardin bottle not sure what it may have originally been used for but I think it would look so pretty on a dressing table or ensuite sink.

Now until I run out of space to store them or hubby says enough.... I will keep collecting pretty glass bottles!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This happened in September...

Wow! What a September we had, usually things start to slow down for us about now, footy is almost over and we get a little while to chill before the silly season starts.

The month started of with a couple of visits to the doctors, one for me nothing major just a recurring knee injury. The other we Dan a little more serious with a cut to his leg at work requiring stitches.
Father's Day was pretty quiet, the boys all spent some time with their dad and we wished we were in Tassie with ours.
Footy finals saw us take home two premierships and lots of partying.
Jayden started to think about what he wants to wear for his formal and got himself some nice clothes for church.
With a little help from John I spent a weekend rearranging my craft room and organising everything.
There was lots of penpal letters received and sent out and card making.
Ashleigh and I got busy making engagement invitations.
There was some hanging out at home with family and friends.
Jayden had a fall of his skateboard and was a little grazed and sore for awhile.
Spent some time with Maree and Bronie for their birthdays
Dan went and got himself another tattoo.
Probably the biggest thing to happen this month was the news that we re going to be grandparents!! Josh and Ash are having a baby, due in April next year,

Hoping October might be a bit more relaxing!

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Lis :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday shenanigans

Our first Weekend without committments on both days since footy finished and we decided to head out for the day.
Fishing rods, swimming gear,drinks and apart from a little hassle with traffic after an accident on the freeway we headed over to Jacobs Well.
(warning uge photo overload)

 The kids all piled in the car and as always when the backseat is full their was alot of fun to be had before we even got anywhere.

 I had been told that Jacobs Well went for miles but this was my first time driving over that way and yep it did, lots and lots of sugar cane to see as we drove by.

 We tried out two different places but neither were all that nice and it was decided seeing that it was already afternoon that they would prefer to just come home and go in the pool.

The kids didnt take long to jump in, personally it wasnt really warm enough yet for me, so I watched and took photos. The kids had fun though.

So whilst I didnt get my day out with the family that I had hoped for, we did cross one location of our list of places not to go back to.

If you have ideas for nice locations in SE QLD for day trips then be sure to leave me a note below!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Old school craft is new again

 Weaving seems to ave made a bit of a comeback lately (maybe it didnt entirely go away at all). Ive been seeing so much inspiration all over the web and in stores.
When I was a child I remember having a loom and giving it a go and decided to see if I could remember how it was done again. I asked the boys to make me up a loom and before they got around to it I found my original childhood loom stashed away in a cupboard. I had forgotten all about rescuing it from mum and dads last time i was down in Tassie as Dad was going to toss it.

 After a quick look around Pinterest and google to jog my memory on how to start and the basics I picked out my yarn and got into it!
I stayed pretty basic with it just lines mostly but did feelbrave enough to split and do some half joins.


Pretty happy with how it turned out being my first time in umm like hmm lets just say lots of years!
Next time I will have to watch my tension as it pulled a little and needed to be a touch tighter through the middle.
I have a couple more planned, thinking these might make great little gifts for christmas or birthdays!

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Lis :)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Pretty Penpal mail

Who wouldnt love to get something pretty our of their mail box! Much nicer than a bill or boring white envelope dont you think?
Last weekend I spent a day making cards and getting sorted to send out cards and parcels for birthdays.

These are just a few of the decorated envelopes. Bright, fun and so easy to do. You can buy all sorts of stickers at the cheap shops, they have little pads of all different sorts for about $2. You can cut images from magazines and childrens books (I buy alot of both from thrift stores) and paste away creating your own unique mailart.

The envelope above I used sticker dots that I had on hand, you could also use paint or stamps to do the same thing. Maybe even change it up with triangles, starts or hearts, whatever takes your fancy!
Washi tape is great for decorating envelopes too, just use it as is or make shapes out of it.
Have a go at creating your own, its fun!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)