Friday, December 19, 2014

Creative Christmas wrapping

 It's that time of year again when we have a ton of presents to wrap, tags to add and cards to write. I do try each year to wrap up my gifts creatively and mostly I succeed.
I do have to admit that its only some of the gifts that I take the time to be creative though. The boys and hubby's gifts which just get ripped apart Christmas morning, just get Christmas paper and sometimes curling ribbon.
This year I decided to us plain brown paper and pretty it up with some Christmas themed bits and bobs I already had. Some Christmas serviettes, fancy toilet paper - sssh its pretty no one will ever know  - and lots of ribbons, add some cute buttons and some Ikea tags and I was pretty happy with it all.

 Tags have to be the simplest yet most frustrating thing for me to make. I always struggle to work out what to do each year, so I went searching on Pinterest for some inspiration and created some simple but workable tags.


I mentioned in my previous post about Christmas cards how I wasn't going to make them this year  but caved and made a handful. Well after wrapping up some zentangle gifts i decided to try out some cards and see how they went. I ended up making a whole heap and didn't have to buy any cards at all.
So simple to make, a good black felt pen and some watercolours.

Do you get creative with your Christmas wrapping ? Please share links to what you have done or anything you are inspired by.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saying goodbye

13 years ago not long after we had moved to Queensland we met the McIntosh Family they were to become life long friends and eventually family.
You have to picture a mum with 3 sons meeting the most gorgeous little girl, she was 18mths old and just full of mischief. This little girl, Danica warmed my heart and soon became like the daughter I didn't have.

Danica, affectionately known as Nica or Squeek was always bubbly and tried to be heard over not just her brother but my 3 boys as well, she was sometimes successful.
Those boys adored her and looked out for her at all times, for my lot she became a sister and a big part of our family.
Jay and Nica were especially close, makes sense with them being the closest in age with only 1.5 years between them. Their bond grew over the years and still stays strong as ever today.

This mischievous little miss as much as she was gorgeous and had a smile that would make you melt she got up to her fair share of trouble over the years, but she always managed to talk or smile her way back into your good books!

Nica, Jim and Damien had always been like family to us, and years after meeting them this strengthened when Jim met my sister and they started dating, then they moved in together and had little bubba Jessica.

As all the kids grew and started sport and other activities outside of school the times we spent together weren't as often as they had been, but they didn't do anything to the bond and love we still shared. Catching up for birthdays and special holidays became times to treasure.

Watching this little girl grow into the young lady she is today has been an amazing journey, she makes me proud to see what she has achieved.
I am the lucky one having met Nica all those years ago and having been able to share so much with her.
Nica we will miss you so much now that you are living in Darwin, but will be sure to stay in contact via phone and social media.
We hope that this next step of your life journey is all that you want it to be.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sending a little bit of Christmas

Do you still send out Christmas cards ? My list is getting smaller and smaller every year but I still like to send out a handmade card to family and dear friends.

We get so many bills in the mail that at this time of the year it brings a little bit of joy to find something Christmas in the mail box. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who feels this way, which is part of the reason why I keep sending out cards rather than emails.

I nearly didn't make any cards this year, I was struggling to find the motivation, but at the last minute before I went out and brought some I got the inspiration needed and made up some simple cards.

I have created some doodled Christmas cards and some tags and will be back to show you those later in the week,

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

A fun way to gift wrap.

My nephew turned 9 last month and I decided to have a bit of fun with his presents. I brought 9 separate little gifts and wrapped them all up individually.
Earlier in the year he had got a little miffed at all the squeals from his sister when I sent her multiple gifts wrapped individually, so I had to do something special for him.

After they were all wrapped I searched around my stash for numbers to use and couldn't find anything suitable.
After a bit of thinking and some more ruffling through supplies I found a deck of cards and decided that they would be perfect. I then added the cards ace through to 9 to the parcels.
The outcome was a happy little 9 year old hi loved all his presents.

Do you have any fun ways to wrap gifts? Please share with us in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Monday, December 08, 2014

Project life style scrapbooking

Project life style scrapbooking is huge atm and i can certainly see why, its a much simpler way of getting all those stories and photos into albums.
Whilst I'm not doing the traditional project life pages, as in scrapping each week or month, I am using the system to scrap.
I'm not sticking with traditional pages either, mixing it up with all sorts or different shapes and size depending on how I feel and what photos I have. Then I'm just adding all into the appropriate album.

This is working so well and I'm loving scrapbooking again!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Saturday, December 06, 2014

November photo A day

Wham there went another month! Not long now till Santa comes and we are ringing in a new year.
Remember when I  mentioned a couple of months ago how once footy season was done it was time to chill out ? Yep, well that didn't quite work to plan, I forgot all about it being my baby's last year at high school!
So how did November pan out....
Pan Pacific Masters games was one again and John and Daniel both worked as SMA trainers for different events. John had futsal and soccer and Dan got Motorcross.
My best friend from Melbourne also travelled up to take part in the Netball, so it was awesome to spend some time cheering her and her team on.
John and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!!
It was Jayden's last 2 weeks of school, Formal night, both he and his date Kirstin looked amazing and he had a great night! Academic awards where he got 2 top awards! So proud. Then was Graduation, yes there were tears.
Dan had another trip to emergency after a floor joist fell on his head at work...he was all good, me maybe not quite so much after spending all night sitting on a chair next to his hospital bed...
Jayden had a job interview and now has a job which he will be starting later this month.
We showed our support for the sad passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes with #putyourbatsout.
Danica's farewell was the last day of the month, going to miss this little lady heaps, I know that Jay will too!
There was also a good mixture of creativeness flowing and my handmade gift list is complete!

Wow,see jam packed!
How was your November?

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Handmade Christmas gift update

How are you all going with your handmade gift lists? I am pleased to say that mine is complete! I finished of a few things over the weekend and have spent today wrapping and getting ready to head to the post office.

The doilies and washers above are just a couple of items that were on my list this year. They are both simple items that are quick to crochet (or knit) up and make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift with a nice sweet smelling soap of tea or coffee sachets.
I do have posts planned to share other things I have made, but as most of the gift recipients read my blog its going to have wait till the new year.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)