Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jot Mood Board Challenge - June

When I fist saw this months mood board over at Jot I loved it, the whites and greys were sort of peaceful. The lighthouse had me thinking back to childhood holidays on Bruny Island. When I went through my photos looking for something suitable to scrap I realised that I had already done all my Bruny photos and didn't really have anything else printed suitable.
I was stumped for a couple of days until crossing things of my to do list I realised I needed to make some cards. I remembered some old pattern paper I had been saving that would be perfect.

After some tricky cutting out I collected some papers and my cards just came together. I think the multiple bicycles could suit either male or female being a neutral colour. The other card reminds me of a country cottage where you would park your bike at the front fence.

If you haven't checked out the Jot Mood Board challenges then head over to the blog, this month is nearly over but they put one up every month.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Craft Projects complete

I was chatting with a friend recently who mentioned how many craft projects I get done in such a short amount of time. It got me to thinking about just how much I do get done. I went back through all my photos and looked at what I had completed since January this year. I was surprised at just how many there were.

I'm a little luckier than most and have alot more time on my hands to get things done and this year I have been really strict with my time management. The monthly creative goals I've been setting have really helped too. To be fair though all the projects have been relatively small ones, with mostly baby items on the list. The biggest project so far this year has been a cot blanket.

Baby beanies and booties and crochet washers come together quite quickly, if I'm motivated I can get one or more of each done a night. Mostly I crochet of a night while I'm watching TV and having adult kids once dinner is done my time is my own.

I knew I had been busy, but looking back over the photos I was a little proud at just how productive I've been.
It got me to wondering if I'm super quick or just have too much time free to craft. How many projects have you completed so far this year?

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Lis :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scrap the Boys - June

Its a been a few months since I last had the motivation to sit at my desk and scrapbook but this last week I had a spare couple of hours and was a little over crocheting so pulled out some papers and decided to have a go at Scrap the Boys June challenge.
Loved the mood board they shared to get inspiration from, I first thought a photo from my grandbubbas room with his tee pee would of been perfect but not having a photo printed put an end to that. I went with a photo from when my hubby was a little boy instead.
I took inspiration from the greys and blacks and the water, using lots of paints and stamping added a few paper scraps and embellishments and I was happy with it.

Check out the mood board or all the inspiration for this month on the Scrap the Boys blog.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Unique Handmade Quilts

Ive been crafty all my life but when it comes to sewwing im a bit of a novice. Quilting is a whole new ball game, I get craft envy whenever I see quilts or quilting come up in my social media feeds. The work that goes into these amazing creations is just mind boggling for a non sewwer like myself.
I wanted to share with you the gorgeous work of a friend who is selling some of her quilting creations. Janelle is a beautiful lady who has this ability to piece together bits of material and turn them into masterpieces. If you always wanted to own  your very own quilt then you must go and check out what Janelle has for sale. Ive shared with you some of her lovely pieces but to see more and get details check out her Instagram page, you wont be sorry.

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Scrapbook Albums

When I was first introduced to scrapbooking it was just so I could have a nice way to keep all of the boys school things. All the pages went into those display folders you could pick up anywhere.
It wasn't long before it became an obsession and I was scrapping anything I could think of. I did start of with 12x12 albums but soon changed to the smaller 81/2 x 11 size then A4. I had all number of different albums scattered where ever they would fit, in lots of different themes.

See all those years ago I decided that having separate albums for each family member and then separating them even more to have albums for sport, school, birthdays, Christmas etc. Getting a headache yet? It was only this year over 15 years since I started scrapbooking that I decided this wasn't working for me.
So what do you do when you don't like something, you change it right? I went about pulling every single layout I had ever done out of their current albums.

I could never of realised that something I thought so simple would be such a huge job. It took me a whole day just to do that, then came the sorting. All layouts were then sorted into years and then months, and if I thought taking the layouts out of albums was a huge job, then this next step was like climbing Mt Everest.
It took many days to get all layouts sorted and to be able to use my kitchen table again. By this stage I was a bit over it and thought why did I ever decide to do this.
I kept at it though, which pleased the family, there wasn't layouts laying around on every surface. Eventually I had all layouts in new albums sorted by year and months. I'm going to suggest to you all that you ALWAYS date your layouts with month and year, I didn't always do this which made the sorting really hard. Luckily I have a good memory and photos sorted on my PC!!

After many weeks I was done and all my layouts were now chronological, each year having its own album (or two in some cases) and I even had spare albums.
It then took a few more weeks before each of the albums got their own little tag saying which year it was. Now that its all done and I look back at all the work it took I'm glad I went to the effort.

How do you store your layouts, do you theme them or go chronological like I've done?

Thanks for visiting
Lis :)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Strawberry Swirl crochet washers

This yarn reminds me of Strawberry swirl ice cream, its a 8ply cotton blend from Lincraft brand called Freckles that I'm not sure they sell anymore.
I tried out a new (to me) stitch on these washers, my first time at trying the c2c stitch and it only took me a couple of goes before I worked it out. Once I got the hang of the stitch it came together quite quickly and it looks really pretty too.
The other thing I liked about this stitch was that it gave the washer a little bit of texture but wasn't holey or hard to crochet.

These ones will be making their way to a friends daughter who will be having a little bubba girl in the next few months. A set of washers and some wipes and baby bath goodies makes a sweet baby gift.

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Lis :)

Friday, June 10, 2016


Something a  little bit different from me today, my latest handmade birthday gift is this white serenity dream catcher. The beautiful birthday lass received it so I can now share..
I have only ever attempted to make these once before and it turned out being a lovely decoration for the inside of our big green wheelie bin. Yeah it didn't go well so it was with alot of trepidation that I started on this one.
I must have gotten alot more patient or maybe my "perfection" level dropped because this time around it went alot smoother.
There were a few issues but I sorted them pretty swiftly and think it turned out pretty well.

What do you think, would you love one of these in your home ?

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Lis :)