Thursday, 26 March 2009

Need your help...

I've already mentioned about the inspiration posts I want to start at Craft Journal. Well I need your help to do them. I've not had much internet time this week and just haven't had the time to go blog hopping so please link me up your galleries or projects so that I can find some great inspirations to share fast.

I'm hoping to make this a weekly thing so the more projects the merrier, and it can be any type of crafting.


Lisa x

Monday, 16 March 2009

Guess where I'm going...

next month? I've been able to get a day pass at Indigo Mill's retreat!

I've wanted to go on a scrapbooking retreat for like, well since I began scrapbooking, but I haven't been able to afford them and they're normally way too far for me to go. When I found out about Steph's retreats last year I was so jealous as they are only an hours drive away from me but I couldn't afford the place. Now she has introduced a day passes to her retreats so I am one happy bunny!

I've also got the Indigo Mill crop to look forwards to on the 28th March.

I've been creating some artwork for my craft room wall. This is the first piece I did. I also put together a piece on 'Little Wing' - the Hendrix song, covered by Clapton. You can read my article on framing your artwork at Craft Journal.

I still have a stack more frames to put some artwork in and I want to alter my notice board and create a new inspiration place in my room. I also have a load of books and John's uni work to organise onto some new shelves and an existing bookcase. So I'm going to be pretty busy on my days off tomorrow and wednesday.

Speaking of inspirations - I am going to introduce a feature on Craft Journal where I will post my favourite craft projects once a week so if you would like to leave me some links to follow in your comments, maybe you will be one of the ones I choose.

Oh, and you can also follow what I am doing on twitter. You can find it in the right column >>>

Lisa x

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Brighten up your day!

Just when I was about to write this week off as one of those awful ones, I saw this...

The lovely Gretchen has chosen my View LO for the Catwalk over at SIS! I've been a member for almost a year and had never been chosen. This is not suprising really with the number of LOs that are uploaded every week. But out of all of them, this week mine was chosen. It's really given me another boost in my creativity - I feel that I can actually create something now.

This couldn't have come at a better time. We've had to call the Dr out to my Dad again today. He's just no better. This has been going on for about a year now. He's hardly out of bed some weeks. The doctors just don't know what to do. They've been to our house more times than some family members have this last 12 months. They just keep passing him backwards and forwards between the GP and the hospital and neither of them have a clue. It just makes me so angry - it's like they've given up trying to find out what's wrong sometimes. Well I've given up on the NHS!

Well he's been given a higher dosage of tablets today so we'll see if these have any effect - I'm seriously doubting it though.

OK, rant over. You can probably see now why I really needed cheering up today lol. Thanks Gretchen and SISTV!

Lisa x

Monday, 9 March 2009

Do you...

...have those days when you just can't seem to wake up? Today is definetly one of those days.

I just don't seem to be able to get going. I keep making so many mistakes today. It started this morning when I forgot the parking ticket - which means I have to pay for parking today. It's only £3 but it's still pointless when I have a parking ticket in the car which John has at work.

I also have Rainbows this evening so I really do need to wake up. They are doing some crafts tonight so hopefully they'll be pretty quiet lol.

My crafting lul seems to be on the up though. I've had hardly any inspiration recently - I've only created two layouts since before Christmas. I don't know if it's just because I've been so tired or what but things seem to be on the up. I've been creating, I have plans for more creating and I'm looking forwards to getting home so I can get started again. Now I just have to find that book I bought so I can finally get round to altering it lol.

Lisa x

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Making plans...

...for the last few weeks I've been thinking alot about what my future holds for me. For those of you who don't know, we are merging our haberdashery and craft shop into one premises which means I will no longer be manager. My job is safe - I will be doing alot of other things around the shop including running all the online stuff. It's just made me think about what I actually want to do with my life.

I took a look at the local college to see what they were offering. I love the idea of getting back into doing something creative but with money how it is, I can't afford to cut my hours down at work which rules pretty much all the arty type courses out. I have been looking into graphic design though and after a bit of research I have found many people who have self-taught graphic design. I've not had much chance to look at it in great detail yet but it is certainly something that I'm interested in. If anyone has any information that they think may be helpful then let me know.

As well as all this future thinking, I have been up to quite a bit in the present. Sunday was spent mostly in the garden again. We're taking advantage of the dry weather and set about de-weeding and planting new plants. Now this patch of garden was completely covered in weeds and after a couple of hours it now looks like this...

We're having some 6 foot trees delivered in a couple of weeks to create a 'screen' to try and make the patio area more private. Now we just have to hope for a nice summer so we can actually enjoy all our hard work.

Craft Journal has been relaunched with a brand new look to go with our brand new writing team. The ladies are doing an excellent job in bringing some inspiration to us all so go check it out.

I've finally did some scrapping! This is only my second page of the year. I know I am shocked too! I jut haven't had the chance or the inspiration but I finally used the gorgeous Indigo Mill After Eight papers and a montage of photos of our view when it was snowing to produce this...

I've also created this little pocket sized address book for Easy Craft Projects. I've used the Kaboodle Doodles Morris Dance paper kit. You can see how I made it here.

I think that's about all I've been doing. I have the day off today so I'm going to get my SIS swap done, finish off a few other little things, do some housework and then hopefully cuddle up with John tonight to watch a film. Good times.

Lisa x