Thursday, 30 December 2010

Looking to the New Year

Yes it's that time of year again where we take a long hard look at our life from the past year.

2010 has been full of ups and downs but looking into the the New Year I know that things will get better. I'm really hopeful that next year will be a great year. So here are my goals for 2011...

Vintage Way Rite Kitchen Scale

My number 1 goal is to lead a more balanced life. With Altered Chic taking off in a big way at the end of 2010, it took over our lives in the run up to Christmas. I really need to be able to find that balance between work and home - which is much more difficult when your business is at home!

I am a Libra and this whole balanced thing is supposed to be natural to me but it is something that I have always struggled with. But I will be taking the first step towards this from January - I am reducing my hours at work (only 3 days rather than 4) so that I can spend more time in the week on running the business and leave evenings and some weekends free to spend how I wish.

With all this spare time I really want to start drawing again. All through school, art was my thing. After leaving university during the first few months (where I was studying art and hating it), I took a step away from my drawing and I've never had the time or the will to want to pick up a pencil or paintbrush.

I also want to continue making our house into a beautiful home. The projects for 2011 are the living room and the stairs. I've already begun collecting furniture to renovate.

What are your goals for 2011?

Lisa x

Thursday, 16 December 2010

DIY: Christmas Stars Garland

I made these little star garlands to hang on the shelves in my kitchen and thought I'd share how to make them as they are so easy to make yet look so pretty.

Materials & Tools:
Vintage sheet music
Cream cardstock
Piece of scrap card
Thin red ribbon
Hole punch

How to:
1. Glue your sheet music onto the cream cardstock.
2. Draw out a star template onto the scrap card (or print one off your computer).
3. Draw and cut out stars from your sheet music, the number of stars you will need will depend on the length of garland you want to make.
4. Punch two holes in each star as shown in the picture. Thread your stars onto the red ribbon and hang your garland in your chosen place.

I told you it was simple.

Lisa x