It's done! Please come on over to see the new Callaloo Soup. Update your bookmarks and feed readers, and poke around the site. I'm happy to launch not just the site, but a brand new project that is close to my heart. Come on over and get all the details!
I know it's been crickets here on the blog for a while. And you might have noticed that things seem a bit wonky (like the menu bar - it's there, just kind of broken). There's a reason though: I am working on building a brand new website!
Since I have to fit website development in between everything else, it is taking longer than anticiapted. of course. I always think I can pull stuff off in one day. I am usually wrong.
Hang in there though friends, I am really close and will share the new space with you soon!
Who says you need a fancy cutting machine to get cute shapes like this? I made this garland using just my thick plastic templates from Me and My Sister Designs. You might remeber my post a few months ago using their Makin it Cute flower template? Well now they have two new sets: hearts and butterflies.
I've been in a redecorating mood lately, and just set up a new sewing corner in my office. What better to add than this garland?
You'll need: the plastic templates, patterned papers, scissors, a pencil, a hole punch, baker's twine and washi tape.
First, trace around the templates on the back of the papers
Then cut out the shapes.
I cut five hearts and four butterflies.
Now punch holes at the top of each shape
Next string the shapes along the baker's twine, passing the twine in from front to back.
Space the shapes evenly along the twine, then cut and hang with washi tape.
You can leave as is, or use mini clothepins to add in some extras!
If you're not feeling the bright spring colours, you can always use Fall or Halloween papers to change the mood.
Thanks for stopping by! You can head over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog to find more links to projects using the templates. And they are giving away some templates too!
This has been a good week for hibernating indoors, watching random videos and reading lots of blogs. it has been raining almost every day! here are some things I discovered while trying to make my own sunshine.
Did I get enough keywords in that title? (Imagine it was Chandler Bing saying that). Seriously though, these customised mugs are ridiculousy easy to do. If you remember my Valentine mugs, you know why. If not, read on!
All you need are plain mugs, Fall or Halloween themed rub-ons, scissors and a rub-on applicator tool.
Use the scissors to cut out the design you want to use. Carefully place on your mug, smoothing it down as you go
Use your applicator tool (a popsicle stick works great!) to rub the design onto the mug. Go carefully over the intricate areas. Remove paper and ta da!
You've got yourself some pretty coffee mugs! These will not be permanent, which makes this idea perfect for holidays and special events.
The best part is that it will take you all of five minutes!
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How would you like to hang out with eight of the most inspiring and talented scrapbooking instructors on the planet... without leaving home? With True Scrap 6, we bring the best in online education to you, but we add a twist – everything is LIVE so you don't lose that feeling of community and excitementthat comes with an in-person event!
On October 18, True Scrap 6 takes to the internet with a full day of scrapbooking and papercrafting inspiration, hosted by producer Lain Ehmann and with classes from:
Yes, it's all streamed live... AND it's all recorded so you can revisit your favorite classes again and again!
As a previous instructor I can tell you that this event is a blast! I was able to sign in from all the way in France, enjoy all the sessions, and make new friends. Since I don't get to hang out with scrapbooking peeps often it was such a great experience!I really felt like I was in a room full of excited scrapbookers, talking about this thing we love so much.
I'm giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event. Here's what you need to do:
Return here and leave a comment below by midnight Pacific, October 9, about which class you're most excited about.
Check back on 10/10 to see if you won!
And here's something for EVERYONE... Not sure you'll be lucky enough to win a spot? No worries... you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just head over to www.truescrap.com and get yourself signed up! (Coupon expires 10/13).
About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at www.truescrap.com.
Rules and guidelines:
One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on Truescrap.com, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. If you have already purchased a spot and subsequently win a spot, you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given.
How was your week? Autumn is definitely here in this part of France, and though the grey. wet days are a struggle for me, the bright sunny and crisp days are making me smile. I'm thinking more and more about soups, stews and crockpot meals. And pumpkin everything!
This was written for people who go out to work, but I bet these DIY Instant Noodles would be great for we who work at home too.
Everytime I think about this video I laugh hysterically
Over the last month I've been taking the Journal Your Life class with Susannah Conway (I LOVE her), and since I love using Filofaxes for everything, I figured why not use one for my more creative artsy journal? I've been eyeing the Clipbooks since they were released, but my favourite, that gasoline blue one was always out of stock! As luck would have it, it came back into stock just as the class was starting so I snatched one up.
It is so perfect for this use! (And I already have other ideas on how I can use them ha!). It's soft and light, made for folding and bending, and comes with a bunch of notesheets: blank, lined and squared, thus perfect for scribbling, doodling and sketching.
Here it is in action
I love that I can add my own pages in between the notebook sheets too. I've been busy cutting magazines up!
I store the bits I cut out, plus tabs and sticky notes in the plastic pockets that came with my other two A5 binders, and that I never seemed to use.
Because the Clipbook is durable and absolutely not expensive, it's one binder that I am happy to toss in my handbag, leave on the floor, shove under my bed.... you get the picture.
Do you use a Filofax for journaling, scrapbooking or other creative pursuits?
Now that I have somewhere to write it all down, my handmade gift list is under development! I'm starting off with the gifts I plan to crochet. I also want to do knitted gifts this year, and will add those to the list soon.
I have also chosen just one project to work on for myself this fall, a cowl pattern I found last year, and have wanted to adapt. I finally have all the yarn I need for it, so it's on!
Those are my scribbled notes so I don't get lost in the process.
I picked up a couple wooden cassette tape holders in April, thinking they would be perfect for storing my stamp pads (like this). It totally didn;t work for me though, the spaces were too small, and I didn't like how the cases looked on the wall above my table. So I nixed the idea, and they have been sitting in my office unloved since then. As Kieran and I were tidying his bedroom on Saturday, I had what can only be described as a brainwave! The stands would be perfect for storing cars!
After enlisting Lucas' help to remove every other shelf, we were in business! Kieran got busy putting the cars away. He has one holder in his room and another in his playspace.
(Eeeps! Blurry photo!)
Now maybe I won't find cars scattered all the floor now?
This is probably one of the quickest upcycle projects I have done. It helps that it was Lucas who actually did most of the work. I've shared some tips over on Craft Foxes on how to find the perfect items for upcycled decor.