Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have a Heart

Good morning Bloglanders

I hope you are having a wonderful, sunny and loved Sunday! At Hamman HQ we are spending some time outside on our stoep, having a barbecue and a swim. It's HOT down under in Sunny SA.

Speaking of hot - the SimonSaysStamp challenge of the week is "Have a Heart". What more do you need to heat things up on your craft table?? Last year I made a kit of different heart themed things to keep on hand to pretty up my occasion and this year I decided to re-use my items and to duplicate the kit and gift a friend with one. The idea is to spread the love, isn't it?

And here is my "Have a Heart" kit:

"Have a Heart Kit": Ribbon, Washi, a handmade heart bunting, red vinyl die cuts, heart confetti, picnic cutlery sets, drawstring bags, straws and note cards.

I really did use what I had on hand. The confetti, heart bunting, straw toppers and paper spools for the ribbon, twine and washi are made from recycled scraps, the drawstring bags from offcuts of fabric and the rest came from my craft and kitchen stash. 

And here are what I made with the same kit last year:

Just click on the names below the images to see the related posts.  If you want to have some more Valentine's fun, check back later this week as I'll be sharing more links. I do love occasions!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I really enjoyed having you over.  Have a GREAT week and remember to TRY SOMETHING NEW.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Catching Up

Hello Bloglanders

It's wonderful to be back in Blogland after an extended holiday. I loved every minute of it but now I'm very, very far behind schedule with everything. Most of all - after nearly 6 weeks I've got about 600 beautiful pictures waiting to be scrapped!!! And that is just what I'm going to do.

I've recycled an old beverage trolley into a Project Life station.

I've narrowed down the stuff that I'm going to use, packed it onto my trolley and now we travel throughout the house. Wherever the action is, my trolley and I go.

Here is the top layer:

Here I have my most used items like glue, ink, stamps, corner rounder, pens, etc. Once again I've used old laundry detergent holders to sort my stash. I'll put a post up later this week to show you how I do it.  What a GREAT feeling if you can re-use something that would have been thrown away!

And the middle layer:

Project Life cards, scrap cardstock cut into 3x4, 4x4 and 6x4 - ready to be used and a few embellishments.


A 12x12 box to keep all my leftovers and projects to go. You can see the mini book I'm making for a friend's birthday (X2) on top. I'm actually making two as one will be for myself. More about that later.

On the top layer I hang some of my tools.  I think this was meant to be for a tea towel on the drinks trolley but now I've got scissors and rulers there. Also, my most used stamps are mounted onto perspex blocks that my husband cut from offcuts of my architect son's projects. They are in a small tin together with a black stamp pad - on hand where I need it.

Those of you who know my crafting set-up will remember that my Craft Closet is actually VERY small and I'll never have this amount of stuff out while scrapping. Now my trolley just stands beside my craft desk and all is well. When not in use, I stash it in a corner and no valuable space is wasted. 

I'm also adding stuff to my personal planner on a daily basis and all this comes from the trolley. YES, I wheel it to my office as well! You can read all about my different work spaces here.

That's it. Another project to make my 2015 better and more organized. Thanks for looking at my blog today. Please check back as I'll be here with lots more crafting FUN.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Skinny Bags for Souvenirs

Hello Bloglanders

I'm happy to be back in Blogland!! We are still on vacation but I thought I would check in to show what I did with the souvenirs I bought abroad for family and friends.  BUT first:

To all of you, I wish that 2015 will exceed all your wildest dreams and expectations. And remember to have FUN and to try something new every day.

Now, back to my skinny bags.  This is what my souvenirs look like - packed and ready for delivery:

And this is how I made the bags

1. Use 1xA5 sheet of printed paper / cardstock.
2. Fold it back. I didn't even measure it - love to have the glue line off centre. Glue.
3. Fold the bottom over about half an inch. Glue. I cut away the corners just because it looks more "bag like" this way.
4. Do the same for the top but this time fold over about one and a half inch. I wanted a zig-zag edge and used scissors to cut it. Insert your small souvenir and glue shut.

I used paper from Keisercraft's Bonjour collection. As I only had half a sheet of each print left in my stash, I copied them onto recycled office paper.

Wanna know what's inside??? Of course I'll share:

I love them!!

I'm a bit behind schedule with my Project Life pages but once we get back home, I'll share my process as I catch up. In the meantime, I'll be back on Sunday with my first Summary of the new year.

Thanks for looking at my blog today. Have a GREAT Monday and remember to try something new - TODAY!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014 and a WONDERFUL 2015

Good morning Bloglanders

I'm just checking in to wish you well for the festive season.  I hope that all your dreams will come true and that you will have a blast with your loved ones.

I know I didn't get to everything I planned for 2014 but I'm fine with that. I'm going to sit back and relax and have lots of fun with Wynand and the children. We will be spending our holiday in Europe this year.  We've all been there before but NEVER in winter.  For someone from Sunny South Africa, that means that hopefully we will have a white Christmas.

As my Project Life came to a screeching halt when my mum got sick, I will do monthly layouts for November and December but that will have to wait for a brand new year.

In the meantime, have fun and ENJOY!!! See you around Blogland in 2015.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 49

Good morning Blogland

It's beautiful, sunny, summery weather down under in Sunny SA and we spend most of our time outside in the pool or having a "braai" under our vine pergola.

But, I do have a job to do and some crafting to enjoy. SO, first up. Our Princess's father remarried yesterday and it was a beautiful day, ceremony and reception. And a peek:

As they have everything they need, I decided to opt for a personal letter and some "couples spa vouchers".  I'm sure when they return from their month long honeymoon abroad, a bit of pampering will be just the thing they need to kick off 2015.

This is how I wrapped my "pressie":

Some craft paper, a bit of left over tulle from a wedding dress, ribbon, copper shimmer twine and a fake vintage button.

And my "mood board" of the wedding:

And I did a LOT of sewing this past week - for our Princess's best friend, Tanya's wedding - 2 X Bridesmaid dresses:

And for our beautiful Princess for her father's wedding (it's her brother with her in the pic):

I made this dress exactly like her 8X bridesmaid dresses.  Just without sleeves.

LINK (Pic by Moira West Photograph)

I suppose you think I never sew for myself as I never show these projects but I DO - A LOT!! And I decided to give you a sneak peek into the clothes I made to wear to the Princess's father's wedding.

Now for a non-sweing idea. A wonderful idea that I found at our local Christmas market. It's called "House on the Hill" and you can buy them assembled as key holders, loose to colour yourself or as fridge magnets.  I couldn't resist buying some for Wernich's nearly finished flat.  Perfect for an architect!!!

I think I'll try my hand at making some of my own in 2015, In the meantime, I'll have fun enjoying somebody else's creativity.

As you can see, it's VERY busy at HQ Hamman but we still have time to enjoy our home, garden and family.  Thanks for looking at my blog today. I'm off to do some more sewing and I think I'll resume my project of doing at least 20 handmade Christmas ornaments. Currently I've only done angels and stars. Keep checking back and I'll show as I go.

Have a GREAT week and remember to try something new - TODAY!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Use what you have

Hello Bloglanders

I'm just checking in to say hi and show how I upped my kitty pressie. Remember this?

Well, IMPERFECT ME decided to stamp it up.  I'm not really a card maker / stamper but I do have a few stamps in my stash.  And this set was perfect!!

It must have been a freebie of sorts as I don't even know who the manufacturer is but I totally love it!

Someone emailed me to ask what a kitty box is. Well, our local animal shelter has a annual campaign where you gift a cat / dog by making a Christmas box for them. Inside is tinned food, a toy and money to cover veterinary costs. As all our children are grown-up and we don't do presents, each and every one in my family do a kitty / puppy pressie and we deliver it to the shelter before Christmas. It is one of the things on our December Daily list.

Talking about DD. With my life being in shambles, mine is currently an uncovered notebook and my iPhone. We will see if I can work my magic on it at some time in the future. Anyway, I'll share once I have something to show.

That's it.  Have a look around your stash and do something new with an old item.  No cost and some REAL fun.

Thanks for looking at my blog today. See U soon .......................

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 48

Good morning Bloglanders

Another week done and dusted!!  Hamman HQ is still struggling to get our home reno sorted and hopefully we will get everything done before the December holidays.  I'm making two bridesmaid dresses for our princess and her friend Rene.

Here is the one I'm doing for Rene:

And the inspiration for the one I'm doing for our Princess:

My mum sent me her dressmaking dummy, my metric farewell and wedding dresses. While everything was out, I dressed up my dummies.

I still love both these dresses and my mum did an excellent job making them.

Once again I wrapped my Xmas pressie for a cat at the local animal shelter:

I'm still thinking about adding stamped / die cut cats. What do you think?  We are having beautiful summery weather down under in Sunny SA. I loved this picture with the sun spots. And while at it, I took one of the vines on my porch:

On that sunny note - thanks for looking at my Blog. Have fun and remember to try something new - TODAY!!!