Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shaker Box

Hello Bloglanders

Today I brought a FUN project to share. Don't you just love shaker boxes?? Well, once a year my whole family gathers at the beach house to spend some time together.  As both my brother and sister have children much younger than my own, we try to do projects that keep them (and US!!) busy.

And this is one of them:

I've taken a picture of my sister's son, Jandre, writing his name in the sand and used it as backing for my shaker box. Next activity - gather some small shells, sand, etc. and add to your box.

This one is mine but each of the children made their own. We added magnetic strips to the back and now it's proudly displayed on my fridge. Every time I look at it, I think about the good times we had gathering memories.

And this is how you can create your own holiday memory box:

1. Cut your backing. I've used a photo.
2. Glue a frame on top. Either use craft foam, Twin Stick or chipboard.  I actually used an off cut from "MY architect's" model building days. It's sort of a plastic, foamy board and I cut it with my craft knife.
3, Add sprinkles. The sky's the limit!!
4, Transparency. I recycled packaging material.
5. A frame to finish off your display.

If you want a fridge magnet like mine, add magnetic strips to the back. Once again, I recycled some - you know the ones that the estate agents drop in your mailbox on a weekly basis?? Well, they have been recycled. I've used Tombow glue but have tried it with my glue gun and it works just as well.

My parents are visiting - I have to go and spend time with them. Thanks for visiting my blog today and please check back as I've got lots more to share right here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 37

Happy Sunday Bloglanders

And I'm back to report on all the activities at HQ Hamman.

My mum is coming to visit and Wernich is flying home for the weekend. Oh, I love having both the boys nearby. Can't wait for 15 November when he will be finished with is Masters degree in Architecture and return home permanently.

I'm still working on the metric farewell dresses and this past week I did try something new - an invisible zip!!! I used this tutorial and it works very well. If you want a hard copy, use this one.

And it should look like this once done - INVISIBLE!!


I can't take out too many craft items while I have all these sewing on my desk as I have limited space in my Craft Closet and it scares me to think that a drop of paint or glue might land on my sewing project. BUT, I did get a bit of time to make some tags. YES, all done on the kitchen sink!!!

I used food colouring and watercolour paper. Remember the mini tags I  mass produce to keep on hand??? The initial idea was the same.

I use all my scraps and practice my stamping and die cutting on them!!!  Here is the original post.

And my food colour died ones:

I just mixed red food colouring with water and started dipping the tags. No right or wrong here.

I've got new neighbours and wanted to give something to the kiddies. I bought beautiful cupcakes and they came packed in these gorgeous boxes -  just had to add the tag.

My inspiration came from SimonSaysStamp - "Make your own Background". I do this a lot for layouts and Multi Media pages but I did want to give it a go on tags. Another "try something new" for me!

And I made some plans for Halloween treats.  This year, I'm going to make the bats that I found on Pinterest.

I'll add my own twist to it - they are going to be TINY (not more than 2 inches) for mini Chocolate bars and to save on time (and work space in the CC) - I'm going to cut them with my Silhouette. I will show once it has been done.

In the meantime, I made a collage of some of my past Halloween treats.  Even though we don't celebrate this holiday down under in Sunny SA, I just can't help joining in the fun. Love the black and orange.

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It's Sunday and a beautiful spring day. I'm off to spend some time outside in my garden. Think I'll take my notebook with and start planning my new bedroom's blinds.  It's FINALLY finished and we will be moving once the blinds are up. Busy, busy week ahead @ HQ Hamman.

Thanks for looking at my blog today and have a WONDERFUL week. Remember - try something new - TODAY!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Make a List

Good morning Bloglanders

I hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday!!  Every year during September the whole Blogland goes into "list mode".  What a GREAT idea to say something in a quick and easy way! BUT, it's totally too boring for me to commit to keep up for a whole month - IMPERFECT ME.

I've done "Learn Something New Every Day" a few years before and it just didn't work for me.  However, I did finish the project and have a mini book to show:

Now you probably think I don't do lists - SO WRONG!!! I choose my own topics and do them whenever I want to. And my inspiration?? Pinterest, reading lists from other Bloglanders ...................... there's list everywhere.  And this is what my list book looks like:

I bought it from Monika's Etsy shop back in 2012 and since then I've been adding lists to it.  Here you can see a 2014 list next to a 2012 one:

And another golden oldie - "words I live by". You can see that I'm still adding to this list  as I go:

If you want to see more of my lists, just click here and here. I can't seem to find my "Learn Something New Every Day" mini book on my blog - I'll cover that in a later post because it's a true labor of love and a total once off.

Of course I've customized my book.  The front and back covers were blank when I bought it but in a jiffy I converted it to my own personality and style.

Everything that I've used, came from my "goodie box".  I keep all the freebies that I receive, bits and bobs left over from other projects and embellishments gathered in my non-crafty life here.

I'll be adding some journaling to my cover pages soon - we will revisit the List mini book then. Keep checking back and all will be revealed. In the meantime: I love these list ideas, my friend Monika has a whole list board on Pinterest and then there is kiki K.

See, no commitment needed.  I'll be back with some more crafting fun from the Play as U Go playroom. Thanks for joining me today in my quest for easy list making.

Have fun and remember to try something new - TODAY!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 36

Hello Bloglanders

I can't believe that Spring is in the air and I should start on my Christmas pressies right now.  What a busy, busy year!  I'm catching up with my Project Life and did this layout over the weekend.

It's all about August being such a weird month - from my appendix up to THE WEDDING. I wanted to add a few pics to zuss up the layout and had them all printed in thumbprint size and black and white. I never use the overlays in the project life kits SO, "waste not, want not" decided to use one in every single pocket!! That's IMPERFECT ME - if I try something NEW, I pull out all the stops. I did need a bit more space for journaling so I added a 3x4 SNAP Photo Flip Pocket. I opened it up and marked it with the pink arrow for U 2 C.

I totally love them. Have you seen them before?? I got mine from Citrus Twist and this is what they look like:

Oh, my garden is BEAUTIFUL. I wish I could sit outside and soak up the sun all day long but I'm SO snowed under. The office is busy, we are planning an overseas trip and everything must be booked and sorted ASAP, my house needs me ................................................ Do you think crafters can order longer days somewhere??

That's it. Back to my "to do" lists!!  Thanks for looking at my blog today. Keep checking back as I have lots more to share right here. Have a marvellous week and remember to TRY SOMETHING NEW!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mini Cake box Pressie

Hello Bloglanders

I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday.  My first metric farewell dress is cut and ready to be sewn. The office admin is sort of sorted and I had my first spring walk in the park!!

As promised, I took some pictures of one of the mini cake boxes that I filled for a miniature pressie. I just love combo's - a bit and a bob of everything.

And a pic:

I used the same Silhouette cut file that I've used here. The rose was the Silhouette free shape two weeks ago and I've since used it a LOT. Want to to see inside:

Stacked up you really can't really so I took another pic just 4 U:

A pencil and notepad, a smiley face badge, a cookie and loom bands to make your own friendship bracelet. Just what a tween ordered!

I'll be entering my project in the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes. If you want to see what the rest of Blogland did with the same inspiration, just click here.

That's it. Back to the sewing machine. Thanks for looking at my blog today and please come back to play as I have lots more to share right here.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Summary Week 35

Hello Bloglanders

It's still hectic @ HQ Hamman.  I have returned all the hired items from the wedding, collected all that was mine, delivered all that was not and started making lists for next week. My Project Life is SO behind schedule but I'm just going to skip July and continue with August ASAP. Talking about August - it has been a weird month and I'm planning to do a layout about it right now. Tell you more about it once it's done.

Back to the wedding. Ever thought of putting a "cut your own lemons station" at the bar??? My daughter in law thought about EVERYTHING!! While I have this pic up, note that ALL the flowers were in different containers. The one with the gold glitter is a recycled jar zussed up with podge, glitter and some clever thinking by the Princess.

I've been asked by friends to do 3 matric farewell dresses for their beautiful daughters.  Two have been cut, the thread on my sewing machines changed and I'll start first thing tomorrow morning. Want to see the inspiration?

I will keep you updated on my progress.Know you don't like my sewing projects but it is such a big part of my life that you will just have to bear with me.

At the beginning of 2014 I decided to write down 50 facts about myself.  The idea came from a mini book that Monika Wright did but as I try to incorporate everything in my PL album, I ended up using 6x4 journaling cards and adding it to my 2014 album. I've got it done and filed and plan to pretty it up when I've got time.

Right now I'm pleased with my progress and plan to do  another project - "My Life in 50 Pics" . I've chosen 50 pictures and will be journaling about what I can remember of each event. The pictures have been sorted - I'll have them printed this week and you will soon have a progress report. Once again, it will be part of my PL album.

I've also registered for this class. I love Big Picture Classes and love, love, love Wilna Fursterberg. Special belated birthday pressy to myself. Once we start,  you will hear more about it right here.

And I had a few days at my fave place in the world - the beach house @ the West Coast.  It is beautiful year to see wildflowers and even our backyard has it's share. Here you can see a layout I did on the flowers of Namakwaland.

And I needed another pressie!! Fortunately I did cut some extra "cake boxes" and filed them away flat to be folded as required.

I'll tell you more about this one later this week and show what's inside. Just keep checking back and all will be revealed.

That's it. Another wonderful week. Thanks for visiting my blog today and remember to try something new - TODAY!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mini Cake Boxes

Hello Bloglanders

I hope you are having a Thunderous Thursday. It's cold and rainy down under in Sunny SA and I'm still trying to get my house sorted after Pieter's wedding.  Can you believe it - I have used more than 20 kilometres (don't know the miles) of thread for the bridesmaid dresses and napkins!!!

But, I did get some time to try something new. As I wanted to surprise a few friends with some wedding cake, I came up with the idea of making mini cake boxes.

First, a pic of the wedding cake:

And my mini cake boxes ready for delivery:

And a close-up:

Want to peek inside?

I used sheets of cardstock that I received in a kit and didn't like as as it was TOO" busy".  Cutting it up made it look oriental and much more toned down.  Just goes to show - it was in my purge pile but in the end I could use it and make something beautiful.

I used a cut file from the Silhouette store, deleted the pieces I didn't need and sized the shape down to 95% to fit two boxes on a 12 x 12 sheet. Want to try it yourself?  This is the file I've used:

This would make the perfect packaging for mini pizzas, maxi cookies or even a little combo of goodies.  I think I'm going to try it for some mini Christmas boxes.

That's it!! It's nice to be back at my craft desk.  Thanks for visiting my blog today and please check back as I have lots more to share.

Remember to try something new and have fun!