Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WOYWW 169 - I had a play date!

 Good morning to all the wonderful people from WOYWW and the rest of the world. I am very proud to report that I had my first play date in my playroom last night. My friend Audrey came over to scrap and we had such fun. I actually scrapped a double LO too, I can not believe it, its the first LO of grandie nr.4, Liam, and he is almost 2 already! Even prouder to report that I actually cleaned up after myself before I went to bed. So the only things you will see on my desk this morning is the completed LO waiting to be filed and some cards I needed to take photo's of to show you.
 The first two cards are digi stamps from Whimsy, Are they not just adorable? The cardstock for all the cards are Bazzil, the dp for this one has no name on and I can't remember where I got it. I used a Martha Stewart punch, the flowers are mostly from Wild Orchid crafts and of course all the images were coloured with my beloved Copics.
 This paper (another no name brand) was so beautiful, I did not want to cover it with embellishments, so I just lifted some designs on the paper and added tiny little roses/
The next photo does not show up for me, so I hope you can see it. It is a Magnolia image, dp is from Upikit, a local company, and the lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Have an absolutely amazing week and I hope to visit all of you again (I am very proud that I managed to visit everybody again last week!!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

I finished the whole lot!

 I was telling you all on Wednesday that I was busy making invitations for grandie nr3, Tertia-Lee's, birthday. A whole 40 of them! They are done, finish en klaar, like we say over here in South Africa. I am so happy with them It makes me happy just looking at them all lined up on my craft table.
 This is what it looks like closed and packaged, ready for delivery.
And this is what it looks like when you open them.  All the cardstock is Bazzil, the patterned paper I can not remember (sorry, will add later) The stamp is of course one of my favourite Magnolias coloured with my beloved Copic markers.
I used: For the jumpsuit: All the Cool greys, from Coo, C03,05,07 and 09
           The reds: R17,27 and 43
           Skin colour: E000, 00,11 and R20
           Hair: Y000, 11 and 21
The flowers and ribbon are from my stash and the little ladybirds were found at a local craft store. I used a punch for the leaf and white oval, a Nestie for the scalloped oval and a freebie stamp for the the ladybirds on the ovals. The ladybirds were also glitterified with my red Spica.
I am entering this in the Copic Oz winter challenge, because I think Tilda looks as snug as a bug in that outfit.
Now its onto the next major project. My grandson, grandie nr1, volunteered me to make some costumes for his school concert. Do not smirk! I am dieing here, I haven't sewn in years and the pattern that came home is definately not complete, just random pieces of newspaper, I have to make jumpsuits, 7 of them!!!! I could do with some help over here, and I am willing to feed you well.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WOYWW - Behold, a thing of beauty!

 Just looking at the picture, makes me smile. It took two whole days, from 6 till late and a little more on the third day, . I thought my back was going to break, I had muscle pains in places I did not even know I had places, but it was all worth the effort, Just look at my beautiful craftroom. Everything in its place and colour co-ordinated too! I love, love, love just going in there and looking at everything, and working is such a pleasure!
 Another view of my beautiful room and here you can also see the reason for the post, the wonderful WOYWW blog hop. My desk where I am busy making invitations for grandie no.3, Tertia-Lee's birthday party in October. I know its very early, but when school starts, there just is no time to do anything. Everything is cut, stuck on glue dots, ready to go and has double sided tape on. All that still needs to be done is the scoring for the bases.
 I had strict instructions about these invites. It had to be a ladybird, and it had to open and have flapping wings!!! I could not think how to do that, so I had to come up with something that she would approve of. Made a protorype (Thank goodness for this Magnolia stamp!) and took it to her for approval. She loved it, so now I am making 40 of them.
 Yes, you heard right, 40!!! What was I thinking?? I do love them though and she is my granddaughter, so...
excuse me please, I have some invitations to make before I leave to go to grandie no 2's school to hear her recite a poem during their morning assembly.
This is what the invitation looks like when it is closed. I am thinking of putting the name on the red piece, what do you think?
Thank you so much to all of you for your kind comments on my blog last week. I am happy to report that I managed to visit every single one on the list and leave a comment! Lets see what happens this week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WOYWW I am so late.

I am so very late today, and not just for WOYWW either. I was lying in bed this morning, reading my book and planning my WOYWW post when my phone started ringing. It was the chairlady of the school's Student Representative Council. She wanted  to know if I was still coming with them for the yearly outing to Gold Reef City (a local amusement park).  I told her that I definately would be there at 9, because the park only opens at 10 and it is about 30 minutes drive from the school. She said: "Mevrou, we are all at school already, we were supposed to leave at 7h30.' I nearly died right there and then, told her to give me 20 minutes and went into full scale freak out mode!!! I HATE being late for anything. I think it is just plain rude and disrespectful towards other people, so you can just think how I felt.
It  took me a whole 15 minutes to bath, wash and dry my hair and drive to school. The girls luckily had a sense of humour and were very amused to find out their teacher can be human too.
 So, thats why I could not post this morning as planned. Some of you might remember that I was 'thrown out' of my craftroom when my DD moved back home in November, well, she has since found a flat near her school and has moved out again, so I get to move back into my craftroom. Yay! I decided that all the missmatched furniture needed a whitewash to make them look the same and the painter finished painting today while I was out. The first picture is of the room that I used while DD was here with all my craft stuff piled on the floor.
 The next two pictures show my brand new (some of it very old LOL) painted furniture. I can not wait to start moving everything back in tomorrow and maybe I can even start creating by the weekend.
Remember to visit Julia, the queen of the WOYWWers and join in the fun of looking at all the wonderfully talented people the world over's desks.
Have a great week and maybe I will have something more interesting to show next week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WOYWW - I am bacvk and freezing!!

Hallo to all. After an absence of three weeks I feel  like I should actually be introducing myself to all of you. You are here to see what is on my workdesk and I am afraid there is not much going on in the creative department over here, I have been incredibly busy with the election process of the new leaders at our school. Today was the official induction of the new group and a very, very sad farewell to the old group. After working so closely with this group of very special girls, I feel like I had to say good bye to my own children. The Mosaic cross you see in the photo was made for me by one of these girls. Bronwyn made it herself and being a crafter, I know just how very special it is to give somebody something that you have spent time making and poured a little of your soul into. I am so very blessed to recieve this and very humbled that she thinks I am worthy.
I have decided to show you what was on my diningroom table last week. Yes, I made them! Shocker to see me making things that go on top of cupcakes, I know. My poor daughter had so many orders that she had to hire a helper to help her finish all the cake orders and when I phoned to ask how she was getting on, she promptly burst into tears and told me that the helper burnt 6 dozen cupcakes and that she had to throw away all the teddies this lady had made, because they were so badly made. Now  don't get me wrong, I know my limitations when it comes to cakes, butr this was my child and I am creative (well, sort of) so I told her to bring some fondant and show me, I was willing to give it a try. I am quite proud of myself I must add, they were not too bad, at least she could use them.
This is the birthday cake she made for her sister, my youngest. She is besotted with Marilyn Monroe and asked for a black and white cake. I love it. The next cake was for one of my dear friends at school. She is the art teacher and turns 70 on Saturday! She is the youngest, hippest, 70 year old I know, so she could not have a cake fit for an old lady! This cake was a collaboration between two of my daughters. Ankie, the youngest, painted the 'canvas' and Karin the cake artist did the rest. Hazel absolutely loved it.

 This was a fairy cake for a 4 year old little girl. When the cake was delivered at the little girl's nursery school, one of the little boys came to my daughter and grabbed her leg, asking if the fairies were real. She says that is the best part of her job. 
 And just in case you were wondering about the title of my post, here is the proof! It is snowing over here in sunny South Africa!!!! Initially it was so exciting, as you can see from Ankie's face, but now, its just damn cold! I do not know how you guys in the rest of the world survive winters like this every year, I am in awe of your bravery!
Thats quite enough from me, stay warm wherever you are and remember to visit Julia and the rest of the WOYWWers.