Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Middle of the year catch up




Hi everyone, I'm on my last week of holidays and thought it was time to update you all.  Here are some photos to catch you up on a little of what I have been up to these past 6 months.  I have been enjoying a lot of different activities and sometimes enjoying moments of doing totally nothing. 
July - Local markets last Saturday, best markets I have ever done as I sold 12 cards.  Yes, I'm thinking of retiring now. :-)

I am always been on the lookout for ways to display my cards that don't cost a fortune.  I have finally found it.  These cute little card stands were made in 30 minutes from an old branch I found in our backyard.  I sawed them into small sections of different heights and then using the saw cut a slit in the top to hold the card.


July - This was what I did first day of my holidays.  My first ever go in a floatation tank and it won't be the last.  I like everyone I have told about it was a bit concerned of being claustrophobic however, I didn't feel this at all.  The pod is full of water with epsom salts so when you lay in there you float and yes, you do.  If I try and float in a pool my head stays up and my bottom and legs just sink.  You wear ear plugs and music plays for the first ten minutes, then quietness for the remaining hour until the end ten minutes when the music starts again to tell you time is up.  I did fall asleep at one stage, not sure how long but I have never felt so rested.  I highly recommend giving it a try.  Oh, and the red light is a pool light which you can choose how it works.  Initially, the lady that showed me everything left the light on changing colours - I found this a little annoying so I changed it so it only had a blue light or you had the option to have no light.  The lid closes all the way down which I did for about five minutes but found it all too warm and sauna like so opened the lid about 15 - 20cm and thought that was perfect.

I found this on the Cairns Float Studio Instagram  feed and explains my visit perfectly. :-)

I have been enjoying watching my little collection of succulents grow and surprise me with amazing flowers.



This zygocactus was given to me by a friend last year…..first time we had seen each other in 30 years.  I so happy the plant has survived and I now get to see flowers.
May - My prototype for this years schools Biggest Morning Tea table decorations. 

May - This year I had help from another teacher aide and a year 12 student putting together  60 top hats to create the table decorations for our school fundraiser Biggest Morning Tea in May - Tiara's and Top Hats

The construction

May - My first market stall for years - sold one card .  So sales wise not a huge success but as it is local I caught up with so many people.  Actually, catching up with people is the main reason I do any market stall as they are always local - selling a card is a bonus. :-) The other reason I did this market stall in particular was to help get the ball rolling on my friends daughters idea of selling bow head bands for babies.  She had been making the bows and slowly creating a website but that was as far as she had gotten.  So I thought we could go halves in the market stall and we could keep each other company.  You can see Michaela's creations here at Sweet Little Creation.

April - we finally had a fine day so had to take the hotrod for a drive into town.  Had some breakfast and this is our journey on the way home.  To the left of the trees you can see Walsh's Pyramid our landmark for the town of Gordonvale.

I have still been walking our dog Scruff with friends of a weekend.


April - Another rare moment with sunshine, so I dragged out my hammock to enjoy.  This only lasted about 20 minutes before I was being rained upon.

This was the view from the other end of  the above hammock.

March - my husband and I got to spend a long weekend in this lovely timber, 3 storey house at Bingal Bay about 1 1/2 hours south of us.  View of the pool from the top floor.  We were celebrating our sons 25th birthday and the fact they he and his girlfriend were now engaged.

The view from the top floor looking out and through the tops of trees.  Hard to believe but this is located in a small suburban street.  There were neighbours on either side.

The newly engaged couple enjoying a walk on Bingal Bay Beach.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

My 2019 cards so far


Hi everyone, I am having a wonderful time going through my stash and creating cards for my Made it store - Merrymade Cards   and Etsy All the images I have used here have been in my stash for at least five years so nice to finally colour them and use them.  The patterned papers probably have been with me longer. :-) 








These mandalas I had such fun creating using my sticker collection. Finally a use for the pretty stickers that just never make it a card. I have even used the left over section of the stickers to create my own flowers or other pattern.






Birthday cards for my husband and daughter.





An infinity/never ending card I made for my sisters 50th.


Cards for the my January and February card swaps over at Craftmad










Monday, December 31, 2018

Wishing you a fantastic 2019 - See You Later


This is a photo of our last evening of 2018 and what a beautiful one it was.  We have had torrential rain for the past week and a half. It was so lovely today to see sunshine and hang the washing out to dry and get that sunshine smell. Also terrific  for my husband to mow today and have nothing to do tomorrow on his birthday other than enjoy the manicured lawn and possibly watch the rain fall. 

Happy New Year everyone.  I wish you the very best for 2019. 

Thank you all for your visits throughout the year although my posts and visits to your blogs have been sporadic.  I've decided to re-open my card store on Made It (smaller Australian version of Etsy) - www.madeit.com.au/MerrymadeCards My thinking is that this will allow me to sell cards that I  create after being inspired by others through Pinterest. Ultimately, I'm trying to reduce my stash which seems impossible as my Mum and an elderly friend also think they should reduce their stashes and have been passing crafting items on to me. I will miss blogging and although I have tried for the last couple of years since commencing full time work to continue blogging I find that now that I work on computers all day I don't want to be on them when I get home.  You will be able to find me on Pinterest.....link is over there to the right where I share from time to time what I have been creating.  I  will no doubt also be browsing through the many creations stored there for inspiration for my next project. 

So its not goodbye, but see you later when I have more free time in at least five years.

A special thanks for you visits and sticking with me as posts got thin - I have always appreciated your visits and comments. Monica, Brenda, Loz, Janette, Kaye, Gail, Cathy C, Sandra H, Lorraine (cold waters), Mrs A, Linby, Dr Sonia, Judy S.






Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas everyone


Wishing you all the very best Christmas, I hope that it all goes according to your plans with some relaxing,  family, friends with a touch of fun and of course yummy food.

Sharing the cards I sent out this year the last couple are on my craft desk now ready to be completed tomorrow.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Graphic 45 Paper Challenge - Cathedral Window


I spied this design in Pinterest ages ago and have always wanted to give it a try with my scrap papers.  So I used my scraps from the Graphic 45 paper pad while doing the challenge.  This card took a little longer than I first thought it would.  First punching out the required number of circles, amazing how many you can fit into such a small area.  Then folding each circle in on four sides to create a square.  I scored the lines using my scoreboard no measurements just purely by sight.  Next I thought easy….I will just pick up a circle as it is all random but no I wanted to make sure that the patterns and colours were evenly spread on the front of the card.  So that took a bit of sorting then I adhered each circle and found some bling, buttons and flowers to embellish the card.

Thanks for passing by.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Graphic 45 Paper Challenge - Pink Flowers


Another card I made for the Graphic 45 paper challenge I was part of.  I really do love the end result of this card.  The images I have had had stamped up and waiting in my stash for a couple of years ready for that right moment.  I have coloured them with my Copic Pens added a touch of bling to each flower and raised the leaves with 3D foam tape.


These are all the colours I used for these images.

I have now given this card to my very good friend from school years on her birthday at the start of December. 

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