Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hi everyone, Some things I have been up to.

Hey everyone, I still exist, am very well (except for slight head cold at the moment) and enjoying life.    As always lately, I just can't fit it all in but what I am doing is fun.  Hoping your lives are full of fun too. Time to catch you up on the couple of crafting activities that I have done.  This card was for the Craftmad August swap which I actually finished on time.  The them was 'for the boys'.  I decided to go with a Male Thank You card in lieu of the regular birthday.  I saw a wonderful card over at Beccy's Place that I had to try and this is what I came up with.

Remember to visit our Craftmad Pinterest Board to see what all the other lovely ladies came up with for this theme and the one further below.  

Just another view.

My second card for the August swap.  Sailing boats always seem to be a big thing for males so I dug out some fabric and cut to shape then machine stitched to the card.  I thought I had some peel-off sea-gulls but they were no where to be found.  So I free hand cut the birds from scrap board.  I really love the end result of the card.

I spent a weekend making paper snowflakes for the high school ball that is coming up with a theme of  Winter Wonderland.  The junior years have spent a lesson creating some as well so should be a great display on the night.

Like true snowflakes - none of mine look the same. :-)

I made this card for friends daughter who recently turned 17.  Omg! 17, yes I have known her all her life.  I have fun using all my bling on this card and in real life has a real sparkle to it.

This me proving to my swap partner in August that I was working on her July swap cards.  So slack of me, I just did not get motivated with the theme but once I started I had a wonderful time.  

We had to make two cards using the above tic tac toe board.  The first card I created was the bee card which you see a peak of in the above photo however, I forgot to take a full photo so have asked my partner to take a photo for me.  When I have it I will share.  I used the top row of colours for that card - black, yellow and blue.  

My second card I used the second row of colours - green, red and purple.

This is my coloured image and the copics I used to colour it.  It was so relaxing and nice to sit at the end of a working day with calming music in the background.  I will have to do it more often.

A close up of the finished card with the gold glitter paint I sprayed for the nice finish.  

It's not ultra red, probably hinting more pink but the Copics were all from the R group.

Our local museum had the Tea Cosy Competition/Display.  Not as many entries this year however, amazing work by those who did enter.

These were the fun/novelty entries.

A couple of the non-traditional entries.  That is my friends tea cosy with the mice, she had such fun knitting it.

Here are a few more entries.  Surprisingly my pom pom tea cosy didn't get a place.  lol. :-) There is always next year.

Just saw this photo and thought it worth a share.  The passionfruit and paw paw are from our garden and this was tea one night.  Yum.

I have been doing lots of gardening and this weekend feel that everything is trim and ready for Spring and also ready for some mulch to be delivered this weekend.  So I will be out in the garden again.

We had visitors also.  My brother from USA was home for two weeks and my sister from south Queensland was home for one week during that time. 

We have had moments of relaxation.  My husband and our dog.

Me and my dog.

Well that brings you to now and now I have to run and get the salad ready for tea.  Thanks for stopping on by.  Bump into you again when I gather some more photos.  Take care.


  1. Hi there,

    I have been thinking of you a lot and wondering when I would see you...
    These pics are just fab. ALL the cards are brilliant, the first one is so unusual and I love the texture on it. The card for the 17 year old is delightful too and the one with the colouring is fab too. ALL so nice. The fruits look yummy and healthy unlike the meal of chicken nuggets that we just had except that they were home made.

    Hubby, dog and you look quite relaxed there. And the tea cosies are cute there. I hope yours gets a place next time. Your talents are sure increasing. Yes, I remembered the boat card which is SWELL.

    How nice to have family over.


  2. Wow Merry, this is a 'packed full of goodies' kinda post.....Just love all the gorgeous cards you made, the snowflakes will be a huge hit I am sure, shame about the tea cosy, I thought it was well worth a accounting for taste I suppose.....and thanks for sharing the lovely lucky to grow such lush fruit in the garden....
    Nice to see you again..xx

  3. Life does have a habit of taking over Merry, but it's a wonderful jam packed post with lots of inspirational creating and it sounds like you have had a really lovely family time as well.

    B x

  4. Fabulous cards and projects You have made Merry. The tea cosy's look great. maybe you will win next year.. I hope your cold gets better..Loz

  5. well you have been busy, I've loved looking at all your makes and then had to lie down as I was exhausted by everything you've been up to. Love the 17th bling card you did for friends daughter take care Lesley x

  6. Love all the cards -the bling card is especially pretty - I tried to make the button card mine was a disaster.good to know you are well and keeping very busy.

  7. You have been busy in more ways than one. All those tea cosies! so many talented people. I love the 17th card, very fresh and modern.

  8. Glad to see your post! Love the cards with bling and the mouse tea cozy. Lucky you, it's almost spring!

  9. I've been looking over in your direction on my blog every time I pop in and wondering what you are doing. Glad to see your post and the tea cozies are so cute! I even like your pom-pom ones. I'm getting ready to do an online doodling course by Stephanie Ackerman. I've never have done an online course before, so we shall see how I do. We ran to a hobby store and Walmart looking for supplies. Had forgotten how much school supplies are and so glad I didn't have to get much! Take care!

    1. Thanks for passing by. The doodling course sounds really fun. I hope it goes well for you, I have never done an online course either so would be interesting. Well my sniffles turned into a full blown cold that I struggled at work with mainly because my offsider came down with a cold at the same time and she end up with a chest a infection. Mine thankfully didn't go that far. Then our families world was turned upside down on the Saturday as Mum had a heart attack, the ambulance was called at the right time. Mum now has two stents due to a blood clot and returned home yesterday Tuesday. Amazing that you can be literally on deaths door and then the following day look and sound as if nothing has happened. Medical staff have been amazing. My sister is up looking after Mum and Dad. So life may go back to normal now. Take care and enjoy your course.

  10. loved seeing your cards Merry, especially the ones with bling :)

  11. Hi Merry, you have been very busy with all that you have had on! I am like you and have my fingers in so many pies that I don't have alot of time to share what I have been up to on my blog! LOVE the cards with the texture/materials - really adds something special to the cards (I am a very tactile person with a lovely stash of materials that I adore!). How lovely to have fresh fruit from your garden! We grow vegetables: tomatoes, lettuce and lots of different herbs. I make my own salad dressing using the herbs and it tastes so much better than bought dressing. Love the tea cosies esp. the one with the mice: how ADORABLE! I too have been madly getting out into the garden as I don't do much over Winter because it's too cold!

    Will catch up with you again soon - and thanks for supporting my blog with your lovely comments over the years - it means so much :-)

    Jocelyn xo

    1. Thanks Jocelyn for visiting. I will have to try making our own dressing, I make mayo fresh and it does taste so much better. I am on holidays next week so hoping to catch up in blog land. Take care.

  12. Hope you Mum is making good progress after her surgery and you are now over your cold and feeling better - - all the best Lesley x

    1. Thanks Lesley, Mum is doing well and was able to drive again on the weekend. Thankfully, I am over my cold and luckily didn't get as bad as some. Now I am on two weeks holidays which I am so looking forward to. First three days I already have things organised. I have a load of mulch for the garden coming in about half an hour and that will keep me busy most mornings this week when it is coolest. After mulching today I am off to a high tea which I am excited about as I have never attended one before. Hope all is good on your side of the world. Thanks for visiting.


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