Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Long Time...

Well hello there blogging world! It's been a while... I could list the excuses but I won't bore you, I'm just going to jump straight back into sharing my creations.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard of this project called the 100 Days Project. The whole aim is to pick one creative thing, and do it for 100 days straight. Between work, study and life, I haven't had much chance to get creative lately (there's those excuses!) and I've been feeling like the only time I step into my craft space is to make a quick card as we're rushing out the door to a birthday, wedding etc etc.

I also have a ridiculous amount of stash built up and I'm determined to clear it out. I have a large CTMH organiser taking up a whole cube in my expedit and it's full of "old" paper pads. I think I listed them all about two years ago and said I'd aim to make as many cards as I could from them, and then either ditch or donate the leftovers if they were worth it. In fact, I think I've promised them to a friend who runs a kindergarten.

My 100 Days Project is to make a card each day for 100 days. It starts today (August 24th) and goes through to December 1st. I'm planning on using the first 60 or so days to use up my stash, and then the last month I'll dedicate it to making Christmas cards so I'm not making last minute ones on Christmas Eve (or not giving cards at all - last year's problem!). You can follow along with my progress each day (hopefully!) on the website, and then I will aim to update my blog once a week with a montage.

Most of my cards will be sentiment free as that was another idea I had. I seem to have a huge stash of "thinking of you" cards but no "birthday" cards. And if it wasn't for the sentiment, the card would be perfect for either occasion. So I've decided to build up my stash with sentiment free cards, and just leave a piece of paper to stamp a sentiment on at the last minute when the card is needed.

To get you started, and to prove I still know how to create, here's today's card...

Materials Used: Kaisercraft Candy Lane Collection: 6" Paper Pad and chipboard embellishments; Kaisercraft Cardstock (Bubblegum), rectangle card base, black sharpie.

I've also been getting back into the pocket page scrapbooking. It's a bit sad really, but I haven't documented any of the last 2 years - our engagement, wedding, new house, honeymoon, married life etc etc. My last page is April 2014. I guess when we got engaged in June 2014, the wedding planning and house hunting took over and the crafting fell to the wayside. But I am trying to get back into it and thought I'd start with our honeymoon to Hawaii in August 2015.

I've set myself a bit of a plan and am slowly working through it. I ummed and ahhed for a while about what size to do (6" x 8", 6" x 12", 12" x 12"...). I decided the 6x8 seemed too small, especially for memorabilia, and the 6x12 seemed to inaccessible here in Australia. So I've gone with a 12x12. For now, I think I'm going to stick them in the back of the (not yet made) engagement and wedding album, but one day, I might move them to a travel album. Who cares really, as long as it's done and documented somewhere!

I've sorted through all the memorabilia and now I'm in the process of planning out the albums in a rough sense. I want to get an idea of which photos I'll print at 4x6 and 3x4, and if I'm going to crop any smaller or make collages etc. So that's where I'm at now.




I've also begun learning how to use my fuse tool and am having fun making little pockets for pamphlets etc with that.



And I'm being such a risk taker, cutting up memorabilia to fit into various pocket pages...



So that's where I'm at right now with my crafting. As I said before, I'll try and check in each week and update you on my 100 Days Project, and I look forward to sharing a bit more of my Hawaii album when I start getting photos in there.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Currently 20.07.15

TIME: 12:14pm
PLACE: our couch, under a blanket

FEELING: sick
WEARING: pyjamas
HATING: sick days!
READING: quite a bit... spent all weekend curled up on the couch. Just finished Still at Birth by Caroline Sugden and highly recommend it to all my midwife friends (not the pregnant ones though!)
DRINKING: honey and lemon tea
EATING: soup mostly
LISTENING TO: pandora
PLANNING: wedding thank you cards

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Hawaii! 19 days to go!
ENJOYING: looking at our professional wedding photos - just got them back last week

MAIN GOAL: to get better before tomorrow's shift!

What are you currently doing?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Apple and Rhubarb Crumble


I'm not going to lie, I've always been a bit of a fan of apple crumble. Especially the crumble part! I'm still working on various ways to make the crumble, but I made this one recently and I was quite happy with how it turned out.


Ingredients:
  • 3 apples - I use the green ones if I have them
  • 4 stalks rhubarb
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 100g butter, diced but kept chilled
  • 1/2 cup GF plain flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius.
2. Roughly chop the apples and rhubarb. I don't peel the apples, but you can if you like. You can also do the apples in slices if you prefer. I like the messy look!
3. Place in baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Place chilled butter in a bowl, and rub together with the flour and almond meal. This can take a bit of work but it's worth it in the end. I add the brown sugar last and then just rub it together a bit more.
5. Sprinkle crumble over apples and rhubarb.
6. Bake uncovered in over for 15-20 minutes or until crumble appears crunchy and apples are soft.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Currently 30.06.15

TIME: 08:58am
PLACE: our dining room table



FEELING: a bit sleepy and needing this coffee!
WEARING: pyjamas and a warm jumper
LOVING: quiet mornings at home alone before a late shift
READING: not much unfortunately, but I did borrow a bunch from the library so will hopefully find time to pick one up soon!
DRINKING: the aforementioned coffee ;)
EATING: apple and rhubarb crumble, made last night
LISTENING TO: the heater
PLANNING: our honeymoon!
BUYING: my first nutrimetics order - I just signed up as a consultant
LOOKING FORWARD TO: our honeymoon!! ;)
CREATING: also not much, but am settling in to my new space (post to come!)
NEEDING TO FINISH: my work appraisal
MAIN GOAL: booking a holiday and getting back into the craft space!

What are you currently doing?