Do you have an image library full of pictures of haphazard shapes? I do. Hearts. I only just noticed that I do this. Someday I'll do something with them I'm sure.
Monday, 30 January 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Saturday, 28 January 2012
I have a whole box of them. Not as decorated as these, granted, but they're a quick way to make a greeting. I had these two ready-made. Don't know about you but I hardly ever put tags on gifts. May as well get 'em stuck on a card instead.
From this, sitting unloved in a box:
To this, sitting on a friend's mantelpiece after a tough labour with little Milo:
And another one. Versatile, this tag malarkey:
Off to make some stuff this afternoon if I can finishing 'sorting' my craft table.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
'Pizza bag', otherwise known as Calzone.
Museums and historical hotspots were the order of the weekend - here you've got part of the ancient alter at Pergamon on Museum Island, a portrait of a Soviet soldier at the spot where Checkpoint Charlie used to stand before the Berlin wall came down, and the iconic 'We are the People' sign from 1989 in the Zeughaus Museum of German history. There's so much to see and do right at the centre. But the visit that made the biggest impression on me was by far our 20-minute trip out of town to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.
It was completely harrowing but so important to see. The bitter cold made it all the more poignant thinking of those poor souls working outdoors every day in nothing but the thinest cotton clothes, hardly fed, taken from their families and facing daily brutality. I still can't get my head around the scale of the violence or what went on there. The Jewish Memorial back in Berlin was where we headed afterwards for an artist's take on the claustrophobia, fear and disorientation of Jews at that time.
I recommend visiting most highly! A long weekend wasn't enough time to do everything we wanted to see but I'd like to go back in the summer and make the most of the parks, Potsdam and the outdoor museums too. I'd love to spend more time just wandering. I didn't see one crafty shop while I was there and you lot promised me I would on Twitter! Probably saved me quite a bit of cash...
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
...Much like the Little Book of Calm, only less philosophic and less likely to be swallowed by Bill Bailey in an episode of Black Books.These are my not-so-new favourite thing. I've made a few now and they're very neat birthday presents when you have no cash and a surplus of crafting supplies.
I got the idea from Celine Navarro. She clever. Quick run down of how you make these:
Gather your supplies. I resized a load of images of my dad to the same square format and printed a sheet of them off. Cut them out and decide on the size of your book.
Cut your paper pieces and fold. Make sure they're exactly the same size. Then stick each one, back side to front side, until they're stacked up as a book.
Then you'll need some wide sticky fabric. Mine is from the FabRips range at Studio Calico. Cut to size and stick to the spine. And there you have it! Easy peasy. Here are the insides - a little cheesey I'm afraid. You're only 56 once:
He said he'd treasure it. That's good enough for me :)
In other news, picture two won the Balance photo - thanks for your help!
Monday, 16 January 2012
But which one?
I'm thinking the second one, just because it looks like I'm about to start something... Need your help deciding though - the one with the most comments wins.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
I'm really enjoying my choice of word and the One Little Word class itself this year. This suits me better than Project Life for now. I need a better balance (God, I even used the word without meaning to!) and to sort my stress levels out so a monthly page or two is just right for me. It feels good to know I'm not taking on too much. I know the essence of PL is that it takes the stress out and it looks like a lot of fun, but I also know me! I know I would turn it into some monster that kept making demands of me. For this year at least, I'm happy to keep things ultra simple.
So to share then:
I just love that quote. That's what I want my life to be like.