Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crazy Cute

Sharing another recent layout today, this is one I made to document Lucy and her BFFs relationship, those girls adore one another and are inseparable and I just love to watch that friendship grow. They have been friends since they were both 2/3 at day care and are lucky enough to be in the same class at school together. I took this picture walking behind them to school one morning, I just laughed when I saw they were holding hands ha ha.

I really look forward to seeing them grow up together.


I have had a busy morning today starting with a yoga class, then heading to other side of town to drop a box of goodies off at the hospice after our garage clear out on Sunday. Then had an eye wax, then the garden center to buy a few Swan plants for miss Lucy to watch her butterflies grow. Then I went and treated myself to an electric sander to help when doing my furniture, it will sure make the job faster. 

My Week in the life kit arrived yesterday and I have to say it is lovely, the whole colour scheme is really me at the minute so it is just perfect. 


I have an hour to kill before heading to get Lucy and taking her to dance class, so I plan on getting the album and kit ready to prepare for next week. I just read this post by Ali Edwards and it was really helpful so I have the bug to get it started now. I plan on just putting the cards in the album and sorting out the page protectors in the order I plan to use them in, using the template on her blog.

I also just got in the mail today the September Oh Deer Me kit by Freckled Fawn and I definitely see bits of that going in the album for sure, mainly that book worm frame. 



Anyway I better go get started as it will be time for Lucy before I know it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Odd Shoes Fun

Sharing another recent layout today that I worked on using the May Citrus Twist kit and some Freckled Fawn embellishments, this layout was documenting a school tradition. Every year the kids are asked to wear odd shoes and hand in a gold coin donation, this goes to school fundraising or charity (can not remember which) and of course Miss Lucy always makes sure that I get my odd shoes on with her, and hey it is fun so why not??

This year we got our new converse out that we bought when in the USA, we have quite the family collection, but man they are a fraction of what we pay for them here in New Zealand, so why not stock up right!!


While I am here I will share last years layout, funny thing is when we were leaving Lucy said remember plasters mum in case you get blisters like last year. What a memory that girl has, last year was the first time wearing those shoes and man they hurt, bad heel blisters and lots of blood LOL.


I can not believe how similar those layouts are LOL and I only dug last years out when typing this post!!

Oh and while I am here I will share with you my new planner for 2015, it is from Websters Pages and DIVINE!!! I am really looking forward to Santa bringing me this :)

I have ordered the light teal, of course LOL.



I also ordered  another pack of dividers.


You can pre-order HERE and they shipping in December.

OK I have a house to clean, see you all later.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chalk painted bathroom unit

So if you read this post back HERE you will know today is the day I was going to chalk paint workshop and WOW I have to say I had an awesome day. First of all I arrived there as everyone else was getting there, one of the ladies is a friend of mine and the other 3 were ladies who signed up via the website. We sat as Kristina talked us through all of the techniques, paints, materials etc that she uses and recommends, this part was very informative and I feel I have learned a lot from her. Next we got all our pieces that we all chose to work on and got to work. She taught us how to mix the paint properly and how to get going depending on the finish we wanted in the piece. I was looking for an all over colour and not distressed so I got stuck in, as we worked Kristina walked about between us giving advice etc, which was really very helpful and helped us learn more.

Here is the unit before I painted it, it was disgusting but I liked the style and shape of it. At this stage I was happy just to use it as practice with, not looking it to be perfect for use in the house.


Here it is after the first coat, I painted inside of it too just to give it a fresh clean look when opening the door. We decided to keep the handle on as it was really old and too hard to take off. I actually like the handle now it is done and I am glad we kept it.


While we waited on our bits to dry we had a cuppa and a chat with each other, the girls there were so friendly and just so much fun to take a class with, we all gabbed and got on great. It really makes a difference to work with others for sure.

Here we all are hard at work.



I then gave it a second coat and then started sanding it down, as I was going for an all over colour I used the lightest sand paper so as not to distress it too much. I can not believe how smooth it came up, like really really smooth. I then waxed it and then when I got home I buffed it all down.


I then jumped in the car and went to a local garden centre to buy something for the top of it, I got this cool spiral plant that is perfect for bathroom conditions and this cute frame. It fits perfect in this little spot in our bathroom, I have been wanting something in this spot for ages, and I am so happy to finally have it filled. i grabbed this cute little shell that I bought a few weeks ago and it is dressed nicely.


I am so happy about how it turned out and now I think I may paint everything in the whole house LOL, no seriously I think I will ha ha. Here is a close up of the top of it and contents.


I am planning on just putting some rolled up towels etc in the inside and will share pictures when I get that done.

The total for this was $12 for the unit and $7.50 for the paint (the class included the chalk mix but for this amount of paint it would have been $2.50) not bad for a new item of furniture. 

Oh and look at this cool sign at Kristina's house, it is awesome and I want one!!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Serendipity


I  just wanted to share that my blog is finally completed, the girl who I bought the theme from had to tweak it a little for me as I could not get the navigation to work. I love how it looks, it is just so me. I wanted it to be fresh, clean and simple and of course I wanted teal in there too, and the typewriter font sealed the deal, it is perfect.

You can see her store HERE and I promise that it is super easy to install, this coming from a total non techy person, the instructions were super easy to follow.


The new name of my blog came about from last year when I was looking in to opening my own online store. I thought for ages over what to call it, sat over coffee/hot choc with a friend discussing lots of possibilities, but in my mind I wanted Serendipity, it really is my favourite word, and it is totally how I feel about scrap booking and so many other aspects of my life. When I decided to give my blog a make over, I thought I would give it a new name while I was at it and i love it and I hope you love it too :)

Oh and I even went as far as opening bank accounts and getting suppliers for my store but then decided against it, I decided to just have fun creating instead rather than getting bogged down in business, I will leave that for those that are good at it :)

While I am here I may as well share a layout huh!!

This one is a 12x12 and it must be the first I have done in this size for a LONG time. I took these pictures a few weeks ago on a walk and I had to put them to paper, how beautiful are the colours set against the bright blue sky.

I love the veneer pieces, and I love how they look inked, so so bright and pretty. For inking veneer, I always use my Prima chalk ink, I love how easy it is to use and the finish it gives. The lovely was in a veneer pack from Freckled Fawn, this may be my second pack of them LOL and I think the flowers were from there too. The rest was the May kit from Citrus Twist.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My desk

A few people have been asking recently how they store embellishments so I thought I would do a quick post now to show how I share mine.
This is how my desk looks, the main working space anyway (I have 3 desks)


The little bowls are from Anthro and super handy, I love them so much. In them I keep all my veneer, flair, paper clips, cabochons etc.


I then use a little egg holder to keep bits from kits I am working from.


And the washi tape goes on this awesome holder a friends husband made for me, I keep kits in this paper holder a friend sent me from Australia and I like to keep anything like enamel dots etc hanging up handy.



I need to take pictures again as it no longer looks like this, I have my mists and paints stored differently and also my whole space has moved around, but thought this would give an idea.