Thursday 24 January 2013

Threaded Valentine Tins

My first Valentines project...finally!

I saw this pierced and threaded project on Pinterest and tracked it down to Recyclart. So cute - I loved the concept and decided to give it a go.

First off, in my excitement to complete these tins, I forgot to photograph the last few steps. Sorry ....

What you need:
A Tin (I like the pull tab lids, it keeps the edges neat and safer)
A hammer and screwdriver,
Paint, thread or twine and a large needle.

What to do:
1. Fill the tin with cold water and set in the freezer - this will help keep the shape of the tin.
2. Once the water is frozen, draw your heart onto the tin - I used a sharpie.
3. Carefully turn the tin on its side on a level surface and using the hammer and screwdriver - make the holes.
Alternatively and possibly a lot easier would be to use a drill. (I however have no drill capabilities so...)
4. Dry the tin out and paint. I painted the inside of the heart just for fun. 
5. I like the distressed look - so I gently sanded in places  
6. Thread the needle and "sew" the heart shape. I ended off with a little bow.  

Adorable, don't you think?

 These cute tins would look awesome in the craft room with pencils or paintbrushes stored in them

I love how my candles fit so perfectly they have become my candle holders for now!

Take care everyone,


Partying at these great parties too...

Saturday 19 January 2013

Jewelry Display Holder

Hey Everyone,

Guess I what I finally made? Yup something to hang my jewelry bits up on!!

Last year I bought this old bedside table off Trade Me for a dollar and we converted the table part in to a Little Kitchen Island.
I took the door off and kept it for this very project.

So, I painted it white, then turquoise and distressed it.
Then I screwed in a few spare screws, to hold bracelets and necklaces...

 Applied white card rub-ons (love them!!) 
Added a few painted wooden embellishments, and a wire running along the middle to hang earrings or necklaces on.

I used 3M command strips to secure the door to the wall and there you have it! 
Cute, recycled and functional!
And with some of my items displayed!
 I am really enjoying having all my necklaces hanging up for me to see and choose from. And I like that it matches my room decor!

Take care everyone,



Sunday 13 January 2013

Memories of My Mother - A Charm Bracelet

As some of you know I am part of the Bead Soup Cafe Facebook group and last year when a loved member of the group passed away, a Memories and Thanks Blog Hop was announced and is being hosted by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.
 I wanted to take part and honour my mom who passed away very suddenly in January of 2004, this week marks 9 years without her. 

My dad died when I was 16 so my mother became a single mom of 2 teenagers overnight.
Along with losing her own parents the year before,she had to learn to drive, get a job and take care of us on her own. She raised us well and she saw us grow up, get married and move very far away..

She was and still is my hero.
I had an amazing charm bracelet that my hubby gave me and added to over the years, the one stipulation was that each charm meant something to both of us. Unfortunately the same year that I lost my mom, we had a burglary and all my jewelry was stolen. I never did replace my bracelet, so what better way to honour my mom than a charm bracelet.

I had a few mismatched earrings left from the burglary that have been sitting in my jewelry box and I knew they would be great on a bracelet. And I filled the spaces with beads of her favourite colours.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and I can add a few more charms or beads as I come across ones that remind me of her.

 A few months after I lost my mom, one of her friend's sent me this poem and it has always meant a lot to me. 

Its perfect....

The tide recedes, but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth
still lingers on the land.
The music stops, yet echoes on
in sweet, soulful refrains.
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.
--Author Unknown

Take care everyone,




Thursday 10 January 2013

Family Sign

I have to admit to you all that I'm in a bit of a creative fog right now. 
I'm just taking it slow and hoping inspiration hits real soon.

I made this cute little sign a while ago now, so thought I would show you how!

I think I got the Family sign at Spotlight with a voucher. 

Firstly I painted the wood a charcoal colour, then the turquoise over it. I distressed it so that a fair bit of the charcoal showed through. Then using card rub-ons I added some detail to the sign.

I love card rub-ons they are so versatile and add to the overall look of the finished item.

To add some protection to the sign, I gave it a few coats of varnish.

So cute - it looks right at home on the shelf 

Take care everyone,



Thursday 3 January 2013

The Story of a Girl and Her Arm

We had a magical Christmas day....full of fun, gifts and food...
After dinner I called tidy up time and the kids started carrying their new toys to the bedroom chatting to each other. We heard a huge crash and Gabe shouting   "Are you okay?" to Payton. 
She had tripped over a small toy box that had NOT been put away and landed on her forearm while carrying her dolls.
Then we heard crying and by the time I got up from playing with Maclayne, she came through holding her arm.
Not screaming in pain, but white as a sheet and again we just knew.....

She complained a wee bit in the car that I was going over bumps too quickly, and she had a cry at the Accident & Emergency because the doctor was taking too long to see us and she wanted to go home... ("please Mum, I wont complain if you go too fast over bumps, I just want to go home")
The nurse gave her a sling, some pain relief and an ice pack to tide her over. Then the doctor saw her and declared that it couldn't be broken as she "wasn't in visible distress". When he touched her arm she just said "Ow" really quietly.

I basically had to insist that I thought her arm was broken and the doctor relented saying it was my $50 if I wanted them to call the radiologist in, on a holiday!!!!

So as you can see...... hmmm!!! Broken !!!

Because the bone was kinda sticking up (not straight) we had to go to Starship Children's Hospital so that her bones could be manipulated straight...

She thought it was awesome having chocolate flavoured laughing gas!!!! 
Check out my seriously brave little girl (see Maclayne in the background, sleeping through the whole thing)

We then had another X-ray and it was a wait in the wheelchair - so much fun!!!

However the manipulation didn't work!
We were sent home and told to come into hospital the next day to be admitted. Payton had to have a manual manipulation under general anesthetic using a live x-ray stream. I never slept and it was an early morning rise for all of us.

Initially she waited very patiently with her arm in a raised sling....
Then not so patiently, so we made the most of the indoor playground !!!
 10 hours later my baby went into theater, I was allowed to go in with her and hold her hand while she went to sleep. She was so brave and not scared at all. Her mama? Yup I was a sobbing mess..... 

She did so well and the procedure was a success. We stayed in over night and were allowed home around lunch time the next day.

Here she is the day after we got out of Starship!!! My child is so darn tough! And stoic!
 We go back to the Hospital tomorrow for the first follow up of many, and I'm hoping that all is still well with the break and it hasn't moved! Whatever happens though, all will work out and Payton's arm will be fine...

But can we be done with broken bones already??? Please?

Take care everyone,