Tuesday, August 31, 2010

family photos

We have had some special events happen in our family last week and i thought i would share some photos.

First up it was T's book week parade at school and you all know we love our book week parades... actually we just love any excuse to dress up. This year Taylah went as Little Red Riding Hood

and secondly and the most exciting news we have had in a long long time .... my neice Jaime had her first baby... I am a "great" aunt .... he is so perfect. I am so proud of Jaime she had a 22hr labor and was just glowing afterwards so I introduce you all to ....

Blake David Millar
Born 7.25pm
6.13 pounds

his Great Grandpa put on the McAlpine tartan hat getting him used to his scottish heritage ☺

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Creative Place - The End

Well after six years in business A Creative place closed its doors for the very last time... it truly is the end of an era, I know I will miss all the ACP team and all of the wonderful customers i have had the pleasure of spending time with. I wish Sharon and her family all the very best and I am sure they will enjoy their quality time together.
for more photos just click on the link below.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Now Selling Hand Dyed Ribbon and Doilies

Well as i have an obsession with ribbons, doilies, bakers twine and all things pretty, i thought it was time to take the plunge and start selling some of my products that i have sourced.
I have started with a few sets, right here on my blog just look to the right.
My ribbons and doilies are all hand dyed by me and are for craft purposes only as i have used scrapbooking dyes. As all items are hand dyed there are variations in all items, so if you are after something perfectly coloured my products are not for you. Sometimes as they are drying the wind will blow the items together and you do get a bit of colour crossing, i will keep the ones they go crazy for myself as i do like the effect, but if it is just a touch of extra colour i will leave it in the set.

Please if you have any questions about my products email me at countryblessings@bigpond.com before purchasing as i do not want anyone disappointed with their products.
I will be listing my items on Etsy just as soon as i get organised with more items, but for now i thought i would test the waters by offering my blog followers first dibs ☺

happy creating and shopping

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sweet Treats

here is a new book that i am thinking i have to have...
It is from the people who bring you Frankie Magazine
Sweet Treats

Sweet tooths rejoice! Our new recipe book is packed with all sorts of deliciousness including honeycomb, toffee apples, candy hearts and mint patty delights (to name a few).
If you liked Afternoon Tea, you’re going to love Sweet Treats. A must for anyone who ever lined up excitedly in the tuckshop line or rushed to a cake stall at the school fete.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

halloween goodness

look at all the halloween goodness that arrived in my post box today.... gotta love care packages from the US  and you all know how much i love anything Martha, as for Graphic 45... Alice in Wonderland and Halloween together how perfect ♥

now to start creating... i also got a 7gypsies photo tray - yayyy

PS - My friend Anna is selling her handmade severed fingers on eBay so if you would like some for your special day just click here - you know the ones i used for Ashleigh's invitations last year ☺

Friday, August 6, 2010

a birthday card for a special girl

this is the card i made for Taylah's BFF  who is celebrating her 10th Birthday today - Happy Birthday Georgie from all of us.

Products used
one my hand dyed doilies | seam binding ribbon | maya rd trinket pin | bo bunny a gift of love patterned paper | stampin up vintage label stamp & punch | kaisercraft bling

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Birthday Card & Post It Matchbook

as we had some male birthdays happening last week i whipped up this card (actually i made three just changing the bingo marker to the correct age) and post it note matchbook using up some scraps from the scrap bag


Monday, August 2, 2010

Christmas Cards and Gift Box Set

now that my class at the ACP Claytons Retreat is over i can share with you my class samples...
Thank you to all the ladies who took my class for a fun class, i hope you all make many more gift boxes and cards.
We made the gift box and six cards. These are a fabulous gift idea, not just for Christmas cards but for any occasion.

Products used
Kaisercraft Dear Santa Stamps | Karen Foster Patterned Papers | Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, winterwonderland set, polka dots, seeing dots | Maya Road Mists Garnet and Latte, Trinket Pins | Nestabilities long scallop rectangle |  Seam Binding Ribbon | Satin Ribbon | Jute | Tea Dyed Muslin| Sinamay

Christmas Decor - banner

ok so here is my Christmas Banner which i made at the ACP crop over the weekend .... it is created using Maya Road chipboard triangle banners and Kaisercraft Belle papers . I have basically copies my Halloween Banner and have used Maya Mist on my paper doilies to give that vintage look.

Products used ...
Kasiercraft Bella Collection 6x6 Paper Pad | Making Memories St Nick Embellishments, Glitter Chipboard Letters, Snowflake Brads, Mini Safety Pins, Metal Plaque  | Maya Road Chipboard Triangle Banner Books, Avocado Mist, Trinket Pins | Bakers Twine | Seam Binding Ribbon | Satin Ribbon | Paper Doilies | Brilliance Graphite Black Ink Pad | Glitter | Vintage Bingo Number | Vintage Crocheted Doily


Christmas Decor - tags

I have decided this year we will have a vintage Christmas and so have started making some things to hang up around the house...starting with this group of tags, i got the inspiration from Melissa Phillips i find her work so inspiring, i just love checking her blog to see what amazing things she has created.

Now mine is a little different and i couldn't for the life of me find my wire hangers so i popped it on a piece of wooden dowel  until i find my wire hangers, which i know i have a stash of ☺

Products used
Making Memories St Nick Paper and Embellishments |Maya Road Chipboard Bird and Mists, Trinket Bead | Kaisercraft Dear Santa Stamps | Bakers Twine | Seam Binding | Manilla Tags | Paper Doily | Walnut Ink | Lace | Adirondack Espresso Ink Pad.