Happy 2015!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, where did the time go?!?! Before you go on reading, I want to thank all of you who has been following my blog. It means a lot to me to know that somewhere out there somebody is reading, or skimming, through my posts. It makes me feel a bit sane thinking that I haven’t been talking to myself all these years ;) For those new to my blog and coming via the blog hop, welcome!! I hope we can get to know each othis this 2015! You can read a bit about me and if this blog is something to your liking, do feel free to follow me! You can see all my social media links on the right or later on this post!

A bit of reflection… Last year has been quite good to us. We were given time, health, laughter, friendship, adventure and many many fantastic memories. A few highlights from 2014 were:

Our trip to Malta. What a beautiful country with a lot of history and things to see and do!!! Loved every minute of our time there, even though it wasn’t as hot as we’d like it to be (we were just a bit greedy and wanted the temp to be mid 80s instead of love 70s :D). We rented an apartment in the middle of fantastic restaurants, public transport and shops and spent many hours just sitting around drinking and eating.

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A visit to see hubby’s family and a surprise stop at Disneyworld! The girls thought that was THE BEST week ever and they cannot wait to go back! Before Disneyworld, I was not a fan of amusement parks. But this trip changed me. We all loved being there and having a five-years-old who still truly believes in fairies and magic with you made the experience extra special. The experience was not cheap (although the military rates sure helped) and worth every penny!

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This was Jovie’s highlight. We saw these ladies at rope drop, this parade, the sing-a-long, and a fast pass personal meet and greet moment. You’d think those were enough but no, we had to come home with a few Elsas, Annas and an Olaf!

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2014 was a great year for M’s gymnastics. She won a few medals and acquired many new skills. She’s now training for UK level 4, more less USAG level 7, and looking forward to another great competition year! Jovie also started training last October and while loving it, we have no idea how far she’ll go. Stay tune on this one. It’s not due to lack of talent, she’s got plenty of it, but she’s one to change her mind just like that.

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We did a bit of traveling in England too. The oh so beautiful Cotswold.

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And maybe one of my most favorite town: Whitby. Just a gorgeous coastal town that inspired many authors, Bram Stoker being the most well known.

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Then the most fabulous craft fair that I have been lucky to be a part of: Sophie’s Christmas Fair. This year we made a bit over £3000 and all that money went into the Brain Tumour Charity. Besides organizing, a couple friends and I also made a few things and had our own stall. All profit went into the charity and one special craft friend, Amy Tsuruta, donated a big box of cards to sell also!!

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So that’s that. Our quite lovely 2014 and we look forward to what 2015 has in store!!

Anyhow, if you came here via the blog hop, I don’t have a giveaway for just one person to win. Instead, I have created these few bits of graphics images for you to use this coming Valentine’s day or for just because I love you day.  I hope you love what you see here and if you ever create something, please link up to me or message me. I’d love to see what you create!

IF you want to follow my blog and see what other freebies, tutorial, or just random European adventure that I may post, feel free to follow me via

And without further ado, here is the link to download the files.

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When printing, if images are going off the paper, just select something that more less says “fit image to paper” and that should do it. After printing, you can use the printables as is or you can do a bit of embellishing like my examples below. Have fun and thank you so so much for stopping by!! Next stop: Savannah O’Gwynn

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Complete hop list:

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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

https://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog

Lawn Fawn

http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com

Spellbinders Paper Arts

https://spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx

Reverse Confetti

www.reverseconfetti.com/blog

Clearsnap

blog.clearsnap.com

Ice Resin

iceresin.com/icequeen

My Favorite Things

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/

Technique Tuesday

http://techniquetuesday.typepad.com/

Paper Smooches

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

http://sweetnsassystamps.blogspot.com/

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Avocado Arts

www.avocadoarts.blogspot.com

A Jillian Vance Design

http://blog.ajillianvancedesign.com/

Latina Crafter

http://latinacrafter.blogspot.com

Die-Versions

http://www.die-versions.com

Unity Stamp Company

http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com

Splitcoast Stampers

www.splitcoaststampers.com

Verve Stamps

www.vervestamps.blogspot.com

Latisha Yoast

http://crafteebee.blogspot.com

AJ Otto

http://thewillowgarden.blogspot.com

Vera Yates

http://lingshappyplace.blogspot.com

Julia Stainton

www.juliastainton.com/blog

Judy Hayes

http://judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com

Kim Watson

http://kj-starre.blogspot.com/

Yana Smakula

http://www.zrobysama.com.ua/?lang=en

Chari Moss

www.mossymade.com

Taheerah Atchia

http://littlemisst-papercraft.blogspot.com/

Shemaine Smith

http://shemainesmith.blogspot.com

Emily Spahn

http://justem.typepad.com/

Kimberly Crawford

http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

Lee Murphy

http://www.luvleestamper.blogspot.com/

Lovely Linda

http://lovelylindascraftcentral.blogspot.com.au/

Laura Williams

http://www.lauralooloo.blogspot.com

Lori Tecler

http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com

Chaitali Narla

http://cutscropscreativity.com

Darsie Bruno

http://craftingwithdarsie.blogspot.com/

Lydia Fiedler

http://understandblue.blogspot.com/2014/12/one-last-gift-for-2014.html

Giovana Smith

http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/

Teri Anderson

http://terisplace.wordpress.com/

Beth Pingry

http://bethpingry.com

Dina Kowal

http://mamadinis.blogspot.com

Daniela Dobson

http://danieladobson.blogspot.com

Lisa Adametz

http://papergrace.com

Piali Biswas

http://touchofcreation.blogspot.com/

Kelli Green

http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Keri Lee Sereika

www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Jocelyn Olson

http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/

Julee Tilman

http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Michelle Woerner

http://stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com/

Lori McAree

http://smilingwhilestamping.blogspot.com/

Theresa Momber

http://craftingtheweb.blogspot.com

Anita Autore

http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com/

Melody Rupple

http://apapermelody.blogspot.com

Sean Fetterman

http://fettermandesigns.blogspot.com/

Bunny Vance

http://www.bunnyrunswithscissors.com/

Tricia Traxler

http://simplystamping.blogspot.com/

Lisa Arana

dahlhouse-designs.com

Lorena Cantó

http://paperella.typepad.com

Amy Tsuruta

http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com

Jodi Collins

www.stampingalatte.blogspot.com

Tenia Nelson

Http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com

Kelly Klapstein

www.kellycreates.ca

Jill Cornell

http://jillcornell.blogspot.com/

Emily Leiphart

http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.ca

Becky Williams

http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Margie Higuchi

http://www.margieh.blogspot.com/

Lee Ann Barrett

www.greytpapercrafts.blogspot.com

Lisa Hoel

http://creativejuicefreshsqueezed.blogspot.com/

Heather Campbell

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Lisa Henke

http://mylittlecreativeescape.blogspot.com

Sheri Holt

http://www.myshericards.blogspot.com

Michele Kovack

http://chelemom.blogspot.com

Ashley Harris

ashleyharris.typepad.com

Sharon Harnist

http://paperfections.typepad.com

Lori Craig

www.loricraig.com

Nicole Nowosad

www.justnicks.blogspot.com

Laurel Beard

www.laurelbeard.org

Michele Boyer

http://papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Christiana Reuling

http://christygetscrafty.blogspot.com/

Laurie Schmidlin

www.justgivemestamps.typepad.com

Jennifer Priest

Hydrangeahippo.com

Stacey Schafer

http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com

Heidi Blankenship

http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

Heather Pulvirenti

http://heatherpulvirenti.blogspot.com

Anita Madden

http://www.anitasdesigns.blogspot.com/

Gloria Stengel

http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

Sarah Gough

www.thinkingstamps.com

Rachel Kleinman

www.rwkrafts.com

Natalie Dever

www.dougnat.blogspot.com

Lorine Mason

www.lorinemason.com/blog

Loretta Lock

http://lovetocreate.blogspot.ca/

Meihsia Liu

http://meihsia.blogspot.com

Sarah Martina Parker

www.sarahmartina.com

Angeline Choo

http://scrappyscrappy.blogspot.com

Christine Emberson

hope-chances.blogspot.co.uk

Karen Hightower

http://karenscreativemess.blogspot.com

Sabrina Alery

www.sabrinaalery.com

Debbie Seyer

http://www.debbieseyer.com/my_weblog/

Dana Joy

http://www.gotjoycreations.blogspot.com

Cat Tidwell

http://catdidit.blogspot.com/

Deborah Saaranen

http://deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com

Ceal Pritchett

Simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com

Lisa Lara

http://lisaslifelines.blogspot.com/

Colleen Schaan

www.distinctivetouches.com

Anabelle O’Malley

www.anabelleom.blogspot.com

Megan Hoeppner

http://www.meganhoeppner.com/blog

Monika Davis

www.stampnmad.typepad.com

Marisa Ritzen

http://rosemary-reflections.blogspot.ca

Wanda Guess

http://www.ablogcalledwanda.com/a-blog-called-wanda/

Jenny Peterson

http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.ca

Annette Allen

http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com

Gracie Chavez

http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Christina Griffiths

http://flowersribbonsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

Niki G.

http://notjustgreetingshawaii.blogspot.com/

Kristi Schurr

http://kristispapercreations.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Ingle

http://justjingle.blogspot.com

Karolyn Loncon

http://www.karolyns-paperkraft.blogspot.com/

Camille Robinson

http://cammierobinson.blogspot.com

Lindsey M-P

http://bashfulblogging.blogspot.ca

Kathy Clement

http://www.kathybydesign.com

Maria Levine

http://riacreations.blogspot.com

Savitri Wilder <—– YOU ARE HERE!!

www.scrapbit.com

Savannah O’Gwynn

www.savannahland2.blogspot.com

Teresa Horner

www.victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com

Laurel Seabrook

http://want2scrap.blogspot.ca/

Libby Hickson

http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2014/12/seasons-givings-blog-hop.html

Yvonne Van de Grijp

www.phoebeez.blogspot.com

Alice Wertz

http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

Leigh Penner

www.leighpenner.blogspot.com

Lisa Lee

http://inchiearts.typepad.com/_

Tina McDonald

www.tinamcd-mysanity.blogspot.com

Nina Yang

Http://waffleflower.com/blog

Angel Johns

www.mywholestampinworld.com

 

Three Months Later…

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Oh my, it’s been three months since I last posted!! It’s so odd to look at my blog and I could still see the post from last January!! Coming from somebody who used to blog every day or at least a few times a week, this is just a bit odd.

Truth is, I’ve lost interest in papercrafting. My PL has only two pages and I think I can count with my two hands how many cards I’ve made this year. Don’t forget the zero scrapbook page! Yesterday I heard the news that 2Peas is closing and I think sometimes, one loses interest or just want to move on to something else.

I really wanted to get rid of all my craft good a week or so ago but hubby said to not do anything drastic. I still like to make things, and lately I’ve been really into making fabric goodies, but just not as much as I used to. I honestly think I can downsize and I won’t miss what I parted with as much. There are just so many other more interesting things out there that has taken up a lot of my time and energy.

Then this blog… I think the reason why I haven’t updated it is because I feel like I have to post something crafty or the 500-600 some people who has subscribed would be disappointed. BUT, I realized that it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want. If I lose some or even all, I’d be completely fine. Just like in real life, I really don’t give a crap if I am popular or not {*SMILES*}

SO, to all you subscribers out there, this may be a good time to clean up your feed because from this day on, I am going to just write about whatever. Maybe here and there, when the mojo and motivation comes, I’ll post a craft project but as of right now, I just want to write about our day-to-day stuff, travels, my crappy sewing/fabric project, recipes, money saving tips, tech/photography tips, etc. Random!

Hopefully this is what I need to spark my writing fire inside me and if not, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to this phase of my life too…

Photo note: Valletta - Malta, April 2014

 

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Blog Hop Winner

Hi all!! Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop and commenting!! I would also like to apologize for not announcing the winner sooner. My commenting system wasn’t displaying the numbers next to each comment and I didn’t trust myself to do the counting manually. So I had to figure that bit out first.

Also, just a little FYI, I am quite liking the Facebook Page. I can share inspiration, deals, photos, etc without feeling so short (like Twitter) and that for the most part, a lot of us uses Facebook and like to have info come into on media. SO, if you’re a Facebook fan, feel free to “like” the blog’s new home on Facebook.

Without further ado, the random.org winning number is….

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Which makes Pat H the winner!!

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Congrats, Pat!! Please message me your address using the contact me form or the email link above my page and I will get these goodies out to you! Until next time!

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Our AMAZING Craft Fair

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Last Sunday, a few friends and I welcomed 28 vendors and over 450 visitors to our Christmas fair. The fair was held in memories of a dear friend to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

This was the reason I went MIA on blog land.

The idea of the fair came up earlier in the year, but, for whatever reason (I forgot) it wasn’t until the end of October that we decided to go for it. With the (iron hand) leadership of my (OCD) friend (if you’re reading this, you know I love ya), we managed to pull everything together in about six weeks! We donated almost £2000 to the charity (that’s around $3,200) and couldn’t be happier!!

I didn’t sell anything (although after seeing all the stalls, I am tempted to do a stall of a hodge podge of things next year) but we all pitched in and made a few huge snowflakes and I made glue gun bunting.

You’re probably now oooohing and aaaahing about the snowflakes. That’s ok, everybody did! And wondering how it was made. Super easy! Watch this YouTube video and if you have all the supplies (paper, scissors, tape and staples), you’ll have a gigantic paper snowflake in 20 minutes time!

Oh, don’t forget the wine!!

Bunting details: All I did was cut fabric, adhere fabric to twine using a glue gun and I just estimated a 3-4″ distance between each banner. Total length? I don’t know. I just know I had about 21 banners per bunting. I honestly got lucky on the length. I didn’t measure the hall we were using. I just new I needed three of them. I also would have sewed instead of gluing if my machine wasn’t broken. I dunno, just left less crafty using the glue gun {*SMILES*}. A completely personal issue!

For the banner, I didn’t have an example to go by. I just freehand cut a triangle on a piece of paper for my patter. But if you need a place to start, you can download this banner template. My banner was about 6″ tall and 5″ wide.

I cut all the fabric first and after all the triangle’s cut, I fold the top (around half an inch) and trimmed the sides that were showing off the top edges. This way I won’t have to trim after the banner’s been glued to the twine. You can accidently cut the twine if you trim after gluing (or sewing).

The gluing was quick and easy. Banner on the bottom, back side of fabric facing me, line of glue, twine on top of it, another line on the fabric above the twine and fold over. Estimate a 3-4″ distance and do it over again.

I bought super cheap red stripe, red polka dots, and red gingham fabric and I just alternated between the three.

 I may have spent two hours creating the bunting. Not too bad!

So that’s that! Super easy, quick and festive decors for your home, classroom, office or a craft fair!

Below are some photos from the day.

Pretty aprons (and one is Jovie’s!) and other fabric goodies. Makes me REALLY want to learn how to sew!

 

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Handmade folding shopping bags! I LOVE the fabric!! The lady sold out though by the time I got a chance to shop!

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How adorable are these? My friend made these and she also made a cute fabric bunny that ALL the little girls wanted. Jovie has one. I shall photograph it sometimes soon!!

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And look who decided to stop by?!

Father Christmas was not at all planned! He just showed up that morning and asked if we needed him to stop by for the children later in the day. Of course we said YES!!

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Bye for now!

Been Ages

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Since the last post… well, maybe by weeks but, still feels like it’s been forever ago.

We’ve been having to much fun Jubilee-ing, traveling, reading and researching the era that the book was based on. My last read: The Book Thief. Such a good book!! Are you a reader and/or on Goodreads? If yes, add me. I am always looking for suggestions on what to read!

I have A Thousand Splendid Suns in my Kindle. Still just a few pages in. And I can’t wait to bury myself in it! Laters!

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