[D.I.Y. Inspiration] Pretty cool Advent Calendar projects to try!

It’s that time of the year where everyone is starting to get into the spirit of Christmas; looking out for perfect gifts and trying out lots of festive craft projects. I’ve a few crafty ideas brewing myself which I do hope to post on the blog in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a look at these rather unconventional but amazing, funky and ingenious d.i.y. advent calendars I stumbled upon on Pinterest, made by some very clever crafty clogs! (Now there’s a tongue-twister!) :D To check out their awesome tutorials, just click on the links below the images! :)

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 ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE  |  FOUR  |  FIVE  |  SIX  |  SEVEN  |  EIGHT

So, which one will you try making this weekend? Or have you any fabulous ideas of your own? Either way, happy crafting lovelies!!! xx

It’s not about the journey, but the destination.

BLOG_STRIP_anniversary-5_webWell it’s been a lovely couple of weeks celebrating some special milestones; our 1st wedding anniversary followed by my thirtieth birthday and for both occasions I’ve been rather overwhelmed by all the thoughtful gifts received from loved ones. So, I thought I’d do a little series on ‘gifts’ based on the ones received, starting with our 1st wedding anniversary, where traditionally gifts of ‘paper’ ranging from love letters to scrapbooks to vouchers (depending on how creative you are) are presented to each other. As you can imagine, I was delighted at the prospect of making something unique for my husband seeing as it had been a while since I did anything of that sort (I think Christmas or his birthday was the last time!) so in this blog post, I’ll give you a wee nosey at what I ended up making for him!  Oh and FYI, this is the first of his two presents I got him!  ;)

So – I knew I wanted to make a print of some kind. My husband loves collecting bespoke pieces of art so I decided I’d make something he could have framed that was not only symbolic of our relationship and marriage but also a piece of inspiration for all the years to come together…..come what may. Interestingly, I had come across a quote a couple of months ago which I had scribbled down (I do this a lot! Anything I find inspirational I just jot down) and I thought really summed what I was looking for: It’s not about the destination, but the journey. And how very apt! Apparently, there are several adaptations of this quote but Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet, is often credited for it. Anyway, seeing as we completed one wonderful (and eventful!) year together, it was important that we reminded ourselves that it’s the journey we embark together,irrespective of the final destination, that really matters…for the destination we cannot always foresee or have control over but as long as we’re in it together we’ll do just fine! :) So, with that in mind, I sketched out the words a few times until I was pleased at how they were positioned after which I patiently cut each letter out by hand to create a stencil. By this stage, I remembered the tandem bike and balloon design I had drawn up for the screen-printing workshop earlier in the year (which I had used to make my ‘You & Me’ t-shirts) and knew instantly that it would team up perfectly with this quote. A stencil of this was also cut out and once I was satisfied with how it all sat on the card stock I wanted to print on, I got stamping away using Versacraft black ink. for the quote and the tandem bike, and the red ink for the balloon. BLOG_STRIP_anniversary-1_webAnd this is how the final piece turned out! I did have another frame in mind for this piece but for now I had it placed in a spare Ikea RIBBA 42x52cm frame (fits A3 and oversized A3 prints) we had kicking about. So what do you think? I must say I was delighted I got the thumbs up from my man! :D Anyhoo….do stay tuned for more on the various gifts received! xxBLOG_STRIP_anniversary-3_web

(image credit: Made by Molu)