"You can't perfect anything you havn't Started"



I Love being able to think in pictures and enjoy making stuff but theres a flip side to this personality type - which is being a "perfectionist".

  I got this idea a week ago about making some collages or paintings based on the seasons. I started with a flurry and then fizzed out just as abruptly.  See in the past I've often had ideas that have sat in my head for ages, purhaps staying there. But once a friend of mine said something which I found simple yet profound "You can't perfect anything you havn't started".

So this random piece of advice often comes to mind when I'm procrastinating on an idea, imagining how it will turn out without having even touched the materials. 

Because in reality i've found while sometimes you make something and it's brilliant the first time but more often that not you have a few duds before you stumble upon a really neat idea or something that really works.

Like my idea with seasons, I'm not quite there with it, its still all a bit cliche, but i'll keep playing and dreaming and you never know where I'll get,
but at least I've started! :)

The most georgous of all


At mums group recently we were supposed to make these earing holders using frames but I got as far as putting some paint on mine (not really into earings). But better yet I found this georgous illustration within a story of Thumbelina I have and decided it was perfect for the frame instead. LOVE the colours ( I have a scanner so, scaned then printed after changing the contrast etc, but you could just as easy take it into a printer to get colour copied, and enlarged or srunk)

The easiest way to put some lovley pictures up in your house or kids room, straight out of story books - and what better way to recycle old frames with a sratch of paint or use as they are.

I want to put this one in Babys room eventually :) And it's given me the idea for how a whole lot of them together would be neat of all sorts of illustrations....I'm going to keep an eye out for lovly frames from op-shops from now on...

Finding treasure



Once you get married it can be so easy to forget or just not make the effort to keep finding out the desires of our spouses heart, even with our friends - we can feel like we know everything about them so we stop probing and asking questions. Recently my husband made me dinner and he had a whole bunch of questions he'd jotted on post it notes that he asked me over dinner and desert; from the silly to personal. But it was really neat, it felt like those first dates where you just ask each other heaps of questions trying to find things in common and figure out who this new person is. And how often do we really just listen to someones heart?(he let me ask him some questions too :)
 So if its somthing you think you'd like to try here are some questions that I found in the "LOVe Dare" book which might get you started :) or give you some better ideas for questions....

You never know what treasures you'll find....

Question Ideas

~ What is your greatest dream or hope?
~ What do you enjoy about your life right now?
~ What do you enjoy the least about your life right now?
~ What would your dream job be if you could do anything and get paid for it?
~ What are some things you've always wanted to do but havnt had the opportunity yet?
~ What three things would you like to do before the end of the year?
~ If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
~ When was the last time you felt filled with joy?
~ If you had to give away a million dollars, who would you give it to?
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~ What are three things that I do that you really like?
~ What are three things that I do that drive you crazy?
~ What have I done in the past that made you feel loved?
~ What have I dont that made you feel unappreciated?
~ What are three things that I can work on?
~ Of the following things, what would make you feel most loved?
       - Having your body massaged for an hour.
       - Sitting and talking over a cuppa about your favourite subject.
       - Having help around the house or doing odd jobs for an afternoon.
       - Recieving a really nice gift.
       - Hearing encouragment about all the things I appreciate about you.
~ What words would you like to hear from me more often?
~ What would you like your life to look like five years from now?
~ What is the next major decision that you think God would want us to make as a couple?

Mothers and Fathers Day x o


I made one of these for my Dad a couple Father's Days back. Somehow Home made presents for these occasions just seem more fitting than store bought stuff.

I dont know about you, but when I think of all that my parents have done for me over the years, it all seems to blurr together. Some things like holiday traditions and holidays jump out.  Or those special memories that at the time were extra grand to our little eyes.  But when it comes down to it, its all the "little things done in love" that make our parents the people they are to us now.  I'm in awe of my parents since becoming a mum, and I've just got one! How did they manage with the 4 of us girls!!

Isnt it funny how I dont think you can really understand Mothers or Fathers Day untill it comes around and you find yourself at the recieving end.

Thanks Mum and Dad x o x o

Season's

"Blossoms are like the curtains being drawn back before a glorious performance..." x c
Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to splash some paint around or get in your car and drive to a day spa for the day. Just anything really to break up the fact that the house is a mess and its not going to go anywhere unless you move it. Your kids sick and wont stop grizzling even after all the cuddles your giving out, or you just want to feel normal and unmotherly like.... well having one of those days... :)

"Can you see my little parachute sailing away?"
But its alright cause I've had my morning run, been to the doc with the little one and got the nappies, pamol and coffee (yes on days like these it feels like a big treat!) on the way home.
Its sunny out and a really beautiful day, and while i cant think of anything to paint or make, I can take a few photos to get me out in the sun :) but above all that, Im so thankful to know my heavenly father is here with me and whispering little creative ideas to brighten up my day. 
 So no matter what season you feel like your day is falling into - enjoy the present season with all its little surprises along the way...

"The snow is melting and a Spring is here to stay"

Love pulls together


"Like a plam tree facing the greatist of winds,
it does not stand up straight and tall
 but gracfully bends in the wind.
It does not fight against the wind but joins it.
And as a reward it becomes stronger,
 and it is as though, both are pulling togther..."

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"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness." James 3:17-18

Love notebooks


These are a collection of pages from the notebook that I keep. I love sitting down with a cup of coffee, my bible, a few magazines, my felts and a glue stick. What I love is that everyday something different comes together... and a different side of the heart is revealed...


















Love Buttons!

Recently at our Kiwi Mums group in Oxford, we were set the challange, of paint, canvas, buttons galore and craft glue! they had some ideas printed out of trees with buttons on them etc. But I got a bit of a mind blank with the tree idea, so i went for ballons instead :) this is soo easy and fun you really must try, as the possibilities are endless!
This took me 2 sessions to do it in. The first one, I painted the base coat (background) and then lightly drawed the bird in pencil and painted that and postioned the balloons. Originally I had also penciled in the balloon strings but I found this was tricky when I went to use felts to colour them with as it was a little restricting. Next time I'd just do the strings first then glue down the buttons last at the ends...


"Dont despise the day of small beginnings..."

Hoops

I love how you can change the fabrics so easy with these and there are endless ways to position them. I use double sided tape on the inside hoop to fasten the fabric to the back.  I used a silk scarf in the bottom one, rather than cutting it I folded it all behind, using tape to secure, I like the way it puffs out the front more than the straight fabric... the bird is from my wall stickers set...

By using command strips on the wall it saves all those pin holes from wrong positioning...

I'm always keeping an eye out for more hoops at op-shops as they are hard to come by...

Removable Wall Stickers

 I love these ones that I found - I had tried to put them on the wall but with a real cold snap they would come down - but they work perfect on the fridge.  Its actually 3 stickers but I put them together to make one design. If you put them on the wall you definatly need to wipe the wall first and let dry as i think this was my first mistake.

I found these feather coushions for $3 in a second hand shop! and made my first covers - so simple! A bit rough for a first go, just measured how much would need to wrap around coushin and left extra fabric for where the two ends meet. I will probably add some buttons to finish it off not for function but for detail...

love

Dont you think its funny how we set such high expectations for those we live with and yet often let ourselves live by another - i was reading recently that Love is allowing people to be human, that means letting them make mistakes... What a great challenge especially towards our husbands and children - and maybe even ourselves... in the way we react when something does happen.. 

Making a house a home

Recently I found myself looking around the new space we would call home. Light walls and plenty of sun - what a dream!
I wouldnt say I'm very original but I dont mind giving things a go. So I tried my hand at tissue paper pom poms for my son Titus's room - he squealed with delight at the sight! fun fun. Next I put up bunting I had made before he was born (thankyou command strips) and your token hot air balloon lantern which I dont think is quite right but will do for now and removable wall stickers in matte (both from $2+ shop).  I'm just getting started but it just makes you realise you dont have to use lots of money to put some colour up round the place.