Saturday, September 18, 2010

Patches and more

Less than a week until the end of summer holidays and the beginning of a new scholastic year. The new school I'll be working at is just a 5 minute walk away from home, so I'm super thrilled about spending a few extra minutes idling in bed.

It's been a very busy time, (just the way I like it) between shopping around for home furnishings and back to school preparations. Amid all this, I cram some happy crafting time usually in the early mornings or late nights in preparation for the third edition of Patches - the Special Market. After having missed the first two editions due to exams and being away, I made up my mind to give it a shot this time.

My sister and I are teaming up to share a stall. I'm posting some pictures (by Bitsylot) of sample items.

 Just a taster of what I've been working on...

pretty gift boxes to fill with little chocs or jewellery

 This card is what I'm lately addicted to ... faux stitching, stamping and lovely warm hues.

Felt keychains by my sister, aka Bitsylot. You can view her profile here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I really hope you make it to Patches on Saturday 25th September in Valletta. The Patches team will be in St Christopher Street. 

See you there xxxxxxx

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sweet Tooth

I magically landed on a deliciously sweet blog. I browsed it for over an hour and I can't say there was any of the posts I didn't relish. Check it out! Epicute: The Cute Food Blog

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Cupcakes have never looked sweeter! (and probably never tasted sweeter either)

The pandas rate among the highest in cutielisciousness. Don't you agree?

Then if you've ever tried cutting down on sugar with your tea or coffee ... you should try these bunny sugar lumps. Would you have their blood on your tongue? :)

This is a rainbow cake I'm actually dying to eat. I'm tempted to try it but would never dare show you a picture of it because it wouldn't be half as decent as this. I've always loved food colouring and in this cake you're saved the trouble of choosing which colour to add.

Now for the rice. This is something which goes down well with the kiddies and all those who (like me) are not so fond of rice. Isn't this the cutest bento/lunch box ever? I'd have envied any kid carrying it to school ... and it's rather healthy, apart from the fried chicken.

Inspired by all this candy art, I set out on a papercraft version and produced these Cupcake cards :)

Recipe: Cardstock, Designer Paper, Sparkles, Ribbon, Buttons

Bye Bye! Come back later....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer Sale

Good afternoon everyone! I'm so excited to share with you my yummie purchases.

Last week I had a little accident which could have been not so little. I slid down the stairs on my back, by accident of course and not for sport. This has made me stay indoors and in bed more than I would like to, but of course there's always something to do. So I splashed out and pampered myself with super resources for my next crafting adventure.

Ice-cream flavoured paper

As always Elaine from Quixotic Paperie has the most tempting designer paper and I love everything in the shop. I'm also trying out her new favourite Viva Decor Range, which might start to replace the Sparkles I love so much.

Don't be fooled. I wasn't this good. This is only a minute fraction of what I bought, I just can't wait to show off the rest in finished products. 

Thanks for stopping by! :) Later

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer is here and I'm super glad it is! 

Below is a card I made for a new arrival in the family - gorgeous baby second cousin living in Canada. 

The cute giraffe is a digi image by Pink Petticoat. 

I coloured the image using chalks and of course dazzled it with Sparkles - my all-time favourite. (which I'm tempted to put on every single card), organza ribbon and faux stitching around the backing frame.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hi all!

Isn't this bag simply gorgeous??

I've just discovered this lovely blog called Shabby Home
Francesca is a creative genius! I adore shabby chic style and really want to decorate my future home in this fashion. It's cosy, fresh and relaxing. I love all the stuff on her blog! I've posted a picture of her pretty give away bag - I just hope I'm the lucky winner!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back on Track

I'm in a crafty mood - hurray my muse is back!!

I've been seriously bogged down with work and studies lately so haven't spent any time at all at my craft desk. This period of inactivity really takes its toll on my flow of ideas and I sometimes find myself playing around with card layouts and not settling on anything.

Now that my muse is back I've started hunting for new techniques and crafty adventures to try out...

I found a great tutorial and set out on making my very own spiral flowers. I really love how they turned out :)

I used the flowers on a wedding card and they look even more gorgeous in real life. I will upload the pictures of the card later on as I don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients. Keep coming :) xxx

Friday, May 21, 2010

Raw Ireland

My trip to Ireland in 2006 was beautiful in very many ways. It's a luggage-full of fond memories I have of my four month stay and the following photos are just some testimony...

This pond is in the grounds around Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. The different hues of green are the most beautiful thing in Ireland. I just can't help the way my eyes fix on them until I'm almost stumbling. I've always pretended trees had a personality and I find myself psycho-analysing them as they stand so strikingly different, looking at me with leafy faces. 


This is Bunratty Castle - a medieval fortress built in the 15th century. Very AWEsome. I guess 4 years down the line, I can afford to divulge a little secret ... Three friends and I had decided we wanted to visit the castle and grounds but were running slightly late, so we climbed over a rubble wall and into the grounds because we figured it would cost us less :) *trespassers*

This too is found in the grounds around Bunratty. The place is dotted with thatched roof cottages and tea parlours.  I'll post some more pictures of Ireland later on. 
In the meantime, Sl├ín agaibh!