Sunday, July 31, 2011

having some fun on a sunny day

Today the sky was a steady blue and the sun filled me with a glorious warm feeling. 
I decided to take advantage of it and make some re-useable price labels for my little sales table.
First I glued several sheets of paper together, 
then I painted them with some walnut ink.

And then it was outside in the sun to dry.
There was only one problem....

It was called Buddy :)

More on the price labels soon, gotta get back to my problem......

Carole :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

sewing for the mini market

There's a mini market happening at work next week for anyone who makes things or is into a craft of some sort. Not sure how successful it will be, but I decided it would be my first foray into the world of selling my work in a face-to-face situation. 

I should imagine it will be quite different to selling online, and I'm not the best at promoting myself or my work, which is why I like selling online. I can list it and leave it. I think in a market situation I need to actively sell my work. Not sure how that's going to pan out.

Not sure about it at all.

Anyway, I've been sewing to get enough stock to make a table look pretty, and have finished another quilt in lovely pastels.
And I made a table dressing with the scraps from my last quilt.

I've still got one more quilt to finish.
I'll keep you posted!

Carole :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Some things to be thankful for...

crispy white grass

lots of firewood in the shed

a hint of spring

a glimpse of sun now and again

a splash of unexpected colour

and a happy Shelby

It's fun looking for the unexpected.
What are you thankful for today?

Keep safe and well,
Carole :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stitching on a sunny day

Not long until August and my new online class.
It will be a small (ish) wall hanging and I'm really excited about it as it's
getting closer to being finished.

It's got a little bit of everything in it.

It will be a little bit more involved than the journal class, but just as much fun.
Hope you'll be able to join me.

Hope you have the bestest weekend :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Making hay while the sun shines.....

..... actually I won't be making hay, but this sunshine, the first we've seen in a number of days, will be great to dry my teabags out. (even tho it is a little weak)

If you think you might like to take my next online class, you're gonna need teabags.

Better start collecting now!

Hope the sun's shining on you too,
Carole :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

card making on a wintery day

I can't believe that a whole week has passed by. I don't know where the time is going and I don't seem to be creating much at the moment.I'm blaming the weather. I feel like snuggling under a quilt on the sofa, in front of the fire with a good romance novel.

I am working my way through the class sample which is progressing nicely. Hopefully I will be able to show you soon.

This weekend I have been making loads of new greeting cards for a mini market I am going to sell at. It will be the first time that I stand and sell my artwork, am a bit nervous about the prospect, but I am telling myself it will be a great experience.

Here are some pics from my day sewing....


I think I'm suffering from the winter blues. It's cold and miserable and wet and grey. And I'm not feeling the least bit creative.
Perhaps those of you living where the sun is shining brightly will send me some heat and sunshine?

I'll be back when I feel the vibes! LOL
Hope you are having fun this weekend!

Carole :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

How I lost Mr Madness on the mini break....

 Lake Taupo looking south across the lake towards the mountains

Back home safe and sound and refreshed after a fabulous mini break.

We arrived in Taupo, 3 hours drive from home, on Saturday afternoon and checked into our cabin at the De Bretts Thermal Spa Resort and  immediately went for a lovely long laze in the hottest pool we could find. The temperature was 37 degrees Celsius.

Mr Madness came with me for the first swim, but decided he wanted to watch the rugby on tv later in the evening so I went on my own and stayed until they closed at 9.30pm.

Here's the campground with the row of little cabins early this morning. The over night air temps dropped to -5 and the car was covered in ice. It was lovely and toasty warm in our cabin, but do you know what I really wanted to do?
Go for another soak in the hot mineral pools!
Mr Madness came with me. It was freezing!

A glimpse of the outdoor pools through the trees... There are a number of pools all at different temps.

Here's the hottest outdoor pool, it is kept between 37 and 40 but this morning it was 41.5. Bliss! There
were only a hand full of people using the pools at 8.30 in the morning, the best time to go. We decided to try the private pools, they were 40.

This one will do nicely....

Too hot to sit under this chap!
And then Mr Madness lowered himself into the steaming hot mineral water....

And I lost him! He was in there somewhere!
Only one thing to do,
Go in and find him!!
Can you see him in the steam?

I think we need to shift to Taupo! Absolutely relaxing! So after feeling blissed out we headed home again.

Then coming home today, the sky was the prettiest blue and there was snow on all the ranges and mountains.
And then around the corner.....

There she was, Mount Ruapehu looking charming and glorious dressed all in white.

Here's to a lovely week, and to my friends who are celebrating on the 4th July -have a great day!

Carole :))

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Bridget Jones mini break!!

(photo taken from 'The Road to my House' class sample)

How exciting! 
Tomorrow, (which is Saturday here in New Zealand), my handsome Mr Madness and I are going to jump in our wee motor and have a wee mini break!

A road trip in the country!

What are you doing this weekend? 

See you soon,

Carole :))