Garlands and Banners for Valentine.

I’ve been working on some Valentine’s stuff. First off are some banners or garlands, which ever you may call it. I have 2 listed in my shop already to ship.According to Wikipedia, a garland is a decorative wreath or cord, used at festive occasions, which can be hung round a person's neck, or on inanimate objects like Christmas trees . A banner is a flag or other piece of cloth bearing a symbol, logo, slogan or other message.

First there is my trendy and stylish Pink Hearts Valentine Garland/Banner

This banner is just perfect to celebrate your love on Valentines and versatile enough to be used at an engagement, wedding or anniversary party. Made from quality 180gsm card. Each of the hearts themselves are approx 9cm/3.5 inches high and 10cm/4 inches wide. The banner is approx. 2m or 6.5 feet wide and has 40cm/15 inches ribbon ties on each side for easy hanging.  The hearts are all hand cut and interlocked.

The second one offered is my Pink Valentine Garland which is just perfect. It is approx. 2.6m or 8' 6" long or rather wide and the scalloped ovals being approx 4 inches wide. The ovals can be slid closer or further apart as desired for your spacing.
The message on these ovals are "Love", "Be Mine" and "Valentine.

The ovals were cut on my Cuttlebug and the hearts were hand cut before being embossed. The word labels are computer generated.
Aren't these just great for announcing to the world your message this Valentine's Day. These are available in my Zibbet shop

Ladybug ladybug, fly away home

For the second part of my blog entry today, I wanted to introduce you to my ladybugs or ladybirds depending on where you live.

Engine Red Ladybirds in 2 sizes Card Candy

 I don't know anyone who doesn't love ladybugs. They are just great for many different themed pages, invitations, parties etc. Who says they have to be Fire Engine Red. I have made them in many different colours and sizes.I am even thinking of making them in a patterned paper... too many ideas... so little time.

Candy Pink Ladybugs set of 4
Magenta ladybugs set of 4

If you are interested in any of these adorable ladybugs then just click on the photo or go to my Zibbet shop to see what else is around.

Getting back in the groove

I have a number of paper craft embellishments available that will spark YOUR creativity!! These paper trees have a simple, clean line. I am making some more varieties of the Scrapbooking embellishments that I introduced into my Zibbet Shop. Now that Christmas is over and the kids are all back in their own homes and back at work, I need to knuckle down and get back into a routine. I love how some people are organized and structured in their daily lives and as such can get a lot accomplished. Each new year (or new week even LOL), I intend to be more organized and I am to a fair degree, but I am also a creature of impulse and flexibility.

The organized routine of doing the washing on this day and the ironing on this day etc is well and good and maybe even my ideal but I know I am an all or nothing type of gal. For example, I love gardening, but you don't see me in the garden on a regular basis. It frequently gets left until the weeds are a foot high and then I spend one or 2 full days going crazy on it and I love it too.

The same goes for my housework and probably most areas of my life. I am a great beliver in making a list. I tend to review my list daily and I rarely get frustrated that that I never reach the end of my list. It is a growing, living creature that alters frequently during each's main purpose is to help me to stay focused and even if I end up spending too many hours cruising the internet or reading the latest novel, at least I know where to start and move along from there. Life happens and I want to grab it with both hands especially if it involves other people. House work will wait, circumstances and people can't always wait. I have found that as long as my house is not a health hazard then, it is OK to let it go a bit. I always catch up sooner rather than later. I am relaxed enough to know that if it doesn' happen today or even this week, it is not the end of the world.

The new year is full of hope

Christmas has come and gone. It is easy to get carried away with all the Carols, extended family gatherings, visitors, Summer weather and the beach, holidays, etc.  and forget that the true meaning of Christmas is this is when God chose to send His Son to earth.  Now that is gone, it is time to make a fresh start on a new year. I love a new year. The old is gone along with any heartaches, mistakes and disappointments if there are any and the new is full of promise and hope. Without hope we have nothing worth striving for. I have a firm belief that God has the course of my life in his hands. This gives me the confidence to go forth in this world, to make plans, to reach out in love and to try to encourage others to have the same hope.

Busy Bees Card Candy
Dancing Dragonflies

Ice cream cones

On a personal level there is one thing I want to strive to be with God's help, that will impact all around me. I also want to expand my online shop to include other product lines. The first of these being the introduction of Scrapbooking Embellishments also known as Card Candy. These embellishments could also be used in card making, tag art, bookmarks, aceo's, gift bags, altered projects and various other crafts, in addition to various themed scrapbook pages on holidays/spring/summer/picnic etc... . Some have textures embossed in the card, others the tint of colored edges adding dimensions, some may be accessorized with bling, lace or other media. Mmost are hand cut and thus are one of a kind. Any one of these are just perfect for your projects.

Whoot Owls #2

Blue Mountains Forest paper Trees

Old Fashoin Ice cream sundae
I also love Mondays and greeting the dawn of each new day. They are all symbolic of the opportunity of a fresh new start.So lets go forth and see what this week and this new year has to offer. If you love to look at more of my Scrapbooking Embellishments, then go here to my Zibbet Shop Inkspirational Designs.  I love to custom make and designs for you too, so just send me an email and we'll see what I can do for you.

Happy New Year

I have had a lovely break over Christmas. Our son and his family come down a few weeks before Christmas and we also blessed to have the baptism of his second daughter whilst here. Below you will see Ezzy Jean in her 61 year old baptism gown that was handmade & embroidered by her great grandmother -  a treasured family heirloom. Ezzy's Groot Oma passed away just 5 weeks earlier and we all missed her, especially over the Christmas celebrations.

We were also grateful in having time to spend with all the family, extended included, in various family activities, parties etc. The Dutch foods mentioned in the earlier blog went down really well as did all the party foods.

One of the food tables

Edible Poinsettia flowers with chocolate truffle centres

Reindeer cake pops

Mini Mars Bar Christmas Trees

Cup Cakes

 The food was a labour of love and I enjoyed it all. I hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family too. My heart goes out for those who had a difficult time remembering friends and family who may not have been there for what ever reason.