Thursday, 26 November 2009

Thank you cards (+ tutorial)

Thankyou cards

I've been meaning to post this for a while!
Coincidently, its Thanksgiving! Thank you... Thanksgiving.. HA!
I don't really understand that much about Thanksgiving traditions, i don't know if you give cards?
I just don't know!


WHAT I DO KNOW... is that i had the most amazing birthday ever, and have a lot to be thankful for in terms of fun times and amazing gifts.

I have to admit, i have NEVER sent Thank You cards before. Some people do it after every birthday and Christmas, but i am not one of these people!


It's not that I'm an ungrateful bi-hatch, it's just i have a lotta family, and never get around to it!

Actually... maybe i am a bi-hatch.



This year, however, i am a fully fledged 21 year old swan.

Time to grow up and get posting!



There are so many down sides to buying cards in my eyes.. they are so over-priced, unimaginative, impersonal and usually wet and crap.


On the other hand, i LOVE receiving any kind of card. They're quick, simple, avoid hassle and generally look the part.
It's obviously another 'DIY' complex I'm harbouring.



I'm going to make some similar Christmas cards using my* stampy method. I love it's effect, it's not always precise, so each card is a little bit different - personalisation SOLVED!



So, i leave you with this, my tutorial.



It is so simple a gerbil could work it out..

but if you somehow still manage to get stuck (perhaps we are soul mates?), then just ask.

You won't get stuck.



LOVE LOVE LOVE
xxx


(*I learnt to print in playschool using potatoes.. hehe)





thankyou cards

Mini Tutorial
  • Cut yourself some equal rectangles, out of thin cardboard (the size you want the cards - duh), fold each in half, put to one side.
  • From a sheet of soft foam (the kind found in a kids craft aisle), cut out 9 shapes (of your choice) of similar sizes (but not identical), I chose HEARTS!
  • Similarly, cut out the letters that spell out your message.
  • On two separate pieces of thick cardboard-box-type-cardboard (cut to the size of your cards), arrange and stick down (with double sided sticky tape, or good glue - not pritt stick) your shapes on one, and letters on the other.
  • WARNING - make sure that you stick the letters/words down back to front... think about it logically!
  • Trim closely to the boarder of your stampies, in order to make STAMPING easier!
  • Paint your shape Stampy with whatever paint you like (i used acrylic because it showed up best on my black card- but ink or even watercolour will work on lighter coloured card)
  • STAMP your shape Stampy on the card, go on... STAMP! You will need to re-paint they stampy after each stamp!
  • Leave to Dry!
  • Repeat with your wordy Stampy, but in a different colour!
  • Leave to dry again!
  • For the centre of your card, stick a smaller square of white, or contrasting paper down to write your message - i also cut mine out with a wavvy cutter for added cuteness.
LAZY TIP - Use tin foil instead of a palette for paint, and save on washing up! WOO





Saturday, 21 November 2009

OUTFIT + MOUSTACHE

wear me
SHOES - OFFICE, TSHIRT - TOPSHOP, TROUSERS - UNKNOWN, CARDIGAN - H&M, NECKLACES (if you can see them) - UNKNOWN.

This is what i wore yesterday.
Taken 5 minutes after i was supposed to be at uni, on my dada's swish SLR. (I want one so much now!)

I hate taking these sorts of photos, the generic:

"Oh, what's that on the floor?"
and
"Is someone calling me from the other room?"

expressions are all i can muster without cringing myself to death..

If i could draw, i would totally do a Gemma Correll and post on her amaze flickr group.

moustache
COAT - NEXT (I think), KILLER MOUSTACHE - GOOD GENES.

The coat was a birthday present from my sister.

I might start a collection of coats..
and become the ultimate coat lady of many colours (with lots of bags and cats).

Like Joseph but sexier with multiple coats and less musical.

In cold weather (which is 90% of the year in my world) i never take my coat off anyway.. so it makes sense?

Does anyone have any ideas to kick start my plan?


LOVE
xx

Thursday, 19 November 2009

YUM

I really don't intend this to become some sort of food blog, i promise. However, i love making food. In fact, I love food full stop.

I finished some overdue uni work, and decided to treat myself to a day of festivities and cooking.

Yes, festivities.

If you ask me: November is the heavy petting before the foreplay of December, followed by the climax that is Christmas.

If you like Christmas, start now and make it last longer!
If Lee would let me, my Christmas tree would have gone up by now.

Autumn, Winter and Christmas make me want to cook loads of really gluttonous things to stuff everybody's faces with (especially my own).

For example,

Chestnut soup with bacon crumble:




chestnut soup


PEEL, CHOP, FRY, STIR, SIMMER, EAT, YUM.



chestnut soup

Done. I ate this on my lap with a glass of milk. Two days consecutively.


Second item on to-do list:
Can you guess what it is?


finished ingredients


It reminds me of the guy who lives on my fridge:

obesity monster


He would totally chow down on a slice of my...


fyum

OH YEAH.

I certainly did, as did my Monsieur, in front of (you guessed it) the X files.
We are on series 5, and until we complete series 9, and both films, my life is officially on hold.


rocky road


Does anyone want to come over for dinner?
I have so much to spare.. and our freezer is full!

What kinda stuff do you indulge in at this time of year?

LLOOOVVEEE
xxx



Monday, 2 November 2009

Change!

Isn't change a bitch. It happens so fast.
So many things have changed since I last blogged (which was sometime in the stone age).



Numero Uno:

Nathan left the Brownies. We’ve been a fivesome for five years of our young lives, and being a foursome will take a long time to get used to!
Wrapping our heads around it has been hard, but to ease the blow we have Paul ‘the legend’ Dewbery standing in with us until we find a permanent replacement.



Number TWO!


I am a radio presenter. Yes indeed. I have tried and dabbled with it on occasions this year, and it has turned into something more permanent.
I co-present on BBC Radio Norfolk for their Introducing show, which airs on Friday nights from 7pm till 8pm!

Tune in, or listen back at any time by clicking on the icon on the left hand side of this blog, to hear the sounds that make the music scene in the East of England so amazing.



Drei Drei Drei:

My hair is a shade or 5 darker than last time, and I am addicted to Wii Fit. The latter, I assume, can only be a good thing.




Wow. I’m running dry on my changes list already. Perhaps not that much has actually changed.. which is weird, because life feels a world away from what it was a month ago! I love it.




I also have 101 different little projects simultaneously being completed at present.. and it will be my job to document these on my precious little bloggy-woggy.

Starting with this:
crop top. Draft.

Whats that?
You don’t know what it is?
Um.. are you stupid?
Can you not see?…
Actually.. ok it’s understandable. It was an experiment.

It came straight from out of my head, through my fingers, and into a pair of knitting needles as thick as a dog’s leg.
I call it: Stage one of a knitted crop top.
Once tweaked and completed, it will be made out of a much lighter, more indulgent 100% pure silk yarn. It will be part of a sexy, lighter-than-a-feather-brushing-past-you-in-a-cool-breeze underwear set.
Note that I use the term ‘Underwear’ loosely here, as the set will offer no support to any part of one’s body whatsoever. Perhaps it is better described as an enticing house-wear ensemble or perhaps as the pawn in a tease game with your lover?

All I know, is that it will feel as though angels are licking your skin... and that is all that matters to me.



By the by, the looker in the picture is my new BFF, and my pride and joy, Ursula.
She was a birthday gift from my mama and papa.
Unlike most dress forms, Ursula has a crotch, and can wear panties.

You go girl.




IN OTHER NEWS:
YEAH




So, until next time (which will be much sooner than the gaping hole that has been the time between now and my last post).



LOVE LOVE LOVE
xxxxx