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Something Different but Special

Hello everyone.

Today I am here to share with you something different because it was created on a medium I don’t usually work with. But special because I was creating it for a very special friend of mine.

This is Carole and she is a wonderful and talented artist who has decided to break out and sell her items and also do paint and sip classes. Carole mentioned that she would be needing an apron for her classes and I was prompted by God to make her a special one just for her. I wasn’t sure what to put onto her apron; several ideas came and went but then I was asked by Carole to follow her art Facebook page called – Be Bold and Create. Then I knew, these were the words to use because they would suit all of her creative pursuits.

Now I don’t usually work on fabric but I do work on canvases so I was brave and went ahead with my creation. To make the lettering so that the words were bold and I didn’t have to cut them out by hand. I used my Cricut machine to cut some letters out of vinyl then I placed them onto the apron and rubbed over them really thoroughly to make sure they wouldn’t move. During some of my craft space cleaning, I found some fabric markers and this is what I used to make the colourful background. All I knew was that I should make it bright and colourful because that is Carole’s personality so I just kept on adding colour until all the letters were surrounded. I carefully peeled each of the letters off and then following the directions on the marker packet I heat set the design with my iron.

Carole was really touched by this handmade gift and the reasons behind it all. I wanted her to have something with her as she bravely goes forward with this new chapter in her life. As I believe this new adventure of hers is going to lead her to many new places and she will be able to connect with many new people while sharing her incredible talent.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at this different post of mine. But I wanted to share this project (after I got Carole’s permission) as it is definitely something different for me.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

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Cards and Yarn

Hello everyone, today is day 6 of the Catch the Bug: Holiday Critter Chaos Challenge. And this time around its a colour challenge. And I just loved the combo that they chose.


This photo below made me so happy for a few different reasons. The colour combo is purple – which I LOVE!!. The photo is of yarn and when I am not making cards you can usually find me playing with yarn. I buy yarn from stores but I also spin my own as well. My card photo features a half spun bobbin of purple shaded yarn which I haven’t completed yet.

Bugaboo Holiday Critter Chaos Challenge Day 6 – Colour Challenge.

For my card, I used some bauble stamps from my collection and stamped them over the background in colours which were as close as I could get to the challenge colours. The polar bear with his scarf was coloured in with my copics. I was able to add the mustard yellow here as I didn’t have ink in this colour. I fussy cut the image but going closer near his hands and feet so that he could sit nearer to the sentiment sticker.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my Day 6 Critter card. Before you depart I would like to leave you with this last thought for the post.

Image result for prayer for rainPLEASE PRAY for rain not only for our farmers but to help out our firefighters.
Australia is Burning this Christmas in more ways than one.

Until my next post,
Something has to give.
❤ Tracy

Cards and Craft, Fiber Crafts

Baby Wrap for Friends

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Hello Everyone. I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not just a card maker. Well today I am sharing photos of the Baby Wrap that I crocheted and the card that I made as well.

This was made for Matt and Amy some wonderful friends of my family who are expecting their first child – a baby girl – in Nov/Dec of this year.

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A close up of the wrap

It is made from a Variegated Cotton yarn for the main body of the wrap and a White Cotton Yarn for the edging. As this baby is going to be born at the beginning of our Australian Summer I wanted it to be useful both now and when it gets cooler.  The wrap is approximately 90cm squared and all done in Double Crochet stitch using a 5mm hook.

And this is also the card that I made for the baby shower.

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I printed the background with a sentiment that has always been a favourite of mine. And I used an adorable elephant image from My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants Stamp set and coloured him in with my Copic markers.

I had such fun making both of these. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

Elephant Quote Poster / Print for Baby's by silentlyscreaming

This is so true. A bond between Mother and Child is a powerful one. I am lucky to be called Mum by two wonderful humans. They will always be and will always have my love.

Have a Happy Crafty Wonderful Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

PS If your still lucky to have your Mum around give her a call! She will love hearing from you. This is the one thing that I did more often with my own Mum especially since we live so far apart from each other.

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Star Christmas

Hello Everyone,
Today I used one of my favourite ways to get my crafting on … I looked up a sketch blog to see if anything inspired me to make a card and one of them did!  This sketch comes from one of my go to sketch blogs Sketch Saturday and this is their sketch #508. I decided to make a Christmas Card because I have fallen behind with the amount of cards that I need to finish by the beginning of December.

This is what I came up with following the sketch
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And this is the sketch as posted on the blog. This time around I didn’t do anything to the sketch itself.

I was able to use up more of my “Paper From Christmases Past”.  These ones are from Kasiercraft “Twig and Berries” paper pack.  The darn cute Chester Monkey image is still available from (here) Little Miss Muffet Stamps and its Star Chester. I coloured him up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. This time around I didn’t use my Zest-It to smooth out the image; I wanted to take advantage of the roughness of the paper to give some texture to the image.  I also used my Distress Ink to colour around the image before affixing it to the card front.

It was fun getting back behind my desk and not having my toes hurting while doing it.  So I may be able to get some more card crafting in.  But I have been doing other crafts like my Spinning.
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This is a photo of me spinning on my Ashford Joy Spinning Wheel.  This wheel is very portable as you can see I am spinning while my family and I were out for the day.  I find spinning a very calming activity to do and I get to create yarn that I can then crochet or weave with.  At present I am using some of my own homespun to crochet up a scarf.  I will share a photo of this when I complete it.

As always Thank You for stopping by and looking at my project today. And before you leave I wish to leave you with this last thought
Count Your Blessings...Little Church Mouse 2015.
I know that I am guilty of this one. Many times when I am in the midst of something (not even heartache) I forget about all the blessings that God has already bestowed upon me.  I am going to try harder to remember my blessings more than my circumstances.

I wish for you a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day,
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Toe Update and What I’ve Done

Hello Everyone,
Well my imposed time away from my blogging and card making has been so much longer than any of us thought it would be. I went to the fracture clinic in February and was told that my toes were not set properly and that I would have to have surgery to fix it.  Well that happened nearly 6 weeks ago now and it didn’t work.  So I have been released from the horrid Moon Boot and am now learning how to walk again.  Don’t get me started on the Physio side of things!! But it’s not going to be a short road back.

BUT I am slowly getting back into things but I am getting into more of my usual activities.  The biggest achievement has actually been being able to drive again!!!  My Wonderful Hubby has been doing all of the driving since I broke my toes – which has included getting our Son to and from school each day.

Some lessons that I have learned over this time of forced rest

  • not to be afraid to ask for help from others. I have had to ask for various things but I still find this hard even now.  I was bought up as a very independent person, this can be both a strength and a flaw.
  • being more thankful for the little things – this actually comes from the above lesson – being able to have a shower by yourself, being able to walk long distances without having to rely on a wheelchair, being able to drive and go where I wanted to go without having to have someone take you
  • that I am more thankful for being able to do some craft – this was my sanity saver – I have been crocheting and colouring so much.
  • Don’t take anything that you enjoy for granted – you never know what could change it!!

I have also had quite a bit of alone time which I have spent reading my bible and journaling.  Oh I would have been so lost without the use of my hands and eyes.  My walk with God has deepened but also my story has been influencing others – who would have thought!! I have been surprised by the people who have told me that this journey of mine and how I have been dealing with everything has influenced them and their journey.  The journey with my foot has only been a small part of my health and life journey – this part of my journey started in August 2016! Some big stuff and some little stuff – a couple of illnesses, a couple of surgeries, death of a parent, changes in schools for DS and 2 broken toes. There is more ahead of me before I get to the end of this journey/season.  I believe that this time will end because God has promised that we will walk through seasons of life and never be in this season for ever.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Just as we have Summer, Autumn/Fall, Winter and Spring.  So my time will come to walk out of this season.  I never thought that I would write this but I am glad that I have had to walk this path. My walk with God is stronger and I feel stronger for what may be ahead of me.

And here is a photo of 1 of the projects that I have completed so far
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I made this as a Random Act of Kindness project.  I didn’t know who this was going to go to when I began this scarf I just loved the yarn and I chose to make it just using just Double Crochet stitch.  When I started it I was praying while I crocheted the stitches and then as I came close to finishing the piece I was guided to whom it was to be given too.

I gave it to the lady that it was intended to be given too and she was quite touched by it.  She told me that she had been having quite a hard time with things happening in her world. Then to have someone make something “Just Because” they could was quite wonderful and helped her think that yes she could get through what was happening in her world.

Thanks for stopping by.  I truly hope to be on here more often now sharing all different kinds of crafts with you not just card making.  And as always I have to leave you with a thought for the day:
12 hilariously clever Christian Memes
My Super Hero – Jesus, the Son of my God.

I will definitely not be trying to do this life without Jesus beside me.  I am human and I will not always be perfect about this but I know how to come back to where I should be.

Have a Happy, Crafty, Thoughtful Kind of Day
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