Saturday, 26 September 2009

Card StorageTote

No excuses for slackness, just accept I am bad!

In my absence I did design a little card storage tote, my colleague Claire and I were throwing some ideas together for a Stamp Camp, she mentioned some sort of card storage, we had some cardboard album covers and then inspiration hit me. I rushed off to make a prototype, made loads of mistakes some fortuitous, other most definitely not. I showed Claire, she loved it, went off and made one and I made another photographing every step so I could produce a finished tutorial.

It took me hours and hours and fine adjustments have been ongoing but I think perhaps now it is safe for the general public!

OK well my prototype is the one that is on the front of the Tutorial, it is the brown spotty one. If you get the tutorial you'll see that various things are off centre etc, these have since been corrected!!!

This is my second attempt and further fine tuning has occurred since then too, in fact this little tote now has corner embellishments!

My mum also had a go at making one and here is her fantastic effort.

Claire and I held one class together and yesterday I had two ladies for the day and they made one each. they all looked so gorgeous, I will have to share the pictures when they are sent to me!

So what does the tote do? It is for organising birthday anniversary cards. You can make the card in advance, list the special date on the calendar index card and check it periodically to see whose special date is coming up and send them the card you have already made. you could make all your cards for the year in the month of January as your New year Resolution! It is also the perfect gift for the person who is disorganised!

I will definitely be using mine as despite making a lot of cards no one in my family ever receives one, at least not on time, as I always forget!

The tote will hold C6 cards, a pen and there is even a pocket for stamps - how cute! It will take envelopes too, but they will stick out the top unless you fold them in half.

If you would like to have a go at making this little tote you can purchase full instructions with step-by-step photos and diagrams, plus a calendar template for just $8.50 (Aus).

I have move the Buy it Now button to this page

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

How slack have I been?!

Well this has to be a record in my bad blogging! It has been a difficult few weeks on many fronts! The good news is Pepper the puppy is better, she spent a few days in the vets on a drip, they decided she didn't have parvovirus and things began to improve. After a few days at home though the upset tummy reappeared although fortunately no blood present! I stopped her from swimming in the sea for a few weeks, fed both dogs chicken and rice for a week - boy they loved that and things seem on track again!

A couple of weeks back we had just got in doors, it was a windy day and as I put the shopping bags on the kitchen bench this huge gust of wind came. It was so Strong it actually picked up our huge, heavy BBQ and threw it across the garden and then roof tiles fell from the sky and smashed all over the place. I was standing in the kitchen with the kids looking at the back garden in shock, I then looked into the front garden, saw the boys soccer boots had blown across the lawn, went out to retrieve them only to see my car, tiles had blown off the roof at the front as well and landed on my car, the whole front end was dented and scratched the windshield was obliterated, tiles were smashed all over the drive and those that hit the lawn were deeply embedded. I felt physically sick because literally moments before that gust came the kids and I were taking shopping bags out of the car. Even now I feel positively ill when I think what could have been, if one of those tiles had hit us we would be dead, if you saw the damage they did to the car there is no way you would survive it if it hit your head or chest, if a tile had hit an adult's limb the tile would have smashed the limb for sure.

The damage to the roof was so extensive and as it was still very windy not much could be done that evening to fix it, even temporarily. The insurance company sent out a plasterer to make good (A plaster for goodness sake?!). Needless to say at 2am we were woken to water pouring in through the light fittings , window frames etc. A call to the insurance company stated nothing could be done until 8.30am when the hire shop opened to so they could hire some tarpaulins! Well excuse me, next time we have an emergency we will ensure it is in shop opening hours - grrr! As it turned out the dmage was just to huge for even tarpaulins to be used, some new tiles were purchased and jsut slotted in place until the job could be done properly.

Needless to say the last few weeks have involved coordinating the repairs. I haven;'t slept much as it has been so windy and I can hear the tiles miving on the roof! The carpet blower has caused the carpet to stretch so now we have to have the carpet refitted, that is happening this morning, I hope it is done well! The roof was properly repaired on Monday, just some pointing work to do, (I hope that means I can sleep better now!), the decorators arrive on Thursday to repaint the water damage, the BBQ and sun shades are being repaired/replaced on Thursday along with teh last of the insulation batons, the car is mostly repaired, just waiting for the sunroof to be looked at and some new trim to arrive for the inside where it was damaged by all the glass. It is a relief to see everything coming good, just my personal life that needs work but that is a whole other story!!!

I haven't had too much time for crafting as you can imagine, we are in the second week of the school holidays, the older boys took part in a four day sailing camp which they absolutely adored, they were naturals!!! then we headed up the East Coast for a few days although I came down with a hideous cold so it was not as fun as it should have been! My cold is drying up now but I am left with all the gunk which I am desperately trying to clear as I can feel it working down towards my chest and I really don't want a chest infection on top of everything else! This week I have been catching up on jobs around the house and I even tidied my craft area yesterday so I can get started on some projects!

So please do forgive me for being a Bad Blogger, I do have a good excuse!