Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Long time no post

Gee time seems to be running away from me.  I feel as though Christmas is creeping up on me & I’m not prepared.  I’ve starting organising Kris Kringles, and I need to begin making Teacher’s Pressies.  OMG It’ll be here before I know it! 


Anyway decided it was time for another post & didn’t have anything really exciting to say so I decided to join this meme:


The rules are: Answer the following on your blog and then let five other bloggers know that you have tagged them to complete the meme.


1. When did you start to create and make craft? 

I was lucky enough to have grandmothers who taught me many things:  cake decorating, sewing, embroidery, tapestry, latch hook rug making, oil & china painting among other things.  I was exposed to & enjoyed all these crafts at the ripe old age of 7


2. Why did you start creating?

I think it may have been the thrill of creating & making something with my Grandma’s – oh and because it’s fun.  Still is.


3. Why do you create?

Quite often it’s simply because I love the thrill of the process, starting with a pile of fabric, or a heap of papercraft items, or a blank canvas & my paint collection and then ending up with a creation.  

Sometimes the creations aren’t quite as wonderful as expected, but they’re still fund to make. Generally I enjoy learning how different mediums work. 

Other times I just fall in love with a design or something pops into my head as I’m going to sleep & I just need to make it.  


4. What do you create?

Well, it all depends on the day.  One day it’s all about Papercraft, the next jewellery, the next sewing & quilting, the next painting, all the above – the list goes on and on.  I don’t have any boundaries set & I create what makes me happy!

5. Has this changed since you began crafting?

As an adult I have a better budget & can buy better craft supplies

As a child (before I was old enough to participate in my Grandmothers crafts) I was mainly restricted to the use of some manilla paper, a blue ballpoint pen & some stickytape.  I can’t tell you how many different creations I made from these 3 things, but I recall quite fondly when I was 6, making a 3D Doll house, complete with paper dolls, tables and chairs etc. I was (and still am) pretty proud of that creation.

I am supposed to tag 5 people which I find really hard as most of the people I would have tagged have already been tagged - I am leaving this open for anyone to join in. (But please let me know you’re joining in by leaving a comment)  There is one person who I know hasn’t been tagged so I tag you Julie


Thanks look forward to your answers




PS If you are wondering about the stray full-stops, I tried repeatedly to put spaces between the paragraphs & for some reason they just wouldn't behave so I had to put full stops in.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Dancing with the Stars

My daughter has been dancing for many years now.   Yesterday the students from her Dancing School had their chance to strut their stuff in front of the judges.

She was pretty nervous but her hard work paid off & she received a Bronze Medal for Latin Dancing.  The dances she performed were the Samba, Cha Cha Cha & Jive.

To quote the judge she "looked beautiful".  I can't show you her dancing but here's a pic:


After I took this photo we went to the Awards Nite where all dancers perfomed an Honour Dance & received their Medals. The teenage class also performed a floorshow of Michael Jacksons Thriller which was sensational.

Love Corinna

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Didn't have that when I was a kid!

It's funny, you promise yourself you won't say things like this to your own children, but you do!

In this case I wish that when I was a child I went to a Spotlight Demo Nite where children can do "Make & Takes".  What a fab FREE nite out!

Last night we went along & my daughter spent 3 hours creating & making!  Her favourite project was this tree:



She also got to make several cards, a Disney Pixies notpad, play with the new Jewell Tones Foils, do some stamping, gluing, glittering, and then she received heaps of freebies as well.  What a lucky girl - she's even got her own Sculpy now!

She was tired this morning but it was all worth it!

I got to have fun too, seeing demos on lots of new products, trying out the Xyron design runner & watching Wet & Dry Felting techniques.  There were heaps of others but too many to name.

So watch out - hopefully you have a Spotlight nearby that planning a demo nite that you can go to.

Have a great day,


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Christmas is coming early at my house!

I love getting ready for Christmas.  For me the lead-up & preparations for the day are just as exciting as Christmas itself. 

Don't get me wrong - I can still get rather traumatised by the whole shopping for presents experience.  It all depends on the names I get for my Kris Kingles and how early I start shopping.  This year is looking rather good, however as of today's news it looks like I need to find something else for those kids who were going to get Bindeez!

Last year at the Kmart sales I picked up a heap of "Shabby Chic" Xmas decorations at bargain prices & I've been hanging out to see what the tree looks like with all my new ornaments!  You might think it's too early to put up the tree, but I've been waiting over 10 months!


The tree doesn't actually look as green in the picture & popping the lights on for a short time each night while we sit in the lounge really creates the atmosphere of Christmas - all my childhood memories of anticipation & excitment come flooding back.

There's a beautiful shop in Main Street Croydon (VIC Aust) called Bountiful Home.  It is simply gorgeous and carries many treasures - if you are ever in the area I recommend you pop in.  This year I decided to indulge & bought myself some Xmas Bird Ornaments - see if you can find them.  Here's a close up of one:


The one thing I am not so good at is writing out & posting Xmas Cards.  This year I vow to do better.  In fact I've even begun making them.  Here's the Shabby lot:


And since not everyone can understand my dream of a shabby christmas, I'm making some more traditional ones too:


When I was a young girl, I used stay at my gradmother's for the few weeks leading up to Christmas & help her prepare the food, cake & tree.  She passed away 10 years ago but I have many special memories of these times together. 

What do you do with your family at Christmas? Do you have any family traditions? I love to hear about them.

Love Corinna

PS - A special visitor - Steph announced it's presence by yelling "Look Mum - there's a really big bug"