I’m hoping to begin a ‘Friday Post’, as each Friday comes around (and boy do they come around quicker the older I get!). Each week I find I’m learning something(s) new and hoping to share these with you … if my one remaining brain cell remembers to do this, of course.
Before I branch out into this weeks life’s lessons can I just take a moment to say ….
Hello and Welcome to a handful of new followers who have joined us. It’s fabulous to have you joining the team here and so lovely to see and meet new folks. Please don’t be shy. Chat to me and the rest of the great team in a comment, so that we can get to know each other. Talking in blog land is something I heartily encourage as otherwise it’s just like another Facebook – and we don’t need another one of those. So … in the words of someone famous though sadly not here with us anymore... Can we talk?
Anyhoo … here’s what I’ve learned this week:
1. As I’m sat here right now, in my favourite grey t.shirt which is all wet down the left hand side (visibly wet), I’ve learned that I should ensure I put the cap PROPERLY on my plastic see through squash tumbler/flask before I tuck it into the crook of my arm and hold it firmly against my body (left br3@st) so that when I bend slightly to pick up the crafting freebies which came with my magazine this morning, the said ‘orange squash’ doesn’t leak all over my t.shirt, causing me to look for all intents and purposes like a heavily lactating new mother! (*Dear God, it’s me again. Can you make sure no one comes the door right now because I look a total mess. thank you God ~ me. x).
2. I’ve learned this week not to put my glasses (spectacles) down on my crafting surface, anywhere near where I’ve dropped a small bit of the opaque, removable Scotch tape which I use to keep my dies in place during the cutting process in the machine. Because … if that tiny bit sticks to a lens of my glasses, I instantly think I’ve gone ‘wonky’ in one eye and a tiny bit of panic steps in. (Hey, so much is going wrong with me over the past .. what? Donkeys years?? – yeah, that will do, – that a wonky eye just seemed like another laugh which my body was having at my expense).
3. I’ve learned to stop checking if air dry clay is … dry yet?. . . . And now? . . . Is it ready Now? . . . And NOW? [sigh] Leave the darn thing alone over-night, woman! [double sigh]
4. I’ve learned that there are some of the most incredibly wonderful people in blog land, who turn from blogging pals, into blogging friends, into incredible blessings in my life.
Mentioning no names (The Artisan Duck). . . . I had a lightbulb moment a few weeks ago when perusing a blogging pals blog, and I mentioned the idea in a comment to her.
She took that idea and had a play around and improved on it, and from that initial play, she produced the most incredible, darling Hat Pins, which the scrapbookers and card makers amongst us like to use in our crafting. But ..
Hannah’s whoops I almost forgot I wasn’t mentioning any names – these Hat Pins are different and so wonderful for card makers/scrapbookers because …
- instead of the mile long hat pins (which Hat pins are normally made in),
Han … ‘Miss Maker & Amazing Talented Artist’ makes her hat pins on shorter, lighter weight, pins, so that we crafters don’t face either having to try to cut pins down (a dangerous affair as I know to my cost)
- or trying to work out a way of covering up a huge stem of a hat pin in ways which we really don’t want to.
- Neither do they weight a card in such a way that they cost more to post,
- nor drag the front of a card forward or even make it fall down because of the weight.
- Neither are we faced with trying to ‘hide’ the sharp points of the pins so that the receiver or someone in their family doesn’t get stabbed by the point of a hat pin.
In photographs the pins look great. But in real life … the pins are little stunners. The beads and pearls on the pins twinkle and shine and sparkle beautifully, and the length is totally perfect. More than perfect. And on cards – they are the perfect length.
How do I know this? – My blogging friend sent me the selection of pins to say thank you for the idea . . .
. . . and a handmade card, made by her herself with two of her pins added as embellishments.
See the two handmade hat pins? Aren’t they pretty!
I’ve had ideas popping out of my head and fingers for donkey’s years and I’ve shared them with the folks who I thought might like the idea(s), but this is the first time anyone has ever made me feel like Hannah has. She validated my suggestion, and let’s be honest here, we all need validation sometimes in our lives. I had ‘an idea‘. Nothing else. Just an idea which I shared with her. Hannah liked the idea, ran with it, (not while holding scissors) and then thanked me and is thinking of making them and putting them for sale. (I hope she does because I’d buy these.)
I know I simply won’t be able to give these particular pins up by using them on cards because … well to me, they’re not a ‘for crafting’ item, these are a special gift, handmade and given to me from a special blogging friend. No, I cannot part with these, not for all the tea in China. They’re mine.
So … I’m wiser (and older) this Friday, but not just for the 4 points mentioned above.
What about you? Have you learned anything this week? Do share! If it’s something funny then you’ll make us laugh. If it’s something you’ve cried over, we’ll hold your hand and cry with you. If it’s something which has made you wiser .. tell us and share the wisdom.
[Looks down at her t.shirt] ….. ooo goody!… it’s dry now! (Hello God, it’s me again. You can cancel that last request and let folk come to the door. The t.shirt is dry now. Thank you. ~ me. x)
Wishing you a truly great Friday and promising that normal service (of crafting and making a beautiful mess with scraps and glittery things) will be resumed on Monday. In the meantime … I’m cleaning my craftroom. It looks like someone had a right old paddy in there at the moment. I swear I don’t make THAT much mess when I’m crafting – so it certainly can’t be me! (I bet it’s that cat of mine!) lol. We also have our own little star coming to stay over the weekend, and although we love, love, love to have him – but we both feel twice our age by the time he’s gone. 🙂
Have a truly wonderful weekend all.