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Rolled Lotus Flower Bouquet Option

Straight Edged Rolled Paper Flowers Bouquet Option

Various Rolled Paper Flower Options

Kusudama Flowers - with paper weight and card stock weight

Straight Edged Rolled Paper Flowers Bouquet Option

Paper Flower Decoration Experiment

Straight Edged Rolled Paper Flowers Bouquet Option

Save The Date Materials

Save the Dates Step 1

Save the Dates Lined Up

Save the Dates First Prototype

Dresden Plates for Your Table

Sewing Mess

Dresden Plates for your Table

Dresden Plates for your Table

Amelie's Swap Gifts

Amelie's New Bling

Amelie's Swap Gifts

Amelie's Swap Gifts

Amelie's Swap Gifts

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How I Made our Save the Dates (Part 2)

We had decided on the design and recieved the magnets ready for dressing up.

I wanted it to be on a backing card and to have little flaps for the magnet so that it wouldn’t just be a little magnet in an envelope when it arrived in the letterbox.  I am not the best at maintaining communication now, but back in the day I was always writing snail mail. I had multiple pen friends throughout most of my teens and when we moved to Australia I wrote to loved ones constantly. I loved receiving letters in the mail and remember my mum saying one day how it was annoying I would get so much personal letters and all she was getting was bills.

So I used my KNK Zing cutting machine and some Kraft coloured card and cut out 3 hearts and the flaps.  Something quite simple for me to design in the software and because of the machine, very easy to cut. This is what the backing card looked like.  I decided that I had to do something with baker’s twine – love it, I hope it doesn’t go out of style for a long time.  I also used my machine to cut punch sized holes into the hearts I was cutting out and decided I would use them to hang from the twine.

Save The Date Backing Card

Save The Date Backing Card

You can see the flap for the magnet to fit into just above the middle heart cut out, and the hearts with the holes cut into them in the little container. Then I added the magnets to the cards.

Save The Date Magnet Backing Card with Magnet Attached

Save The Date Magnet Backing Card with Magnet Attached

The first time I added the baker’s twine I tied 3 hearts to the twine.  I think I was just wanting all 3 hearts to be used on the final product.  This was the first try.

Save the Date Magnet with Backing Card Prototype

Save the Date Magnet with Backing Card Prototype

Eventually (after feedback and playing around) I changed to 2 hearts and tying the twine a bit higher up the card.  Then it was just a matter of starting the production line process. I sat in front of the telly with a few good shows and binge watched while I did the tying.  Just a note on any crafting, if you get tired, start making mistakes (and you don’t have a next day deadline), you can come back to it after a break.  I typically continue to make mistakes if it’s due to being tired or bored, so I am sharing :)

Save The Date Back Production

Save The Date Back Production

So this was the first little pile I made.  You know, how when you write (or type) one word over and over and it looks like it’s incorrect?  Well it’s the opposite for the Save the Dates, I loved seeing them piled together like that, just the repeated elements and the little hearts and twine was enough to make me smile.

I am very happy with how they turned out.

In my next post I will show you what I decided to do with creating envelopes and addressing them.

Good Night Wherever you are!

How I Made our Own Save the Dates (Part 1)

How I Made our Own Save the Dates (Part 1)

This probably isn’t going to be a tutorial as such, but since my life is revolving around (mostly) crafting items for our wedding, I thought that since I have now sent out (most) – hey look repeato-word – of our Save the Dates I would show you what I was up to and how I went around playing with ideas and deciding what to do.

First up – there are plenty of pre-designed print it yourself and do it yourself options available from small peeps who made some and are selling their ideas – you can buy them on any crowd sourced printing place or craftster and artster market places.  So they can be quite cheap, quite effective and super pretty.  You could also have a  super large budget for invitations and be very happy to shell out for the most exquisite invitations of your dreams adorned with more bling than I will be on my wedding day ;). I’m just sharing how a craft nerd – control freak – who wants to do all this stuff cos I think it will be fun (not necessarily to save cash) is doing it.

I like the idea of magnets for Save the Dates, politicians, doctors, and even the local council send out magnetized promo materials and they hold exciting things (like invites and save the dates on the fridge) so going with ones that stay there on their own was what I decided.

Cableguy and I love purple and cats and dragonflies and we are going to incorporate this into our wedding somehow.  We are not super traditional, not super trendy, not super young and it will be cableguy’s second wedding.  The overall feel we are going for is cooky geeky – just like us.

our initials are Q & A so I thought I would find a wealth of gorgeous ways to combine the letters due to you know… lots of web sites needing Q&A sections, but that didn’t turn out so well. So basically how I did the logo/monogram thingie was to play around with loads of fonts I like (that are free for personal use) – See dafont.com and the utility AMP Fontviewer which allows you to temporary install all the fonts you play with without killing your O/S with fonts.  I have had it since I used Windows XP and now use it with Windows 7 and Adobe CS6 and it is still uber useful.  Look at anything with a logo or monogram you like and try to emulate it.  Here are some I played with.

Combination of Q and A Monograms

Combination of Q and A Monograms

I’m quite painful about my Q’s and I dislike ones that take after old I think it’s copperplate script.  They tend to look like a curly number 2 or could also be an L or a C and I want you to know it’s a Q. The lower case q can depending on the font like a g and not all A’s are made equal either. Oh… and if you want an & ampersand character, not all free fonts come with one.

The other thing that is kind of fun is that you can play with all sorts of dingbats (pretty much can be used as vector graphics!) from the same free font options.  You can search for free vector files, clip art or photoshop brushes and use them in the same way.  We ended up going with the following (see image below).  The font used is called DK Kwark for out initials.  I used part of dingbats for the ornamentation and our wedding date and this is the final ‘wedding’ logo.

Q and A Wedding Logo

Q and A Wedding Logo

I think that says cooky geeky to me

Right, so logo and feel decided I had to make (well lots of things but Save the Dates was one of them). After looking around for cute cat related imagery the pretty much unifying theme around are the two cats on the roof or fence looking at the moon with tales entwined in love.  So I looked at a few and then drew some simple shapes of two cats, one with a bow in her hair to be a girl looking like they enjoyed each other’s company.

I should mention if you want to use  part of a letter of a font or part of a dingbat insert it into your design software and rasterise the type at the largest possible size. Then just delete the bits you don’t want, replicate the bits you need more of and cut and paste till you get what you want.

The final design for the magnet (which I decided was going to be half a postcard size) is below.  I love that we are getting married and we are sending out save the dates super early since it is the month called Mad March here in 2015 and also a long weekend, but I didn’t want it to be totally in everyone’s face so that they were sick of it by the time wedding day arrived.  I got them printed at vistaprint (two on a post card sized magnet and I cut them in half with my paper trimming tool) they cost next to nothing during a sale and I was very happy with how they turned out.

Q & A Save the Dates

Q & A Save the Dates

I used a font called fish fingers (ironically, not because of the kitty cat fish relationship).  The speech bubbles came from a dingbat font called talkies. I drew the cats in Adobe Illustrator (with a mouse! not my graphic tablet), the little lines with hearts came from a font called It was a Good Day and the Wedding is Coming tagline is a total rip off of the Game of Thrones tv series and/or the Song of Ice and Fire Books. (Winter is Coming is the motto of one of the seven great houses in the story line).

Actually I think I am going to leave this post here and will do a How I made our Save the Dates Part 2 post to show you the backing card, how I used baking twine, my KNK Zing cutter, a friend’s envelope punch from Stamping Up and hunted for purple paper to line the envelopes.  I am also going to tell you about the trials we did of paper flowers for our bouquet, and I may even be brave enough to post some photos of my ordeal fitting on wedding dresses as a fat chick… wouldn’t that be enthralling?

oh… I forgot, the reason the purples are so different is not cos your eyes are wonky, when you design for print you use CMYK colour mode to design and send to the printers.  It tells the printer what percentages of what inks to use to make that colour on paper. When you design for something to be viewed on screen you use RGB because it is about how the monitor needs to show your eyes the colour.  What you see above is what happens when I don’t change to the same mode before I save an image to show you. (you’re welcome!)

Good Night Everyone, where ever you are!

Just When I thought….

just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be anything left to distract me from quilting and stitching and dollies and trying to get a bit healthier…

I already told you about my new job, so you knew that was going to happen.

My partner went away for 3 weeks to Brisbane as well so I was home alone for a few weeks, then a week after starting my new role, I headed up there too but since it was only for a long weekend and we needed to drive back to Adelaide we decided a slower road trip would be the way to go.

I will post photos that are road trip related, but now all I have is news for you…

I’m getting married :)

yay! *spins*

Al proposed the first night of our road trip and then something really strange happened.  Someone who has never thought about weddings much became totally obsessed!
I am consumed with everything wedding and while I can’t wait to tell you about it, it is also very distracting.

I got new jewellery in my industrial piercing

Gemmed Industrial Piercing Jewellery from Anatometal

Gemmed Industrial Piercing Jewellery from Anatometal

I think my crafting will increase dramatically soon, with all sorts of wedding projects, so feel free to stay tuned to watch me go crazy about my new adventure!

Good Night, wherever you are!

Hi my name is Q… and you may remember from…

Hi my name is Q... and you may remember from...

my blog, yes, this very blog you are reading, that I have failed to update for the last 4+ months.

My health streak fell on it’s arse just before Christmas when the contract I was working in came to an unexpected hault. I fell in a bit of a heap, then of course,  there was Christmas itself and the New Year, and then I started a new contract and was focussing on that and then it was valentines day and then my birthday and blink it’s 4 months later. I will probably have to go back to the start of my fitness journey again as my inaction has probably atrophied any of the gains I made last year.

Work Christmas Lunch Prior to my Contract being Cut - Blissfully Ignorant!

Work Christmas Lunch Prior to my Contract being Cut – Blissfully Ignorant!

Here and there I did some crafty things, but I can’t remember the last time I touched my sewing machine in a meaningful way.

The princess swap that I got the lovely outfits photographed on my Shona Dollmore Kid doll (who I name Mielikki – Finnish Goddess of Forests and the Hunt) had a bit  of tough end. One of the participants didn’t receive her gift and since I didn’t have any work at the time, I volunteered to make her an outfit (actually other participants didn’t get theirs as well and some others also volunteered). These are some photos of the outfit, also on Mielikki.

Steampunk Fascinator for MSD

Steampunk Fascinator for MSD

There was a long line  jacket with frilled edge; a long skirt (both with a tiny houndstooth print); A sleeveless top with heart and lace detailing. The fascinator in the photo above, the necklace and my first attempt at a corset complete with punched eyelets.

Steampunk Underbust Corset for MSD

Steampunk Underbust Corset for MSD

I have some new dolls to introduce to0. Inara finally got her body and then finally got her wig. Qberry had to get new hair too, the old hair was bit chewed up by our dear kitty… but I quite like the new one, what do you think?

QBerrys New Hair

QBerrys New Hair

you see little Piper’s hoof there in the photo – well it has finally been painted. I am going to do a seperate post about that because I am so excited and will no doubt be a bit verbose as I am wont to do when excited. I am also working on updating the look of my blog, the plan was to wait until it was completed then do a big reveal with a new post, but if I waited till I did it then I would probably be neglecting posts for even longer, so I have decided to face the music and start writing again.

I got something new too a piercing.  A lot of people are a bit squeamish about this one, but if you think about it’s just two ear piercings in the helix at the same time.  It is called an industrial, and this photo (taken 26th January) was the day I got it, and the jewellery is very plain, but I have ordered a beautiful piece to go in it and hope to get that soon-ish and will do show and tell with that too.

New Industrial Piercing

New Industrial Piercing

All these photos are from my phone, so not the greatest quality, apologies for that, but here is one last one. I also got new hair, well less hair and went for a super short crop just before my birthday.  I turned 39 this year (I’m serious this is not the 39 that women languish at for years for fear of 40, this is my first time).  We went away to the Yorke Peninsula for the long weekend and had a wonderful time with my family and I also got this gorgeous bunch of flowers from my Alan.

Birthday Gerberas for Me

Birthday Gerberas for Me

So on that note, I am endeavouring to come back and tell you about how Piper got her hooves blushed and all about my new (permanent) job that I get to start in a week and all the exciting crafty plans I have.

Hope you are all well
Good Night, Wherevere you are!

 

Fitness and Health and Zombies and Craft and Stuff

Yep. Well it’s early on a Saturday morning here and catchy titles are no where to be found.  I must say though that since starting this whole health and fitness journey thing I have been getting up a lot earlier and yes I do acknowledge it loud and clear, eating healthier and exercising has improved my energy levels dramatically… (from a previous skeptic or more like blasphemer).

It’s day #80 of my journey today. The before Q would have given up if I had loss less than 8kg by now and would undoubtedly not be awake at this time of the day or if she was awake, she would definitely not be happy about it. My weight loss chart is going a bit wobbly.  At the moment, I am still doing everything I should do to lose, but my trend lines are merging and that was making me grumpy! I lost a dramatic 1.5kg one week, then gained an equally dramatic 0.9kg :( and then lost another 100g, which brings me to a current total loss of 5.5kg. This means I reached my 5kg milestone and I also lost 5% of my starting weight.  So despite the grumpy I am aware that I have made a significant amount of positive changes to my life and since I have been at this since early September, it’s also quite possible that it is entirely sustainable.

Qs Weight Loss Chart 30/11

Qs Weight Loss Chart 30/11

I have gone to the gym, done zombie training or other exercises for 9 days out of the last 14 and I have pretty much been in pain the whole time.  The pain is due to what is referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) so it’s all good pain that generally lessens the next time you exercise.  I have made some exciting improvements in zombie training – managed to run 2minutes without stopping on the road for the first time; hit 5km in a mission for the first time; beat my previous pb 1km time by 18seconds with the current pb being 8:45 (mins:seconds).  The application I use alongside Zombies, Run 5k Training is Endomondo and it has a little voice interruption at the end of each km you go telling you how what the last 1km time is. Zombies run also gives you little achievement badges like a lot of console and computer games do too, the ones I am currently most proud of are my 12hr and ultra marathon achievements.

Zombies, Run Achievements

Zombies, Run Achievements

My last mission was highly amusing, but I would be pretty uptight if I accidentally read a spoiler about the story line while perusing someone’s blog or site, so suffice to say, it has re-ignited my craft addiction and I do intend to do at least some sort of mad craft dash some time over this weekend.

Good Night, Whereever you are!