Friday, October 31, 2014

Linky Loves...

Hello!
Last day of October - spooky stuff ;-)
Let's creep our way into this week's list of...

1. I clicked on a link on Facebook that one of my high school friends had posted - the girl featured here I went to Sunday School with and had a few playdates at her house when we were only little kids!

2. Must be more active in the kitchen - I hate cooking but I do already do some of these at home as opposed to buying already made from the shops.

3. Battles only a three-year-old would understand. I have a three year old and i'm pretty sure she could relate to quite a few of these struggles listed ;-)

4. I think these bracelets are sweet!

5. Ok, so this would probably be one of the least favourite topics people like to hear or talk about BUT I'm gonna go there...bullying! And in particular cyber-bullying!
I came across THIS vid which then led to THIS vid and I just thought they were worth sharing. Four things that stood out to me in these clips were these...
> 'Hurt people, hurt people.'
> Don't bully the bully.
> 'Standing by and watching someone at the frontline of cruelty can be just as damaging as the 'bully' themselves'.
> 'Everyone is trying to get through the day as best they can'. Even the bully.

So there you have it.
Quite an array of varied topics here but hey - keeps it interesting ;-)

Take care peeps!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jot Mood Board Oct/Nov 2014...

Yep!
We're mixing it around here at Jot and have gone with the original mood board concept for this month's challenge.

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I love the earthy tones of this mood board with the cool blue and pop of red - and those feathers are just delightful.


Here is my sample for the challenge.
I went with the neutral tones and chose a textured grey cardstock as my background.
I thought the photo I chose with the denim jeans and brown boots fit well with the colour theme of the mood board and I had some of the tissue paper packaging from the box my boots came in so I cut that down and used as part of the background.
Other supplies include:
> red fabric tape
> Prima canvas letters
> Flutterby Designs feather wood veneer
> stamps
>sequins
> square doily
and other bits and bobs from my stash

You can join in on this challenge too - check out all the deets HERE and also view all the other Jot Girls samples for further inspo too!
This mood board challenge is open until 18th November 2014.

Enjoy!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Monday, October 27, 2014

Around Here...

Hello Hello Hello lovely ones!
MAN ALIVE! Has it been a topsy turvy month around here.
The term 3 school holidays consisted of sick kids and then Mr Awesome feeling not-so-awesome for a couple of weeks.

{ she had an earache with her cold and cough - thankfully some panadol and a heat pack helped relieve this and it didn't turn out to be something more nasty!}

{ this little one got conjunctivitis which we think was triggered by a bout of hayfever! Poor thing was gunking up something chronic!}

BUT...it hasn't all been nasty! The kids were actually in quite good spirits considering being a tad off in health. 

October 17 was my birthday - I have been kickin' around for 32 years!
Did a little selfie photoshoot which Miss J ended up joining in with too ;-)


It also happened to be the local show day and I had volunteered to go on gate duty there as part of the P&C from the Gums!


I spent two and a half hours sticking paper bracelets around people's arms :-)
Was in great company though!

I did get to look around a bit...


I dropped in on my crazy Nutrimetics friends (yep, my neighbour has just nabbed me and signed me up a few weeks ago! hehe)


The kids got their ride on the Rotary merry-go-round.
We had dinner - chips for kids, fish and chips for Mr Awesome, and a delicious hot spud with yummy toppings for me!
There was also DONUTS! Show is not complete without donuts...


and fireworks of course ;-)
Kids loved it!

We had Mr Awesome's parents here for a few days.
I have had training nights for Nutrimetics and Ambulance so have been in town quite a bit.
I have been dabbling in creative projects where I can - not as much as I would like though so I'm a tad behind in some DT requirements but am loving the experience!
Over the weekend, I bit-the-bullet and got busy re-arranging my craft studio - mainly the furniture in order to make my workspace more organised, efficient and productive. We bought another set of block shelves for added storage and added that to the room.


Got a fair way to go yet but am super excited and keen for a more streamline workspace where everything fits and is exactly where i want it!!

This week I am participating in Week In The Life - a concept created by Ali Edwards where you document in more detail a week in your life. She had set the dates for this week so I'm going with it. I also bought her kit she put together this year especially for this exercise. I LOVE it - I might actually get the week documented in an album this year, just not on paper ;-)

What has been happening in your world lately??

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, October 24, 2014

Linky Loves...

Hey there my dear readers!
Are you ready for your next dose of...
?
Well, read on...

1. Why wait until you are dying to actually live? Connie Johnson poses this question in THIS TED TALK -- well worth watching!

2. A list of 42 good things to do to have a positive and uplifting effect on others...and yourself for that matter :-)

3. I reckon my kids would LOVE this!

4. My first blog post as a new Design Team member for A Piece of Cake Designs went live this week!! So happy and excited about that!

5. I am taking part in A Week in the Life next week. This is a concept created by the one and only Ali Edwards in which you document a week in your life with photographs and stories. I loved this article she wrote about going deeper with your stories, explaining the why, where, when, how details rather than just stating the event or moment.
Our days are built with stories.
Love that!!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, October 17, 2014

Linky Loves...

Hi there lovelies!!
Today marks 32 years of my life!! LOL! 
Heading into the local show day today and will enjoy a show of fireworks tonight with the kiddies and my man along with hundreds of others ;-)
Anywhoo...
Check out this week's list of...

1. Okay, so I've harped on and linked to many an article/post on this topic but they are links that I am continually attracted to and click on because it's something important to me and what I want for my life and my home...minimalism. Creating a home and life that is clutter-free. I read this article during the week and there were three points that stuck out to me - ones I already know and attempt to implement in my de-cluttering and organisational endeavours but necessary to be reminded every once in a while - 
> Believe it is possible!
> Small victories generate extra motivation to keep going! (I can confirm this! I know that when I achieve something small, I feel empowered to keep going on similar tasks and helps me continue and allow me to tackle the larger tasks!)
> Develop daily habits & routines.

It's an ongoing process for me; a work in progress. 
One thing I have learned whilst undergoing the goal to de-clutter my home is this...
Stop being so hard on myself. 
Be realistic in your expectations of myself.
Take one step at a time.

2. So, flowing on from the topic above - I found a link to this post on Facebook about Kid Friendly Home Organisation!! She mentions the book by Josh Becker called 'Clutterfree with Kids' which I own but have not read yet. I could definitely relate to the part where she mentions the places in your home where things stack up -- no matter how many times you clear it, things just stack up again. And so she removed these areas...Anna - get to it!!
And yes...I am talking to myself ;-)

3. Not ALL books need pictures! Yep - I showed my 6 year old this video and I have a feeling our next pet will be called BOO BOO BUTT ;-) Check it out!

4. How to be a Better Mum in Five Steps -- yep, I am sometimes a sucker for these titles...usually when I feel I just need that particular pick me up. I had a sense with this link that it wouldn't be what ya think. Not exactly steps but little points of encouragement - check it out :-)

5. Ok, so there is a slightly amusing story to how I got to this link...
Miss J had been nagging me all day if I could make her a banana and carrot smoothie JUST like on Bing Bunny! I had to look him up and good ole Google popped up with these colour-in pages!! The kids thought they were AWESOME!
Winner :-)
P.S. I did make the smoothie and she KINDA likes it. LOL ;-)

Take care peeps!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna


Friday, October 10, 2014

Linky Loves...

Umm, can't believe it's Friday again - ALREADY!!
Oh well! Here are this week's...

1. I like the look of THIS pattern. Not sure about working in the round though - I've done this before and it has always ended up wonky and twisted! Might pluck up the courage to try again with this project ;-)

2. A new and interesting perspective on being a SAHM (or a stay-at-home-spouse).

3. Again, on a parenting theme, is THIS article about some views one mother has. It has sparked quite interesting discussions and opinions. The question posed was "Do good parents give up their lives for their kids?"
I can see where Lucy Cavendish is coming from, however I don't believe parenthood needs to require total self-sacrifice to the extreme of disregarding all your own personal needs. I do believe that being a parent involves compromise and may sometimes require hard decisions to turn down certain opportunities and/or hold off on certain dreams for the time being - sometimes it's about not now rather than never.
I could say many things right now but I will just say one thing that I have learned as a mother - it's a great deal harder to look after others if you are not looking after yourself. Mothers and fathers are still humans and have needs that need to be met. In order to fulfill the responsibilities of parenthood, sometimes we need to be able to take some time to focus on our own self. 
What do you think about the article??

4. Love THIS! Sometimes ya just need to set yourself an on-purpose challenge to improve yourself and the life you live. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and these points are a great way to get out of it and live life happier and the way you want it. 
Anyone up for a happy challenge?? ;-)

5. CREATIVE JUMPSTARTS. What an awesome name for the new challenge project put together by Marcy and Stephanie. First challenge is up on their blogs - Marcy's take HERE and Steph's take HERE
Love it!

Enjoy your weekend.

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, October 3, 2014

Currently Creative...

For weeks now, I have been intending to join in with this new linky-up segment that Kellie of Give A Girl A Blog hosts every week! 
Only now, have I finally got to it!
So here is what I am currently creating...

Apart from my usual paper-crafting and memory-keeping endeavours, I do also enjoy working with wool - whether it be knitting or crochet.
I signed up for Jellywares Spring Yarn Club back a couple of months back and received the first package in the mail early September.
Jodie had sent a lovely ball of Noro Taiyo yarn to work with as well of a selection of patterns to choose from and a hand stamped calico project bag to store it in.


After finding the links to all the possible patterns and consulting my creative support person in this activity, Kellie - who I mentioned above ;-) - we decided that the Cadence Shawlette would be the one. Challenging and out of my depth but I wanted to challenge myself and grow my knitting skills so the decision was made!!
Now just to get the required needles and find the time to get it started. 

This opportunity came when my hubby needed me to do a couple of hours down at the shop while he ran a delivery out to a client.
Perfect chance to get this project on the needles and on it's way!!


Ok, so it is my first time using this yarn, first time using circular needles, had only ever used stitch markers once before...so it was different and slightly challenging. I had to refer to YouTube videos on my iPhone to learn some new stitches. I had forgotten to bring down my stitch markers with me to the shop so paper clips it was!! And they work fine I might add ;-) Nothing I couldn't handle and overcome so far, so I'm proud :-)

Looking forward to getting it finished.
And I've seen sneaky peeks of this month's package too, so I'm eager to receive mine and see what goodies are in store next from Jodie :-)

What are you currently creating??

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna