I forgot to show you the cupcakes! I made these the weekend of the UKS Mad Hatter Cybercrop back in April.
I used a recipe from Cupcakes Galore for white cake mixture. They are frosted with a mixture of cream cheese, icing sugar and fresh raspberries. It didn't go firm, but it looked pretty and tasted really fresh.
This picture is just me having a play on the site, not beads that I have! The only one I have is the red one at the end, and that hasn't even arrived yet!
Having discovered these through Jules' Blog (a lovely UKS/Scrapmanic scrapper) I have been so excited. I love the idea of charm bracelets - slowing building up a life story, combining your point of view with episodes contributed by people who love you, based on their point of view. I haven't been able to find one that I like though, as I don't wear gold and I didn't want the same as my friends. I just think this is gorgeous though.
I've bought myself the bracelet and a knotted clasp plus a Red China bead to represent my birthplace and a hoped-for journey. K thinks it's beautiful too and can see buying me them from time to time. We went through Trollbeads.com and found a variety of beads that would hold meaning for me. The ones I have put on the chain above to get an idea of what I might like represent aspects of my spirituality: yin yang (silver); earth (glass); symbols (silver) includes longevity, life, spirituality, harmony etc.; heart chakra (glass); buddha (silver); green eye of God (glass); transformation (silver) always important; third eye (glass); three in one (silver) to represent eternity, my marriage and the Christian trinity; Red China (glass) which I mentioned above.
Listen kids, just don't do it. Don't drink Drambuie and scan art journal pages. It makes the ephemera all sticky and might make you cry (depending exactly how much Drambuie you have drunk - too little you'll have a sense of humour failure, too much and you'll be all tired and emotional).
Luckily the art journal page was safely in the scanner!
So, you know those friends that you can really rely on? The ones that make promises and keep them? The ones you can call after midnight and they will not only forgive you but be glad you called (okay it helps if they are nocturnal too!)? The ones that only offer when they mean it, and they offer a lot? Well that is my friend Z!
She knows how much I have been struggling to turn my home back into my Home over the past year. She has been setting up her first home away from home over the past year, and we have spent many hours in IKEA, at hers and mine playing with flat pack furniture and power tools, and talking about asthetic ideals. In the same way as when once you are well into a diet, you become more critical of yourself than you were when you were heavier; having become more aware of my home and starting to clear my clutter, what remains has become harder to live with. So the other night she spent 4 hours sorting out her craft supplies and arranging them all pretty. And she offered (bless her!) to help and support me if I wanted to excavate my junk room and find the art room buried beneath it. And she meant it!
On Saturday we had brunch and changed our books at the library. When her plans for the afternoon changed, she offered to come over and make a start. We spent 8 hours on it, throwing out 1 or 2 cubic feet of stuff and recycling another cubic foot or two as well. Here are the results, although you will have to excuse the weird colours. If I will insist on taking photos after midnight, that is what I will get.
Anahata issued a general tag on her blog for this one and I liked the idea, so seven little known things about me: 1 - I am truly scared of the dark. Yes, I know I am 34, but you should see me run from the bathroom to the bedroom, trying not to put my feet down on the floor between pulling the light cord and leaping onto the bed. Lucky it is a small apartment. In related news, I cannot sleep with my feet out of the covers in case someone grabs them from out of the darkness. 2nd - I can read music. Bizarrely I can't sing or play an instrument well. But I can read music well enough to sit down and pick out a tune badly. c - I can make a CD on shuffle play the song I want to hear if I want it badly enough. Without using the controls mean. 4 - My first real major crush on a celebrity was on Mark from G-Force in Battle of the Planets. And I have a whole theory on pinpointing the start of puberty/womanhood from when a girl's loyalty switches from the good and heroic Mark to the troubled Jason (the same applies to Luke and Han Solo btw!) 5 - I am a Clutter Queen. If I do not take drastic action, and if I ever live alone, I will be one of those people with a little path from the armchair to the bathroom with piles of clutter to all sides. But my piles of clutter with be COOL. f - I am motivated by fear and stubbornity, em stubborness, em stubbornication. As soon as I think "I could never do that, I decide that I must do exactly that." That is how I ended up walking for a week in the Sahara and also at Artfest. I think it is a good thing, but I just hope there are limits. last - I have a philosophy of picking up the litter in my path. That ended up being quite funny and eventually impossible at the V Festival last year.
Just flagging this up for my Dad to find my photos. I'll post later about reorganising my art room, with pictures. A small step in the creative journey, but essential. Who ever managed to take a journey without taking all the steps anyway?