It’s the little things: FAMILY


I just spent a happy afternoon with my family yesterday. We’ve all been going through a rough couple of years for a lot of different reasons, in fact things have gotten worse instead of better. My parents came to visit me and my sister, and our significant others. We went to a pub have a very British (and delicious) Sunday roast carvery. There was nothing especially luxury about our afternoon, we didn’t spend much money at all but we all had big smiles on our faces, we couldn’t stop chatting, and, most of all, we all felt happy. There’s never a better afternoon to be spent than among family, especially if they’re also your friends.

It was my mummy’s birthday this week so we were celebrating that a bit belated. The biggest present Paul and I gave to my mum was a family tree. I saw a similar project on a blog; I tweeked and changed what I needed to so it would be just right for my mum. My parents are notoriously hard to buy presents for, I wanted to give my mum something that would make her smile, something she might actually use. We decided to make her a family tree so that she can remember, every time she looks at it, that we are so lucky to have family (I’ve known a lot of people recently who have lost loved ones by sudden deaths, and divorces), and that these tough times have brought us closer together, and we will get through everything that life sends our way as a family, all of us together.

It’s a simple little thing, family, but your family are able to completely shatter your life or become your rock in tough times. It’s so easy to cut someone down when you know all the buttons to press. It’s sad to say but through my own experience, and my friends, I have found that rejection by a family member hurts so much more, and cuts so much deeper than any friend could do. This post may seem overly sentimental to some, but I couldn’t help but remark on the stark change in mood after yesterday. It really is the best thing in life. Having said all of this, I do also have some friends who feel like family, because they have been such a good friend to me, so loyal, so understanding, they have acted in ways I could have only expected from family. Hope this post reminds you too of friends and family you love dearly and always make you smile.

P.s. We also watched the Ireland vs. France rugby game together too, so expect some thoughts from Paul later this week.

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Home made: Valentine keepsake


I am going to ease in to the home made section of my blog slowly. I am going to begin with a quick and easy project which will make a lovely little Valentine to give to the person (people) you love on St. Valentine’s day. This project came from Kimmie (creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com). I have been subscribed to Kimmie’s blog for a while now. Her blog inspired me to get back in to making gifts, my own accessories and scrapbooking. As one of my new year’s resolutions, I sorted out all my craft, art, sewing things in to boxes , and labeled them, so I can easily locate things, and now, with the help of Kimmie and some other great blogs, I am making things nearly everyday.

So anyway, here is a little rainy afternoon project.

 

Scrap cardstock and/or paper (I used my scrap cardstock because I have so much of it, but if you don’t have scrap use new), scissors, glue, adhesive magnet, hole punch and ribbon

1.) Take your first piece of scrap cardstock and/or paper and fold it in half.  Then, using your scissors, cut out a heart approximately 1 1/2 inches.

2.) Using your first heart as a guide, cut out 3 additional hearts, you will have 4 hearts in total. Feel free to use different color cardstock or paper like I did.

3.) Once you have your 4 hearts cut out, arrange them to be glued together. I glued mine diagonally, but you can glue them vertically or sideways. It’s up to you.

4.) After the hearts are glued together, take the adhesive magnet and attach it to the back of the hearts.

5.) The final part is optional. Taking your hole punch, punch a hole through a heart of your choice and string through a piece of ribbon.  You can put the ribbon on the right, left or through the middle.

Of course, you can personalize your hearts by writing messages or you can use decorate stamps to give it more flair.  Be creative!

Please note that the above craft project was copied from Kimmie’s blog and is not my own work.

Dont’ fancy a magnet?

Make smaller hearts and use it as a Valentine badge by taping a safety pin on to the back of the hearts.Or, keep adding hearts to make a Valentine garland. I made one last year, and it looked so pretty that I kept it up all year. I’d love to hear if you came up with any other ideas yourself!

Feel free to let me know if you came up with any other ideas for this project.

Don’t forget to check out Kimmie’s blog: creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com