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Recycled Christmas!

29 Nov

The Christmas season is upon us again, and now that decorating time has arrive once more, my thoughts turn to Christmas 2009. My husband and I had just moved into a new house and were rather poor as I had just quit my job, so we decided to dub the celebrations a “recycled Christmas”. I got my hands busy and folded myself what seemed like hundreds of origami stars out of newspaper, then stringing them together to make a long garland. I also publicly embarrassed myself my husband at gatherings with friends by pilfering all used red or silver soda cans from the table and smuggling them home. From those I cut stars which were used to decorate the tree (a similar method can be found here). A tree skeleton (an elm branch, I think!) painted white served as our regal tree that year. It was the best Christmas!
Every year since I have craved another recycled Christmas, but now with the super prevalence of Pinterest and with Little Bug incubating in my tummy (and therefore the need to save the dollars), I feel it is the right time to revive the recycled Christmas! Let’s see what comes out this year.

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Monster art

30 Apr

I’ve seen crafters with a sense of humour incorporate a touch of whimsy in their pieces before; I’m thinking Dave Devries’ bizarre if not slightly grotesque artworks with his Monster Engine project.
This repurposing project by Chris McMahon & Thyrza Segal is slightly more lighthearted and a stroke of genius. I’ve always wondered who buys the icky old paintings that hang about in thrift stores. Now I know there’s another life waiting to escape from these apparently dull wall decorations. I’ll keep this in mind next time I feel like incorporating a touch of humour into a room. Inspired!

Meichelle

Dear Self…

26 Apr

Dear Self,
Sit down and work out some one year business goals to make clear what you hope for the future.
Dear Self… sit down with chocolate and work out business goals. Chocolate and tea. Mmm, choc chip chai flavoured tea. Perhaps with cookie…s. Yes, more than one.
No, Self! Reign it in! You must make time to sit down and do this. You and chocolate. Cream. Dollop. Large flowery tea cup. Tea cakes. Cakes. Ugh.
Dear Self, this is why you currently do not have a one year flan in place. Uh, plan. *sigh*

Signed,
Yourself.

I am Chelle

22 Feb

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This is me. I am Chelle. I like to craft all over stuff. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) my house looks like I let a monkey loose with a pair of scissors and a yard of fabric. I’m not sure whether I’m willing to own up to the fact that this is probably more my fault than that of my 16 month old son. Admittedly, he does contribute a fair share to the overall state of my home.

I used to write, sing, craft and draw, but now that I balance mum, wife and employee titles, I must pick my endeavours carefully. I start with fabulous ideas and inspiration, and somehow I try to find time to finish things, but that doesn’t always