Manifestation and DIY reupholstering 

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What you think and what you feel and what manifests, always match. Every single time, no exception.

After moving house with no real furnature other than my beedroom stuff. I’ve ALWAYS love a chaise lounge and wanted one. Of course i always found them suuuuper expensive or very vintage colours.  

Queue solid manifestation and there was one aitting on the side of the road!!! A bit damp and a wee moldy in places.   

A month later its in a garage stripped of its fabric legs and all the nastys. 

Up soon new fabric, new legs and new trim. Can’t  wait!

The universe is asking. Show me your new vibration, I willl show you miracles.


What to do in Winter: Scrapbooking with Maggie Armstrong

DIY, Interview

When Scrapbooking what does a normal session consist of and how much preparation do you have to do before hand?
Typically, when I sit down to scrapbook I don’t usually have a particular project in mind.  I keep a pile near my art desk of newly purchased products, and an idea will often spring to mind as I shuffle through them!  So maybe that means
preparation = scrapbook shopping!!!!

 I almost never start and finish a project in one sitting.  I usually have to come back to it a few times.  The benefit of this is that each time I return to it I see it with different eyes and the creative process often takes a different turn.  So I never really know what I’m creating until the deed is done!


How did you get into Scrapbooking and what made you decide this is what you wanted to take further?
A good friend introduced me to scrapbooking when my eldest child was still a baby.  I needed some sort of creative/productive outlet to relieve the sometimes tedious job of motherhood! 
Through the craft I have met some amazing women who will be lifelong friends.  The scrapbooking community is full of hilarious, creative and fun loving people and I have had so many great scrapbook adventures/roadtrips along the way – why would I give it up?

What tips would you give new others who might be interested in taking up Scrapbooking?
The most important piece of advice I can give is to never compare your work to others.  Watch this short clip on YouTube.  What is obvious to you is amazing to others.  If you think you’re not creative – think again!

Have you ever been in a situation where someone hasn’t taking your Scrapbooking work seriously?
Haha! You’re talking about my husband right??!!!  ‘Crap-booking’  is what he used to refer to it as!  But to be fair, in recent times he has become more appreciative of the craft and often pulls my work out to show visitors!  He also ‘gets’ that it’s about preserving memories for our children and is supportive of that. 

Scrapbooking itself very specialized – is this something you’ve learned in through education system or did you fall into it?
I have developed my craft by attending workshops, reading magazines and browsing online blogs.

What effect has the Internet had on Scrapbooking and how you do it?
The internet is a huge source of inspiration for me!  There are oodles of incredibly talented beings out there and it’s wonderful that so much of their work is shared though online blogs.  The internet is also the go-to tool of choice for me if I am unsure how to use a new art medium or I want to push the creative boundaries further.

What is the biggest, most exciting project you’ve worked on / are most proud of?
When I was approached last year by NZ Paperchase magazine to apply for a place on their Elite Design Team I was quite thrilled!  I had 3 weeks to prepare my submission which included 3 different projects – a traditional layout, a card and an OTP (off the page) item.  I was successful in gaining a place and now I design projects for their quarterly magazine. 

Have you got anything exciting in the pipeline that you would like to share with us?
Well, yes actually!  I have been asked to teach in May 2013 at an international event alongside some of the biggest names in the industry – a la Donna Downey, Theresa Collins and Heidi Swapp.  I will be teaching approximately 300 people (luckily I don’t suffer stage fright huh?!).  So I’m busy putting together an awesome project using some very different mediums (e.g. melted beeswax!) so hopefully I will stack up against these ladies! 
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Scrapbooking: Things you should try!

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Scrap-booking is something I’ve done for years.. but mine look more like a school project than art.  A collection of ticket stubs, cards, magazine cut outs and photos taped into a A4 hard cover school book with small inked captions scrawled underneath. Sentimental yes, arty… well not so much.

This is what I call art:  maggiesdoodads.blogspot.co.nz Maggie is a “propper” scrapbooker, the professional artistic kind.  From making die-cuts, acrilic paints, 3D nick naks, lace, pearls, paper and stencils her work is creative and AMAZING!

Maggie tutors at SENZ (Scrapbook Expo of New Zealand) and is an Executive contibutor to NZ Paper Chase which is a Scrapbooking magazine!

I specifically love her work because she shares a love of things that look grungy, vintage or have that old school classic feel about them.  I think I’m going to have to learn a thing or two about all this stuff when Maggie is next taking classes.

Lately the most creative things I’ve been doing have been making costumes.  Redecorating corsets for costumes or making little hats to complete a burlesque ensomble.  Talking to Maggie this kind of creativity, although in my opinion isn’t scrapbooking falls loosely under an “Off the Page” category of artwork.

A corset to which I covered in fabric, appliquéd applied a huge number of Swarovski crystals.

http://tenealewilliams.com.au

Gorgeous right?  I think so And I can’t wait to have a go myself very soon!  All photos are Maggie’s work unless othewise credited.  I’ve asked if I could interview her so hopefully I’ll have some more on the wonders of scrap-booking and all this creative craft entails soon!  Keep your eyes peeled!

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Apartment Balcony Gardening – 2

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Almost a month ago I researched and planted (with help) a Balcony Garden.. I planted Tomatoes, Coriander, Basil, Mint and some pretty marigolds..  I’ve a balcony basket, a couple of long pots and a few wee round ones.

Lately with Auckland’s recent “weather bomb” has been a little harsh on my wee plants.  High wind and heavy rain hasn’t been good for my babies.. Today I staked all my tomatoes – they’re about to flower and I’d really like to get some fruit!!  Oh and I removed a wiggly caterpillar that had made a wee home in a basil plant!

Its Windy out, lucky the tomatoes are staked down so they don’t blow away!
Gnome guarding the chilli
My pink pots!

Top down on my staked tomatoes

A flamingo makes a good Tomato stake too!

Tomatoes in a Tea-Cup

I have two Gnomes, a fairy and a pink plant dragon guarding my little patch… I think its almost time to pick and dry my chillis!  I wonder if I should dry them in the sun that’s sheduled to come or just keep them in the pantry to dry.  They’re so teeny and cute for chillis. 

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Fascinating!

burlesque, DIY, Fashion
I’m super lucky in having some super talented friends!!  What ever I might lack in creative ability I think I know someone who can create such a thing!!  I just got given this GORGEOUS fascinator hat… just in time to take to Sydney with me.     Thank you Chris for making this, you’re awesome!

Talking about being super spoiled for fabulous costumes… I met with Cathy Tree and discussed a full Burlesque outfit I’ve commissioned her to make… I can’t wait to see it… as normally I only get an occasional piece or two made and match the rest of an entire outfit.  Luckily most of my wardrobe is pink then yea?

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Apartment Balcony Gardening!

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  I never thought having a garden in an apartment was possible.. I’m not talking about just a few pot plants either…  I want one of those “Live of the land” type gardens… very difficult if your living arrangements don’t actually contain any actual dirt!  All big cities are filled with high rises, and few trees.  Its really rewarding and relaxing to be able to have your own bit of greenery.

Basil, Coriander, and Marigolds

 Hanging baskets are great. This one is super study and matches the Metal railing on my balcony.  They are a wee bit pricey but buy them second hand online if you can.  Instant gratification (garden) isn’t always the cheapest way to go!  They take up WAY more soil than I expected.  We ended up with a 40 Litre bag of soil and used up most of it potting everything up.   The seedlings come in tightly packed little pottles so the bigger containers need fresh soil for every separated out plant.

Ornametal Chili

Chilli plants are awesome!  I think we three on our balcony now.  Two hot chillis and one ornamental one.  I think they’re pretty and colourful. I’ll leave all the eating of said chillis to my flatmates. 

I can see many chilli concarnes, or Thai Chilli Chicken coming out of our kitchen.  Hopefully no idiot will get talked into a chilli eating contest over the weekend either!  
Sitting in the afternoon summer sun watering my plants is going to be my new hobby after a cooped up day inside the office.  Vitamin D and visiual stimulation.  YES please!  Plants and greenery have got to be almost as relaxing to potter around with as Animals are.  Maybe I’m getting all grown up, suddenly wanting to care for other living things?

Succulents and Basil

Basil – I have HEAPS of this… It grows way taller than I expected. and all those lucious green leaves instantly make me think of PESTO… oooh Pesto, how I long to make my own. Pesto is pretty darn expensive really. I just splurged out on a 550gram pot that was $11!!!! I can’t say I’m going to grow my own Pine nuts but I can certainly add in my own leaves in a month or so I hope!

I wanted to buy more Gnomes from the Plant Barn when I was there.. I found a little one with a thermostat, but really it was quite ugly so I’m glad I didn’t. I have a couple that are just cropped out of the photo below. But my Pink flamingos are the bees-knees. Nearly got more except they were $35 each! I’m sure mine weren’t that much originally! Colour and Green make a balcony garden amazing… The garden tray above is actually PINK. I nearly wet myself when I saw it… Now I just need another to have a matching set. Temptation right?

Garden ornaments!

Instead of continuing to be jealous of my friends luscious and fruitful veggie patches this past weekend I went out and did something about it. I went too my local Kings Plant Barn and came out with a trolley full of green goodies… If this is the first time setting up a garden, I totally recommend taking a green-thumb friend with you. I’m so glad I did otherwise I would have walked out with all the wrong things!!

Here is some great Balcony Garden Inspiration!  Recycled Plastic bottle garden:

Recycled Bottle Garden – Apartment Therapy!
ZEN apartment balcony garden!

Lastly have a look at this site lifeonthebalcony.com – Its a great read from an expert, this video is inspiration enough to get planting… and use the space you have for the maximum greenery! Get growing and ENJOY!

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Interior decorating… in PINK!

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I’m sure I’m not going to be able to go as nuts as this when I interior decorate (only a couple of weeks to go!!) but dreams are free and I’m only looking at this as inspiration.. But Oh! This would be a small taste of amazing. My poor flatmates – luckily they’re all girls so they’ll have to love it just a little bit!
Just got to have pink loo paper
I’ve a touch of romance
Blogger station alert!
Just the lounger thanks, not the wallpaper!
I’ll have the deer, the wardrobe and the bedshade
Bed to die for, oh and I have feathers for the wall already!
See above – Deer and wardrobe!
Just OMFG!  
If only I could completely redecorate the bathroom too. Burlesque girls Dream!
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Take time out to recharge your GO batteries..

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So I’m now rewriting the blog post that I just spent the last 30 min doing… Silly cos I was just on my phone writing and I’m not always going to have access to my computer. I love the flexibility that Android gives you but the rare occasion that it has a small melt downs are SO frustrating!
Now that I’ve got that grump out of my system, back onto the topic of relaxing and recharging your system.
I was just going over in my mind the last two mornings and the pain of getting up early if you’ve had late nights the day before. This morning getting up was a little painful I must admit so tonight I think I’m due a really nice early night or a disco nap before I think of going out anywhere.

Saturday just been was delightful in this respect and I really want to aim to do so more often. Spending all morning in bed, awake but relaxing and / or messing around under the sheets… I have the most delicious duvet!
Finally wandering out of bed up the road to a tasty coffee and hot cooked breakfast, window shopping, then going for a super relaxing walk around the city. Auckland has some gorgeous parks in town and its not often that the people of this crazy metropolis have the time to slow down and appreciate!
I’ve three things that I’m going to do to help me relax more, and feel fitter healthier and the more ENERGIZED me!
Sign up at Club Physical. Its just on K road right around the corner from my house and work so I really don’t have any excuses not to go… I love working out once I’m into a routine. I was looking at their website yesterday and I they have some great looking supervised workout programmes over a 6 week period. Quite possibly perfect for my level of motivation and commitment. (7am starts ugh) I figure if I’m not happy with my body or my body image then I’d better do something about it rather than wallowing in comparisons of myself a couple of years ago!

Eat more greens! Grreeeeeeennnnnsss! The world always makes me think of salad and rabbit food! Leafy goodness drizzled with a light touch of Asian sesame dressing, olives capers, sun dried tomatoes and capsicum. YUM!! Since the veggie shop is RIGHT above the Gym its perfect for popping in afterwards to makes sure I have my healthy food!
Also I think I’m going to resume taking salad and lunches to work.. I have storage facilities here and it will really stop me from those naughty sneaky visits to the vending machine! BAD GIRL! Also I was having a tittersation with a friend about Gluten – I’m not sure I could entirely cut it out of my diet but if the bloatedness I was feeling yesterday was anything to go by, I really think its a good idea!
Do more creative stuff! I have a whole pile of creative projects lined up ready to go. Glitterizing some shoes, painting, stencilling and costume making. I’m a bit of a hoarder so I have plenty of craft material, glitter and sparkles to throw around and create some magic. Combine some recycled jewelery, hot glue, paint, canvas or fabric and you can see the energy in the artwork!

I never profess to be a professional but I think if your creating anything abstract the more ‘art tallent’ that sometimes goes in the less wild the end product it.

Actually thinking about this… I really want to get some pictures of the latest piece I made for my Derby Wife..!! Its an abstract piece of a Panda and a Pegacorn… with a small dash of glitter to bring it to life.

Here are some pictures from the weekend just gone… (including veggie/pescaterian FAIL breakfast.. no more of this and the Gluten!) Note the cute crocheted flowers on the tree in Albert park! If you have someone special to share it with even better, and take a camera with you so you can snap some cute shots.
HAPPY RELAXATHON!!
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SuckerPunch Polyvore!!

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I’ve been looking around for some inspiration for my next Costume design project.  Something to rock my sox of making then to wear and frollic around in like a crazy adrenaline junkie that I am, not caring what the rest of the world thinks of me… Here’s my polyvore..

AND I think I’ve found it.  –  SUCKERPUNCH!!

What can beat hot girls in little outfits Kicking ASS??   So I’ve started shopping around to create this partiular outfit.   I have most of the other accesories for this outfit and I jumped on TradeMe and picked up the base bit of the outfit.  #WINNING!!

LOVE IT!!!
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