Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Hobby

Greetings Folks

Can you believe I have even more to say - its been a pretty busy time for me the last couple of months so when I get the chance I add my next post imagine if I had enough time to post on the actual day of the event LOL LOL LOL.

A while ago my hubby informed me that he had finally figured out what my hobby is - I don't know why it took him this long as a leave clues ALL over the house, the dining room table, the bedroom (infact yesterday he asked why I had an eyelet setting tool in my car - to which I replied - you never know when you might need to set an eyelet - really I lent it to someone and they returned it and i just forgot it in the car but  . . . you never know)  as I was saying my hubby took great pleasure in informing me what my hobby was. . . I collect hobbies!!  This is true - very expensive but none the less true - it is also the only explanation I have for taking on and having such a passion about the many things I do!  This leads me to the introduction of my latest hobby, addiction, love!!!  Mini miniature building - and as usual it comes with a long story:
Last month I went to the miniature fair in Parkhurst this is where a number of miniature enthusiats get together to show, sell and buy miniatures and dolls house accessories. I was as usual wowed by all the "little things" I do have a special place in my heart for them - I don't have a dolls house but I do collect miniatures (and other little treasures - not necessary to scale)  I think my love of little things stems from my love of fairies, and fairies being little would use mostly little things so i actually collect fairy furnishings, crockery and decor as apposed to just miniatures.

After browsing all the beautiful things for a while and being completely blown away by the Christmas shops and cottages - my daughter and I happened apon a stall with cross stitched pillows 1/12th!  oh my word they were cute (we bought a couple and my daughter got her usual cute kid discount) - and THEN also at this stall were kits to make miniatures for a dolls house - UM NO. . . .  I don't think you get it - let me explain! Ok you have a dolls house, with a lounge in it, and then you decide hmmm I would like a dolls house . .  IN MY DOLLS HOUSE the scale we are now talking about would be not a 12th but a 144th. 

So being me I thought hmm . . .  I can do this - (keeping in mind I have never even built a 12th scale piece) so my daughter and I settled on the cutest little garden room, the rest is history - i am so unbelievable ADDICTED to this craft it is amazing and I can't seem to stop, we went back to the fair the next day and bought 3 more kits and this afternoon I will be ordering more by post. They truly are amazing. Thank you Erna for my latest hobby :)

The 1/144th garden room box

the 1/144th Lounge room box

 So if you have the guts to, maybe you would like try one of these little rooms and send me a pic - you can also join the miniatures group on in2crafts and share there.  My next big little thing will be designing a kind of cupboard house to keep all these little rooms in.

Keep it creative

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On my soap Box


As per usual I have an awful lot to say - and have not been blogging regularly so have even more to share!  If you make it to the end I thank you :)

2nd August - Scrapping with mom!
Today I went to a Scrap Class with my mom - it was hosted by one of my mom's scrap paper suppliers, it was most inspiring - which is, I think what the whole point was.  The morning started off with a delicious breakfast and then we got given a jam packed kit filled with delightful treasures that we were going to use to make our double layout.  I was ready .... I listened to the teacher with both ears and . . . .. well I got it wrong :( The very first instruction I misunderstood - I was so scared that I had messed up my paper, when the teacher came round she tried to put me at ease - with no luck. 

I felt terrible! And this leads me to my point.  I am always on the other side in a lesson or class, I am always the teacher.  There are very few opportunities I have to attend a class.  So often in my classes ladies make a mistake and/or cut a piece of paper skew and I don't have any problem at all but they always seem to feel so bad, even sad, I have not understood why because I like to think I am patient with all the people in my classes.  That was until I was in a class, I understood 100% the teacher was a sweet and kind and helped me out but I still felt awful.  Almost unappreciative of her class. 

I did go on to create (with her help) a stunning double layout and I was most impressed with the kit, the class, the company and the food was DIVINE!! - Thanks Cathy what a fantastic morning! 

I did however make a mental note to myself to try and prevent people feeling like crap when they do something wrong and I think the only way to do this would be to explain the task VERY slowly and clearly and not to begin until they are certain they know what they need to do - HUH don't I do that anyway?!?

I think I will continue with my other stories in a new blog - look out for that  :)

Luv Col