It's also nice to cover them with paper, transparency, paint and use little metal embellishments including wire to hold them in place. I also like using eyelets as it gives a good definition of the holes.
On another note, I will be trading as normal over the Christmas break, and January 2009. If you need to purchase stock I am happy to mail orders out as normal. I won't be going anywhere, like on holidays etc...In January 2009 I am off to Newman, which is north of Perth to do a special weekend workshop for RTlicious. I've never been officially past Geraldton so I am excited to see some of the northwest of Western Australia and meet the lovely girls that live there. Later in the year I plan on heading to Sydney again for the SIA trade show at Homebush. I am looking forward to releasing some lovely new products at the show. That's at the end of March 2009, in case you were wondering. Then I have been invited to Canberra by the lovely Lana McMurray for a weekend of teaching classes at the end of July. Will post details of both events as they get nearer.
And there are some pics from Melbourne that I needed to put up from Paperific that was on in October! Here are Jenny and Sarah contemplating where stock needs to go on the wall. It's a big job and this year took over 5 hours to set up. A full pallet gets shipped from Perth to Melbourne and takes several weeks to put together.
Jenny and Sarah took care of 300 make and takes, some people were good about waiting. We had a six tile tag with embellishments all over it so it took about 15mins to complete. We are supposed to have 3 people at a time but Jen being the sweet girl that she is, loves making people happy, slotted in another 3 to make 6 at a time! Thanks Jen and Sarah for being so generous with your skills at teaching!
The other thing that is keeping me off the streets is a sorta small little hobby thing. I have always had a passion for handmade soap, the cold pressed type where you add wonderful oils like olive, coconut, palm and cocoa butter, shea butters and then add some essential oils to make the best soap right from scratch. Not only do you end up with soap that is wonderful for your skin, there seems to be a therapeutic value in making your own. For the last 20 years I have been buying it from the markets, but now I have been making my own and loving it. I have also been dabbling in lotions, lip balms, shampoo, and soy wax candles. It's a totally different thing to papercraft which I have enjoyed for the last 20 years, however it has been a nice distraction and... my house smells so good! Here are some of my soaps, BTW I have been selling them as I made over 300 bars! LOL!
Here are some of the soaps on the curing rack, below (Ikea shoe racks, a new ones of course!) Oh turn away if you don't like the nude body soap! I make some with scents of lavender, rosemary, honey and oatmeal, sandalwood, lemon scented gum, eucalyptus, and many more luscious scents. I also add some botanicals of lavender rose buds and calendular petals to name a few. I mustn't forget the goat milk soap which is very close to our ph and is fantastic for people who have excema and other skin problems.
The last 2 months I have been pottering around with plants, and we have a HUGE vege patch going out back. Lots and lots of tomatoes, at least 50 plants. So far we have 43g of tomatoes picked! We are hoping for kilos tho! We have lots of kinds like, 5 types of tomatoes, 2 types of eggplant, several types of onion, lettuce. We have managed to grow bok choi, chinese cabbage, chillies, broccoli, beans, lebo cucumbers, zucchinis, more pumpkins than we should, and the same goes for watermelons! Did I mention corn, capsicum, carrots, broad beans, english spinach, rocket, coriander, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, basil? It goes without saying there are no chemicals on anything we are growing. If there are bugs they get picked off and sent directly to my sweet friend Joanne, and her quails eat them!
It's fascinating looking at how quickly the veges grow and as we have had plenty of rain for November and some of December, which is unusual. Lucky tho the plants may very well fry!
On the weekend, Deb's and I packed up all of our junk and went to Glendalough Primary School (Wandara) for a car boot sale. It was my old primary school, and even thought they had knocked down some of the classrooms there was still the old canteen and grade seven build to remind me of "the olden days". Brought back some fond memories it did! One of my school mates who came to the sale, that I hadn't seen since high school recognised me. We haven't seen each other for at least 35 years! It was so wonderful to see her again! But it was a shock!
Deb's (I call her Debs, it's her nickname) and I did quite well with our junk considering it wasn't a big event. A lot of my old stamp pads and new ones I don't use anymore went to new homes along with some stamps. Oh and I sold a few candles and soaps, "sweet"!
So that's my news so far, thanks for looking, Julie