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Blog & Life 2015: Out With The Old.

6 Jan

I am now entering my 3rd year of blogging.

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My blog meets none of the blogging criteria of a successful blog.

But it’s my blog and a pleasure still to me as I never intended to become a ‘read blog’ nor still do I.
I have always used it as my personal muse to find the “good in everyday”.

In saying that I do however like the fact that others do pop, have a read and leave messages. This was a pleasure I never expected to have – so Thank You to those that do, despite my slack posts, poor spelling & grammar and somewhat dull wafflings.

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As mentioned ‘The Blogging Criteria’:

One of these blogging criteria recommendations is regular blog posts – fail one.

A second being combine blog with other social media – fail two.

I’ve had a huge gap in blog posts and twitter, Instead Ive been found over on IG. I’ve found IG just the right amount of social media to fit in with my schedule for the later part of 2014. But New Year – New Schedule.

I’ve organised and sorted many aspects of the HAF household over the past few months and one area that remains a shamble of miss matching posts and WIP is my blog. I feel I should give a little TLC to the poor thing which is serving me so well.

So first out with the old…

There are 3 topics which I have covered in posts over the past 2 years that have come to an end for me at least.

CPSH; Craft Photo Scavenger Hunt: I really enjoyed taking part in this. There are lots of monthly photo taking variations out there but I enjoyed the personal nature of this as it was a small group which I could actually enjoy everyone’s posts each month. Unfortunately I joined this at the end of its life really the original organiser had passed the torch on and lives got busy and the group naturally and amicably fizzled as far as I am aware.
So this topic is no longer a feature on my blog.

BHBC & CCC: ; Beaters Hut Bakers Club & Clandestine Cake Club: Again two things I tremendously enjoyed taking part in and pushing the grey baking cells and skills. But alas baking is not always easy for me as it requires a full good week as I have to shop & bake, then commit to a date a month in advance when I have no idea how I will feel, leaving me feeling pressured and letting people down. Which means I can not take part unfortunately.
But both local groups still continue successfully and with some very hard work of 2 lovely groups- much recommend.

Crafty Creatives #CC: I stopped my Crafty Creatives boxes as to be honest I was getting a little bored of the format and I didn’t have the inkling to either do the crafts or the time. As I stopped though the format changed and I was given the option to test the new format but I declined – stupidly. As I do quite like the look of the new boxes. This maybe something in future I choose to do again.
I have however in its place taken more day classes in crafts which I have greatly enjoyed too and there will continue to be blog posts about.

Things I’ve not quite finished, Blog WIP’s …

A-Z of Me: I started this with my blog essentially and haven’t got past ‘E’.
So *ahem* it is in my blog planner; oh yes my organiser has one [*Tick* one criteria of a successful blog – have a planner- I just have to use it haha], so 2015 will see more of The A-Z of Me.

WSW; Window Shopping Wednesday: I haven’t done a WSW for over a year.
My break was due to Window Shopping often turns into shopping and with the Wedding I had to resist temptation to house shop and concentrate on the Wedding.
Our Wedding didn’t actually involve that much shopping. I had a clear picture in my mind and found or made what I wanted with a little help from Family & Friends.
Instead of shopping a lot of pinning happened and you can still see all of our Blush, Gold & Navy themed wedding inspiration on my Pinterest boards [Serotiny_HAF].
One day I will share our amazing day on the blog.

I Quit Sugar; The ‘diet’/Life style of quitting sugar: Well I lasted the first 5 weeks of full detox then had my Bridal Shower & Hen Party.
A Bridal Shower Afternoon Tea Party & A Best Friend who is a cake goddess and ‘I didn’t quit sugar’. I slowly slipped down the slippery slope again.
In saying this we do not quiet have the same amount of sugar as before as I have never restocked some sugary condiments and such like. I have also continued to switch to no sugar brands of certain foods. My snacking is slightly different too I switched some snacks to things like rice cakes & nut butters and this was always the area which was a high sugar concern in my diet.
I hope in the new year to attempt this again as I did feel some benefits.

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So that’s a summery of the blog tidy & round up.

Blog Aims 2015

I aim to blog at least twice a week for now and increase my twitter communications again as I miss the interaction & knowledge to be found on twitter. I’ve found many a fab company or recommendation on twitter – not to mention twittering peeps becoming none virtual friends.

I aim to blog once a week on a positive good in the week for me, this could be snail mail, baking, a craft etc.

The second post I aim to do is continue to take part in Jocelyn at The Reading Residence, Word of the Week. I hope to make the link up most Fridays – Sundays.

The Reading Residence

My other occasional Blog Aim is to post about our Geocaching progress and have a bit of a catch up with this.

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From time to time I hope to increase posts with participating with other blog link ups as I have done in the past.

I think it’s all looking ship shape over here and ready for 2015 and a 3rd Blogging Year.

I look forward to seeing what the new year brings.

Sx

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#CraftyCreatives Box13

5 Aug

July was Crafty Creatives Birthday Box 13.

The Birthday Box reflected the floral theme of the 1st ever Crafty Creatives Box.

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There were 5 Flower Making Kits in the box amongst a few extra treats.

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And a Balloon to celebrate.

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I am yet to attempt the flower kits but what I have made use of is the Balloon.

I’ve been wanting to paper mâché a bowl for a while and the balloon was just the excuse needed. (I don’t know why it’s just one of those Pinterest induced oooo I haven’t done that in ages craft moments)

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So Balloon ready – Newspaper cut

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Suitable PVA style glue & water mixture made, with fingers crossed it was sticky enough.
I covered the balloon in cling film to make it easy to remove from the balloon, instead it just stuck to the cling film – a slight faux pa – it came loose easily enough though.

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Then mucky’ness commenced…

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I added a few layers off news paper leaving to dry well in between each to avoid a moulding wet mess.
Then top coated with a plain packing paper I had saved.

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I then chopped it to size leaving it a bit wonky for an original feel.

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Gave it a paint in an acrylic teal on the outside (It actually was darker than I expected) and an acrylic gold inside.

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After a couple of coats of each…

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It was then sealed with a glossy decoupage glue I had a hand.

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And there you have it one paper mâché bowl.

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Hopefully in the next week I will get to attempt some of the flowers from Box 13.

S

Current Craftiness

13 Jul

Over the past week I’ve had some time to play with last months Crafty Creatives Box 12 (you can view CCBox12 full contents in a previous post) and thought I would show you my makes.

This months kit was cross stitch, I loved crossed stitch when I was younger so this was a welcome reminiscent craft.

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There were 4 pattens to choose from and I chose the cupcake, but added my own touches. I added a 3rd colour; pink, a border, some beads & a heart topper. I really enjoyed doing it and it’s now joined the ‘tea corner’ in the kitchen.

My other Crafty Creatives Box 12 make was from the polymer clay cake slice charms.

I brought some clasps and connecting hoops and *heypresto*

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Cake Slice Stitch Markers.

Last week was my last Pottery session of the term.
I finished my little house off at home before hand so It would be fired over the holidays.

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In class I’ve wrapped up a few projects, glazing and embellishing which hopefully will be fired and ready to collect soon.

I’ve also been trying to improve my knitting skills and in doing so thought I would start again from basics.
A few weeks ago now Sarah at The Sheep Shop ran a beginners knitting class which I attended and though I could already knit found it very helpful to learn cast on methods and various other little bits.

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We started handwarmers which I’ve been continuing with I’ve finished one but I’ve dropped a stitch on the other – and this is why I’m going back to learning!

Though fixing mistakes isn’t one of Sarah’s classes I’ve signed upto yet!

Also a Crochet WIP I have going at the moment is a baby blanket for my Sister-in-Law whose baby is due in November.

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I have a soft spot for these little granny squares. We do not yet know whether she is having a little boy or girl but I’m intending on crocheting enough blue, green and eventually pink squares so that when we do know I can make a blanket out of what ever is colour appropriate.

My final crafty project this week has been a new notice board.
I purchased some of Miss Beatrix beautiful hand painted buttons a couple of weeks ago and wanted to find a good way to display them along with my Lupin Handmade Brooch.

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So today I set to making a notice board to display a few select bits on in my craft room.

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I covered an A4 flat artist canvas in spotty blue material and made some bunting. Before arranging & sewing on the buttons and attaching the primrose brooch.
Finally I attached a ‘washing line’ across the board to allow me to added other favourite bits.

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Thus far I’ve added a #postcircle #goose sticker I received today on a lovely #postcircle letter, to my notice board ‘washing line’.

I can’t wait to add more! I will keep you updated.

S

A Good Post Day

17 Jun

Friday was a good post day @Hundred Acre Farm.

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A few weeks ago, I registered with Crafty Creatives and Friday my first box turned up!

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I haven’t blogged till now about it as I think it’s a little unfair to blog about it when others haven’t had their surprise yet.
But it’s been a week now since Crafty Creatives announced postage had taken place so most should have their boxes.

Each months box – this box is #box12 –
Has a Theme. This months theme is The Treat Box.

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In this months box:

* Art Card – By Louise Williams.
* CC Kit: Cross Stitch.
* 3 Cake Slice Charms- By Susan King.
* Cupcake Grosgrain Ribbon.
* ‘M’ Print Cabochons.
* Fat Quarter of Paris Macaroons Fabric.
* Alteration Tags.
* Biscuit Cutter.
* Recipe Card: Spelt Biscuit Recipe.
* Bag of Juicy Beads.
* Crafty Papers.
* 5 Ice Cream Buttons.
* 2 Chupa Chups Lollipops.

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I’ve been a little busy this weekend so haven’t had the chance to play yet but looking forward to it. I used to like a bit of cross stitch when I was younger.

Also in Fridays post was my Lupin Handmade order mentioned in WSW last week.

Want to see what I brought?

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If you pay attention to my blog you may have guessed these were my choices.

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Because @Hundred Acre Farm Everything Stops For Tea, this little Teapot rosette I thought was apt.

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Wild Yellow Primroses are my favourite flower, I doubt many have actually seen them these days or smelt one. Daintier & full of sweet spring fragrance than its Garden Centre counter part.
They are memory invoking for me, of childhood walks with my Gramps some of the happiest days of my life, and a man that’s love knows no bounds.

When I saw this brooch I had to have it.

Friday Evening it was time to bake once more for CCC (Clandestine Cake Club) meet on Saturday. This months theme was 5 a day.
After a Pinterest search I came up with Bavarois aux Peches; my short list of ideas can be seen on my Pinterest account Serotiny_HAF.
But that’s a matter for another blog post.

S

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