The other day I got an awesome email from a lady across the globe who was inspired by my BPC "You changed my life" I was absolutely stoked that someone had been inspired by and gained something from my class.
Often when you sit there creating a class, you wonder what it will achieve. You have dreams and goals. You hope that an experience you may have had, might help someone else. But you just don't know how it will all pan out, until it's done and finished.
The good thing is that we all teach each other. Every time I take a class I learn something new even as I'm teaching.
Anyway, the good news is that I have a free class of mine to give away.
But I'm going to make it a little harder than just entering a draw. Grin.
My class is all about the people who changed your life. So why not tell me about someone who changed your life. It doesn't matter how big or small. You don't even have to go into details (sometimes it can be too personal), but I'd love to know who those people are in your life that you want to commemorate (good or bad! Grin).
So leave me a comment on this post and I'll do a draw in a week (next Wed evening NZ time). Spread the word, because if I get over 150 entries, I might just have to throw in a rak from myself for someone else as well.
Wow, this is a divine slice. Well, I'd actually call it a kind of a cake. And in the receipe it's called a lemon brownie. Either way, it's amazing. So fresh and lemoney.
I got the receipe off one of my favourite receipe sites. Taste. And it was this one here that I used.
Much better than my disaster yesterday ..... caramel slice. I couldn't get the caramel to set. It tastes amazing, but well, in this heat, and how it didn't set already, it was just one big sticky mess. LOL. Not so good for the lunch boxes. I might have to try again with a slightly different receipe.
I am looking for something a little more healthy than what I've been making recently, and ideally something I don't actually have to bake. If you've got any great receipes, I'd love to hear about them!
For those of you who know me and read my blog regularly, you'll know I'm a pretty busy person. You'll also know that last year I got hit by a pretty serious 'illness'. Chronic Fatique Syndrome. It was hideous and something I fought the whole time it was obviously present.
But I was lucky and got better pretty quickly in comparison to many other people. And have since been learning how to deal with it. How to take things easy. Yeah right!
The other day I was talking to some Mums at school and they asked what I was going to do when I got home and I said 'rest'. Then when I saw them later they said, so did you get some rest and I said 'sort of, I went to Titirangi, ordered some product for a class, designed a LO and this and this. Well it was rest, I was sitting down'. LOL.
But the point being that what I consider rest, isn't really. So I need to learn to listen to my body better and alter the way I think. And I need to do it soon. This last week or so I've been needing an afternoon sleep every day again.
And that's ok. I just need to learn how much is too much and prioritise. I don't think I realised how much our trip over Xmas took out of me. I really haven't caught up since then. And there are some things like my family, crafting and chickens, that are far too important not to spend time on. So they come first. But other things, I can easily live without.
It's an interesting and frustrating journey that I'm going on. And again, I find myself fighting it every step of the way. But at least now I'm a little wiser (I hope) and can deal with it better.
After all, every day is a new day and this is a new year.
You may have noticed that I've been 'into' baking in the last little while.
I've found it fun.
I also love creating something from nothing, plus I love how I know what is in the food so can keep my family healthy.
Occassionally, it also helps others.
I read about a woman in NZ (I think) who discovered how much a baked cake meant to a friend when she gave it to her one day for her birthday. She decided to make a cake everyday for a year to give away. And she did. Apparently it wasn't always easy, but she did it. And brought joy to many people.
Today as part of Valentines I decided that baking might help brighten up not only my kids days, but a friend who is going through a bit of a rough patch.
I didn't want the normal ole cake, so decided to try something new. It's called a 'spice cake'
I used this receipe from Delish. Then decided that I couldn't do the 'standard' butter icing as I had to take it to school with me, so got this frosting receipe from Cooks.
The icing is amazing. It's like a cross between fudge and icing. Delish!
And the cake, well, I was worried about what the kids would think. They don't like 'spicy' things. But LOVED this. Me too.
I'd highly recommend it.
And for something fun, I decided to make some of these
I've seen lots of pics of these on pinterest and around the web, so thought they'd be fun for the kids. And not totally unhealthy. It was fun to make, and yummy. Unfortunately the M&M's have gone a bit discoloured cause I put them in the fridge. Note to self: Don't put in fridge!
But all in all a successful day. My friend gave me a huge hug and the kids were stoked. Yay!
Vicky and I have been planning our second hatch since the first one. LOL. We both enjoyed it so much. Today we met and swapped eggs. I had got some from a place in Nelson. She had got some from our original place.
We met at a park and the kids had a wonderful time running around the playground and skate board park.
I took a couple of photos. Just love the graffiti as a background.
And then we moved over to an amazing building that had some great art and more graffiti.
I adore this picture. They are all so individual. All so perfect. It's wonderful.
Can you tell I'm a scrapping Mum? LOL.
Now just have to wait ever so IMPATIENTLY for next weekend when we'll candle the eggs to see if/how many have started to develop, then another 2 weeks for those that have, to hatch. Yay!
I don't know about you, but I look forward to these every month from Prima.
And today you can find February's challenges on their blog.
Here is February's sketch:
And of course, my take on it:
I used a lot of new CHA product on this LO. Totally adoring the banner, the clocks, the wooden pieces and of course the beautiful flowers that Prima continually bring out. Sigh.
I used Tattered Angels Glimmermist on the canvas to draw out the resistance on it. Love how subtle it is.
This LO features Tuffy one of our chickens that we hatched from an egg last year. Just a couple of weeks ago, she died. It was devastating to all of us. But luckily I had taken these photos and in fact had already created this LO. I feel pretty pleased that due to my scrapping obsession we've got such a great record of our wee friend.
Please check out the blog here for more fabulous designs from the Prima DT.
And moving right along.... I also took part in the PPP. Well, who wouldn't want to. It was such a beautiful palete!
Here's my take on it.
Again, lots of new Prima. Adore that paper. Look at the giant doily! And you can see I've also used one of the canvas sheets, cutting out the flowers to add dimension without bulk.
To keep the design under the same 'theme' I've added some die cut doilies of my own to it.
Love being able to create my own embellishment.
As for Prima's trinkets, well, we all know how much I love them! Grin.
Hey, did you see the teeny tiny butterflies up on the top righthand side? They're my idea! You won't believe how excited I was when I found out Prima was going to produce something I suggested. Cool huh?!
Ok, again, if you want to see more gorgeousness (is that a word?), pop on over here.