There hasn’t been a great deal of crafting lately as I’ve been busy working on my thesis. I have some deadlines coming up and need to submit an oral presentation and a written presentation of 3000 words, plus a bunch of other stuff like a literature review and outline of thesis chapters etc. However, I have needed a whole bunch of cards lately, so Gorgeous Girl and I sat down recently to make some.
These were some birthday cards and a thinking of you card.
Gorgeous Girl made these ones as thank you cards for some gifts she received (yes, I’m an old-fashioned mum who makes her kid write thank you cards).
Living so far away from her family I think it’s especially important that she send notes to say thank you as it’s a way of keeping connections strong with her grandparents and aunties and uncles. I was impressed with what Gorgeous Girl did on the second card. She cut the green strip into ‘grass’ all on her own. It’s a technique she’s never seen me use so she invented it all on her own.
On Wednesday Gorgeous Man and I are travelling to the US. He is presenting a paper at a conference and I’m going to attend the conference and then visit some archives for my own research. Gorgeous Girl is going to spend some time with her cousins – she’s very excited about that. Long story short, I figured it would be handy to have some thank you cards up my sleeve and came up with these.
The spotty flower was from scraps run through my sister-in-law’s die cutting machine. She sent me a little packet of goodies a few months ago. On the front of the packet was the flower which now adorns the card at the bottom right. The zebra is fussy cut from scrapbook paper. The blue paper behind the owl is really old. I bought it in 2006 while we were on a stop-over in Singapore on our way to move to South Africa. I think that is the last little scrap of it used out of the stash now. I save my scraps by colour and eventually they all get used up.
Gorgeous Girl was busy doing other things while I made the above cards, so I took the time to make up a quick scrapbook page as well.
I’ve kept the photo a bit dark to make it harder to distinguish the individual children, but you get the idea of the page. The embellishments were from a pack I bought in Kmart while we were in Australia at the end of last year, and the title stickers come from my good friend Kerin (who started me on the whole scrapbooking journey).
Gorgeous Girl was very eager to get back to school when we arrived home in PNG. She was so impatient that this was the best picture I was able to get of her.
First day of Prep. Coming into the class 5 weeks late was a bit of a shock. She was warmly welcomed back by the kids, but there are only three in her class that she knows well from last year and she struggled a bit with the idea that she needed to sit and work and not just play all day like in Pre-school. But she has settled in well now. Yesterday she told me that the best thing she did at school was writing, and she’s doing well on her spelling tests, so it’s all good.
Excuse the mess behind Gorgeous Girl – I’m in the middle of getting ready to leave again and so the house is once again a disaster. Here is a shot of her self-haircut.
Note the very short fringe and sides when compared to her first day of school photo…
I’ve packed my English paper-pieced hexagons for the flights from PNG to Australia, and Australia to the USA. Then I have some long car and bus rides ahead of me, so I’ve packed two easy knit shawls as well. I also have some cross-country plane time so both of them should be finished by the time I get home (this may be wishful thinking). Getting knitting needles onto planes is a much simpler process in the US than in Australia, in my experience. Your mileage may vary…
I’ll try to sneak in some blogging from the US, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have.