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It's been a more productive week this week craft wise. I've actually managed to finish the calendar tags. Here are the last five months.


I wanted the flower here to look more like autumn leaves in colour.


I love this one. I didn't want to go too far down the Halloween route, so I added a black cat and a little girl with a pumpkin at the top.


This was the nearest I could get to daisies. I love the little butterflies on here.


The butterfly on this was actually from the May page, but March is my mum's month, and purple is her favourite colour, so I put it on here.

The last month was May. Butterflies again!

Good thing is I have plenty of extra things from the Time to Flourish papers, including some beautiful poetry that I will find a use for.

I've also made a birthday card, which will not fit in an envelope.


I started off by stamping my own background, with stamps from a magazine and my new dewdrop inks. I aged them with vintage photo distress ink, and then cut a frame from black card and coloured it with vintage gold prima wax. I added a turquoise stone at the top then a couple of paper dolls, before adding a sentiment from the chitchat range.


Finally you can see what it is! Feels like I have made a little progress.

off to the circus
wander at the spectacle
of the acrobats

So this week was originally Flambards, but it is impossible to get there by public transport, so I changed it to Paulo's circus, which comes to Newquay every year during the summer. Never been before, heard good things, so headed out there.



There were a few positives - especially the tightrope walker, and the wheel of death at the end. Also the quick costume change magician. The rest was a little meh unfortunately. The acrobatics would have been more impressive if they were higher up (adding a sense of danger) and if it were done with a little more grace. I shouldn't judge; its not like I can do any of these things, but it could have been better. More importantly though, the children there were entertained, and in an age of ipads and special effects, that can only be a good thing.

Ems


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First off, as always, the decluttering. All funkos this week (and next actually) They've gone to my brother.












Even my cute little Sauron!

Onto the makes. Haven't had a chance to make any jewellery yet and the stitch is not yet finished (on the final page now, which has the most french knots on) but I have made another heart.


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I love Lindy's sprays - they call them magical for a reason!





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