Monday, November 05, 2018

The last parts of Gordon's kitchen

Hello again,
After a 12 hour nightshift I have recovered today and caught up on plenty of sleep to do my blog post.
Gordon's kitchen finally comes to an end today with the last downloads for you.

So what have I been up to apart from work since  last posted?
For a start the never ending (it seems) sorting out of clothing which is too large now. I keep finding items when I put them on to wear. My work colleague is happy. She buys them for cheap of me , so I get at least a little cash to buy new items, but still... I struggle to replace them this fast ;) And there were a few moment when I wanted to cry because they were firm favourites in my wardrobe. And I am not keeping them if they don't fit properly. They hang on me like a large tent.
Guess it's a good excuse to buy new clothing. :)

Irina ,over on Skillshare , is doing a competition.
So I got busy and painted "Misty Forrest" from her latest class.
Also I got inspired by this picture. It's been 6 years since I did my bedroom, and with all the rooms downstairs nice and fresh I really want my bedroom upstairs to look new as well. So I guess that's my next DIY project.
But I started the morning with a different kind of DIY. I made Beeswax candles. There is nothing like the natural honey smell from authentic beeswax  ...mmhhh, I want to lick them :)

I'm also in full Christmas present buying mode. I hate how early they start with Christmas stuff in the shops, but I also see the positive side of it. Get in there early , spread the cost and avoid the last minute crowds and stress.
And that brings me to value of presents. It's supposed to be a family holiday , not a money spending "who has the most expensive brand name present" occasion. All through the years I have always refused to be part of that. No, I won't buy an expensive I phone or I pad when a cheaper android version does the same job. I taught my son that if he wants something like that he will have to get it himself and earn the money for it. I know families who max out their credit cards and get into debt just for Christmas. Then they spend the rest of the year to pay it all off , only for Christmas to come around and do the same again. Seriously? Is that really necessary? Alcohol sales go up sky high as well. Do people have to get drunk to celebrate? I'm not a religious person /Christian , but I value Christmas time as a family time and it's nice to exchange some gifts. I like the homey and cosy feeling the Christmas decorations give, without going over the top and creating a horrendous electric bill due to massive light decorations.
Keep it simple, use decorations from natural materials and think of the environment, please. Make some gifts yourself. And value the family time and good food instead of making it just about the presents.
So... that's my own Christmas message :)

Now it's time for those downloads.

Part 7 with lots of elements

and last more food

Next post will be the start of a new freebie kit again. I have a few to choose from and still have to make up my mind which one it's going to be :)
Now it's time to have a shower, get dressed  (still sitting here in PJs) and get some house work done though....
Stay crafty and until next post again
Hugs Snowy

Monday, October 22, 2018

3 more Gordon's kitchen parts for you

Good morning ,
I normally wanted to post last night after work , but it as been such a busy day that I only wanted to chill and go to bed after I finished my shift at 11 pm.
But now , after a good nights sleep I am ready to write my blog post ;)

I have finally sorted out all my winter clothing and half of it was too large after loosing about 10 kilos so far. Luckily one of my colleagues likes my style and bought most of it from me. So at least it's not a total loss and I got some cash for it all to buy new items in a smaller size.
It's so nice not to have to go to shops searching for larger sizes ! I have so much more choice now , that I'm down three dress sizes.
And I feel great in these new things :) As I don't do a diet as such (just cut out junk food , smaller portions and moving more ) it's taken a while , but better slow and keeping it off than loosing the weight quickly and piling it all back on once you stop the diet !

What has kept me most busy the past weeks is my patchwork woolly blanket. It sure has grown a bit …
I'm half way done now. Normally it would have been 12 x 12 squares, but I decided to make it larger and do 18x12 squares. Also, I want to add a border once all the squares are together.

I also finished another kit. Here is a preview and 2 quickpages I made with it.

 I have 2 more kits in the making. But that will be a little while still until they are finished.

Winter is coming and no garden work , which means I will have more time to be creative again :)
It's still quite mild here during the day , and I'm still picking tomatoes and cutting herbs to dry or freeze. Weeds always threaten to take over and there hasn't been much rain, so I still have to water the plants in the moment.

But let me show you what's up for grabs today.
  More food

The Kitchen appliances

...and part 6 of the main kit - recipe cards and a couple of ribbon bows

More Gordon's kitchen to come  ...this one for example...
But that's next post until then...keep crafty :)
Hugs Snowy

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Back with yet more Gordon's Kitchen

Hello again....
Time for another blog post ! And I have been busy ….
Apart from work I have managed to get a couple of started paintings done , still doing some gardening work , sorted out the warmer clothing and books , sold some clothing which is too big (I'm still loosing weight, no diet though...just healthy eating,moving more and a lot less junk ) , brought what isn't needed anymore to a second hand /charity shop, knitted more squares for my blanket and spent the rainy afternoon yesterday with a good book on the sofa ;) Gotta have time to chill with some cookies and hot chocolate as well …

Today I bought a new clear storage box for my sewing threads and sorted all the stuff I have. I found I definitely have enough safety pins and needles to last me for the rest of my life, I think.
And yes,I also have an old fashioned button box . This girl is old school :)

This is my ling room /creative corner when it's tidy....
….this is the current state though. Work in progress. It's so nice to finally have enough room to spread out .
This is one of the finished paintings from a Skillshare class with Irina. Can't you see I'm getting into Halloween mode ?
And do you remember the video tutorial with 3 easy landscape paintings I shared weeks ago? Well, I finally completed the second more to go. The last is a winter snow scene, so I think I will wait until it gets a little colder to get into the winter mood , before I have a go at that one. Let's stick to autumn for the time being :)

I really have to catch up on some blog reading. The last months ere so busy with all the renovating and decorating I barely had time to be on the computer. And I'm not a person who sits or walks around with her phone in hand all the time.

Anyway.... let me show a few more previews from Gordon's kitchen.
 Today we have food....
Kitchen charts for weight loss , if you're working on that , and one meal plan chart . Plus another zip file with frames , bows and ribbons for the kit.

And there's yet more to come ! I have 7 more parts to upload . Apart from 2 more general element parts there's still more food , kitchen items , templates, Gordon tubes and kitchen appliances. Gotta have a cooker , fridge , microwave etc in the kitchen, right?
So there you go, a little sneak preview of what's still coming .
I hope you're enjoying this mega kit so far :)

Time for me to finish this post now....I have a cup of hot chocolate , some cookies and a few more chapters of my book on my mind now, before bed time.

Until next post....
Stay creative.
Hugs Snowy


Monday, September 24, 2018

Gordon's Kitchen parts 5 , 6 and 7

Good morning ;)
I seem to be managing a 2 week posting schedule in the moment. But I thought I would not be able to post …. my laptop was not charging , no power going in . Thankfully my son's magic fingers and brain sorted the problem. This old baby is already 6 years old again , so I might have to look into a new one soon. At this age it's not worth a repair or buying a new battery anymore. Touch wood , fingers crossed it survives a bit longer still.

The living room is done, including a big bay window which needed painting. Here some pics- it looks nice and bright now.
 My new shelves , I still have to re-pack some things .
 Also , a new rug in front of the desk. (ignore the fresh laundry waiting for ironing on the chair ,lol)
I still have to hang up a few pictures on the walls .

 My blanket is slowly taking shape . I have another small bag full of finished squares, plus about 40 more to knit. I should have it ready in another year ;)
That's because the subscription only sends me 1 square material and patterns per week , but I have bought some extra yarn to speed it up and make a border in the end . I might even make it larger than the original 12 x12 squares.

Temperatures went down to 11 C/51 F during daytime and 6 C/ 43 F last night. They say it will get warmer again middle of the week , so I have not turned on the heaters yet. But I had to get out the warmer clothing and sit here in a fleece sweater and thick socks right now ;)

On that note , I will give you the links now, because I need to go to bed . I have another nightshift to do later tonight and need my beauty sleep.
Today you will get 3 zip files -papers  borders and a mat, and baking goods.
This is just a little paper preview .These will be in one of the folders.

Enjoy and until next time :)
Hugs Snowy

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Finally more of Gordon's Kitchen kit

Hello again,
I'm only a week late with this ...nope, not apologising because I've been so busy I just had to prioritise.
I could feel myself getting more and more tired and stressed , so I needed to put myself into "time-out" , cut down on things and take more rest.
Work, decorating, garden ,challenges , blog was getting too much in one go.
Work obviously comes first-bills have to be paid. The garden second. It's harvesting time , I still have to water every day and we had to cut the hedge and bushes because they were taking over and stealing the sun from the other plants. I'm still fighting snails , but I'm winning as long as I keep it up ;)
I have not touched a paintbrush for watercolors in 2 weeks, but the paintbrush for walls, door frames and skirting boards is getting a lot of use.
I need to get the windows winterproofed and notice that one doesn't shut. So I need to have someone come and repair it.
It was also time to get some warmer clothing out of storage. The early mornings and nights are getting quite cool now.

On the positive news , my desk and workspace are done and I love it !
I even got a decal with owls on a branch on the wall :)
I have so much more space with this L - shape corner desk.
And the floating shelves have plenty pf room for my large pen ,pencil and marker collection.

All I need now are new large bookshelves for my books, boxes , files and sketchpads .
Oh yes...and time ...I need more time !

Well, it's 8.35 pm ...I have to be up at 4.30 am , so I better give you the links and get ready for bed.

 Today I give you the second lot of backgrounds and more essential kitchen items.

Enjoy :)
I hope I find the time to post next Sunday, but if I don't make it , I will as soon as I find the time .
Hugs Snowy

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Freebie kit Gordon's kitchen

Hello " yawn" ,
I have come off nightshift earlier and only had a short nap, so bear with me in case I have typos n this post. My brain doesn't quite work at full capacity.

And I had barely any time for painting this past week either But ...on the bright side... the temperatures have gone down and it actually feels like autumn. Here at the coast we're getting he winds to go with it. Time to get out those hoodies and coats.

Today is the last day I can sit at my old desk. My creative room is getting a make-over with new shelves and desk, the walls and ceiling need to be painted and I will have a feature wall with wallpaper. A lot of work again, but will be worth it.
The reason is that this old desk is too small ! I need space not only for my laptop and painting, but also want a place to put up my sewing machine, which has been stored away and not used since we disposed of the large dining table. I just don't have a large enough surface to use it. But that will now change with this large L-shaped desk I ordered. One side for painting and laptop, the other side for sewing and other textile crafts.

Needless to say I won't get much painting done without desk and lots of DIY .
I did one for #thingswithflowers , but didn't even finish my leaf yet.
But hey...I started designing , not just one but 2 new kits.

Fancy a quick look at what I have so far?
This one will be called "Golden Autumn"
And this will be more colourful and playful .I have something like "Autumn Joy"in mind.

I need to start packing up my art supplies , so let's get to the new freebie kit.
It's called Gordon's kitchen and is a HUGE kit. It has everything from backgrounds in different color schemes, tube elements of appliances, food items ,cutlery, recipe cards etc. And there is our Chef Gordon.
Here come the first 2 links

Let's have fun cooking :)
And I will be back next weekend with more parts ….until then, stay crafty !  :)
Hugs Snowy

Sunday, August 19, 2018

More Love Letters kit

Good morning :)
It's one of my rare weekends off work and I have been busy !
For a start I caught up with knitting squares for my blanket. I think I have roughly 60 done ….only about 80 more to go ..oufff ;)
A lot of work , sweat and cursing going into this , but it will be well worth it in the end :)

Then I managed to get 2 more paintings for #thingswithflowers done.
The guitar . Love how this turned out !
And the swing in a loose style with lavender .
And my "homework" for this week , the letter B leaves -Birch.

For next week it's the Chestnut leaf , Horse chestnut to be specific

They are almost ripe here and will fall down soon , and the leaves will start going yellow and brown then.
A Japanese Cherry leaf would be another option for letter C .

I love Autumn and can't wait for all those lovely colors :)
So here is an autumn leaves paint tutorial

OK... time for the kit and links again...

I made another quickpage from this kit

And here the links

Question : Would you be interested in more quickpages? I have a lot saved and been thinking about uploading them as freebies as well.
If I sort them in themes and group them into packs of 4 or 5 at the time , they would make nice freebie downloads as well.

Let me know and that's it for today again. Until next week
Hugs Snowy