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I’ve been doing a bit of junk journalling, and using paper and collage. So yesterday, when my husband bought me some low carb Gin and Tonic and the box was so pretty I decided to collage it up…

So, take one gin and tonic carry box…

Now I just have to think about what I can put in it. I might modpodge the outside to strengthen it first though.

Hope this inspires you! ~ Jo x

I’m getting quite addicted to making these collaged window envelopes and little folders with secret pockets and places to write or tuck memories, poems, or special thoughts.

Send to someone in the post to make someone happy!

Or give as a special gift ~ tuck some money or a gift voucher into the pockets along with a special meaningful note. It’s more than just a card!

Or give to a friend to tuck into their Junk Journal.

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I haven’t posted for a while. I have been making things but also been so busy. However, lately I’ve been starting on a new hobby… making journal cards, or happy mail.

I haven’t got to the stage of making a journal, and don’t know if I will, but I love watching Roxy Creations making these things to put into junk journals, or to send as “Happy Mail” and so I’ve just started making my own now, and here is my second one…

Cover with strips of white cotton for the bow
On the back a verse from the Bible

Hey! How you going in lockdown?

I randomly discovered a video where this woman was making these cute little bags out of the duvet/sheet plastic bags and I thought, yep, I’ve got some of those.  I ordered some brads from Spotlight, and I made the little brown circles out of card with my CRICUT maker, and my mother in law had given me several rolls of pink silk rayon braid which was perfect for tying them up.  I really love them and they’re super quick to make.   Too easy!!

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These little bags are so cute and quite handy.

I’ve been cutting out little hearts and flowers with my CRICUT Maker to have on hand so they are the perfect place to store them…

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Here is the LINK to the YouTube tutorial I found.

As promised yesterday I thought I would do something relevant to the start of this year and our key message from our Prime Minister here in NZ.  We went into lock down hard and fast and it seems to be paying off.   Staying at home and in my bubble is easy for me.

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Hi there!  I thought being in lockdown (in NZ) for the past two weeks I would have done way more creatively, but to be honest, I’ve been too busy, especially with work!  Anyway, a long Easter holiday weekend is perfect to have enough time to start to create.  So I just made this up as I went along…

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Love your life ~ Freemotion sewing

I started by adding the red floral square and then picked up other pieces of fabric and it just emerged from there.

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Window of opportunity … freemotion sewing

Maybe my next one will be bubbles … stay in your bubble!

I’ve had a lovely summer holiday.  One of the highlights of my holiday was taking mum out for the day.  A lovely breakfast at Mount Maunganui, followed by a walk around the shops, and then some opshopping.   I found this cute little glass jar with lid for $4 and thought it would make the perfect peppermint jar and also the perfect opportunity to try out my new Cricut (birthday pressy from hubby).

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My husband says it looks mint!

I’m loving the result of the Cricut Vinyl.  It’s not perfect ~ Trust me to do the most fiddly intricate small design and on glass as my first project. It’s not perfect but I love it!

My Cricut…

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Today is take down the Christmas tree day – nope it’s not – it’s wrap up the Christmas Tree in a white bag day!  The word for me this year is EASY and you know, this idea makes it easy today at the beginning of 2020 and it will be easy for me at the end of the year to just pull it out.  I whipped up a bag on my Overlocker using an old white sheet from a dry cleaners.  Love it!

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Next Christmas is going to be so EASY putting up the tree!  I just loved my decorations this past Christmas so I will just be repeating it again 2020…

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This is the Scripture reference in the Bible that inspires me regarding this year, 2020, being EASY!  It doesn’t mean I won’t be very busy and productive, quite the contrary.  But I believe this year God is going to give me great ideas to make things EASY and light! 777E96F9-BCAF-4989-8CD7-901E4D018BE3

Christmas is over and it is holiday time.  And so it’s time to get OFF Pinterest and actually make something.  So I chose these little Home Sachets.  I think they will make nice little gifts…

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My husband buys me the best birthday presents.  He’s bought me an over locker, sewing machine, JBL speaker, Soda stream delux …and this November he bought me a CRICUT|Maker .  I know right!

So I’m learning how to use it.  It can do so much …. cut material, vinyl, card.  So I thought I would make my first thing and chose to make a stencil from some card I already had. I made the word on my iPad and wirelessly sent it to the CRICUT.  It worked perfectly!

I didn’t have any fabric paint for my new stencil so I used a black fabric marker pen someone had given me and coloured in on white cotton repurposed sheets.  It wasn’t the best look so then I went over it it with my free motion sewing …. one in white thread and one in black thread, and quite honestly they look so good.

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