Sunday, 30 March 2008

A moment to remember

I got some pretty flowers last weekend that just had to be photographed. I made this layout with it for a challenge at Jessica Sprague's forum.
(Credits: Papers: Lynng-along8, lynng-along1, lynng-along4, lynng-along5, lynng-along7 from Along for the ride kit by Lynn Grieveson
Elements: AASPN_SimpleTorn3_4 by Anna Aspnes, KPertiet_MessyStitches_brown, Mterasawa-groovyboy_staple by Mindy Terasawa, ArtWHSE_MyHeartFlowers-6, ArtWHSE_MyHeartFlowers-8, ArtWHSE_MyHeartFlowers-14 by ArtWarehouse, Danelle Johnson
Font: CK Ali's Writing
Photo: Linda Roos)

Monday, 24 March 2008

Table settings for the unprepared

I bet you never thought I would be one of those, did you? Unprepared and setting the table for a dinner party ten minutes before the guests were due to arrive? Unheard of in this household! But this Easter it actually happened. Not once but twice. Two days in a row. This weekend I really had to wreck my brain and work fast to make it work.

Day 1
On Friday we had five people coming over for dinner and drinks (and a go round with Playstation Sing Star). I spent all day cleaning. We have been very busy in the last couple of weeks, not having had time to do any sort of cleaning, and thus the house looked like a complete dump. I had no time at all to even think about the table setting until after I had showered and made myself look reasonable presentable which was indeed ten minutes before our guests arrived.

What did I do? Threw on a wrinkly, albeit clean, table cloth, put the tulips we got in the supermarket two days earlier in the center of the table, rumamged through my candle stash and found four blue floating candles that I put in small water filled glasses. I accompanied that with blue linen napkins from my mother and whiteand blue china. Once the food was on the table and the lights were dim nobody could see that the linens were not ironed and it came together looking quite sophisticated and classy.



Day 2
We had two guests coming over. The day was spent shopping for food and going to see our godchildren to give them their Easter presents. So again, no time for planning.

What did I do? Well, I did get up early so that I could wash the table cloth from the day before. It was dry an hour before the guests arrived so I had just enough time to iron it. I used the same flowers as the day before and added a strand of brown and rose coloured beads around the vase. I found matching paper and punched out little hearts that I scattered along the center of the table. I folded the white linen napkins to make them look a little more interesting and stuck the cutlery in the pocket. I tied some ribbon around the plain white candles to dress them up a bit and then used all white china. This made for a very clean and simple look that let the food (which was fabulous) shine and take all the attention.



My two random tips:
  • Use linen or cotton napkins instead of paper. It's a more eco friendly alternative and it gives a more luxurious feel.
  • Give fresh flowers new water every day to make them last longer during holidays. This way you don't have to get new ones if you are having several parties.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

A Swedish Happy Easter

(Credits: Paper & Elements: SP_Promise_Paper_Leaf, SP_Promise_Paper_Stripes, SP_Promise_Paper_Stripes, SP_Promise_Butterfly from Promise Collection by Shabby Princess
Font: Ma Sexy
Photo: Tomas Pettersson)

Have a good one y'all! Don't eat too many sweets!

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Sinfully good

I stumbled across this fantastic blog today. There are so amazing recipes and beautimous pictures of cupcakes. You don't want to miss this!
Cupcake blog

Friday, 14 March 2008

Time for another freebie

I have been away for a while, due to a very stubborn cold. To make up for it I decided to offer up another freebie. Yay! I made a layout the other day with some beautiful things from Designer Digitals and liked it enough to make it into a template. So here we go!

Download here.

And here is the layout I did
(Credits: Papers: lynng-along4 from Along for the ride by Lynn Grieveson, mterasawa-groovyboy-brownwitdots, mterasawa-groovyboy-stripes, mterasawa-groovyboy-texturedbigflowers from Groovy boy by Mindy TerasawaElements: mterasawa-groovyboy-starpatch-2, mterasawa-groovyboy-buttons, mterasawa-groovyboy-thickstitch-3 from Groovy boy by Mindy Terasawa, KPertiet_Together_JustBeing by Katie Pertiet (slightly modified)Photos: Linda Roos)

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Thoughts of you

(Credits: All papers from Home Away from Home kit by Jessica Sprague,
wordart by Summer Driggs, photo by Linda Roos)

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Winter Beauty

(Credits: Paper: Mterasawa-asianflair-paper2 (recoloured) by Mindy Terasawa
Elements: KPertiet_DirtyFrames-2a by Katie Pertiet, KPertiet_LedgerEdgesDirty-2 by Katie Pertiet, KPertiet_LedgerEdgesDirty-4 by Katie Pertiet, Staple from lynng-adfreebie2dec-4 (recoloured) by Lynn Grieveson
Fonts: Another Typewriter, DearJoefour
Photos: Linda Roos)

Thursday, 6 March 2008

This, that and the other ...

You know how it is, always so much to do and to keep up with in real life, keeping you away from doing fun stuff all day long. That, to sum it up, is what has been going on in my life lately. I have a couple of big paper projects that I keep pushing in front of me. I have a while yet before they need to be finished though so no need to panic yet.

I have, however, finished two digi layouts. The first of which is of the template I made the other day. :)

Paper: SweetestThingSolids6 by Jesse Edwards, Crisp-4 by Lynn Grieveson(original red and recoloured to blue), FreshBotanicalsNo2-7 by Katie Pertiet
Elements: WhiteStitching by Katie Pertiet, Heart from Quote 0203 freebie, Staple from Adfreebie2dec-6 by Lynn Grieveson
Photo: Linda Roos)

Elements: DirtyFrames2 by Katie Pertiet, CupcakePrincess-flower-2 by Andrea Victoria, CupcakePrincess-button-1 by Andrea Victoria, OntheEdgeFlourishes3-6G by Katie Pertiet
Font: DearJoeFour
Photo: Linda Roos)

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Guess what! A template freebie!

Why yes, it's that time again for a template offering for all of you. I know they are few and far in between but I'd like to think that like other good things they are worth wating for, lol.

It's brand new so I have not had time to make a layout out of it yet. It would be great if you would link me up with your creations if you decide you like it enough to try it out.


Download it here. Please leave some love if you do, and please don't forget to credit if you post your layout in an online gallery! Thank you!

Trying out different ways of creative expression

I'm all for trying things out at least once to see if I could get into it. So I have tried out jwelery making a few times. Obviously I have only dabbled with the really easy things, but I still feel like I can't get the feel for it. Yesterday I went to a jewlery making gettogether, and as you can tell I haven't got the lingo down either - is there a jewlery equivalent of a crop, and spent three hours on one single necklace. The other girls were saying they were pleasantly surprised at how creative they were. I was sitting there feeling like a complete failure because I hated what I was producing. I thought I was creative walking into the place but walked out doubting myself.

Anyway, today I shot a few pictures of the necklace and two others that I have made before (and actually like). It doesn't look as bad in the pictures though. While I don't think I will make it a hobby I won't rule out trying it again either.







Speaking of jewlery making, check out my friend Carrie's website Carrie D Mader. She makes some pretty spectacular things. Her blog, also on the website, is fun and witty.