Snail trail

I am literally leaving a snail trail around the house! And in the process I am driving my (very patient) husband crazy. I have just received a delivery of 10 ceramic snails! Yes 10. Maybe I am going nuts, but there is a method in my madness.

Since the creation of Timothy (you can see him here), the snail I mosaiced for a friend, I’ve had so many requests from people wanting the very same thing. Who knew snails could be so popular. This puts me in a bit of a predicament, I created Timothy with love for a dear friend and I sort of wanted him to be a one-of-a-kind. But alas, it was not to be, AND how could I turn down the extra cash! Life is expensive and every penny helps. So… I ordered 10 snails. I only have standing orders for 5 but I thought I might as well order 10. Just for good measure. Just in case. Agree?

I have started mosaicing two (you may recognise Tiny Tim from this post) and I painted one silver. Vince hates my silver snail but everybody else loves it. I still might mosaic him, just gotta live with him for a while and see what’s best for him. Here he is, in the flesh :).

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Mosaicing requires a lot of patience. It is not for the faint hearted. It takes a long time to complete a project and it’s a costly hobby. Here are a few of my favourite tools!

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  1. Tile snapper – snaps pieces of glass in half
  2. Glass cutter – I can cut any shape out of glass with this amazing tool. Expensive but worth every penny!
  3. Rubber cutting mat – to protect the tools and surfaces around my home (like the kitchen coutertops – eeck!)
  4. Tile nipper – nips off little edges when a piece of glass just won’t fit
  5. Genkem Wood glue – I use different glue for different projects for this project I opted for trusty old wood glue. Dries quicky and sticks fast!

There are some other tools that I would like to have but that will come in time. For now I am happy with what I’ve got.

This is what the snails are looking like at the moment. The large white one (I shall call him Vanilla Ice) is from my new shipment of snails and Tiny Tim is one that I already had, he just needed a bit of bling 🙂 (yes, I will probably name ALL of the snails).

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Vince is lucky I’m only busy with two, if I had the space I would have all ten prepped and ready for action. I’m one of those people! Yep, the kind that have a million projects going at once. My house is chaos 90% of the time! One day I will have a beautiful craft room with loads of space for EVERYTHING! Oh what a dream. Sigh…

Here is a close up, so you can get an idea of how small those pieces of glass are. Teeny I tell you, and it’s taking me forever!

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I will post pics of these two babies when they are finally complete. They are going to look amazing. AMAZING! (even if I say so myself #nothinglikealittlebitofselfpromotion).

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Pinterest Favourites

Have you ever had so many ideas in your head or been so inspired that you’re about to burst? Well that’s how I’m feeling, and there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done (especially working a desk job from 8 to 5). AND I’ve started this blog which seems to take a backseat in my life, but never fear, things can only get better :). Today I want to share some of my favourite pins from Pinterest. I love all my pins, but some are just so special.

My number one favourite pin is this one, because it reminds me that prayer is important, no matter who (or what you are). So pray everyday.       praying otter

This one reminds me to be ME and to be the best me that I can be. dr zeuss

I could picture myself and Vince sitting here on lovely summer mornings sipping our tea with our three doggies. outdoor space

I think this is such a sweet photo, such love! chihauhau

I could picture myself wearing this everyday of my life. It looks so comfy! dress

Rainy days on this couch would be so awesome. Got to get me one! media room

Need this cupboard. The extra space will change my life forever. pantry cupbaord

Don’t worry about a thing, because everything’s going to be ok. under his wings

Sharing is awesome! The web is an amazing tool and has given me so much inspiration and motivation. I have realised that I have to push my boundaries to get where I want to be and to share without holding back. To be truly ME. To believe that I am good enough and my work is beautiful.

I’m working on it… 🙂

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Gifts DIY style

Do you feel like the holidays just whizzed by? Well, I can’t believe I’m back at work and back in the rat race once again. Sigh… oh to be on holiday forever… ANYWAY! back to reality. Today I would like to share a few more of my homemade gifts with you. I think they are “oh so pretty” :), my family and friends think that they are pretty awesome too, so now I get to share them with you. Here goes:

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Can you believe I made these three items!? All the bits and pieces were purchased from craft shops, hardware stores and even our local supermarket. I used Instagram filters for a more realistic view of what they actually look like. The unedited photographs tend to make the wood look flat, like it has no grain and the grain is the star of the show you know. Without it there would be flat boring nothingness. So yay for grainy wood! I could create things all day long, the messier, the better. The only think I need to learn, is how to use powertools (hehe – naughty grin), then there’s no stopping me :).

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From the heart

I love Christmas. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A time for love and a season of giving. To celebrate the begining of the Christmas season, my friends and I have a little get together to exchange gifts (secret Santa style) and embrace the warmth of our friendship. I am lucky to have such special friends and I knew a gift from the heart was in order. So I got creative and made a beautiful gift for my friend Jax. She loved it! This is how it turned out.

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I have a few more handmaid gift ideas and will give you a step by step guide on how to make a gift from the heart, so stay tuned over the next couple of weeks.

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Lucky number 12

So my mosaicing is becoming a real little money-maker! Ok, so I won’t be quiting my job anytime soon, but it does bring in some extra cash (chaching!). The most recent mosaic order was for a house number, the number 12. This means double trouble! Two numbers instead of one, eeeeck. AND to be done in only one week. Whew, time to get down to business.

As usual, Vince was roped in, I needed somebody to cut numbers out of wood (jigsaw+me = not friends). So after the tracing, the cutting, the drilling and the painting, I could get started on the glueing. This is a pic of the number in progress, I had just started glueing the pieces of cut mirror onto the wooden number.

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It does take a while to get the momentum going, but once it’s going, you just can’t stop me. I become obsessed! Waking up at 5am in the morning to mosaic before I go to work is like the best. thing. EVER. Totally obsessed! Sometimes I drive Vince crazy, but I just can’t help myself. Here is a pic of the finished product all glued and grouted and polished. See than shine? Nothing like good ol’ elbow grease.

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My client was soooooo happy and even placed an order for a mosaiced mirror. Yay for happy clients and more orders! I must be doing something right. 🙂

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Bitter sweet

I’ve been such an emotional wreck lately. We’re going to Cape Town for a few days and although I’m super excited, I’m also dreading leaving my four-legged babies. I worry about them so much and I’m going to miss them terribly. They’ll be in VERY good hands but I’m such a worry wart, it borders on chronic paranoia (eish). Vince says I’m going to drive myself crazy! So in the spirit of keeping myself sane, I will make a special effort to enjoy my time away. Deep breaths (in and out), deep breaths…

So while I will be missing these three little munchkins

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I will be enjoying this spectacular view

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and maybe, just maybe I will squeeze in a little shopping.

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A design miracle

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re burning the candle at both ends? Well that’s me! Holding down a full-time job AND trying to get all the mosaic work done for my clients is no joke. But it will be worth it in the end. I’m also expanding my homemade decor items into wooden frames, furniture and much more. Vince is helping me work on my product range as well as a marketing strategy. I’m very blessed to have a sales manager as a husband :), his knowledge is priceless.

Surprise, surprise! I now have a logo. After months of putting it on the back burner, I finally bit the bullet and got busy designing. It didn’t come easy. Designing for yourself is the hardest thing to do and after months of sweating over this ever-so-important design, here is the final result. What do you think?

I also now have a facebook page. It looks a little bleak at the moment, but I’m hoping to build it up to something worthwhile. Follow this link to like my page www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Living/77919063123?ref=hl

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Home sweet home

I love my home. Its a fact! It might be small and need LOADS of work, but I love it. I needed something to let my home know how much we are in love with it (yes houses have feelings, and so do cars, and teddy bears). I wanted my home to know that although we do want to make changes, that it will always be my “home sweet home” forever and always.

I scrounged a piece of wood off the scrap wood pile and worked some crafty magic on that sucker. It went from zero to hero :). Here is a picture of my crafty work-of-art. So proud.

I still need to find the perfect spot for it. I had Vince hold it up in several locations around the house but I couldn’t quite decide. Eventually he got tired of holding it.

Look out for a post on my next big project. Eeeeck, I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into…

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Hellooooooooo Santa

I found this Santa Teapot at our local grocery store. Can you believe it! What a treasure! I hope to have this for many MANY years and to pass it down the family tree. And do you know what the best part is? It only cost R141.95 :). How cute does he look in my window?

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Our new baby

Yip, you guessed it. Our home is plus one bundle of fur! This brings our grand total to three. Three four-legged creatures that bring so much joy to our lives. We love them to bits. My parents even refer to them as their grandchildren! So funny!

Our new little addition is called Tiny. He is so cute and fits in like he’s been living with us forever. I first saw Tiny on the SPCA facebook page, he was found at a local shopping centre and nobody ever claimed him. Some say that he was dumped there, but I find it hard to believe.  He has so much spunk and personality! Anyway, I fell in love with him and just had to have him. Vince filled in all the adoption papers and two days later, Tiny was happy in his new home. As for my other spoilt brats (Peanut and Tyson), it took them a while to get used to him, but two weeks later, I can say that we are one big happy family :).

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