Monthly Free Printable: Calendar Bookmark 2012 – February

February 2012

February 2012

I had these up for sale on etsy, but decided to rather share them for free. I’ve given them as Christmas gifts and they seem to be a hit!

I wanted to make bookmarks with  real African flair; drawing inspiration from townships, villages, metropole, landscapes, places I’ve lived at, people I’ve met. And not a leopard pattern or safari theme in sight. So each month is different, some designs might reflect that month’s international or local theme: like Valentine’s Day or Women’s month.

February is the month of love. It is also our hottest one here in the Southern hemisphere. I wanted to use white to depict the blistering, blinding heat on desert sand. I drew inspiration from the sensual white and turquoise Moroccan designs. The red shweshwe heart reminds us to make loved ones feel extra special.

Every end of the month I’ll upload the following month’s bookmark calendar.

Click on the image for the full version, save and print.

Click here for previous months.

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Recipe: Banana Oreo Shake

It’s Friday evening, turbo-smurfette is asleep, it’s still baking hot outside.
And I’m craving a milkshake. The only time I’ll have a banana shake is when I make it myself; I really hate (h.a.t.e) banana essence/flavouring/fake.

Here’s what I used:
* 2-3 big scoops of Vanilla ice-cream
* half glass of Milk
* 1 Ripe banana
* 3 Oreo cookies… I ate the 4th one.
* Blender/food processor

Blitzed it all in a mix-n-store. Enjoy 🙂

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Tried a Tutorial: Rock Candy

I found this great tutorial from Mom’s Crafty Space via pintrest. The colours looked so summery and fun, just had to try. Here’s my attempt at rock candy.

You can follow the step by step process from the tut, I’m just posting our pics.

Handy hubby cut the bamboo skewers down to size.

Sugar coating the soaked skewers

You really need to make sure the skewers are properly soaked, generously sugra coated and dry-dry-dry when placing in the syrup. { learn from my fail } I let the sugared skewers dry in a glass of wheat.

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Welcome to Tracy’s Topics!

I had the whole launch planned. Not down to the tiniest detail, but the broad feel of it, you know? I had an idea what I wanted the banner to be, and maybe a striking, yet simplistic, background. Deciding to approach the new Tracy’s Topics blog from a whole new angle, or build on the old version, but refining the posts and flow of it. Definitely dropping the 101 in 1001 challenge. A 2.8 year commitment to a list deserves more thought than copy/paste from other people’s lists and maybe 10 that are slightly more personal. Nothing wrong with setting goals, the 101 list just wasn’t for me. So I’m dropping that ball. I’m still crafting, and stuffing up tutorials from well meaning tutorial writers. I’m still trying out new recipes and learning life skills with my toddler. (Number 2 is on the way so help me).

…and it’s been about a month now. I just can’t seem to get around to actually sit down and have a productive two hours and just WORK on it. And this frustrated me up the walls and back down. I would have an inspired moment, and nowhere to blog it down! I was shaking my fist at every distraction and time robber that crossed my path. I would let out a little *sob* and promise myself that as soon as it’s up and running, I’ll get around to posting that idea, or tut or recipe or rant.

And today, while planning my week and trying to fit my blog re-opening into this week’s evenings, I just stopped. I realized that if I can’t even get the welcome post ready and adhering to my expectations, how will I ever post any other entry. This is who I am. Rough around the edges, not nearly polished enough, dabbing off perspiration, definitely not punctual, and always scouting for a place to sit my tush down if it looks like a 5 minute wait.

So here it is: Welcome to the new Tracy’s Topics blog!

New entry: soon… hopefully earlier.

Monthly Free Printable: Calendar Bookmark 2012 – January

Januray 2012

January 2012

I had these up for sale on etsy, but decided to rather share them for free. I’ve given them as Christmas gifts and they seem to be a hit!

I wanted to make bookmarks with  real African. flair, drawing inspiration from townships, villages, metropole, landscapes; places I’ve lived at, people I’ve met. And not a leopard pattern or safari theme in sight. So each month is different, some designs might reflect that month’s international or local theme: like Valentine’s Day or Women’s month.

January I used patterns seen on Ndebele nurals. I tweaked he colours a bit and it looks like a ribbon that is wound around.

Every end of the month I’ll upload the following month’s bookmark calendar.

Click on the image for the full version, save and print.

Click here for previous months.