End of May haul – stamps and stencil and paper, oh my!

Gaaah! What a crazy week. I just need a few minutes of normality. Where I am fully in charge of something and not dependent on anyone that will inevitably either screw up, or let me down.

At least the keyboard follows my commands. Well this one does…for now. I press a key – presto – a letter forms.

So let me share a haul with you. I am in love with our local craft shop. I’ve said it before, but it truly stocks ANYTHING crafty you can think of. You just have to be willing to dig a little deeper. Veronica shares her crafty passion with her patrons; and I still don’t know how she manages to have better prices than some leading online distributors or even big craft suppliers in the city. I wouldn’t blame small businesses in rural areas jacking up their profits for sake of convenience – but Le Mar does not. Or not in a way that I notice.

Back to the haul!

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Don’t you just love this stencil! That’s a full size distress inkpad next to it for scale. (Not the new little pads, the old big ones). I haven’t used it yet though, but I SOO want to. I just have to make time..but ja; like I said, it’s been a crazy week.

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In January I put my name down for #PostCircle. (Who’s taking bets when hashtags will be enabled in blog posts) And honestly, I kinda forgot about it when I didn’t get a reply. Then suddenly – SURPRISE! I’m in a group and we’re mailing shtuff and it’s so exciting and all my team peeps are in UK. {More of #PostCircle in another post} But I saw the cutest pen pal paper at the craft shop! It’s from PinkPaislee’s pen pals collection Had had HAD to get it.

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This stamp set from KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments collection is very ProjectLife. I fell in love with it, had to have IT, and asked the shop to keep it aside for me. Now…I’m not so sure that I want it anymore. It’s cute, yes, but will I use it? I took it anyway – I felt too bad for asking them to keep it for me, only to put it back on the shelf.

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The sheep was a complete impulse buy. I saw them, thought how cure they will look on an envelope, and I can colour them with my spectrum noir markers. See, my in-laws have a sheep farm.

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Ah, the cardmaker’s staple punch: 1” scalloped circle. Or so I’ve heard. I love scalloped edges – and my free hand cutting looks more like blindfolded cutting.

Retail therapy at it’s best. Now someone just lend me a time-turner so I can get my craft on more often.

Not quite the stone I had in mind

So much to do! I had a few projects planned, or at least some organising to do. That was cut short by a medical emergency…of sorts.

Handy hubby had been complaining from bouts of stomach pain. Only occurs after midnight, and is excruciating. But there was no other pattern for its frequency. We ate the same food, and only he was affected. Eventually he made a doctor’s appointment. Turns out he had a big old 12mm gall stone which needed to be removed ASAP. Heck, not just the stone, the whole gallbladder. In other words, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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This meant a trip to the city for a few days. I discovered this little gem of a bead shop (all puns intended). I picked up a whole bag of beauty-beady-loot. Strung beads and fill-a-bag was very reasonably priced, but the findings were expensive. Our little town might not have the range available, but at least it’s affordable; even considering that we’re 3 hour’s drive from wholesale suppliers (4 hours if I’m driving).

The Color Book of Beaded JewelryBead and Button, Ribbon and Felt JewelleryAlso snagged two beading books for inspiration.

I like the first one for the colour coding. All my beads are sorted into rainbow shades. There are some nice projects in there; but I was more interested in the different clasps, caps and just the array of joining methods.  (But more of a motivator to get these was that I remeber paging through books on my grandmother’s bookshelves. There were all different types of crafting and DIY books for me to ogle. I want to instill the same exploratory atmosphere in my own home. I use online tutorials a lot, but sometimes one needs a good reference books – even if just to look at the pretty pictures.)

The second beading book I got because it was more like my beading technique. I haven’t tried beaded  weaving, I’m not much of a wirework fan. But I do like using a variety of materials. I’ve been using ribbon in beading ever since the lady at the craft shop showed me wich finding to use to pinch the end and connect it to a jump ring.

So it was a fruitful trip. I mostly use acrylic beads; the idea of using semi precious stones just makes dollar signs light up in my eyes..and not in a good way; think I’m much too frugal and rather stick to acrylic, bone and glass beads. Although I did get to keep Handy hubby’s gall stone. I just won’t be turning it into any jewelery.