Made some more Christmas cards

I sold my first cards today. A friend asked me if I made cards and if she could buy some to give to the community along with a Christmas ham or pudding that she was giving them.

I already had these cards made:

Then I went shopping for more supplies and made more cards with two different designs (ribbon border with tree – first picture, and reindeer with decorations – below) for her to choose from as well.

She bought seven of these because she wanted something extra special with a handmade touch where thought and love went into the making.

Some of my favourite books by genre

Here are some of my all-time favourite books across different genres:

Sci-fi:

  • Ender’s Game – Totally did not see the ending coming. Mind-blowing in a philosophical/ethical kind of way. If I gave away the ending it would be like ruining The Sixth Sense.

Psychology:

  • The Invisible Gorilla – A book that helps you get to know your mind, getting past false preconceptions. The chapters on memory and attention were my favourites.
  • Blink – Nowhere near as good as The Invisible Gorilla but very much an entertaining read.

Memoir:

  • Eat Pray Love – A book for the soul. I got lots of good insights from this book and lots of food for thought.

Science:

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – I didn’t want this book to end. I love Bill Bryson’s writing style. I’m a bit of a science geek, so combined with this author it was perfect.

Motivational:

  • The Happiness Project – It got me doing my own Happiness Project, so it was definitely motivating. It led to me actually ticking things of my bucket list instead of just having a bucket list.

Thriller:

  • Angels and Demons – Pretty much all of Dan Brown’s books, but this one was the best of them. The book most like a movie that I’ve read, full of action and mystery.

Behavioural economics:

  • Freakonomics – Sort of like The Invisible Gorilla and Blink.

Spiritual:

  • Blue Like Jazz – Don Miller is my favourite author, so I love all of his stuff. This book is packed full of with and insights.

Writing:

  • Bird by Bird – Too funny. Such a good read.
  • Writing Down the Bones – Packed full with great advice.

Bible:

  • Philippians – Not that the bible is a genre, but there’re are a lot of books to choose from. Philippians is full of gems and has my favourite passage – 2:5-11. It’s part of my purpose in life: to serve people as Jesus served.

Fantasy:

  • The Belgariad – The first fantasy books I ever read when I was in year 7. They may just be my favourite books ever. My favourite character comes from this series, Silk.
  • The Death Gate Cycle – The most epic series I’ve read. I fell in love with this series too, making the fantasy genre possibly my favourite of all the book genres.

What are your favourite books for different genres?

Photo Self-Portrait

I had fun making this photo self-portrait.

It was the first time I tried it and I loved collecting all the things that make me happy and make me who I am.

Everything in this picture means something to me and says something about me.

Have you ever done a photo self-portrait?

My Typewriter

My typewriter

It was one of my dreams to own a typewriter. I mentioned this to my dad one day and he said he had his dad’s typewriter and I could have it.

I was so excited! I couldn’t believe I’d get my own typewriter and I loved that it was my grandpa’s.

When I got it it felt like Christmas. It was so fun typing.

Typing with my typewriter
Love my typewriter!

Do you have a typewriter?

Made three more junk journals

I’m trying to use up my craft supplies so I used my paper stash and made three covers and a bunch of signatures to make these junk journals.

I made the covers out of a flower and butterfly paper pack.

For two of the junk journals I used random papers including music paper, pattern paper, lined paper, blank paper, and scrapbook paper.

For one of the junk journals I used tea and coffee dyed paper along with music paper and pattern paper.

Faith

Working on my next drawing called Faith.

Inspired by Tim Costello’s book of the same name.

All about how faith moves me to ask what can I give and alive for what. All about kingdom living and bringing heaven to earth now. And the rings of my tree of faith growing.

Intentional Acts of Kindness

I believe it’s important to let people know they are loved and valued. Even if you don’t know them, I think we should always let people know they matter.

I believe in using what you’ve been given to love others. We can all use our time, energy, creativity, gifts, talents and money to love people.

I created a list of ways that I can show people love and that they matter. These are ways that resonate with my interests and abilities, but there are many more ways to express love.

Some people call these “random acts of kindness.” They are random in the sense that no-one has to do anything to receive them. They can also be random in the sense that they are done occasionally, in the spur of the moment, sometimes flippantly.

I love random acts of kindness but I also love intentional acts of kindness where thought and planning has gone into them.

Since gifts is my love language, most of the things on my list mean spending money but there are other ways to give intentional gifts.

Create your own list of ways to intentionally show people they matter and that they are loved, valued and appreciated. Here is my list and the ones I’ve done so far. I hope to do these regularly.

  • Pay for another table’s meal at a restaurant or café (done)
  • Write a letter or card (hand-make a card) and send it to someone (done)
  • Take it on yourself to be a photographer at a party or event then send the photos to people who were there – you can even frame the photos or do a scrapbook album (done)
  • Post an encouraging note about someone on the internet, either privately or for all to see (E.g. Facebook, blog) (done)
  • Pay an amount for the person next in line at the supermarket checkout, the service station or cinemas
  • Get people to write encouraging messages to someone on pieces of paper then collate them all and give them to the lucky person (done)
  • Buy a voucher or tickets for someone
  • Take someone out for a coffee, meal or movie and pay for them (done)
  • Take note of things people say they would like then buy it for them (done)
  • Let someone know how they’ve made an impression in your life – could be a teacher, a person you met once, a family member or friend (done)
  • Buy a box of chocolates, flowers or another gift to say thank-you to someone for the work they do (E.g. A crossing lady, a retail assistant, a receptionist, the postie)
  • Make someone a hamper (done)
  • Make cookies or something similar and give them to someone
  • Give someone a book, CD, movie (done)
  • Put some money in an envelope and send it to someone or drop it in a stranger’s letterbox (done)
  • Make gifts from photos (E.g. Calendar, book, mug, T-shirt, magnets, coasters) (done)
  • When someone comments on how much they like something you own, remember it and give it to them later

What would be on your list? Have you done any of these? 

Junk journal giveaway winner

Congratulations to Amy L Sauder for winning the handbound junk journal through my blog giveaway.

I’ve put together her package with some extra goodies to help her get started.

Can’t wait to send this. Love giving so much!!!!!

There’s still an art junk journal that you can win through the same giveaway. Just check out this post to see if you’d like it and for details about how to enter: Junk journal giveaway.

I try to make it as easy as possible so all you need to do is leave a comment. No jumping through hoops, no need to share on social media, just a chance for me to do what I love and give.

Giving is my love language and one of my core values and I’ve been super challenged about giving recently.

Will write more about it and share some exciting news in coming posts.

Inside my 2017 junk journal

I absolutely love junk journaling. It let’s me combine my loves of journaling, art, and memory-keeping.

Here’s a bit of a look at my 2017 junk journal with some of the standout events from my year.

The year started with my last beach mission where I wrote a book about everything I’ve learnt from 12 years of beach mission. That’s sand from McCrae beach in that pocket.

At beach mission I learnt how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. It blew me away because I never thought I’d be able to do it. It gave me a symbol for beach mission and life: the impossible is possible.

Ballet has been a huge part of my life this year and is a dream come true. I got the uniform, moved up to grade 5 ballet and will be doing pre-pointe work next year. I’m thankful every day that I found a dance school that lets me do ballet as an adult. And we’ve had the most amazing opportunities. Here, the Qld Ballet came to teach us classes. Was amazing!

Another great ballet opportunity was to dance on live TV for Sunrise. We had to get up super early and it was so surreal but so fun.

And finally, I got to do my first dance performance with The Addams Family. Ticking off so many things on my dance bucket list. Thought it would never happen the older I got, but it’s all happening and I’m so thankful.

This year I wanted the full show experience at the Bowen Show. I wanted to go on some rides. So I went on Ali Baba and thought it would be tame. Nope. It was terrifying. Screamed so much and couldn’t move my hands when I got off cos I’d been holding on so tightly to the contraption holding me in. But I was glad I faced a fear. No more rides for me now.

I went to Cedar Creek Falls for the first time this year and it was beautiful. Got my favourite landscape photo there.

Cyclone Debbie – what an event!!! No power for a week, flooding, the worst night of my life bucketing water from the house. But it was all good and I saw so much help given to the glory of God.

Flew to Melbourne because my grandma died. My kindred spirit. The one who nurtured my creative side and got me. The letter-writing paper was from her. The black page is from a colouring book of hers. I used to play with her coloured glass blocks as a kid and I got to keep them.

I got the best surprise when my brother’s family visited us. They spent time creating in my room which was dubbed JD’s Art Studio. I kept some of the work they did and included it in my journal.

This year I discovered happy mail along with junk journaling. Love this crafty world where we send craft items to people around the world and create memories in our junk journals. This page spread only has items sent to me from happy mail.

My junk journal inspiration

Thought I’d share my junk journal inspiration.

I discovered junk journaling on YouTube and Joanna Clough’s journals are what got me started making me own.

I love how you can use any papers for the pages and then use them however you want to record memories: writing, photos, ephemera (collected bits and pieces that help you remember an event).

Will share some photos of the journaling I’ve done in my 2017 junk journal in the next post.