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Sometimes it’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you smile.

Like having my parents dog over for a sleepover and having her climb under the doona halfway through the night.IMG_1509

Like finally having someone cut the bolt connecting the doors to the cupboard under the sink at work.IMG_1469

Like seeing shortie undies with a cute cat print.IMG_1468

Like having a giggle because the 1 litre bottles of Coke are all skinny and funny looking.IMG_1490

 

Nicole

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Poor Billy

Snapchat of bunny feet under the curtain

Poor Billy had to make a trip to the emergency clinic last Thursday. I opened the laundry door to let him out for the afternoon and he just wasn’t himself. It seemed like he could barely walk and he didn’t want to move or eat or anything.

I had a feeling that it might have been a reaction to the corn that I had feed him the night before. He unhappy behaviour was similar way to the time that I fed him avocado. Note to all bunny owners: avocado is toxic to rabbits, and apparently corn isn’t that great either.

Rabbit in a carry cage

Poor Billy was left with his lunchbox at the vet for the rest of the day whilst I went home and had a little cry.

But it’s not all bad. Mum and Dad picked him up from the vet at the end of the day, because I had to go back to work, and were presented with this…

"fat rabbit"

“He appears to be a fat rabbit”. Oops. I may have been a little too generous with his food, especially the fruit leftovers from work. So this little stomach upset was caused by him being a bit of a heifer.

Bunny licks

 

So Mr. Billy is now on a limited fruit diet, and according to the vet he will have a sook about it and be a general 3 year old until he gets used to the idea.

Nicole

 

 

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365 Project: 11-17 February

Day 36: You can't really tell but it was super smokey out today because of Victorian bushfires

Day 36: You can’t really tell but it was super smokey out today because of Victorian bushfires

Day 37: Powdered food dye is dynamite

Day 37: Powdered food dye is dynamite

Day 39: Crocheting with builders line. It's going to be a little catch-all bowl

Day 38: Crocheting with builders line. It’s going to be a little catch-all bowl

Day 40: The mornings are starting to be darker, but at least I got to see this beauty before work

Day 39: The mornings are starting to be darker, but at least I got to see this beauty before work

Day 41: This book is a bit all over the place. Not really doing it for me

Day 40: This book is a bit all over the place. Not really doing it for me

Day 41: Evacuations at Costco need some work. No one had any idea what was going on, or where to go

Day 41: Evacuations at Costco need some work. No one had any idea what was going on, or where to go

Day 42: The kids at work are always asking me to take photos of things they make and buildDay 42: The kids at work are always asking me to take photos of things they make and build

Nicole

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Personalised notebooks

My brain is pretty terrible at remembering things unless I write them down. In high school and uni I studied alot of the time by re-writing my notes. It’s just the way I work. Even today I write myself to-do lists (often on my hand which so grown up, I know) otherwise it will just seep out of my brain.

paint splattered notebook

At the beginning of the year I decided to personalise my own calendar/diary for 2014. I bought a hard cover notebook, painted and splattered the front and back covers and finished it off with a coat of clear sealer. It was so much more me. It fit my needs because I made it. I decided what I wanted on each page, how to write up the date and days of the week and how much room I wanted to leave for other things. It’s been great so far, except for my inability to do maths which lead to having to re-do the placement of each week as not all 52 weeks fitted.

Incidentally this video has some pretty shrewd ideas for creating a calendar/diary out of a plain notebook.

After seeing some very cheap A3 visual diaries advertised in my favourite store Kmart I snapped them up with the intention of turning them into something similar.

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess and Natalie from Smallest Forest both had some really great ideas for creating and personalising ideas journals, and as always Pinterest had it’s say.

paint supplies in the sunA brilliantly sunny day, watered down acrylic paint and untouched paper combined to become an ideas journal for my future business.
Two images of watered down paint
I dipped the corners of a journal and some blank greeting cards into the painty water and then cursed as the pages blew all over my back deck.

But at the end I had two plastic containers that were still full of the paint water. Do I tip it on the garden? I’m not sure that plants really like paint. I shouldn’t tip it down the drain. More paper? Yes!

I unraveled what was left of some brown butchers paper and then splattered the remains of pink and blue liquid all over. Then I again cursed as the damn wind snapped the paper up and down, flicking blue paint all over the side of the house. Goddamn it!

pink and blue splattered art

Last but not least the cover. The journal came with a black plastic cover (and a super annoying sticker that refused to come off) which was the perfect canvas for some silver paint pen. My paint pen may be a little wrecked from using it on cork tiles, but by pressing the tip into a small dipped section of the lid I managed to create a sort of ink well and use it like that.

Journal cover with rabbit images

It always has to be bunnies.

blue dipped journal pages

Opened journal pages with blue dip

After showing off mine to Matty he said he wanted one that “wasn’t so girly”. Is paint dipping really girly? Anyway, I left his pages blank and only artified the front cover. Some lines and a paper airplane. Simple.Airplane journal cover

Nicole

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365 Project: 4-10 February

Day 29: My first live cricket experience

Day 29: My first live cricket experience. Apologies for the blurriness

Day 30: Obviously bunnies should not be left unattended

Day 30: Obviously bunnies should not be left unattended

Day 31: Eating leftovers from work

Day 31: Eating leftovers from work

Day 32: Jenga buildings at work

Day 32: Jenga buildings at work

Day 33: Sewing up some travel pillows for our upcoming trip to USA

Day 33: Sewing up some travel pillows for our upcoming trip to USA

Day 34: Some new additions to our fridge. More on the image coming (hopefully) soon.

Day 34: Some new additions to our fridge. More on the image coming (hopefully) soon

Day 35: I made these Sunday night, but snapped a picture Monday. Homemade polymer clay necklaces.

Day 35: I made these Sunday night, but snapped a picture Monday. Homemade polymer clay necklaces

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What is love?

Did you like my little throwback to Haddaway’s song ‘What is love’? Gosh I love 90’s music. This song especially reminds me of skating around and around the roller rink for hours on end. But I digress, yesterday was Valentines day so let’s talk about that.

Origami heart shape on a valentines cardThis is the card I made for Matty. It’s got the traditional heart, the slightly 8 bit-esque design and it’s pretty simple. If you didn’t know, Matty studied game design at uni so anything chippy and 8 bit is right up his alley. Oh and it was easy to make. Bonus!

We’re one of those couples that do handmade cards, sometimes some flowers and often some home baked goods (from me to him). What’s the point of those cutesy teddies that end up cluttering up the bedroom or a huge bouquet that costs an arm and a leg which is going to up and die in a week? As a lot of people say, celebrating love should be 365 days a year, not confined to an overly expensive gesture for one day of the year. Matty and I figure it’s nice to give cards with slightly mushy sentiments inside so that we can both go “aww”, I love to bake and craft so there’s almost always going to be cookies or something involved and instead of eating at a restaurant with a bunch of other couples, we decided to have Indian food delivered for dinner. HEAVEN!

In addition to mixing up (in the good change it up, not mess it up way) the presentation of my signature choc chip cookies, I also got a little crafty and sewed together some heart parcels filled with M and M’s.

Stitched heart parcels with chocolates insideI got inspiration from Pinterest (seriously, when do I not?), cut out baking paper shapes and hand stitched them together with embroidery floss. I did find it a little tricky to keep the chocolate inside whilst I was sewing, but really these were dead easy to make.

So happy Valentines to you all, even if you don’t have a significant other to share it with you can still feel the warm fuzzies. And hey, maybe you can sew yourself some of these M and M parcels, they’re great for portion control!

 

 

 

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Did you know: that I have an Etsy store?

Did you? I have a little button on the right side of my blog that says “I sell on Etsy” and I have a Facebook page for it, but did you really know? Have you ever looked at it? It’s got the same name as this blog, Billy & Elizabeth.

Hedgehog pincushionI love being crafty and making bits and pieces and it seemed that more and more people were telling me that I should be selling what I make, or that they’d totally buy it, or that I should definitely open an Etsy shop.

So I did. But now I’m not sure. I have some assorted jewelry, two phone cozies and a pincushion listed and have only had one sale (by a friend who was so lovely to pay for the shipping even though I could have just given it to her). That’s a bit of a bummer.

Silver hoops with a wooden blue bead and smaller silver beadsAre my items too ‘handmade’? Am I just adding to an already over saturated platform to sell crafts? Are my shipping prices too high?

I have no idea.

Billy and Elizabeth brown bag packagingAnother friend said that I hadn’t tagged my items correctly, which was the reason for low traffic and therefore sales. I’m looking at my item vs. an item that I’ve purchased myself and the tags seem pretty similar. Maybe it is the over saturation issue.

Natural wood bead earrings on silver hoops

Anyway, have a look at my shop if you’re interested, or not (I’m not trying to be pushy I swear!), and if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

Nicole