Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It’s All About

Fabulous Natasha Burns is hosting a very special swap party for very special guest with a fun twist.

We all love crafting and creating especially for someone special in our lives, but this time, the gift is supposed to be for us, who is often the last person our list.

I had the best fun with this theme which of course you know I needed to start a new altered book.

A few months ago our family had a frightful time, everyone is on the mend now but as a result my daughter said we all had to start working on our bucket list as a way of focusing on positive plans for the future.

I started writing my list in this darling little book but after posting pics of ideas, next thing you know we were bursting at the seams and a perfect excuse to start altering.

It was kind of hard to stop and leave room on the pages for the photo and notes about when we get to do these fun things.

Some of my plans include spending time on
Cape York working on the sea turtle rescue and rehab projects and attending Silver Bella, a crafting girl’s dream date.

Chipboard from
Tattered Angels Nature Collection and the huge compass stamp is from their Tattered Traveller range.

Thank you Natasha for hosting this swap party it is starting out to be very special project.
One swap I would really like to participate in would be for the British postage stamps with the bright red post boxes. Just perfect for someone who loves a bit of postal and altered art. If you are interested in a swap, drop me an email.


Anne said...

Hi, Mandy! Sorry that you and yours had a scare. Sounds like you are turning it around into a positive though. Your journal is just lovely! And I hope you all get to do everything on your lists! :-)

Alissa said...

what a great idea for a journal! sometimes, it seems, it takes the bad to find the positive.....glad to hear that everyone is ok.

thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I believe scary times can really help us focus on what is important don't you? I too had a scary time this summer- almost died from a rattlesnake bite- would not want it to happen again but it sure has help with perspective!

Love your journal! How very creative!

ps love the sun rays picture in the previous post - so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Oi. Parabéns por seu excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil e nossa luta contra o comunismo. Abração

deborah said...

Hi, thanks so much for visiting our blog!. By leaving your lovely comment, I got the chance to visit your blog. I LOVE your positive attitude and the standing on your shadow quote! Happy to hear your family is doing better... love the ideas you are all working on creating! I will be visiting often. Thanks for introducing us to your world! Deborah

Lori said...

Mandy, your altered book looks wonderful...i like the idea of having a journal about the things you really want and hope to do...i hope you get to do all the things on your list...your new avatar is so cute...love it...my post will be up tomorrow...i hope you will stop back over:)

She'sSewPretty said...

I love your journal. I've been wanting to make one. Yours is inspiring!

Marina Capano said...

Hi!!!! so cute!!!

I love it!



Gerry said...

Natasha's timing was perfect for me since this past two months have been a bit overwhelming. Sooo, making time to do something just for me was a good thing.
I'm not much of a crafter but rather a quilter, knitter, crocheter and sometime cloth dollmaker but since blog-hopping I may expand my interests.

The Rose Room said...

Beautiful and inspirational! Rachaelxo

Natasha Burns said...

This is fabulous! I love how you made a bucket list, that's an amazing idea! Thanks so much for joining in, I'm so glad you did!

Carletta said...

Ever since the movie Bucket List came out I've had lists in my head. I love your idea of making your list come alive in the altered book - terrific idea!

Thanks for visiting my Ruby Tuesday post.

Elyse said...


sorry to hear that you had a scare. not fun. very cool journal!


Lady Farmer said...

Thanks for your visit today! Your blog and your creations are beautiful. I love all the photos ( that I have seen so far!)

Lynn said...

o mandy wow! i don't have a bucket list but i started an altered journal and its been sitting there all neglected. time to break it out.. thanks for the inspo.

Beach Vintage said...

Its OK for things like this to happen to us to show and teach us other things, or things we need to remember.

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Hi, Mandy! I'm not familar with a bucket list but I think I get the drift! I think your journal is very cool. I'd love to make one some day, too! How fun to be able to attend Silver Bella!

My own art has helped me through a whole lot of scary! ♥

Alison Gibbs said...

Mandy what a wonderful book
We do tend to leave ourselves last on the list. Hope things are now going well for you and the family.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Lovely idea for a journal, your altered journals look beautiful. Sometimes it is those defining moments in life that help us to focus on what is important to us.

Jacaranda Artesanias said...

So cute!



Sue said...

I love this idea for your journal. What a fun way to inspire yourself to be positive and try new things! Hope to see you at Silver Bella some time. This will be my first year going, and I am over the moon about the opportunity!

Sue E.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I nearly lost my son last year & has a result, it's made me start striving for more out of life too. Life is precious & should be experienced to the fullest!

Love your altered book....the admit one ticket on the Silver Bella page was a nice touch.

Pearl said...

I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful altered book...
you've inspired me to begin my own bucket list!
Hope you're enjoying the
swap as much as I am!
~ blessings ~
please stop by for
a visit, and enter to
win one of my give~aways!

Rose Brier Studio said...

What a lovely altered book. I love making lists, so your project spoke to me. I think it's such a nice thing you made your list beautiful. And when you do things on your bucket list you can add photos, drawings, your thoughts and comments. A real heirloom you have started.

Vintage Blue Studio said...

I think your take on a bucket list is wonderful. Gorgeous and inspiring!

LiLi M. said...

Hello nice to meet you! Love your altered journal, I did an attempt too, but I only finished the cover for this challenge. Ah it's a start, let's look it on the bright side. The idea of filling the journal with wishes inspires me, thanks!

sweetscarlett said...

Hello Mandy,

I am happy to see you have all come away with positive attitudes and plans since your recent stressful time.
Your idea are wonderful and you have inspired me to work towards something good for others besides myself.

Connie said...

It's lovely, honey! Isn't it great to treat yourself once in a while? I loved it.

Kerryanne English said...

I'm glad you did something just for YOU. Great book.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Dogwood said...

What a great idea for your project for "All About Me." A bucket is such a good idea. I loved the movie The Bucket. Have a nice time completing your bucket list. Sounds like you have a good start.

Jeanne said...

Your altered book/journal is so great. I like that you included your lists in it too. Lucky girl to get to go to Silver Bella!

Marie Antionette said...

Love the altered book.I love journals.
I'm so glad you all are on the mend after your frightful ordeal.May God bless and keep you safe always.XXOO Marie Antionette

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

One of my favorite things, an altered book and yours is great! Sorry for the scare. Life can be very unepected.

Sue McGettigan said...

What a wonderful book, and a great theme too. Hope everyone is doing well now in your corner of the world. As for those postage stamps, they are amazing - thanks for the tip, now I need to contact my UK based peeps to see if anyone has them, because I'm a letterbox freak!

Bettyann said...

what a lovely altered book..yes sometimes we need scary times to remind us of the good in our lives...come and visit..take care..

Bettyann said...

thank you for visiting my blog..pleased to meet you...Mandy you are so talented..take care..

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh how pretty journal! Just love it! Also, I'm glad everyone is on the mend...

If you haven't already stopped by my place...please do. ;0)


daylily777 said...

I love your book, it's great!