Saturday, 23 June 2012

Photo of the Day - Power of the Ocean

This is one of many photos I took each time I went along the Great Ocean Road. This road is rated one of the best scenic drives in the world, so if you visit Melbourne, make sure not to miss this ride.
There are many rocks like this one telling us stories of the power of the ocean. This always takes my breath away.


P.S. You'll find a comment under this post that you will probably not understand.
Rosilene is from Brasil and it took some effort to translate this, but it was worth it :)
Here is what she wrote:
'I know a legend where the sea dominates the cliff and then abandons, as sometimes happens with humans, beautiful photo i will move on.'
(Something like that)
I was very touched by this and would really like Rosilene to share the story with me.
If it happens, I'll keep you posted.


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Grace Kelly Exhibition

I can't even start telling you how excited I was about this last week!
Grace Kelly exhibition! 

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved Grace Kelly. She was The Princes to me.

Well, we could not have it here in Melbourne, but it wasn't hard to travel for a couple of hours to Bendigo, a provincial town in Victoria - the only place in Australia lucky enough to host this great exhibition.

This exhibition was first shown in London and now the world tour is on. Unfortunately, cameras were now allowed, but I found photos taken in London to share with you.

First meeting with her Prince. Because of an power outage at her hotel on the day, she could not dry her hair, so she improvised. Don't you think she did great? Wait, that's not all. She could not iron the frock she planned to wear either! She had to choose the least wrinkled one and it was a dress made from a pattern! Now you tell me it's not about how and by whom it's worn!

(This is why we call this bag 'kelly bag'. She had them in different colours.)
Well, I hope this will inspire you to dream and create something very stylish, my friends.
Have a fantastic week!


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Happy Father's Day!

(I used this beautiful vintage picture from 'The Graphic's Fairy' for this card.)


My Memories Giveaway Winner

To all participants: 
Thank you so very much for participating! 
If you were not lucky this time, I will have another My Memories giveaway in 3 months. Make sure you visit then.

If you decide to buy this software, you can get a $10 discount using this code:


And here is the result of the first ever giveaway here at DK's Craft Cafe:


So, 'The Keeper of the Zoo' won My Memories software for liking My Memories on Facebook.
Congratulations! I hope you'll have as much fun as I have playing with this software.
Also, make sure to use the opportunity to download additional free gifts - there are so many there.

Love to all,

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Make a Ring - Tutorial

Thank you so much, everybody, for your kind comments on my ring.

I promised I would tell you how I made it, so here you are.
Many of you probably figured out immediately that this is the simplest crochet ever done.
- Start with a single loop.
- Make 6 stitches from that first loop
- Then do 2 stitches from each of the 6 stitches you've just done. (= 12 stitches)
- You can add one more 'expanding' row. You'll be doubling the number of stitches again.
- When you are happy with the size of your future ring, you will want to decide whether you want your ring to look like a little ball or more like a button.
- For the button look, you will go for one simple, 'single stitch' row - just repeat the same number of stitches in this row. If you are making a 'ball like' ring, skip this row.
- Then you start downsizing - 1 stitch in every second stitch from the previous row.
- Before you close the form, fill it with a cotton ball.
- Finish the 'ball'.
- Glue it to the 'blank' ring finding bought in a craft store.

Ta-Da! - A fluffy pink ball :)
The best part is playing with different materials.
I played further and here is more:

I used rough, shiny craft yarn here. I also made earrings here. 

This one comes with mini arm warmers.

 And this is a set in making - a ring, hand warmers and a brooch.

I hope you will find this post inspiring and the tutorial useful. My apologies - the photos are ugly again. Most of the winter I am at home only in the evening and this is the best I can do with the light I have to work with.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Challenge Your Creativity


I just stumbled upon this challenge at Rena Tom's site yesterday (check it out here).
I thought I'd give it a go and here is what I came up with:

To me this shows that I must be in a very conservative phase :)
How about you? - Let me know!

Now I prepare all my photos and graphics with help of My Memories software.
You can buy yours here:

Or, even better, participate in my very first giveaway and get it for FREE! - Click here!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

My Memories Software - The First Ever Giveaway at DK's Craft Cafe

I am soooo happy to offer you a free My Memories software today!

I think it's great that we can do digital scrapbook now. Much less mess, don't you think?
And with My Memories you have great albums in minutes. For any occasion. 

All in minutes, yey!

Once you have the software, you have access to lots of free add-ons. 

And that's not all. Here is a Father's Day card I made using this software and a graphic from The Graphics Fairy:

Or how about Graphics Fairy's instant printables?

And here is the first option for my blog button. 

I still need to work on it. As soon as I'm done with an assignment I'm working on for school.
You will be able to make your own buttons, blog/Facebook/shop headers and more.

How to win
Get involved in any of the following ways:
1. Just leave a comment saying you would like to have this software.
2. Go and check out My Memories for yourself. Come back here and leave a comment telling me which paper pack or layout you liked best. (You get 2 entries for this one).
And you're in!  
You can also choose to:
follow My Memories on Facebook, 
- follow my blog, 
- promote this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, blog...
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you leave a separate comment for each of your actions. That's how you increase your chances to win.
But, wait, there is more good news!
If you decide to buy My Memories, use this code for $10 discount:


This giveaway will close on June 15.

Click here to start:

Hoping you'll like My Memories as much as I do and wishing you luck!



PS: You can also find My Memories giveaway at Hannicraft and Serenity You.