Saturday, 29 September 2012

A home for my "Bits 'n Bobs"

Hello GORGEOUS people!!! I do hope your all doing marvelously?!
I'm awfully excited by the fact that I've reached the 1000 subscribers mark. I remember not long ago when there were just 12 of you faithfully following my crafty endeavours!
A MASSIVE thank you to each end every one of you! You encourage me daily with your lovely comments, it really means the world to me :-)

Over the past few weeks I've been having a major sort out of my apartment. I've been ruthless to say the least! I've taken many many bags full of clothing and household bits and bobs to the local charity shops. I've given the apartment a fresh coat of paint, old pictures have come down and new pictures are going up.
I've even sorted out my yarn collection!!! I filled box upon box with yarn I'd been stashing. I sent some of the yarn to a couple of ladies I'd messaged through facebook and the rest went to charities that make clothing and blankets for people in need. I now only have the yarn from my current WIP blanket and a couple of spools that I bought at the yarn factory sale earlier in the year. I am virtually stash free...and it feels good!

Even though I've sorted everything out, there are still some things that clutter up the place. Little things that are needed, but don't really have a home. With that in mind I decided to use some of the old boxes I'd saved from Christmas, plus a treasure chest (4 euros from the craft store) as new and fancy storage boxes.

I'd seen some gorgeous gift boxes in a local store. They were covered in vintage fabric and looked really quaint. The problem was they were VERY pricey! Solution: I decided that I'd make my own version with some of the vintage style fabric I had at home, plus a couple of extra pieces I bought in the city.
Here's the fabric I decided to use for my 'bits 'n bobs' box makeover:

What do you think? I'm loving this style of fabric, I find it very 'dolls house'. Super cute and a little kitschy.

With my fabric at hand, a nice milky coffee and my favourite tunes playing, I got to work on my boxes.
I simply spread a nice thick layer of hobby glue on the surface of the box and then covered the boxes with the fabric. It felt a little like I was wrapping Christmas presents.
I really had a lovely afternoon creating a lot crafty chaos and singing along to my music.

Here's what I came up with:

I'm really happy with how they turned out!!! Something pretty to hide ugly bits and pieces in.
I was so happy in fact, that I decided to also cover the boxes that I keep all of my "boring' papers in. Not so boring any more!!!

My newly decorated boxes are going on my bookshelf. Organised and pretty, Who'd have thought?!

An inexpensive makeover and it really works wonders to hide clutter in a fun way. Why not give it a try? Maybe buy some fabric and go a little crazy in your office area? I'm sure many of your husbands/ partners would love that!!! :-)

Have a fun filled weekend!!
Matt xxx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

New Chapter

Hello Lovelies! How are you all doing?
A whole month has passed since I last posted or shared anything with you guys. It's been a pretty trying month and up until now I really haven't felt much like sharing.
It's definitely not going to be a month I'll forget in a hurry. A month full of personal pressures, not to mention a stressful (but exciting) time at work. A month of true "highs and lows".

The low point of my month comes in the form of Dennis breaking up with me. My best friend decided that I was no longer what he wanted out of a relationship.
It's been hard, it still is hard to get my head around but I know that I could not have done anything to change how he felt. I could not of been more accommodating or understanding.
There's no point in going into any more detail, I just hope Dennis is happy. So from now on, its just me again.
We shall see how the blog progresses. I'm not too sure where it's heading or if I'm definitely going to carry on with it, we will just have to wait and see. I feel like I need to fix myself first and this time a glue gun won't do the trick.

A new chapter of my life is beginning, the relationship ended but my career is at a personal high. It's strange how things work out.

As you all know I'm a dancer in the Disney musical Tarzan, here in Hamburg.
A couple of months ago I auditioned for the chance to cover the role of Terk, Tarzans best friend.
I was succesful with the audition! So for the past two months have been working towards my premiere as Terk.
That day finally arrived this weekend and on Saturday I played my first show as a lead role.
I'm really proud of this achievement as I've never been on stage as a 'singer'. I've never had lines to say (let alone in a foreign language) and I've never been so scared.
I think it went pretty well, although I'm having a hard time remembering my first show. I think I must have been so nervous and stressed out that it's all a little fuzzy in my mind.

I took a sneaky couple of pictures at work. The first is of me just before I got my hair and make-up done:

and then after, once my transformation was complete!! Not a great picture, but you get the idea :-)

I had so much support from my family, friends and colleagues and really feel so lucky that everyone was involved in my big career step.
I received lots of 'break a leg' well wishes, flowers from friends and little tokens of luck. It was really very special.

My apartment is thriving with flowers!! I love it! Little spots of colour every where I look.

I'm  really glad I had the focus of learning this role, I feet like it probably came at a perfect time. It's been distracting me a little from my personal life and I'm very grateful for that.

I hope you are all doing splendidly, sorry for being away for so long.
Hopefully I'll be back really soon with some nice project or something lovely to share.

Until then....... keep things sunny, like a sun flower does!!

Lots of love
Matt xx