Monday 24 February 2014

The difference a year makes...

Hello friends
I hope you all had a good weekend and got to see some sunshine.
I took some time out yesterday to do some spring cleaning of my computer photo
files - I take lots and lots of photos and I need to keep them organised..
I just forget sometimes!
It was exactly a year ago today that my blog post featured 
Hope and Chances Creativity HQ, a little insight into
my typical day, where I do all the paperwork etc.  
I had to smile because things have changed a little in the space of one year.

In 2013 my little office space...
An extra screen and a metal drawer filing system - don't open those drawers!!!
(Elaine - that's one of your cards on my shelf).
I rotate all the cards that friends send to me so I get to see and 
appreciate them when working.
The in-try filing system.
Today - the filing system has definitely grown!
I must stress these photos were taken after hours of sorting and tidying ...
I was tempted to take the photos when they were in a real muddle but 
decided you would probably think me very inefficient! :)

Did you espy the screen saver on my computer?
It is one of my most favourite scrapbook pages ever, all created from 
I've placed this page on display in the shop window - 
it does receive quite a few comments, I suspect because Bella does look a tad cute!

A wonderful response to my Dad's handmade pokey tools, I've asked him to pop
down his shed to create more.  I've received some enquiries as to whether they could be
made with a very fine tip for paper piercing, Dad is going to do some testing
and I will photograph them to see what you think.
He also makes the most wooden trinket boxes and bird houses.
 Blue Tits love them.
They come with a pre-cut and drilled wooden bracket so you can attach them to fences,
walls, tree branches etc.
I will keep you posted when these will be available in the shop and website.
I like to keep him busy!

Tomorrow's Coffee and Create is Altering a Notebook, still a place or two left
if anyone is in Gravesend and fancies a fun craft and cake fuelled morning!
Take care friends.


Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine, a great post today! I love the scrapbook page featuring the beautiful Bella and the peek into your office~ very impressed with its neatness!! Love and hugs to you all,
Maggie x

Rita said...

Good Morning Christine. Your office looks so neat and tidy. Love those Blue Tit boxes, we have lots around and every year they are used, I love the ones made by your Dad and look forward to have a few of those. Hugs Rita xxx

Anonymous said...

Bird boxes are really nice. I would love something like that but don't dare to have one though as there are too many cats around here. Wow your family are all so talented. JuliaT x

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, what a lovely post - yes a year certainly makes a difference in so many ways...I can see your dad is going to be busy! Hugs Carole Z X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Yes indeedy, what a difference a year makes, the comparison piccies say it all, and I'm totally amazed at the tidiness haha, it would have been good to see the 'before' and 'after' piccies though hahaha.
The scrapbook page is really lovely, and Bella is so, so, cute,, who wouldn't love this layout.
Your Dad's bird houses are gorgeous, you have a whole family with talent.
Have a lovely day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Sally said...

I love the bird houses. Any chance I can "pre-order" :-) Sally x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Your office is so tidy I love it

I really wish I could come to your workshop today I would love to do an altered notebook

Have fun
Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

Morning christine , your dad is so talented. Love that scrapbook page. Would love that as a future kit !!!
Felt honoured to see my card on display. Perked me up this morning. Hope you enjoyed you roast xx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
A lovely post today finishing with the cute Bella.
Love the bird houses, clever Dad.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
A lovely post today finishing with the cute Bella.
Love the bird houses, clever Dad.

Unknown said...

Your office looks very neat and tidy. I love when I get mine like that but it never lasts long. Where did you get that lovely desk to "in tray"? I would love one like that.
Just wondering how many of us have our dog as our screen saver...mine is my german shepherd, Bracken.
Janice W

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Any chance you could come and sort out all of the photos on my computer? I keep on threatening to sort them but it doesn't happen! Great to see how a year has changed your little office area. So neat and tidy, then you tell us you had to tidy up before taking the pics, that made me feel better, definitely wouldn't think you are inefficient, just a busy, normal human being :) I love the page, it is so cute. I have the Framed Tags One dies and keep meaning to have a go at this one day. Glad that your Dads pokey tools are proving to be so popular, not surprised, and the price is great. I will be getting one ASAP. And I love the bird boxes, they are beautiful(looking forward to seeing the trinket boxes)They will make brilliant presents for at least two family members. I hope your Dad (and Mum) is aware how much time he is going to be spending at his lathe : ) Have a great time at tomorrows Coffee and Create. Wish I could join you : ( Take care.

Wendy L said...

Very interesting post today as always, love your Dads work too. xxx

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, beautiful page and layout of Bella, so worth having it as your screen saved. Your dad is also a talented crafter with his woodwork, love the bird boxes. Wishing you all a good week. Hugs Emma x

Maggie said...

Hello. Would love to be with you but it's just too far. I too would love a thin piercing tool with turned handle. Snap to it Dad! xxMargaretxx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine ,
Love the picture of Bella. Your desk looks so tidy and a nice place to work.
The bird boxes look super and just the right time of year to put them out,will have to get one. Take care. x.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Love the blue tit boxes, I just love wooden things my Husband used to make things and they are so special, And yes Bella is so cute love her pictures, enjoy your day love Jean Z xxx

Chris said...

Hi Christine,
Your Dad's bird houses are adorable, it that where your craftiness comes from? You have inspired me to have a good tidy up in my craft room, lovely post today.
Chris x

Lacelady said...

Well done for sorting out your space, would you like two weeks in Ireland to sort mine? (it would take that long)!

SusanP, Kent said...

Well you have been busy! I like to be tidy, but things don't often go to plan in my craft area! I do keep my photos organised on the computer though and backed up otherwise I'd never find what I wanted. Amazing and beautifully hand-made bird houses: I can think of several people who I'd love to buy one for (including myself). You really have the most creative family.

Melissa Lawrence said...

Hi Christine. I've just discovered your blog and spent a happy half an hour browsing round and looking at all your incredibly inspiring projects, not to mention your very tidy craft room. And Bella is so cute! I've also seen several items on your lovely website and I will be back! Thanks for sharing your "hope and chances" with us x

Janice said...

Hi Christine
Well it certainly looks as though you're keeping your Dad the bird boxes too!
What a tidy office you have, it looks like a Trader's desk with the two screens 😉
I really like your scrap book page too, super photo of Bella!
See you tomorrow!
Janice x

LoraineC said...

Well I was impressed with the pokey tools but what gorgeous bird boxes and of course the gorgeous Bella x

Laura O said...

your office is so neat ,don't have an office but my presses are over flowing.Laura O

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, your Dad has talent!
I remember asking my Dad to make all sorts of things for me too. He enjoyed working with wood, he had a laithe and made alsorts of floral containers and shaped plynths for my floral art ideas. When I look back at photos of my creations,there's Dad's works of art mingled into my floral creations.
Yes a year does make a big difference---- to a great many things in our lives. Take care, Carolyn x

hazel young said...

Love your office space and love that scrapbook page. Your dad is very clever. Have a great day xx hazel

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