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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Thank You New Zealand Style ...

I love to create personal gifts for my friend’s and family ...

Recently a lovely lady called Shelley from "Lees Grove Emporium", helped me with the purchase of the Fluidity Barre.

I made Shelley a “Thank You” greeting card, along with a matching framed piece of my artwork.

As a perfectionist, I was all set to send of my parcel of goodies, when I noticed an ink line across that framed piece, so of course had to remake it!!!

Being a proud New Zealander, along with the Card and Frame, I also gift-wrapped two blocks of Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate - oh YUM!!!

I wrap all my gifts with the plain brown packaging paper that Stampin’ Up sends in their parcels.

I then take a strip, in this case 3 strips, and emboss it.
The final touch is always butterflies with Pearls.

I hope Shelly enjoys her “Thank You” gift as much as I enjoyed making it!

“Thank You” Greeting Card and Frame + Chocolate ... DONE!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Storage Ideas With Kathe: Stampin Up Ink Rack Holder

I love local businesses, and I love Storage Ideas!!!
Local business Faith Pocock Craft Studio” has come up with a great and aesthetically pleasing idea for storing your Classic Stampin’ Up Ink Pads.

Their Stampin’ Up Ink Rack Holder will hold 48 Ink Pads, either of the older style Ink Pads, as well as the new design, released 1st June 2018.

As an added bonus, it will also store your “Tsukineko” Ink Pads, i.e. StazOn, VersaMark and Memento.

I purchased two sets, with the option of purchasing another set when the rest of my coveted “New” Ink Pads arrive.
My first Ink Pad Rack Holder that I assembled, took a couple of hours to make.

The second time round, I had learnt from my mistakes, and I used Tombow Liquid Adhesive in all of the joints, and held the Rack together with copious amounts of rubberbands till the glue dried!

To place an order with “Faith Pocock Craft Studio”, check out their website here and Trade Me here.
Please also take your time to visit the 
“Faith Pocock Craft Studio” Facebook page here.

When ordering, please mention the Order Reference as “JorjaRose”.
I can’t wait to see your Ink Pads stored, please share on Instagram with #jorjarosenz

** This review is of my own experience, and has not been paid for in anyway.
** It is an independent review, and not endorsed by “Faith Pocock Craft Studio”.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Life Of Kathe: The Kindness Of Strangers

You know that moment when you meet someone xtra special?
Well I met that person over the weekend, after I purchased a “Fluidity Barre”, via Trade Me.Shelley from "Lees Grove Emporium" has gone out of her way to help me, so that I can resume some form of fitness, with the Fluidity Barre.

When Shelley emailed me {we have had 9 emails back and forth}, I burst into tears of happiness that someone would actually go out of their way to help me.
My son, sixteen and half years old, came home from school, and asked why I had been crying, and I told Reilly of the kind deed that Shelley had done for me.
Although we talked via email, Shelley never judged me, or even knew of my illness, and lack of mobility.

I walk with the aid of a stick, BUT I have almost needed 2 Sticks this past fortnight, after spraining my ankle again!
Luckily this was my right ankle, instead of the Avulsion Fraction of my left ankle 3 years ago.
I am fortunate that my husband is a sportsman, and is used to strapping rugby players.
When I first did it last Saturday 16th June, my ankle/foot had gone to sleep, and my ankle/foot looked really floppy.

This is my leg, 9 days after crashing on it in my fall!

Next thing I know I had gone down like a tonne of bricks!

I was on the floor for 10 minutes unable to move because of the pain.
After the 10 minutes I tried crawling, but my knees were really bashed, so then I had to do a crab crawl to get to the couch.

Ouchy … this is days later!!!

I didn’t have enough energy to pull myself onto the couch, but I did have my phone handy and rang my husband {who was at the Rrrrrrrrugby Club}, who had to come home, and get me off of the floor {again!}.

Cut to 9 days later, and my ankle is still super sore and bruised, but hey … I am still able to shuffle!

If you get a chance, please visit Shelley's website "Lees Grove Emporium"

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Women Connecting: "It's All About Copper"

Women Connecting: "It's All About Copper"

Once a Term, I have the privilege of teaching at our local Church, Richmond Church Of Christ.

The project that I taught, I called "It's All About Copper"
The First Half Year Plan said:
"It's All About Copper" - we will be giving it justice!
I taught a cute Calendar and Notebook, with matching Copper Pen.
As an added bonus we were using the "Detailed Dragonflies".

I always check the timing on my Class, as there is never enough time for the 35 ladies to cut both Dragonflies, so in advance I pre-cut and popped all the little itty bity scraps {sorry Wayne} of the more detailed Dragonfly.

When I teach, I like to set the scene, and I make the presentation and display, as shabby chic as I can make it!
I took a wooden display stand in the car with me, along with my Vintage Stratton Compacts and other delicate ornaments, and would you believe I broke a crystal ornament !!! ... Damn it!!!

The Copper Dragonflies consisted of using school book covering in Copper {thanks K-Mart}, and adhering it to the "Smokey Slate" Cardstock.

The Calendars were a bit tricky to get a hold of at this time of the year.
I ended up purchasing via EBay UK, however the freight ended up being $40!!!
We will definitely be ordering as soon as the 2019 Calendars are printed, as the cost was waaaaay horrendous!!!

I also made a masculine Calendar for my Dad' birthday, which he loves!
I took design inspiration from a card I case'd by Narelle Farrugia  

If you are interested in coming to Women Connecting, we meet the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month, and you can check out our Facebook page

Saturday, 31 March 2018

The Life Of Kathe: Yep, It's Another Accident!!!

The Life Of Kathe: Yep, It's Another Accident!!!

Welcome to my latest Craftin' injury!!!
A week ago today I was teaching a private all day Class.
I am VERY fortunate that my bestie Aleisha is an Advanced Care Paramedic!!!
I was working at the kitchen counter with my Sizzix BigShot, when my "Sizzix Precision Steel Plate" fell from the bench straight towards my foot!

To give you an idea of the Sizzix Precision Plate, here are the specs:
Constructed of high-quality annealed steel, the Base Plate allows for precise die-cutting of intricate Sizzix Thinlits dies, and weighs .87lb

As you can see from the photos, all of which were taken today, the angle of the Precision Plate pierced my foot with the corner, which is very sharp!

At that same moment, the injury also caused a vein in my foot to blow up.
Luckliy Aleisha wasst thinking and placed a pack of ice on my foot.

Cut to exactly 7 days later, and you can see the bruising is along my toe-line, and also along the base of my foot + my foot is still very swollen and tender.

Does it still hurt?   Heck yeah!
But I always say, "Craft till ya bleed", I think this was a tad over the top this time though!

Anyways, it hasn't stopped me from Craftin', as I spent the better part of today in my Craft Haven.
I always look on the bright side ... it could have been worse, I could have chopped my toe off!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Life Of Kathe: Commode

Just want to share something honest and from the heart, but oh soooo funny!

Let me set the scene, just prior to Christmas, at 5am in the morning, I decided to go to the bathroom.
Anyways, I fell asleep on my raised toilet seat, also known as “Commode”- the Commode sits over the regular toilet, it’s really cool, because it has arm-rests!!!

Anyways … back to "I fell asleep" ...
I woke up, only after I hit the floor headfirst, with my skull!!
In our bathroom, we have a concrete Foundation, followed by Vinyl that looks like Tiles.   Thank goodness it wasn’t Tiled!!!

I think I may have blacked out for a minute there, but my 16 year old son heard the HUGE bang as my head hit the floor, but luckily my husband was swifter and got to me first!

You see, I was upside down, with my head on the floor, and still attached to me was the Commode, upside down with the legs in the air, looking like antlers!
My husband in order to aid me, had to extract the Commode, before assisting me, to be upright!!!

Yes, I did go to Nelson Hospital {again … I know my NHI number off by heart!!!}, this time with a Concussion and Headaches.
My Forehead and Skull {well the skin that goes over the skull}, were bruised for several weeks … thanks Thin Lizzy Concealer!

The Life Of Kathe: Commode DONE!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ageism : When Someone Of Age Is Taken Advantage Of …

Ageism : When Someone Of Age Is Taken Advantage Of …

According to the Dictionary …
Ageism {also spelled “agism” }: “is stereotyping of and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age”

I have a very good friend, aged 76 years old, let’s call her “NO”

NO for “no-one”
NO for “not okay”
NO for “not on”
NO for “not obliged”
NO for “now older”

“NO”, aged 76 decided to purchase a new {pre-loved”} car.
She was advised that she would be getting a Trade-In value of $4,000 for her Mazda Demio.
“NO” was so delighted about the purchase of her new car, however when she went to sign the “Vehicle Purchase Agreement”, she was then advised that she would be only receiving $1,700 for her vehicle, that she had traded in.
She signed the document as “I didn’t want the bother”.

How many other elderly people have been in the same position as “NO”?

Another occasion recently, was when my father needed to update his glasses.
At the franchised Optometrist, he was advised that yes he did need his glasses updated.
As you walk into the Optometrist, you are bombarded with all the special offers, like buy one pair of glasses, and get a second pair for free.
So Dad thought it could be around $200-600 for his glasses.
But at the end of the day, he was then advised that his glasses were coming in at well over $1,000

Please check in with your aged friends/family members, once a week, your visit could end up saving your friend $100’s if not $1,000’s

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