A Weekend Away

by on May 29, 2023

A Crafty Weekend Away 

what do you do when When you forget your half your craft supplies?

There's nothing quite like spending a weekend away with crafty friends. However, sometimes things don't always go according to plan - like forgetting to pack half of your crafting supplies! There was a reason this had happened and there is a bit of a background story. So if you're interested read on and find out what exactly happened. 

While I was busy packing my craft supplies in my studio. I turn around to the sound of the door opening and in comes Hubby and my daughter, Aimee, she was in tears, and being 8 months pregnant  I immediately thought something was wrong with either Mum or Bub.  

As I gave her a big cuddle she explains that she had found her lovely cat lifeless.  He had passed away during the night.  Puss was 15 years old and I guess in cat years is quite old and I'm assuming he just died of old age. Of course, Aimee adored this beautiful white cat, it was a big shock for her.   

Using small tags I added some die cuts and stickers and finished off with some ribbon. 

Using old book paper, I added some old embellishments as a cluster and then used is on a layout. 

Now, as we live on a relatively large block of land (just under an acre or so), historically we have buried our beloved pets in our garden, including my daughter's past pets.    

(I realise this is not the most of happiest of topics, however, this particular  Blog is all about life in general as it happens). 

 So moving on... and without going into many more details. We gave Puss a quiet ceremony and buried her next to my little dog 'Moet' that had passed 6 months earlier. 

We went inside and had a hot drink and had a little chat about 'Puss' and  then Aimee left to be home in time for Layla to get home from school. 

It was at this point I started to get back into my packing process and try to get back into my organisationl head space. I should have used my retreat packing list, but it was too late, I was running out of time. So I threw what I had in the car.  

It wasn't until I started getting into the creative zone that evening, I realised that I was missing hmm quite a bit of stuff. Oh No!! I had  neglected to pack one last bag which had the majority of my craft supplies in it. Paper packs, adhesives, cardstock and my planner. 

At this point but I didn't really feel like driving back home so decided I would just make do with what I had   While I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to keep me busy, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  

Without all my usual tools and materials, I had to get creative and make do with what I had. It was a little off-putting at first being outside my comfort zone, and having to work with my limited supplies.  However, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I was amazed at what I could create with just a few supplies. 

I was forced to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. It was a great reminder that we don't need to have stacks of supplies to create beautiful and interesting things.  Sometimes, all it takes is a little ingenuity and a willingness to try something new.  

Have you ever forgotten to take craft supplies to a retreat or craft night?

Here are a few pics of what I actually created. Mainly using a big bag of old die-cuts and embellishments and some white cardstock. 

Some larger tags using an old Simple Stories collections called 'I AM".

I made a few of these embellishment clusters using old book paper and leftover over die-cuts .


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