Sunday, 29 March 2020

Stay at Home: Craft Challenge #1: Make 4 cards!

Hi to all the lovely crafters at home!
Due to the COVID-19 virus the Craft Group is on a temporary hiatus. However, we thought it would be fun to do some craft challenges at home! Watch the video below for the details of the first craft challenge!

Please send us pictures of your cards via comments on the blog, facebook page or instagram and keep a lookout for the next challenge!

Ready, Set, GO!
Have fun and I look forward to seeing the results of you taking up the challenge!

Saturday, 21 March 2020

15 Things to do if you are quarantined at home.

Got lots of time at home?
Make the most of it!

I have been home for 3 days... I am not in lockdown, just being careful.
I still have to work at school for 2 days a week while it is open.
Sadly The Craft Group has been cancelled. BUT, even though there are many sad terrible things going on at the moment, I am thankful for the gift of Time. And I plan to use it well.

So far I have turned our loungeroom into a bedroom for our 28 year old who has moved back home for a while (the spare bedroom is our new office - which I am not parting with!) I also ... without paying a cent, have made a music and art room! I'll share how I did it with you one day!

I have also caught up with a whole basket of ironing!

I have hundreds of projects I could do at home. But it's not just about keeping busy. Looking after our mental health is very, very important at this time.

It is important to have a routine, which I am going to struggle with (I am, unfortunately, rather spontaneous and easily distracted!)

Here are some ideas of things to do at home:

  1. Do The Craft Group fortnightly challenges! (Watch this blog for details!)
  2.  TELEPHONE FRIENDS you have not caught up with for a while.
  3. Sort your craft  area or cupboard!
  4. Find some sealed goods in your home and DELIVER THEM TO AN ELDERLY NEIGHBOUR (e.g. a can of soup, packet of biscuits, roll of toilet paper)
  5. Read through a book of the BIBLE like a detective eg. Read the book of Luke and make note of How Jesus loved people. 
  6. Does your balcony face others? Have an open air neighbourhood sing-a-long! Like they did in Italy.
  7. DO CRAFT! Yes, bust out some of those unfinished projects or start something you have been wanting time to do.... or look out for our challenges!
  8. Sort your digital PHOTOS!
  9. Send some photos away online and have themPRINTED (and home delivered of course).
  10. Google EXERCISE ROUTINES and get moving in your loungeroom. I love the Philippines Zumba. LIVE LOVE PARTY Random suggestion, I know, but so much fun!
  11. Or if you are feeling stressed, you really should do some of CAROLINE WILLIAMS YOGA. So good for your body and soul!
  12. Go for a WALK! Alone or with your dog :)
  13. Go to a MUSEUM ONLINE and enjoy at tour without even leaving your home!
  14. Go online and buy a GIFT CERTIFICATE for a restaurant or small business that might be doing it tough. They need some income and you can go out twice as much after all the home isolation is over and it will feel like you are spending half the amount!
  15. Did I already say... do The Craft Group craft challenges?

Saturday, 14 March 2020

UPDATED: Is The Craft Group on? No! :(

A lot changes in a week!!!
I have always been committed to following any Government recommendations and so I have had to make the hard decision to CANCEL THE CRAFT GROUP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Staying home does not mean worrying. There is less to be worried about if you stay home and we will be in touch in other ways! I am expecting some amazing "Show 'N Tell" projects when we meet again!  And stay tuned on this blog :) I promise to put new posts up!    Diana xxx

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   John 14:27

For those of you who physically attend The Craft Group, we need to think about how to responsibly care for each other during this Corona Virus Pandemic.

If you would like to read more about my thoughts, or get some accurate information about COVID-19, you can read my BLOG POST HERE.

Our next Craft Group gathering is in 5 days time and a LOT can happen in 5 days these days!!!

I will use this blog to let you know what is happening this coming thursday 19/3/2020.

I know that coming to The Craft Group is incredibly important for many women for many different reasons and I certainly wouldn't cancel it without very good reason.

IF it is on this week, we will do a few things differently:

Please don't come if you feel sick!
We will disinfect tables and chairs before you arrive.
You will be asked to wash your hands when you arrive.
Hand sanitiser will be available.
Please bring a plastic bag containing your own mug, plate and napkin then take them home to wash.
Please bring your own morning Tea!
(We will have things for those ladies who do not see this message).
Coffee and Tea will be provided!
Bring your own craft gear. No shared resources at this stage!

Yay for us women who know how to take action, out of love for others, to kerb the spread of this infection!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   John 14:27

Look after Each Other

How are you?

I hope you are doing OK during this surreal chapter in the world entitled "Corona Virus".
In Australia, we have had some strong chapter headings lately. "Drought," "Fires," "Floods" & "Panic buying" just to name a few!

I am not panicking. I am not stressed. I have a great God who gives us Hope, Courage and Peace because He is in control and has Purposes beyond our comprehension. Each new day I come to Him to bring Him all my needs. I pray that you can do that too.

But now I want to talk about selfishness.
In a society like Australia, we are brave and resilient. We carry on and get out there and help one another. And so our instinct is to have a "She'll be right" attitude. The problem is that if we don't take the World Health Organisation's advice seriously, "He" or "She" might not be alright!

It is not all about me.
It is not all about you.
It is about the vulnerable members of our community.
People with underlying health issues.
People like my Mum and Dad in their 80's and 90's.
People like my friends who have diabetes.

Last night we went to an open plan restaurant for dinner, thinking it might be the last time in a while that we can do that. I was not embarrassed that I had disinfectant wipes for my table and chair and cutlery handles. But I was blown away by how many people were there, greeting each other with kisses and hugs. I heard a young man say that the media has gone crazy and there was no need to be so over-the-top.

There are massive disappointments coming our way.  In less than 4 weeks, I am due to fly out on a much anticipated trip to Israel and Jordan. That ain't happenin'! :(  :(

We all are going to have to sacrifice things so that others do not have to suffer this virus.

SO... What is happening to The Craft Group?  I will write another post about that!

But in the meantime.
Do not panic but be super vigilant!

I get my main news from WHO (World Health Organisation)
Let's LISTEN and ACT
THIS PAGE  has all the accurate info you need.

Be aware of how others are coping and care for each other. We are all in this together!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Painted Rocks

We may have rocks for brains but we are painting rocks!
I love any art or craft with a community aspect to it. 
People all over the world are painting rocks then hiding them somewhere in a public place where someone else might find them. 
Making a surprise discovery of a little painted gem is sometimes all it takes to brighten someone's day. The idea is that people can leave the pebble where they found it, keep it or re-hide it!

Some rocks I painted
A fun afternoon painting with my 10 year old niece!
Some people like to follow their rock's journey. There are many facebook pages to help them do this.
I like the fb page NSW ROCKS. If you join the group and check out their "files", you will find many resources about how to paint rocks. I like their emphasis on not ruining the environment you place them in. For example, no goggly eyes or stickers that could come off. If you want to track your rock, you write fb NSW ROCKS on the back and the postcode where you first hid the rock.Check it out and be inspired to play rock Hide-and-Seek!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Healthy snacks

I love Summer.
I love holidays.
I love snacks at 5pm.
But they are not always good for me.
Except these!
1) A slice of cucumber, cream cheese, smoked salmon and chives.
2) Half a cherry tomato, a basil leaf, half a bocconcini ball, toothpick together then sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
Sooo good. And so good for you too!

Saturday, 11 January 2020

God bless you in 2020!

It's a new year!
New resolutions.
New expectations.
God's Blessings?
What does that actually mean?
More health, wealth and happiness?
Hmmm... it is tempting!
But maybe... well more than maybe...
God sees things differently.
The Bible shows a clear picture 
that life is more than just having things go really well for us.
A life well lived is one where we have a relationship with Jesus.
Being adopted as a child of God.
Knowing our real purpose for being here,
knowing we are loved.
Knowing a peace that defies normal logic.
So, I do wish you a blessed new year!
A year where God blesses you
in the richest way He knows how.

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