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Mandy
I am a Christian Mum to 4 teenage children and wife to an amazing husband, who loves all things hand-made & crafty!
Interests: learning, christianity, photography, scrapbooking, crochet, education, quilting,
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Sheila, glad you like my flower pattern . Sadly I have no pattern for squares at the moment. Ragards, Mandt
Maz... that cosy and stand sounds fab... got any photos? Mx
Mandy is now following Gina Renay, Warrior Stitchologist
Jan 15, 2013
You guys look great... What does your costume look like with the hood up?
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2012 on The Weekend Five: Couple Costumes at Balzer Designs
I found this post really interesting. I would love to join an Art Journalers Club as I'm really just a newbie.. I would go to one if there was one near me (UK Midlands). I just wanted to say that I was a teacher when I worked and love the whole teaching/ learning dynamic . When I was doing my teaching degree and doing 'Teaching Practice' in local schools, I remember the most difficult aspect of teaching a class was 'Pace'... i.e. Time management. We got really marked down if we ran out of time and had to rush the end of a class or if we underestimated how long it took to do something because handing out supplies or showning something so everyone can see it takes more time than you think. I've attended several scrapbooking retreats with classes and the best ones are well organised yet flexible, not rushed especially at the end and with time set aside for things that crop up and totally throw the pace of the lesson. As a teacher the worst thing that could happen, pace wise, was to have what was planned to take an hour, be all over in ten minutes! Rare but not impossible, so having an extension activity up my sleeve was a good idea. An optional extra that folks can have a go at if they finish earlier than the rest. All just my two pennyworth :) Love the blog as always Julie. M
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2012 on Offering Art Journaling Workshops at Balzer Designs
Fab dress in every way. We planned our wedding on a shoestring budget and my dress was made for me by two bffs. I'm 4'11" and nothing would have fit me off the peg so having two friends doing Art and Crafts degrees was a life saver. One made the dress and the other hand embroidered the front bodice panel with satin stitch, teeny pearls and sequins. Over a lace base panel. Then my dress was used year after year as a teaching aid (year One age 5-6 did a topic on 'Celebrations' so it got well handled by many grubby 5 year olds. Eventually I was purging when we were moving house and onlly saved the front panel of the dress (my hubby isn't sentimental) but I do kinda wish I'd saved it... Maybe re-made something else out of it as ot was raw silk fabric but never mind. We have our 21st weddding anniversary coming up and 4dc who are all teenagers so it's all good. Love the blog as always :) Mandy
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2012 on My Wedding Dress at Balzer Designs
Constantly adjusting to parenting 4 teenagers. With 1 at University, 2 at College and 1 in his last year of school it can be intense. I am always adjusting in some way with/to someone. Surprised that it can be as challenging as when we had 4 under (age) 5. Life right now is all about adjusting.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2012 on Following Ali's lead at Cathy Zielske's Blog
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Looks like such a fun class... Wish I was near enough to come to a class (sniff)
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2012 on Ruin & Rescue at The Ink Pad at Balzer Designs
That's such a touching story and exactly what scrapbooking is all about. Loved the LO too and it looked fun to make :)
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on ALICE - Storybook Treasures at It's a Creative World
Wow... I love flapjack and whenever I've made it it was as hard as concrete... Yours really does look delicious and chewy. Tfs.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2012 on Cherry Flapjack at It's a Creative World
I loved hearing about you and your son working together and the finished project is fab.
I really like the detail and layering. The alpha background works so well. Thanks for the inspiration :)
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2012 on Back to School at It's a Creative World
I thought the face had a look of resigned tragedy and looked strong in adversity. I really liked it. Not ugly but interesting and mysterious. Who wants cute and pretty all the time anyway (not me). Cute toenail polish btw! Mandy
Fabby-Dabby-Doo!!! Congrats and I can't wait to get my grubby /painty/inky/gluey hands on a copy. Hugs, Mandy McK
I love your stencils, julie.... and the video was brilliant. I sat and watched a couple more of your videos on YouTube. Also, you are the best at including inspiring links on your blog. Love it!! Mandy
Toggle Commented May 10, 2012 on Stencil Hop: Peek-a-Boo at Balzer Designs
Great post. So many helpful links and info. Thanks! Mandy
I really like the double-stamped camera. Looks great and adds dimension beautifully too. I also bought the camera stamp with the idea that I'd use it loads. Not even once, but I am thinking I like how yours turned out so must get inking! Mandy
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2012 on Shimelle's Scrapping weekend at Dolly's Dreamings
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W-O-W i nearly dribbled as I read your post. Amazing show. Your pointers and notes were great... Helped me appreciate the work more. Super scale on some of that stuff too. Totally yum like a delish meal. Thanks Julie. Your blog is always packed with great posts :) Mandy McK
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on The Armory Show at Balzer Designs
I loved the story, thank-you, it was just what I needed to hear. Mandy
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2011 on Wind power at Dolly's Dreamings
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Hi Julie, love the LO. I'm really sad that I didn't get any e-mails from UK folks :( wanting to share postage for some stencils. Never mind... Perhaps they'll become more available over here in the UK. Lovin the blog as always and all the crafty inspiration. Hugs, Mandy McK
oK soinds good. abm38@hotmail.co.uk Mandy
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2011 on Late Night Scrapbooking at Balzer Designs
Thanks, Julie. Do you think it would be appropriate to ask people on your blog if there's any UK folks want to order some templates from your shop and ship together? I don't mind co-ordinating at this end (sending the templates on to UK addresses from my house). We often miss out here in England due to such mega shipping costs and import costs too. No worries if you don't think it's a good idea. Your templates may eventually start turning up in shops or online stores over here. Appreciate you! Mandy McK
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2011 on Late Night Scrapbooking at Balzer Designs
Thanks Julie, it's 12 x12 size I'd like to get. I checked the link to the UK shop but they don't stock wonky circles or punchinella. Any more ideas would be appreciated. Mandy
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2011 on Late Night Scrapbooking at Balzer Designs
Hi Julie. I went to scrapbookdotcom, picked out my 3 templates (yay) hit International postage because I'm in the UK and it came to $45.06 because the shipping was $31.08 (boohoo) any ideas how I can get your templates here in the UK? Sniffle. Mandy McK
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2011 on Late Night Scrapbooking at Balzer Designs
Julie, I was really interested to hear you taught about making videos. I really want to make crochet teaching tuts and bought a HD camera recently but am a bit overwhelmed as to where to start. I'd really love some tips and things to avoid etc. You're the only person I've heard of giving advice on making YouTube videos. Yours, Mandy McK
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2011 on Online Class: It's Sew Easy at Balzer Designs