Saturday, 21 January 2017

January 2017 Newsletter 1.



Hi All,

I decided that as we are now almost through January I had better get my act together and send out our newsletter.
I do hope  you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends – for most of us I think the weather was not our usual ‘hot summer sun’ days – however being with family and special friends it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like. To those of you who found 2016 a bit of a challenge with life and health I do hope that 2017 will bring you improved health, no stress, and lots of fun times.

Some of you know that we have one of our grandsons living with us as his mum lives overseas and he attends Uni here. Keith and I thought it would be a nice ‘gift’ to both him and his mum if we sent him over to spend Christmas with her. So for several weeks prior to Christmas each time I spoke with her on skype  etc I tried to get information as to when she had holidays and if she was working over Christmas or going away etc without letting her know that he was coming. So – we ‘invented’ a young lady and called her ‘Jan’ telling our daughter that ‘Jan’ was coming to Dubai and would she be able to stay with her for a day or two. Our daughter was delighted to put up a New Zealander for a few days and agreed to meet her at the airport (at 5.30am!!).
What a surprise she got when she was standing there with a card that read “Jan” and Lucas walked up and said “Hi Mum, Merry Christmas”!!! she was SOOOOOOOOO  surprised and we were all so happy that we had managed to keep the secret for so long. They had a wonderful 3 weeks together.
Keith and I went out to our granddaughters place for Christmas day and they put on a wonderful bbq for us and we sat outside and watch the little ones play and just relaxed and enjoyed everyone’s’ company. It was sooo nice (and I did not have to do a thing!!!).
It was also a special time for me over Christmas as I had the privilege of having Flo here for about 10 days. She spent Christmas day and New Year Day with her family and then came back and spent just over a week here with us. 
Then, one of our exchange students, who stayed with us 6 years ago, came back to New Zealand and stayed a few days with us as she travelled around to see some of the places that she did not get to see when she was here as a student. It is so nice to have students at 16 and 17 years old as they attend our schools and then see them again 6 years later all grown up!!!

Right – on the crafting front – I have been busy almost ‘living’ in the craft room and creating all sorts of lovely items (great as Flo was here).

I thought that I would give you all a little break though January and let you get over Christmas and get schooling all sorted before we began again. I know it is a very busy time for a lot of you. SO, now is the time to start creating again and our classes will begin in February on the following dates:

Tuesday 7th February       10.30am

Wednesday 8th February                        6.45pm

Thursday 9th February     1.30pm  and again at 6.45pm

Saturday 11th February   10.30am  and again at 1.30pm

As a number of us now own (or are interested in owning) Cricuts, please let me know if you are interested in doing a “Cricut Time” on a Saturday or Sunday on a regular basis. This would be where you could bring along your Cricut and laptop, work on your own projects and/or learn & share with others here. Of course there are purchased SVG files that cannot be ‘shared’ , however when you see something that someone has done you may like to purchase it – sometimes it is seeing something finished that encourages you to want to make it yourself.  For those new to Cricut we can share information like how to purchase files, how to up-load them, how to size them etc and of course making sure we all know how to save them so we don’t loose them!!  For those who are more advanced it will be great to share more advanced info.
ANYWAY – do let me know if you are interested.

And as always – please let me know which class you will be coming to so I have enough packs ready. Don’t forget, you can always bring a friend.

This year I have decided to keep the cost of the classes to $5.00 per pack for Tuesday,  Wednesday and Saturday classes and $10 for Thursday classes.
I am still happy to purchase any dies / stamps / cardstock / craft items / cut images etc,  you may like.  (Items ordered this year will need to be paid for at the time of ordering)


This is run as a Rotary Club of Takaro Project – guaranteed to be a great day!!

Read on……….
Tickets can be purchased from: PN I-Site, Caltex Energy Centre (Tremain Ave), Capers CafĂ©, and Bernina Sewing Centre (pays to take cash – those some have ‘cash-out’ facilities.

The tickets are $30 and INCLUDES lunch!!  How is that for great value!

SO – get your tickets - grab a map, fill a car with your besties and head out for the day to see what the Girls of Palmy and surrounding areas are doing in their special spaces.

The ‘Girls Sheds” will be open from 9am – 4.30pm.


Well I am going back to doing some crafting for the day as it has just started pouring down with rain again!! Good time for crafting.

I look forward to seeing those of you who come to classes and to hearing from those of you who are a little distance away. 

Well the rain is certainly pelting down now so am off for a cup of tea before crafting for the afternoon.

Happy Crafting to you all,

Madge’s Creations.

(If any of you who are a distance away and would like info on doing a ‘Girls Sheds” in your area do give me a call/email, and I can pass on details to you.)

flower basket in box (file from Tina Fitch) - BBQ card (The Treasure Box)

 some of my efforts over the past few days.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Lucas's trip for Christmas

I do hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 will be a great year. Over the past few weeks I have been keeping a big secret. Our daughter was talking to me and was a little sad that she would be spending Christmas alone as most of her friends were going to their home country's for the holidays and she was unable to come home. SO we decided as a big suprise we would arranged for our grandson (who is 21yr) to go visit with his mum in Abu Dhabi for Christmas.

Firstly we created a 'fictional friend' named 'Jan" who was going to go to Dubai and needed someone to pick her up and take her to her hotel. Our daughter was delighted to be able to pick up a NZ'er and especially as the fictional Jan was from Palmerston North. It was quite hard work asking questions to get information from her so that we would know that she was actually going to be home for Christmas. We spoke often on skype and each time I talked a little more and asked a few more questions. Seems she managed to get several days off over Christmas - that was good. Then she had to work on the day that he was flying in, so she said 'don't worry, tell 'Jan' (our fictional friend) that I will swap a shift and be there to get her. Then she started asking questions like - how long is she staying? would she like to stay with me? is she visiting family here? Oh dear, I did have to dodge some of those questions.

Well the day came and my sister and I took our grandson to Auckland to catch the flight to Dubai. He boarded the flight and was off on his great surprise journey.  I stayed up most of the night and all the next day I was on my laptop with fb up waiting for him to let us know how things went. He text me from Brisbane, then again when he landed in Dubai. He headed out to the arrivals and text me to say she was not there. I told him to just wait, all would be well, she was probably parking the car. We waited and 5 minutes later the video came up!!!! he walked along the arrivals isle and saw her holding a sign "JAN" he walked up and said 'hi'!! she was sooooo surprised so with lots of tears and laughter and questions they met again. She asked 'is Jan coming' - he laughed and said 'no, I am 'Jan' she is not real'

Enjoy your Christmas both of you - with all our love.

I will try and find some way of putting the video up on here. not sure how so need to ask an expert for help to do.

I big thank you to my sister for coming with us to the airport, for keeping me calm though the excitement, and also a big thank you to our friend in Hamilton who put us up for a few nights before we went to Auckland and when we came back.

next trip will be going up to Auckland to get him when he returns!!

in the mean time I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and remember it is all about family and the love between you.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

some Nov events

My week is getting busy as usual.

 Just to let those who read this know that there is a Card sale/making on Nov 7th from 9.30am at the Milson Scout Hall - $5 entry and $2 per card. You can stay and make your chosen cards or take them away and make them at your leisure.

On Thursday 10th Nov. Warehouse Stationery are holding another crafty night from 6 - 8pm. $10 entry.

Our card classes in November are Tue 8th, Wed 9th, Thur 10th, Sat. 12th. Look forward to seeing you here.

well that it from me for now....

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sunday 16th

Hi all,
have managed to get through this week with all it's drama and had a few laughs along the way. 

What wonderful classes I have had this week - everyone is so nice and it is soooo relaxing with us all doing such lovely cards. It is great to have new people along and I do hope that you enjoyed it and come again. 

I spent an evening with a good friend and we played with the new MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - you know when you stamp a stamp and only part of it turns out right - it is soooo frustrating, well now with the MISTI you are able to put your card stock on the misti base, place your un-inked stamp where you want it, close the misti (which will pick up the stamp), open the misti, ink your stamp, close the misti and Wha La you have stamped your stamp exactly where you want it - but oh no - only part of it stamped clearly - no problem, just leave everything where it is, re-ink your stamp and re-stamp it!! because it is attached to the misti it will re-stamp EXACTLY where the first one was - Yeh a perfect stamp!!  NOW do you have those stamps that either have several parts to them that overlay each other, or a flower head as one stamp the stem as another stamp and the leaves as yet another stamp - I find it difficult to stamp them all so that they look connected, or so they look great overlayed. With the misti it is soooo easy - once again you put the first stamp on and stamp it, leave your card stock where it is, place the 2nd layer and repeat with the misti, then other layers. it works really well. Oh just in case you are wondering NO I do NOT sell the misti, I am just giving you MY thoughts on it.
the two roses and the leaves were done using the misti. I have to admit that this is the first time I had used this stamp set as I can NEVER line up the layers right by hand. the flower has 3 layers and so does the leaf. I was impressed as the 3rd leaf stamp is so tiny but makes such a difference to the finished product. (yes the stamp set comes with the dies to cut the flower and leaf).

The parcels of cards and tags that I send to Rae are being received with great excitement. She has now received the last parcel that I sent - it does take several weeks to reach her, however there is much pleasure from the recipients when the parcels arrive.  I am now continuing to gather for the next one to sent. 

On the 29th October Flo and I are off to Wellington to teach Design Space to a group of ladies who have bought the new Cricut machine. 

Card classes here in November are on Tue 8th - Wed 9th - Thur 10th - and Sat 12th. If you are interested in coming along to any of these classes just give me a call (3533880, or email: love to have you along.

Then on 21st November Flo Joycelyn and I are off to Sydney for some inspiration, new ideas and well yes I guess some shopping.

Then December will be upon us!! whatever happened to 2016 - it seems to have gone soooo fast.

Well I am off to prepare for some more classes so will come back on my blog again soon.

October Newsletter

Madge’s Newsletter
October 2016
Hi All,

Well first of all I must apologise for not putting this newsletter out sooner!!!  Sometimes things ‘just happen’ and not all goes according to plan. I have to admit some of it was my fault, as some of you know I met with 6 friends in Hamilton for a weekend ‘cricut-ing’. My weekend started on the Friday morning at 4am when I went to work, then at 8am off to Massey, at 11.30am was picked up by a friend and quickly loaded the car and we were off to meet another friend on the way. Changed cars and we were finally on the way to Hamilton. Arrived and to cut a long story short by the time I got home on Sunday evening I had had about 6 hours sleep during the whole weekend!!! But oh what fun we had. Especially as it was my birthday while I was away and the girls did an awesome job of surprising me with tooters/balloons/and singing happy birthday and I had the special luxury of having TWO birthday cakes. For many years in our family I have had a little critter that when you press his foot he dances and sings happy birthday. As my children have gotten older they always try to hide it when it is their birthday so that I don’t play it, however they never win and I always play it. My darling husband phoned me the morning of my birthday and when I answered the phone guess what was playing through the phone!!! Yes the little critter singing. We laughed soooo much. So a big thank you to everyone who was a part of setting everything up and to Julia and Heather for my lovely cakes.
Now, once I got home from the weekend, with very little sleep, I was off to work at 4.30am on the Monday morning!! Tried hard to catch up on things during the week, to little avail and then on the Friday a 4wd decided that the side of my car was rather plain and could do with some definition!! So I am driving a car with much ‘definition’ on the side and waiting for the panel beater to do some ‘doctoring ‘ to it.  With everything that was going on the news letter did not get written, sorry.
Love to hear from anyone who has had a more eventful week!!!

Poor car                 on the good side these are some of the cards we made this week                         

Well now that week has passed I can go forward and let you know what is coming up:

Design Space Training:
For any of you who have the Cricut Explore or Cricut Air we are doing a teaching in Wellington on Saturday October 29th. If you know anyone in the Wellington area that may be interested please tell them to contact me as spaces are limited. We will be starting at 9.30am through to 4pm (ish, you know how it is) and the cost is $60 for the day. We will be going though Design Space and answering any questions people may have.

If there are enough Palmerston North people interested we will run a class here in Palmerston North. So do give me a call or email if you want more information.

August/September  Prize
Don’t forget, when you come two consecutive months you go into the draw to win a prize pack.
Our winner is : SHIRLEY!!
Congrats to you Shirley, you can pick up your ‘pack’ when you come to November class or give me a call to collect earlier.

Card Classes for November:
Tuesday 8th                                                   10.30am
Wednesday 9th                          6.45pm
Thursday 10th                      1.30pm and again at 6.45pm
Saturday 12th                      10.30 and again at 1.30pm

These will be our final card classes for 2016 – but wait, there’s more…
on   December 4th  we will be having our final ‘party for the year’ so do mark this date on your calendar and be prepared to have a great time with lots of prizes and fun. The day will be from 1.30pm till 4.00 ‘ish.

I will be in Australia from 21st to 29th November – having some ‘information gathering’ and of course a little shopping spree.

To those of you who have been unwell, I do hope that you are recovering and I look forward to seeing you all at card class in November. 

Happy crafting,


Sunday, 4 September 2016

tidy up time

Just spent all day tidying up my craft room cupboards and getting things a bit more organised. Amazing how many things I found that I had been looking for or forgotten I had!! I think it pays to have a good sort out once in a while, and as I have such a busy week next week I thought it was a good time to do it. Time for a hot choc break and then come back and finish off.