"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blogoversary & Birthday Bash Giveaway! (closed)


Want to get creative? In the spirit of celebrating all things creative, I am giving away 'Chronically Creative' craft packs that I have put together after cleaning out my craft studio and stumbling across some great craft items that I would love to bless TWO of my lucky readers with! This giveaway is a combined celebration- celebrating my first blogoversary and my birthday! The winners will be announced on my birthday which is towards the end of May. The first reader selected (via random.org) will win the first pack and the second reader to be drawn will win the second pack.


So here's a look at what you can win:


 prize #1






Prize #2





#1 pack contains:

  • Cardmaking Staming & Papercraft Tips & Techniques magazine
  • Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft Decorations Special magazine
  • 2x Kaiser craft embellishment packs
  • Kaiser craft clear stamps from the Christmas carnival collection
  • Blue rhinestones
  • 2x Embellished tags
  • Butterfly clear stamp
  • 2x 3D stickers
  • Cardmaking kit


#2 pack contains:

  • Australian Cardmaking Staming & Papercraft Decorations Special magazine
  • Pink rhinestones
  • Celebrate clear stamp
  • Glitter alphabet embellishments
  • Kaiser craft brad pack
  • Kaiser craft alpha stickers from the child's play collection
  • Cardmaking kit


The details:

Giveaway closes at 9pm Melbourne (Australian) time on Wednesday 25th May and the winners will be announced on the 27th May- my birthday! Yay! International entries welcome.


Here's what you need to do to enter:

Simply become a public follower either through GFC or Networked Blogs and leave a comment in the comments section stating your GFC or Networked Blogs name along with your email address (disguised to spammers). That's it. Followers of this blog before this giveaway will automatically get 1 extra entry as a thankyou for supporting my blog.

Of course, if you would like the option of extra entries here are your options:

Blog about the giveaway = 2 extra entries*
Put a link on your blog sidebar with picture included = 1 extra entry*

* you must provide appropriate links with your entry in the comments section to qualify.


There will also be many chances for extra entries up for grabs for my facebook and twitter followers. You can find my facebook page here and follow me on twitter (@ChronicCreativ) here.




Good Luck!!
  



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Celebrating All Things Creative

A year ago my usually merry self encountered a dark and lonely place of despair. Struggling to survive each day succumb to endless sleepless nights due to different medication changes and trials, I was at the end of my rope. Feeling abandoned, alone and isolated with depression dawning, I was determined to ease the pain of my downward spiral. In the wee hours of one morning, tears falling down my face, fading on the keyboard, I keenly embarked on my blogging adventure. I tied a knot and held on for dear life. Out of sheer desperation, frustration, sadness and sleep deprivation- Chronically Creative was born.


When I hit the sign up button and blissfully published my first post, I had little idea of what direction this blog would take. All that I knew was that I needed to write, and with a desire to one day start a craft business, I wanted to express myself creatively. Initially in the beginning, this blog started out entitled 'Living Creatively With Chronic Illness' but six months in, I decided on the more appropriate name of 'Chronically Creative'. Why? Well, I much prefer to be labelled 'chronically creative' instead of being acknowledged as 'chronically ill'. It's so easy to get bogged down and feel as though illness defines who I am as a person but I've come to understand that I am not my illness. Despite being limited, confined and controlled by it some days; I am more than a "sick" person. Yes, I may be sick but I'm also chronically creative!
 
Writing about my fears, frustrations and the ups and downs of living with multiple chronic illnesses for the whole blogging world to see is no easy feat. There have been times when I have even contemplated chucking it all in and there have been countless moments when I have cradled my head in my hands, sobbing with hysterical frustration as I couldn't even write a simple post because of stupid fatigue, brain fog and depleted cognitive function.

Hell, keeping a blog has been incredibly difficult. Just putting this post together has taken me hours on end. But by God's grace, I've done it and I am proud as punch. Blogging has been well worth the fatigue and joint pain. I cannot even begin to express the happiness it has brought into my life. Dare I say, it has dramatically changed me for the better. Blogging has allowed me to express myself in a healthy and creative way and the people who I've met through it have been a great source of comfort, courage and an incredible inspiration to me.
 
Blogging is an amazing blessing in my life. It has provided a way for me to write in a way I never have before. It allows me to deal with my grief while also encouraging and reaching out to others. Writing is how I make sense of everything- in essence, it's how I take out my "emotional trash". A dear blogging friend explains it perfectly: "I write because I need to. I write to stay sane. I write to stay positive. I write to deal with the pain and loneliness".


Although it's taken me a while to gain momentum and direction, I consider blogging to be a huge part of my life. It's one of the very few things I can manage to do on a good day that doesn't force me to spend a week at home helpless because of it. I hate to think where I would be without blogging. It has allowed me to still be myself and connect with the world without having to leave home and reap the consequences. It has helped me to feel less alone and hope when there has been nothing left to hope for. Yep, I'm officially a blogaholic. There. I admitted it. Who would have thought that this computer challenged girl who barely knew how to even use email properly could start a blog? Not me. I haven't been on Facebook for very long either, late developer I know... but now I'm getting sidetracked, which you all know I'm good at. Where was I? Oh yeah... there isn't a day that I don't think about blogging. I am constantly thinking 'can I blog this?' I think about blogging more than I do food, and I love my food! Okay, so we have established that I probably think about blogging way more than I should...

Over the last year Chronically Creative has grown to include cardmaking, handmade crafts, nail art, interior decor and poetry with scrapbooking, sewing and cupcakes and cookie making on the horizon- it's a beautiful colour! It's my personal journey to live creatively in spite of chronic illness and inspire you to colour your world creative. This blog is a fun celebration- celebrating all things creative. Indulging in something creative, no matter how small, allows me to escape reality for awhile, but in all honesty, it's how I survive. If I have to live with chronic illness, I am going to do it creatively. And maybe, just maybe, my illnesses can stop stealing the spotlight and instead of being identified as the "sick chick" I'll be known as the creative chick. Hell, "I'm chronically creative and it's contagious... pass it on." (adapted from Albert Einstein's quote "creativity is contagious, pass it on.")
Written by Emily Ruth
© chronicallycreative.net




 



To all my dear readers and followers, thankyou from the bottom of my heart for all of your support , encouragement, comments and emails. I appreciate each and every one of you! Keep reading for another year of bigger and better chronic creativity!




Yours creatively,




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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thankful Tuesdays- Easter Edition



I am thankful for the cross, that Jesus paid the price so that I may have eternal life. I am thankful that death has been defeated, and that Jesus rose and conquered the grave.



I am thankful that I am alive and that Jesus lives in me.



I am thankful that the same power that conquered the grave lives in me.



I am thankful that sin is broken and I stand forgiven. I am thankful for my redemption and salvation, that my God has made a way for me.




And I am so thankful that I am God's child,



loved with an everlasting love



and that there is nothing that can ever separate me from His love.







What have you been thankful for this Easter?



(images via weheartit.com)




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Monday, April 25, 2011

Card Making Monday: Hopping Bunny Easter Card



I made this Easter card last year and the thing I love about it is that it's so simple and easy to make- it's perfect for a beginner card maker! It only takes 2 minutes to make!



 Isn't it just adorable?

(photo with flash)

I love the 3D butterfly! To give the bunny a 3D effect, I used just one mounting square. Easy! I was going to have a play around with this card today and give it more detail to show you how to put the cuttlebug machine to good use, but unfortunately setting up my craft studio takes priority over crafting at the moment so I'll have to show you some other time.


Materials used:

  • Pink card stock (22cm by 16cm, scored)
  • Pink and white blend paper`(10cm by 10cm, to make the square background)
  • White card stock
  • Bunny template
  • 3D butterfly sticker
  • Adhesive tape
  • Mounting square








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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Poetry and Praise: Why me?


Why me?

Born into a world of pain
Drenched and broken in the rain
Hiding away to cover my shame
Face down to the ground
Ashamed of my name
Why me?

Blue skies turned to grey
Somehow my sunshine
Slipped away and my
Broken dreams were
Never found because
Heartache kept me
To the ground
Why me?

Born into a world of pain
Beaten and nailed for
My deadly shame
You saw my all
The filth and the dirt
And yet you remained
Nailed, cursed and hurt
Why me?

Reborn into a world of grace
Forgiven and healed with
A love that took my place
Destined to finish the race
Head held high with all 
Shame and sin erased
Why me?

I saw darkness
You breathed light
I saw trash
You created treasure
I saw an end
You spoke forever
I saw no hope
You saw life
I saw a wreck
You cradled a child
Why me?

© 2003 by Emily Ruth












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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blab About Beauty Tuesday: Palmolive Nutra Fruit Pomegranate Review



Product name:
Palmolive Naturals Nutra Fruit Pomegranate Moisturising shower cream

Size:
400 mL

RRP:
$6.49

Product description:
Enjoy a pleasurable moisturisation under the shower! Palmolive Nutra Fruit Pomegranate is a unique swirly cream enriched with moisturising cream and with extract of exquisite pomegranate. Your skin will feel nourished, pampered and radiant, wrapped in a delicious fruity fragrance!

Product directions:
Apply directly on the skin or on a wet puff for better and faster lathering.

Product ingredients:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hydrolysed Corn Starch, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Cocamidopopyl Betaine, Steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum, PEG-8, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Castoryl Maleate, Polyquatemium-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Punica Granatum Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linaloa, CI 73360, CI 77007.

My thoughts:
I must admit, the swirly strawberries and cream look convinced me to try this product and I must say, aside from the price, I'm pretty impressed. I really enjoyed using this shower cream, the smell is just absolutely divine! It lathers and moisturises really well and left my skin feeling refreshed and nourished. It's the perfect wash for a quick pick-me-up and is definitely a great product to help you de-stress.

The pros:
  • It has a lovely scent
  • The formula is gentle which makes it great for sensitive prone skin
  • The cream is thick enough to allow you to control how much you pour out, ensuring no wastage

The cons:
  • In my opinion it's a little on the expensive side to use as an everyday product
  • I found the formula hard to get out towards the end of the bottle
  • To me the packaging seemed flimsy. The entire lid broke off after I got through half the bottle. I believe this happened because of the thickness of the cream. I would prefer it in a pump bottle instead

Would I purchase this again?:
I prefer slightly cheaper products, however, when on sale, I will definitely purchase this again. I consider this product as one of my day spa at home pamper products so it's not something that I would buy for everyday use.

My rating:
3.5/5

Stockists:
Priceline, Big W, Safeway

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Card Making Monday: Quilled 21st Birthday Card

 I made this card for my sister's 21st which was earlier this year.

This was my first attempt at quilling.

I love the look of quilling but after working with a few strips of paper it can become quite tedious.

This card took me three hours to complete as I had to keep stopping and giving my hands a rest from all twisting and gluing...

but overall I am very pleased with how my first attempt turned out! I'm looking forward to trying out different quilling shapes other than circles and taking on bigger projects.

The 21 in the centre was punched out using my cuttlebug machine and one of the alphabet die sets (the name has escaped me, but for those who own a cuttlebug can use any style of numbers that are available from the die cut range).


Materials used:
super glue
quilling tool
white card stock
pink card stock
pink quilling paper
green quilling paper
pink ribbon roses
silver rhinestones
small butterfly punch
cuttlebug alphabet die





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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shabby Chic Saturday: Bedroom Renovations


The following pictures are of my bedroom and crafting area all squished into the one small room! Now that I've been blessed with the upstairs room to use as a bedroom only (thanks Dad!), my mission is to transform this room into my craft studio!



As you can see, there's not much floor space. I can't believe that I've been living in this claustrophobic hell for over two years! Don't get me wrong, I am greatly thankful that I even have a room at all. It breaks my heart to know that there are a ridiculous amount of destitute, homeless people. I foresee Random Acts of Blogging Kindness expanding to non bloggers in the future, but that's for another post.



My lovely bed soon to be sold or given away. I've upgraded to a double (in the same style to match my new and improved shabby chic style room). I'm currently on a mission to create a beautiful shabby chic style bed. Pictures coming shortly.




One very small Ikea wardrobe. I think it's fair to say that it's small for a fashion loving girl with way too many clothes.


My dressing table/hair, makeup, perfume and jewellery station (although I mainly use the bathroom, this is more for storage and decor purposes).



My beloved rocking chair- the only place I could fit it was in the corner which I find sad. It's suppose to be on display. I hope there is room for it in my craft studio, I can't bare the thought of departing with it. Oh and that cd storage rack has gotta go. Such an eye sore.



This is my crafting area. The bench space is far from adequate, the storage space is appalling and don't even get me started on how tiny the drawers are. Okay...so maybe I have far too much stuff but any crafter would understand that it's not ideal. Especially for a girl like me wanting to try and start a business!








So there you go, a tour of my bedroom which has sustained me for two years. Now for the fun part- renovating!


The first step? Transforming this yucky room into a beautiful shabby chic bedroom!






Those curtains and the colour of the walls should be illegal!



 I'll soon work my magic!


 Hello built-in-wardrobe, nice to finally meet you!


And the fun begins.....










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