Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest Blogger

Today I am the guest blogger over on the Made It blog.  Check it out here :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas gifts

Each year I put together a bag of goodies for each family that we see on Christmas Day.  A bag of yummy homemade items, just because I want to, because I LOVE giving and because I love and appreciate my family so much.  So over the next week I thought I would share some of the goodies I include.  They are not expensive, just little treats I can make with my own hands to share and show love.

Today I have done a quick step by step for the calendars I include in each bag.  This year I am using a quote on the calendar because, number 1. it's different (I usually use a recent family photo of their children or all of the nieces/nephews etc) and number 2. because I just haven't had the time or opportunity to take a family photo so this was the next best thing :)

I use whiteboard calendar ($2 from the cheapie shop).  This size has a whiteboard at the top which is a little smaller than A4 landscape.  There is also a smaller size for $1.50...more like an A5 size I guess.

This is what you will need:

paper trimmer
patterned paper (a 12x12 sheet of double sided paper is enough for one calendar)
double sided tape
coordinating ribbon, ink and embellishments
a photo or quote (I found a quote I liked, typed it in word and printed it onto some plain card)
and the calendar!

I start by cutting one piece of paper to cover the majority of the whiteboard (just leaving a thin border).  My whiteboard was approx 10 1/4inch x 7 1/4 inch so I cut my paper 10 inch x 7inch.  I have cut the quote down to 5 1/2inch x 3 1/2inch and from the remaining patterned paper (this is why I use double sided paper...too easy to coordinate) I cut a mat for the quote 7inch x 5inch.  I also used a corner rounder on each corner of each piece. 

Ink the edges of all of the paper and layer on the whiteboard using double sided tape.  Punch a hole in through the paper in the top of the whiteboard (you will be able to see the existing hole from the back so I just poke a pen through the paper to make the hole.  Thread some ribbon through the hole to hang the calendar from and also on the spiral section to add some more colour.

Add some embellishments to the quote.  I have used some chipboard embellishments and one of Marg's beautiful doilies.

And that is it....your calendar is ready to hang :)  Just like a scrapbooking layout or card the colours, subjects and embellishments are endless so no one calendar needs to look the same. 
And you are done, nice and easy!

1.  I make sure that when I am buying the calendar the printed design does not go below the top of the spiral holes.  This way the patterned paper should cover the entire print on the whiteboard.
2.  Instead of patterned paper you could use paint to cover the whiteboard and add your own artwork to it.
3.  The little white board marker & eraser that come with these calendars is no longer needed so if your children have a whiteboard marker on their book list for next year you can tick it off baby! 
4.  There is plenty of patterned paper left over to punch some embellishments to use on your calendar too :)

Much love

Friday, December 16, 2011

a {giving} state of mind - quick share

Many thanks to Helen Jolly and Nicole Brown for their VERY generous scrapbooking donations. These boxes are going to seven of TRACCs foster families who will be enjoying some crafty time together over the christmas period thanks to your generosity!

Much love ♥

Monday, December 12, 2011

Back from holiday mode

A {she} state of mind is back from holidays with lots of lovelies added to our Made It online store .  We are busy creating for the Handmade Expo this Saturday 17th December which will be our last market for the year.  I have been so focused creating for the markets, madeit store and homespun over the last month that I haven't really let myself get into Christmas mode.  But now we are back from holidays, the markets nearly wrapped up for the year and Homespun fully stocked it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas so stay tuned next week for lots of Christmas goodness <3

Friday, October 14, 2011

To market to market

Tomorrow a{she} state of mind will be at the Handmade Expo for the very first time....I'm excited!

Here is a sneak peek at just some of the products we will be selling:

5inch x 5inch canvas in various colours and lots of different quotes
(this are nice and deep so stand easily on a flat surface)

A5 fabric covers to fit visual art diaries, notebooks etc

Small canvas fridge magnets in various colours and lots of different quotes

Large doily totes

Small and Medium canvas on easel in various colours and lots of different quotes

Little owl softies, boys and girls :)


Rain is forecast for tomorrow but the markets go ahead in any weather so wish me luck!
{ shannon }

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Card and a half challenges

It has been a long time between posts and unfortunately it hasn't been a very nice run over the last few months but it is time to dust myself off and get on with things.  So to start off, here are my cards for the current Card and a Half challenges:

Extra challenge #4

Card sketch #4


Thursday, July 14, 2011

playing with tissue

I went to my first scrapbooking class in YEARS yesterday.  I needed some scrapbooking mojo and this class did the trick!  It was held at my local scrap shop Somewhere To Scrap and was a class covering many different uses and techniques using tissue paper.  I had a play with everything in the class and then came home and played some more. 

Here is a layout I did during the class using tissue paper on the layout and to cover some chipboard shapes:

I LOVE this photo of Ellie.  I think it captures her light!

With Helen's latest challenge in mind I used the scraps from the layout to create this card.  Not loving the overall layout of the card but love the glimmermist over the tissue paper on the butterfly!  

Many thanks to Debi at Somewhere To Scrap for such an inspirational class!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Card sketch challenge no 2

Here is my card based on the second sketch challenge from Card and a Half .  A thank you card that will be sent to a very generous soul this week.

If you are after a little cardmaking mojo check out Helen's latest challenge here.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
{ shannon }

Friday, July 1, 2011

Herbs and worms

I have been wanting a herb and vege garden forever!  I'm still trying to convince Dad that a vege garden for the whole family would be perfect in his yard.  Less lawn for him to mow, we could all contibute and in my daughters words "Nana and Ga's are like the centre of the family so it should be at their place".  I totally agree Tahlia, you are so wise child ;)

While we wait ever so patiently for Dad to see what a brilliant idea this is (he he he) I have started a little herb garden.  I found the table at an op shop for $50 and thought it would be great for the herb pots.  When I dragged my husband back in the next day it was 50% off WAHOO!  I was suprised to find terracotta pots at Bunnings were so much cheaper than I thought and picked these ones up for between $2 and $6.

They have been growing for over a month now and I am so suprised that under my care they are still growing and look healthy....go my black thumb!
I now have a worm cafe in my sights.  My herbs will L O V E a little worm tea and of course be great for the vege patch too Dad ;) ....a few extra hours that I did at work this week might just pay for that.  Fingers crossed for no extra bills between now and pay day!

{ shannon }

Friday, June 24, 2011

Care Packages

The purpose of A {Giving} State Of Mind is to share a little love and colour with children that need some nurturing.  My family and I put together care packages and provide them to TRACC Logan (who provides Foster Care to children in my local area). TRACC Logan pass the packages on to children when they first enter foster care. The packages are items just for them, which they can keep with them no matter where they live.
We welcome with open arms any assistance you can provide! This is an ongoing project so you can help out at any time. I have added some info about what makes up our package at the end of this post. On the side of my blog I have added links to some crafty tutorials that would be lovely items to include in the packages (this is just some of the thousands of free tutorials available on the internet).
Some "givers" send in a hand crafted item, others will donate a full package, while other "givers" donate one or many of the same items. For this reason I will provide a monthly update at the beginning of each month to let you know what we have plenty of and what items are still in need.

Care Package Items
Age group
Basic items to be purchased

    Baby shampoo/wash

11 - teenagers

Items needed for all age groups that can be sewn or bought
    Bag  for care items to be delivered in
    Owl Softie /soft toy
    Blanket/quilt (good quality second hand items are welcome)
    Clothing (good quality second hand items are welcome)
Ideas for a “luxury item” to add into each package
    Books (good quality second hand items are welcome)
    Games/Toys (good quality second hand items are welcome)
    Colouring pencils
    Felt pens
    Colouring book
    Pencil case
    Tennis ball
    Hairclips/hair ties
*We ask that all basic items (eg: toiletries etc) are purchased new and left in their original packaging. 
If you are able to contribute please contact me at for my postal address or if you are local and would like to save some postage I am happy to pickup items from you or have them dropped to my home.

Many thanks for your giving spirit and support.

{ shannon }

Sunday, June 19, 2011

a {giving} state of mind

that is what I am calling this new chapter my family and I are stepping into, a {giving} state of mind.  I have long wanted to do some sort of volunteer work, to help out, to share some love, to add a little more happiness to the world...all in my own small way. 

I also wanted my girls to know that although we may not have what some of their friends have like the overseas holidays or a pool in our backyard, that we have SO much more than some others and for that we have to be extremely grateful.  Extremely grateful, but also have the grace to give, the grace to share and the grace to love and if we do that anonymously, just send all of that love into the universe without the need for thank yous, then that's perfect in my book.

Don't get me wrong, I am very proud that my husband and I have worked hard and made sacrifices in order to provide what we have and do for our girls, and they are great kids! But they are kids and so I need them to be aware of all that they have, not only be seeing all that they don't have.  And like all kids I see their eyes glaze over when I start telling them "how lucky they are" and "you don't know what NOTHING is", so my wanting to volunteer as a family is not to tell them all of this but to show them.   And to show them that we are only doing a small thing for a few people but if we all just did a small thing imagine, just imagine!

More information on the care packages I mentioned in the last post will be available very very soon ...


{ shannon }

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Calling all scrapbooking peeps

I have recently volunteered with TRACC Logan who provide care for children through Foster Care in my local area of Logan. 

My family and I will be putting together care packages and providing them to TRACC Logan who will pass them on to children when they first enter foster care.  It will be a bag of items just for them that they can keep with them no matter where they live.  I will be providing more information on what and how these bags will be coming together for those of you that would like to assist.  I know that since I have shared this idea with some of you that there has been a great response with lots of you keen to asssit, so please bear with me while I finalise the details.

In the meantime I am calling out to all of my scrapbooking peeps.  I have also volunteered to help TRACC Logan put together scrapbooks for their foster children.  The foster carers will be meeting in the coming months to put these books together and to keep the costs minimal for TRACC Logan I would really appreciate donations of any scrapbooking products that you no longer need.  It could be a new packet of embellishments or a partly used sticker sheet. 

If you are able to contribute please contact me at for my postal address or if you are local and would like to save some postage I am happy to pickup items from you or have them dropped to my home.

Many thanks for your giving spirit.


{ shannon }

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Card challenge

Helen has posted another great challenge over on her card and a half blog.  This time the challenge was to create a male card using embossing folders and punches.  I only own one embossing folder (until recently) so I just used my circle punches for this challenge.  Here are two cards I made the other night:

Helen now has her monthly sketch challenge up on her blog, check it out here.  Thanks for the inspiration Helen!


{ shannon }

Saturday, June 11, 2011

FREE SHIPPING for the long weekend

To celebrate the long weekend I am offering free shipping at my A {she} State Of Mind etsy store for all customers.  This offer is available now, right through to midnight Tuesday 14th June. 
Redeem this offer by entering the coupon code QueensBday at checkout.

Enjoy your weekend

{ shannon }


Friday, June 10, 2011

A little sweetness

I am having a nice quite day at home waiting for a delivery today so decided to do a little baking.

First off I made these choc chip cookies.  They are more of a soft shortbread-y cookie than a chewy cookie but are totally moreish!

250g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tin condensed milk
1tsp vanilla essence
3 cups flour
2tsp baking powder
1 cup choc chips

Cream butter, sugar, milk and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Sift in flour and baking powder and add chocolate chips and mix until combined.  Roll teaspoonful of mixture into balls, place on a baking tray and flatten slightly with a fork.  Bake at 160c for approx 15minutes and golden.
This mixture makes a big batch of approx 50 cookies so you can half the ingredients if you only want a small batch. 

Now with 1/2 a can of condensed milk left I had two choices, pop it in the fridge (which is another way to say "eat a spoonful every time you open the fridge door until it is gone) or use it in another recipe.  I choose another recipe, so here is my Mum's yummy chocolate caramel slice:

125g butter
75g sugar
1 egg
150g flour
1tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and then dry ingredients.  Press mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper. (my tray is approx 26cm x 17cm).  Bake for 15mins at 150c.

While the base is baking melt all of the following ingredients on a low heat:

75g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
1/2tin condensed milk
2tbsp flour
1tsp vanilla essence.

Spread over the cooked base and return it to the over for a further 10minutes.  When cool ice with chocolate icing (mine will be iced when my husband gets home from work with some icing sugar for me ;) )

I'm thinking my family will be happy to see the pantry stocked with these treats when they get home this afternoon!

{ shannon }


Holiday Road

We had the best weekend away last weekend.  We all took Friday off school/work and hit the coast road to a beautiful farm stay at Eumundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. 

We managed to cram so much into the weekend and had the nicest time doing it.  We had fun exploring the hinterland, shopping at the Eumundi markets, having all meals prepared for us *bliss*, feeding the farm animals, collecting eggs, playing tennis, strawberry picking, relaxing and we returned home on Sunday afternoon with a boot load of fresh produce from a farmers market we stumbled across on the way home.  Here are some snapshots:

We all had such an awesome time that we are hoping to go back for a whole week when the girls finish school at the end of the year...fingers crossed!


{ shannon }


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ripple love

I have been wanting to try this ripple pattern for ages so when I found out one of my girlfriends was pregnant I knew this was just the project I wanted to make for her bubba.  Anna is one of those beautiful souls who is always full of colour and joy.  I knew she was too colourful to go for the generic pretty baby pastels so I choose to use the Carnival Soft 8ply mainly because of the funky vibrant colours it is available in.  It was lovely to work with and I am really happy with how it all came together.  Lucy makes all of her patterns/tutorials soooo easy to understand...thank you Lucy!

I have already made one of these bags (in similar colours to the ripple blanket) but I think I made a bit of a boo boo because mine is too huge to hold my yarn (which is what I was making it for) but I have found that it is perfect to hold lots of fresh produce and goodies from the farmers markets!
This colourful stripey blanket is next on my wish list, maybe in a rainbow of colours....yum!


{ shannon }


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thrifty finds

Recently I have got into the habit of visiting a thrift shop each week.  There are a couple in my local area that I drive past on a daily basis which makes it ever so convenient to just drop in on a whim ;) 
I enjoy the hunt for treasures and of course the bargin but I also have to make sure I tick all of the boxes before I actually purchase an item.  I made myself a list of things I was specifically looking for and also wrote beside each how much I would be willing to pay.  Over the last few months I have been lucky enough to cross a few things off  that list. 
Today I squeezed in a stop at my favourite little shop (it turned out to be a tight squeeze that left me running 10minutes late for the school pickup...oops) and was lucky enough to find these items:

The typewriter is clean and in fantastic condition and also came with its orignal case.  It was a hit with my girls who have spent most of the afternoon clicking away and totally amazed by it.  I can't wait to use it for journalling on my scrapbooking layouts. $35

This beautiful serving bowl caught my eye because of the pattern, colours and shape and the big bonus was the little stamp on the bottom of it that identifies it as a Churchill England piece...bonus!  I love it so much.  $6

My husband was suprised I paid $35 for the typewriter.  A typewriter has been on my wishlist since the very beginning when I started this indulgent little pleasure. I not only wanted a typewriter that was attractive enough to have on display on my bookcase but a big must was that it had to be functional.     I originally looked in the trading post and at online sites like ebay to get an idea of how much I should expect to pay for one and found that I would be looking around the $50 mark, so for me $35 for a typewriter in fantastic condition and working order was a find that made my heart happy!  I likened it to him finding a NFL superbowl game ball that I would see as an old beaten up ball but that he would certainly part with many $$$ to have.  He got it after that ;)

So after today my thrifty wishlist has reduced again "wahoo" but oh I hope I never get to the end of that list!

Hope you are all enjoying your week
{ shannon }

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Card and a half

Recently an adored friend of mine and the best card maker in the WORLD started a blog just for card makers, cardandahalf .  There are not enough inspirational blogs for card makers so this one fills the gap perfectly.  Helen will be providing a sketch challenge every month and thanks to generous sponsors will be providing a lovely gift for one lucky participant.  All you need to be in the running for the monthly prize is to participate.  You don't have to be the best, you don't have to use the latest products, you just need to take inspiration from the sketch, create your card and link it to the relevant that!

Here is my creation from this months sketch:

I started with the yellow rose card with my beautiful Mum in mind (her fav flower and colour) and then created the other three cards because I got on a bit of a roll. 

Mum received the card for her birthday last weekend and the other three cards are in my store A {she) State Of Mind.

I am going to try to do each months sketch challenge with family in mind who have a birthday coming up that month.  Fingers crossed all of my family receive a handmade card this year.  Thanks Miss Helen for your inspiration and gently kick up the butt I needed to get creating again!  Love you loads!


{ shannon }

Friday, May 27, 2011

We have a winner!!!!

Firstly, thank you so much for the support and love I have received this week...makes my heart happy :)

Now onto the fun part:

After combining the comments, blog and facebook followers the random number generator has selected

Leah who said...

Love the Mini (she) buttercup handbag. So cute!

Monday, May 23, 2011

{She} launches at Etsy

After months of ideas floating in my head, being scribbled down in notebooks, being sketched in journals I have finally arrived on Etsy.  For those that aren’t familiar with Etsy, it is an online market place for all things handmade.  I have set up a little store on their site where I am selling my creations J  These include greeting cards, bags, journal covers, scarves and a few other sweet treats for the special women in your life.

To celebrate the launch of my store I am giving away a $30 gift voucher to be spent at A She State Of Mind.  To enter the giveaway simply check out A She State Of Mind and leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favourite item is.    Entries will close at midday on Thursday 26th May AEST.
You can also get yourself bonus entries by becoming a follower of my blog and/or searching on and “liking” the A She State Of Mind page on facebook. 


{ shannon }


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hi and Welcome to A She State Of Mind

I have created this blog to share my thoughts, my recipes, my day to day week to week goings on and to keep you up to date with my Etsy store A She State Of Mind where I will be selling some of my creations.
A She State Of Mind (the name of this blog and my etsy store) was inspired by a gift I received from my husband and daughters, a book by Kobi Yamada called She.  This book is full of beautiful, inspiring and relevant words.  There is a sweet little bit of text on the inside jacket of this book that reads:

Who is she?  There are many ways to describe a woman.  Mother, daughter, sister or wife.  Student, teacher, leader or friend.  But the thoughts in these pages are not about titles or roles, they are about spirit and heart.  They are not about fame or acclaim, they are about caring and accomplishment. 
Look around.  There are certain women in our world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere and leaving it behind them when they go.  You’ll usually find them immersed in their work, or slow dancing with their dreams, or making a difference for all those around them.   These are the women who can flood our souls with light and laughter...strength and courage...hopes and dreams.  It’s not just what they do that sets them apart, it’s how they make us feel.

She is someone gently but powerful.  Someone whose music washes away the dust of everyday life.  Someone who makes us laugh when we thought we would cry.  Someone who can pick up the pieces and give them back in all the right order.  Someone who pays attention to the little things and adds such beauty to the world.  Someone who cares.
We feel so lucky and so blessed to have these special women in our lives.  Its hard to express how we feel about them, but here’s something we can do: We can love them, affirm them, thank them and celebrate them.

I hope that over the coming weeks, months and years I can share with you my light and strength and hopes and dreams.


{ shannon }