Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Letters to loved ones...

When it comes to goodbyes, they are never easy. I will be saying goodbye to my family for a whole year soon, and in preparation for my departure, I've made them all these little letters.
Sticking with the 'travel' theme, I used old maps, polaroids and airmail envelopes, and here are some of the pictures below.
Ps: I'm hoping none of them see this blog post before they see their letter in person. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

5 Reasons

1.) Today is my last official day of work. Cue the hallelujah chorus.
2.) 6 sleeps until California
3.) It's Friday
4.) The sun is shining and all seems right with the world.
5.) Sunday is my farewell {slash} birthday party with some of the people I love most.

Friday, August 19, 2011

{All images: Pinterest}

Blog Of The Week: Indie Berries

Indie Berries win's the title of 'Blog of The Week' this week, because it is the most hilar piece of online entertainment I have come across in ages. Whenever I feel as though I need a good dose of LOL in my day, I head straight to this site.
Che who runs the blog is a South African gal now living in Korea, and she is a blogger slash cartoon creator. I will warn you in advance, that some of the comical cartoons she comes up with should not be looked at whilst eating, drinking or in boardroom meetings, because they will make you laugh out LOUD, there is just no escaping it (I may be speaking from personal experience here.)
So do your good deed for the day by rewarding yourself with a look at Indie Berries, which is not only funny but pretty and full of all sorts of interesting content.
If you are still reading this and have not clicked on any of the above Indie Berries links, please read no further. Click here, to go there.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to stress yourself out before moving overseas

As much as I would not consider myself a melodramatic, anxious, nail-biting stress ball, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have quite a substantial list of irrational fears that have accumulated over the weeks leading up to this 'big move' to the USA. And here they are, in black and white, 'Ways to stress yourself out before relocating overseas'
  • Stare into your well stocked wardrobe and realize there's less than a zero% chance that all your loved ones (clothes) are coming along with you.
  • Look down at the size of your suitcase and come to terms with the fact that your whole life needs to now fit inside one medium sized area of rectangular space, remembering that you are no Mary Poppins, just a regular gal. 
  • Consider the fact that your overweight luggage will probably cost you about as much as your first month's rent, and not even sobbing at the check-in counter like you did last time will get you out of this one. 
  • The horror of having to navigate your way through foreign airports like a lost fart in a perfume factory, whilst lugging around a suitcase that is the same weight as a dead sumo wrestler. 
  • Develop an irrational fear of sitting next to either a smelly, overly talkative or just plain creepy individual for 20-something hours in a claustrophobic compartment in the sky that some call an 'air plane.'
  • Then there's always the thought of somebody misplacing your entire life (a.k.a massive suitcase), which is a very probable fear considering airlines would lose our heads if they weren't screwed on.
  • The crippling fear of being denied access into the USA, that is induced by watching one too many episodes of 'Border Security.'
  • Missing flights. Need I elaborate further?
  • The fear that I may enjoy American food a bit more than I should, and end up occupying 2 seats on the return flight.
  • Developing habits like saying "french fries" instead of "chips", "ketchup" instead of "tomato sauce" and spelling colour without the "u."
  • Becoming a coffee drinker due to the close proximity of Starbucks stores. 
  • Ponder the fact that your mom's home cooked meals are about to become a missed memory.
  • Realize that the only face-to-face time you will have with family and friends for the next year is via a webcam. 
  • The sad reality that you wont be able to cuddle your pugs again until the year 2012.
  • Knowing that you are going to have to substitute biltong with "beef jerky" and braai's with "BBQ's"
  • Realise that you are going from Southern Hemisphere winter to northern hemisphere winter, and by the time your skin sees summer sunshine again, you will be see-through. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Journals: USA Travel Diary

  I am relocating to California in a matter of days {22 to be precise}, and have been working on a diary that will accompany me on my travels and house all my special memories. 
Last year when I went to Australia I made a travel journal {click here to see images} out of a blank-paged diary that I paid a lot of money for. This time around, I have taken a slightly differnent route. For my USA journal, I have taken an old book that I paid next-to-nothing for, and recovered it to create a personalised diary. It's pages are full of pre-existing text as it is a story book, but I will just stick images etc over the printed  pages.
At this stage of the game, I have only completed the first few pages of the diary, and here are the before and after images as well as the journal-making process.
I will continue to add more pics to my blog as each new page unfolds, and I cannot wait to see the outcome at the end of my journey.
 I found this old book at the SPCA Charity shop in Ballito, and I thought it would make the perfect 'shell' for my travel journal as it has a thick, hard cover and old stained pages which adds a lovely vintage-type effect. And it only cost me 10 bucks - Score!
 Inside the book
 I have decided to keep the pages and their text to provide a nice background for my journal. I will be sticking all sorts of things over the pages, but I like the effect of the text in the background.
(This is what the inner page looked like before I got gluing and sticking)
 End Product - The Cover
 Text on front cover: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." (I thought this pretty little saying rather appropriate.)
 This is the back of the book, and I printed out a map of the USA, and then cut it out to make a puzzle. The border was done by cutting up airmail envelopes.
As you open the diary, there is an real fold-out map of California on the inner cover. I found this map in a travel book at the charity shop, and it may even come in handy if I decide to take a road trip around the Orange County.
 If you look carefully on the map, you will see a little dot called 'Redding.' This will be my home for 9 whole months. I can't wait to live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by mountains, lakes and trees. Aaaah.
For the introductory page, I used my typewriter to print onto a page of tick tracing paper, which I then stuck over a colourful background that can be seen in some of the images to follow.
 Good old Underwood 18. You have done me proud.
 This is the background that I made for my introductory page, and then placed the transparent sheet over it.
 The Introductory page reads as follows:
This is a diary. This is my travel diary. A place to document a journey. A journey over the seas. A journey to a foreign land. A journey through ever changing seasons of life, and a journey along the road of dreams fulfilled. 

This diary is not planned. There is not table of contents. It will be left to grow and evolve as the life attached to it grows and evolves. This will become a home to photos, souvenirs, memorabilia, and tales of unforgettable moments shared with new friends in places unexplored.

Dedication: To dreams. To hope. To adventures. To Jesus. To wanderlust. To family and friends being left behind. To a new 'family' and friends that await me. To learning new things. To growing up. To flying the nest. To love. To music. To scissors, glue and craft supplies. To embracing change. To letting go. To bliss, glory, and joy unspeakable. To living by faith. To blossoming and growing. To thoughts, ideas and revelations. To writing. To laughter. To heaven, destiny and God's plans for me. To life, and living it abundantly.
 This is an image I made on Photoshop that is actually going to be the title image for a new page that I am starting on my blog entitled 'California Diaries.' You will be able to click on this page and see all the posts and pictures from my new life in Cali.
 I had loads of fun doing this part of my journal. Basically, I made copies of my passport and visa page, and then made a mini passport that can open and close, and it reveals my visa inside. It reminds me of some of the books I used to read as a kid that had flaps uncovering hidden pictures.
From these photos, my hand-made passport actually looks scarily life like. Mission accomplished.
 I couldn't resist making a 'USA Bucket list,' with all the things I hope to do whilst over there. Some of the things include:
Go to Disneyland. Try authentic Starbucks. Go on a roadtrip. See a famous person. Snowboard. Attend Coachella 2012.
 Yes, I like to mess!
Craft Supplies Used:
Old Story Book
Brown wrapping paper
Tracing Paper
Old atlas
Old travel books
Vintage Postcards
Airmail Envelopes
Wrapping paper scraps
Lisa and Jo stamps
Scrapbooking Paper from 'Imagine That'
Sticky Tape
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