Saturday, April 26, 2008


Luckily I'm not recovering from illness, just recovering my dining room chairs. The photo below is the before. As you can see the fabric is rather yuk!border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5193337997308827714" />
These two photos show 3 of the newly covered chairs. I had been given a large upholstery fabric swatch from a friend and have had it stuffed away in the cupboard for a few years now. Each of the six chairs will have a different colour scheme. I'd like to think that I'm doing my bit for the world by recycling something that I would assume is noramlly thrown out once the company has finished the fabric run.

Now these next photos show my DH in his loader pushing the sand pad in.

Now it really is a matter of waiting for the building licence approval. All things are ready to go and although it's very exciting, the waiting game is becoming frustrating.

Hope your fingers are getting inky this weekend.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Drosera pallida

I decided to have a play around with some of my Grungeboard and put this 12x12 SB page together yesterday morning.

The photo is of Drosera pallida or Pale Sundew. A beautiful, delicate climber that produces these amazing white flowers. I have used Peeled Paint Distress Crackle paint on the top RHS and then stamped Autumn Leaves Flourishes v.2 using Peeled Paint and Black Soot. Grungeboard flourishes have been inked with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I think I'll pop this page in one of those perspex frames and hang in on a wall.

Hope you're all able to avoid the dreaded early cold - I'm off to take a home remedy and fingers crossed that it'll work!


Saturday, April 19, 2008

A talented artist

I have been admiring the artwork of the ubber talented Nat Briney and decided that I had better purchase some of her work before Nat became too famous and I couldn't afford her! LOL

So above is my acquisition which arrived on Tuesday just gone. I haven't found the perfect home for it yet, however after a visit to the new Ikea store I've decided that the background colour will be the feature wall colour in my new bedroom and the painting will hang in there.

Speaking of the new bedroom. The frames have arrived for the extension and DH will be putting on his business hat this weekend and putting all the sand in place for the sand pad. Building licence is currently in the approval prosess (should get this by the end of the following week). Concretor is booked in for first week of May as is the plumber. Then you can all pray that the rains hold off until we get the roof on and the outside cladding and windows in, once that's done it can bucket down all it likes!

Have an inky and creative weekend.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Gothic Arch Challenge - We'll always have Paris

Thought I'd do a Gothic Arch Challenge. This weeks theme is 'We'll always have Paris' and wouldn't you know it, I don't own a single Paris themed stamp. So, collage it is!

Knocked this one up in about 15 minutes.

Thanks for visiting.

A Little Flourish

Had a little play in the craft room today and came up with this. I had previously done the background which is Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink mixed with water and Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister (see T!m Holtz' blog)spritzed on to the size 8 shipping tag and heat set. I was testing out a few colours and in an effort to get creative, started playing with my Autumn Leaves Flourishes V.2 set. I've used Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the background flourishes, added an Artchix collage image and a Grungeboard flourish sponged with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. A few fibres through the hole at the top, a word at the bottom and viola!

What you can't see in the picture is the lovely sparkle that is achieved from the Perfect Pearls.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Beaded Art Doll - Thanks Kelsey


I was so looking forward to today and what a blast I had! The above photo shows the finished product. My sister, Natalie and I went along to Scraptivate and did a Beaded Art Doll class with Kelsey O'Mullane. Kelsey had the whip cracking for the first half of the day but eased up after lunch so that we could concentrate on the beading. It was lovely to share the creative zone with my sister, who hasn't done alot of this sort of stuff. Also in the zone were, Julie H whom I met for the first time;Dawn the Prawn and Nikki the Paper Pixie, Shirley from Dowerin and Karen. There was also another table of equally creative ladies but I'll have to get to know them next time.

Lots of great beading techniques were learnt as well as some tips on burning organza.

Of course I could not leave the shop without spending some money on product. I've also but my name on the wait list for the Fiberlicious class in June.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

12 Tag Techniques

Boy does time fly when you're having fun! I didn't realise it had been over six weeks since I'd last updated by blog....

This is a sneak peak at my tag that I've just completed 12 of (yay!) for a swap I'm hosting on stampgropers yahoo group. I was inspired and in awe of Tim Holtz's blog before christmas where he showered us with the gift of a different technique every day for 12 days! This bloke is amazing!!! So each person in the swap has choosen a technique from the 12 tags of christmas and will produce their own tag. We're not talking about christmas repetition here - we're talking putting your own spin on the technique.

I will post further updates as we get closer to close off date.

Meanwhile, I've been turning my house upside down for a couple of special rings that I misplaced! Where did I find them? In a box in amongst all my craft bits and bobs - don't ask how they got there but these were lost for a good 5-6 weeks!!