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Being Yourself

Belated Happy Easter to you all ūüôā¬† Did you indulge in a huge chocolate-fest, or were you restrained and just¬†had a few little treats?¬† Did you spend time with family and friends, or take part in religious events?¬† Whatever you got up to, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a nice break.

I spent a lot of time with family and friends over the weekend, cleaned my house so it was fit for my Mum to visit and stay in for a couple of nights, and did some crafting.¬† I am still loving the Kelly Rae Roberts Unscripted series I have subscribed to.¬† It’s just makes me want to craft and create and DO STUFF.¬† I am nowhere near her standard of creativity and art, but it is very enjoyable just mucking about with paints and paper and having a go.¬† I am still rubbish at faces, but I keep trying and hope that some day I will get them just right!¬† If only people didn’t have eyes!¬† It would make everything so much simpler for me, at least in terms of drawing and painting (maybe not so much in real life though…) and I wouldn’t end up having tantrums, or just drawing a lot of people with closed eyes (which is my default position these days).

I had this little communion plaque (bought on a recent op-shopping trip for 50c) and I thought it would be perfect to paint over and repurpose.¬† It’s quite small – a little bigger than an iPhone – so perfect for me to do some crafting on!¬† Plus it had the little hanger on it so I didn’t need to worry about adding one myself.

I removed the picture that was already on it ( a communion poem and prayer) and sanded the wood back, then slapped on a layer of white Gesso, just to seal and give it a good working surface.  I then added paint in various colours to create a distressed, rubbed back look.  I used a soft green, some burgundy and a little bit of yellow Рjust dabbing and rubbing it on with my fingers.  When I was happy with the effect, I let it dry whilst figuring out what I was going to put on it.

I decided to draw my little lady on a separate piece of paper, paint her main features and then cut her out, to be glued¬†and finished on the plaque itself.¬† I didn’t trust my drawing/painting skills to just add her straight to the wooden surface.¬† I adhered her with gel medium and then added¬†flowers and wings cut from scrapbooking paper and vintage¬†books.¬† The words were cut from old books or stamped (when I couldn’t find the word I wanted!) and I’m not quite satisfied with them, but they’re stuck on there now!¬† I might go over them with a bit of colour, just to make them look less “new” and pale.¬† I outlined here and there with black and white pencils to give some definition.

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I was a bit heavy-handed with the lady’s¬†features – I was using a very¬†fine black marker, but it was still too heavy.¬† I will do better next time!¬†I’m happy with her top though – it came out very rustic looking and picks up the red colour in the background – and I’m glad I added the¬†“me” heart as it needed an extra little something.

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So, all in all, I was pretty happy with my little lady.¬† I am trying to be myself and be ok with who that is.¬† Even if it means I am not the world’s greatest artist ūüôā¬† I am still trying to find my “niche”, artistically speaking, so this is another part of the journey.¬† I will keep practicing faces and different techniques with paint and drawing and, in the meantime have a lot of messy fun doing it ūüôā

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Thanks for stopping by – may you enjoy the freedom of being yourself,
whoever that is, today and always x

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Craft Collections

Mum and I recently took a weekend off, for a little road trip to Bunbury, a favourite haunt of ours.  We wanted to relax, sit on the beach, collect shells and just chill out for a couple of days.  Sadly, the weather was pretty awful and so we only had one clear afternoon for visiting the beach without being blown away or drenched.  Never mind Рit was an enjoyable few days anyway and we felt much more relaxed and mellow.

We tootled around with no plans or schedules. ¬†I had researched a bit before we went, so that I had some places in mind I wanted to visit. ¬†I definitely wanted to go to a few places that Mum would really like and, seeing as how she doesn’t drive, wouldn’t be able to go to on her own. ¬†So, with that in mind, I took her to Craft Collections, a gorgeous shop filled with everything a quilter could desire. ¬†Wall-to-wall fabrics and sewing supplies, with special gift items related to quilting, patchwork, bear-making, and sewing in general. ¬†Mum was in heaven and prepared me for a long stay as soon as we walked in the door…

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So much fabric!

It was all displayed beautifully, and the staff were so friendly and helpful.  Mum wandered around for ages, picking out fabrics and fat quarters, wadding, embroidery threads and more.  It was hard to choose Рthere was so much stuff!

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Pretty displays!

A favourite fabric artist of ours is Tone Finnanger, the creator of the Tilda brand, and Craft Collections has an entire room dedicated to her.  It made me want to start sewing immediately (which is odd, because I am NOT a sewer!) and Mum could barely restrain herself from buying everything in the pretty little room.  Tilda designs are sweet, cheerful, feminine and cute, and the drawers full of fat quarters were so inspiring.  We wanted everything!  Tilda also has delightful range of patterns, kits, books and embellishments like ribbon, lace, buttons, and so much more!

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Fabulous Fat Quarters!
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The Tilda Room – I’m never getting Mum out of here!

So, I can thoroughly recommend Bunbury’s Craft Collections as a wonderful spot to stop and indulge your sewing, quilting or fabric obsession. ¬†If only as a way to keep your fabric-mad mother quiet for an hour or so ūüôā

Happy crafting, everyone x

 

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Songbird

Happy ANZAC Day everyone ūüôā

Forgot to include this card with my last post. ¬†It was one I made very quickly at the end of my group crafting day. ¬†My friend had bought an old Japanese book from an op-shop, with the thought of using the text on cards and other projects. ¬†She shared the pages with us, and I created this card with some other Japenese-y papers I had luckily brought with me. ¬†Actually, they were from years ago when I was on the Design Team for a scrapbooking store. ¬†I hadn’t used these papers since then, but they went well with the text as a backing paper. ¬†I liked the addition of the vintage bird too (when do I NOT like adding a bird?). ¬†As I didn’t have all my supplies with me, it’s not finished as well as I would like, but it’s ok and a quick and simple little design that ended my day on a satisfied note.

Hope you are having a productive day ūüôā

PS I am dedicating this to the late, great Prince, who we tragically lost this week.  RIP x

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Love and Miracles

Just a short post today… A bit of a stressful weekend just gone, with my elderly Aunt in intensive care at the hospital due to cardiac issues, my friend experiencing relationship dramas, another friend in serious ill-health in another hospital, and life just chucking stuff at¬†everyone¬†left, right and centre.¬† I just want everybody to be ok ūüė¶

But I did fit in an hour or so of crafting.¬† I was determined.¬† Even one card is better than achieving nothing at all.¬† So I sat and made this one little card, which isn’t fabulous, but it is finished.¬† And it has a bird, which makes everything better.

I do so want to believe in love and miracles.  Especially at the moment.

x

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Pigeon Card

Good morning!¬† Hope your day is travelling along splendidly ūüôā

I made this card on the weekend and it was one of the better ones I created.¬† It didn’t make me swear quite as much and it didn’t take me an age to finish.¬† The colours came together fairly easily and I was happy with the overall look.¬† It’s kinda got a rustic and old-fashioned vibe.¬† It reminds me of a wooden sign outside a pub (for some reason).¬† I could imagine it being called “The Dusty Pigeon” or “The Pigeon and Twig” or something similarly ye olde English drinking establishment.

I’m assuming it’s a pigeon.¬† Let’s just say it is, for the sake of argument.

The little dried flowers are pretty delicate and will probably disintegrate if the card is handled roughly.¬† I did put extra glue on the backs of them, so they would hopefully survive¬†any manhandling and people prodding and touching them.¬† I do find that, when people are perusing my cards, they tend to want to poke and touch things, or run their fingers over embellishments etc, not to mention the people who just jam the cards back into the pile, with no care or consideration for their delicacy.¬† They should be concerned for MY delicacy!¬† I am very fragile ha ha.¬† Besides, you don’t want the cards to be all dog-eared or bent.¬† I do put them in protective plastic sleeves, but people can be pretty rough.

Anyway, I digress… This card is going to have to stand up to wear and tear, at least until someone has paid for it.¬† Then it can fall apart if it needs to.¬† But hopefully that won’t happen.¬† Be strong little pigeon and hang on to your petals!

I’m being silly today.¬† Which is not unusual, let’s face it.¬† I’m trying not to be a grumpy-guts, which I have been for a little while now, due to one thing and another.¬† Making and creating eases that, A LOT, so I try and do as much of it as I can – if only to make me a more pleasant person to be around.

Thanks for dropping in and listening to my nonsense.¬† It means a lot to me ūüôā

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My Week in Pictures

My Week in Pictures

It’s been a busy week. ¬†I haven’t had time to even think about blogging, let alone do it. ¬†Plus, it’s been so hot and my little office where my computer lives is stifling and stuffy and ugh. ¬†So I’ve spent as little time on the computer as possible.

I have been crafting though‚ĶI had to make some hot pink earrings for a friend at work but, as hot pink is not a colour I usually work with or like, I had difficulty finding anything in my bead stash to even start. ¬†Which meant I had to go out and buy some more beads, of course. ¬†I won’t show you what I made – I’m not at all happy with any of them. ¬†It’s funny how colour choice affects your (or, at least, my) ability to make and create. ¬†I like paler pinks – more shabby than shocking I guess.

I got them done as quickly as I could then moved on to other orders I had to complete…

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‚ĶI had a go with memory wire (and managed to stab myself in the thumb with it – blood everywhere!)…

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…my iron count has been a little low the last few months so I had to have an iron infusion
(look away now if you don’t like needles and hospital stuff‚Ķ)…

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‚ĶI went for walks‚Ķ(but not as often as I should have‚Ķ)…

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‚Ķlots of bird watching…

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‚Ķbaby swans!…

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I got some belated birthday gifts‚Ķincluding this gorgeous handbag from a friend of my Mum’s‚Ķ(I don’t normally wear or use leather but as I didn’t buy it I guess it’s ok‚Ķplus it is so lovely and soft and stylish. ¬†Sorry cows, I will still keep to my non-leather-buying values, but I’m keeping the bag‚Ķ)…

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‚Ķand a lovely jewellery box from (drum roll please!) TIFFANY’S!!!…

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…the same lovely lady (my volunteer library assistant) gave me this beautiful gift AND  made me a take-home curry
to have for my dinner (Oh my God – so yum!). ¬†She is too good to me…

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‚Ķmy penal Rem’s partner Dianne sent me a lovely Valentine’s card‚Ķ
(you should check out her blog if you haven’t already – it’s great!)

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…I discovered my new favourite sweet treat Рfrozen grapes!

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I also went op-shopping and bead shopping with my Mum and bought a ridiculous amount of beads. ¬†I think I have a problem…

Now it’s Sunday evening yet again and soon I must pack up and get ready for bed. ¬†I am trying to get to bed before 10pm these days because I am always so tired and can never get up in the morning. ¬†I have a busy day tomorrow – lots of meetings and a three-hour “fire suppression” training (as I am supposedly a fire warden for my building). ¬†I’m hoping the day goes quickly and that I manage to get some things done even though I will not be at my desk. ¬†Every week I tell myself I am going to sort my desk out and get things in order, but I never have time or anywhere to put everything. ¬†So I just try and make all the piles of stuff look tidy. ¬†Moving them from one place to another helps, as does shuffling them, hiding them under the desk and shoving them in the filing cabinet marked “to deal with later”.

Have a great Monday everyone – hope you are more organised than me ūüôā

Treasured Craft Creations

Treasured Craft Creations

Ah, weekend…is there any sweeter word? ¬†Well, it’s a sweet word now that I don’t have to work on weekends! ¬†Even sweeter when it’s combined with “Craft” and “Show”. ¬†This particular weekend was host to the “Treasured Craft Creations” 3-in–1 market at the Claremont Show Grounds. ¬†It is held several times a year and combines art’n’craft, vintage and antiques & collectables all under the one roof. ¬†You could easily spend a whole day if you were to check out everything on display and go to each different section. ¬†Mum and I (being seasoned TTC regulars) were only interested in the craft area this time so spent just a few (happy) hours wandering around the stalls and buying a few supplies and gifts. ¬†We know which stalls we want to look at and which ones we don’t have a need for (there’s only so many times you can see crocheted peg holders or ironing board covers) but, this time, there were a few new stalls to check out which was a nice change and warranted further inspection and the taking home of business cards and flyers.

Anyway, here’s a selection of goodies on display…

Lots and lots of lavender – pretty purple everywhere! (I don’t remember seeing the
lavender sherbet lollies at the time otherwise I would have bought some!

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Pretty gypsy-inspired jewellery, bags and scarves…

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Love, love, loved this stall (Clay & Clasp) by local artist Lucy.  Such pretty pastel colours and cute designs.  I was so busy trying to get a photo,
I didn’t actually stop and buy something. ¬†But I’m going to the website to see what takes my fancy. ¬†Love the macaroon necklaces – how cute are they?
(sorry, photo is a bit blurry…hard to take a decent pic in jostling crowds!)

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Lots of lovely soaps – handmade with glorious scents…

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Cool little wooden plaques – like the colour scheme…beachy!

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Adorable bunny pendant Рalso had dogs, cats, koalas etc.  Super cute!

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Fabric and more fabric in every conceivable colour and pattern…

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Plenty of jewellery for all styles and budgets… (I always look at jewellery for its components…can I make
something else with these beads/charms etc?)

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We had a quick look at all the vintage clothes but we were really in more of a crafty mood so we moved on after a short while…

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Candles everywhere!  Lots of lovely soy-based ones with beautiful fragrances and colours (although I must admit I like the plain cream ones best).
Mum picked up a few 
tea lights for her oil burner and little candle holders.

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Loved these little owl pictures – isn’t he sweet, all sequinned and fluffy?

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Something to jazz up your plant pots – Flower Pot Fillies!

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I really must get into the cabochon trend – really like the jewellery and hair clips people are making…

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This was one of the new stalls – “With Love by Bec” – great stuff, very reasonably priced and such pretty things! Lots of stripes
and polka dots¬†and bunting (three of my favourite things!). ¬†I really wanted the polka dot satchel…I ummed and aahed about it too long and
when I went back it was gone ūüė¶

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Gorgeous glass beads and steampunk jewellery…

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Quirky-but-beautiful pottery.  Loved these indigo-hued bowls and dishes. Some of them had little feet and wings!

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I have to admit my ultimate aim at these craft shows is to stock up on card blanks.  Boring I know but necessary.
P & K Craft Supplies always have awesome-quality blanks and I tend to come out with a big bagful of stuff…
I think the owner might think I am stalking him – he sees me at EVERY craft show he does.

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So, what did I buy? ¬†Well…I was reasonably restrained and just got things I knew I would use….

Lots of cards and envelopes, some bookmarks and some glitter
(and some teeny little price tags for when I’m selling my jewellery etc)

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Some beautiful lace – Mum and I went halves on a 12 metre bundle – only $5.00!

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An awesome “seconds” bag of Twiddlybitz pieces. ¬†All this for $5.00! ¬†Most of it was in perfect condition and the bits
that weren’t were so minimally damaged it was barely even visible. ¬†Bargain!

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So that was just a selection of the fine things on display. ¬†My camera died very early on in proceedings so I couldn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked. ¬†I did get fudge though and THAT is important! ¬†Now I have a day at home to spend making cards and maybe tidying up a little bit (ha! unlikely!). ¬†Then it’s back to work tomorrow…boo…but work equals pay packet and pay packet equals craft supplies so, y’know, it’s a necessity… ¬†Happy crafting everyone – hope your weekend has been fun ūüôā