Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lets Get Shabby Challenge #43

Would you like to win this gorgeous 2 foot long vintage crochet doily ? Imagine the possibilities. Challenge #43 is up at Lets Get Shabby and this is the prize ! Go to the Lets Get Shabby blog HERE to get all the details on how to play along and to get some inspiration from all the DT girls; three of them are new, and are posting for the first time, and, I'm sure would love it if you left some 'welcome' comments for them.

All you have to do is create a 'shabby project' based on this beautiful image below. Interpret it any way you like.

I've used some Prima Resin and letters, some Kaisercraft rubons and the "grand lady" herself is fussy cut from a collage sheet called Fantasy Lady 1062 available from Meg's Garden.

My base background is chipboard, sprayed with gesso. A technique borrowed from the super talented Louise Nelson. Added some masked, texture paste flowers coloured with Distress Stain in my very favourite shade, Peacock Feathers.

Shabby always lends itself to doilies, punched borders, muslin and sheet music paper.
Thanks for visiting today. Love it when you leave comments (except when they're vague and anonymous, please don't).
Have a great week everyone.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Peek at Paris

The best way to see Paris of course is on foot, and every where you go, whether it be down a narrow alleyway or along a wide boulevard, the architecture is amazing. Often spectacular, but always very beautiful.


Just a typical street corner.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever it is you may be doing...even if you're working :)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Zeus and Zoe February Challenge

Hello. Sharing my second project for Zeus and Zoe today where the theme for this month is 'love'.
All the papers, most of the flowers, the doily and buttons are all from the Zeus and Zoe kit that can be made to order from Marivic's Etsy Store.
The photo is of a bundle of love letters, which I now have and cherish, written to my mum from my dad during the 2nd. World War while he was stationed in Britain. Two and a half years before the war ended the letters suddenly stopped. My mother was told he was"missing in action, presumed dead". His plane had been shot down, crashed in the jungle in Burma and he had been captured and imprisoned in Rangoon. For two and a half years he was a prisoner of war...I won't go into the details of that ( this post is meant to be about 'love' after all ) but, luckily he survived. When the war ended he was found, returned to Australia and reunited with mum.
They celebrated a Golden Wedding Anniversary and were devoted to each other until their passing within a year of each other.

Thanks for visiting, have a great week and may you feel loved always, not just on the 14th.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy First Birthday Page Drafts

Page Drafts is turning One Year Old, and Emma Stafrace, the whizz kid behind this amazing sketch blog, invited me to the party !! 

Using the sketch above and some of my favourite mixed media, namely water colour and distress stains, I made this fun page of my daughter at a Karaoke bar.
I don't usually work from sketches, so this was a definite challenge for me to stay within the sketch boundaries, but it was so much fun and I'm looking forward to doing it a lot more.
Hop on over to the Page Drafts blog and check out the "parade"of amazing and diverse creations done by some of the other invited party guests.

Thanks for dropping by today. Hope your weekend is a fun one !

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Zeus and Zoe February Challenge

It was my turn to present the monthly challenge at Zeus and Zoe, and seeing as my birthday falls on Valentines Day, I thought I would choose the theme of "LOVE". Not very original I know, but it can be "love" of any thing from chocolate to shoes, to siblings, to granparents. Get all the details on how to play along HERE.
In my Zeus and Zoe kit from Marivic's Etsy Store was this chipboard house, begging to be decorated, so it became my little "love shack". I think all love begins at home. Home is where the heart is, and home is where everyone should feel safe and loved.

I base painted the whole house in a tinted green gesso. Added different papers to some walls and cut up a very old piece of 'playing card' paper for the roof. Made some little banners with washi tape and tooth picks, added some flowers, resin embellishments and chipboard.
I've included photos of family members peeking out of windows and also the  eyes of my much loved doll I've had forever.

Thanks so much for dropping by; have a happy and creative week.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

A Peek at Paris

Sharing some more 'snaps' of Paris. We were there during December, a month that was pretty cold and grey, but in my eyes, a backdrop that seemed to make any colour that was around 'pop'. From cafe chairs to the rich verdigris of sculptures to the vivid, sugary sweetness of macarons.

Well, the end of another week, AND the end of the first month ! Why does time seem to be going so quickly; am I really having that much fun ?!
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

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