Monday, May 23, 2011

Road Trip #3 - Queenscliffe

Last weekend Lucy and I took off on another of our 'mental health weekends' and headed off to Queenscliffe for some arting, fun and frivolities.....

We drove down Friday through intermittent squally rain to our little cottage we had booked and settled into our temporary home... it was small, and quite old (very 50's little granny flat) but it was warm, beds were comfy and the hosts had left us ample provisions for the weekend.  After a quick and very yummy lunch at the Atrium Cafe, we stayed in on the Friday and got stuck into our first project, The Fork In The Road journal.

Queenscliffe is a lovely little town... very pretty with loads of old buildings and Italianate mansions.....had lots of fun with the camera.
Windows and Turrets of an old beachfront mansion
Saturday we started our day with a one hour massage at the Queenscliffe Day Spa... was heaven!!  we enjoyed it so much we plan to go back there for another one when we go to Ocean Grove in September.  After some lunch and a spot of sightseeing we headed back to our cabin where we continued our Fork In The Road journal, we found the instructions for the journal a tad challenging... but we eventually worked them out (albeit we altered the format a little lol) and finished it Saturday night.. then started our Configurations box.

Queenscliffe to Sorrento Ferry
Sunday it was off to Sorrento on the ferry...  overcast day but no rain and not as cold.... lunch and a wander around Sorrento before heading back to Queenscliffe and our little cottage to work some more on our configurations.

Under Point Lonsdale Pier (and yes, the wave missed me LOL)
Monday dawned with blue skies and sunshine (typical, we always get the good weather on the days we head home LOL).
Point Lonsdale Beach 
We detoured past Point Lonsdale, awesome beach front there, had breakfast in Ocean Grove and then headed home... arriving back home in time for afternoon tea :-)
Lucky the wind didnt change!

Queenscliffe Guest House

Configurations box (not quite finished)

Fork In The Road Journal

Journal Open (zigzag book on left hand side, and the lid comes off the box with legs)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Etched Book

Inspired by the beautiful book Jen Crossley from A Mark In Time made....a couple of weeks ago, I got together with Glenda, Lucy and Caro and we etched and made this little book.  Well, mostly made it vbg... the covers stamped with Tim Holtz new stamp 'Book Covers, and then we etched them... while the etching was working its magic we made plaster pages for it... Last week Lucy and I got together and started putting them together, but the plaster was so crumbly and messy we decided to ditch the plaster and go with canvas signatures.

The signatures were stitched in with coptic stitch, and then beads, trinkets and other dingly danglies added to the spine, and a small metal 'staff' finish it off... was happy with the way it turned out.... would def make another one, though I think the next one needs to be a lot thicker....