Friday, November 2, 2012

A Weekend In The Country

Several times  year I head off to the hills or the coast for three days of arting and fun with Lucy.. and last weekend our Ballarat trip fell due. We weren't actually 'in' Ballarat but about 15kms past it in Smythesdale.  Lucy booked a lovely little two bedroom cabin and we packed our art supplies and headed off.

Our little house on the hill
My Birdhouse
Friday afternoon we got stuck into the Twiddlybitz kits we bought at the last Paperific.  I made mine in shades of cream with a touch of mauve and pink ... Lucy's was in Turquoise.  I added a trim of the Tim Holtz  washi tape, white German scrap, some pearls and buttons etc.  Great little kit and quick to do.

Saturday we went off to the Ballarat Wildlife Park - very nice day... patted a koala and hand fed and patted a Kangaroo :-)

Sunday was raining pretty non stop so we decided to stay in and get some more art done.. I finished off another two months of the Vintage Fat Book for Paperarts swap and almost finished a third.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Arty Times

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way"

Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities

The first weekend of February, I journeyed up to Tocumwal on the Murray for a fun ' BFF' weekend with Barb, Lucy and Glenda.. 

I made a name plate for my sister, Barb and Glenda made one each for themselves (I had made my own on a previous trip), and Lucy, whose muse had deserted her entertained us with chatter and wit :-)
desk name plate.. thankyou Mr Lucy for cutting the mdf houses and boards for us :-)
We had a fab time making art, eating, drinking and taking the mickey out of each other... it was a wonderful fun filled, supportive weekend with good friends that I'll treasure.. we enjoyed ourselves not knowing how close we all were to our lives changing forever.

Last morning, all ready to head back to our regular lives...... blissfully unaware
On the Monday we all headed home, Barb towards Bendigo to spend time with her parents and Lucy, Glenda and myself back to Melbourne.  Barb didn't quite make it - having a major car accident just outside of Bendigo, but she survived and is on the road to recovery.  (full story on the accident on  Barb's Blog)

Treasure each moment and take none for granted.. and yes, tell your significant other and friends how much they mean to you.  You really never do know what's around the corner.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jan Harris Class

Last October I took a two day class with Jan Harris... first day was a hand made journal with repousse and the second day was wax...

I didnt end up finishing my journal in class but polished it off when I went away to Rosebud with Lucy in December.... one more UFO knocked off :-)

I plan to use it as a travel journal.. I'm really not much of a journaler, but thought it would be good to use as a 2012 travel journey for the Rusty Ramblers travels :-)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Last minute, Last Day UFO's

Back in September Lucy and I took one of our little trips, this time to Ocean Grove... while there we started these desk name plates... well, I started mine, Lucy had completely finished hers by the time we left LOL

Lucy's lovely other half John cut the MDF houses and base plate for us, and we bought the letters at the Kaiser factory in Geelong on the way through.  Then we painted them, decoreated with papers, bling, chipboard etc and glued it all together.  I finally finished mine yesterday... Dec 31st  2011... so I did finish it the same year I started LOL.. this has not been added to my long list of UFO's to be done!

Proud of me lucy?  ROFLMAO