I’ve been M I A on my blog recently

Hi Everyone,

Time sometimes has a way of getting away from you and that has been the case for the past several weeks. I apologise if I have been neglecting your posts recently.

Some sad news – My dad passed away a week or so ago.  He was 96 and has lived a full and mostly happy life I think. However the past year or so has not been his best and although he will be very missed I cannot help feeling a tiny sense of relief on his behalf.

Dad and Brenda dad 90

“tu me manques” Dad

I shall be heading to the UK very soon with my hubs’ and will be away for most of the month of March. I hear it snowed in parts of UK yesterday – I wonder if I have enough warm clothes in my wardrobe? No matter, the shops will be open I’m sure.

I am already worrying about Fluff’s but I have a wonderful neighbour who has offered to take care of her.  Fluffy will not appreciate that she has been saved  from the cattery and weeks of confinement, but it’s the best I can do for her, she gets to stay at home and will miss me. And I will miss her.

On the plus side, I get to see my brothers and sister and other family members.  Can’t wait, it’s been too long.

I look forward to catching up with everyone and everything in blogland again when I return.

Barbara

 

 

It’s been a turbulent few weeks

And though I’ve been reading and commenting on blogs, I realise I haven’t written one for a while.

Melbourne has been experiencing some fairly heavy rain in the past week or so (thankfully it seems to have eased now).  We have sustained some damage, related to, but not caused by rain.  Our carport roof is fitted with plasterboard like a normal indoor ceiling – (I’m not sure this is good building practice but that’s the way it is round here). Last Friday, half of the carport roof collapsed (mid rainstorm), onto our cars, damaging the bonnets of both and leaving a large gaping hole in the carport (it would now make a perfect pigeon loft).

carport roof collapsed

Damage to both cars is fairly minimal in that they are both drivable, but they are no longer pristine as they were.  Insurance claims have been filed with us being told we won’t be covered for the damage to the carport roof as it is general wear and tear! There was no water in the roof.

roof on cars

So that is one thing, and the aftermath of having cars repaired and getting quotes for repairs to carport are underway.

Hospital visits and an unsuspected surgery for my better half have taken up the rest of the weeks events.  I am pleased to say that he is feeling a lot more chipper and results are good.

I love that line in the John Lennon song, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” or words to that effect.  Never a truer word was spoken.

There has been no decorating for Christmas or Christmas Shopping apart from online stuff.  Thankfully Christmas cards have been made and sent.  Hopefully, we will now be able to get back on the horse and begin ‘tentatively’ planning our way through the Christmas season.

Dinner out this evening with friends is a good start.

Bless this Day.

Barbara

 

Angel Wings – Wall Hanging

Wings

I have a little obsession going on with wings at the moment.

After scouring the internet for a while I found a free template to make paper wings.  If you would like to try making some yourself here is the link Angel Wings

This frame was laying idle in my craft room, the glass had been broken some time ago, so I removed the back board and lined it with some thin batting, then covered the batting with hession.

It was a bit of a conundrum as to how I would attach the wings once they were made. The fiishes wings are approximately 6″ long and 2 1/2″ wide.   The solution was to add some strips of thick card to the back, which I built up to give a three dimensional effect. I added some metal elements from my stash (hearts always seem to go hand in hand with wings), this filigree heart was a junk shop find – part of a very unattractive necklace.

I wasn’t sure whether I had finished at this stage so I added some metal corners to the hession but I can’t decide whether they are required or not. What do you think?

Angel Wings

It’s Melbourne Cup Day tomorrow – AKA “the race that stops a nations”.  A public holiday for a horse race, I don’t know!  I’m not a fan of sports which include animals, so I won’t be placing a bet or watching the race.  Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a lovely day. May it also include some crafting time.

Barbara

Questionnaire winner and compiled findings of small survey

 

Hi All, for those who are interested in the results of my little survey into your favourite, and go to items for card making.  Here are the results.  It was a fairly small sample but the results were really interesting and I thank everyone for taking some time to send their answers to the 10 questions.

I acknowledge that some people requested not to be included in the draw.

 

Q. 1 With the exception of Cardstock and Designer paper what are your 5 favourite card making products?

Top 5 answers in order of preference were: Stamps, Dies, Ink pads, Scoring board, and good quality Scissors.

Q.2 Do you prefer to make one layer cards or many layers?

Top answer was: Matting and lots of layers although for posting, one layer cards were preferred.

Q.3 How important are stamps and stamping to your card making?

Answer: They were a high priority for everyone –

Q. 4 and 5  Are Dies and die cutting a major feature of your cards?

Everyone agreed that they were a high priority for their cards. Die cutting machines used were:

Scan n Cut, Silhouette, Big Shot, Big Kick and Ebosser

Q.6 Favourite Embellishments?

There were quite a lot of these, but the top two were: Pearls/gems and ribbon.

Others were: grommets, brads, Ephemera, buttons, lace, twine, sequins, and tiny dots.

Q7. Glue or Double sided tape?

Most  used double sided tape,  but other favourites were wet glue, glue dots and tape runners.

Q.8  Do you Fussy Cut?

‘Yes’ was the most popular answer, though some people said they don’t like to fussy cut  if they can avoid it.

Q.9 Most popular Card Size? AND  Do you make your own envelopes?

A6 was the most popular size but most suggested they chose other sizes  such as various squares from 6″ x 6″ to 8″ x 8″, DL and 7″ x 5.  Many have an Envelope Punch board which makes up to 66 envelope sizes.  Some purchase pre-scored card and envelope packs.

Q.10 Which Ink Pads do you prefer?  (I realised this was a loaded question as there are so many to choose from), permanent, dye, archival etc etc.  This is a selection of the answers.

Distress Inks (most popular in this small survey), Rare Earth Inks, Stazon, Stampin’ UP!,  Versa magic, Memento, Embossing inks, Brilliance Inks for metallics and Versafine.

I found all this information really interesting, I hope you did too.  And now to the draw, which I conducted with Mr B this morning.

DRUM ROOOOOOOOLL  !

The Winner of the pretty paper packs and pre-scored cards is:

fibee 5

CONGRATULATIONS Prize package 1 (1)

I hope you enjoy your prize and thank you again for taking part in the questionnaire.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Weekend of Painting and Bonding with Fabulous Women

Several months ago I booked myself into a painting retreat weekend to coincide with my birthday.  The venue was quite close to where I live so travelling to and fro’ each day Friday, Saturday and Sunday for full days of painting was easy.

Now I am no painter, in fact this is my first real foray into the art, so I booked in with some trepidation.  Two others had also booked the weekend, one with some experience and one, like me, without.  So I felt pretty comfortable.  Each morning started with a cup of your choice of tea and a general chat. We then had a morning meditation led by our tutor Shani.  This meditation brought forth all sorts of feelings for us all. Tears were shed, and feelings shared and a process of bonding with the other participants, which I hadn’t really expected, took place.  It set us up beautifully for the day ahead.

We set about learning Shani’s process for painting our “hero” painting.  Once started I couldn’t believe that I would be leaving with a completed canvas on Sunday.  The canvasses were 1 metre square, so somewhat daunting.

We enjoyed home cooked lunches and wine on the verandah (weather permitting) set high in beautiful Wonga Park/Warrandyte. Florence the standard poodle kept us company for the whole weekend too. (Florence told me she had had seventeen puppies in her younger days).  A few noisy magpies chortled away outside and stared at us through the windows whilst stealing sharing the cats food.

Back to the painting though.  It was hard work, much harder than I had anticipated. We worked through until 5pm each of the three days, and then stopped for another cuppa and a chat.  I can’t tell you how special the time was.  Four fabulous women being open and honest, sharing a wonderful experience together and supporting each other through the process. It is an experience that will stay with me for a long time to come.

 

Shani Geri Susan Barbara workshop

 

That’s me at the back, Florence at the front, Shani in the middle and the other lovely participants enjoying a glass of bubbles at the end of the weekend.

Here is my finished work. It’s not perfect by any means, however, I feel comfortable hanging it in my home and proud of my accomplishment.

Painting 5 (1)

So if there is something that you would like to try, my message to you is, find a way and go for it.  It’s very liberating.

Note to self:  Suggest a smaller signature and less conspicuous next time.  Doh! 

 

Happy Crafting

Barbara

 

 

What made you happy today?

Well today, it was the postman.  Just look what my lovely friend Brigid sent me.

Cards from Brigid in Ireland (1)

Aren’t they stunning? All made by Brigid’s artist friends in the beautiful Emerald Isle.  So many talented people making brilliant things.

Thank you my friend – these will definitely be gracing my office wall in the near future.  You couldn’t have chosen better than the hare gazing at the night sky and seahorses have always been a favourite.  The farmhouse and the dear chooks, (that’s a place I have dreamed of), and a handcrafted flower in my favourite green – for those like me  who wonder what the greeting means Adh MÓr means ‘Good Luck.’

And today I have had my share of that.

Thank you again Brigid for your lovely gift.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Barbara

 

My new wall design

I want to thank Kelley’s DIY for this idea. I am really happy with how it has turned out.  I collected together lots of pieces that were on shelves and bookcases around the room and with the help of my better half and some Commander hanging strips, we got to work.

my-wall-1

 

I will add a few more pieces as they come to hand but it is a much more interesting and pleasant place to check my emails and create my blog posts.  Thanks Kelley.