Wednesday, 21 December 2011

happy holidays

I thought for a moment there I was going to have to Photoshop
a bit of Swiss snow for you all, it just seemed like it was never going to happen
but finally yesterday was the day, brooding skies, snow flurries, and great light!
Thank you for your wonderful comments and continued enthusiasm throughout the year!
I wish you and yours all the best over the festive season
see you in 2012  Mx

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

and there's more...

and a couple more litle surprises arrived in my mailbox last week
this beautiful 'joy' Christmas card from Jan
I love the colours and texture she's created on her card
and it's the biggest card I've ever received!!
 Jan also sent me this gorgeous crackle heart ornine
oooo... I love post!!
 Gini, my favourite 'shiny' gal sent me this beauitful magnet, totally fab!
and a cute little card
Thank you both so much, it's such a pleasure to have your artwork in my house Mx

Monday, 19 December 2011

Gifts from afar

The QB5 gals have been at it again
we decided on a 'free for all whatever takes your fancy' Xmas swap this year
Nathalie sent me a lovely piece of appendage art
how cool is this little beauty!!
Linda made us each a glitter beehive
 blue, white and silver for a lovely winter wonderland effect
 Patty's darling little bird and nest are so pretty
this is a colour combo I plan to use next year
I love it! 
 Carole's snowy the snowman arrived all decked out in his winter wollies
just in time for our first snow
 I also went for a red/green theme with this little matchbox
an idea I used from a swap with Jan last year
Thank you all for you fab ornies!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Glitter glitter everywhere

A couple of years ago lovely Linda
sent the QB5 gals a little glitter house
and I've been meaning to have a go ever since 
 there are instructions for making these all over Blogland
but I found some  here (Village houses scroll to page 33)
I ended up designing my own to fit the size of the box
gliter glitter everywhere
 does that stuff stick or what?!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

I'm underway...

well, I've begun but just quite how long this current burst of energy will last
is anyone's guess!
 Day 2 was rather nice as the last of the QB5 ornament swap arrived
I used a postcard in lieu of a real pic as some of the gals are still waiting
I hung the ornies with last years swap, lots of silver, white and blue
I've made a mental note to make something in these shades next year!
 already writing about stress on Day 2, deary me...
Day 3 and 4, I will fill them in, really I will
and now it's 21.30 Day 5 which is also looking a bit blank, oh my...
 I got slightly distacted in the depths of my journal
I'd already prepped the page with a plastic pocket and 'trim the tree'
when Patty's envie arrived
the perfect place to hang her ornie stamps! 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Prepped and RTG!

wonders will never cease!
I've actually done it
prepped my journal
 sewn the pages in
 roll on December 1st!

I decided on an eyes shut photo of myself and Santa for my first page
I really do have soooo much paper stuff in my house
more than enough bits to use up
I like the idea of giving it all a new life
 I actually found the background paper applique quite a challenge
I'm used to painting, sanding and generally making a mess 
but I soon found my groove
this was such fun
I managed to make some clear pockets for photos
then of course sewed them in the wrong way up!!
think I'll be stapling the bottom shut
ah, the beauty of this project
anything goes!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

sneak peek and a journal

I'm just in time for the QB5 Xmas swap
just a sneak peek of a little something on it's way to the gals
more later...
during my 'getting better time' I treated myself to an online course
Remains of the Day from Mary Ann Moss at Dispatch from LA
and what treat it was!!
 loads of inspiring vids in a truly watchable style
every year I say I'm going to do a December journal
well here it is! 
 inside cover
 now the work really begins
I have to sew my scrap pages together
and get them stitched in
 I'll finish the spine with a piece of vintage gold braid and a tassle
 a great opportunity to use up all those bits lying around
the journal doesn't require a huge amount of writing
so I'll think I'll just about  beable to manage it!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Honey honey hex

The Queen Bee gals have been busy again
this time it was to alter an old photo of ourselves
on a honeycomb hex
what a challenge!
Linda in her swishing skirt!
Patty looking oh so cute with her honeybees
Nathalie standing splendid in her hat and chandelier creation
Carole sewed us a hex, complete with tiny yo yo's
Me wearing 'the jacket' which appears in many a family photo
and the flip side
Thank you QB5's for this self styled autograph book!
totally fab!

Thursday, 13 October 2011


bet that surprised you, I am here afterall!!
I recently took part in a matchbox swap with the lovely Jan
oh my! what a fab box of goodies to arrive on my doorstep
I can't tell you how much I LOVE her creation, filled to the brim with tiny treasures
and even more piled on top, superb!

a gorgeous autumn paper selection
this little beauty sits perfectly on my Halloween tray
I just love those pumpkins and brooms!
Jan's last of the autumn sun ATC
I had a bit of an 'after the event moment' with my box
having seen Jan's gift of inspiration I could then think of a million things to add to mine
but too late, it was already on it's way!
some very poor quality 'white light' pics, Jan took some much better ones here!
I wouldn't like to say my ATC reflects my current state of mind
however I do still have garden issues and a need to myself!
the children decided on the fork
I was all for tapping her on the head with a spoon
I mailed an additional little packet to Jan
with the buttons I'd forgotten the first time round
and this little inchie book
totally inspired by the rich purple, orange and black that burst out of her packet
I might just be making one of these for myself!
Thank you once again Jan for a fantabulous swap
you really do spoil me
what an absolute treat to decorate my house with your beautiful work!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Billowing butterflies

Well it's finally happened!
my current butterfly obsession is verging on the unmanageable
at least 280 of them fluttering over some old pages
the idea was a coloured cloud
it needs a bit of fine tuning
but you get the gist of it?

mental note to self:
make a nice background BEFORE you place your butterflies
buy a new punch BEFORE embarking on such a big piece

consequences of not following above
excessive paint sploshing and inking to get a bit of colour down
live and learn
I know where I'm going with it, sort of...