The true harvest of life is is in the tints of the morning and is in the stardust caught...a segment of the rainbow.
Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, 26 February 2011


I had some small pieces of crochet doilies left from making my bag (previous post) so I decided to make up this little collage just to hang in my studio. I've had such a lovely week to myself with lots of time to play.


I have been collecting lovely old crocheted doilies for some time to use in various projects. I have lots that were my grandmother's and mothers' which I can't bring myself to cut up, but I have been buying them from Garage Sales and Charity stores and am more easily able to disect them to use in projects. I made this bag for myself and took it out for the first time yesterday and I've already had a couple of people wanting me to make them one. I don't like having to have a list of orders to make, it takes away the enjoyment and spontenaiety,so I will get around to it when I feel so inclined. It is really light and easy to use, I'm really happy with it.

Memo Board from Picture Frames

The next project that I worked on was these Memo Boards for my Studio. At Christmas I made memo boards from old frames with glass in them, on which you could write with a Whiteboard Markers. I was so happy with them and have been wanting to make them for our house and my studio, so I came across these old Certificate frames at a Garage Sale, they were black and have the glass fixed with screws to the front. So I got to working on them, firstly I tried painting a background behind the glass but wasn't happy with my efforts, so I decided instead to use the absolutely gorgeous paper that I had in my stash, I figure if it love it so much, why not have it adorn my studio. I added some lovely images and quotes, and Voila!! here they are ready to hang side by side in my studio.

Distress Inks Shelves

My DH has been away for a week, so I've had the whole week to myself and decided to get on to some of the projects that I have had on the back burner. I've had some things that I've collected from Garage sales that I saw a new purpose for.

The first one is the old spice shelf unit which looked just right for my Distress Inks, which I need to have right beside me at all times while I'm creating, so here is the result, I'm really happy with it and it works beautifully on my desk.

Friday, 18 February 2011


I've now done the draw for the winner of OWOH for 2011.
The winner of the first prize of my flag book was Becky from San Diego, USA
and the second prize winner of my collage was Rein from Germany. I have notified both winners by email and will wait now to hear back their details so that I can send their prizes on to them. I chose the winners with the random number generator, but couldn't figure out how to put the result up on the screen....maybe I'll have it figured by next time.

Thanks again to all of the wonderful 425 comments that I received on my blog during this event, unfortunately I haven't been able to get around to all of the blogs before it had to close, but I will definitely be following up and visiting lots more of the gorgeous blogs in the months ahead.

Thanks also to Lisa Swifka for her great expertise and generosity in running this event for the past 5 years, it has been such a joy to be a part of it and I'm now looking forward to the new event that she has planned for 2012 and hoping I see you all there.

Love and hugs,


Tuesday, 15 February 2011




On Thursday this week, I am teaching "Flag Books" to a class and so I've been very busily making an extra couple of quite different samples to inspire the girls in the class. I have also made small Flag Books in the past, but this size would be perfect as a gift for a friend, a special birthday or a wedding, it is 6" x 8". It was shown to me by Janice Keene in Brisbane at the Stamping Marathon a couple of years ago. I am using one as my gift on the One World One Heart post, pictures of this one are a couple of posts down. In case you can't already guess, I LOVE those Distress Ink backgrounds.

Monday, 14 February 2011


Here is a card I am entering in the Quietfire Design Valentine Challenge.
Looking forward to seeing the other cards in the challenge.
Go and check out the other lovely cards in the challenge here: