Saturday, December 29, 2012



 Full size image of 'Serenity'
Canvas size 12" x 12"

I carried on the theme from the 'Possibilities' canvas
i.e. wire = strength and in this case, pink = serenity

Bottom right hand side
once again typed the word and printed onto 'sticky back canvas' and then inked around edges

View of bottom left hand side

Close up of top left hand side

Close up of textured centre of canvas
You can just see a glimpse of the embroidery hoop I covered in a beautiful pink ribbon

Ingredients of canvas
Deep edged 12x12 canvas; lace and textured background using colored molding paste and stencils; purchased pink lace fabric; more of the old lace from an old wedding dress (as mentioned in Possibilities' canvas); a stick from the garden painted ivory for the chipboard bird to rest on; feather from stash for wing; 'fluffy' lace and velvet flowers from Bella Paperie, Brendale; handmade flowers using various fabrics and lace and topped with resin embellishments; wire, beads and stick pin from my stash

Thursday, December 27, 2012



During the last few months I have been busy working, attending to changes in our family dynamics, and spending as much time in my 'craft room' when any spare time allowed as well as planning for, and enjoying, a significant birthday milestone in September.

Throughout the 2012 journey, I have embarked on numerous projects, learnt an amazing array of new techniques, attended some select classes (in a 'brick and mortar' building) participated in online crafting, mixed media and art tutorials in a variety of mediums and have generally 'grown' as an eclectic artist, for which I feel personally fulfilled.

Am looking forward to my personal, work, and artistic challenges during 2013.

During the 2012 journey, one of the canvas series  I created (a set of 3) is  titled Strength, Serenity and Possibilities'  This was, as it turned out, a very meaningful and insightful exercise for me.  The three canvases took about six months to finalise (whilst jumping from project to project) and fitting everything in with regard to family, lifestyle, employment and art.  I intend to sell them, because for me, the creative process and everything I personally achieved along the way is complete.

So let me start, in no particular order:


This canvas commenced as an online class for something totally different, which I had discarded 'for future use'.  I kept, and altered the background a number of times and then decided to add a 'wreath' which represented the spirit of my being.  Whilst I am not a religious person, this canvas continued to reveal layer by layer, a lot of me.  Very hard to explain, as I do not open up very well to those whom I do not know personally, and well.

Canvas size 14x14"

The canvas was created first using a deep edge canvas, mixed media techniques using gesso, paint, texture, stencils, inks, rubons and quite a lot of other techniques I cannot remember now
I have to admit that when I took this photo of the 'finished piece' that I did not experience the best of lighting unfortunately, so does not show up in 'true form' 

This is the right  hand side of the canvas.  I added some embellishments, including resin flowers to match the colour theme, and added the title Possibilities which I typed using Word and printed on to 'sticky back canvas' which I then inked around the edges before adhering to the canvas..

This is a close up of the bottom of the wreath. 
Note:  The wreath was created using dyed tulle (using Glimmermist sprays), vintage lace, lace from my stash, dyed rayon ribbon purchased on etsy, wedding dress fabric from my stash, pearl cluster from Bella Paperie (the pearls were coloured with a Copic marker), wire and pearls from an old necklace, to name but a few of the embellishments

Close up of the bird
I made the bird using a punch and purchased the wing feathers from a beading store.
The nest was made from some tea-dyed muslin which I molded by placing over the back of a mini muffin tin and adding fabric stiffener.  When dry, added some shredded paper to the 'nest' , then the bird, and attached to the wreath on the canvas.  Also added a little 'bling' for the eye of the bird

Left hand side of the wreath  
I used some old/vintage music sheet paper I found in a second hand store  to create a rose (my favourite flower), made a feather using similar paper (from a tutorial I did not keep a note of, sorry), added some more fresh water pearls to the wire from a broken necklace and used Glimmermist sprays to match my theme.

Top of the wreath
 I forgot to mention that i wrapped the lace, tulle and built layers for my wreath using the inner workings of a couple of different sized  embroidery hoops.  I used 'hot glue' to place a lot of the heavier items onto the canvas.  Added some home-made paper flowers and little ivory resin flowers from my stash.
Note:  Some of the lace I used was from a lace wedding dress I bought on eBay some time ago, which I cut up, and to this day, am still using bits and pieces on projects.

Will post Serenity tomorrow

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Some 'thank you' notes

Every best wish to anyone who may visit my blog prior to midnight 31/12/12. Trusting you and your families enjoy a funfilled, safe and enjoyable Festive Season
No #1
My daughter, for her amazing gift of 'looking outside the square' and encouraging me in her own, very special way - thanks so much hon - you are an inspiration xo
No #2
Deb at Bella Paperie for always being so welcoming and insightful. You have a true perspective of what each customer/client requires and you are always so helpful and delightful at every visit, so thank you x
PS: Love visiting your store - can browse for hours!
No #3
 Tina, a layout designer at Bella Paperie - owned by Debra Buckingham (Brendale, Brisbane, Queensland) for your fabulous and extremely inspiring 'Vintage' style classes - have thoroughly enjoyed them throughtout 2012 (and looking forward to 2013) - you are a wonderful, fun loving  and very special person and a truly inspirational and thoughtful teacher - special thanks to you
No #4
All the journeys I have travelled learning new and varied art and craft techniques with all of my online classes - too many to mention
No #5
My 'besties' who have and have always had faith in my step-by-step journey  into the art world - thank you for being so supportive x
All my wonderful 'crafting buddies' - a very eclectic mix indeed! - looking forward to spending time with you in 2013

warm regards

Monday, December 3, 2012


Hi all

Have been AWOL from my blog of late. Have been very busy with two jobs, then I reduced it to one. 

Took a week off last week to take some time out at Rainbow Beach, Queensland,  with a long-standing friend (which was just wonderful) - highly recommend Rainbow Shores Resort

Whilst have had some completed projects  to post, havent had time to sit and get things organised.  My husband recently retired, so our whole lifestyle has suddenly changed as well.

My latest 'have to learn this and learn it now' passion is beading, mainly bracelets, so have produced a few of those (and some are 'wearable' - hmmmmmmmm is that a word?)

Have a number of online projects to finalise before the end of 2012, so will be concentrating on those during any free time, and early 2013 am embarking on my very first Overseas holiday!!! - have my art journal, pencil/eraser, watercolour paints ready to take with me, so who knows what I will return with - exciting times ahead!

Hope you are all enjoying the lead up to Christmas festivities 2012 and that you and your families have a safe, funfilled and wonderful time during upcoming celebrations.  I have my personal 'wishes', so am hoping and praying at least a couple of them come to fruition prior to 1 January 2013.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

CSI Case File No 39

I entered my very first Challenge at Color...Stories... Inspiration today (deadline is tonight).  It was very enjoyable, and most importantly, I concentrated on the journalling too.

Here is my finished layout:

Color Palette is nominated, and each color must be used
ie in this case - teal, orange, lime green, sky blue, bright buttery yellow
can use base colour - I chose black
there is other criteria which must be met - and that was the fun part

This photo was taken when I was 7 years old
my journalling reflects my world at that time and my journey since, and the importance, to me
of the pencils, pen nibs, tree branch, wrapped twig, wire stamp, key on the fence
and the title 'flight . . .'

this is a close up of the top right hand side which gives
a better indication of the colours
the heading at the top of the old book page is
'modes of communicating' - very apt for this piece

another close up showing how the front cover opens 'book style'
to reveal the journalling behind.

Looking forward to CSI #40 which is due next Sunday evening - stay tuned xo

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Vase & Flowers Canvas

This canvas measures 20" x 8" (or 51 x 20cms).  I was inspired by Christy Campbell-Tomlinsons' 'Behind the Scenes' June 2012 tutorial.

Started playing yesterday, and wasn't happy with the end result.   Later in the day, every time I walked past my art table, I would reach for a paint brush, a color wash spray, some Faber Castell pens, gesso, paints etc and do a little more, or completely cover up what I had already done.  Left to dry overnight and put finishing touches to it this morning.

Here is the end result:

Finished size 20"x8" (51x20cms)
Will have to improve my photography skills
(not a true colour of the finished canvas unfortunately)

The flowers were originally plain calico which I dyed with 
Dylusions Ink Sprays, a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmermist 
and  then finished off with a touch of Crystalina Kindyglitz

Close up of  flowers and top of vase
Added lace remnants here and there to add a bit of interest

Close up of right hand size of the vase
Pulled apart a wire spray for the tendrils, 
once again to add a bit of interest
and a different texture 
(added some small sprays to the
left hand side as well)

Repurposed sugar bowl

A friend found a tarnished 38 year old sugar bowl in her cupboard.  Decided to give it a clean and a buff and repurpose.

We headed to Bella Paperie at Brendale with the sugar bowl and once we briefed Deb on our requirements, she produced some beaded fringing and velvet flowers in the 'perfect' colours. To add a little whimsy, we decided to add a little bird next (mounted on some antique lace) on the spoon

Full view not long after completion

Hard to see in this photo, but the beads
reflect beautifully with the silver background

PS:  I would love to have it on my shelf, but at least I will get to 'visit'

Sunday, September 30, 2012

60th birthday decorations - extra

Here are a few more photos of decorations for party. 

Once again, photos dont depict what everything looked like on the night with the votives flickering and correct lighting etc due to problem stated in previous post.

Votive holder - a very very old jam jar decorated with lace and fabric trim 

A pair of vintage leather baby shoes

Tiny little velvet roses in a cute little bottle

Repurposed salt & pepper shakers (stand only about 2" high)
the salt shaker (on the right) is quite damaged due to corrosion from the salt over the years
I cleaned it up the best I could, but quite like the end result

Close up of the letter 'R' as described in earlier post

Orchid arrangement from Cheryl
Just stunning!

Found the very old candle holder and re-purposed
to hold a flickering votive candle
Decorated with some beaded fringe and velvet flowers

Another view of tiny S&P shakers on a wooden cotton spool
the flowers were cut from a punch and threaded onto a sewing pin
coloured the pearl tips with copic markers

One of the photos I did not 'lose'
a vase of baby roses in two shades uplit from the
bottom with a LED light platform  - very effective

60th Birthday party

Thought I would start to add some of the photos taken at my recent 60th birthday party.  The theme was vintage and I had lots of  fun with the decorations.

The cake looked magnificent and was absolutely scrumptious.
Chocolate cake baked and decorated by Robyn (daughter-in-law of my daughter's godmother)
Robyn also provided the fresh flowers which were wired and ready
to be placed on the cake

This was our 'befores'
the caterer's excelled with the camembert 1kg camembert cake which was split in two,
covered with cream cheese and fresh grapes.  The top layer was
then added with more fresh strawberries and grapes -
just beautiful - and yummy


Front entry 'welcome' table
The urn holds tree branches gathered from our yard which I painted with ivory paint and then added home made flowers here and there
the 3 canvas stands were made some time ago with the theme
of 'buttons'  (refer to earlier post)

Found the old typewriter under my husband's desk and thought it
would make an appropriate prop for the welcoming message
I tinted  the glass vase (see earlier post) and then added beautiful lace from
Bella Paperie and an old brooch found in my stash

found the ice bucket we received as a wedding gift
and cleaned it up to hold the silk flowers.

I re-purposed this old candle holder
added a cork where the candle would normally stand and decorated the
surrounds with lace and beading
Added a pin and then a collage of old photos

close up of the welcome sign
mounted a 12x12 piece of burlap on to canvas board
Printed the greeting onto sticky back canvas (using 'my old remington' font)
Added some bead trim and a spray of velvet flowers

Corner of the drinks table outside
Covered a terracotta pot with lace and made the flowers using
tissue paper and then
added some ribbon trim and an embellishment from my stash

an old coffee jar covered with lace, pearls and a flower standing on mirror
coaster held the votive candle
The letter 'R' covered with old book and music paper, and added some lace, flowers and
fringed beading

the decorations looked much better at night when all the little votive candles
were flickering and lamps and lights dim
Unfortunately, I updated the software on my iPhone before backing up
to my computer so lost a lot of photos and recent contacts
a very hard lesson to learn

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vintage loveliness

Attended a crop at Debra Buckingham's Bella Paperie ( at  Brendale on Sunday.  Fabulous idea to repurpose old items to new.

We had a fantastic day surrounded by gorgeous flowers, ribbons, lace, fringed beading etc.  Deb's store is not your usual scrapbooking store - the ambience is extremely beautiful and all product is displayed amongst scarves and jewellery and much more.

Jule from Whimisical  Imaginings hosted the workshop and was extremely helpful with tips and advice throughout the day.

Jule put all our pieces together for a photoshoot.  My pieces in this shot are the milk jug in front and part of the milk urn to the right at the back.  Not a very clear photo taken by me, but I really liked how all of our finished alterations were displayed for the photo (must have been the excitement of finishing 5 projects for the day :)

As usual, my photography does not do this altered item justice. 
I used a square glass container (no idea of source) and wrapped it in magnificent two-toned lace and tied some coloured seam binding around the top and added a flower and gem  

This is my 'day after' photo.  Took this photo early this morning and included some hand made soap in the foreground.  Whilst this soap was a gift from a friend, Deb at Bella Paperie has some beautiful scented soaps instore, some of which are 'gift wrapped' with lace and flowers

I really love how this old faux milk urn looked after the alteration.  The beaded collar is just gorgeous.  This is going to be the centrepiece (with additions added) at a very significant upcoming party at our place next month :)

Now this little milk jug must have a story of its own.
I headed to the Paddington Antique Centre recently looking for a sugar bowl to decorate and use as a pincushion (this was before I knew about the workshop at Bella Paperie).  I soon discovered that a lot of sugar bowls are sold with a milk jug, or a full set ie. tea pot, coffee pot etc.  As I was looking for an item that was to be altered, I did not want to spend a lot of money.  Needless to say, the milk jug and sugar bowl (to be featured separately) were perfect for what I had in mind. I must admit I think this was my favourite altered item on the day 

Having added that 'favourite' statement above, I then scrolled down to this item
- well, I think this is my favourite. 
The mug is one made by my younger brother decades ago. I have two more with similar shapes, but different because they are handmade.  I intend to add butterfly or dragonfly pins to the pincushion section (used two layers of muslin as the base fabric) for  this one

This was the last item I altered at the crop
Yes - it is a coffee jar
Wrapped in muslin, added some beautiful paper from Glitz DesignsPretty in Pink, then 
some hand-died seam binding around the neck and then hung a bird charm that I purchased from Bella Paperie

Overall a fantastic day with rewarding results.
Thanks again to Deb at Bella Paperie and Jule from Whimsical Imaginings