Creative ideas come "out of the wild" growing like yeast. Enjoy a meander around my creative pursuits - art printing with stamps, sketching, photography, baking, gardening...

31 October, 2012

WOYWW No. 178 A Pot Pourri

Greetings dear WOYWW Folk. Sorry I missed so many people last week, but be assured I really loved the comments that came along and trust that I returned the compliment and visited more besides. Thinking of all the people on the US east coast trying to manage without power and every other drama following the super storm. What feelings of absolute impotence this must bring. My thoughts are with you.

The weather's been warm here. In fact it was up around 30C, and I found myself dripping with perspiration whilst gardening for the first time this season. Not a pretty sight for either the by-stander or for me looking through small pools of salt water at the weeds I'm pulling out. The rewards are broad beans and rhubarb, all gorgeous and more lovelies on the way.

Not a lot is different on my desk this week. Here are a few of the variations that came along after the card I did for my friend's birthday. This photo just shows the panels but they look fine as finished cards and some have already gone to friends to say Thank You for lovely dinner parties.

Christmas cards are cranking up and I've been playing with a new set of dies for greeting messages. I just cut them out of paint colour swatches from the hardware paint department (Bunnings for the locals, naturally). It's a bit boring and the rest of my desk looks the same as usual but at least I'm getting on with it.

I took a photo today of this lovely rose we have in the garden. It was bred to commemorate the Black Saturday fires in 2009 and is so beautiful in both colour and fragrance. So happy it's doing well.
I can't recall the name but I'll pop it in tomorrow morning.

Must away to bed. I'm done in tonight, but looking forward to another day of gardening, walking on the beach, and exploring desks. If you wonder about this desk business, it's all about snooping in a world of desks starting with Julia at the Stamping Ground.


29 October, 2012

My Letterbox Runneth Over

I've been very busy however this late news is still a "must share", and no less wonderful in my mind despite the passing of ten days. I've had three letterbox surprises in a few days.

First of all, some peeps will recall that Jo of JoZarty had a little competition about pole dancer names. My Miss Dixie Bolitho had a little win!  It was so unexpected to me that poor Jo went through the list of comments to find who was behind Miss Dixie - thank you so much, Jo.

I received a lovely parcel beautifully presented and some stash As WELL. It was like Christmas, in fact much of the lovely papers and things will go with Christmas cards and tags very nicely. In my parcel were bag blind items that will be the best conversation starters. I've examined each piece with great interest Jo, thank you so much.

Centre stage is the prize beautifully wrapped. Also love the little suede ATC wallet at the top.

Lovely handbag bling and think I'll use the piece on the right as a pendant.

Next surprise was the arrival of a parcel from Ryn Tanaka that was lost, stolen or strayed. Ryn and I decided that it was unlikely to show after a month so she sent me another set of the stamps I ordered. She is generous in business and we came to an arrangement about it all. The long and short of it is that the parcel arrived three months after the due date!!! Wonder where they've been? Ryn, I'll send them to you this week and maybe you'll get them by Christmas!?

Look at the date sent! Maybe it went to Mexico and drank a lot of Tequila on the way like I did. Ha!
And now for the final surprise! Here's the little saga - my August Craft Stamper magazine was missing about ten pages. No great drama, sometimes happens in a print run. I looked into various ways to replace it starting with the newsagent. She thought it was most unlikely so I went to the website and found an Australian email contact. Well, after a few emails and calls, the lovely Dave at the office in Sydney organised the replacement for August, sent me the October and Novemeber issues and then I arranged a subscription in Aussie dollars. (I had September.)

Then.... I received a parcel of stamps from CS in UK. Coulda knocked me down with a feather! So happy with this totally unexpected bonus. Gorjius, gorjius, gorjius.

Doors to open wide and windows to Stain. What fun. 
This is when you know your number's not up, so many folks are kind, and life's good! 

Thanks for sharing my bon mots.
Lots of smiles,

28 October, 2012

Friday Funny ...and a bit naughty (published on Saturday)


Judy got married to Ted and had 13 children.  Ted died of cancer.

She married again, and she & Bob had 7 more children. Bob was killed in a car accident, 12 years later.

Judy again remarried, and this time she & John had 5 more children.

Judy finally died after having 25 children. Standing before her coffin, the preacher prayed for her. He thanked the Lord for this very loving woman and said,  "Lord, they are finally together."

Ethel leaned over and quietly asked her best friend Margaret, "Do you think he means her first, second, or third husband?"

Margaret replied, "I think he means her legs, Ethel."

27 October, 2012

Pom-pom Daisies

I finished a card for my friend, Jill's birthday using one of the pom-pom daisy panels that were on the desk for WOYWW 177. I'm pleased with how it worked out and will do a few more. In addition, I'll follow a comment from one of my visitors who suggested making a bundle of gift cards tied with raffia or something similar. Thanks for the suggestion, Maureen.

Pom-pom daisies in greens.
The Happy Birthday is cut with a Memory Box die and then the matt is just trimmed by eye around the die-cut and punched with a 5/16th round punch using a quarter of the circle. Inside, I glued another Memory Box die-cut that goes with the Itty-bitty stamp very nicely.

The pom-pom is die-cut from copper metallic card.
Cheeri-o for now.

25 October, 2012

WOYWW No 177.

Hi people. Thanks to all for your comments. I'm having Such A Busy Fortnight so apologies for neglecting my followers and friends.

My Wednesday desk is somewhat creative this week. For those who wonder why a post about the desk...this is what we Desk Hoppers do on Wednesdays starting over at Julia's Stamping Ground. I'm writing this at some ungodly hour on Wednesday morning but not posting it until Mr Linky goes up. In the meantime, I'm leaving Early for Melbourne to go to a concert at the Grandies' primary school. Breakfast in near the school beforehand so that we beat the %$#&@*!!!!  traffic.

The desk: left is the mask cut from an old overhead, above it is the Itty Bitty stamp, and some versions.
All the panels are Distress Inked with the mask, then heat embossed, and finally painted with Twinkling H2O colours. The middle one made a lovely birthday card - more tomorrow.

This is posted way after it was written but I'll just do it anyway. Please, please, do remember to add your Mr Linky number so that I can find you in the list a bit faster. Thank you again for comments.

Miles of smiles,

17 October, 2012

WOYWW No 176.

Greetings all. Lovely to have a couple of new followers - really appreciate you coming along and I do hope you enjoy the ride. Thanks to my visitors too. I do so enjoy our comments and some that to and fro.

I'm about to wizz out the door for dinner with university days friends. It's scary to count in decades instead of years since we've known each other and of course the decibels will rise as the evening progresses.

Here's the business...
I'm showing a picture of my desk because it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. A great crowd of us start at The Stamping Ground courtesy of Julia and we leap around to as many of 150 desks as can fit into busy lives. Follow the link to satisfy your curiosity.

Most importantly this week, I have found a delightful man who runs the Australian office for Traplet Publications and have taken a subscription to Craft Stamper which will arrive On Time instead of two months late! Oh sweet! There are a few things I bought at Picture 2 Page recently including the Enamel Accents in black & white, some nice dies and a new small trimmer. No designing or making this week although there are a million ideas in the head. I have to tie it down sometimes.

Now for the garden...

The philadelphus is out, smells heavenly and the bees love it.
The other little growing project hiding in the laundry in the dark behind the clothes basket...

The Portobello mushies.  Aren't they cute?  And they're delicious.
Gotta flit. With any luck, I'll be just in between the school traffic and the peak hour. Will be back tomorrow afternoon so no visits from me until then my Lovelies but I'm sure looking forward to it.

Miles of smiles,

03 October, 2012

WOYWW No 174. More alley cats.

I'm really stuck with the cat theme - well that's true in real life too. Miss Dixie is lying right next to me as I write. She really wishes she was the laptop because it's sitting in her place, in truth! And the Pumpkin cat, oft called Punkie, Spunkie and many more variations is sitting in the garden smelling the catnip and the freesias.

Now down to business for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. This is all about desk hopping, starting over at The Stamping Ground with Julia and 150 or more desk jockies. Go and see for yourself.

I've returned to the street cat from Memory Box and have been playing with various ideas, mostly night time scenes. You will see that I've just decided to move to daylight hours and spring flowers to the lamp post which suits the season here. I've used a variety of masks with blending tool, mostly DI black soot and mustard yellow, and added some shadows with either water brush or Memento London Fog (vintage car).

Lots of panels in the making about a well-bred alley cat. Night scenes to the right, daylight hours centre stage.
 The weather is just glorious here today, as it was yesterday when I had a family outing in Melbourne to the Aquarium then finished the day with a tasting plate and a glass of wine at Southgate on the Yarra River.

Southgate with restaurants humming, boats cruising, and trees in fresh green.

Home to a lovely sunset.

 Today, coffee with friends at Southbeach Cafe near home, and three loads of washing nearly dry although the morning began with mist that lifted by 8 o'clock.  We'll have a barbecue tonight.

Misty morning before a lovely day of 25 degrees.

Have a great week everyone.
Ros. (no numbers yet.)