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...

26 July, 2013

Flowers with Love from Woody

Here is the finished card from my Wednesday desk post this week. I'm quite happy with it as a prototype so will have a bash a different colour ways and materials. Thanks for your interest, Wednesday people.

You will notice immediately that my little friend just can't stay out of things in spite of his injury. Bridgit called him Woody which immediately appeals to me, so Woody it is. You'll see more of him no doubt.

Woody keeps an eye on the proceedings.
Sadly the Winter Lime EP doesn't show very well in this photo but the pinky orange, violet and lime are a good colour combination.


Friday Smiles - Last Laugh

Hello Smilers. This week I have found a little cautionary tale that will bring a smirk to your faces. Hope you are well and happy with good weekend plans afoot. I'm having time to do nowt except go to the farmers market on Sunday morning. I might play with Dixie in the garden.

Dixie and Friend in amongst winter flowers - salvias, wall flowers and grevilleas in the background.

I'll go before you read on ;-)  Pop over to Annie for some more Smiles this Friday.

A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God she asked "Is my time up?"  God said, "No, you have another 33 years, 2 months and 8 days to live." 

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.

After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 33 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"

God replied: "Oh My God! I didn't recognize you."

25 July, 2013

WOYWW No 216 ...with Winter Colour

Crikey, I'm late again!  Oh well never mind and I promise not to make it a habit.

Greetings desk-leaping lovelies, friends and followers. This Wednesday game of sharing desks (if you're new to it) starts at the Stamping Ground so hop over there to see if you're inclined.

First I must thank you on behalf of Mannikin for your concern at his rather hyperactive cavorting last time I posted. He did himself something of a mischief I have to tell you, and is seriously restricted at the moment.

Distress Ink seems to have an appropriate place in the photo.
Fortunately, it's only a bad sprain, nothing broken, and he's managing quite well with a neighbour who's a physio and two OTs in the household.  You would think the Doc might have taken the scalpel - not needed for the injury but handy on the art desk!

The desk is finally productive after a creative drought.  The Mojo has been missing and so more and more organising has been a helpful warm-up. I'll post the finished article tomorrow.

L to R:  my much loved Twinks, Hero Arts stamp & die, DRD crackle background.
The background is Distress Stains - old paper, and dried marigold. I added the crackle stamped with tarnished brass stain and then some embossed areas in winter lime. The flowers embossed then die-cut and painted with violet Twinks. I sponged the edges with seedless preserves but that's not shown here. See it in the next post.

Finally, a photo of the cyclamen pots on the kitchen window.  It suits them here as it's the only window in the house that isn't double-glazed, so it gets quite cool here at night.

A little winter colour.  Do you like the old bottles? 
The smallest bottle is a quarter pint cream bottle and the next is a pint milk bottle. The milk used to have waxed cardboard lids and it was delivered to the front doorstep. If it wasn't brought in promptly, the magpies pecked through the wad and drank the cream from the top of the milk. I can just remember the milkman, the baker and the iceman coming around, and the bottle-o collecting empties. 

The tall bottle was found in the mud during post-hole digging on my friend's farm in Western Victoria. It's an old olive oil bottle from my great-grandfather's olive oil company in Adelaide, and the olives moulded into the glass were designed by one of his daughters - my great aunt.

Must flit.  Will do my best to call around to all who call on me at the very least. Happy days.

10 July, 2013

WOYWW No. 214. Finishing things.

Hello Wednesday desk-hoppers.

For new-comers, we are a group of desk addicted folk who share the friendly and often frazzled world of creative desks. It all starts at Mrs Dunnit's Stamping Ground so follow the link if curiosity takes hold of you.

This week I'm finishing some bits and pieces and spreading my work space a little more with small steps of better organisation. And a message for Deeyl - yes I certainly did see your dazzling report of my ATCs and card. Thank you for that. I had quite a few lovely comments which truly gladden my heart.

Better spacing for the iPad, drawers, and quick grab bottles. Close to the camera is a stamp storage folder, my project and gold leaf.  
A few peeps will recall that I taped two craft sheets together to make a larger work area. This didn't work so well because of the thickness of the join right where I apply stamps or use sponges. I re-arranged them with the new one in the centre, and the old one cut in half and taped either side. It's a great improvement.

Close-up of astrology wheel stamp shaded with Pan Pastels.
The sentiment label and little hearts are die-cut from Jac Paper. Multi-coloured gold leaf sticks to one side and then the hearts adhere to the card.

Mannikin leaps WOYWW and bow-maker in a single bound. Notice that hyperextension of the left knee.  Ouch!

Finishing a design from some time ago made with Pan Pastels. Bow-maker used here.
Well that's the Wednesday that was. Hope you have a good week by the time it finishes and enjoy the weekend.


06 July, 2013

Friday Smiles with Annie

Hi all,

Hope your week has been interesting and content.  Mine has been and continues tonight with friends coming round for a cinema night. Not that I have one of those cinema sitting rooms.  I just have a big-ish TV and turn the lights down.

Now here are a couple of smiles.  The first is a light and easy photo of pink gum blossom in my garden. 

The bees love these gum blossoms, too.
Another little smile for the day is this comedy story.  I love double-entendres.

"The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery shop.  You would think they could settle on one thing or another instead of suddenly asking "Paper or plastic?" Every time I check out, it just knocks me for a loop.  I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I'm bi-sacksual."  Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look."

Have a smiley weekend,

05 July, 2013

WOYWW No 213. ATCs Revealed. Thank you.

Greetings all. I have so enjoyed the last month of acknowledging and celebrating WOYWW-4. From little things, big things grow including sharing and skills, friendships and works of art. Thank you Julia and friends. If you wonder about this sharing of desks, follow this link to the Stamping Ground to learn more.

I've been flat out dealing with end of the financial year and two weeks of virus on the chest. Oh for some preventative red flannel undies! Also had a week's holiday on the south coast of New South Wales (adjoining State to Victoria) which was a joy. Beautiful beaches, interesting history and good friends up there.

On my desk this week were my lovely ATCs received during the last two weeks and left to languish there.  So here they are revealed. Thank you so much to the dear folk who sent these lovely little gifts of art.

I was next on the list after Mary Ann and here is her ATC (top right) printed on canvas or textured card, top stitched, bound with washi tape. Looks great.
I love the card too.  How did you know I like cats?  Thank you so much.

Annie (Wipso) sent me a stitched ATC of course. The panel is a lovely composite of ribbon, rick-rack, embroidery stitching and colours that 'go'.

A sweet sparkly card came with Annie's thoughts about our Special Wednesdays. Thank you Annie. It was fun to arrange a swap.


I also arranged a swap with RosA in Sydney. Thank you for your ATC about Art, Imagination and WOYWW - they certainly all go together.

And I love the little 'Sydney' card that came too. Yes, Julia certainly started something.

I sent a small surprise packet to Jo of JoZart. She has been generous to me before so it was a pleasure to put something in the mail to her.

She sent a great ATC in black and white with a touch of bling - it reminds me a little of zentangles and looks great. She also sent a flutter of tiny butterflies, and some buttons.

Thanks Jo, for a lovely surprise.

I have resisted putting up the ATCs that I designed until they arrived in (most of) their right places. Here is a photo of the selection I made. I think everyone I mailed to received the WOYWW World Wide with the little globe die-cut. The die comes from a packet of three different globes and the stand called "Vintage Globes" and made by Fancy That.

Top: card 'sunset lagoon', and ATC called 'Gotcha'
Bottom:  ATCs 'Heart Garden', 'Silver Paws', and 'WOYWW-4 World Wide'.
A note to explain some silly Aussie humour:  'Gotcha' is about the window scene. On the wire screen there's a splat that used to be a blowfly. The wire screen is a Darkroom Door background stamp and I couldn't resist window idea. The curtains are folded washi tape, and the old Holland blind is a die-cut from Memory Box I think.

This is too late for Wednesday but I just had to get it up and visible no matter what.