Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Just a little peek at a corner of my room.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

Hope you all enjoyed your day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Alphabet Cushion Cover

A very retro alphabet fabric passed on to me from Simonne. Now a pretty cushion cover with ric-rac trim.
Bedside table, a kerbside throwaway.
White lace doily, op shop find.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pay It Forward Day

Life has been in our way.....but we have been creating in our spare time.
Simonne has been stitching lots of patchwork quilts & bags, & hooking yarn into rugs & bunnies.
I am trying to transform blank canvases into something else & when that doesn't quite work out I just re do an old painting, as the one above. A watercolour made over with crayon.

As today is Pay It Forward Day I would like to say a thank you to Rebecca from, & share her link with you.

 Rebecca is taking orders for 'prayer flags' to raise money for OXFAM for Nepal.

You will find more information at 'Naughty shorts' on Facebook.

As the rain is falling & darkness closing in I am so grateful for the comfort of my home, but also feel so sad for all the people who  will be trying to sleep under tarps & tents or maybe in the open tonight & for many nights to come.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all from Raylee & Simonne!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

five by five, small works exhibition december 2014.

 In 2012 I  sent 2 mixed media art works to Seth Apter to participate in this collaborative project.
 Now they are a part of this exhibition.

There are more than 100 art works from 65 artists  - now available to see & purchase online

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Summer Is Here!

 some favourite flowers......hydrangea......
 a spiky sweet smelling flower of mother-in-laws-tongue.....
 white hibiscus, grown from a cutting......
 an oldy but always have geraniums in my garden.
 & now for a bit of hard working husband transformed this ugly overgrown corner of our backyard, with a bit of help from me.....
 cleared all the weeds, levelled the ground....started the fence.....
 rocks for the bottom of the fence & garden edges.....
 put in new  steps up to the existing deck....
 built a new bar table from scrap timber.....
when all the construction work was done i planted the garden.
i think my husband could change from sales to landscaping.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sharing the Blues

 now hanging in the one restful space in my art room.
a bit of cleaning happening on my desk.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paint & Paper Chair Makeover

 my brother gave me this second hand office chair more than twenty years ago. i am not sure how old it is. it's still going strong, i use it every day at my messy desk.
 when he gave it to me it had a grey vinyl seat & brown varnished back & legs. i gave it a makeover many years ago, but it needed another.
 above is how it looks now.......much bluer,  lighter & summery.
 below:  the back of the chair before i removed the old orange  suede seat covering, then some sanding, a few coats of paint, used wrapping paper from my grandson, an image from a newspaper & a decoupage paper image of a mermaid painting was all it needed for a new look.

 the back in progress....
 & the front......i cut some fish from the wrapping paper & glued them over the sides of the mermaid image.

 old style image on the back......& older still on the front.
 i stitched a new seat cover from an  old pair of  denim jeans courtesy of Simonne, & the blue spots on this piece of new fabric matched the blue of the denim & the fish paper.
i am always amazed at how paint & (paper) can make such a difference.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Roses - Collage & Acrylic on Canvas

 starting at the end...... red roses painted with acrylic & a palette knife over old painted book pages......& the beginning.........painted book pages glued onto  a 24"x24" canvas with gel medium, ( when i paint with acrylic paint i like to wipe the excess paint from my brush onto old book pages or note books to use in  future collage paintings).....

 the original  roses in a glass coffee jar......
 adding acrylic with a palette knife, leaving bits of the first layer of the book page images showing through the paint....



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