Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 365 Creative Challenge 2013 !!!!!

 for today, the last of the  *365  creative challenge 2013*,  i scribbled water soluble crayon over old diary page, stuck some torn strips of blue painter's masking tape along the bottom of the page for the water,
 tore pieces from these two previous pages to make some trees, grass, flowers & a roof.......put on some more crayon,  & brushed with  water.......

 to create " river house".

thank you to everyone for visiting & following our blog.
happy new year!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Nature Collage - 365 Creative Challenge 2013

yesterday's collage today......my grand daughter gave me the gumnuts & feather  to use in a collage.
 i rescued the cardboard, christmas  wrapping paper & raffia from the bin, & the hessian & old bits of doily were scraps from the wedding decorating.
all put togetther  with gel medium on an old book cover.

two more to go!

Sunday, December 29, 2013


"i find myself at the extremity of a long beach.
 how gladly does the spirit leap forth, & suddenly enlarge it's sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep!
 a greeting & a homage to the sea!
 i descend over it's margin, & dip my hand into the wave that meets me, & bathe my brow.
 that far resounding roar is the ocean's voice of welcome.
 his salt breath brings a blessing along with it." -Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Noosa Water......

......some of the waterways close to my neighbourhood..... the beach, river, lake, river.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Party time and Mangoes

with the party season upon us...
I had a go at some bunting to pretty up the old carport we use...
just some leftover paper ribbon...
and some paper doilies stapled on...
it wont last long with the wind and rain its likely to get...
but it'll do for now...
then as I had donated our old Christmas tree...
I found an old seed pod from our palm tree...
it had almost the right shape...
bit wonky but that's me to a tee...

found a few baubles for decoration...
a piece of paper chain that had been saved from Mstr 11 months...
who had found it in a cupboard...
with great joy had rattled it around laughing all the while...
till he realised it would rip and tear so he proceeded to do so...
again with great joy...
an old crochet tablecloth prettied up the esky it sits on...

and finally taaa...daaa...our mango tree..
quite full of mangoes this year...
all the trees in the area seem to be quite overloaded...
must be all the rain we had at the start of this year...

this is what we find every morning...
the leftovers from the possums and bats who are loving the fruit feast..
my job is to find any good ones and dispose of the rest..
we too have had quite a feast...
bucket loads actually...
sending visitors home with bagsful...
and still there's more!!...

365 Creative Challenge 2013 - Collage

day 362.......orange on blue.
cut paper from old national geographic magazines, from 1986 & 1988.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Seven Days of Creativity for the 365 Creative Challenge 2013.......

.....four days to go!
these pages bring me up to date today......a mixture of cut & torn magazine paper collage, one from torn & crumpled paper  with some vaseline resist & acrylic glazing, & white gesso, Christmas wrapping paper , tags, ribbon, raffia & string.
red acrylic drawn over with water soluble black graphite.
  a print of a photo of a lady sitting on a bench scratching a ticket,  with a layer of black water soluble crayon rubbed over it.
the first & last collages are made from old national geographic magazines, 1986 & 1988. i found lots of photos with  textures from all sorts of different things.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa's On His Way

starting to look like Christmas  around here.......the kids have been doing most of the decorating this year.
in the cool quiet of the morning i decorated some large coffee jars with old Christmas cards & ribbons to use as flower vases (hope someone brings  me flowers for Christmas Eve.)

we have a  Christmas Eve dinner with family & friends. usually it's  roast pork belly, potato salad (my late father-in law's Austrian recipe), & seasonal  vegetables.
 desert varies from good old Aussie trifle, pavlova, ice cream, the traditional pudding with custard to cheesecake.

we have made our own tradition of letting the kids choose one present to open after dinner.

what's on your menu? do you do the traditional lunch or dinner?, or do you go for something more simple?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Recycled Playing Cards Live Another Day...........

.......as Christmas gift tags.
 my contribution to the gift card swap organized by mezz , you can check her out here.
i covered one side of the cards with old music sheets, last years santa ribbon & some new cotton tape with red "merry Christmas" printed on it.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Gift Tag Swap

these beautifully  handmade gift tags arrived in the mail  from Siobhan.
the gift tag swap was organized by Mezz, mezzmakesstuff.blogspot.com.au
the tags are made from cardboard & decorated with ribbon, washi tape, braid & string.
this was my first time at doing a swap. it was a fun thing to try, & just like opening a present not knowing the contents, it was a pleasant surprise!
i will post the tags i made for Siobhan soon.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013


"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck" - Emma Goldman.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

365 Creative Challenge 2013 - Counting Down The Days

 to get the border reasonably straight for the acrylic pineapple paintings i used blue painters masking tape. when the paintings were dry i removed the masking tape & tore it into strips, stuck them onto a piece of pinky red painted paper then cut them into squares roughly.
 stuck the pieces on the used office diary pages.
 i went back to the first page with white gesso, leaving some circle shapes, stuck on some small cut out circles, rectangles & squares on the bottom part.

 collage on wood block acrylic prints on watercolour on used sketch book paper, & washi tape.

 this one looks like trees to me , what do you think?
not long to go now & this challenge will be complete.


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