Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter 2014!

 
 
 
HAPPY EASTER!!
 
We've had our lovely Easter morning and our Easter breakfast tradition continues....
 
 
 
This year the colour scheme was blue and white....
I found this lovely chook cage in a reject shop... and in went some shredded book pages and a lovely posie of flowers...all wrapped in a white bow.
 
 
All hidden behind these doors so the family cant see in!
It's a Easter morning surprise!

 
 
Here they come!
 

Ready to come into the dining room!


Finding some warm cosy fleecy pj's on their seats....
Couldn't resist buying these... so ended up an Easter gift!



The hunt is on....doesn't matter how old they are!!!
 


The heights they go to!



 YUM!  dh went out and got some fresh hot cross buns early this morning!




 
After breakfast had finished....
and not to be missing out on attention....
Maggie flew in!  
'Hey you!!'



 
All done and dusted with fun and laughter for another year

 
 
Hope you and yours are having a wonderful Easter!
  

xx


 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Let's Get Shabby Challenge #53

 
 
Challenge #53

 is all about showing your
SHABBY EASTER or SPRING (or both - up to you!)
 
This is a little album I've had for years and finally painted it white, covered it and got it ready to add pics from our coming Easter.
 

 
 
I'm looking forward to Easter!
It will be a welcome time off with the family...
and soon it will time to think about what plans I have for my Easter Breakfast table!
 
 
I've been very sadly missing action lately.
But work has been so busy and at the moment I'm choreographing for 'Oklahoma!' a musical theatre production.
I've barely had time to do any scrapping and tiredness is an unwanted friend.
 
With opening night this Friday and the incessant rehearsing finally finishing - things should settle down.   This production has been in rehearsal since last September so its a long road to the finish line.
 
Bring on Easter!
 
And make sure you enter your project in
 
 
xx
 
 
 


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Let's Get Shabby #52/ The Rescue Baby Bird / Our Beautiful World #35

 
 
Oh gosh, I'm sure you all think I've run away!  
Its been the longest I think ever not posting here on my blog.
But, its been incredibly busy with the end of Summer, starting back to work, getting kids to school, making sure Hannah is settled in her new home where she studies etc etc... and choreographing for 'Oklahoma' musical which has turned out much bigger than expected - time-wise.
 
 
And the return for the year of
 
and its a fabulous one - don't you just LOVE this beautiful vintage Audrey Hepburn poster to be interpreted any way you would like....
 
Weeeeeell, it just had to be another 'dress form' for me!! hee hee....
 
Paige
I used the poster as a sketch,   re-created the pose and skirt.   Loved the 'leaf' motif on the wall in the poster, and imposed leaves in multiple places in my layout
 
 
 
Gluing in white petals and a few leaves for the skirt....
 
 
 
 
 
Hope you can join in HERE
Hope to see you there!
 
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A Rescue...
We have an enormous Palm tree in our front garden... and a week and a half ago, my dh found a little sparrow chick down the bottom of the trunk... it had fallen out of its nest.  There was no way of getting it back up there - or which of the many nests to put it back into...
Soooooooo I couldn't leave it there for the feral cats to eat - just couldn't...
I'm toooo soft!
 
So in it came...
I fathomed it was about 9-10 days old... and does have a sore leg/foot probably from the fall
(funny little creature- nothing cute about it!)
17th February

 
 
So fed it every hour and kept it warm
and three days later looked like this.....
One would hope it grows into it's beak and feet!
(the sore leg is getting better)
20th February

 
 
 
 
24th February....
It likes its little cane nest.. and does little flutter to get to its perch now, though the leg is not fully healed which doesn't help with landing.



 
Look how many feathers it has grown over the last five days since the 20th!
Looking much cuter!

 

 
Its seems a happy little soul. And tries its hardest to get up on my shoulder.
 What do you think it is?
Boy or Girl?
I'm thinking 'probably a boy?
Time will tell when the colouring appears stronger- that's if its going to at all.
 
 
We've called it 'Chirp'
 (its quite vocal!)

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I won it!  I was so pleased!!
 
With this
 
So happy!!!
Here's my prize.....
DarkroomDoor_PrizeGiveaway
 
How exciting!  Love these stamps!
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http://our--beautiful--world--365.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/week-35-soft.html
 
 
The word is
 
'Soft'
 
I couldn't go past using this one of
'Chirp'
Look at those soft fluffy feathery-features....
 
 
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xx
 
 

 


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Last Creative Jumpstart 14 Project... The Cover Page for My 2014 Project Life Album

 
 
I've got to the end of creating within the realms of Creative Jumpstart 2014 and completed each one of the challenges/ideas/giveaways, although what I've been challenged to do, will stay with me  for sure....
 
 
 
This started out as a dumping page for the excess ink I had left in my colander from my last project.

 
Did spray the inside of the colander with water to make it a bit more 'drippy'
 
Still didn't know what I'd do with this yet


Had some extra paper with some more dumped excess paint from various things.. so punched out some shapes which became interesting!




 
Aaaah the use of a household product...
Nathalie Kalbach (who runs Creative Jumpstart) gave the idea of different patterns with wrapping rubber bands around cardboard and using them like a stamp - cool idea!
This is just one rubber band...

 
 
loaded with paint...



gives a large zigzag effect - kinda representative of sewing!



 
The circles became 'round-about' like.. and I knew then it would be the cover page for my Project Life Journal!
 
 
 
 
As there are a heap of  wonderful sponsors, we can enter under any of them if we are inspired by a tutorial using a household good/s of one of the fabulous tutors.  Many thanks to Nathalie's idea
 
I'm going to pop this under
CDlogo250
 
 It worked well and while I haven't had a kit from the fabulous Cocoa Daisy.. the Project Life products in the kit sure does resonate with my cover page!


all a part of
 
 
 
 


Creative Jumpstart 2014 - Two Black Cats/ Paige's Last First Day of School - Yr 12...

 
Absolutely loved the very thought of beginning this LO.
And again, it was a process of starting without a thought about how it was going to finish
 
 
 
  
Birgit Koopsen introduced us at Creative Jumpstart 2014 to spraying through the plastic top of a juicer (one you do by hand when squeezing oranges etc)... I didn't have one, so went with a plastic colander instead and it gave a wonderful look (lol, plus left a black dye cast in it - oh well... probably  will now live in my scrap stash - and will buy a new one for the kitchen! 

 
 
Leaves a cool impression doesn't it!

 
The paint down the left side is left over from where I've squeezed out paint to press alpha stamps into etc then pressed the left over paint on the black plastic into a spare piece of cardstock for  use 'later'. 
 
 
So what to do....it need more definition.. so started to draw little white squares...



 And little black squares too.....


 
Next some sort of 'framing' or definition for the LO needed to be experimented....
So the red became the picture....




 
 
Yep, time to look for a subject????
I often get quizzical looks at the thought of picking the photos last... but... when you think of the trillions of photos we all have now... there has got to be something....right??!!
LOL - and there was...
 
My big re-educated ex-feral Blacky, meets... tiny feral that visits our back yard...
these were only taken yesterday.... Blacky leaves the backdoor looking in a completely different direction to the little feral... Blacky barely ever leaves the security of the house (I think he thinks he might be thrust back into his former feral life forever if he does)
Had to do the fussy cutting (these pics are tiny in real life!)


 
Blacky did notice, but chose to ignore, but the little feral started after him...


 
Feeling closed in on... Blacky turned suddenly and spat and hissed (he is three times larger than the little feral).  The little feral didn't back away and the last thing I wanted was a scratch or bite mark on Blacky to become infected (he is in his mid-teens according to vet) so I clapped my hands...and the little feral went over a fence, and Blacky ran inside - probably never to go out again - he is such a scaredy-cat - typical of the 'flight or fight'.

 
The red feels like the anger - the fight...
The result of the masking and little squares  represents the sink hole into the feral world..

 
 
 
 
As there are a heap of  wonderful sponsors, we can enter under any of them if we are inspired by a tutorial using a household good/s of one of the fabulous tutors.  Many thanks to Birgit Koopsen's idea
 
I'm going to pop this under
DarkroomDoor_500px
 
 
I surprisingly didn't have any of  darkroom door products when looking through my stash.. don't know why as they are fabulous!!!

 
all a part of
 
 
 
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Paige's LAST first day at school 
 Yr 12...




Boy are there some changes in our house..
Meagahan leaves to go back to UK today,
Hannah leaves tomorrow to live where she will study
and Paige enters her last year at college..
The nest is emptying...
(sniff, sniff)