Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Happy Birthday Meaghan....

Where did that time go!
Happy birthday in Brisbane...

Saturday, 25 April 2015


So proud of my girls.....
In Hobart - Paige and Hannah marched in place of my father who can no longer march
Here's what Paige wrote:
Hannah and I marched in place of our Grandpa today.
The medals I am wearing are Grandpa's
 and the medals Hannah is wearing are our Great-Great Grandfathers from World War One
(known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred)
Afterwards, Grandpa and I went to the Air Force Club to have a drink or two with his friends,
and we met some really funny people, it was a blast!
Anyway, it was an absolute honour to march with the Air Force today, and the service was wonderful.

Lest We Forget those who lost their lives. We were marching for you today.
Found a pic of when Paige marched next to her Grandpa in 2011
wearing my great grandfather's medals
And in Brisbane,
 where Meaghan is this week,
she headed off very early this morning to the dawn service:
(grainy pic because it was lightened from being in the dark of the morning)

And while being away from her home in Nelson New Zealand,
it was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake yesterday afternoon with many after shocks:
Here's what was reported:
An earthquake measuring 6.3 has hit central New Zealand, rattling Wellington and Christchurch.
The quake, centred in the Nelson region, occurred at a depth of 80 kilometres, 45 kilometres east of the village of St Arnaud, on the north of the South Island, at 3.36pm local time, said GeoNet, which provides geological hazard information for New Zealand.
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was registered in a similar location at a depth of 69 kilometres at 3.46pm, followed by a 4.1 quake, 76 kilometres deep, at 3.53pm.
Fingers crossed that all are safe there

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Cover and tags - Altered Book

Still putting my little altered book/diary together
up until August now....
Here's the cover, just plain and simple and stamped
 with paint lacquered with Liquidex Gloss Varnish
(had to sand paper the stamped area first as the cover is a bit shiny)
Thought I'd stick with the vintage 'Out to Lunch' stamp I've been using inside :)
An example of a monthly calendar to begin each monthly section
You can just make out an imprint in the cover just above the '2015'
'Robert Louis Stevenson'  
and the little monthly tabs

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Altered Vintage Book - Daily Diary 2015

 2015 Daily Diary
This year has been one of the busiest I've experienced with lack of time to scrap, blog and blog visiting, among other things.  I don't think I've ever had such a skimpy amount of blog posts since the beginning of the year compared to all the other years.
With the involvement of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' musical which began last October and ran through the till almost Easter with a two week break for Christmas - weeeell, it just threw me.   As much as I loved (in the end) doing it, so much else has suffered.
I'm getting back on track....slowly and trying to reel in some mojo.
Strangely enough... I didn't even have time to get a diary for 2015!
Yep, you would think that with such a busy schedule, I would need one,
but it has been so predictable and same-same (like clockwork) - I didn't really need one, especially with the girls now living away to study.
But I miss a diary and in the past have always had one that feels nice to write in and seems expressive...
last night, I picked up a little vintage book (got a few little ones put aside) measuring 11 x17cm
    and just a little over a 1cm wide - perfect!
 and worked out how many pages I need for each day - from now until the end of the year....
and looked how many pages where in the book... also perfect!
Then set about painting out the pages..
The little blue book is English and called the 'Wrong Box'  -
 somehow seems to fit my way of life has run its course this year!
Found a 2015 calendar to put in one of the first pages of the book...
And used this fabulous vintage stamp...
I do feel 'Out to Lunch'!!  Appropriate!
Then thought... why not add in a monthly calendar too
so I found this one and printed it out for April...
the calendars will probably be the only things I'll stick in the book...(and monthly tags)
AND since this one is red... thought I'd stick with 'red' for April!
The rest will be just paint and ink stamping so it doesn't get too bulky to carry in my handbag.
I wanted to back track a little to pop Easter in and my working trip away, so the date preceding to yesterday, I've put two per page....  (and usual protocol -photoshopped out some of the personal/business details :) )
So from yesterday onwards...  it means one date per page to scribble away on...
No dressing it up... no adding in photos/pictures.... just my scribble...

 Fount this playing card buried in my stash
.... time for its next life!
So cut out the purple background and dressed her hair with a yellow sequin.
Included are some subtle arrows and a little camera with 'snap'.
(Its like this lady was posing for the camera!)
 I thought I might add a prompt here and there and have a little 15 minutes of creative fun.... :Favourite Snacks:

  I'm going to continue with it...
got to get onto todays - only need 15-20 mins :)
Now I have a diary which lives in my bag...
-breathed new life into a forgotten old book gathering dust
AND..... recycled - always good for the trees


Winter - 1st JUNE...


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter Breakfast Table 2015!


And what a wonderful Easter morning we have had!
The table decorated.... neutral this year..
With added eggs...

In they come....

The fun begins.....

So does the Easter hunt....
(never too old!)
(dh is camera shy, though happy to take the pic!)
Love our Easter mornings!
(argh!  forgot the bunny ears this year again!!!!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Let's Get Arty Challenge # 62

Alter/change (in an ARTY way) the pattern on  patterned paper or fabric. Use some/all/tiny piece of your original paper/fabric in your project to make some reference to it.   We need two photos of original paper before altering and your finished project.

I used this older MME paper,

removing the patterned part of the paper

 and underlying it with October Afternoons 'Public Library' Biography paper

Then moving it all towards the left....

with a lot of inking and a tiny bit of paint.... led to this rearrangement:

Go check out the other designers interpretations for this challenge
all very different all with different genres :)
Hope to see you