Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One of my Fave things to create

I've put together here quite a few Artist Trading Cards I've created in the last week. Just a hoppity, skippity to do them. It's linking themes together and putting shapes and colours in an attractive fashion I find.

Friday, October 16, 2009

2 Cards - Put Together & Serendipity

The card on the left is just a "put together" piece - even some thin leather strap which I happen to have.

Below is a Birthday Card "Serendipity" - a technique where lots of colours you like are torn off and put on one sheet. Then I have stamped them and cut them into squares and stuck them on a black background on a card. Easy Done. The tearing of papers to put on the sheet would be the longest amount of time.

Compost Activator

Here is comfrey we have easily grown in the past and used as a compost activater.  I've not only put it within the compost heap but soaked it for three weeks in buckets to use as a fertiliser.  It's roots grow a long way down (try and dig it out and you find this).  It gains it's nutrients apparently by this deep rooting of the plant. It is said to be a very basic need of growing an organic garden.  The plant is said to be a weed barrier since it is very invasive. Here we put it on the other side of logs we had framing our herb and vegetable garden. The sub-tropical area we were at - means it grew very hardy.

Well worn Kitchen Cabinet & spruced up Chair

Another Unit to be given a thorough renovation and set in place in the dining room. Lines will have to be painted on the window panes. New door knobs will be needed. Maybe a pale shade of pink, cream, white or lilac..what about a sage green? Never can tell what my husband presents before me in the colour range I am to choose from.

Here is the cupboard spruced up... Tez has the uncanny knack of making items look extra tidy.  Blue was 
the colour of the day - so it was put to good affect! 

The timber look chair is now repaired and shows a heavy shade of Lilac. Sweet! It's nice collecting sad forgotten chairs. Lovely to give them a new lease of life.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another Timber Chair for a Make over

Another wooden chair that needs some bits and pieces extra to make it whole and sturdy.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New life for an old Chair

After some keen work at stripping a few layers of old paint, it's out with the paint brush and both of us have a go at the"spiffy" new look. We chose a soft pink look ready to add around our table. All chairs will give our table setting an individual look.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Creating Hand-crafted cards

Two cards of a few cards I completed this week. And yes - I have started my Christmas card stock already! My cards are always different -
one is not ever a replica of another. I like to think that what I make
has more the hand-made touch full of the personal approach. With the cards I make I see them as an expression to encourage or warm someone's heart. I have others I am doing which are vintage - styled, more art-inspired and breaking of any set guidelines. Now I wonder how they will turn out when I publish them?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tez "pink pig" painted Door bell

When I last looked at the Door bell it was faded and in need of a touch of paint. Tez complied - and it was done - a bright pink pig to greet our visitors to the front door. Oh, the one thing I forgot - I didn't get a "before" picture!

Sunbeam Mixer

Old cake mixer like Grandma used to have!
Well worn - but it still works and I've made
a few cakes with it - oh and pikelets too.

Later I will put a few of my recipes here ....

Flowers on a wet spring Day

Beautiful Blue in flowers - one of my fave Colours.
This bush shows it with extra-ordinary Beauty.

CARD: Heron - "Have a Great Day"

A simple card I made used a scunching of paper
and brayering (a roller) in blue. I embossed
the image in blue. Simple & nice.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hahndorf Craft Markets

Old Wagon and Craft Shoppe. I love the old wagon. The craft shops such as this one are full of hand-made local items.. Excellente!

Sideboard Work

Here is part of our work on a sideboard picked up from a farmer. We have started on the oval in the middle - scoring it back with methylated spirits and Quad Zero steel wool. As the sticky cover coat comes off we wipe it with a cotton cloth as we work. We finished the two drawers today. The handles on the drawers were wire brushed to bring up the shine.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vintage Quaint Seat for Two

Checking out vintage quaint seat - meant for two of course! This is our second visit and we still have visited all the lovely craft, vintage and other beautiful little shoppes in the Adelaide Hills this winter. Hahndorf is famous for it's lovely and well-made cakes and bread. The little German cake shoppes are excellent quality. One such shop had over the door "You can't get a good product out of poor ingredients." Isn't that true? We enjoy the taste of fine ingredients in the form of "Bee stings" - which don't need to be high in sugar - hence showing the taste instead of good ingredients.

Enjoying our Garden

Amongst the green of the garden we established with both flowers and vegetables flourishing together. Each help the other in different ways to protect and build up health.

Apache Wedding prayer

The words say a lot in any language.

"Tez & Deb"

The two of us on our Country and Western Wedding Day in 2007 - just having changed our Wedding clothes..... just before leaving to go on our Honeymoon.

Wrought iron table and chair

Wrought iron garden table and chair. The signing of our marriage vows was attended to on the table - out in the greenery of shrubs and trees.

Colonial Architecture

Love the Colonial Architecture inside and outdoors .... I feature here - awaiting my Wedding vows to Tez...

Two Best Friends

Both Tez and I enjoy art and craft and here is something Simple I have drawn and out of a group of pictures Tez and I both voted this one the best. Tez labelled it "Two Best Friends".

Hands joined over a Wagon Wheel

Our hands joined together in 2007 over a Wagon wheel - on our Wedding Day -- Country & Western style.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Vintage Dressing Table

Lovely timber dressing table with that touch of pink in the vase of roses. We discovered this and much more in the shop "Lots of Goodies".

White Kitchen Cabinet

Beautiful kitchen cabinet is fresh in white.
Notice all the lovely bits and pieces with a touch of pink. This in a favourite shop - "Lots of goodies".

Chairs in White and Crockery

White the predominent colour here.

Rose-filled window box

Window box full of roses in delicate hue. Love that green and pink pastel colouring... From the shop - "Lots of Goodies".

Wishing Well Planter

A little Wishing well with succulant having pride of place.

All Vintage

I enjoyed thoroughly going through this olde Shoppe full of style and taste. We spent over an hour there and it gave me lots of ideas.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Children playing by the sea

A special print with children, blue & white and by the sea... all special likes of mine with a vintage flavour. Oh to be by the seaside ~

Vintage Jug and Bowl

I found this quint little jug and bowl with Staffordshire, England imprinted on the back. I liked it on sight. Beautiful freesias, lavendar and daisies from our special cottage garden burst from the jug.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Only then will you see money cannot be Eaten

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Then will you know that money cannot be eaten....