Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays


In case i don't see you before - have a wonderful Christmas ...
with much peace, love and happiness.
I've enjoyed sharing my creative comings + goings with you all...
thanks for popping in..
Happy holidays folks - my papier mache calls...

The final countdown..

on mr nearly 13's bedroom door.. (clearly he didn't top the class in English..) while his holiday project with his dad .. he had the vision ...(completed in the first week) was this..

They emailed around for an old tv, the sega console was mine from my time at a computer games magazine in the early 90's.. Mr R cut the frame with the trusty jigsaw.. they sprayed + applied the flames together..it's now in his room which otherwise doubles as a console museum..

it's been 3 days since i finished work.. part of my vision was a few hours on the beach with a rug, cushion + a book.. (miss r was at a birthday party at the other end of the beach...) ahhhh perfect!


A couple of decorative touches.. these blooms titled 'Snow on the mountain' and a garland of hand crocheted flowers + snowflakes (kindly sent by a friend in New Zealand) ... gorgeous..


A coffee with a friend who is off to Paris for Christmas meant an excuse for a handmade art card ... out came the sewing machine..

now back to the shed for that other holiday project...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thanks for the memories...

Tomorrow is the last day of school. The last day of primary for our two.
Miss R's teacher asked her for a parting drawing... after dinner i grabbed a few items from the kitchen to assemble a wee still life...
without going too close to the wire... (just about to say goodnight).. she completed this:


I'd say Mr T is a lucky man .... nice work Miss R - I guess that's why the school awarded you the Creative Arts award for 2010 at speech day last week... shame i was shaking too much to take a decent photo...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More little projects..

How is your planning for Christmas coming along?
Just when i think i have escaped the shops i find that someone (not me) needs to go there, for just a small something.. so my creative time becomes less... last week also saw speech day, orientation for high school AND the year 6 dance/gathering...
It's the time spent creating, that calms me during this chaotic time.. I did manage to squeeze in 3 'little projects' for Christmas gifts...
first i made these little mini keyring softies..

When i visited my nephews in Brisbane the other month we all went for sushi - which they loved.. mr 6 years old, when we picked him up from school asked if we 'could still have shu-shi' for dinner.. so i thought i'd have a go at making shu-shi dudes.. not sure what the boys will think...

my other little sewing project was a scarf.. hemming some lovely soft muslin + stitching on some circles from that gorgeous Japanese fabric found at the craft show earlier..
..soft and wafting like a puffy cloud...

Have you had chance to find any creative peace?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

they call me twiggy

We've had wind, we've had rain. I've been collecting twigs as they land on the lawn.
Yesterday i sprayed them silver.. My mother gave me some 'stick lights', nice.
I tied them with string. Put them in a pot. Scrunched up some crepe paper for the base, taped on gold tissue paper around the pot. Purchased a selection of wooden ornaments at 30% off.. Found silver + green ribbon in my stash for bows.. also a handy pack of felt leaves onto which i added string.. VOILA!
The boy of the house (he of 12.5 years) said on arriving home after staying at a friends place overnight: "oh, didn't we put up the tree this year? uh, is THAT it? (slight pause) FAIL!'
Then he had a shower and suggested we start again..

'tis the season...

Another... little project...




This week will see the year 6 dance. We like to think of it as a dance or 'gathering', not as a formal for 11 to 12 year olds. There will be outfits, dresses, hair, skinny jeans, hats, some excitement, some worries AND some decorations. The power of the committee is an amazing thing.. all that getting together and delegating, the sharing of tasks.. it's amazing what can be achieved.
My contribution was to photograph the whole year - this has then been transferred to a cake, put together an invite (shown above) which others then rolled + named.. THEN a bag of sparkley things were delivered to our house .. the instruction was to make 3 centrepieces which didn't look like kindy projects..

this is how they look...


The committee had kindly purchased 3 moss bricks (the ones you use for flower arranging) I asked Mr R to 'whip up' the planter boxes.. he cut up the four sides from foam core + hot glue gunned them together.. he then sprayed them silver + gold glitter (not really detectable here).. we then used wire cutters to trim the sparkley things (formal title: pick onion) , so they are not too cumbersome.. then i just wove some tinsel around the base of the sticks to cover the foam block.
Tied a bow - and not too shabby i think!

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