Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!!


Well actually it wasn't a big night for us here, as DH is away and we went to my nan's house for tea. But I found this old photo of my DD (now 7yrs) from when we were on the farm. One of her fav things was playing in the hay stacks. I think she's around 2 yrs old in this photo.

Thought it might reflect the mood of some, who managed to get out and party last night.

Anyway welcome to 2007 and after seeing lots of goal/dream lists by a lot of fellow stampers, I thought I'd do my own. Like they say, if you don't put it out there, you dont get. So here goes........................

Nat's Dream List for 2007

  • to have a relatively smooth move to Tom Price
  • for my kids to settle into school ok
  • to have at least 5 hrs a week free time for me to play/create
  • to eat healthier and feel fitter
  • to give up my addiction to diet coke
  • to buy less supplies and use what I have more
  • once a month, reach into my stash of stamps, pull out the first thing I grab, and make something out of it
  • to send out more RAK's (I think 06 would have been a sum total of about 12), so let's say I at least double that to 24 (more would be a bonus).
  • to spend at least once a month, playing with canvas/paint
  • to use my stamps more
  • to submit more work for publication (I'm rather shy when it comes to doing stuff like this, so it's a biggy for me)
  • to spend more time together as a family
  • to go on a nice long holiday this year, dont care where really, just as long as we're together and preferably near water.
  • to find a stamping "buddy" in Tom Price

Well I think that's it for now. Please share your list of goals/dreams whatever you want to call them. I'd love to hear yours.....

Have a wonderful start to the New Year.



Saturday, December 30, 2006

Quiet around here

Old work re-visited, as I've just not had time to scratch myself. This background technique was shown to me by the lovely Dawn Thomas. Stamp is a Zetti one.

In preparation for the move in several weeks time, I thought I had better turn my craft room upside down and re-organise/get rid of stuff. I have to say it's turned into a larger job than I first thought. LOL

My blog is going to be quiet for a while I think, as after we move it will take me several weeks to get myself set up for my business, as well as for my craft. But hopefully by Feb, I'll be back into the swing of it again.

Wishing you all a safe and happy 07!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day Art

Found a little time today to play with a canvas. It has been a very quiet day indoors, due to the heat. We have decided to venture outside after 6pm for a walk(hopefully it will have cooled off enough by then). Gotta walk off all the food consumed yesterday!!

This is for a non-stamping friend of ours, who we recently stayed with when in Margaret River. She says she likes my work, have sent her cards etc before, but never a canvas. So not sure how she'll take this one. Hope she likes it. A little belated Chrissy Pressie.
Hope everyone else has managed to have a relaxing day.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas One and All!!

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Xmas. Here in Western Australia, the maximum temperature is expected to get to 34 degrees, so it will be a warm day here. For those friends in the Northern Hemisphere, enjoy your snowfilled cooler Xmas. It is hard to think of eating hot foods (Turkey etc etc) on Xmas day for us here. We normally have a cold seafood lunch, because it is just too hot to think of eating anything else.

Peace and love to one and all....

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Christmas Gift from Dotee

A lovely bright gift from our dear friend Dotee! Please visit her blog, which you can see in my links to the side of this page.

Thanks so much Dot, for my sweet gift. It has lifted my spirit no end. Feeling very tired and drained today after a flight up and back to Tom Price yesterday. We also had a weekend away down south, so there's been lots of travelling.

Good news is, we've found a house that we like in Tom Price. So just waiting on confirmation back from Pilbara Iron on whether it's ours or not and the date we move. Hoping it will be early next year.

Yawn, yawn, is it bed time yet?? *sigh* no where near it...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Art Created today at Dawny's House

Today was a fabulous day spent at my very dear friend's Dawn Thomas. She currently doesn't have a blog :-( although we have tried to convince her. Carmel Trigwell was also there (see blog link on side of my page) . Our children got to play in the pool, while the mum's got to do some creating!! Dawny let me use her oil pastels, and Carmel gave me one of her canvas boards to play with. WELL I am in love with these oil pastels and also this stamp!!
Thanks Ms Prawny for sharing your home, food and your knowledge!!

Self Potrait - Wednesday Stamper

Ok this one was hard for me, as I'm not really too fussed on many of the pictures taken of me.

Hard to see from the scan what I've done here, but basically have coloured in with oil pastels and over stamped the background with a Hero Arts stamp.

Not the best at scanning in the world, especially if there's something 3d on an ATC.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Skinny Book Page

Well this page didn't really turn out how I pictured it to in my mind, but this is how my fingers wanted it to turn out. After lots of mucking around, we got there in the end. Only 14 more to go of the same page! I must admit to not being too excited about the process of making so many of one design, but then when I get the completed and finished book back, with all of the artists work in it, I'm so thankful I made the effort and I immediately forget the pain of making 15 or 20 of the same page.

I have been wanting to use this Krafty Lady mould (the key) for a long time, as there's nothing worse than having to have something and then getting it, putting in the drawer and forgetting about it!! I do that often! Only I hadn't forgotten about this key, I just wanted to find the right place for it to go on my work.

There is some stamping on the background, only it just looks a bit blurred on this photo. I have been trying to use my neglected stamps a lot more lately. The wings are Artchix Studio.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Emma's Scrapbook Page

Emma's scrapbook page, finished this morning. She only needed a little bit of assistance with the belt and buckle, but everything else she did herself. I think she did a fab job for a 7yr old. Considering I have done exactly 0 scrapbook pages and she's done I think 4 now, she's getting there.....if I had more time, I have to admit, I would like to start preserving some memories, via the old scrapbooks. Trouble is, just not enough hours in the day.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Medieval Theme

Not my best ATC in the world, but was challenged this week to make an ATC with a Medieval/Celtic theme. Yeah well, have to admit it's not a stamp that I carry in my stash, but recently I purchased a plate from Non Seq and this lady/faith stamp were on that plate. Thought it fit the theme (well as close as I could get) and wanted to play around some more with the soot stamping technique (thanks again Kelsey for showing us this tech), so combined the two.
I get carried away with the flames and like to burn a bit of extra card stock. LOL
I have overstamped the soot stamping, with Stazon black to give it that almost haunted look.

*sigh* hope the recipient likes the ATC and thinks it's some what Medieval???? She's big into calligraphy etc etc, so hmmmmmm may be I'm thinking too much on this one....

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Santa's Little Helper

Here's Santa's little helper!! Ok I know he's mine, but is he cute or is he cute!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wednesday Stamper - Embellishment

This weeks theme is Embellishment. I have a few that I love, but at the moment, my current all time favourite, is pointy hats or crowns. Normally with a number in the middle or gems on the top. I can't help myself, I seem to pop them on top of everything at the moment.

In fact the skinny book pages that I'm currently working on, have a pointy hat on top of the image. See attached.

Hats can be made from sheet music, coloured card stock, text etc etc the list goes on. You can colour them with paint, H2O's, inks and I just love them!

Monday, December 04, 2006

A beautiful gift from a beautiful friend

Check this out! Thanks Carmel for such a wonderful gift. As you know this is my favourite of your paintings and your talent my dear blows me away.

Big hugs to you and *sob* *sob* now I know when we will be moving (our exact date), I am getting sad that i wont be able to catch up with you and the other girlies for our crazy art get togethers and drinks and chats and and and............... *sob*

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (Johnny Depp)

Ok so this song is sung by the very scary Mariah Carey, but stick around for the eye candy during the video. Ahem I have to admit to only recently discovering what all the fuss was about with Johnny Depp. Me I loved him in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the best! So what does that say about my taste in men!! LOL