This past week

Hi Everyone,

It’s been quite a week for me.  Busy busy, but still with some time to do what I love.

Last Sunday, at very short notice – let’s say none – I attended an Album Making Class at a craft supply shop nearby.  Honestly I hadn’t even seen the album, but I had heard that is was quite something, so off I went, keeping everyone else in the class waiting I thought. Luckily for me, crafty/arty people don’t seem to mind waiting for a fellow crafter to arrive, and I was greeted with smiles and cheerful hello’s.

As promised this album was quite special. I would describe it as a “Pocket Album”.  The binding style is one I have used before, but with a twist.   I’m still working on it, but here is the finished cover design which is my own and not the same as the class project.

Botanicals album front


Papers used are from Graphic 45 Botanicals collection.  I finished my album slightly differently from the class project.  The class spine was finished with three ‘quarter inch’ pieces of ribbon in green and red.  As I had used a lot of black on my album front I changed this to some black cord that I had on hand.

As you can see from the photographs this is a very colourful album, the papers are quite exquisite and need no further embellishment.  However there are sixteen pockets to create tags for, so more work to be done.

I really enjoyed this class where everything was supplied.  If you’ve never taken a class at one of your local crafting places I really urge you to see what is on offer.

So carrying on my busy week, I decided to walk a marathon – yes I know, what madness is this?  Have no fear I shall not be attempting this feat all in one go.

Anyway, to get myself moving I have joined my local Dance Dynamics studio and so far have completed two exercise classes (loosely) incorporating dance moves. I am feeling the effects with some stiffness, but the classes were enjoyable. Things have changed at the gym in the last few years, classes are shorter with more breaks between sets, there were things I couldn’t attempt but always alternatives.  The accumulated kilometres/miles between the classes and my walks are to be added together until I have completed a marathon. Possibly the only way I will ever do so, but I like the idea. If you like the idea too, you can visit the post here

Well that was a lot for me this past week.  Enjoyed adding some more exercise to my week and playing with the Botanicals album.  I also made some birthday cards and did a little more work on an album for some friends who recently visited us here in Australia from UK.

I hope you all enjoy the coming week and please wish me luck keeping up the exercise momentum.


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What made you happy today?

Well today, it was the postman.  Just look what my lovely friend Brigid sent me.

Cards from Brigid in Ireland (1)

Aren’t they stunning? All made by Brigid’s artist friends in the beautiful Emerald Isle.  So many talented people making brilliant things.

Thank you my friend – these will definitely be gracing my office wall in the near future.  You couldn’t have chosen better than the hare gazing at the night sky and seahorses have always been a favourite.  The farmhouse and the dear chooks, (that’s a place I have dreamed of), and a handcrafted flower in my favourite green – for those like me  who wonder what the greeting means Adh MÓr means ‘Good Luck.’

And today I have had my share of that.

Thank you again Brigid for your lovely gift.


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Notes from a small dog – Foul baggage

For those times when we must leave our beloved pets. Who could resist that face?

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I know the score… I know the signs… there’s no way she’ll decieve me,

She’s running round and packing bags, which means she’s going to leave me.

She wanders way too often for my liking, I must say,

Sometimes she’s hardly here for long before she’s on her way.


“But, girlie, I must go to work, to earn our daily bread.”

I wish that she’d stay home and  just play ball with me instead.

“We cannot,” she will frown and say, “do everything we please.

Unless I go to work, there’ll be no tennis balls or cheese.”


Well, okay then, that part I get…I don’t mind telling you

I’ll let her off for working, ’cause it covers chicken too.

But what about the times she loads the bags into the car?

You don’t need tons of suitcases if you’re not going far…


“I never take more…

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Mini Box Etsy 1

It’s been a rainy and pretty miserable few days in Melbourne over the weekend, though the sun has shone brilliantly today and it was nice to resume my daily walks around the lake.  With winter on the way we must make the most of the sunshine while we can. Secretly, I enjoy rainy days, no excuse needed to stay home and hopefully get into the craftroom.

I’ve always enjoyed miniatures and the more detail the better. This little box is based on a 3″ x 2″ matchbox.  Although I took the dimensions from a matchbox, my box is made from scratch using some lightweight, white card, slightly heavier than cardstock.

The structure of the box is quite sturdy. I am not a fan of flimsy boxes and with the glitter finish on the front of this it has a nice strong feel.

mini box 5 Apr 17

I decorated the outside of the box using a pretty serviette/napkin. (You can find many youtube videos on the glitter napkin technique if you are interested).  I made a small scroll which I decorated with tiny flowers, to go underneath the little handle inside the box. The handle enables you to  lift the insert up and there is space inside for a small keepsake.  I created a tiny gallery of vintage photographs and attached a slide-under piece to the inside lid of the box as shown above. The back sheet of the photo gallery slips underneath and stays put when the lid is closed. The box fastener is fashioned from a metal filigree element, these are easily bendable with small longnose pliers.

More photo’s of the inside and outside of the box.  I so enjoyed making this project. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Card with decorative frame


Barbara here with another card using the gorgeous “White Flowers on Green” Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden.

I thought I would share with you how I created the green frame for this card. The frame, also from Meg’s Garden comes as plain chipboard.

The first step is to cover the image both sides with white Gesso and wait for it to dry. Note I have shown another frame in it’s original state before applying Gesso.


I then coloured the frame using Copics, Ranger Distress markers and Pantone Tria markers. I also added some accents with a White Paint Marker.DSC05123

Once I had finished colouring to my liking, I added a coat of Ranger Glossy Accents to finish my frame.


Once it is completely dry, (best to leave overnight as sometimes the urge to touch can spell disaster),  it is ready to be added to a card or album.

Frame for megs card (1)

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Introducing a new Collection From Meg’s Garden

Hi Everyone,

As a member of Meg’s Garden Design Team, there is nothing more exciting than ‘new’ crafting products to create with.

This lovely Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden is called simply, “White Flowers on Green.”   In the following video you will see an example of the Book Pages, the A4 papers and the cut apart pages.


All of the papers are perfect for shabby chic or vintage lovers to add ribbons, pearls, flowers & laces to their projects. They are also perfect for card makers and, as with all Meg’s Garden collections, there are so many possibilities.

At just $12.95 for the full set of A4 papers, they constitute great value too. The Mini Book pages are also $12.95

While you are sifting through Meg’s website, take a look at the accessories.  So much to get excited about from card making and scrap booking, to mini albums. Gorgeous ribbons and filigree metal embellishments, silk flowers velvet flowers and mulberry paper flower favourites.  There really is something for everyone. Don’t forget to check the Clearance section for some real bargains on stamps to mention just one.


DClock and lady for Megs on black (1)

This is a card that I made using the collection. The soft green is one of my favourites.  The silk flower on top of the clock is one of several colours you can choose from. The pretty lady in her bonnet is from one of the cut apart pages.

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Happy crafting.



Easter gifts – Juggling Chooks

So my plan this year is to become more comfortable with my new sewing machine,  I really haven’t come to grips with it at all since I bought it last year to replace my tired Janome.  I went for a limited edition Bernina – and while it looks really pretty I have barely used it.

So when I saw these fun Juggling Chooks I decided they were the perfect project to get me going. Lots of repetition and no need to change the cotton!

Easter Chooks Blue 1 (1)

I have three grandsons, so I had to make 9 of these little pillows. Each one is an individual as you can see (no two are alike).


And finally all nine juggling chooks.  I think to save arguments the boys will get one of each colour.

All the chooks

To make your own juggling chooks, I have added the link below.  I found all the bits for my chooks in my craftroom and kitchen.  I filled the chooks with a little piece of polyester stuffing and then added about quarter of a cup of rice (brown of course).   They require only a piece of cotton fabric and some felt for the beak, comb and wattle.

You’ll have a lot of fun making these. Even my husband has been practising his juggling to no avail), and I’m not much better myself.  I hope the boys enjoy them.

a great little craft project from – Red Ted Art –

Have a great day