Friday, 26 April 2013

Its in the Stars!

Last week I was sitting at the hairdresser - enjoying some time out and congratulating myself for getting back on track with my diet and exercise regime. I was flicking through a magazine and decided to read up on my stars and this is what I read.......................

Well......blow me down, the next day I received news that I was appointed to a new position at work, that would certainly challenge me, but also give me a greater level of job satisfaction.

............................Plus the diet and exercise comment................

Now, I am usually a bit of a sceptic when it comes to astrology - but.......sometimes you just have to believe.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Soggy South Coast!

Last weekend we headed down the South Coast of NSW for a bit of R&R - (that's rest and relaxation) but it turned out to mean Rain and more Rain!  It teamed down!

So what do you do when it rains and rains and cabin fever starts to hit - you take your gummies for a run and play in the puddles!

 We then decided to warm things up a little and went to our favourite Cafe in Ulladulla called 'The Treehouse Connection' - we had lunch there, then went back for dinner!

If you are ever in Ulladulla - this quirky cafe is a must!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, 22 April 2013

More art cards brightening my mailbox!

How lucky am I!!! Here are a few more beautiful art cards from ihanna's art card swap, that I received over the past few days. There was so much care, creativity and love in these cards, they certainly brightened my day!!

Where I could, I have linked back to the artist's blog or site - just another way to 'share the link love' - enjoy!
This  card is from Matthew at the material whirl - its is beautifully collaged and the colour is lovely!

This one is from Tammy at Daisy Yellow - beautiful stitching and lovely coloured papers and fabric.
This one is just lovely from Susan in California. It has beautiful stitching around the edge, and rick rack, and is sort of a 3D card.
This beautiful card is from Jeannine in the US - it includes watercolour and washi tape.

This lovely card is from Dusty in Canada and was done on water colour paper - I loved the Titanic stamp on the other side - thanks Dusty!

This lovely card is from Elizabeth in Scotland. Elizabeth has used lots of Washi tape, postage stamps and even some dymo labelling.

This card is from TJ - I loved the calligraphy on the back which said "Hello beautiful artist - this card is magic and it is impossible for you to have  bad day now" - Love it!!!!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Link Love - go and visit!

There are so many creative and clever people, with wonderful blogs out there, I would like to spread the word so I have joined Daisy Yellow's Link Love.

In future posts I will share links to articles I find interesting, tutorials I love, sketchbook inspiration, art journal ideas, new blogs I find and old ones that I go to regularly.

Here are a few of the blogs I follow, that inspire me. So grab a cuppa, sit a while and get lost in the blogosphere - I always find it a great way to chill!

Art For Happiness
This blog is by my friend Vallie in the UK - she is always an inspiration and always makes me think!

iHanna's Blog - always full of inspirational ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

The Sketchbook - Shari completes a sketch each day - and each one is amazing.

Alisa Burke - A beautifully put together blog - with lots of creative ideas.

I would love to know what you think - so please leave a comment. - Enjoy x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

A sketching day out

Hi there,

Today I had a very creative day, joining the Sydney Sketch Club to take part in the 39th International Sketch Crawl.  This was my first outing with the Sydney Sketch Club and certainly won't be my last. We had a fantastic day. The venue was the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, then after lunch a few of us made out way to the Kaldor Public Arts Project - 13 Rooms, which certainly made you think!

We then wandered around Sydney Harbour and stopped for a glass of wine and enjoyed the Sydney sunshine. All in all a fantastic day out, and a great way to meet new people that have similar interests.

In the Powerhouse museum I was drawn to a special exhibition titled 'Faith, Fusion, Fashion' which was an exhibition about Muslim women and their fashion. Here is my sketch from the exhibition.

and here we all are at 'show and tell'.

Great fun - can't wait until the next one!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


  I love watching the sunrise.

To me it such a special experience.

When I was last down the coast at Narrawallee, I took an early morning walk with my daughter Jac down to the beach to watch the sunrise and I took these pictures.

Somehow, it always makes me feel a deep sense of appreciation and of having the privilege of being able to experience another new day.

Last week it was still dark when I left for work in the morning. This week, thanks to the end of daylight saving it’s now light when I leave.

Although this now means that I can see where I am going as I walk to the ferry or the train station,  I think I will miss that ‘appreciate a new day’ feeling I always get when I see the sunrise. 

Here are a couple of sunrise shots I took on the way to work last week .

View from the Ferry

and the moon was still up!

and from the Train

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Weekend catch up - Art Cards Swap, Ebay and Apartments!

We have had a very productive and busy weekend, with a bit of mixture of things going on.

First of all - I received two art cards in the mail - Yaaaay!!! They are beautiful, one from Janet in the US and another one from Yvonne in Sweden. So exciting to find these beauties in my mailbox.

Project Downsize - We have decided after 34 years in the same house it is time to downsize and look at moving into an apartment closer to the city. The idea is still in its infancy, but we went and had a look at a few apartments - and the reality hit us - where are we going to put all our stuff!!

Hence, I became friends with ebay and freecycle this weekend.

We have started to sort into boxes - ebay, freecycle, throw away (we really don't like this category very much), give away, and things that we want to keep.

Here is the potential ebay stuff - lots of dishes, crystal, and wedding presents (34 years ago!!!!) etc that we just need to let go of.

It's going to be a long, slow process - but at least we have made a start!  I have already sold some quilting fabric on ebay, so things are looking promising. I'll keep you posted on 'Project Downsize'

Hope you have had a great weekend!

Till next time.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

To Sweden and back!

Roddy's back from his awesome adventure in Sweden. He loved every minute, particularly catching up with his old mate Lars and our Swedish family.  He also fell completely head over heels in love with a husky named Nappin!

Here are some pics of his trip - it was freezing -22 degrees C!

Lunch in the snow

Nappin - what a beautiful face!


Napping with Nappin

Breakfast - have to keep the strength up!

Napping Nappin!

Rosa - with 2 different coloured eyes.