Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tea On Tuesday

Tea this Tuesday, 30th. of November is special. It marks the end of 'Movember'. Through out the month of November all men Australia wide are encouraged to grow a moustache , and in return sponsors support them by making a monetary donation, this money goes to charities that support mens health i.e. Beyond Blue ( a mens charity for mental health ) and prostate cancer. My husband's work held a morning tea to celebrate the end of 'Movember ' so I made blueberry muffins for him to take along.This is a favourite recipe given to me by a Canadian friend , the best part is when you take them out of the oven and they are still warm, you dip the top of them in a mixture of melted butter and lemon juice and then dip them in sugar....delicious.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lets Get Shabby......Gifts For You To Win.

Christmas is a time of joy and goodwill. The DT girls at Lets Get Shabby have been busy making beautiful cards to give to you. If you would like to win one of these Gift Packs this is what you need to do. 1) Go to the Lets Get Shabby blog here and become a follower ( if you are'nt already) 2) Go to each Design Team members blog ( you will find them in the side bar ) and look for the clue they have left there relating to the cards they have made. 3) Go back to the Lets Get Shabby blog and leave a comment and your guesses as to which DT member made which cards.....easy !

Gift pack #1 contains 7 handmade Christmas cards with envelopes and a brown paper 'goodies' parcel.

Gift pack #2 contains 6 handmade Christmas cards and envelopes and a brown paper 'goodies' parcel.

My clue; I love 'red flowers' at Christmas time. Good luck everyone.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lets Get Shabby.....Challenge #18

This months challenge at Lets Get Shabby involves sharing your favourite Christmas song/ carol or hymn. Your title must be used in your layout or as part of your journaling.This challenge is being sponsored by Tallulah Belles and there are some beautiful prizes; so, please, join in the fun and get creating.
My favourite Christmas story/poem has always been 'The Night Before Christmas'. I love the humour and joy in it and the excitement it generates.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Cards

Some Christmas cards I made using an assortment of papers,..........Basic Grey, Websters and my favourite, 'house of three' Parisian Anthology ink resist. Also some ribbon and K&Company chipboard.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2 More Dresses......

Finally, 2 more dresses ! I still have 4 to go...... the inspiration behind these two were 1) some amazing photos of beautiful medieval armour, and 2) the absolute abundance of flowers in my garden at the moment, ( won't last long, temperatures today and yesterday are 36 degrees ).

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Sunday Creative .....Indulge

Justine Gordon (takes the most beautiful photos) is hosting The Sunday Creative at the moment: each Sunday you are given a 'prompt', then you create. It does'nt have to be a photo it can be artwork ,poetry, anything creative. The prompt this week is INDULGE.
1. To yield to,satisfy,or gratify. 2. To yield to the wishes or whims of; be permissive with. 3.To allow oneself to follow one's will.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Macro Friday

Every Friday Blogging from Bolivia has a post with some beautiful and amazing photos on it, check it out or better still join in.

Peruvian Water Lilly... love the colour and texture of this plant, intimidated by its nastiness tho.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Tags...

Some quick, rustic, vintage Christmas gift tags. These have been stamped, inked, distressed, crackled and embossed: all ready now to be tied to gifts.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Any Where, Any Time, Any How.........

It does'nt matter WHERE you do it, WHEN you do it, or HOW you do it, but movin' to the beat ALWAYS puts a smile on EVERYONES face.

and this...........

Friday, November 12, 2010

Macro Friday

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom". Anais Nin

To see some beautiful macro photography check out this blog.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


What do you do with all your left -over bits and pieces ? Bits of paper, punched borders, embellishments made but not used, experiments, cut out shapes and flowers too pretty to throw away ? I keep them, thinking well I might need that one day. Now if I was really honest I would admit that I don,t really think that because I know there is gorgeous new stuff coming out every day, and of course I,m going to use that before any old scraps I have hanging around. So, what I have started to do is fill up an old book with pages made from scraps...... literally a "scrap" book. Here's a page I made the other day, and the few bits and pieces I started with.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tea On Tuesday

Before we have tea I have to share my joy of finally being able to pick blooms off my lilac bush, a small thing I know, but we planted this bush 6 years ago ! It has never had a flower on it........we have been in a drought for the past 5 years. This year we have had above average rains and this lilac is a mass of flowers, as is the whole garden. Here, in Australia we never, ever take the gift of water from above for granted, it is such a precious commodity.

Tea today is Russian Caravan and it is made in the 'happiest' tea pot ever. Happy for two reasons; 1. it is bright yellow with pretty sprigs of flowers all over it and is shaped a little bit like a pumpkin, it has a mesh container that holds the tea leaves that sits on the rim under the lid, so you don't need to use a strainer and is simple to clean and it pours beautifully, and 2. it was bought for me by my gorgeous daughter that lives in Melbourne who I don't get to see nearly enough of, but was home for a visit last weekend. She purchased it at the fabulous T2.
With my tea I'm having crumpets with Mulberry Jam, bought from the old, quaint and beautiful Currant Shed at Hoffmann's winery in McLaren Vale..........whole fat, juicy mulberries suspended in a sweet, luscious syrup. If you would like to share your tea on Tuesday with us visit Kimmies' blog.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Sunday Creative .....Obsolete

Prompt for this week at The Sunday Creative is Obsolete. Always some beautiful, interesting and inspirational photos,poems and art at this site. Click the link above or the button in the side bar to check it out. This photo was taken at Hoffmann's Winery, Mc.Laren Vale.