Saturday, March 15, 2008

Warning... long post ahead

Firstly I would like to say a big heartfelt Thanks to all you wonderful readers who left comments, sent emails and even phoned to offer wonderful words of support and encouragement. I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we are trudging our way towards that light. Each step is taking us forwards. I am so grateful to all of you and to my wonderful Mum, who puts up with my snippy moods, my sadness and my anger. Thankyou Mum, I love you so much!

Okay, now on to the week that has just passed, and it truly has been a busy one. We have been ordering all the supplies needed for the retreat, plus some fantastic goodies for the shop! Mum and I have also started setting up our Etsy stores where we will sell some of our artwork, some of our collections and lots more. I will let you know as soon as this is up and running! Very exciting, just wish there was more time to get stuck in to it. But, we have a retreat to plan! More on that next post!Jen Wordens Challenge.
I had planned to complete a journal that is a UFO for this weeks challenge. But I kept forgetting to take it in to the shop with me! Instead I decided to finish this Pez Totem that I had started in Michael De Mengs class at our Art Retreat in March last year. The one above is the Pez and below is another UFO that I started over a month ago. This is also inspired by Michaels work and is an Anatomy Man. Mum is doing the paint treatment on the box that he will reside in.

Below is our little Puppy Paige, this is the before shot! Before we took her in to get clipped on Thursday...

Its hard to believe that the picture below is of the same dog, 12 hours after the above photo was taken! I must say I prefer her with the long coat, but the heat here is too much for her and her undercoat is very soft and silky. I'm just looking forward to it growing back!

My friend Nic, owner of Twiddlybitz has just bought out her new acrylic range and I am very lucky to have some to do up as samples. Below is the acrylic shrine and I am going to start working on this today.

Then there is an acrylic journal and the price is just awesome! The journal is under $20 and has 5 pages with rounded corners and drilled holes for binding. The last acrylic album I saw was about $60 which was what has put me off buying one. Think I might try to get this done tomorrow or Monday.

Below are some Scrapbook pages I have been doing over the last week or so. This one is for Dis Shop, Scrapbooks to Di For in Malaga.

A detail shop from the above layout. This was using rub-ons on to flowers which was alot easier than I thought it would be.

This was is almost finished, just need title and journaling. I enjoyed the freestyle form on this one.

Heres my little Maddie again, this photo was taken a few years ago, but I just love it. She looks so cute, but very cheeky and that is my Madison to a 'T'.

My favourite photo from our recent beach excursion. Wanted to keep this relatively simple as I thought the photo should be the focus.

Courtney from the same day.

This one came together really quickly, the paper is so lovely it really didn't need any more added to it. I just cut around some of the paper, mounted the corner of the photo under it and then journaled directly on the photo. Quick and easy, just the way I like it!

Another one of Courtney at the beach. Also very simple, with the focus on the photo and the journaling. Minimal embellishments on this one.

This is a series of photos I took to showcase a day in our lives. Was good fun doing this and nice to do a layout with more than one photo, which I tend to do more often than not.

Well, if you have reached this part of my post, thankyou for your resilience!! I am off to have a coffe and relax before my sister returns with my two youngest and my niece!


Sam Marshall said...

Hi Jo,
I am in full envy of your pez shrine and your anatomy man. I would have loved to have done these workshops- had I only discovered your shop just a bit earlier... I used to live in Morley!
Your work is so gorgeous.
I'm glad things are going well for you.Have a beautiful weekend!

Ro Bruhn said...

Glad things are settling down Jo. I love your pez dispenser and anatomy man, that was such a fabulous class with Michael. Look forward to seeing you soon.

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