Thursday, April 17, 2014

[Travel Journal.....]

Be willing to start over...
.....Danielle LaPorte
 
I finished this travel journal order...
 
and now that it has arrived at its destination...
 
thought I would share
 
 a little peek inside...
 
more than 80 pages...
 pockets... fold out pages... envelopes...
quotes... pictures...
 and
 
 bound inside a vintage book cover...
 
it was
an absolute pleasure to create....
 
Jenny ♥


Sunday, April 13, 2014

[Frame Revamp.....]

 
Gratitude is like love or fresh air...
you can't get too much of it...
.....Danielle LaPorte
 
I have been wanting to make one of those frames
with lengths of wire
to peg photos from for a while now...
 
so I was pretty happy to find
this one at the thrift store recently
for the total sum of $2.00...
 
no glass or backing to throw away...
it came just as is...
 
and so I started with two coats of gesso...
 
a coat of cream...
 
and finished with the green...
 
then went to town with my sanding block...
distressing...
to give it that good old vintage look...
 
wire was added to the back...
 
photos pegged on...
 
and voila...
finished and hanging on the wall...
 
I love too that you can now
print square photos from the photo print stores...
these are 5 x 5...
and just perfect for your instagrams....
 
it is nice to finish a project
 a lovely pop of color on a blank white wall...
 
happy day sweet friends...
 
Jenny ♥ 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

[The month that was].....

 

Well... I have been MIA much longer than I thought...
 


Five weeks ago...
 our very sick little grand daughter Indi
was rushed into emergency...
 
and taken by ambulance
to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane...
where she spent the next three weeks...
 
Mum and Dad flew up to help Pete
with the little ones still at home...
whilst I spent most of that time in Brisbane
with my daughter and dear little Indi...
 
thankfully she is home again...
although still undergoing more tests...
hopefully our sweet little cherub
will be completely well again soon...
 
since coming home...
I've found it very hard to focus on anything much...
failing miserably with any
attempts to art and blog...
 
but after posting this journal off
last month...
 
I received another order..
and it was just the push I needed to recommence...
 
it is still a work in progress...
but here are some of the pages
I am currently working on...
 
 I even managed a catch up with a dear friend
to enjoy a chai...
this lovely little place is just around the corner from me..
and that lime tart was deliciously indulgent..
 
and  ending on a happy note...
here is a  fun little video of hubby and I :)
 
 
 
 happy week my friends
Jenny ♥
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[Seems March has arrived.....]

You can....
and you will....
.....Danielle LaPorte
 
 
My poor blog...
how neglected you have been...
 
lots of extra hours at work... 
and life just got busy I guess...
and then you blink your eyes...
and realize that another month has dawned...
and you wonder how that happened so quickly....
 
nevertheless...
I still have a little to share...
 
this girl...
 painted a couple of weeks back..
 
and some stabilo with gesso in my journal...
 
 the past two weeks have been spent
 
finding minutes to make a travel journal
 
a custom order for a young lady who had previously
been given one of my journals...
 
3 signatures...
envelope inserts...
quotes...
 
fold out pages...
 
pockets....
 
and more than 100 pages...
finally ready to bind them all
into a vintage book cover...
 
and...
 in between the travel journal...
 
Lynne and I had a couple of catch ups
to make this book from scratch...
it is still a work in progress....
 
but I enjoyed it so much...
 
 
the pages have fold outs...
 
 file folders...
pockets...
and lots of tags...
 
I plan to fill it with happy snaps of my grandchildren...
 
 
speaking of which....
thought I would share this short video
I made with Magisto....
smiling little faces
that not only make me happy
but fill my heart...
 
Hopefully I will be back
before this month disappears...
 
happy week my friends...
Jenny ♥
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

[A new little grand daughter.... and some art]...

A baby is like the beginning of all things...
wonder... hope and a dream of possibilities...
.....Eda Le Shan
 
Well... we are floating on cloud nine over here...
our newest little grand daughter arrived four days ago...
here she is nestled into her big brother's arms...
only hours old...
little Indi Rose...
 
 
yes...
 totally BESOTTED with her...
as are mum, dad and her brothers and sisters...
 
 
these words couldn't be more perfect
to describe how I feel...
 
with our family.... friends...
and recent move back to the beach...
 it seriously feels like...
 I have stepped into the most beautiful story...
and sometimes I just have to pinch myself
to remind myself of  how real it is...
feeling immensely blessed... and grateful...
my heart is overflowing with love... big time...
 
I have been a big fan of Kelly Kilmer's style of
art journal pages for a looooong time...

it is a great way to do a page fairly quickly...
 and get some journaling down...
as well as make use of my
 ever growing pile of
gorgeous magazine images
and patterned papers...
here is my first one...
they are something I am going to try to create regularly...
 
and this afternoon I managed a quick page
with stabilo.. soft pastels and gesso...
they are my go to art supplies
when I want to warm up or haven't painted in a while...
have to say...
it felt so good to put some paint on paper today :)
 
To practice any art...
no matter how well or badly
is a way to make your soul grow...
so DO it...
dance on your way out of here...
sing on your way out of here...
write a love poem when you get home...
.....Kurt Vonnegut
 
Shine on my beautiful friends...
hope your week has some sparkle tucked within it...
 
Jenny ♥
 


Monday, January 27, 2014

[January..... where did you go???]

  Love the necessary hard work...
Danielle LaPorte
 
Oh my gosh January....
where did you go...
yes... yes... you were lots of fun...
but I can't believe that February is about to take your place...
 
 
I made a trip down to Bendigo....
and jam packed one fantastic week of wonderfulness
into my time there... 
 
 
which included two beautiful days in Healesville and Marysville....
with Mum and Dad...
 
and my sister...
staying overnight in a quaint little bed and breakfast....
 
 
 and whilst we were there...
 
we visited...
 
 
such an absolute treat...
I LOVED it...
so tranquil.... pretty and inspiring....
 
and we couldn't leave the area
without a visit to Steavenson Falls...
truly magical....
 
 
we also visited the Lavender Farm Festival
near Daylesford again...
 
always a highlight for me...
I never tire of visiting this beautiful place...
 
 
and enjoying
 
everything that this festival has to offer...
it makes my heart smile... big time...
 
and
 
 
I had the most wonderful catch ups with dear friends...
and a delicious day of arty play...
with shrink plastic... stamps and alcohol inks...
 sadly though... the camera rarely made it out
to document the fun we had...
but memories were made that will stay with me for a long time...
 
 
Since I have been home...
 
 
there has been lots of  wonderful times
 
 
spent with the grandies...
 
and
 
more play with photo editing...
 
 
WOW and WOW...
the content in the class is AMAZING...
 week one was Matisse....
and our first assignment was to copy one of his paintings...
 this is the one I chose...
I printed the original out and placed it into my journal on the left...
and had such fun playing with the patterns on her dress...
 
and that is where I am headed now...
to watch more of the class videos...
and get messy with paint...lol
 
happy week everyone...
and thank you for visiting me...
 
Jenny ♥