Sunday, 4 April 2021

 It is time I spend time working on play and not so much on work

It really has been a long time since I posted...and in my last post (back in 2019) I had all intentions to start creating and blogging, but life caught up with me. But, as I'm on break for the next few weeks, the plan is to start much has happened, I have a new craft space (I call my studio), have it pretty well organised with new storage and work there is now no excuse.

As today is Easter Sunday, I don't plan to upload anything, but I promise to be back on this Wednesday to share some of what I've done these past 6 months.

Thank you to those of you who are still following me, even though I've been silent. The plan is to be silent no more.

Wishing you all a very Happy and relaxing Easter break!

Until next time...

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

She's back (AGAIN)

OMG...I've been in the creative wilderness for some time now, but have finally got my mojo back. It helps being on long-service leave too. I have gone back to doing ATC classes with the sensational Kelsey O' feels so good. I will post some of the ATCs I've created in the past 6 weeks or so.

That's it for now... need to clear out emails dating back to 2009...I'm a horder from way back!


Saturday, 12 November 2016

I'm back from the wildernesses!

Where do I start, it has been about 3 years since I last that time I've move house, bought a house, visited family in the US, changed jobs, and have had a significant birthday.

I don't have any pictures to post just yet of any new projects, but I will soon, so watch this space.

I'm going to attempt WOYWW again, but we'll just have to see. I'm excited, I have a few pokers in a the fire...and am on fire a bit myself...figuratively and literally 😋
Enjoy your day...and until next time (not so long next time)...bye ;D
Hello there

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

WOYWW A lot has happened in the past 9 months!!!

A lot has happened in Casa Hardwick since my last post in January 2013. Namely I've started back at full-time work, we sold our house, we moved into a rental, we bought a house and we moved in about 4 weeks ago.

Needless to say, not much crafting has happened in this time since all my craft goodies had been packed away and I've only just unpacked everything (but I'm still trying to get my new studio set up).  I no longer have a little studio outside but now I'm under the main roof which means I won't feel the cold so much!!!

So at this stage I don't really have much to report save to say I'm hopefully back on deck!

Here is a picture of my new digs and a couple of the most recent ATCs I've created for the PaperArts group of which I'm a member. (unfortunately my camera battery died and I haven't found my chargers just yet)

August and September swaps
Left - :Victorian Male Fashions" and Right - "Blow your mind"

I will endeavour to check out some of your blogs, and hopefully some of you will be back to visit min again.

I promise to be a little more regular now that I'm almost back to full speed again. Don't forget to visit Julia's blog where she showcases other artists work.  Enjoy your day and until next time.  ;D

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

WOYWW...The holidays are over! Back to work I go!!!

I have enjoyed a very relaxing (but also very busy) 5 weeks and am re-energised for the new academic year.  These 5 weeks have seen Christmas come and go, a year end and another one begin, friends from interstate coming to visit and stay and the past week and a bit I've managed to do some crafting too.

I've managed to get a number of projects finished as well as starting on some new ones.

In my last blog I spoke about a Mixed Media swap I'm involved in and, even though I posted a picture of the finished product as an amendment to that blog, I've decided to post the picture again.  It is 8" x 10" and is on a flat canvas.  The brief was to create something in Black and White with a splash of Red.

I used black and white gesso, white modelling paste as well as textured paper that I ripped and painted over.  I also added a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite image.  I used copic pens to add the splash of red.

I wish I made 2, one for me and one to swap...but alas I didn't and I will just have to be brave and part with it.  At least I have the photos.

Here it is.

The before.

The after.

Here are some of the other projects I spent time on during the week. (most still need embellishments)

My granddaughter Isabelle and I spent time together yesterday, cooking pancakes and doing craft and this is what we did...(she is really camera shy, so I had to take this one sneaky peaks...still a nice photo).

Firstly I'll showcase Isabelle's efforts, some of these are for me, some for my husband and some for her mum.

For Nonno

For me

For Mum

And these are my I said...I still need to add embellishments.

So as you can see, I've (we've) been busy little beavers...

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to visit Julia's blog where she showcases many other crafty people's work.  Enjoy your day...and until next time, ;D.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

WOYWW...She's back!!

I don't usually refer to myself in the 3rd person but in this situation it is appropriate.  Since my big long creative hiatis I've been creating like a banshi.  Unfortunately, I have no photo of my workspace as I am currently sharing it with my husband, so there are paint tins, brushes, lawn mowers and exercise weights in our shared space. I do have some photos of the projects under to speak. Don't forget to pop by Julia's blog and see all the other wonderful crafters' blogs out there.

Well, here is a Zentangle background (only my 2nd Zentangle, ever)

 This is an ATC I just finished

 Some ATC backgrounds

And finally...I'm working on a 8 x 10 canvas mixed media project. The theme is black, white and a splash of you can see, I'm only at the black stage (though I did have white and red, but it looked a bit blah, so I painted over the top in black)...if it good enough for the's good enough for

Well, that's it for now...thanks for stopping by.  Next entry will hopefully show the transformation of the images above.

Until next time,


PS, if you haven't checked out my blog from last week have a look as I am offering a prize to the first person to spot the problem. (post your answer on last week's post)

I will announce the winner of the ATC next week...I won't be publishing any of your comments (should you put the answer there so as to give people a chance to work it out)

After just 3 days and lots of comments (which until how have remained hidden), I've decided to announce who has won one of my ATCs for picking up on what was incomplete on last week's zentangle post. The 5th zentangle (row 2 1st left) is the one.  I forgot to finish off the diagonal pattern on the left hand side of the lady's hair before taking the photo.

The winner is...RosC!!! Congratulations Ros, just email me your address and I'll pop one into the post. Thanks to all of you who left a comment...I now will publish all the comments.

PSS  Remember that Mixed Media Black and White with a splash of Red canvas...well, I've finally finished (well, at least I think I am)...this is the finished product:

Let me know what you think...Should I add anything else or is it good enough as is?

Thursday, 17 January 2013

WOYWW (well I'm actually a day late) My mojo is finally coming back!!

Hi, I feel like I'm finally back from a deep black hole. As you can see from my previous post it has been some months since I last was here...2012 was a difficult year, but I'm sure 2013 will be a blast!

Today is the first time in 6 months that I've actually had the desire and the energy to create some art.  I've entered a swap in one of the groups I was heavily involved with in the past.  The brief was to create a Zentangle...a what I hear some of you say?  Well I'll add a link showing you some that others have made, but here is my attempt. I'm quite pleased with them.  Especially when each one is done individually with only the central face image being a stamped image.

Well enough rambling, here's what I've done.

Original stamped image

One of the 7 created

All 7 zentangles

Other Zentangles you might want to check out (by various other artists)
Well, that's it for now...thanks for stopping by to have a look and hopefully I'll be able to make regular contributions as in the past.


PS...I realised after I uploaded the images that they weren't all spot on.  I will send one of my ATCs to the first person to let me know what they think the problem is...start looking and good luck!