Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

peggy guggenheim museum ... venice ...

This was one of those 'oh no' moments in my life...

We were on our honeymoon in Europe (just doing a few countries) and  at the end of our brief soujourn in Venice, I suddenly noticed the entrance to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum ...

Noooooo ... we were completely out of time and running to a schedule, so had to keep going ... I couldn't believe it ... I had been to Venice years earlier (in my crazier, younger days) and hadn't realised then either, that this fabulous Museum was there!  Mon dieu!  (my minimal French)

Hopefully there will be a next time...  but if you HAVE been inside, I would LOVE to know what it's like ... and will be completely jealous...

the entrance we saw ...  alas too late ...
... from the canal ...



Ms Peggy Guggenheim ...



~ lose yourself in a fabulous museum  ~







Monday, January 30, 2012

thomas crown affair ...

I never get tired of this movie ...

set in New York
involves Impressionist Art and Museum of Modern Art
millionaire playboy thief
Love Story
Rene Russo - beautiful and smart
Pierce Brosnan .... hmmm
Great Soundtrack ...

what else could you possibly want???











all images via Google


~ classics  ~




Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spotlight this month ... Sally Anna Scarves

I've convo'd with so many fabulous people through Etsy, Madeit, Facebook and Twitter, that I decided I'd like to add a feature each month to my blog showcasing all the wonderful talent that's out there. (You'll notice one of her scarves and a link to her store if you scroll down the pictures in the right hand column)


If you haven't already discovered the person I'm featuring, then I've done my job by introducing someone talented to your life...   


My first feature is the lovely Anna from ~ Sally Anna Scarves  ~ and this is her story ...




I have had a passion for knitting as long as I can remember. I started with finger knitting, progressed to French knitting and then my mother suggested we make a sweater together. I knitted one sleeve and she knitted the rest! It was the beginning of a lasting love affair with textiles and in particular, yarns and I am ever grateful to Mum for teaching me those first basic skills.




 

 


I have always designed, made and sold items even whilst travelling the world and living out of a backpack for over 10 years. These items include scarves, sweaters, shawls, bags, hats, gloves and cheesecakes! I was also a self taught milliner for 10 years selling to department stores and hatters in Perth.
  
  



I knit constantly, all year round using a wide variety of quality yarns. The yarns are always the inspiration for the design of the accessory and all are original and unique. I particularly like the versatility of scarves and shawls and the touch of colour and style they add to an outfit.
 




 
You can find Sally Anna's wonderful designs and creations here :  Sally Anna Scarves


  

 ~  and connect with her on facebook - Sally Anna Scarves



All images shown are available in Sally Anna's online Etsy store, EXCEPT for the first image - this adorable creation is sold, but I just HAD to include it...



~  find someone talented every day  ~




Friday, January 27, 2012

pouring rain

fabulous rain we're getting...

via Pinterest


~  happy friday  ~



Thursday, January 26, 2012

my 'wet' australia day ...

today ... we were supposed to go away for a quick 2 day business trip (whole family) ... but ..


... it rained ...


... a lot ...





... so after homeschooling this morning and now office work this afternoon...


I plan to have a nice coffee ...



... read some more of my latest novel  ...




... cook and enjoy dinner with the family ...

... make something creative in my studio...

... have a tub ...


... and hit the hay ...



all images except 'french market bag are from Pinterest.



~  find something beautiful every day  ~




Monday, January 23, 2012

paint card inspiration

One day on our recent trip away, my husband had to buy some supplies at the local hardware store, so we all went along for a look.  (shops are a rarity where we live)

Now keeping 4 small children amused in a store like that can be tricky when it takes them approximately 2 minutes and  28.6 seconds to make a full scan of the store and then report back ... "this is boring mum" ...  Uh Oh...

Suddenly, I spotted my saviour!  The unassuming paint card stand kept us all amused as I asked what all our favourite colours were.  As a result, I've ended up with quite a selection of gorgeous, hideous and eye bulging colours.

After I put some of the best ones together, I thought a clever idea might be to make a collage/drawing using all the colours like I see sometimes on Pinterest (see below)...

Isn't it great how a boring trip to the hardware store can bring artistic inspiration???  who would have thought...










all images via Pinterest



~  inspiration comes from everywhere  ~






Sunday, January 22, 2012

creative sunday with wild weather

Wow - as I type, it is absolutely 'lashing down' outside and blowing a gayle!  It's been sooo hot all day and we had a storm last night too, so looks like our wet season has finally arrived...

That's good news for us graziers (beef cattle producers)... rain = green grass = well fed cattle = a somewhat less stressful time for the season.

So,  that's probably enough about the weather for you ...  Have a look at what I made today ~ I fell in love with this Michael Miller Fabric and have called my new clutch - Helene...  (love to give them French names)

you like???

click here to see more pics in my Etsy store



i know this looks like Paris, but it's raining as heavy as this right here at Bow Park!

~  a change in the weather is a good thing  ~













Saturday, January 21, 2012

limited edition

i have some of this fabric left and have decided to tear it up ~ tea dye some of it ~ and stamp it ...

have listed some in my etsy store and will be listing more...

any enquires, just convo me!











~  vintage to new  ~



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