Friday, August 02, 2013

Steampunk Spells Album

Over on the Graphic 45 blog you'll find my Steampunk Spell Black Policy Envelope Album (holy mouthful!)

It was great fun to create and I did it using only the Steampunk Spells papers... I have a tendancy of mixing up the collections.

Here's a few detail pics...

I think I used just about every single item from the collection to complete the album. It took a few days to finish and the patterns were burned into my retinas for days afterwards. Honestly, life is pretty great when you've got pretty patterns on the brain ;)

For more photos and complete supply list visit the Graphic 45 blog.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

And we're back...

Every year we go camping at a different provincial park. This year we scooted off to Charleston Lake. We came home a day early because there were thunderstorms in the forecast and we rough-it old school in leaky tents.

Things got off to a rough start. Our first night was a wreak when the people in the site across from ours showed up late, setting up camp at 10pm, headlights shining into our tent, shouting and swearing "WHERE'S THE GARBAGE?" and "HE F*CKED UP THE TENT!". They were bloody awful. Over the next day they let their dog loose to bark and chase every passer-by, chopped down a damned tree for firewood, continually drove the wrong way down one way lane and seemed to have some sort of contest as to who could slam the car door the loudest.

Next to that hot mess were three drunk loud talkers. At one point one of the 'gentlemen' started shouting, certain that the raccoon that was invading their camp site was a child trying to steal their fire wood. "I'd come and chase you through the woods if I had brought my gun!"Followed by the loud crashing sound of someone diving into a tower of beer cans and a case of empties. They were gone at 7am so I'm pretty sure they were removed from the park... I would have preferred them to the dinkuses across from us.

Things weren't helped by the fact that the next morning we were woken by what seemed to be a dozen babies crying and a pack of dogs yelping, barking and whining. I swear we had to have gone during some strange experimental week where people with sheltered pets, cranky babies and a sincere belief that rules and social graces do not apply to them were given a steep discount. I've never been in such an unruly provincial park.

BUT it wasn't all bad. Our last day we canoed out to a tiny little island and had lunch in our own little world. We hiked and swam and roasted things on the fire. That's gotta count for something right?

Here's a butload pics from our adventure...

The park was gorgeous and canoeing was fab... but there are many other Provincial Parks higher on my favourite list. Ah well, can't win them all.

Oops! I almost forgot! I left one of my bird books in the mossy roots of this magnificent old tree! I hope it was picked up quickly by a very nice (hopefully sober and quiet) stranger :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Proud Priscilla's Bohemian Bazaar Matchbox House

I'm so excited to share this project. I've had to sit on my hands to stop myself from posting it sooner BUT today it's being featured on the Graphic 45 blog so I can safely show it off.

May I present, Proud Priscilla's Bohemian Bazaar Matchbox House!

This project was created with Small Matchbook Box as a base and embellished with of my very favourite paper collections: Bohemian Bazaar. A couple of years ago my arty pallet consisted mainly of grey, brown and black. I made a conscious effort to add bit of colour to my work... now I can't get enough. Bohemian Bazaar makes me happy just to look at it :) AND check out the windows and door... those are the G45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes

 And those keys... LOVE them.
Turn the wee building around there's our Proud Priscilla standing in her garden of Petaloo flowers :)

For more pics and complete materials list hop over to the Graphic 45 blog!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Great Migration - Faerie Village Opening Day

Today is the anniversary of The Gates, our local arts centre, headquarters to the Brighton Arts Council AND the summer vacation home of the Pixie Hill faeries. This is the second time the fairies have taken a vacation at the Gates. It's a labour of love, a gift to the town I love, and an excellent opportunity to spread arty farty goodness to the public.

It's opening day of the fairy village and I think it turned out pretty stinkin' cute. A big fat thanks to some of the local artists who contributed items to the tour - Ron Waddling, Roni Glenn, Anja and Natasha Hertle, Kathy Powell and Louise Sirtonski. AND more wet sloppy kisses to Wendy Larsson, Chris Bird, Liz Kay, Erin Schwab, Kevin Gilbert, Joanne MacDonell, Mr. Higgins, Diane Douglas, Julia La Rosa and Linda Wildenstein for contributing pennies :) You've all made such a difference and I love you for it.

I'll post some pics of the opening event later but for now here are some post set-up/pre-opening pictures....

HUGE thanks to Louise Sirtonski for assisting with the set up and delivering these amazing dragonflies by Kathy Powell!

THANK YOU Kevin and Erin for your generous contribution

THANK YOU Joanne MacDonell for your generous contribution!

THANK YOU Natasha Hertle for your beautiful contribution!

More of the lovely dragonflies contributed by Kathy Powell

BIG THANKS to Roni Glenn for contributing this amazing fairy house.

Here's hoping the rains hold off until AFTER the celebrations. Then again, faeries do like to play in puddles :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Coming together

I managed to get over to The Gates to do a little more work on the fairy village installation being revealed this Saturday. Thank heavens! There's still a fair bit of work to do tomorrow BUT I feel like things are starting to come together. For a while it was all just looking like 'stuff' strewn here and there... but there's a little magic brewing now :)

AND just look at this magnificent boot house and teacup home!

The two were generous contributions by local artist Anja Hertle and her daughter. I am absolutely smitten with the boot and greedily thought about keeping it far longer than I should have. It really is magnificent :)