Monday, 31 March 2008

Craft Challenge 3

Louise from Beachys Cape Cod Cupboard is hosting her 3rd craft challenge today. The rules are simple. Create ANYTHING you want, using ANY MEDIUM, with the above photo simply titled "Whitby 1935". Take pictures of your finished artwork and post it on your blog on Monday, March 31st, for all of Blogland to see! Of cause don't forget to leave a message with Louise so that she knows that you are joining in.

I did a little bit of research before I started this project. This is what I managed to find out about "Whitby".

Whitby is a historic town in North Yorkshire on the north-east coast of England. Nowadays it is a fishing port and tourist destination. It is situated 47 miles from York, at the mouth of the River Esk and spreads up the steep sides of the narrow valley carved out by the river's course. At this point the coast curves round, so the town faces more north than east.
Many interesting fossils have been found in the Whitby area including entire skeletons of pterodactyls. Whitby is known for its well preserved ammonite fossils, which can sometimes be found on the seashore, or purchased from any number of stalls or shops in town.

So now the time has come to reveal what I have made for this challenge, Ta Dah

Now this was not an easy one, I know roughly what I wanted to make, but the creative juices were just not flowing. I finally managed to get the look just right yesterday.

When I looked at the picture I saw beach, friendship, family and happy times. I found this poem on the Internet that seemed to say it all.

Time is But a
Grain of Sand

Time is but a grain of sand
Falling from a beach's ledge
But with each tiny grain
Our lives are slipping away
Slowly but surely we're all
Going to lose things and people
Feelings and dreams will fade
Memories will grow and relationships
Will build, ruin or fade away
Time will weather our bodies
But we have a choice to let it weather
Our minds and hearts.
In the end you get what you give
So give with all your heart
Live laugh and love
Dance what you feel and
Sing for the same
Cause in the end all that matters
Is what you believe in
So stand tall and reach out
Stand firm and even if you're alone
Stay with what you believe.
No body's created equal
Everyone wishes they could change
But very few people do.
Friendships are there for a reason
And so is the love of another
Use these to keep yourself together
And when you feel like breaking down
Remember of the people that are there
The people you love and who love you in return
Because these are the people who are true
And the only ones who truly matter.


Thanks Kirsty for the wonderful poem.

I hope you like what I have created, now I'm off to see what everyone else has come up with.


Thursday, 27 March 2008

The Neverending Bling your Birdhouse Party

Yeah it has finally arrived the right date for the party. Since some of you are probably sick of looking at the pictures of my birdhouses this past month I had a creative urge yesterday to make another one. Luckily I had most of the items already at home. So here it is -

The stand I picked up at the dump recycle shop for $5 and the cage came from one of those $2 shops I have had them sitting here for a while but didn't quite know what to do with them.

It looks much nicer in person then in the photos, why is it that every time I want to take a photo inside it is a dull and overcast day the light is a little better outside.

I had trouble finding a nest to fit inside since the doorway is so narrow. I love the glittery eggs inside I wonder what type of bird must of laid them?

Now if you would like to see the birdhouse that I made almost from scratch and posted last month because I got my months mixed up just scroll down a couple of posts.

I still have my Beachy's craft challenge to finish, I just can't seem to get the creative juices flowing on that one yet but it will happen I hope. Can't wait to see all of the lovely Blingy Birdhouses! Now if you would like to see more birdhouses other girls have made go to Beth or Karla's blogs.

Oh and by the way you are suppose to mention if you want to swap, or sell your birdhouse, sorry to say but I am going to be very selfish here and keep all of mine LOL, I'm just not good at letting go.


UPDATE Since posting my birdhouse I have discovered who laid those beautiful glitter eggs here she is but be very quiet as she is quite shy.

Who else but a glittery bird would lay glitter eggs.

Don't forget to check out my other houses if you have not already seen them at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Missing in Action

Sorry I have been missing in action a bit lately, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter. We don't normally decorate for Easter here we are normally still recovering from our Christmas decorating (major event here), but this year I was so inspired by everyone in blogland that I though I might give it a go. Below is our Easter tree that I whipped up in a couple of hours.
I made the cards from images I found on the Internet,

the eggs I bought on E-Bay.

I also made some Easter baskets full of all things girly for my four nieces didn't even have time to take any photos before we left for the Sunshine Coast for a couple of days holidays. I'm still working on my craft challenge for Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard and I have a meme from Deb at Posted from Home to do also, so I will be back again soon, now I had better go and finish the washing (the only downside of going away for holidays.)


Tuesday, 11 March 2008

It's a Spring Blessings Party

Ok I know what you fellow Aussie girls are thinking, no I haven't lost a few screws and forgotten what time of year it is over here, I know that it is Autumn, but with all the Easter decorations around at the moment it is easy to get confused. Kari & Kijsa are having a Spring Blessings Party, I think everyone over the other side of the world are all getting a bit sick of all the snow and cold outside so they have been busy bringing Spring inside. Go have a look at their Spring Blessings post and check out some of the blogs involved they are just delightful.

If you are visiting me from Kari & Kijsa's blog just scroll down to see my Spring looking birdhouses that I made. Now I am going outside to do some much needed weeding in my vegie garden and to enjoy the sunshine (sorry I didn't mean to rub it in, really) I hope that everyone who is wishing for Spring at the moment gets their wish granted soon.


Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Another Craft Challenge

Louise from Beachys Cape Cod Cupboard is having a craft challenge. I just loved the photo so I decided to join in all the fun. The rules are simple. Create ANYTHING you want, using ANY MEDIUM, with the above photo. Take pictures of your finished artwork and post it on your blog on Monday, March 31st, for all of Blogland to see! Of cause don't forget to leave a message with Louise so that she knows that you are joining in.

Hopefully I might just get the finish date right. I can't wait to get started I have so many ideas running around in my head.
Oh and thank you for all of your lovely comments about my birdhouses. I was really nervous about posting them as it was the first challenge I have been a part of and there are so many super talented crafty ladies out there in blogland I am in awe of all of you. I will have to repost my birdhouses on the 27th March so that I can join in the party with all the other lovely ladies.
Speaking of lovely ladies, I wasn't the only person to get the dates mixed up on the challenge, Kirstie over at Adeline Country Cottage was early too, so if you want you can go over and check out her lovely bling, bling birdhouse.