Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hand made 85th birthday card for my Mum

My gorgeous Mum turned 85 yesterday!! Happy birthday Mum. Here is a mixed media card I made her...it has stenciled texture paste and yummy shimmer sprays on the background



Starting to pack up stuff to move back to Darwin in ?April/May

hugs

Annette In Oz x

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thank you Kilos


Hello World

In my silence from my blog I have been on a few journey's and discoveries....

* We have decided we are tired of struggling financially here in Far North Queensland. The ability to get full time work permanently here is just so hard. I guess being a seasonal tourist area we should have researched that aspect! Oh well we live and learn. As such we are going to rent out our house here and will be moving back to the Northern Territory in late April/ early May. Initially we shall stay with my daughter Carlia whom is pregnant with our second grand child!! Our first grand child Ivy is three now and we want to be apart of their lives very much.

* I have REALLY REALLY missed being creative....kind of sad I'm going to have to pack it all up and probably not be able to do any for a few months....but it will not remain absent from my life

* Some family and "friends" are so freaking toxic and not good people...just get rid of them suckers from your life/Facebook etc...believe me you will be happier and relieved. In fact take a break from social media regularly...its quieter and much more peaceful!

* Finally if you are struggling with a goal YOU can achieve it even if you have to try try again. I have struggled with slowly increasing weight over the years...too many fast carbs and bad life style choices....so I chose to turn that around. As such I wish to leave this declaration here :)

"I'm almost back to my wedding weight of 28 years ago...
just wanted to thank the lost kilos for sticking around and advise them
their services are no longer required. I wish them well on their travels,
terminate their rental of my body and will no longer be supplying them
with accommodation, food, warmth and a clothing allowance."

Kind regards

body corporate owner Annette Husband :)

PS: I have discovered I really hate Tofu and Kale LOL

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Art Heart Finally Voices Its Self!!


CREATIVE SELF: Hello are you still there?.....HELLO!!!!

ME: Hello....yes I am here....are you Ok now?

CREATIVE SELF: Yep I think I am much better now....I just needed to take some time out....I needed to heal a broken art soul, to sort thru the art junk and re-find my colourful creative, intuitive path again, to toss some very negative people in my life aside, whom had me feel less then my inner art heart knew I truly am...to find my creative raw self again ....yes I am here.....can we try to hold each others hands and walk together again?

ME: I would so love that....I was always here....always thinking of you but felt I was in a sticky muddy dark hole and couldn't connect to you any more....a busy life made me drift even further away....the layers of life pilled on and even though I KNEW you were still in here I wasn't sure how to find you again.

Then you started to creep into my thoughts....my eyes and brain started to fire arty thoughts full of creative wonders and maybes.....the layers started to peel off and so I waited for you...to heal, to look for me and to call my name again. I'm holding your ink stained hand now...

CREATIVE SELF: It's been so long and I think we shall have to do this in baby art steps till we are fully as one again but I am excited.

CREATIVE ME: My art will be simple....it will be sparse to start with but I shall dream big dreams, I will get ink, paint, glue etc on my hands, I will not let people harm my art heart again....creative self and me are one again and I will create!!




                                                      Hugs

                                                 Annette In Oz x

                                             

                                                             

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brother Scan N Cut-Large Cog Frame

My lovely family bought me a Brother Scan N Cut machine for Christmas. I have always wanted a personal cutter but just couldn't afford most of the ones available by the time I bought the accessories and paid for shipping etc. Around Christmas though the local Spotlight here had a Scan N Cut bundle on sale plus I had a $100 voucher for a previous purchase to go toward it. I've taken this long to get my head around how to use it!! I read the instruction book and found some very useful tutorials here which got me thinking of all sorts of projects to do.

For those of you that don't know these machines can have images scanned into them and then it can cut the images out. There are also pre installed patterns, graphics, borders and alphabets in the machine to use as well. Any image can be scanned in from your own hand drawn items, photos, stamped images and even scanned in templates etc There is a free on line site to use called Canvas which gives you a place to create projects using JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP or SVG's (scalable vector graphics) images that are then turned into FCM format that the cutter can read and use. The Canvas program has some awesome tools to relocate objects, weld them together, duplicate, resize etc etc so there are endless options to what you can create.

So today I had a play....being a Steam Punk nutter I found some cog images and then created a frame in Canvas added then cogs around the frame in various sizes. Lastly I used the weld tool to make it a single melded item. Then I simply downloaded the finished frame to my computer, sent it to my thumb drive, plugged the drive in the side of my Scan N Cut, located the frame on the drive and used the Scan N Cut to cut the frame out...here is the cut cog frame...


I can also cut out the cogs individually in various sizes and build a 3D look of cogs over the cut out frame ones. I've even made some templates to cut out of Mylar which is cool too. Still learning how to use the software and its applications but for a first project fully made by me I was impressed!! You can even attach drawing materials and draw images from the built in graphics or scanned in images too plus there is a stamp pack accessory kit to cut your own stamps...hhhmmm I think I' ll be playing with this little machine a bit more :)
hugs
Annette In Oz xxx

Monday, April 18, 2016

Heart Easel Card-for a baby

Here is a heart easel card I made for the birth of my nephews son. I started it in February but couldn't get Mo and Jo to get there S*%T together till now. My nephew Chris is a very intelligent young man and his partner an artistic woman so I went with cogs and flowers LOL

This is the front of the card. The file tab at top right has the date and time of Kit' s birth. The photo is baby Kit and his Mum Carlie



and the base...


The point of the top heart is lifted and placed behind the word "BOY" on the base of the card to create an easel effect


There is a how too in how to make heart easel cards here on my blog
hugs
Annette In Oz

Monday, December 14, 2015

Glass Fusing Fun

In November I attended a course at Douglas Arts Base (DAB) Mossman to learn how to fuse glass. It was a beginners class and we were all told to treat our first attempts as experiments...in other words expect cracks and parts not fusing etc. So we all stacked glass and made glass pictures etc and at the end of the day the glass went into the kiln to fuse. In a weeks time we were going to meet again to see how the fused pieces went, to learn glass slumping and play some more with fusing but circumstances beyond my control meant I could not attend.

Finally today I picked up my pieces....to my utter surprise they all fused....some better then others but I love them all!! Here they are...

The first three are glass coasters




The next three are for necklaces...the photo doesn't show but the one on the left and the right are very shimmery. There was a middle dot on the right one but it must have fallen off.


The last three below are glass Christmas tree decorations. All three were made with the same glass yet the middle one is lumpy...weird...I think glass has a mind of its own LOL. I'll wire wrap the tops to hide the hanging part I think.


All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the glass fusing class and am mighty pleased how they turned out!
hugs
Annette In Oz xxx

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Whats On Your Work desk Wednesday (WOYWW)

It's been such a long time since I had the time to participate in WOYWW but today I am here!!! WOYWW stands for what is on your work desk Wednesday where every Wednesday artists and crafters around the World share what is on their work desk. This crazy friendly group of drop ins and drop outs is the master mind of Julia Dunnit. To join in or read about WOYWW go to Julia's blog here

My desk is supper messy as I have been making little hanging Christmas house decorations...they are all in various stages of completion across my desk.


A closer shot of some of the house decorations



I have glitter absolutely every where!!! If anyone wishes to know how to make these the how too is below this post here

Even the spare bed behind me has stuff all over it including my white cat Scoot LOL


Well that is my messy desk this week. I'm off to have a snoop at other peoples desks.
hugs
Annette In Oz xxx

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