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.
Annette In Oz xxx

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Christmas House Decorations-How Too/Tipnique Tuesday

I stopped doing a Tuesday how too when I needed shoulder surgery and then had on going post op complications. Well today is Tuesday and I have been spending my days off making little Christmas house decorations for my family. My Mum made them for me many many years ago and now I wanted to make them for my children, their partners and my grand daughter. So I took some photos as I made a batch today to share the how too with you all.


  • Cardboard. Don't use mat board as its to hard to cut allot at once. I used the cardboard behind a writing pad.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors and/or cutting knife
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Awl
  • Match box. Either use a real match box or some blank ones from the dollar store that are a match box with no matches in them. Mine is 5cm long, 3.5cm wide and 1.5cm deep. YOU WILL need to adjust your measurements if yours are different to this!!! 
  • White gesso-optional
Measure and mark out a rectangle that is 8.5cms by 6.5cms and a smaller one that is 7cms by 5cms. Adjust this smaller size as needed if your match boxes are a different size to mine. This smaller rectangle will be the two end parts. The larger rectangle will be the roof.

Cut out both using the ruler and craft knife. Place both rectangles in the landscape position. On the larger rectangle mark the half way point at 4.25cms along the top and bottom of the 8.5cm edge. Rule a line across. Use the rear of the craft knife and the ruler to score along this line.

Turn the rectangle to portrait position. On the centre line mark a dot half way along at 3.25cms. Punch a hole at this dot.

On the smaller rectangle, measure and mark a dot at 3.5cms which is the half way point at top and bottom and rule a line. Measure and mark at dot at left, centre and at right 1.8cm up from bottom. At the top mark a dot at 1.75cms from the left side and from the centre line

Use ruler and pencil and draw a line down from the top 1.75cm marks to the 1.8cm marks on either side. 

Repeat to second half. It should look like this...

Use craft knife and ruler to cut out the shapes. You now have two ends and a roof!

1) You can leave the roof unpaited but I found it made the felt covering in the next step look whiter. I just used some white gesso.

2) If you are making more then one house just use the roof and the ends you cut out as your templates for more so you don't have to keep measuring each time.


  • Gel medium (or clear drying glue of choice).
  • Your cut out roof and two ends
  • Match box, 
  • White felt or wadding sheet
  • Little pegs to act as clamps
  • Baking sheet
  • Christmas themed material or paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon or stretchy string to hang the decorated house with. Mine is about 25cm long.
  • Scissors
Work on a sheet of baking parchment. Use the cut out ends and the match box as templates and cut out enough Christmas material or paper to cover each. Use the roof as a template and cut out enough white felt to cover one side with a 1cm over hang.

Open the match box draw and check it is bottom side down as per picture. This will give your base strength as it will be two layers thick. Push draw back in

Ensure the material or paper is right side down. Place gel medium on all sides of the match box. I just used my finger to do this but you could use a glove of course if you like. Place match box onto the material in landscape position with draw bottom at bottom. Bring over one side and then the other and gently press it onto the match box with your fingers

At one end use your finger to push in both sides of the material toward the middle of the match box end as shown.

Place gel medium on outer edge of one side as per photo below

Pres it down onto the match box on the side where the material has been folded in or what will be the inside or hidden area

Place more gel medium on top of this part as shown.

Now press the other side up and over onto the first glued down part

Repeat to other end so match box is enclosed and all glued areas will be hidden from the outside

Apply gel medium to one end piece. Ensure material or paper is right side down

Press glued side down onto the material or paper. Trim closer to the end shape leaving a 1/2cm over hang with scissors and tapper the bottom corners as shown.

Apply gel medium to over hanging edges and press the material over and down to the rear of the end shape

Repeat to other end so you now have three covered pieces like this....

Apply a generous amount of gel medium to each end of the match box

Press the two end parts on and the wrap an elastic band around the base to hold the ends on while it dries.Put it aside on the baking sheet.

Apply gel medium to the roof piece. If you painted it white apply it on the white side. Press it glue side down on your felt.

Miter the corners with scissors

Apply a generous amount of gel medium to the over hanging felt. Press it over and onto the rear of the roof. Its easier to do a corner at a time then then do the sides. As you stick it down at the corner apply a small peg to hold it in place, repeat to other corners then all sides as per photo below.

Fold your ribbon or stretchy string in half and decide what length you want it to hang from the roof. Tie a double knot and trim away excess.

Punch hole thru the hole in the roof  so felt will now have a hole too. Push ribbon or string  thru hole from the back. Gently use awl to push it thru if you need.

Once a little is showing thru at the front pull it all the way thru till knot reaches the hole

After ten minutes I usually quickly remove all the pegs and place some baking parchment over the rear and then reattach the pegs again as it stops the pegs being glued to the roof on drying. I wait the ten minutes as its enough for the felt to stay stuck down when you remove and reattach the pegs. Leave this to dry for a few hours.

When completely dry remove the pegs and the baking paper. Bend your roof along the scored line from earlier

Apply gel medium along all upper edges as per photo below.

Lie roof on side and eye ball where to place the base so roof will be evenly overhanging. Gently push base into place and then turn the whole thing upright pressing the other side of the roof in place. Adjust as needed while glue still wet. Hold the roof om with one hand and use the other hand to put elastic band around each end to hold it all tight while it dries.

I use one band on each end and double it over so the second passing holds the side of the roof down like this...

  • Opal Glitter spray
  • Glitter glue like Kindy Glitz in colours of your choice
  • White Puffy fabric paint
  • Baking parchment
You can of course use your own ideas to decorate your house such as dangling beads from the roof, windows with family images behind them or sewn on elements. The above is simply the list of things I used :)

Use some baking paper to protect the fabric at bottom and spray the roof with glitter spray following the directions on the bottle. Spray one side then the other.

Decorate the roof with glitter glue as desired. I wrote the names of my family members

Lastly I applied the puffy paint along the house edges at the bottom and while still wet I sprinkled on some glitter as my artificial glistening snow

Here are all my houses at various staged of completion.

I think I'll make a steam punk house for myself...just because I can LOL

Annette In Oz

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hello Bloggers!!! It's been awhile

Hi every one...sorry I fell off the face of the internet World for awhile....I had no idea it had been so long since I blogged. It was unintentional. Life got busy plus I had little time to be creative to have anything to share with anyone.

It started with me getting a job at last out of nursing. I'm now Mrs Deli Delights lady in Coles Port Douglas. The money isn't as good of course and I have allot more hours at work but strangely enough I am REALLY enjoying it! Port Douglas is a tourist town with access to The Great Barrier Reef's high tourist time now and insanely busy in the Deli but still compared to nursing the stress levels are low working there...heck the only thing I have to worry about resuscitating is a dry chicken breast. My work mates are awesome as are most customers...just the odd few I'd like to lob a ham hock at their heads. Every job has those types of customers though....but please folks don't be one of them!

The other thing that has caused my absence in blog land is spammers sending up to 50 comments a day at I decided to change all my security settings (sorry if you dislike having to do a capture thing to send me a comment)...and at the same time refrain from blogging for a month or so to see if it all settled down....then forgot I had a blog at all LOL...well till Neet came asking if I was Ok. Thanks Neet you have reminded me now to blog again :)

Unfortunately hubby Grant and son Tim still haven't secured full time local work so I work any shift I can get which hasn't left much time to get arty farty in my time off. I could never be totally non creative so yes I have done a little here and there but for the most part I haven't taken photos or shared what I have made. My Deli line manager did let me have every Thursday off for a period of time so I could do another course at Douglas Arts Base...this was an introduction to Acrylic paint. It was so interesting and I am finally finding more confidence is my painting attempts....they are a far more forgiving medium then I thought! Some attempts are poop and others I think I am doing Ok everything though it is practice practice practice that is the trick.

As I said I haven't been taking lots of photos but here are a few things I did take photos off that I have done...

A face sketch done while reading Jane Davenports instruction book on  "Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces

Then in acrylics class we had to quickly do a collage by tearing up papers, tissue paper and magazine images, stick them down and then use acrylic paint to turn it into something else...this was my end result on an A3 300gm piece of cartridge paper!

A week later we then had to PAINT the collage on a large canvas using just acrylic paint...of course it couldn't look exactly like the original and mine certainly doesn't but it was an interesting challenge. The painting is on a 70x50cm canvas. The original paper and acrylic A3 collage is at the right.

Another exercise was to try and paint like a well known artist!!! We were all given a different artist to try and copy as a way of making us work out how we may apply paint for different effect. Holly crap that scared me but I liked my end result. My painting was a rendition of "Shoalhaven" by Arthur Boyd. This is my can Google the original

Class has finished now and I still have two painting to complete. One is a landscape but the one I am currently slowly working on is a still was composed and set up by the teacher so really not what I would have chosen to paint but its very challenging just the same. The scene the teacher set up is on the photo at has drapes and see thru bloomin glass.

I decided to tackle the see thru glass parts first...slowly slowly getting there LOL

I've just started to get some more jewellery made too. I became very unhappy re making and selling my jewellery and stopped making any! I had taken it all to a hand made store locally to see if it would sell and had allot of stuff go missing or not be paid really put me off doing anymore till just recently. I've really missed making things though and have started to yearn to be creative again. Lets hope I remember to blog any arty adventures again from now on too!

Other then Neet another thing has spurred me back to reality and my creative blog world and that was hearing of the sad passing of another creative friend Eliza Harms. Eliza was well known in my art circle and was only in her early 50's. I do not know how she died just that it shocked me and many others. I had known Eliza for many years on line and she had helped me get numerous arty things that I couldn't get in my part of Oz...we had been friends enough to phone each other on and off and talk for hours when we did.

Eliza was only ever kind, welcoming and helpful to me and many others...a strong larger then life lady with a passion for making art. She even let me stay with her for four days a few years back after picking me up at the airport at midnight and both of us realizing I had booked the dodgiest hotel in town. I got to share her crazy busy life and spend hours in her truly amazing art a stranger that needed help and was far from home taken in to be cared for and made welcome in her home!! That was Eliza and I will miss her. My deepest condolences go to her family Ross, Myrene and Michael and her many many friends. Life is too short...seize the time you have to do what makes you happy!!

Big hugs
Annette In Oz xxx


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