Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heart card and "The Engineer" necklace

I've been sad with my second eldest daughter Melissa moving to Adelaide last Saturday to start her own life path attending University there...I've cleaned up her room and it will become my art room at last but for now it's emptiness and me missing her just brings tears to my eyes. I was sad when Carlia (eldest daughter) left too but she still lives in Darwin and while Missy was here the room was still full of life. I guess once its my room the sadness will lesson...well I hope it does.

Grant will paint it next week and then I shall move my arty crafty stuff from the kitchen table area to there and set up a paper craft desk and a metal working one. Hopefully at last this will clear space for me to create in as I usually have just a 20cm square clear LOL. Often when I am sad I have learnt that creating makes me feel better. Today I needed a "band aid" or a hug and looked to creating again to heal myself. It's my Mum's birthday tomorrow so this evening after dinner I got too and made her a card. You can't see it in the photo but the bg is very bright and shimmery as its fantasy film with Opals Franklin Embossing Enamel on the top. I also ran it thru the Cuttlebug plus added the gold adhesive lattice for texture.The purple bg is also shimmery due to me using Luminarte Polished Pigments.

 The top heart folds back to tuck under the butterfly on the inner page so the card stands up.

 Here is a better image of the bottom or inner part of the card.

Happy Birthday Mum...I'll get it in the post when the PO opens again after the small Cyclone over Darwin moves on...hopefully Friday.

I've been asked to go over "the ditch" to New Zealand in September to teach at a craft retreat. The theme will be shrines. My immediate reaction was NO WAY as I have never taught before but after loosing my sister last year I vowed I would jump both feet into life and follow new paths if they came up so eventually said YES. I'm scared and excited all at once *grin*.

Anywho I've started to think about shrines and what to teach. It was stressing me a bit...after I completed Mum's card I just decided to sit and play...not necessarily what I will teach but just get me in the shrine mood. I went for making a necklace...of course LOL. I used a small shrine necklace from Coffee Break designs. They are Masonite and I got mine from Jen's shop. These are tiny and cute at about 3.5cms high by 2.5cm wide. There is a base a mid section and the top. They are quiet deep in the end. Mine is a bit steampunkery (I love watch cogs...I do LOL). I called it The Engineer necklace.

A bit closer but more from the top looking down.

and with door open to the Engineer inside near a fuse and tiny embedded watch parts in jewellery grade resin over the top.

I'm looking forward to having 3 days off next week to get shrine making some more :o).
Annette In Oz


Esther said...

ho wowwwwwwwwww you are a genius Annette!!! fascinating!!and this little door!!!

Oxana said...

WOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! I love you necklace! So creativ and beautiful!

Chris @ My Arty Attempts said...

Annette your birthday card is stunning. I will have to use my Opals more. Congrats on being asked to teach. You will be a superb teacher I learned a lot from you on your on line tutorials. You are the reason I used Opals. I wish I was filthy rich so I could pop over to your class from Canada. LOL
Big Hugs, Chris

stregata said...

This shrine necklace is absolutely awesome!!! That class is sure to be a crazy success - a superb piece, really!

Queen Of Toys said...

Sooooo tallented and what a brilliant shrine I loooooovvveeee it. I am sure your mum will love your heart card too.

Congrats on getting your play space so you can spread out, nothing like having a dedicated art room.

Hugs Eliza

Brenda said...

It's sad that Melissa has left but she has a new exciting life and you have a studio now! Life is all about changes and it seems like you have some interesting ones looming. Congrats on your teaching assignment at the retreat - I'm sure you will be fantastic. Love the card - beautiful and clever design, and the shrine necklace is incredible.

Glenda said...

Looks great Annette. I am sure those ladies from ??? I think I know who LOL will enjoy your talents. Might have to come over and join in eh Sparklz hehehehehe...

Jen Crossley said...

Your shrine is just sensational Annette.Keep busy now your daughter is gone and before you know it she will be visiting again.

Chris @ My Arty Attempts said...

Dear Annette, I don't like to see you sad. But, I do love your method of getting over it these art works are fabulous! xx

Samantha Marshall said...

Annette-these pieces are AMAZING!!! Just loving The Engineer necklace.

Linda B said...

this is divine Annette!


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