Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Junk...every where I look !!

Its awesome to have great friends! Thank you Barry for the hard-yards you did today at the garage!

I spent the day in the 'showroom' washing down the walls so that I can paint them in the weekend...but we are not even half way through the clean-up yet...I only had to step out into the workroom to realise that!

Wow...just what are we going to do with all of the junk...that, I'm told is not junk at all?! (Looks like junk to me).

....Hmmm..not looking much better here either!

And then there is the lube bay.....

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Angels on Canvas

At last...I've found some 'mojo', but only thanks to a special cyber friend who challenged me to a swap a month ...or so, ago. This is the canvas I created for Carol, and like most of my work it has rather alot going on, so warning...loads of photos ahead!!

 Originally the 'frame' of my reverse canvas was going to be white...but it just didn't work with the background somehow, so I got out my 'flat' and metallic paints, wax and texture paste and .....

...I made a huge mess. I even managed to forget that I had wax melting in my pan...until I turned to see it was pouring onto the carpet! I must say a special thank-you here to a friend who told me how to get it out of the carpet. Lay paper towels over the wax areas and gently iron over the top, until all of the wax has been absorbed into the paper. ( change the paper towels as the wax is absorbed). I really didn't think that would work but WOW...there is no sign of wax at all now, not even a stain. 

Over the layers of lace, fabric, wax and paint I added some favorite embellishments

And I added an angel poem around the sides.

I made the little angel from paper clay and dotted the tulle bow with dots of kindy Glitz.

Must say cutting the birds nest in half caused me some grief, it really wanted to fall to piece's ...I was saved by my craft glue!

Thanks for looking!

Now pop over to Carol's blog and check out her amazing canvas creations!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Change's on our horizen

Our Duntroon Garage stopped...just like that...on the 22.08.04, the day Andrew broke his neck. Ever since that fate'ful day there has been no operating garage in Duntroon, but that is about to change! Very exciting for Andrew as that garage was the love of his life! We are looking at re-opening on the first of Novemeber, all going to plan! First though there is a lot of cleaning up to be done...take a look.

 Life has been busy these past seven years and the garage show room has been forgotten!

 I have cleaned the windows for the first time in seven years (shame on me), took me several hours, over two days!!

I guess now that day-light saving has arrived I will have an extra hour in the day, just as well because I'm going to need all of the hours I can get my hands on!

Wish me luck!

Avalanche City - Love Love Love (Official Video)

Friday, 16 September 2011

Have a great weekend

Another week gone. Hope you all have a great weekend. Tomorrow my boys are off to Dunedin to bring the horse's home because the Polytech holidays are coming up once again. I am going to get creative! I've almost finished a 'wall hanging' I'm making for my lovely friend Carol.

Check out this fun song by the Foo-Fighters (below)...I know its not the sort of music I normally go for, but I love the words and its a 'catchy' tune.
Back soon!

Foo Fighters - Everlong

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

Saturday was my birthday...I'm VERY old now!! I had a lovely day and was very spoilt by my family (although two of my children were a little slow to remember what day it was)! My dear friend Robyn come to visit, loaded down with goodies. Robyn always brings the sunshine with her!  I received 'happy mail' from my lovely cyber friend Carol, whom I would dearly love to meet one day! 
Carol made this gorgeous gift for me.....

 ...take a peek on the inside....Lovely sweet smellies! 

Thanks to all of my face book friends for the birthday wishes and to all of you who made my day special! And note that next year I'm going to flag my birthday and stay the same age...not too fussy on getting any older!!

Popped a couple of lovely songs on my blog today, check them out below. 

Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up

Tyler Ward - Somewhere With You (Acoustic)

Keep an eye out....

Check out the latest edition of NZ Paper will be in the shop any day now.

And...remember to check out the NZ Paper Chase Blog for our latest challenge...and check out the prize for this month!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Challenge you to win this!

Pop by NZ Paper Chase and join in with our September Challenge. The prize this month is a lovely K&Co 12" x 12" Specialty paper pad. Just click on the image below to pop over to the Paper Chase blog and check out the details! Would LOVE to see you there!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


For quite some time now I have been working on illustrations for a book, written by a friend. At last I think I'm finished!! Check out my new improved this picture she is in the process of disappearing!

  For the past two days I have thrown my energy's into cleaning up our carport come wood used to be a wood shed only...

..but now there is acutely room for two cars, and the wood!

...and now I've even painted the fence!

 And, I'm happy to say that at last I have a crafty project on the go, thanks to my wonderful far -away cyber friend Carol!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Cow poo!

Hello to every one out there in blogger land. This week has been a little busier than the usual at our house. Aimee and her lovely flat mate Bridget have been at home. We have been blessed with the constant aroma of 'cow poo'. The girls have been working 5am to 7 pm every day on a local dairy farm. Tonight, after work and a shower they head back to Dunedin. Aimee begins her brand new job as a Four Square girl tomorrow morning. We will miss them both, but not the smell!!
Camden and Abby arrived home very late last night and headed off into the hills at 6.30 this morning . No doubt everyone will arrive home hungry at some stage!
Tonight we are off to a 21st up the Haka Valley...I will not be drinking anything alcoholic by the way, because last time I did that I forgot when to stop!!
Now that the house work is done and my clothes line is too full to add anything else I'm off outside to mow the lawn...once you start for the summer your at it all of the time I know, but I figure I have to do it some time!!

I still have not sunk my teeth into anything crafty,its been about 3 month now...Hmmm...not sure whats up with me these days!!! Life just keeps getting in the way.
Anyway Carol and I have organised a swap between us, because Carol is 'struggling as well to find inspiration. So soon I will have something crafty to share.

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.

Jake Owen - Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Thursday, 1 September 2011

On Being Brave ...

I read the following on an email from Brave Girls Club, its rather lovely so thought I'd share it with you....You can sign into this site and receive lovely messages everyday...

Dear Courageous Girl,

Please don't for one minute think that you are not courageous just because you are afraid. Please do not minimize your power just because you are feeling a little lost. Please do not believe that you are not on the right track just because you are in a bit of a slump....and most of all, please do not EVER think that you are the only one who has hard days, rotten days, weak days and even days when you feel like you have messed up everything, gone backwards or that all is lost. Even your greatest heroes and role models have days just like you have.

These feelings will pass. If all you can do is HOPE that these feelings will pass, it will be enough. Never lose hope. You made it to now, and you will make it to tomorrow. The clouds will blow over, the sunshine will come again and you will have learned a few new lessons along the way. BEING BRAVE does not mean that you do not sometimes feel scared, weak and just means you keep going anyway.....and that is what you do best.

You can do this, really can. Keep going........don't stop now!
You are so loved!

... very wise words I think!

 Now to business as it were, I have just this moment updated the NZ Paper Chase Blog so I hope you will pop over and check out the latest challenge brought to us by the lovely Pam Nelson.
 Just to tempt you take a peek at Pam's super page...

Maybe tomorrow I will be a 'brave girl' and get my teeth into something crafty...its been quite a while now!!

My Favorite Musuc

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My Scrapping

Here is my finished latest painting

Here is my finished latest painting
This one is a hit with all the males who have seen it. I must say that I did not really enjoy painting a truck and it will be a one off for sure! Uncle David is now the owner of this one. Next project on thepainting scene is going to be a fisherman- for my Uncle Graeme who is wanting me to paint him something. Really need to get onto this one!

Finished at last- I think

Finished at last- I think
At last I think I have pretty much finished this painting for my uncle. Do hope he likes it.

My waterlillies

My waterlillies
one of my recent paintings

Naked Lady

Naked Lady
One of my last years paintings

Aimee and Bob

Aimee and Bob
A painting I did a while back for my daughter

Click on our house to see a little of where we live.

Thank you

Just want to say thankyou to those of you who have been kind enough to take the time to leave a comment or sign my guest book. Always get a buzz out of knowing people have been here for a wee look! THANK YOU!!

Check out my talented nephew Tony...he's the cool dude singing!