Thursday, 9 January 2020

Proteas are not Australian Native Flowers

There really is no explanation for this, but slowly creeping over the past twenty years or so, more and more artists and interior designers are including Australian plants into their designs, however none more so than the very structural Protea. Which is not an Australian native. Yes- they do very well in most Australian gardens and are in the florist trade extensively as are their cousins Leucodendrons but both are native to South Africa and do not grow wild in Australia.

Wattles, bottlebrushes, hakeas, banksias, tea trees, gum trees, etc are Australian natives - but not those darn Proteas!

So when I saw another protea in amongst a group of Australian natives - that's what I did my digital scrapbooking page on.  I've really enjoyed going 'back' to kraft and different ways of using it. The buttons remind me of gumnut seeds.

Proteas ARE NOT Australian 2019 Dec
It also seemed to inspire my latest painting - Banksias for Tiffany (aka Mr Tiffany of Tiffany Studios New York 1890's - 1930's.) which I painted on paper with acrylics. I've never painted a banksia before.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

the day the sky turned orange and it went dark

I didn't see any flames, and I wasn't in direct danger at any point, but I saw things I've never seen before. I saw panic. I saw skies turn dark in the middle of the day. I saw a strange orange glow across the smoke filled skies cast down upon the ground below making everyone and everything look orangey. I saw burnt leaves and burnt ash flit past like tiny insects on windy days. I sensed the unpredictability of the fire fronts and I praised and was so thankful to all those in emergency services for providing protection and calm amongst chaos.

I don't seem quite able to move forward properly, so I have created this scrap page which I hope will help shift things within me, as I have many more friends and associates directly caught up in the fires and have been incredibly lucky.

Exodus 2020 - digital scrapbooking page

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Adventure Ahoy 2019

In September 2019 I went across to the far south east coast of NSW to bird watch non-stop. Except there was one stop - a 3 day trip away to Lakes Entrance in Victoria, where one afternoon I went out on a Eco tourist boat and took some amazing photos and bird photos and totally enjoyed the experience. So when I saw the Kraft Plus comp for October 2019 I was itching to use this experience as my theme.

Adventure Ahoy - Kraft Plus Oct 2019 scrapbooking comp
Kraft Plus challenge Oct 2019

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Sooooo Happy 2019 Sept

I have mega achieved! After 4 years of Step Into Life in Wodonga the trainer (who has done 12 years) called it quits and gave us 2 weeks notice. yikes! Then my Uncle (who isn't) passed away after a long amazing life for amazing person. And somehow, I coped - I more than coped - I shone. Frank will always be with me. I'm happy for my trainer that now she isn't tied down and can have a normal life. And I've found a new trainer to try and been to 2 sesions now with her. This is a mega achievement for me.

So when I saw this Kraft+ challenge :

Kraft+ Challenge Setp 2019
I thought - great - a way to show my mega achievement. So I went straight into the bathroom after training and took this pic and created this page:

Sooooo Happy Sep 2019

Sunday, 22 July 2018

My kind of Soup Winter July 2018

It's hard to take in such a colourful inspiration in Winter in Australia, but that was my challenge with the Archiscraps July 2018 scrapbooking inspiro. So all I could think of of doing a page that would warm me up; what do I do in Winter that I could use these bold colours on? So, for the first time in my scrapping life, I scrapped about my soup making skills. Its so natural to me, it doesn't normally register as a skill.

But ever since I moved out of home, I've been making my own soup my way, throughout winter. I love pumpkin and sweet potato, and usually add something like cauliflower to make it go a bit further. I dice and slice vegetables and boil them, and then add my dry soup mix which forms a base, together with Paprika. I never use soup mixes like cup a soup or anything with croutons or strong flavours like asian or chilli. They are usually just too concentrated or have too much added salt or sugar for me.

I loved placing this bold colours together on my page, and for the first time ever, taking stage photos of my soup making process!

my kind of soup - july 2018 - digi scrapbooking layout Archiscraps 
Archscraps July 2018 inspiration

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