Monday, 10 February 2020

Frank - A Man for All Seasons

My uncle who isn't, my second dad, my movie buff, my cat lover, and my very good friend, Frank, died late last year, having battled many illnesses in his life, but going peacefully in the end, when we all least expected it.

Its hard to be sad for long - Frank was one of those people that things happened to, and he had a brilliant memory and was able to tell a great story. I did many scrapbooking pages on or around Frank, and I have tonnes of wonderful memories. He is not gone; not really - his laugh, the moments I shared with him, are as strong as they ever were. I'm sure the first thing he did in passing was whip over to the US to visit Hollywood - not the current one, but the one of the 1940's where his wealth of knowledge could have made him a tour guide on the spot.

Frank - A Man For All Seasons - digi scrapbooking - Kraft+ Challenge Feb 2020 Guest Designer

Kraft+ Feb 2020 challenge

The Adventure Continues....

I really enjoyed getting my teeth into the Jan 2020 Kraft + challenge. I loved the colours, and edtied some asian papers I got for christmas to fit in with them. My Christmas holidays were great until New Year when the fires broke out across the state, and after getting home had more local fires to deal with. The uncertainty of going to bed and not sure if you'll be awake for a fire evacuation notice was daunting. But in the end, all my family is safe, as was I.

So it was hard to produce a happy looking page after all that kind of sapped my creativity. But I enjoyed constructing the page, using my cross stitch flowers from my late 20's and fasioning a page together. Its not my greatest page, but it helped to get my creative juices running again.

The Adventure Continues (digi scrapbooking page) Kraft + Jan 2020 challenge
Kraft+ January 2020 Challenge

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


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