Saturday, 21 April 2012

Dusty Attic "April 2012 Sketch"

Usually I am pretty quick in getting my monthly sketches done but this month I seem to have lost my mojo......
Anyway this is the best I could come up with for the Dusty Attic monthly sketch for April.

I have used the Dusty Attic "Lacing Tash" which I embossed using the Moon Glow embossing powders. The colours I used areMidnight pewter/Obsidian and Holly Berry/Red Gold.
I have laced it using the tutorial from the very very talented Natasha Naranjo Aguirre. I have also use Natasha tutorial on the Dusty Attic flowers. I dab painted the flowers in 2 different colours and then ran them through the big shot.

Friday, 20 April 2012


I have been noticing lately the discissions  on a few of the Defence Wives FB pages and other blogs. One of the discussions was  "What is the hardest thing about being a Defence spouse"....people say the absence of their partner especially when they are deployed is the hardest but just lately I think that for me one of the hardest things is being away from family.
 Look don't get me wrong, I can cope without my Mum and Dad, I am nearly 40 years old and have been living away from home for a long long time but its the time when you get that phone call to say that a close family member is ill.
I have had that phone call before but this time it is my family and not my husbands, its that feeling of hopelessness....what can I do to help, I am so far away, what is my plan if things get worse.

I remember when we got the phone call about hubbys father. We knew he was sick, I don't think he even knew things were as bad as they were. I was due to have my 5th baby, we were in Victoria and he was in QLD.....Hubby was torn, does he leave me, whom was just about to drop or does he go and see his Dad. As it turned out, I took control, which is not usually me, my husband is my rock and I need him to make decisions, but I went to the hospital and organised to have bub induced the following day and hubby was able to be with me for the  birth and then leave to be with his dying father.

My Dad has always had a heart condition, he had rheumatic fever as a child and heart conditions runs in his family. He has always looked after himself because he know if he doesn't it wont be a good outcome. But the old ticker has been working hard for nearly 71 years now and its had enough.......and now we wait and I wait for another phone call to see what they are going to do, how soon they do surgery and pray that any phone calls I do get good news not bad.

Until then I hope my Dad takes it easy.......try telling a farmer to take it easy......and I will pray because there is not really much else I can do when I am so far from..... home.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Vintage keepsake box

Firstly I want to say a very big thankyou to Rebecca from "Scrapping on the edge" for her inspiration in doing this box. Bek had recently posted some photos of one of her projects and I just loved it and decided to give it a thank you Bek.

The box is a flat pack "All purpose box from Kaisercraft.
I have use papers from my stash that I have had for years. My favourite is the vinatge labels paper from K&Co. lifes journey. I am not sure about some of the others I used as when I think about it have had in my collection for nearly 10 years.

I put a thick coat of Mod Podge over the top before applying all my other little bits and pieces.

I use a lot of Kaisercraft products especially BTP and often I have little off cuts left over....
these little off cuts and perfect to cover in tissue tape and the add an extra dimension to your project. I have also used them by adding a label to them. Everything is then covered in mod podge to protect  it.

For the final touches I added some of the Tim Holtz feet.
I had so much fun completeing this project so I am considering making another one.

Thanks again Bek for giving me the idea.