30 May 2016

There is no new post here.......nope, nothing here......

Remember, we work from every first Monday of a month, so that occurs next week for June, so nothing to see here today; really, there is nothing to see.....oh, all right - some eye candy!

Photo by Georgie FitzGerald
The Huon River at sunrise

You can just see the Sleeping Beauty in the background through the rising mist.....

See you next week!

23 May 2016

Last week in the May Challenge #57

Welcome Peeps!

I hope the world is treating you softly. I have another photo for you to enjoy - another pretty scene from pretty Tasmania.

This was taken by an excellent photographer called Dan Fellows in the Tarkine, in North West Tasmania - a beautiful area of nature at its best. It is not a National Park but should be included.  These are tree ferns.

Now that your soul is refreshed, let our imagination run and get creating

The theme for May is to recycle or reuse an item 
in some way, so that you create another useful item

Remember, we are a paper based challenge, so your creation has to involve paper or card somewhere but not contain any stamped images

The twist is to use something from your stash that is over 12 months old
This is not an either/or thing - you follow the theme and you may choose to add the twist but you must follow the theme to be eligible for the prize

Speaking of prizes - I have to apologies to several people for a lateness in sending the prize
I will do better, I promise!

This is the prize for May

Here is some more inspiration

Charm made from a Pill Bottle Cap

How clever are my team!

Another toilet roll repurposed!

If you want to see how these were made, you need to go to the blogs and find out!

So, off to the workroom, and start moving - you have five more days to enter!

Enter your creation 

16 May 2016

Third week of May - Wow, time flies.........

....and so we are half way through the challenge and the month.

Before we look at the challenge, look at this photo taken by Greg Faull (of course) of beautiful Battery Point, a suburb of Hobart, at sunrise one rainy day last week. It is looking down the street towards the river - this suburb was one of the first settled in Tasmania, and almost one of the first in Australia by the English, and so it has Georgian cottages everywhere - very quaint.

Remember this months's Challenge #57 is to

Creative Upcycling

This means that you are to recycle something creatively - that is use something you would normally throw away in a creative way - not just to use materials that are old. 

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

There is a prize - with an extra surprise thrown in

Now we have sorted that out, lets see what some Design Team Members have come up with for you to look at this week........

The purple metal ring is from a broken earring, and all the other elements are well over 4 years old each, too


The notebook and wooden rolling pin are over a year old. There'll be more piccies on my blog.

Washi tape.......

Remember, to enter you need to go 

and scroll down to the Linky thing

No stamps and it really does have to be recycled or given a new beginning......

09 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day for Sunday!

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Mother's Day
We have a family tradition now (built up over several years) of going to the soccer to watch the Grandddaughter(s) play - and we take food and champers along!
Why not drink while you endure the cold and watch the game?

Yes, autumn has finally been subdued a little and it is getting colder. 

In fact, it snowed here in Hobart, Tasmania, last week - just a light dusting on the mountain. This amazing photo was taken of the old brewery (Cascades) in the foothills. Actually, the stone work is just a facade as the original was burned down in 1967 during disastrous bush fires. You can still see the remnants of the fire damage in the dead trees behind the buildings on the mostly left side of the mountain. They look like thin white sticks. Fifty years ago and still standing, dead.

Another interesting fact. 
My grandfather worked at the Brewery in the 1920 - he was Chief Maltster. 
Always said stout was made from the sweepings off the brewery floor.......

I suppose we need to talk about our April Challenge this week - we had a fantastic response to the challenge so assume you all like Fauna and Flora!!

This is the prize

Our April winner is

(As Steffi uses Flicker I cannot get a copy of her card here; you will need
to go to her site to see it)

Congratulations Steffi

As there are over 30 entries this month, we are going to have 3 DT Favorites: they are

Congratulations too, to you three crafty ladies.

Don't forget this months challenge either

Creative Upcycling

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

Yes, there is a prize also

As well, there is some amazing inspiration from the DT!
How clever are these ideas?

Everything except the photo is over a year old (especially Mum and I)

Jen Leeflang
The organza dress on my card is made from an organza gift bag that is a good few years old.  


Mini album made from empty toilet rolls/tubes

So, what are you going to recycle/upcycle?

Enter your work - by scrolling down to the linky  -

Don't forget our rule - no digital or rubber stamping please.

02 May 2016

May Day, May Day.......it is the start of a new Challenge: #57 Creative Upcycling

(Apologies for the late start - didn't schedule properly!)

Hello Peeps! Hope you have all had a grand start to the new week - and will continue to have a wonderful May. We have started our May with a great downpour of rain - and for a State where the dams were 12 per cent, our gardens are dying and the farmers were extremely worried about planting, that is a very good thing, believe me! 

Onward and upward I say!

We have had a great response to our April challenge, and look forward to seeing what you all come up with for this month..........remember, winner and DT favourite will be announced next week (how difficult will it be picking that!) so do tune in then for details, but meantime here is the May theme.

Creative Upcycling

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

There is a prize - with an extra surprise thrown in

Prize is a new, unused word die 
plus 4 metal girls with balloons (something I have had in my craft room for over a year now)

Your older item can be adorning the upcycled item or it can be the item!

We have had a few difficulties in the DT at the start of this month - some of you have noted that I have been out of action a bit due to a bad back plus the joy of nursing a hubby who has just had a new hip implanted. Other DT members are also having a bit of a journey, and between illness, moving house and holidays we only have one piece of inspiration to share this week, so enjoy that and come back next week to see what else we have come up with!


Small box (13 cm or about 5 inches tall) which did contain a bottle of Tassie whiskey- long gone!
A piece of hessian which was attached to a floral arrangement delivered here some time ago and which has sat on my desk waiting to be used.

Box covered with glue and then MegaFlake to disguise it's previous use, and used to contain some chocolates as a small thank you gift I needed.

The Mega Flakes have been in the drawer for over a year

So begins another challenge - remember, no stamps to be used please; refusal often offends!

Enter your piece at the inky thingy - thanks!