Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another birthday gift ...

I received the most stunning gift in the mail today all the way from Shelly Sessions in New Orleans, USA. She's altered a notebook that is just divine. I love everything about this journal and can't believe how generous it was of Shelly to send such a beautiful gift for my birthday ... I feel like I've won a lottery.

Front Cover: paint, lace, fabric, mica, vintage text & papers, image covered in beeswax, rusty cardboard, rose dipped in UTEE ... just beautiful.

Journal with one flap open.

Journal with both flaps open.

I have finally finished all my little houses for the Creative Soul Retreat Swap. I ended up making 52 of these little houses and know I actually made 53, but can't for the life of me find the other one anywhere ... hopefully it'll turn up sometime because I'd promised to give it to someone ... I might have to make another one.

If you want to see what some of the other little houses retreat delegates have made, feel free to click here.

I cut the houses out of cardboard, then stuck the roof through the cuttlebug to give it some texture, I added patterned paper that I stamped with text in black and chicken wire in grey (which is quite feint). The roof has been painted in rust, a sticker added across the base and some german scrap on the edge of the roof. The bird is hand cut out and all 3 eggs, some painted muslin forms the nest. I then used spanish copper rub 'n' buff to go over the edges, the sticker and the german scrap to give it a rustic look.

I also managed to finish a couple of birthday ATCs ... one very belated one for Barb Thomas in Wagga Wagga (I couldn't get my act together in February with relatives here and a new baby in the household) and one for Sarah Walker, who's birthday is on the weekend while I'm away in Melbourne.

Only 22 hours and 56 minutes until I leave for the airport and go to the Creative Soul Retreat ... I'm very excited ... must go pack now ... I have left it to the last minute of course.

"A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed."
~Earl Nightingale, 1921-1989, Philosopher and Syndicated Radio Personality~


crafty capers said...

I'm serioulsy jealous on 2 counts. 1. The notebook.
2. You're off on a retreat.
I'll do my best to be happy for you :-) Seriously have a fab time. And when you have chance check my blog - there's an award for you :-) Kate

Shelly said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that you are delighted with the journal. And I am sooooo stoked that it got there in great shape . . . was worried about that rose !!!
Your houses for the swap are beautiful. I love the image and all the embellished details ... the fabric nest is awesome !!! How you made 53, I'll never know. Amazing.
Have the greatest time at the retreat. Soak it all in !!!
All the best,