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"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it - generation after generation."
~Pearl S. Buck, 1892-1973, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Winning Author~
The rain we've had over the past week really has brought out some of the best nature around our property ... everything's green, the dams are a bit murky but the water lillies are divine and every now and then we can spot a solitary toadstool.
UPDATE 21/04/09: The lovely Pam's husband Barry, has advised that our little friend is a Freshwater Queensland Tortoise (and not a turtle ... what do I know, hey!). They swim, walk on land and have webbed feet, whereas a marine turtle has flippers and swims and can walk up beaches to lay their eggs.
To finish off, here's my latest creation for last month's Scrapbook Cupboard ATC Swap with the theme Ancient Civilisations. I decided to do Ancient Rome and started off with a map of ancient Rome that I covered in crackle medium with sepia ink rubbed over the top of it to highlight some of the cracks. The next layer is a rub-on I created of the Colloseum, then a Roman and a border made out of old Roman Coins. The final layer has glass shards added to the border that I stuck down with PVA glue. Most of us were a bit late getting our cards in this month and I plan to have my "Clown" themed one's due at the end of this month in on time.
This is a picture of a kangaroo in our backyard from sometime ago ... they definitely come up close and it was nice to see them return after quite a long hiatus of late.
As mish-mash of fibers placed all over a piece of cardstock with strips of heat 'n' bond under the image & on top of the fibers, some brown & gold embossing powder, then ironed flat. I felt it wasn't really finished until I stitched around the edges. The image was printed on an iron-on transfer and then ironed onto calico.
LIVE SWAP MEET - THE SCRAPBOOK CUPBOARD
This hand stitched ATC took me over 2 hours to complete ... sewing is definitely not my strong point. The image is another iron-on-transfer of my gorgeous Kelpie Beau. The fabric is wrapped around the front and back of the ATC and on the inside is an iron-on wadding so it's like a little pillow. The edges were rolled in a couple of times before I stitched and I used 6 strands of embroidery thread for the outside and 3 strands on the dog picture.
WTA - ADVANCED ATCS UK
I received my final ATCs from winning the February Winner Takes All lottery through Advanced ATCs UK and weren't they worth the wait. The uber-talented Laura Carson sent me not 1 but 2 WTA ATCs - she's just the most generous person and I absolutely love them.
ATC WORLD HOME PAGE HONOURS
And last but not least, my hand stitched card has made it to the ATC World Home Page ... it's lovely to see my beautiful Beau's face staring at me everytime I visit the site.
I hope you're not too exhausted from this post, I know it was a long one, but had so many things to share.
Until next time, keep smiling and creating.
"Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1855-1919, Poet and Journalist~
So now I'm challenging some others to do the same ... mmmmm .... let's see who plays hey! All in the name of fun:
By the way, Kate has since deleted her post with this little blog game on it, mustn't have like her picture afterall ... LOL!
"The secret that everyone already knows intuitively within themselves is that we are all whole, complete and perfect as we are, in that we can manifest whatever we choose by simply focusing on what we would like and letting go of everything else."