Saturday, September 17, 2011

Getting some creative time in ...

Friends of ours Pam and Barry travelled from the Gold Coast to Sydney for a visit last weekend.  Pam and I always try and fit in some creative time and this time we had a go at a technique in the September 2011 Craft Stamper ( by Trish Latimer called Lemon Juice Backgrounds.  My card didn't turn out as nice as the one in the magazine, but I think for a first attempt it's pretty good.

Pam also taught me how to make these flowers ... very cool.

It was beautiful sunny warm weather the weekend before our visitors arrived and then this particular weekend it was arctic!  We decided to make a day trip down to the Southern Highlands (about 1.5 hours south from Sydney) and visited an old wares / antique store in Mittagong, had lunch at the Elephant Boy cafe in Bowral ... a sensory indulgence from the days of the british raj.

After lunch, we ventured out in the bitterly cold windy 8 degrees celsius and made our way to Berrima.  We found a wonderful little shop called Berrima Patchwork Crafts ( that sold the largest and most beautiful range of quilting fabrics I've ever seen ... we had to get Pam out of there quickly as there were so many fabrics she just had to have!!!

Next stop was a quaint shop called The Art of Bookbinding ( ... again we had to get out of there quickly as they had the largest range of beautifully printed papers I've seen!

We just had to visit the Peppertree Trading Company / Antique shop in Berrima.  The place was fantastic.  Pam and I could have spent hours there ... we even lost each other a couple of times inside.  The shop was a feast for the senses ... there was so many old things it was difficult to take it all in.  On top of it, they had a 50% off everything sale.

There were buttons galore ...

I bought a couple of these ...

Just had to have these old bus tickets ... awesome!

"Find something that feels good, that resonates with your heart."
~Dr John Gray~

1 comment:

Shelly said...

Hi Diana -
Thanks for your comment on the poem. I'd all but forgotten how to post on my blog, it's been so long. My apologies for being so lax in keeping in touch. I will write soon. Looks like you and your friend had a great time at the antique shops. Lots of lovely treasures.
All the best,