Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is the view from top side
Grant reckons he would get a good price for it on Ebay LOL
Annette In Oz....off to clean my gross oven...I'd rather Angelina Film it !
Next I had a glorious few hours of inky fun and made all these yummy shimmery bits of Angelina Film pieces.I used craft Vilene(thin sturdy stiffening that I get at The Thread Studio..also were I buy Angelina Film) as the base and then ironed on some Vliesofix(fusible webbing that is used to attach two bits of material together)which is heat bondable on both sides.I peeled off the backing and then painted it with black gesso.When it was dry I ironed on some Angelina Film (I had no idea if applying gesso to the the Vilene/vliesofix would ruin its abilty to act as a "glue" when I ironed on the Angelina Film..but all was Ok) and then ironed on some Franklin clear Opals(from Pipe Dreamink).I then placed the pieces colour side down on a texture stamp and ironed it again leaving it on the stamp till it cools...the Opals melts and and sets again and the stamp imprint is left behind.These are all so gloriously pretty and shimmery,light,easy to sew and cut.They feel like leather to touch.
I then made a template out of card stock of the side of my wooden purse and cut some of my Angelina Film stamped pieces to fit the template.I don't have a very good sewing machine so I just attached the pieces to each other using a small zig zag stitch.I've settled for a green/purple colour on one side.The stamps I used are from After Midnight Art Stamps
Monday, June 15, 2009
Giving Back . . .
Communication fascinates me and always has. I really think it makes the world go around. So, it has always interested me that only 1 or 2 percent of readers ever leave Comments on a blog post, or have anything to say in a Yahoo Group.
It interested me enough that I have been asking friends why that is. Yes, I have a lot of lurker friends to ask. The answers were really interesting because they went something like this: I’m shy, nothing I say would be interesting to anybody, I’m probably the only one who hasn’t already thought of this, I’m too busy.
Do you pick up a them there? Pretty one-sided, right? But what if leaving comments wasn’t all about you?
I have an interesting lesson to share. I used to have a very hard time accepting compliments, and like many of us do, I would pretty much throw the compliment back in the complimentor’s face, thinking I was practicing modesty instead of insult. They would say “you’re so good” and I would say “no I’m not”. Those are paraphrases, but you know what I mean. “What a pretty dress!” “Oh, this old thing?”
So one day, my brother asked me if I realized that I was insulting the other person. Whether I realized the complimenting process wasn’t only about me, but rather, a social interaction. What? Something that’s not only about me? How could that be?
But he was right. By arguing with a compliment, I was telling the other person they were wrong, and maybe their opinion didn’t matter much to me.
That was a big lesson, and ever after, I just say “Thank you”
There are lots of things that aren’t just about us, and the amazing plethora of treasure that is internet content is one - a gift that didn’t just get stuck in your computer with the hard drive. It is created and given by hardworking and generous-to-a-fault people just like you (blogs, Yahoo Groups, online zines, tutorials, product reviews, etc. - all free).
If someone brought all this in a box to your door, would you say “Thank you”? Of course you would. If someone at a party told you an amazing thing you never heard of before, or told you about a wonderful new store or book, or restaurant, would you stand there and stare at them silently like you didn’t hear them? Of course you wouldn’t.
Well, the web is not different than the world we live in anymore. It is a social place, and we must all take some social responsibility. I get a kick out of articles that talk about “Netiquette” and Web Etiquette. They mention not flaming somebody into ash, and not TYPING IN ALL CAPS because it means you are yelling.
But they don’t say: speak up and add your voice and your energy to this fantastic exchange so it can keep on rolling and become even better. So the folks who are giving all this don’t run out of gas and stall altogether. They should say that.
And just in case you are thinking this is all about me (LOL), I think we do better here than most with Comments (especially when something free is being given away ;-), and I get so much gratitude in emails that it gives me lots of practice on my compliment Thank You’s! But it breaks my heart to see really good Yahoo Groups fade away because only three people are willing to keep talking, or wonderful blogs go away because the author feels she is hearing the sound of one hand clapping or worse, talking to herself in public.
I know lots of bloggers will say they are doing it “for themselves” and it doesn’t matter if anybody responds with a Comment, but a part of that is just bravado. If they were only doing it for themselves, they would do it in a closet - not on the internet.
So let these wonderful folks know you visited, and if you liked their tutorial, or if their technique gave you a valuable answer you’ve been searching for. Or just say “thanks for all you do,” like many of my wonderful readers do. It’s little but it goes a long way.
Give back - and it will only get better for everyone.
All too true and I am guilty of it too.The web is huge and can be seen as just an electronic medium but it all comes from caring interesting people and maybe we all should be telling each other what good work they do...for me that may be only weekly when I have time to check my fav blogs but a week late or not I know it will be appreciated!!
Annette In Oz
Sunday, June 14, 2009
this is closer to the wing
This second one has more Angelina film ironed onto black card stock using Opals Franklin embossing enamel as the glue(Opals paper).I then ran the whole thing thru the Cuttlebug using a swirl embossing folder.In the centre there is a Franklin Opals transfer of a vintage image.The wire words and the metal corner trims are tinted with Ranger Alcohol Inks.The holey part under the image was done when I had set the iron too high and ironed some Angelina Film between baking parchment and had not realized...it was too hot and made it melt into honeycomb style holes....I liked it LOL so used it here.AAHHH no Eggplant colour here LOL
Annette In Oz
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
and looking back from where we had walked
Some of the rocks in the Gorge creek bed are huge.This one must have made a huge noise when it fell off the side of the Gorge.Tim climbed on to show size comparison.Tim is 13 and taller then me.
What can I say...small things amuse small minds LOL.I was fascinated as we stopped for a swim to see Eucalyptus leaves being blown across the water carrying water droplets.The leaves are waxy and float on the water.When people go swimming splashes of water land on them and ball up.I spent half an hour chasing these all over the place trying to get shots that were not blurred from me and them moving.I must look up where I can change the setting on my camera to sports shots :o)
After three hours of walking,stopping,swimming,chasing butterflies(there were hundreds in one spot but they kept moving too quick for me to take a photo of them) and having fun we started to go back.Tim walked over this rock and looked down to realize it had a right facing side profile of a face image worn into it by erosion.
These next two photos are of two reptiles at Grant's place of work (The Territory Wildlife Park) at Berry Springs.The first is a Macleay's Water Snake(Enhydris).See how he looks luminous in spots as the light shines on his scales.Reminds me of the iridescent film in my stash
and lastly is the beast at his work.This is a King Brown snake and he is 8foot 6"...he is a cranky bugger and I worry every time Grant has to go and get him out for the Vet or clean the cage.Even in this head shot he looks grumpy to me!!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
here is Carlia(18) on the left and Melissa(17).I haven't got a single photo of Carlia to share at the moment as Carlia is "tribal" LOL...she likes to be with others and is quite the extrovert.Both have amazing eyes.
This is Carlia with her boyfriend Cory.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
While I perfected my interpretation of the colour I tried all sorts of things and in the process I have ended up with 19 tiles...oh and the purple stained fingers LOL.I chose two tiles and have completed my tiles to send(you can't see them LOL)and 16 I will put in the Collections tile frame and upload later in the week for you.One of the tiles was made using Zeborah Loray's Faux Carnival glass tech using Opals embossing Enamel and Angelina Film and a stamp by Studio Astarte.It fits perfectly into a memory glass frame so I used it to make another necklace.
Both my daughters want this one LOL.Oh my I think I am on a jewellery and Eggplant roll...shame I have my 8 busy days at work coming up as I've had way to much fun these last few days creating...more Eggplant tomorrow till I get the rest of the submission for somerset Studio done :o)Oh and in case anyone was wondering this photo is UNALTERED and what you see is what I was seeing.It was taken at night with a daylight lamp
Annette In Oz
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
this is closer to the vintage dragonfly brooch...it was under the top part that I used in the Opals book tin I made earlier this month