Here are my latest book beads, First on the left are the completed ones , the centre pic is the cane one is made from, and on the right is the back of the little books. they are only about an inch square so you see are small and dainty.
Well as now is a busy time and each day is getting closer to that fabulous time Christmas I have to go and get on with it.
So many people say they dont like Christmas and that it is all a big humbug, just like Scrooge said. Bur think of it, yes it is a chaotic time, but when the day is actually here it's all worth it.
It is a magical time, whether you take the religeous meaning of it or whether it is a time for family and giving, and that is what I like best of all ,the Giving , giving of your self as to making a lovely time for family or just sitting on your own giving yourself a holiday and being able to sit and contemplate what a year it has been. This year I am lucky enough to have a D and a G/ D visit me So what a time we will have. My D has not been here in 6years so am a lucky little elf. My other family will see me next year when I go to them for my G/G Sons 1st Birthday. so what a lot I have to look forward to I am a lucky lady.
I'm sure you will all find your lucky time now it is nearly Christmas, and if not think of all the world where we are so lucky to be part of, and free to be who we are.
Soar with the Butterflies
sing a Christmas song,
and hug all around you .
Life is good.
Merry Xmas Love to all
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here are my latest book beads, First on the left are the completed ones , the centre pic is the cane one is made from, and on the right is the back of the little books. they are only about an inch square so you see are small and dainty.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
here is some things I have been doing from my Cindy Videos.
Two are the Christmas necklaces, and one is a Bell Christmas tree decoration
I have yet to finish, and one is a small pendant that is ready to string.
These lovely ideas are from my Cindy Videos
They are finished off by polishing with denim after lots of sanding of the clay.
I sometimes use varnish, but found this method suited these things. hope you like.
So I am going back to work on my Book beads and will see you here later.
Do all those nice things like I said,
Take time to Smell the Roses and Cherish your friends
just something to drool over.No I did not make it, but indulged myself for a special occasion of a Red Hat lucheon.
Of course I can always say it is an early Christmas Present, or a late or early Birthday present,but whatever I love it and it is all mine.
It is made of Red satin, and the little red flower on the handle is a brooch which can be worn on a hat or dress, so I got a little bonus with that.
I have also been making my Christmas polymer clay necklaces and titbits here too.
On next post
Friday, October 30, 2009
We all have such full lives that we forget to sit still and just enjoy our time to do this. I always say there is not enough time in the day,well maybe there isn't as we try to cram one hundred and one things into a normal day, but why do we do it?
Are we afraid to just sit?
I have always been one to make very good use of my time and have gone from one thing to the next, just as the norm. So I was just thinking about this and have come to the conclusion that I am a very lucky person health wise, daily living wise and mentally wise, altho maybe I only think I am mentally OK!!! LOL What !!!!
So, I am taking stock of myself and really not going to put too much on myself from now on. Dont know how that sounds to any one else. I think I am meaning to say, I am not going to feel guilty about whether I should have done this or that by this or that time. Thinking of course of all those UFO's among other things that dont get done around here LOL!!! they'll still get done. As they say there is always tomorrow, but knowing for some poor souls there is not always tomorrow.So that is why I feel so lucky in the life I have, and resolve to be even better at living it.Which means in my book ,be really positve in the things you can be, and dont worry about the things you cant be. No more useless thoughts that dont help the day. Do you know that Stress leads to more illnesses that anything else, and if we did not let all the unwanted stressful things creep in we would be so much better, so let it all go, and then there will be time to just sit and Smell the Roses.XX
Now I have been so uplifted by the replies I have received re my recipe in here.
Thank you all so much hope you really enjoy.
I have found some lovely Blogs in my quest in finding new things,
Here Are two recent ones.
Some lovely ladies who have caught my interest.
You may have noticed that I have not been so diligent in getting my blogging done, well of course no one needs a glass ball(cant afford a Crystal one, LOL) to know why I havent been here really, as of course I come here every day I really do , BUT along the way I stop and SMELL THE ROSES, and of course then never get the time to stay and do.
That is because there are so many lovely blogs to read.
I always find such interesting ones to follow,
See my righthand list
Here you can see what I have been working on of late. I am an avid Cindy Leitz Polymer clay fan and watch her video instructions and learn so much from them and here is the latest offering. Book beads she called them
My D.Jacqui, tells me,
Books are like people,when they are open they are always interesting, when they are closed it is like a little mystery parcel waiting to be explored. These little books are a perfect metaphor for your friendships, eveyone is always a bit closed but still waiting to be opened up by new friendships to reveal more of themselves. this is what keeps a friendship from waning as there is always still so much to learn from each other.
I loved this, dont know if she actually wrote this or whether it has been heard of before, but whatever it is a nice compliment to my little Cindy books so I will keep making them and give them to my friends with Jacquis words in mind.
So have a lovely day and see your friends in a new light. Cherish them are I'm sure they cherish you. I know I cherish all my friends.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
So on a Sunny Sunday when I was out in the bushland, blogging was not far from my mind as to be able to put this content in here. I hope you enjoyed my blog.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Well here I am again. these are some Polymer clay Butterfly wings I have recently made folowing a Cindy Leitz Video.
, Jeez it takes me so long to get back here. I love looking at all the other blogs that I know, and of course I am always finding new things on them, so when I start off my day to blog, I find myself elsewhere and never where I should be!! Here !! LOL!!!
They, say nothing is new in the world, and they maybe right, but I can still always find something new to muse about.
Maybe thats just me, as I dont know everything LOL, and so its new to me what ever it is LOL again.
So what have I found today that has taken me away from where I should be and tranported me to another place to muse and have fun.
First I was looking at sewing machines, but no that didnt hold my interest, then I found, Mrs Art Doll Maker, and her look at Clip art and what a revelation. Wow if you want to find clipart this gal has got it, as well as a great blog.
Now ,see the great pic of me in my Christmas RedHatThank you Susan sent all the way from Virginia to me in Australia. See Susan and Mrs Art doll Maker in my Creative Others on the right side.
The days go so fast that to keep up we have to do as much as we can, enjoy as much as we can, and be aware lifes too short to hold onto anything in the past that is not enriching our lives today.
Until I catch up with this again in my fast and furious life flying around like my friends the butterflies, have fun and Happiness.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Hi all, Its Strawberry time here and today I got a packet with the Biggest one I have ever seen. Just had to take a picture of it before I gulped it. It was at least 3inches across and nearly an inch deep and I only needed one! to fill the plate. They are very cheap here at present ,must be a glut, but I dont mind when they only cost about $1 50 bx, Was very tasty too.
Well it is quite a time since I have been here, and when I look at all the other blogs I am interested in I find everyone has been busily going along doing great things.
There have been some very sad things too and when I read all the heart wrenching things that happen to people , I thank God for my every day, and say a little pray for everyone else
I am so blessed to be able to do all I do and I try to give back in some way .
I have friends that need a bit of comfort and an ear to whisper in, and others that just need to be around some one, so I am there for them.
I have a great insight into people and maybe should have been a claivoyant, as can sometimes tell what some one is thinking or meaning without words.
Anyway my friends say I am a good listener, not that that means I am not a good talker, can have a good as yap as anybody, but I am not a gossip, and things never go past me. so I think that is a good trait.
I have a lovely daughter, one of 3 lovely daughters, who is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Councellor, and I know she has great insight into peoples needs too, and has great compassion for people. BTW She is Julia Verdigrisrose in my Creative Others links at the right hand side here.
Wow where did that all come from today.
Well what have I been doing?
Too many things, I bought some new curtains unexpectedly.
Came just out of the blue, went shopping for something else and came home with curtains instead. do you ever do that?I loved the ones I had but knew that someday I would like to change them to lighter c0lour , the colour of the walls in my lounge which would make the room look bigger and it sure does.
And I saved $60 at the sale so I think that was the motivation for them.
Anyway I am so happy about them.
Have yet to have many visitors to see what they think, but tomorrow my group comes for the polymer clay tuition so may get some comments then.
Am working hard to tut my students in polyclay and they are doing some nice work, so I must be doing something right!!
They will all be better than the teacher very soon. But isnt that what it is all about when teaching people things.
To see them take it all run with it and improve out of site from that first baby steps at the start.
I just love how that happens. I think I did really miss my calling and should have been a trained teacher, that would have been something, so I think I am lucky that I can now indulge my self by being a volunteer teacher of nice things. (Funny thing I had an older Bro and Sis who trained as teachers,) I think at the time they didnt think 0f me as one, but I know now that is what I like to do and as I say to my students who say I am a good teacher, I teach how I would like to be taught as to be able to understand, so as I said I must be doing something right .!!
Well I guess I have to go till next time I can find the time to be here , so until then take care and Find happiness
in what you love to do.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Hi again, Well I am having a great day of catching up. Wonder when I will get this much time again, but as you see by the pictures I have done some things lately.The first picture is of some ATCs that I have just sent off to a group in U.S A,. They are done with polymer clay objects on them.First one is of course Butterflies , and next is hearts.The theme was self, and as Polymer clay as you know is a fav with me and colour and Butterflies I did these. My base card is painted with 2 colour s of acrylics and sprinkled with embossing powder and heat gunned for texture. So there are the things I love Polymer clay, Colour and Texture. So I do hope the recipients love them as much as I do. I love doing these cards. The middle picture is of a small dolly dress hand towel I have just done for a friends B/day.It is a hand towel halved and gathered and sewn in to appear like a skirt. It has velcro tabs to hook over your oven handle and does look cute, as my friend has a red kitchen, hence the red dress. Hope you like it. I am going to do some in Xmas towelling for gifts too.
Well today I have had such a great time, altho very consuming, Finding new things at other blogs. I have found five new blogs to follow along with.There are some amazing beautiful things that people do on their blogs, and they are there to see and follow. I guess most people know that, but I am still blown away by all the marvellous things I see here.So take a look and enjoy.
Also I have taken a liking for Bhajis http://video.about.com/indianfood/Onion-Bhajis.htm that I had on my trip to Hayman and have been making them madly. Yummy. They are really only Onion Fritters made with Chick pea flour and spices but oh how nice , and easy too. So you see I am always
Finding new things every day of my life,
It's what keeps your mind fresh and happy. I'm sure.
Let those Butterflies swirl around you and show you the most enjoyable sights.
Go to these sites and have fun there.http://barbsgoodlife.blogspot.com/
Bye for now
Have a wonderful day like me
love and hugs XXXXXXX
Here where the sun shines on my life, and where I love to meet my friends.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Here is my big Surprise from my last post. Wasn't really a secret, but an exciting little thought that something nice was about to happen and it did!!
I have just recently received my Give away prize that I won on Marie Segals Blog.
I cant thank you enough Marie, everyone who has seen it has been really impressed, and I know I will treasure it with a special place in my heart for it .
Marie called it her Bella Necklace, and I entered her Giveaway Comp, thinking of my G/G who is Isabella, and is a sweet 20 mnths old. This necklace is sweet and pretty like our Isabella who is a little person to be taken notice of just like my new necklace is whenever I wear it. So it was a very appropriate gift for me to receive.
I can think of Marie and Isabella as well.
This necklace is made of Cernit a much harder clay than I am able to use and I certainly note the difference, and think how durable it will be for a long time
A great thing about this Giveaway is that I have been Finding new things in other people's blogs and I marvel at how far I have come since I started blogging.
There are so many places to go , that one thing leads to another, and when you start looking at all the other blogs that are attached to your follower's blogs I feel it makes the world very small, and we all become known to each other by this.
I still get real pleasure knowing that other bloggers come in to my blog here and leave such nice messages.Fancy that, I now have so many follower's which I had none of when I started
As they say like begets like, we want to be around positive people like ourselves and isn't that just so right.
It makes for a very happy day.
I had a very happy day today.
Every year our city, Mackay,Qld Australia, has a Festival of the Arts for 2 wks, Well it is on now, there are displays everywhere and entertainment and street things and today I went to an Art space where people were asked to take part and take their art work of any kind along and so I took some of my cloth dolls and jewelry for display.
A lovely Japanese girl was the resident artist and was so sweet .
The place was just done out like a cave with the ceilings and walls covered with colourful fibres and art work and and so much crafty things from paper mache masks to big colourful rosettes, and children's art, it made you feel so happy just to be there,it was a place where everyones art or craft was appreciated. I did not know any of them but they just accepted you as you are, which I do when I meet people, so I was really happy there, and it was really out of the blue for me to do that, but I knew it was the right place to be. When I go back I will try to get a few photos to put in here.
It really was Soaring with the Butterflies as it was a new experience for me but was such a happy one, that I have been smiling all day since.
So look outwards and do something new that you think you never would have thought of, it might be just what you should be doing.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This is my latest Polymer clay effort which is based on Mokume Gane.
My interpretation anyway.Enlarge to see.
This is what I have ben teaching my students this week , plus stringing it all.Its very nice to wear and isnt as heavy as it looks as polyclayists would know.
Soon I will be ableto put some of the students work in as they are doing very well and are as enthusiastic as I am.
Have a lovely day
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Must be down on work this week you say, but NO have just as much to do
Ive been Tagged,by the nicest person,my new friend Marie Segal
Thank you Marie
To be Tagged if you dont know, is to join in bringing all us Bloggers closer. this way we read a lot more blogs and on it goes.
This is a pic of me
on a Red Hat day
A few small rules here to Tag or if been Tagged
1. Name and link back to the person who Tagged you .
2. List 6 unimportant things that make you happy.
3. Tag 6 bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment
Of course if you are very busy , dont know 6 bloggers, or are just not inclined that way, no worries, it is all in good fun of course, just keep reading blogs.
Ok here goes for me,
6 Unimportant things that make me happy.
Reading blogs of followers.
Being with people
Finding time to create.
Meeting new friends
Knowing my family are having a happy day.
Just sitting musing, with time to spare (Not often enough) Of course these things are AS important as unimportant, as I am happy on my own too.
How about you.?
Have a lovely day and dont be surprised if you get Tagged it is getting incessant.
The man in the middle helped himself to us bunch of beauties so impressed was he with the colour. Not usually for the guys is our Red Hat day.
The funny point of this was, we were suppose to be having lunch at a place called Angelos on the Marina here in Mackay. We did not book and found we couldnt go there so went somewhere else near, even nicer.
So when this man came along and wanted a photo with all of us , we named him Angelo.
The joke of the avo was, "at least we didnt have to eat olives" as Angelos is an Italian Resturant.
A lovely day and real fun.
I am the one in all purple on the right of the picture., but you may know that.
1st of June today, our first day of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. and of course the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
So a time to Find New Things that these few months bring us.
Monday, May 18, 2009
while looking around at other blogs which I find takes me all over the world, I find so many new things that I get left behind in the wonder of it all.
I just dont do what I am suppose to be doing . Writing my own blog.
I see other bloggers may have the same affliction so dont feel so bad.
Here I am at last today to catch up and to show youthat I have been working.
I have made this cute symbolic type necklace from a design by Maria Teresa Stoa a lady from New Mexico.
From and article she had in the magazine Salon, from America, which a friend showed me.
The colour was so inviting I just had to make it, and am so pleased with it it. Here it is
I also made some of the beads while working with my polyclay.
I also have been doing ATC's to swap in America.
Here are some of my latest efforts with the Kitchen as the theme.
So you see all is not lost behind the scenes I am working away like a little beaver with creative things going round and round in my head.
Just like all the other creative Bloggers who like me dont get in here too often but sometimes have to give in to get some work done.
Hope you all have a lovely day working or blogging, such fun
Finding new things
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Today is another lovely day in Autumn, even tho the sky is not its usual blue and a shower has just passed over,it is refreshingly nice, after a very hot and humid Summer.
Every season has its glories don't you think.
Autumn, mm, Fall, to my new friends.
In comments , on this page I have come across some nice new friends, who have already inspired me in many ways.
How wonderful the art of blogging is.
It brings positiveness to the whole world, or to those who want see life that way.
What a pity we all cant see the positiveness there is in everything in life.
How much happier people could be by leaving those negative thoughts and deeds behind.
Like I say,
Soar to your greatest potential.
You have the right to be that great person who is inside all of us.
Who has heard people say
"You are so clever, I cant do that"
Well ,cant is not in my vocabulary
Of course you can.
It is there in all of us, I see it in myself everyday, when I want to do something new.
I try, even tho I have no concept of what it is I am suppose to be doing LOL
Hence my attempt at Mandalas but even if I don't exactly "Get It"
I have already learnt so much just by trying, and it is within my
Finding new things. concept.
So be enlightened and find yourself within yourself, you will find the positiveness of life and
Soar, to heights you could never have imagined yourself doing.
Great things will come of it and even if you just have a nice day trying,
thats all we can ask for.
Except to do only as well as you can.
Everyone is different and unique and we all bring something to this world.
Make it as positive as only you can and you will be inspired.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
That means a lot of different things to different people all over the world.
The first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn elsewhere and May Day to some.
Today is another beautiful day which ever it is, and I am so glad I am able to be here reaching out and meeting new people and
Finding new things
all around me.
This week in researching those Mandalas, I have already met a new friend.
Last one was Marie Segal and now its Victoria Oneil, A lovely lady who knows all about those pesky Mandalas which are such a head scratching exercise for me, and she even has a great tut on her blog, so go to my Creative Others, friends on this blog and you ll be able to learn about them too.
Sometimes I wonder how we all fit all the things into the time we have , but like they say "Ask a busy person" if you want something done.
On this beautiful day I will
to try to catch up to those butterflies to enhance the spirit of the day.
til next time
Loads of Love tothe Universe
Monday, April 27, 2009
the sun is shining and I am at peace with the world.
I found a new friend Marie, among my Finding New things.
How lovely I will soon get her space on my blog.
Marie Segal .
Marie is one of the most respected Polyclayist with such beautiful work to die for.
I hope to have heaps of fun with Marie, you can too.
Thanks Marie for your message about my recent ATCs .
I have yet to hear back or receive a swap, but know they got there ok, so we are all excited.
What a small world it is, when my art such as it is, can be given to others on the other side of the world, mind blowing I say.
I have also joined Polymer Productions and that is where I met Marie and will no doubt meet others there to.
Today I am at play this compting takes up a lot of time.
But my Butterflies are always there
hovering and bringing me good vibes.
You to can have good vibes,
Just find the butterflies in your life
and let them carry you away to new things
Friday, April 24, 2009
Here I am at last.
It is over a month since I have been in here.
Don't know why.
A number of things have taken me away from here I was enjoying doing this , but came to a full stop. My Mandala Swap ATC's 4 cards and envelopes.
Of course I have still been Finding New things all the time.
Everyday brings a new horizon to go to .
There are so many other nice blogs to go to and I have joined two new groups .
Hopefully to further my education in art and craft.
I have also joined a site by Cindy Leitz and can now access her tutorial videos, great, am learning a lot there.
The two other groups are Creative souls for the Mandala swap, and Millandes Creative Community to learn how to with Mandalas. those ladies certainly know how to , so much there and so nice to be able to go there and meet new and ver talented people.
I also learnt about Mandalas wow they've been around for thousands of year but I had never even heard the word.
So I joined a group to swap them as ATCS. Well it is like following a cause blindly as I had no idea where to start.
I was pleased with my efforts but know that the most patient Tibetan monk would have to smile.
Well I have sent them off and will get some back so hope whoever gets mine will be happy as they are pretty if not just the right kind of thing.
But there you go, it comes under the category of Finding New Things, to me anyway.
Well I hope anyone who comes my way is still
Soaring away with the Butterflies
on their journey to Find all the new and beautiful things this Universe has to show us.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
to appease my creativness. While looking at blogs here you can come across so many things that other creative gals are doing .Sometimes it puts me to shame to see it all and know what I havent done, so I feel very guilty.
A lovely blog I like is
Mainly in The patch work world I admire, but Dont get to do, so,
here .Look in the Creative others to see the beautiful patchwork world of
Soar high in Paradise let the world know you are here.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Have been so busy this month Finding and doing new things, Blogspot got lost.
Today I have found three new Blogspots that interest me and being from very creative people Im sure they'll interest anyone that comes here.
So, Welcome to my Blogspot
I certainly would have liked to have been at your class Wilma.
Ah me cant be everywhere one wants to be.
That is what is so inspiring about Blogspots, you can drop in anywhere you want to go and be part of other creative peoples lives.
So like I always say
Soar away to great heights
Take others with you and enjoy life.
Find happiness in being yourself.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today I received word about a place in Marysville that was amidst the horrifying fires in Melbourne in Febuary.
I knew of it and had such admiration for the wonderful
Sculptures and Art of BrunoTorf.
If you have ever been there you will know what I mean.
We cannot imagine the traumas that those people in those areas faced at that time and are still facing.
It is good to know that they will be rebuilding the beautiful gardens and sculptures of
It will take time and money but they will come back with an even more beautiful place I know.
From time to time I will go there and
Find the new things
they will be doing to bring back the wonderful place they had there.
You can see all about it on my site here.
Also today I am thinking of a friend I have had in the doll making world.
She is such a talented lady and making the most of her amazing talent. Look for her in my Creative Others column,it speaks for itself.
Good luck to all you do Michelle.
The world is a Wonderful place with all the talent and amazing things ,so dont feel sad or down, just go out and-----
Find new things.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is the latest Austalian Beading Magazine With
Melanie Dilday from Clay happenings see Creative Others work on the cover a great acheivment.
Havent been in for awhile, busy doing other things.
Went to Townsville to look after my sister.
As always Finding new things .
When you wake up to a new day , there is always something new to find.
Today I found old friends I did a Polymer clay workshop with in Canberra a few years ago. Lovely to see they have progressed so much and are still enjoying their chosen craft.
See JanetnCarl in Creative Others
A big tick for Melanie Dilday at Clay happenings who taught us so much and enthused us with her passion for Polymer Clay. We all learnt a big lot from her.
She has just had her latest work put on the cover of the latest
Australian Beading Magazine.
A huge Congratulations for her.
A great personality and a great teacher.
I found I have new followers, so that is so great, thank you, Margarita and Wonderful Wire.This is so good meeting new friends and like minded people.
Life is so good many new things to find everyday. So like I always say
Soar with the Butterflies
You never know what you will acheive.
Love and hopes for great peace in your life.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I found a lovely site by Ro Bruhn . Her work is so lovely and the things I like, like mixed media. Lots of beads and colour. The above photo is of one of her journals using her own papers that she sells on Etsy...
Keep soaring Ro.
I'll be there to see.
My passion is of course Cloth Dolls and Polymer clay, so don't know which to talk about first.
I found this lovely site sent to me by an email friend to add to my list, but it came out right here, so take a look at :
if you are inclined like me to want to be into lots of things in these arts.
Sarajane Helm is a great example of a mixed media artist there are so many places to go on her site that of course I am into my hobby of Finding New Things.
So I have the best of everything here.
I love the fact that when on a site I can go to other links that others have found and put in it makes it so much easier.
I can stay on a site and daydream and float away into all the beautiful things I find there.
Of course the one drawback is that I am more here, than doing my own work at present, so must find some way to get a happy medium for both.
I'll be like the butterflies I see out of my window.
They alight on a place soak up all the beauty , then fly off to who knows where, to perhaps alight some place else and distribute their own kind of beauty for others to see.
Ah that is my inspiration for today.
Yes I have found all these new things to crowd my mind and now must go off to put my own kind of dreams on what I have seen.
Soar again like the butterflies ,
rest in your arts and
enjoy your own creativeness again.