Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and Happy Sky Watch Friday it has been pretty cloudy in these parts.

"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was when it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it." Lyndon B. Johnson

Click photo to enlarge the view of a quiet waterway complete with a little boat ready for a row. Too funny when I pulled the car over to take this photo, the radio piped up with the song I speak to the sky, funny about that.

Altered Puzzle as seen in
Idiot's Guide to Altered Art

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special celebration. It is a time when we think of family, friends and home, for me that includes my family and friends in Plymouth – the home of Thanksgiving.

Much of Thanksgiving is about gathering together to celebrate all that is good in our world but sometimes it is nice to take a quiet moment to yourself.

Breakfast is my quiet time of day to sit and watch the sun coming up and enjoy some of my favorite things including a daily reading from
Sarah ban Breathnach's Gratitude series.

Placecards are a fun decoration. The feathers are easily made by cutting strips of pretty printed papers and folded them up to make feathers, tucked behind a circle creates a cutie of a turkey shape.

Recently I converted to shabby chic beach décor and now that everything is shades of white it gives more reasons to think about what to keep and why they are special.

This is my entry table, the first thing you see coming in and the last stop for car keys when running out the door.

All these little trinkets are the reminders of everything I am thankful for, an angel to watch over my travels, family photos and the beach.

Always nice to bring a hostess gift when visiting, this is my creation for friends who have decorated their home in lovely autumn shades of gold and burgundy.

Thank you cards seem to have gone out of favor in this era of instant communication but saying thank you is the nicest compliment you can give your host, so don’t forget to put it in writing.

Thank you to Cindy’s
Romantic Home for hosting the Show & Tell
and Susan for hosting
Tablescape Thursdays and all the bloggers who share their inspirational ideas
Friends like
Linda who gifted me with French laundry hangers
Melissa’s Inspired Room with fun suggestions on how to make more of what we have
Steve Irwin for all the legacy he’s left in
wildlife warriors

Thank you to Tattered Angels for providing the Jumbo Leaf Stamps, Chipboard Shapes, and the wonderful imaginative colours in the Glimmer Mist range that brighten everything they touch.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Refuge in Silence

For Sky Watch Friday fans, the other side of last week's Pandaus trees as the sun was slipping down from the sky.

"Silence is the universal refuge " Henry David Thoreau

Sky Watch is the best fun every week seeing the different skies they find from all points of the globe.
A little peek at a paper peiced angel for a Christmas Craft Challenge.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Life's Surprises

“Life is a series of surprises” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just like Sky Watch Friday, you never know what the 100s of bloggers from all over might find to show you this week. My contribution is simply a nice day for a beach walk. Click to enlarge

Nothing says northern NSW like Pandanus trees and big bananas.

Don't forget Steve Irwin Day this week, celebrating his achievements and legacy.

This week I am thankful for friends like JoJo Caramel who was kind enough to send some lovely French postcards to work on an altered book project and another page in my bucket list devoted to the needlecraft of Lesage. And thanks to Tattered Angels for the fun chipboard shapes and amazing colour range.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Ordinary Miracles

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

Enjoying beautiful days on the river are something short of a miracle complete with a unexpected surprise of skydivers.

Click on to Sky Watch Friday to enjoy all kinds of beautiful views from all over the world.

Nice surprises include happy mail, this week from Nic Howard in NZ who even added a jumbo block of Cadbury, perfect fuel for creative projects.

The package was topped off with a pretty collection of chipboard shapes from
Dusty Attic (au) fabulous collection I am looking forward to putting to work very soon.

Thank you Nic for introducing us to Dusty Attic - they look like fun.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Scrapbook Memories Beyond the Page

Always exciting to see your creations in print. This month it was Australian Scrapbooking Memories beyond the page gallery.

Can't wait to show you more of all the little details that went into this one using the
Rapt In Paper range.