Saturday, 16 May 2009

Catching Up with Real Life!

One of the many things I love about my work is that I get lots of variety and get to "go bush". BUT I must admit the travel plays havoc with my real life (especially blogging and blog-reading)! I've had withdrawal symptoms from a week without them and have just spent a lovely couple of hours browsing blogs and other sites.

So to catch up with everything - while I was away I did work on my May Calendar Girl postcard and I finished it off this morning (as shown in the scan at the top of this post). It was inspired (and I use the word loosely) by this Monet painting.

My postcard is a mixture of machine and hand-needle felting and if you want to see more postcards inspired by the Monet painting, pop over here!

(From Doreen)

While I was away I received two ATCs from a small group trade. These ones are from Doreen and Ann and are based on the letter "L". Love them both!

(From Ann)

I also came back to find that two lovely bloggers, Teresa and Bevlea, have honoured me with the same award - the Kreativ Blogger Award. As always I am very honoured and even though I don't always pass awards on (mainly because I worry people won't want to accept and will feel awkward or obligated), I am going to pass this one on.

The Rules: List 7 things that you LOVE and link to the person who has tagged you. Choose 7 more bloggers to give the Kreativ Blogger Award to, then leave a comment on those 7 blogs to let the recipients know you chose them.

So here are the seven things that I love:
  1. My blended and extended family - I have the wonderful fortune of being step-mother to my husband's first two sons as well as mother to the two sons we have had together. Both step-sons now have families of their own so the love and the family keeps growing!
  2. My husband - quite apart from all the other things I love about him, he is my number one arty fan and is the reason I have so many art and craft supplies (he works on the principle that at least one of everything is a good idea!) and so many opportunities to live my bliss!
  3. Blogging - I just love the sharing, the stimulation and inspiration and the friendships!!
  4. Arting and crafting - I love to do it all (well, nearly) and I am sure I will need another eight lifetimes to try everything I want to do ! And because of all the fantastic fiendships that have come from these wonderful activities.
  5. Books & Art/Craft Magazines - I read a lot, always have, and I love to own books , but lately I have been showing a lot more restraint and I am using our local library for my fiction addiction (so that I can afford my magazines and non-fiction books!).
  6. My job - this is true most of the time!! I am very lucky to work in a job that, while frustrating at times, gives me enormous opportunities to experience both people and places that lots of city-living Australians don't get to know or see.
  7. Australia - we are SO lucky in SO many ways and don't always realize it!!
And because I am me and seven is just not enough, I have to add the following extras - nature, colour, wine, food, chocolate, travel and my home!

I award the Kreativ Blogger award to these blogs (in no particular order):

  • Jenxo - A fellow Aussie, I always enjoy a visit to the very creative Jen's blog
  • Danita - A fairly recent blog to me - as a result of Danita's gorgeous art in Somerset Studio
  • Kristy - A long term favourite of mine - always creative and inspiring
  • Clara - A recent ATC trading partner from Spain who has a lovely creative blog
  • Chantal - An even more recent ATC trading partner from France
  • Suzanne - Owner and designer of Oxford Impressions (and we all know how much I love OI stamps!) and of course Suzanne has a wonderful creative blog
  • Carole - A wonderful ongoing trading partner of all things creative!

Phew! That's it for now, I am off to make some decadent Brownies.


Jenxo said...

Thank you Debbi so much for the award....i always feel a bit hesitant about passing them on too
[says she, this is only the second!!] but thank you i appreciate it.
love your Monet inspired post card and am off to check out a couple of the other blogs.
we live in the BEST country! jenxo

Judy Alexander said...

Great list of things you love. Seems like something we should think about more often....

Anneke said...

hello debbi
nice to see my atc on your blog.
love the postcard you made.
itlooks like an oil painting..
very beautiful work

Jacky said...

Loved reading your list of things you love Deb...
Your felt ATC's are beautiful, great swap and that Monet theme really appeals.
I have been without computer too (due to problems with computer, not travelling) so am enjoying visiting a few blogs too.

Jacky xox

Nic Hohn said...

Welcome back Debbie, I love it that we arty's have such diverse lifestyles but come together through creating.