Saturday, November 22, 2008

Manicure of a different kind

Yesterday I was at St Ives Heritage Markets with the FDAA. It's our annual sale, and we'll be back on Sunday 7th December for the last time this year.

I had a ball painting people's fingernails with little Christmas motifs. The snowman was most popular, and the 5 year old girls seemed to all want hot pink snowmen ... go figure! It was free, and most people couldn't believe it. I even painted a batman on a 4yo boy's teeny tiny fingernail ... cute!

This is my own hand ... my display board as it were. I'll be interested to see how long they last LOL. If you're at the St Ives market on 7th December ... come and see me and I'll paint your fingernails :D

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Surfing the net

I found the cutest blog today via the Etsy forums ... Work at Home Designs. This gal does the most gorgeous graphic design work, and I was tempted over by a fabulous giveaway.

Check out her blog here:

and see the gorgeous little mushrooms here:

Too darn cute!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Scrapbooking for a good Cause

Once again it's time to spread the word about the Southern Cross Kids Camps and their ambition to provide every child who attends these camps with a memory book. In some cases this is the only time these kids' childhood memories will be recorded, and they treasure these albums. Southern Cross Kids Camps are run to benefit abused and at-risk kids, and I can't think of anything more rewarding than contributing some of my scrapbooking supplies so that they can smile.

Go and check out Julie's blog to read all about the camp and the effort to create and collect pages for these kids. The photo above is one of Julie's and you can see the camp leaders working on the kids' albums. If we provide the pages, then they have more time to spend with the kids.

If you would like to contribute, please contact me, or Julie via her blog.

Angel teddies

I've had these frames in my stash for ages now, and since I'm in a mad painting frenzy for the St Ives Heritage markets this month and next month ... everything is fair game! If it sits still long enough, it's getting painted!

Hubby is sick of seeing bears, but I love to paint them, and they sell really well. I've also painted a blue one, but it's not varnished yet. It has swirls in the background. Got one blank frame left ... but I'm undecided on the bear ... maybe a pirate :D

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ahoy there ... in pink!

Yeah ... I was watching Pirates of the Carribean again today ... can you tell?

This little girl bear is playing dress-up and I can just imagine her making her dollies walk the plank whilst dreaming of Johnny Depp (what self respecting girl wouldn't?). She's painted on an A5 blank visual arts diary, and will be put up for sale at the St Ives Heritage Markets on 22nd November. But if you would like this little pirate princess painted on something special, please email me, as I'm always happy to paint custom pieces.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Scrapbooking and Swapping

It's no secret to those who know me well ... I get excited about a new project LOL. Today I've been on Photoshop pretty much all day. This is one of my cool ideas. I run a Yahoo! group for scrapbookers called OzSwapTillYouDrop (pretty sure I have a link on the right). We swap all kinds of goodies, and there's nothing like getting pretty things in the post.

It's easy to get carried away and sign up for everything, so today I designed a little 4"x4" card that my members (and myself) can print and keep track of our swaps on. The best part is that you can create a scrapbooking layout at the end of the year with a pocket for all your cards! LOL

Will be available for download for members soon. Birdie from the Funky Nature kit by Tara Dunstan Designs (

Always happy to welcome new members, so feel free to join us :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Teacup Kitten prints available

I posted a pic of this adorable kitty last week, and since soooooo many people have oooo'd and aaaaaahhh'd over it I decided to add it to my shop. I have 3 Teacup Kitten prints available, and they're available in any size from ACEO right up to A3 if you want one that big. Will be available as a pair of bookmarks soon as well.

ACEO - $4
6x4 - $6
5x7 - $10
6x8 - $15
8x10 - $20
8x12 - $23
A3 - $35
Custom sizes available ... please enquire.

If you would like to purchase a photo print of The Teacup Kitten, please email me at or visit my etsy shop

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jewellery that stands apart

I came across this Etsy seller today and had to show you these incredible pendants! Isn't this just exquisite?!?! US$18 including postage ... what a stunning gift!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More Cardmaking

I am zooming through my leftover pattern papers at an amazing rate! My new approach is to dig into the paper stash, find a piece that 's big enough, then find everything else to go with it.

At this rate I may actually use up all of my scraps before Christmas and have to start cutting up whole pieces of pattern paper! It's only now that I'm starting to regret not buying a couple more Cuttlebug embossing dies at that bargain price at the craft show ... ah well ... I have plenty of stamps to keep me busy!