Saturday, 24 August 2013

New interests ...

How to find the time ...

... without giving up anything else!!

I think my first love will always be seaglass ... the look of it, the feel of it ... walking along a beach and just SEEING it! Right there on the sand .. my friend Bev said it best when she called it "The Seaglass Rush"! This is the name of her wonderful book, but it should be on a T-shirt, a hat or a badge worn by every seaglasser! Or just plain tattooed on our foreheads!!!!!

Whether it's a simple piece on an Aussie beach, or something fancy and wonderful from England containing every colour of the rainbow ...

This rainbow came from a dear friend in Sunderland ....
...even the smallest brown, well-frosted and smoothed by years in the sea ... well, yes, it's a rush and so exciting to find.

And the things you can make ... learn the skill and yes, you can do it ..

Yes, I can look at this and say "Yes, I did this!" This is my "Tree on an English Hill", a gifted glass from Dear Nikki!

Of everything I make, Light Catchers would still be my favourites! That moment when the last wrap is done, the last hook added ... hold it up ... and Yes! The rush is there!

And photography of course, but everything I seem drawn to complements everything else, so this should work too.

Now I'm off on another track .. one which won't take me too far from my chosen pathways, but another little interest, which I really do like [and have to keep going with, at least for a time, as I've spent more than a few dollars over the past couple of months!!] and am working at, to learn the skills I think I'll need.

While I was at Batemans Bay in June, I visited the local [Mogo] Cardmaking and Scrapbooking shop, Amanda's of Mogo, looking for some more DecoEmboss folders to make patterned brass discs using my Big Shot! Instead, I walked into a world of vibrant colour and stamps [which I've always loved since that first step into the door of my very first classroom ~ a Kindergarten!].

So, instead of brass discs,

I walked out booked into a cardmaking course with a lovely girl named Jill.
Three cards later, I was 'hooked'! Walking out with a couple of stamps and some card, some inkpads and my three lovely cards in my hot little hand!
Hooked! Hook, line and sinker!!
No self-control whatsoever!!

So ...
I've been trying to teach myself some skills, along with Youtube's help and that of my dear friend, Janette, who has been doing this for quite a while, and like most everything else she does, does well.

As I've wandered through this strange new cardland, I've come across a few things that really appeal to me ... scene-making, as opposed to adding frills and ribbons, buttons and bows ... that's where I want to go, well, at this point in time anyway. So I've been teaching myself to sponge backgrounds!

Lots of fun this, till you make a boo-boo, then it starts to come apart!

Can anyone tell that my little pine is actually drifting off the side of the mountain here?

Knowing when to stop .. I think that's the secret!!

This I love!! Sponging a background ... haven't made anything with these little pieces, but will get there in time.
And I love trees ... well, I knew that, but I think I could stamp away with  trees for quite a while to come.

So, my first 'big' purchase, was the Stampin'Up 'Lovely As a Tree' set!! And they are ... LOVELY!! I love them!! ~ and met another lovely person, the Stampin'Up lady Dawn, what a friendly, lovely lady!!
The lovely lady who sold me the lovely trees!

So, now I have to do something with my sponging and my trees!

Today, I've been practising embossing, trying out my brand new heat gun, and my very, VERY old gold embossing powder! Yes it works fine! After 20+ years!!!

Whoever said : 'You're never too old to learn new skills'!

Well, this is so true!!
I hope I'm never too old!!
Just ... how will I fit it in?

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