Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reconnecting

Love the theme of reconnecting with nature, with what is real in your life and the special people that make it all worth while.  Happy Easter Spring Equinox or what ever this weekend is on your calendar.



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bog Hop With Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild

Catherine Scanlon and friends are hosting a blog hop to celebrate her new line of stamps and stencils from Art Gone Wild.  Click the links at the bottom of this post to see how we have found our own creative style with the stamps and stencils.  Then loop back to Catherine’s blog  because she’s got some fun prizes on offer too.

Two of my favs are the Grid Art Journal Stencil (CSSTL-006) and Cling Stamp Flower Frame 1  (AGC3-2737) flexible designs that can be cute or grungy and the inspiration for  my project. 
Be Positive uses the grid stencil to create a wire fence line with flowers as a water color as in the background but also popping out through the wires as a feature. Be Positive is a little tag I found that sums up an attitude of shining anyway you can, through fence wires or what ever and just being your own best version of you.  
The depth in Catherine’s stamps make them great to use on fabric, on the canvas background and delicate fabric flowers.  Just use a good permanent ink like Stayzon to get a solid strong image.  The background of the canvas is a watercolour wash.  Creating a rustic wire fence is a synch with journal grid stencil, this is a small canvas so the grid will cover most of the background.  Working from the bottom corner, use the stencil as a guide and fill with a metallic pen or paint or embossing powder to add a wire grid across 3/4s of the flower background.
Silk is a beautiful natural fibre for painting on but of course the color will run.  One of the easiest ways to deal with that is to simply cut the flowers out to use as an embellishment.

Crumpling the petals and fluffing them adds a bit of authenticity, as does height.  My sneaky trick for puffy flowers is to tuck a little polyfill behind flower. 
Thanks for stopping by and joining our blog party, click the links to see what the rest of this talented group have created. 
Art From The Heart by Catherine Scanlon Designs
This Art That Makes me Happy byVicki Chrisman
The Mermaid's Closet by MarthaRichardson
Kooky Dulcy by Kathis DeLuca
n*Studio by Nat Kalbach
Live the Dream by JennieAtkinson

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nature's magic

"Every season brings us magic wonder in the light and shade
nature gives us endless bounty
memories that cannot fade."
Iris Hesselden
Sharing one of my memorable nature photos with a funny story.  Riding the commuter train I spotted the potential for a huge colorful sunset, waiting patiently stop after stop, crossing fingers for no delays, finally pulling into the station and running up to the beach front. 
Rounding the last corner I saw the color show was already over  but was surprised to find this heart shape of water draining out on the tide.  Some folks find lots of hearts in nature, not so me, they are rare finds and love to celebrate them as little treasures.   

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Chrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party

Random Hearts

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cockatoos

Swarms of sulphur crested cockatoos are becoming part of my daily routine.  They have been ground feeding in the early morning light, foraging for bugs and seeds in the grass or more often squawking hello from tree branches. 
 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In the sunshine

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations" Louisa May Alcott
Hot or cold, early or late, time at the beach is always refreshing. You can enlarge the photo for a better view of a bird coasting along on the uplift breeze on the dunes.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Magic of light and shade

Every season brings us magic in light and shade. Iris Hesselden
Love this time of the morning, the beach is often quiet, but depending on what the tide is doing and if the fish are biting or nature is putting on a light show it can be very busy.  Love the way this photo came about a photographer out trying to get the perfect moment, fishermen trying to hit the tide and birds getting an early start on their day.

Sharing links this week with Chrisy from Living the Good North Coast life and her connecting with nature challenge and Sky Watch Friday.


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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Some days sparkle like crystals

Last year we travelled to the Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby.  One of those amazing places tucked away off the highway.  The sky was a bit overcast but the experience was excellent.  Lots of interesting places to explore, a rich history steeped in accepting all religious beliefs and the of course crystals.  Not the cute tiny things you pick up in a shop but a huge boulders of quartz, amethyst and more that you could not wrap your arms around.
How cool is this bamboo walk.


Sharing links this week with Chrisy from living the good north coast life with her inspiring weekly challenge of getting out and connecting with nature and Sky Watch Friday.  There is lots to be seen and appreciated in the great outdoors, blog themes are a good way of reminding ourselves to get out and enjoy them.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reconnecting With Nature

"Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways." Rachel Naomi Remen
Chrisy from living the good north coast life has an inspiring weekly challenge of getting out and connecting with nature. What could be better for the soul and easier thing to do, we all have an outdoors of some kind. For me the favourite kind of getting outdoors is to the beach.
  Joining Linky Parties:
Sky Watch Friday
Chrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
Expat Blogging Challenge

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Salty Breezes

Blog linking to a few parties this week and think my expat friends will like this quote attributed to Christopher Columbus. "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” 

For those of us who travel, it is big leap of faith and you never know where you will end up but always an adventure.  The theme for this expat blog challenge was tastes like home, for me that had to be the beach.
For Chrisy’s reconnecting with nature party, I can share this photo of nature playing a decorative arranger with these shells forming a perfect heart shape. Beach living is all about being outdoors and embracing the many moods of nature. 
Sky Watch Friday fans know most of my favourite photos are from the beach, this one is a fun shot that included all manner of flying things, folks in paragliders and birds coasting on the breezes running up the cliffs.   How is that for getting up close with nature?
Tastes of home for me will always be seafood and find it interesting that what is a tasty treat in some places is not considered suitable for humans in other places.  In the North Atlantic Sea Moss or Irish Moss and Dulse are hugely popular. 

Sea moss is harvested and sold for processing into gelatin based products including pudding. It is great to see that it is now considered a environmentally friendly sustainable crop.   
 
Dulse is a bit more flavoursome, in the Maritimes and Maine, people will chew it like tobacco, or chop it up as a spice.    Dulse is making a comeback as hip new super food and people like the Maine Seaweed Man are posting recipes to show how to sneak a bit of salty spice into your cooking.

Lots more natural and salty recipes to be found on my pinterest page and a few creative craft projects too.
http://cmscanlon.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/its-giveaway.html
Visit Catherine Scanlon’s blog to check out her give away of this very pretty stamp set.   Having a lot of fun with her floral themes. Catherine is from Maine where they are waiting patiently for the arrival of spring and inviting everyone to share cheery words about spring flowers.



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Chrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party
Expat Blogging Challenge

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sunny Days on the Koala Coast

G'day from the Australia's koala coast.  These are the cute images that the world has of life down under, sunshine on a tropical afternoon and getting up close with nature.
Sharing this photo with Chrisy's Reconnecting With Nature party , seeing koalas can't help but make you smile.  Koalas always look so peaceful and relaxed.  Kind of hard to pull off when their species is under huge stress.  In a couple of remote protected islands koalas are getting a bit inbreed and over supply but for the most part their numbers are in steep decline including here on the Koala Coast. Predictions are that Koalas can be extinct in our life time.  That is a sad statement but too common when our community does not protect habitat and when choosing to live close to nature not being respectful in the little things we can do to share the space, like keeping an eye out for them on the road at night and keeping dogs locked up at night. 
 
The beach photo is Currumbin next door to a wildlife sanctuary, tucked away in the hustle of a busy city working with injured wildlife and sharing the experience of getting up close with nature.
 
For my friends with the Expat Blogging Challenge I could say that palm trees and poisonous snakes  are a big change for the foggy shores of North Atlantic, but sure are an experience to enjoy and all the more fun when sharing our adventures down under. 

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Expat Blogging Challenge