Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fab Blog Award

Thank you Debbi for thinking of me and awarding me a Fab Blog Award.  I'm not strongly opposed to such awards so decided to accept and pass on as others have done, who may choose to accept or not.  

In accepting the award, I need to list 5 obsessions and 5 blogs I love to visit.  I could really do 25 of each.  One only has to see my stamp room and then my house to see of course I'm an obsessive person.  I have collections all over the place.  Fortunately, or not, my husband is similar. 

5 Obesssions.

1. Buying and collecting rubber stamps.  I say collecting as the vast majority of my stamps have never been inked and yet I keep buying.  The thought is that one day I'll need it!

2. Buying food.  My kitchen pantry is full, the second pantry in the garage is almost full.  My three fridges and two freezers are constantly full and all are continually replenished.  I have 4 hungry men to feed so feel compelled to buy lots of food.  

3. Watching UK TV shows especially murder mystery. My current favourite show is Monarch of the Glen which is not a murder mystery but rather humerous. 

4. Being creative.  Sometimes I feel quite desperate to find creative time almost to the point of panicking like needing oxygen to breathe.  I find it balances me.

5.  Solitude.  No where near enough of this, but I really enjoy it and need it at times, but most of the time I need to be with my wonderful  husband and 3 sons.

Now to choose 5 blogs to receive the award in no particular order.

Kasha Rolley - A very creative person and dear friend.  Love her style and photos of trips abroad.

Gaye Todd - I just love Gaye's grungy style and admire everything she makes and is another dear friend.

Sue Smith - Sue's work is wonderful and inspiring. Love the use of fabric and stitching mixed with the paper.

Gaby Braun - Lovely paper arts and many free images to use.

Viola Erdmann - A wonderful mixed media artist with an amazing collection of laces and fabrics and ability to use these to make stunning works of art. 

Friday, August 14, 2009

Donations for The Art of Nursing

A friend recently asked if I would make something suitable to donate to the inaugural The Art of Nursing Exhibition.  Funds raised from the artwork created are to help the survivors of breast cancer in our area.  The art is primarily a collection of works created by nurses.  Though I am not a nurse, but working in health, I was eager to offer something in hopes of helping to raise money and supporting this event to be on Friday 21st August.

I decided firstly on a hanging fabric collage and painting in the style of DJ Pettitt as learnt from a class I took with her in March at Melbourne, Australia. This is my first attempt since then and I found it enjoyable though disappointed that the background collaged papers are wrinkled despite my attemps to flatten and so these show up on her face and neck. 

Not sure whether the painted hanging would be suitable,  I decided on doing something different with a  5 x 7 inch canvas and using pink tones.  This was also fun and quick to make.  I do hope someone likes them enough to buy them and raise money for this worthy cause.