Friday, June 19, 2009

New friends and long time friends

The most beautiful thing about this business Artistic Journey that we started is the wonderful friends we have made. It has opened up a whole new world, some of the wonderful customers that have stepped into our shop have given me hope that we are doing the right thing. I could have just retired and disappeared into my home, instead I have 5 days of making wonderful art and meeting old friends and making new ones. I truly believe that we attract to us like minded people and this has proved true for me, I don't think I ever want to retire, I will still be splashing paint around for a long time, it may get a bit doddery but I will embrace it all. We have had several days of good rain, hah my New Zealand family will say we have it in bucket loads all year around, but here in Western Australia rain is something to celebrate and give us a break from hand watering our gardens. My vegie gardens is bursting at the seams, the beetroot that I thought where no good because they hadn't grown any juicy roots have now gone crazy I have pulled several and baked with other root vegetables and then steamed the leaves with the broccoli (haven't grown them yet, but think i will give it a go), lovely parsley has taken almost a quarter of the space in the tank, its all good. Sorry no photo's this week, no time. Before I go we got in 3 different magazines from Stampington yesterday, Somerset Studio, Handcrafted and Life, Jo will put them on our online shop hopefully in the next few days.
Have a wonderful relaxing weekend

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Setting up my etsy shop

Well I am having another go at this Etsy shop thingy, tried it once before but I didn't know how to change it, think I have a handle on it now, or I should say Joanne does. I am doing up kits for making romantic journal pages using silk, vintage laces, buttons, ribbons and all those sort of things. Above is a photo of the cover I created last year in memory of my mother, I taught this class to the wonderful girls who come to our classes (I don't know what we would have done without the support of these lovely girls, most have been coming to classes since we opened the shop, any of you girls reading this, we do appreciate you). Photo above is the cover of the journal. I will add photo's of the pages from time to time. Below my first 2 items in my Etsy shop.
This box I have covered and would look nice with a small journal made from the items inside.Photo above of all the items inside the cigar box, all colour co-ordinated.

Items inside the uncovered cigar box. This would look lovely covered in fabrics, buttons etc.This is one of the pages from the above journal for my mother, do you get the idea, I will post some of the other pages, and think I will cover one of the cigar boxes in fabrics and perhaps put a couple of smaller pages inside mmmh, when I get time. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Bye for now