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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nature's Easter Eggs

Easter has come around one more time again
I decided to use just a few things 
from nature to create a couple
of Easter vignettes to share
as a reminder of this
special event!

I saved this nest so I could pop it under this cloche

along with some feathers and dried "Love in a Mist"
seed pods for this vignette.
The blue eggs came from my dear friend Terri!

As we are approaching Winter where I live I
thought these browns and greys of
our Winter tones downunder

would be appropriate for this display

in our home this time of year.
The egg on the left was turned from a native Banksia pod,
the centre from timber and the one on the
right is a seed pod from a Spruce tree.

 and I picked up the dried Protea flower from our garden
which is a perfect addition to my Easter eggs
sitting on this vintage metal scoop.

The vintage wooden and rubber stamps were
a purchase from Liz's Etsy Shop
(La Croix Rosion)
a while back.

Liz has such a gorgeous shop filled with many vintage French
religious items, linen, jewellery, metal ware, laces
 and braids etc. that you
are going to find it hard to resist!

Over the Easter break I may probably continue to
work on a new piece that I've just started
with some of these new and
 vintage doilies and laces

and it will certainly be taking some
hours to complete along with some other chores
around the property here like collecting

kindling and firewood in readiness
for some natural warm 
home comfort over the coming months!

Have a wonderful Easter break - stay safe
and happy and well!


Thanks to all my wonderful followers for
your beautiful comments
and to my 
new followers also!

Much love, Suzy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friendship Lacebook of Collages and Tags

Do you often wonder how to display or store or keep
those beautiful swaps, gifts or creations
from friends?
This might be one solution you could consider!!!
Some time back I showed this cover of my
Friendship Book of Collages and Tags
which I was compiling.

I'm pleased to say that I have finally completed it
with a few extra pages that I can add at some
later stage.

The soldered charm was created by Marie (Lost Bird Studio)
especially for this purpose! 

It consists of a number of collages which (in some cases)
I have embellished further to combine with some of
my own pages

to add some pockets to hold
a collection of tags which I have received
over the past 12-18 months from
various loved blogging friends.

Below is the fat looking spine of the many pages
(20, in fact, counting the covers).

This shows the back cover.

I thought this would make a wonderful keepsake
of creative works from dear blogging friends
that I could treasure from my years
of companionship with
so many special

The collages and tags came as either swaps or gifts!

The first page on the right from Shane (Roses Lace and Brocante)

 I coupled with one of my own which contains a couple of tags
from Shane.

The next two came from Judy (Judith Ann's Blog).

They could have been used as prayer flags

but I chose to add them here in my Friendship Book.

The collage on the left with illuminated letter "S"

was created by Socrates (Altered Meditations blog) from the Medieval Lace Book Group
which I belonged to and the tag in the pocket opposite
was from Karen (Alaska Blue Moose blog) who
was also a member of the same group.

This double page spread contains another of my pockets
holding beautiful tags from Liz (Lululiz in Lalaland)
and Sharon (Livewire Jewelry) along side

another beautiful collage from Judy embellished
with more lace. 

The collage on the left hand side also from Socrates
sits in a silk backed and netted lace pocket

and the pocket opposite I created from some upcycled satin
and lace lingerie

It holds tags from Lynne (Adorn - Lynne's Bows and Bells)
Dorthe (Den Lillelade) and
Shane (Roses Lace and Brocante)

Another sweet tag from Dorthe and vintage lacecollage
 from Judy

with this pocket created by yours truly!

and these final pages were created by both Shane - (RHS)

with pocket by me on LHS!

So many pages with so many memories to cherish 
these dear friends and the artistry they represent.
I couldn't think of a more honorable way
to remember them all in the one
place - in a lace book of memories. 

The tags below are amongst some I still have to
create more pockets for but wanted to share
them with you so you too
could appreciate
the amazing
talent and creativity of some of my blogging friends.!

The idea of the Friendship Book could be an option
to incorporate any number of works such as this,
e.g. greeting cards etc.
Let me know if you have created something similar!!!

I am so very grateful to all of the friends I have met
in blogland and would really love to
acknowledge that in part by this post today.

Anyway my friends I hope you have enjoyed this 
very long post.

Take care and see you again soon!

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More great talent to share!

I'm sure you all know how much talent there is
out there in blogland amongst so many
many bloggers and today
I'm going to share
with you again!

I know first hand how really beautiful these are because
I have been holding them and feeling all
the lovely energy that has gone into creating
these gifts.

This first package arrived from my dearest Dorthe
of denlillelade - See how sweetly everything
is wrapped?

Many of you know Dorthe for her exquisite dollmaking

amongst many other talents in the world of mixed media.

This is such an amazing frozen Charlotte doll from

Dorthe's own collection which she has adorned
so beautifully in gorgeous vintage laces 
and doilies over a netted skirt -
isn't she just precious?
her dress is embellished with bling, buttons,
jewellery and is wearing a sweet little love note.
Her wings are fashioned from old papers
and fabric.

and now she sits on the old treadle sewing machine on a stack 
of depression glass bowels in my home for me to
How lucky can one girl be?

This beautiful bird tag also created by Dorthe 

was attached to the parcel
along with this

vintage heart.

This elegant woman adorned in pearls

is surrounded in layers of frothy ruffles and pretty
laces, frills and flowers.

I did say these women were talented so now you know what I mean!

Our special friendship now spans more than 3 years
and I count my blessings with friends like these.

Now Sharon of 
Livewire Jewelery fame

is another very special friend who creates

the most amazing handmade artisan jewelery
such as this piece above as well as earings
and rings etc.
I love the etching on the copper piece 
the punched out word of "Love"
Sharon also is an extremely heartfelt mixed media artist
creating paper and fabric collages and tags
such as the one above.
Her creations are available in her Etsy shop
and the link is on her blog above.

She also knows how I adore vintage laces

spoiled me with these stunning pieces above
and I am so proud to be wearing your necklace!

I am so very grateful to you Sharon - 
your kindness is extraordinary!

I'm joining in at Timewashed for the
Blissful Whites Wednesday with Becky this week
as well as What's it Wednesday - Ivy and Elephants.
So come on over and see more talent there too!

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Thanks to all who come to pay a visit
especially when you take the time to
leave a word or two!
Just thank you!!!♥

Love and hugs,

P.S. Sorry that I had to restore the
"Word Verification" again.  I had spam overload!!!
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