Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A snippet of August

I'm wondering where the time has gone? This month has been very busy with lots of birthdays and other activities. Here is a snippet of what's been happening.....

Book Week/Open Day at Amelia's School. The theme was "The Galaxy" and my  munchkin wanted to be a moon and stars. I loved looking at all of her hard work.

Haidee wanted to be a Sun, complete with rainbow stockings :)

Don't be fooled. This cat is ca-razy!!! I love him, i really do....I just don't like being attacked by him when he's in one of his "moods". Seriously folks, I've never seen anything like it.  He is a ninja cat. He even beats up the dog! 

Haidee's 4th birthday. August is our busy month when it comes to birthdays.  I have created alot of cakes over the past few weeks.
 I've also been buckling down and doing some serious work. With the shop opening up soon, I have to build up my stock. It's been lots of fun but jeepers my hands are sore! Here are  a few of the pieces I've been working on.... 
 This piece is all hand wired using vintage bit's and bobs. 

I love this one. It's quite a large piece that consists of coral, cinnabar, carved wood  and vintage beads, chains and buttons. 

Some simple but intricate earrings for Spring.

And as always, my darling "tweets"
This afternoon I have to get stuck into a book carving. I'd much rather snuggle up on the lounge and watch a movie but that won't be happening anytime soon. 

Better be off now. I have a truck load of laundry to fold and put away and even more to hang out. 

Ah the joys in life :)

Have a lovely afternoon,

Alisa x

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shop Update

Well it's been a long time since I've posted about the shop. Council has only just given the go ahead so I'm looking at opening in September. It has been a long process but we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Hayden has done all of it. He's super industrious and has used a lot of recycled materials (the wooden exterior is actually our old fence). The biggest hurdle was patching things up to keep the possums out. They're so naughty!!

We've also been blessed with donated items such as the door, windows and a lovely small cabinet (thanks Mum and Dad!) and some other bric a brac. When we first moved here the shed (now shop) was filled with stuff. It was a bin divers dream! When the previous owner Rose, came to collect it, she let us have some things that she was going to throw away. This included a bookcase which I painted on the weekend, using paint sample tins that she also left behind. It came out pretty good and didn't cost me a cent. Thankyou Rose!

Here are some pics of what we have achieved so far....

The front entrance. The driveway is nearly completed. We just need to do some gardening.

My amazing husband hard at work. I love him so much!

The small cabinet my parents found for me sitting atop of one that came from a local haberdashery shop that closed recently. It even has the old metal ruler fixed on the edge to measure ribbons.

A sign I made for "The Bowerbird" exhibition a couple of years ago. Inspired by the lovely Melinda at Paperklip. It was quite fiddly to make and I must admit that I cheated because I bought my letters. She cuts hers out! Such a clever (and patient) gal! 

My dear friend Mel inspired me to do this after seeing one of her creations, a lovely mobile for her niece. I wrapped scraps of fabric around lampshade frames that I found at the tip.  Very inexpensive!

Obi. My foreman :)

The bookcase. I would have preferred different  paint colours however I steadfastly refuse to pay for more when there's perfectly good quality paint to be used. It turned out better than expected and didn't cost a cent. Gotta love that! 

Now I'm trying to get together stock which is why I haven't posted for a while. I've been getting into wire work lately and have come up with some lovely pieces.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Alisa x