Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winter colours

There are just over 5 weeks to go until spring officially arrives in South Africa  The angry August winds have arrived, blowing dust everywhere and rattling the windows
These succulents are in a pot near the garage; they don't get much love or attention.  Even so, they have produced beautiful yellow flowers and turned a gorgeous red colour on the leaves.  After dismissing succulents for many years as 'boring' and drab, I am now a total fan.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Escape and Create

Retha van der Walt hosted a beautiful Escape and Create scrapbooking event on Saturday at Tres Jolie in Johannesburg.  It was a lovely creative day which drew together 50 ladies in a beautiful environment.  With lots of hot coffee on tap, I almost finished 10 pages - I just need to add photos, finish off the embellishments and do some journalling.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A little wall art project

I have lived in my 'new' home for a year, and the home decorating continues slowly.  Last weekend I put the wall art up in the guest bedroom.  The colours in the bedroom are cream, orange and brown, so I used aloes (which I looove) as the theme for the wall art...
 Before : this wall has been bare since I moved in over a year ago

I re-used some old frames that were in storage 

I printed 2 of the photos of aloes that I took at the
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens last weekend 

some pray inks on cardstock as a background to the photos... 

added to some orange and brown cardstock for double-matting 

and the finished wall - the large canvas print is from @Home,
the 2 oil paintings are from the Irene Country Market (painted by an artist in Pretoria), and my 2 framed photos


Monday, July 22, 2013

Christmas in July

The Scrap Addicts celebrated Christmas in July on Saturday at Lynn's home.  A good way to spend a Saturday - scrapbooking with special friends, some prezzies and good food.  I got a double page layout 'almost' done (I just need to add the embellishments) and then started working on my 'day in the life' album.






Friday, July 19, 2013

Art Journalling

Just sharing a few recent pages from my art journal...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

5 great things about Winter

1 * winter food - butternut soup, oxtail, and tender lamb shanks
2 * blankets and sweatshirts made out of soft fleece
3 * I love wearing socks and boots
4 * winter afternoons spent under a blanket with a good book
5 * the winter proteas, succulents and aloes are breathtaking!  I photographed these aloes at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens last weekend...