Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Oh where did those last few weeks go........

A slightly late but very sincere Happy New Year everyone. I'm hoping to get back to some kind of normality now.... Mum is making great progress following her operation and we've even been able to take her to see Dad in the nursing home. She'll soon be running marathons..... ;-)
Yesterday I taught a class at the Beetroot Tree and we decorated tiny 6cm boxes. These are a few of my examples.
I had lots of lovely Christmas presents but just wanted to show you my new Troll bead - its a little silver flounder; so cute! My bracelet is full now....and full of memories too. Every bead is special and meaningful. So I told DH.....its time for me to start a new one in a different colour!! :-)

I also had a stamp carving kit and have been going crazy with it (no injuries to report as yet...)
.......and I also received four gorgeous art books which I haven't read yet because I've been so busy with my DJ Pettitt Digital workshop.
I've never used Photoshop before so I've struggled quite a bit but I think there's light at the end of the tunnel. I'll show you some results in the next couple of days.

Here's a little preview....my first practice piece (only 3 layers). I used my Maria painting for the base.


*jean* said...

oo linda! so many fun things and such good news about your mum!! glad to hear she is doing well! your bracelet is gorgeous! i am taking a little break from dj's class as i am burnt out on computer issues for now, will probably be back again next weekend...your digi collage looks great!!


Terri said...

I am so glad your mum is doing better! That is good news.
The boxes are lovely as well as your bracelet.
Did you mean you carved those stamps??? Well done! I can't wait to see what you make using them!
Your digi work looks fab with your art behind. You are way ahead of me with computers, I have barely begun.
Happy New Year to you too!

Micki said...

I would love a stamp carving kit, what an awesome present to get!
I look forward to seeing more of your work :)

Micki x

Jo said...

Happy New Year to you too!

So pleased your Mum is doing well. You must have been busy 'to-and-froing' between your Mum and Dad, in more ways than one, over the past few weeks.... always tough.

Ooo, love your first piece from your DJ Pettit workshop... can't believe this is only a 'practice' as its gorgeous already!!!

Hugs xxx

Sandy said...

Oh wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow your work rock. These are all so unique and specila. Love them all my friend.

Heather said...

Great news about your Mum, Linda. Your bracelet is beautiful - I love beads. Those books look great - I have the Beryl Taylor one and did I spot one of Maggie Grey's? I admire both of them so much. The little boxes are delightful and your hand carved stamps are stunning. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Keep warm!

Lynn said...

I have never heard of troll beads, you will have to explain to me exactly what they are now. They do look lovely on your bracelet.
I think of Trolls as those little dolls we had with the bright colored hair LOL...
Love the boxes, you must be a great teacher :) You should show more of your digi work here too, you are doing fantastic:)

Diane said...

Linda, you are an amazing artist!! I love the haunting quality of your lady--wonderful!

Anonymous said...

love the boxes Linda - and thanks for accepting me on Milliande's network :) glad to hear your Mum is doing well.

maggi said...

Good news about your mum Linda. Lots of goodies for you to play with. The stamp carving kit looks like it's getting plenty of use. Your Photoshop image is very effective - not bad for a beginner!

Tess said...

Happy New Year to you too. So glad to hear you mum is doing well. Love your boxes, very pretty. Your dj sample page looks wonderful.

Judy S. said...

Glad to hear your mom is recuperating well, a very nice start to the new year! Have a wonderful and creative 2010, Linda.

Jacky said...

I dont know where the time has gone either...life has been a whirl!!!
Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Your classes at the Beetroot Gallery look wonderful (wish I lived close by).
Just love your handmade stamps...arent they fun to make! Great to personalise your artwork too. I've made a few over the holidays too...got the bug!
Mmm the photoshop course with DJ sounds wonderful. I lost my photoshop on the computer when it crashed last time (not that I knew how to use it much mind you) and I havent been able to upload it again otherwise I would love to learn how to use it properly like you are.
Glad you hear your mum is much better after her operation and life is sort of getting back to normal (whatever that is).

Jacky xox

Ro Bruhn said...

Happy New Year Linda. What lovely gifts and your stamps are fabulous. Enjoy DJ's online class she's one clever lady.

Rosie said...

Lovely beads, gorgeous books! Lucky Linda! Your boxes are SO yummy, bet the class loved doing them. Your digi thingy is gorgeous too ... I've had the book about doing this for a year, and I'm still waiting for my brain to feel up to tackling it!!

La Dolce Vita said...

love your stamps!! and the Mixed Media Explorations is one of my favs! gorgeous work!

LazyKay said...

Glad your mum is on the mend.

Love those wee boxes. I have some to do and can take inspiration from yours now.

Gorgeous bracelet and so special that each bead has meaning.

Wow, carving stamps? Not heard of that - will have to investigate and your books look fascinating.

TFS (Oh and thanks for the blog comments on my own blog too!)


Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

What a lovely weekend you have.
Good news about your mom. Love the bracelet.And the boxes too.

I still struggle in DJ's class too :)

Lorraine said...

love your carved stamps and great selection of books. I took a little class with Margaret Beal when she was at the Aintree show..soldering is addictive and great for using up all your scraps..have a look out for old sarongs that you can use to burn

Jaqi said...

Fab, fab, fab, wow you have been so busy and its all great . Jaqi