Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A season of giving and receiving.

It was only after I photographed this pair that I realised they were not opposites - and had to rehang the roses :)

It has been too long since I blogged so I will load as many photo's as I can tonight.

My life is truly crazy at the moment, I am acting in a promotional position at work and loving the adrenalin that comes from stretching myself, learning new skills and conquering my emotional responses to high pressure situations. I am not even minding the looooonnnnnnggg hours or the cakes I cook to bribe, er encourage, my team to attend meetings.

At home, the heater died and a water pipe burst in the back yard so I have been co-ordinating tradesmen - aaaaaaagh, how is it they are never on time? Even, when I am the first one they come to in the morning. Is it part of tradesman school; How to Annoy the Client 101. I wish they could replace it with:
Putting the toilet seat down 101
Picking up your own Rubbish 102
Wiping your feet 103
That said it is nice to have some heating again, and time will tell if I made the right choice.

It was fun to draw balls on sterling silver wire to form the basis of these earrings - gifts
for three dear friends with birthdays in the same week, and another skill from Stephanie's class practiced.
My beautiful hand sewn owl and crocheted sari silk nest were my Art-of-the-Month
gift from Jacky. I was so excited when this little fellow arrived as I had 'lusted' after him on Jacky's blog - hoping he might wing this way.
The tin covers are another Etsy purchase and brighten my desk at school, the happy puppy is also a gift from Jacky - I just love his squishy nose!
Bright vintage style ATC's received from Gaby; I so enjoy swapping with this kind
overseas artist.
Cheerful ATC's from a swap with Doreen, very beautiful the felted card too. Thanks Doreen!
I'll try and get back later in the week to add links. oxo


Jo Wholohan said...

cant get enough of your jewelry girl, just stunning xx

Doreen G said...

I must agree with Jo those earings are beautiful.
I just wish that I could wear dangly earings but my neck is to short and I look silly in them.

Genevieve said...

would love to buy a pair of those beautiful green earrings (hint, hint).

All lovely stuff, what a wonderfully sharing, crafty world we live in hey.


Nic Hohn said...

What gorgeous treasures..love those earrings!

Sam Marshall said...

Beautiful!!! I love seeing all your wonderful creations.

Jen Crossley said...

I so love your jewerly girl

Dawnie said...

and the brown beauties are alllll mine !!! Wore them to school today(love them thankyou dear gal) with my green art doll you made for the swap. Most people who talked to me today couldnt keep their eyes off him. Made me smile every time.
Hug my friend

themarmeladegypsy said...

No wonder you haven'thad time to write much! Congratulations on the job -- yes, I know what you mean about bribing the team with food. It works, doesn't it?! And Tradesman 101 -- yes, they should really have a "real person" teach Client Relations!

Gretz said...

Love those earrins! Just wish my ears would let me wear them :-( and those Atc's from Gaby are GORGEOUS!!!

Sue Smith said...

Hi Julie, wow, sounds like you've been keeping busy! I'm thinking your work team will be loving those cakes! I just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you a 'Fabulous Blog' award (on my blog). There's no pressure to accept, but wanted to let you know that I find your work inspirational! Have a great week at work! xo

Cat said...

Very wonderful earrings! It took me a minute to realize what you meant by not being opposites! I would have never noticed!

All the treasures are just beautiful!

Gaby Bee said...

These earings are simply wonderful. Love the little owl you made for Jacky. Adorable! She is going to love it!

Julia said...

Hi Julie,
I just love all your jewellery, the beads you use are just divine!!!!!....
Thanks for the blog visit, yes, it was a great time at Ro's, it would be great if you could some, sorry you are so far away...xxx

Trudi Sissons said...

I love swapping with Gaby too - her backgrounds are amazing aren't they?

Just saw your beautiful cards on her blog as well!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Lovely finding you at Jeanie's Marmelade Gypsy

Your artwork is beautiful and inspiring!