8 June 2009

Teaching on a cruise ship - What a gig!

How exciting - Bec & I are going to be teaching art/craft on a cruise ship!!

We now have official documentation and lecturer contracts from the Cruise Liner - and it all looks set to finally happen!

The first thing this image makes me think of is cruising....... quoits anyone? Look at what we are going to be creating on the cruise -
  • Magnets - Using mixed media collage techniques
  • Artist Trading Cards - Image transfer techniques
  • Mini Travel Journal - Using packing tags, paint, ink and journalling
  • Fashion Badges & Hair slides - using felt
  • Art journalling - Colourful pages, with paint and mixed media styles
  • Card making - Faux watercolour rubber stamping
  • Mini Canvas - A cute canvas, painted and collaged
  • Beautiful Bracelets - using swarovski crystals, charms and buttons

Bec and I are getting SO excited now.... but - after the last disappointment of the cruise Bec & I were supposed to be teaching on being cancelled, I didn't want to post here until I was certain it was going to happen again!

YES, it now looks like it's happening...... but, I guess, until we have actually boarded (or is that embarked?) the cruise ship - we won't feel it's real..... it seems so unreal at the moment!!

This time the cruise is for the Sun Princess "Treasures of Asia" itinerary. It's for 16 nights - so a nice comfortable number for a first time cruiser..... we actually were almost going on a 46 day African/Indian odyssey - but I chickened out. With just having relocated our store, I felt it was too long to close the store and be away. So we took the 2nd option - to go to South East Asia.
Bec and I are now getting excited, as we have only one week on Wednesday before we leave!

We are busy getting kits ready for the workshops we are teaching on board...... and we only have to teach 8 lessons (of only 2 hours each) the whole duration of the cruise... So it leaves us plenty of time to explore, relax and enjoy.

I'm looking forward to meeting lots of people, seeing lots of cabaret shows and relaxing on the decks with a good book - not to mention visiting the 'spa centre' and the hot-tubs!!
Of course, we will be very careful about the current 'swine flu' scares, and will take every precaution to make sure we wash our hands thoroughly and avoid anybody that is coughing or spluttering!! haha I guess, if that is going to happen, we won't avoid it anyway... Bec said to me the other day - "Well Mum, if we are going to be quarantined for any reason, isn't it best we be stuck on a cruise liner than at some dodgy airport or sat on a plane??" - Heck Yeah!!!!

So after next Wednesday, you might not see me blog as much for a while - unless I get to use the internet cafe on the cruise (I probably will at some point in time) but I'm sure I will be doing so many other things.....

Wish us luck, it's exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time!

5 June 2009

Friday Freebies

# 1 Estelle

Estelle is beautiful, and this image is a little something for you (my blog visitors & followers) to play & make art with - Thank you for following my blog and your lovely comments :)

Feel free to use the images any way you like. Estelle is a little shadowy, but I actually like the softness it brings.. just click the image to open it in a large format and you can save it to your computer and print her out for your artwork.

If you do use any of these images I would love to see what you make from them and will proudly display your work on my blog.

# 2 Laurette

4 June 2009

Art Cards

Art & Waffles (not the good eating kind)

Over the last couple of days I have been making some art cards.

Today I had my flu jab, attended a 'FM support group meeting' and met some nice ladies who can totally relate to my pain-filled days! (everyday)

The other night I took a bunch of craft stuff from my freezing cold craft room and dragged it out to the kitchen table - where it has stayed for two days!

It is warmer there, but I must have made 10 trips to the craft room for other things - maybe I need to move the entire room? Tomorrow I will have to drag it all back. Right now I have more important things to do, like blogging and uploading my newest cards ;)

Then I'm going to curl up in my electrocuted bed and read for a while.

Here's the resulting ATC's/ACEO's from over the last 2 nights -

Thanks for visiting :)

ACEO Magazine - June Issue

This months ACEO Magazine features two of my flickr groups I administer - 'Scrappindipity' and 'Artist Trading Cards' These groups have so many talented members, and I'm so thrilled to be able to announce that the groups will be featured quite prominently in the latest ACEO magazine issue.

Over the years of administering these groups, I have worked to try to gain some recognition and exposure for the groups talented members - and WOW they are amazing. If you haven't browsed through the photo pools, you can take a look via the links above.

A while ago I ran a competition for the members of the group - to receive some publicity, this is an awesome & very exciting thing for those ladies that have never been published before. I am thrilled to announce that it's finally happening - The ACEO Magazine now has a new editor and I would like to introduce you to lovely Anna-Marie who has worked tirelessly with me to sort out the winners details, their atc images, personal links etc., and the articles that we have developed, to promote the flickr groups.

I hope to see more members joining both the groups after the magazine is distributed.

If you would like a copy of the magazine, please don't hesitate to contact Anna-Marie


1 June 2009

Rubber Stamped ATC Swap - Flickr

The June/July theme for the Scrappindipity ATC Swap is 'Rubber Stamping'
Please see the link and sign up over at flickr or let me know you would like to participate..


Excuse the wonky scan :)

Updated my Music Player

Just updated my music player. It's currently turned off, as some people don't like opening different windows and hearing several different tracks from different blogs playing at the same time.
Which I can totally understand.
So, if you would like to hear my music, just click the big Play button (triangle) on my player - or you can 'pop out' the player to a new window and scroll and choose what you want to listen to.
I often do this when I find a blog with music I like.
Happy Listening