This and that and a thank you.

Well, busy busy busy. Where does the time go? What an exciting happening for me, I have been awarded the Sunshine award from Allison over at her place of creativity at I will complete the award in the next few days.

In the meantime I have done my ‘yearly’ envelopes for a girlfriend of mine. Each year a group of friends pool a small amount of money weekly and split it up at the end of the year at a weekend away. I was asked to ‘fancy up’ their envelopes two years ago. I did warn them that my method of creating is by process and never know what is going to come out. They are happy with that and wait to see what each year brings. This year my trusty unipin pen dreamt up ‘graffiti’ randomrose style I guess I would call it. It do so enjoy ‘doodling’. I hope they like them.

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The other thing  this week is my little lemon pip tree (I posted about her on my other block  She started out as a pip I literally threw into a tiny succulent pot on my kitchen table. To my amazement she grew and grew and grew. I wondered gleefully if it would be like Jack in the beanstalk…I could be randomrose in the lemon pip tree?? She grew so straight and strong but I worried for her as I am not a gardener of that dedication so I took her off to my next door neighbour who is a dab hand at growing. She too is fascinated with our little lemon pip tree so she is giving it her tender loving care to see what happens. Small thing in this world are the best.

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Here she is before she went to a new home and bigger pot (she is the straight strong one on the left). Annabella (on the right) wasn’t too happy and edged herself away. I think there is a class distinction between fruit and veg and succulents. Annabella succulent looks a bit high and mighty.

Last but certainly not least. My lemon pip tree carer next door came in with her weird and wonderful discovery, two carrots and two parsnip that had squashed together in the ground. Not enough room but determined to grow. They wound themselves into a tangle.  I have since scrubbed them up, left their jackets on, steamed them and thoroughly enjoyed their freshness and goodness. What a lovely, lovely week.

IMG_5180 (Large)Happiness to everyone…




Handmade Books

I am getting ready to hold a ‘handmade book/creative writing workshop at my library. Yarra Plenty Regional Library – Rosanna branch so I have been very busy. We will be making two books and doing a short exercise in creative writing. Because the workshop is only for two hours I need to prepare books to a middle stage. I decided to make some decorated ones, that way if we run out of time the group can concentrate on learning the pamphlet stitch.  I have made blank ones (which I hope to use). Participants can  stitch then decorate to their liking with mixed media.

These are the decorated ones, spines and pages also have the holes in them ready  for binding. If these are not used I hope they are an inspiration, a jump-start for some. I know when I am in a class to learn something new, I tend to freeze up so I am one person who needs a little push in the right direction to get me started.

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and these are the plain ones all. The covers are a soft card and the pages are computer paper. I didn’t want sewing difficult through hard covers etc. as the participants are beginners. I have pre-pricked the spine and pages ready for sewing.

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On 08/10/2013 I posted pics of the beginning of my ‘Brown Paper Bag’ book. I have added a few more items to it:

IMG_5164 (Large)I was going to put everything in the pockets of the book but the pages seemed too plain just with the writings so I have added things to pages as well as the pockets.

IMG_5165 (Large)This is a peek inside the pocket of going to the lake and enjoy my sandwich with the children playing with their toy boats. You can see my paper plate with origami sailing ships on papers clips. More drawings are in there as well.

IMG_5166 (Large)Off to visit my ill neighbour with my thermos (from magazine) of chicken soup,(drew chicken on yellow paper and the wholemeal rolls are a picture from a magazine also. The flowers are origami. Plus my umbrella (cocktail one) incase it rains. I am enjoying this project as it is purely play.