26 November 2008

Surprise trip back home for Christmas

I am getting pretty excited about my upcoming trip back to Poland for Christmas and it is even more exciting given that my parents don't have a clue that I am coming! My sister and my nephew have been plotting together with me to plan this and we all can't wait to see my parents' faces when I turn up at their place on 4 December. I will let you know how this goes, some people have asked me if my parents have strong hearts and I think they do so hopefully there won't be any heart attacks (lol).
Well, my sister tells me that it has been snowing already and here is a picture taken by my nephew a couple days ago from the windows of their place. It will be a bit of a shock to my body to go from around +30C in the sunny Queensland to around -5C or less within a couple of days. I hope I can cope with that.
Below are some photos of my home city in summer. I come from Olsztyn, which is located in the north east of Poland, not far from the Russian border. The region is well known for its beautiful lakes and forests which surround the city.

This is a statue of Nicolas Copernicus who lived in our city for many years.

23 November 2008

Christmas swap

I am part of a Christmas swap with 11 other "Art Sisters" and here is my creation, a pendant in a little felt wallet. It will be fun to receive 11 different creations from my very talented on-line friends.

Table runner for Alison

This is a table runner I created for my friend Alison. I am part of a patchwork/ sewing fortnightly group and this year we decided to have have a Christmas exchange of items handcrafted for another member (drawn out of a hat). This runner is hand embroidered and I crochet the lace for its both ends.

Collective canvas for Marilena's 50th birthday

Paper princesses (i.e. Gaye, Judy, Marlene, Celeste, Margaret, Marilena and I) have made another collective canvas, this time for Marilena's 50th birthday - the theme was hearts, birds and fabric. It all came together so well and Marilena just loved it.

Here are the pieces I created:

The pink heart in this one is embroidered by me.

Play day with Celeste and Gaye

A couple of weeks ago Celeste, Gaye and I got together for some arty play and didn't we have fun! We experimented with some bubble wrap and below is my creation, inspired by what Celeste has created earlier . We also played with some chunky wooden ATCs and below is the one I created.

Some recent creations

A little lead light hanging for an arty exchange

Little canvas swap

A little hanging created on a piece of wood for Jo

Wedding cards

I haven't been an active blogger recently so here is my catch up. I made a card for a 50th wedding anniversary - I used one of the paper quilted backgrounds which come handy for quick cards.

The following is a little wedding booklet for newlyweds, I love my new cricut cartriges which came handy when making this booklet. I also used the rusted paper for the background, when rusting I used blue paper and that's why it has some patina effect.
Front of the wedding booklet