Monday, August 30, 2010

wonderful workshops...

The Saturday of the conference was spent learning some new skills (or attempting to anyway)...

First Trish from TrishAlan Designs gave an interesting talk on teaching craft...not sure I want to go that way at the moment, but it certainly raised some things to consider if I do. Then we had morning tea  - & I would like to thank Ali for insisting on organising real coffee :)

My first workshop was Freeform Crochet - taught by Meggan. I made a cord for my id tag & started a circle...I didn't pick it up super fast, but I started to get somewhere. Then I travelled by train with Meggan on Sunday & got an extra lesson :). I not a crochet prodigy by any means, but I will spend some time playing & see if I can get anywhere...(in the photo below, the purple string & the smaller circle are my work - the larger circle Meggan made to show me a pattern).

After lunch, I did a zentangle workshop with Melanie. Zentangle is heaps of fun - I've been playing since I got home & have introduced my Mum & sisters to it. Amy has been especially taken with it & has produced some gorgeous drawings.

The bigger sheet in the photo below is the tangle I started at the workshop & have since completed. The smaller drawing is one that Melaine gave us the outline for, so we could all fill it in & see what we came up with - they have been great so far.

a better look at my first zentangle...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Conference goodies...

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural DUST Conference, held on the Gold Coast. Not only did I get to meet some awesome DUST-ers, have a holiday & learn some new skills (more on that later), I also received a goodie bag, full of DUST-y goodness.

all the DUST-ers who attended - as well as some who couldn't make it - provided something wonderful for the bag. There were rings, earrings, hair accessories, pendants, brooches, beads, prints, vouchers.....the bag they came in is pretty good too :)

My contribution isn't shown above - I had two left & my sisters adopted those :)

I gave everyone a copper charm (made from ArtClayCopper) & a print of one of my mandala drawings.

I had an amazing time.....there will be a couple more posts on the subject coming soon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{ rise & shine }

Back from the Gold Coast, met some wonderful DUST-ers & had a lovely time.

I'm still going through the photos, but I thought I'd post a sneak peak - yes, I was up in time for sunrise, despite being on holiday. A proper post might have to wait until next week - off to Gumeracha for a fair on the weekend.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

springs, biscuits & travel plans...

Ooops, it's been a while since I've blogged, so you get a little catch-up post :)

Last week we went to Appila Springs. It was (very) cold, wet & rainy, but we still had a wonderful time. We had yummy cake & coffee (or tea), then went & took some photos. If you would like to see a wider shot, click here.

I baked the other day - 'Dad's Biscuits', a gluten-free adaptation of anzacs. Yum.

& last but not least, I'm getting ready to head to the Gold Coast to catch up with some of my awesome fellow DUST-ers.

I've also been playing with some copper clay, I'll blog about that when I return :)

& speaking of metal clay....the Metal Clay Heads Team have their (our) very first give-away on the team blog . The prize is a piece by the talented Terri of NineteenThirteen.

enter here & good luck :)