Friday, December 26, 2008

Last pages!!



Hi everyone,
I hope you have all had your fill of Christmas cheer and chrissie pud,I certainly have.
Well I have finished my last two pages Now the good part putting it all together!!


I wanted this page to look like it was a mans desk as he had just thrown stuff on his desk,dont worry they are all wired or glued down.








The full page.

















I must say I loved Judys book where she did a bird cage so I just had to try it for myself.
I Jen Crossley hereby promise the moth will make his debut next post.
Have a great Happy,Healthy and Creative New Year to you all
Jen












Friday, December 5, 2008

Wishing on a Star

It’s funny in this blogging world that we can bare our inner most thoughts and feelings to millions of strangers and don’t think twice. Many of you I have gotten to know though this media and have become long life friends. So with this in mind I share with you this story.
Do you ever think I would love to “make a wish”, I think many of us do, wish for winning lotto, love or as I do to have a loved one back in our lives even for a day.
Well dreams and wishes do come true sometimes; as many of you know my son Matthew who is 16 has a chronic illness called Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and now diabetes just to add to it all. Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease and effects lungs, digestion, sweat glands and means a shorten life span.





His health this year has not been great. We are still waiting on an operation date to help him breathe a bit easier, plus added medication and now two needles of insulin daily.
He has had a lot of challenges in his 16 short years of life, yet he inspires me daily with his attitude to his health and life handling himself way beyond his years.I must say Matthew never complains and say Mum why complain there are kids worse off than me.
If you saw what he had to do daily to keep well it is very heart breaking for a mum to see for their child.
Here is a picture of what Matthew wakes up to daily.






Here are just the tablets he takes everyday, and believe it or not these have been reduced!
The brown capsules (enzymes) are what he has to take when he eats anything at all they help him digest his food. Since being on them this year he has finally grown and put on weight for the first time in over a year.












Matthew was having another round of blood tests and we came home with him not feeling well at all to a wonderful surprise.
All though sometimes he faces hard times, and its not all sunshine and roses, this week my dear son's "Make a wish" was granted. A wonderful foundation that grants a wish for chronically ill children and Matthew wish was for a new computer.
Well it has all the bells and whistles and then some plus a computer desk as well.
The smile on his face is something I will never forget as long as I live, the happiness, shock and tears for Matthew to forget about his illness for a while with this wonderful surprise was unforgettable.







Here he is at his computer, may I add I haven’t seen him for days LOL.



Here is another Pic of My Daughter Nicole and her brother .These two are extremely close (they do fight don’t get me wrong) but that out of the way how truly close they are.
A sibling of a child with a chronic illness do suffer in some degree, the ill child comes first at many times, hospital admissions, appointments. "No we cant do that Matthew is not well". Nicole has never complained I wish sometimes there was something for siblings for their undying love and support. I Love you Nicole you are a very giving, a loving daughter and sister you are amazing beautiful spirit. I'm so proud of both my children make the most of your children and loved ones.




Thursday, November 27, 2008

On A Roll


















Well I was on a roll with this book until last week when I hurt my back again, so complete rest no movement ,ice ,drugs, cancelled appointments and cancelled class sorry Gail’s girls and worst of all NO ART, I’m having bad withdrawals from the art bit I mean.
Judy’s class has so inspired me these piece were done before I hurt the back again I still have more to do so Hopeful maybe next week!!

This page is my favorite as my dear sis Linda gave me the glass slide with the velvet pouch it goes in and the silver slide while I was at her place in the states earlier this year. I wondered what on earth was I going to do with it, but it was perfect. The little leather purse I found at an antique shop.
The leaf charm up the very top was a awful bright gold piece I bought from Judy now look at it.
This page took along time to attach it all together believe it or not.



I found an old book at this favorite shop of mine it was from the 18 hundreds and it had pressed flowers in it so of course it was perfect for this theme.
I love the poem under this picture I found it fitted in with him travelling all the time looking for specimans.“To My Wife who has put an end to my wanderings "










I was a bit under sided with this page at first but I have grown to like it. I used a glass microscope slide to sandwich the feather in between which I loved .
There is more to come so stay tuned
Jen
PS dont worry girls I did Judys class with the moth is still coming
PSS
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You know who you are?
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Judy comes to town !!







A weekend without Husbands and children. But instead, spending the weekend creating with 17 liked minded women. A dream? No, it was real. “A Judy wilkenfeld class” in Melbourne.
It was a terrific weekend a lot of fun and laughs, being told off for making to much noise in our room and that was all just two country girls Sarah and I LOL.
Judy is truly a very talented and wonderful teacher ,sharing with us; great techniques and allowing us to purchase some of her wonderful antique and vintage goodies.
My theme of my book is Nature a few picture I have used are of Charles Darwin. I haven’t finished yet but here are some pages I have completed. As most of you have noticed my blog has become very Jewelry orientated lately but this book has brought me back to my collage roots.
I will share more of the book as I finish it
Jen





















































































Who is this masked woman?

Who is this crazy masked woman freezing her butt off in a hotrod,not a real good fashion statement really but a warm one.
My hubby and I took off for a rod run in melbourne the other weekend.
It was our rods first big drive, a real test, 2 and 1/2 hour drive down and we made it. We have no hearing left due to a noisey diff (car talk).



This was us on the way home raining but loving it,believe it or not I didnt get that wet. We had our love (and ten layers )to keep us warm.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

And the Winner IS??

The winner of the blog candy
Drum roll please drdrrdrrrrdrrrrrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrd

Vanessa Henry

Thank you everyone for entering and Vanessa the blog candy will be winging its way to you
Enjoy
Jen

Friday, October 31, 2008

Blog Candy Give away


In celebration of me joining the design team for Inka Stamps all of the Design Team members are holding a drawing to give away stamps from Inka Stamps.

To win these collage sheets,unmounted stamp,glass house shape please leave a comment with your email address to be in the draw.I will then choose a winner using a random number picker,you have to be in to win it.I will give you one week then I will draw the lucky winner.

Please visit the blogs of the other Design Team members to sign up for a chance to win stamps on their blogs.

Here are their blogs...

Kelly Burton...Artsy Visions

Kristy Christopherson - Kristy's Musings


Gayle Page-Robak - A Stampers Touch

Carolyn Summers - Playing in the Sandbox

Joanne Wardle - Made By Joanne

Ursula Vondeling -Ursula Creaties

Also to celebrate me being the newest member joining Inka Stamps design team, Inka Stamps is holding a sale for blog readers. Visit Inka Stamps website to see the wonderful stamps and collage images she carries. Anyone who puts "Jen" in the message to seller box when ordering will receive a 40% rebate. This does exclude items already on sale, grab bags and items on the found items page. !!! This is good only to blog readers month of November!!

Inka is so great to do this she is such a sweetie
Goodluck guys

Friday, October 24, 2008

No Not The DT"S ??


Hi Everyone
I have been asked by Inkas Stamps to be on there Design Team. Thus the title not the DT'S LOL Anyone who knows me knows I have a warp humour!!!
Here are some projects I have just completed for them.
They have some awesome collage sheets.
Please go and check them out.
http://www.inkastamps.com
The top right is a soldered glass house shape I soldered it then put a black patina on it.
They also have 3d house shapes for sale.
The mini canvas is next about 2 inches long by 1 1/2inches I made a wire handle and a paper roll for the middle handle.
The next is a collage piece using one of Inka's collage sheets and ruler sheet.
BFN Jen












Thursday, October 9, 2008

Its open


Well its finally up and running My etsy shop.
Here is the link
Ths link can also be found on the right hand side of my blog under Etsy SHop
Just want to thank everyone who has encouraged me to open a shop.I have 4 items listed but more will be added over the next couple of days.This piece here is a antique camera lense pendant
Have a good weekend
Jen

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You asked for it?? Etsy store coming



Well you asked for it?? Yes Im opening a etsy store this Friday 10th October 2008.

I have finally got a number of pieces ready for sale to open a store if you come back here on Friday I will have the link up ready for you.

Here is a sneek peek of one piece I have for sale.It is etched Nickel house,with a tin type photo of a lady.Mica over the top of the word "Home" and a antique key.And a wire birds nest charm with Pearl eggs

They will be one off pieces.
Here is another piece another nickel etched booklet.
A tin type photo with mica and eyelets,laced with wire.
Well till Friday have a good week whats left of it anyway
Jen

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Where have I Been/and Housekeeping??

Where Have I Been / Housekeeping??

You know the song I’ve been everywhere Man .Well that’s what my life has been like lately a lot of Miles on the poor commodore that’s for sure Sydney, Melbourne ,Melbourne, Geelong, Melbourne..

I was lucky enough early last month to go up to Sydney for 4 days to work with the very talented Judy Wilkenfeld what a wonderful experience that was.
As many of you know I have been suffering with back pain so I was strapped on the back for my stay with Judy .
Judy showed me here wonderful studio which totally blew what mind I had left I was like a kid in a candy store. Above are some of her wonderful books.
My son Matthew has also been extremely ill many of you know he has Cystic Fibrosis and we are still waiting for a surgery date for him so I will keep you posted. He also has some exciting news I will share with you soon .
Thank you to everyone who has emailed and rang me concerning my back and Matthew it has really touched me greatly.

Geelong with Keith Lo Bue


I have just had the most exciting week of my life at the Geelong Textile Forum in Victoria, where else can you spend a week with liked minded women, shopping, eating and learning at the same time
Yes heaven indeed.
The Course wa at Geelong Grammer school a beautiful settling thats for sure
I attend a week long course with Keith Lo Bue, he is such a talented and generous man,who's knowledge knows no bounds. And yes in one of the photos we saw the famous Lo Bue legs with his utility kilt!!!
I met and made some wonderful friends one of which is Chris from Western Australia, and Ro Bruhn whom I have known for some time but this was the first time we had spent a lot of time together.
Ro ,me and Chris were the three musketeers.
I have not finished my project yet but here is a sneek peek for you .Its is made out of an old draw pull and a Ari doll I had got from Judys Place.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Im Back?


Hi Everyone,
I have been pretty quiet in blog land and in the real world as well.
I have re hurt an old back injury so I have been trying to take it easy (Yeah right I’m a mother LOL).
Here is a class I will be teaching in Ballarat in a couple of weeks at The Imagination Factory. A mini bird house it has metal sides that you cant see the rest is paper. I was inspired by Deryn Mentock with the wire and Paper twisting on the bottom of the house.
I’m currently working on another project which I hope to share with you soon
Jen

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wanta see my etchings? NO


Well Im still waiting for people to come and see my etchings I thought that was a great pick up line Boo Hoo LOL

Here is my latest piece of etching it is a small book necklace 1/12" big.I have been etching on Nickel,and wired the book together.

Im off to Melbourne this weekend to teach my Junk bracelet I cant wait.

Happy Creating

Jen

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Awards ,etched in stone??

Awards and Etched In stone a mixed heading there girls.
First lets get down to the etching my passion at the moment LOL This is a little note pad I have just finished.
I etched the top section and thanks to the wonderful stephanine lee's book I made a project something like she had in her book(no Im not getting a commission from this book its just so great thats all.
I then used cooper mesh and wired the bottom bit for a different effect,another amazing tin photo and embellishments and Bob's your uncle so to speak.
Im going to add chain to the top so I can wear it.I also used old leather on the back of the book.








I received this a couple of weeks ago and haven't had the time to do what was required once you received it, but here goes . There is nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling that someone likes what you do and that I do inspire others to create. Thanks
Dear Audreyhttp://meandmine-audrey.blogspot.com/,
Stephi http://nightowldesigns.blogspot.com/,an Anne LeToux http://bullesdorees.blogspot.com/ and Carolyn http://fancifulexpressions.blogspot.com/for this award it means alot to me that you would think of me.
Here's how it works.Who gets the “Brilliante Webblog Award“?Websites and blogs of your choice for their designs that are especially noteworthy.Here are the Award Rules:
1. The winner can take the logo.
2. Place a link to the person that send you the award.
3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Creative-Blogs, which by its currency,the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy.
4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.
5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they’ve won an Award.So here goes and in no particular order some of the artists and their blogs that inspire me and who are very generous in sharing their passion with us all.
1. Azirca http://speakwithoutmyvoice.blogspot.com/
2.Annette http://goannafive.blogspot.com/
3.Kelsey http://ko-ok.blogspot.com/
4.Judyhttp://www.redvelvetcreations.blogspot.com/
5.Gabyhttp://colorfuladventures.blogspot.com/
6.Julianhttp://buttonstcat.blogspot.com/
7.Stephi http://stephanielee.typepad.com/stephanie_lee_studios/

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Come up to my place and see my etchings?

Come up to my place and see my etchings?

Well as the title says come up to my place and see my etchings, naughty aren’t I.
I did a course last year in Melbourne learning Metal etching it is something I have always wanted to do. After the class I thought I love it but all these light boxes and photo paper, it was all so expensive.
Early this year remember I was raving over Stephanie Lee’s new book “Semiprecious salvage” well I still am, in the book it teaches you how to etch using stazon ink pad and Enchant solution.
Well I’m hooked here are the first samples I did, the top one is just plain brass but it shows what I started with.
Next is the booklet necklace I have just finished with a old tin Photo on it, it is made out of Nickel sheeting and I used Collection's border stamps for the pattern on the metal.
Warning it is addictive,and dangerous as your using chemicals so be very careful
Bye for now
Jen
Booklet necklace has a back and front covers etched with old antique paper inside.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Honey I'm Home














Honey, I’m Home!
Hi guys, I’m finally home well I have been for nearly two weeks now.
I had a fantastic time in America, it was so great to get to spend some time with my American sis Linda and her husband Jim in Coeur D Alene Idaho, Mark and I were living the American dream, beautiful home, food and company.

I had so many packages by the time I got to Linda’s place, I thought it was Christmas LOL.
Here is a piece Linda bought for me a few Christmas ago, but cos' of the size I told her I would pick it up when I was over there it is about one metre, tall and is an old metal stamp this is only part of it.
Linda also had moved this little beauty for me with some of her house moves, an old optical lenses box.
Jim wanted to know why I would want a piece of “Junk” like this. Men ey? LOL.
I took over something I made for Linda years ago. Here she is holding it a wool embroidery in 3d it is a daffodil picture which symbolize cancer.

Linda has been such an inspiration to me in life through her art. When we first met and after having spent more time with her, this visit and talking more about her health issue’s with Ovarian cancer. Now nearly 10 years on, I realized how sick she really was and it is indeed a miracle she is here at all, but with her positive out look on life I’m so grateful she is here, she is a very special lady. We have become so close and I cryed alot leaving her at the airport,to go to LA,life is so precious I think we all shouldnt take to for granted.
Jim didn’t forget he promised to cook me beer in the butt chicken and I must say after I stopped laughing and rolling around on the floor at it on the BBQ it was very yummy. Thanks Jim














I spent heaps as the supplies were so cheap. I loved going to Ace hardware, Habour freight and Lowe hardware, I love a good tool as you all know.
Since I have been home I have been doing some Metal etching I will share with you next blog update.
Take care
Jen
Ps Thank you to all that wished me a Happy Birthday and a wonderful trip I had both.
Ps check out Linda's Blog she has some awesome Pictures of our trip