Friday, July 31, 2015

Envelope Exchange - Karen Ness

I participated in an Decorated Envelope Exchange run by Jean Wilson and Jan Hardt, it is run every month and sign up is the 15th and needs to be posted out by the end of the month.

I received my first from Karen Ness from Illinois USA. She made the envelope from Archer Text Wove paper and made her own envelope from it.

I love homemade envelopes. Thank you Karen, wish I had your email so I could thank you properly.

I sent 5 so hopefully I get 5 back

Interesting Reading

Myth or truth about storing certain foods

Glove knitting pattern

Living on a budget

Crusty Bread Recipe

For animal lovers a tear jerker

Wedding Anniversary tear jerker

How to make your own healthy cake flour

Alan Blackman-the man who designed Adobe fonts

Making your own crackers

I used to go to Samantha White's house to pick up these yummy cakes in a jar

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 40 - Mystery Meeting card from Cologne

It's not often I get a mystery card that I have no idea who sent it, today is that day. This arrived the other day and I am puzzled as i cannot see a name on there that is familiar to me on cards I am awaiting. I vaguely remember someone saying they were sending me a card from a Postcrossing Meeting but for the life of me I cannot remember who. So if this is your card and you are following my blog please comment so I can give you credit. 

This card is of Soviet stamps of the World War II

The back of it was signed by all that attended the meeting in Cologne Germany on the 18th July

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WOYWW 321


Making envelopes from calendars again.
Blue ikea rubbish bin is so handy and portable as it folds down flat. 
That grey tin to the left holds my calligraphy pens. 
The black mesh bag under that is great for holding stuff mainly pens when I go to craft club as I can see through it-got that from Officeworks.
Green ipad always on hand, I need an ipad deck chair like Julia's so it sits up.
Glasses for close up writing.

Joining Julia at her Stamping Ground to see more desks of crafty people

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 37 - WBMP 314 - Eumeko - Zentangle

This is a UNESCO site in Australia called Fraser Island also called Great Sandy National Park or its Aboriginal name is K'gari, it is the largest sandy island in the world at 122 kms in length. It lies on the east coast of Australia. From our house it would take us 3 hours to drive to the pickup point at Rainbow Beach to catch a ferry there. You can only use a 4X4 to drive there. One day we hope to take a day trip there by charter which is about $150 per person. 
I participated in a swap in Postcrossing called Write Back My Postcard where we send our own postcard and the person at the receiving end writes in it and sends it back. The idea is born from the fact that sometimes we like our own postcards and would like to keep one but have it written in. So this card went all the way to Malaysia and Eumeko kindly wrote in it and send it back - well she didn't write in it, she did something more unique and did a gorgeous zentangle below.  THANK YOU EUMEKO I love it!!!


This is the gorgeous envelope they came in, isn't Eumeko clever in her envelope design?

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T for Tuesday - Maritime Museum South Bank


Last Friday I had to drop hubby into town so I decided to go for a visit down by the river in town called Southbank. It is a cultural, educational and recreational precinct in the heart of the city in a suburb called South Brisbane. I went looking for postcards. I parked close to the Maritime Museum and I saw this sign outside the building of the Phonetic Alphabet, I love the explanations below if you can see them


 This is the walk bridge that goes over the river, another day when I have time I will take a walk over it.
 Saw this as well and couldnt make out what it was, but it was a beautiful wooden sculpture.
 There are some gorgeous archways along the way, with bougainvillaea vines growing all along. 
 Found some great free postcards to do a project with, will showcase when it is done.

Joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for T for Tuesday

Saturday, July 25, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 34 - A postcard Box

I saw this at craft club and was taught how to make a box out of postcard, it utilises 14 postcards, I used the ad cards that you get free around town. Some of them are really pretty.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 33 - Food & Drink RR - Joelle Nelsy

 This postcard came from a Food and Drinks Round Robin on Postcrossing from Joelle Nelsy, the swap was a recipe postcard, I also love these types of postcards as I love cooking. But because the recipe is in French I had to good an English version so I could make it. sounds yummy

I love watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations cooking programme, HERE is his recipe
I also love watchingn SBS cooking shows so HERE is their version and little history,

Poulet basquaise (Basque-style chicken) comes from the French part of the Basque country, in South western France. The Basque country covers 20,000 square kilometres, north and south of the Pyrenees. Hence it expands into both France and Spain, and has been at the heart of a conflict for decades, with some of its inhabitants claiming the independence from both countries. Originally, "basquaise" designated a dish made from vegetables and bread, but these days it usually refers to a rich sauce made from capsicum, onions and tomato. 

Can't wait to make this, my mouth is watering

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Weekly Reading

How to send a care package to a dog serving overseas

The facebook page of Operation K-9 Care packages



Photographic genius Fabian Offner

Capuccino Art Journal what a great way to spend a Sunday Afternoon

Which flower matches your personality?

Missive Mavens Etsy shop for  letter writing tools and materials

Missive Maven's blog

Red Letter Day

Some great advice for Motherhood wish I had read it when my girls were little

Canadian Mail sorting

Ingenious Postman in Ireland delivers letter to 'that boy in glasses'



Thursday, July 23, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 32 - Harenberg, Germany - Laura

This postcard came from Laura in Germany of Harenberg which is a district in Hanover. I am not sure what this castle is.

This swap was to put stickers on a postcard, aren't they cute.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WOYWW 320

This is my craft club desk....I was decorating envelopes with Delusions. I made a huge mess, I cleaned up the inksplats on those laminated sheets I make for this messy job. My OCD kicked in after each set of envelopes was sprayed LOL and I used baby wipes and toilet paper to clean up..

Yellow and white tickets are raffle tickets we buy. stash to the front right corner is what I bought. We sat in a group of 8 this time-large group-usually its only 4 of us.

I'll take a photo of our group next time so you can see.

Off to another craft group tonight then an early morning start for work tomorrow 3.30am whew hope I can make it.

Joining Julia at her Stamping Ground to see more desks of crafty people

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 31 - April 5 postcards of England

These came as a 5 unwritten card swap from April in England
Seaford Beach Huts  situated between Seaford Head and Martello Tower are 60 beach huts, 12 of which are council owned and leased to the public.  
 These Seven Sisters is situated in south Downs National park in East Sussex and is famous for its chalk cliffs in Cuckmere Haven.
 The Palace of Westminster click on the links to read all about it
 The Pond & Golden Jubilee Mosaic Lindfield West Sussex 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

T Tuesday - Artic Freeze and sunshine

Elizabeth chewed me out last week as I didnt have a drink in my picture - and no I didnt drink the stamp soaking water LOL.
It has been blowing an artic breeze lately so I sat outside and did my work in the sun, surprisingly it got quite hot so I had to retreat inside. This is just outside the craftroom door. AND there's my cup of half drunk tea Elizabeth. I cant go without my cup of tea.

Joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for T for Tuesday

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 30 - UNESCO Potala Palace Tibet



 This card from Postcrossing came from Kay in China of the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet which is a UNESCO site, constructed by teh 5th Dalai Lama. It used to be the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dala Lama fled to Indian during the 1959 uprising.  It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.
Again the stamps are just awesome to say the least. I also love Kay's handwriting, it looks like a font, so precise and perfect. thank you Kay.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 29 - Ad postcards from Tara







Tara from Postcrossing who has now become a wonderful penpal sent me these advertising postcards, I love advertising postcards, they try and send a message to get your attention. I love how the thought process happens. 
Tara made this envelope out of the cover of Thats Life Magazine, 
I love these kinds of recycled handmade envelopes. It was very sturdy as well.
oh and there is washi tape at the bottom and top of the address label.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 28 - Coastal Beach RR - Ulrika - Greece

 Another card from the Postcrossing Beach Coastal Round Robin this time from Ulrika in Greece. Ulrika says this is the famous chappel in the movie Mamma Mia, i love that movie

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 27 - CoastalBeach Swap - Sueko Japan

 In Postcrossing we can participate in many swaps. This was was titled Coastal Beach Round Robin Swap from Sueko in Japan. This card depicts the Tottori Sanin Coast near the Tottori sand dune where you can ride camels.
Love the stamps and the postmark

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Friday, July 17, 2015

PCAD - A Postcard A Day 26 - Svea - Germany

 The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are a natural phenomenon seen by the northern countries.
There are the Southern Lights also known as the Aurora Australis.

A natural light display in the sky caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere.

Svea sent this to me, if you can see this post can you contact me as I dont have your address or contact to send you one back and have no idea which group you are in. thanks

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Weekend Reading

How to use your Ipad  I've had an ipad for a year and never knew how to use all the features until someone posted on facebook that they wanted to learn from veterans how to use it. boy oh boy there's a lot I dont know about it

People who live in small houses

Amazing Wedding Cakes of the outrageous type

Sand powered lighting the answer to our electricity bills

Craft Spaces

My Desert Cottage


Deserts To die for

The sun is going to sleep in 2030 'Maunder minimum.'

Preserving Postboxes in the UK

Letter Boxes: The red heart of the British streetscape

This is one of my favourite blog that I read religiously this family of 6 work in the US military and have been seconded to Italy for 3 years, what an adventure with one more baby on the way 

Love these wedding cakes





Thursday, July 16, 2015

Postcrossing 10th Anniversary Winners

I ran a 10th Year Anniversary Lottery on Postcrossing to celebrate 10 years of postcards crossing the world. I will be sending out 10 postcards to the following people of my choosing or a Greetings From Australia card for those who requested it. Congratulations to the following winners

# 2 Snowflake or Olesya Russia 


#11 nediam_nori or Suvi Finland

#19 estrambotica Irma Lithuania


#22 tgkos Tatiana Russia

#23 imaisha A'ishah Malaysia

#27 Calialf  USA

#28 kyoko145 Canada

#34 greenkiwi Marina Russia

#38 abbyaguas Phillipines

#42 kisselenok Russia

I was able to contact everyone except # 38 and # 42 as postcrossing locked me out due to too many messages sent LOL. So if you two see this message and are able to contact me by emailing me or sending me a U2U that would be awesome

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