Monday, July 28, 2014

Rest - What's That?

I am inundated with self imposed work! I cannot sleep for ideas that spiral, circle and grow. I want to do so many geeky online things... hmmmmm....

While I was studying, I kept getting told that I should hone/focus and stop spreading myself so thin. Indeed, I did try to do that - and got bored as hell.

In my final year, a kind tutor told me 'Just go with it'. I was so close to finishing that it probably didn't matter much at that stage - but that was permissible freedom - thrown down by authority - and I went wildly off in lots of directions - happy as hell. And still do.

I could not imagine sitting down all day doing logos, business cards or having to be polite to difficult clients - I could just see myself going quietly batty.

I'm not averse to hard slog, - kind of welcome it. My folks told me I like to do things the hard way. I'm not a sheep. I don't just follow, never have. If I can work out an alternative way to accept things and make my life happier I go for it.

Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. When it does it feels as if you are in flight. When it doesn't - you might try a couple more things or just toss it.

I like to learn. I like a challenge. I like to problem-solve. I like a million things going on in my head. I just guess I just love to be geekily thin (don't tell the body).
Here's a page from the latest free printable series - from an 'All True Romance' public domain comic book. I need a new printer - and when I get one I'll be itching to cut and paste these pictures into yet another book!

Click on the pic to go get it xxx...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colouring Pages for Women!

For the longest time, I have been wanting colouring pages to suit me - the adult lady. Pages that weren't just abstract. Pages of a girly nature - Princess type pages for women, Mums, Aunts - Nannas. I wanted pages that were nostalgic of my youth - stuff I could relate to. Good old retro stuff.

I decided to make some.

Click on the pic to go get them. I am actually making a heap more - this is just the start.

Well, what can you do with these pages? Any dang thing that captures your fancy! There's plenty of space for text - and adding your own colour if you wanted to.

Anyone who's lived a bit of life could relate them to their own life stories - how about a new journal of your own memories?

Use them for:

  • Journaling
  • Writing prompts - creative and personal
  • Diary
  • Collage
  • Scrapbooking
  • Cards
  • Framed prints
  • Wall decor
  • Posters
  • Memories/memoirs notes

There are plenty more things I'm sure you creative types could think of!

Have fun :)


Saturday, July 12, 2014


I told myself I was going to slow down - and then didn't listen to myself. I can't believe how the time has got away from me. Was kind of burnt out at the end of last year -so thought I should take it easy a bit. Hmmmmffff!

Since I last posted -
  • Took on another year of study.
  • Took on Editing tasks.
  • Became a Nan to two more boys.
  • Recently did a website for a Motivational speaker.
  • Business cards for people in Oz, and a doctor in the city.
  • Worked on graphics galore to try and stay ahead with posting on Craft Found.
  • Had a birthday and made myself worse for wear.
  • Went into hospital twice. 
  • Got crazy mad about getting broken vintage and retro sewing machines and making them work.

I have a journal (of sorts) to try and keep on top of things - often I'll make graphics and 'lose' them in a myriad of file folders. With that I made a half-hearted attempt at computer organisation, which ended up just plonking 95GB of files from the laptop onto an external hard drive. I need to tidy up the desktop. The journal is all scrawly and only readable by me with a fair splash of swear words. Ideas are plonked in there willy-nilly for when I get creative block.

Looking through it - so many times I have written - only spend  X hours per day on the computer. Hasn't worked out for me. Guess I just can't help it.

Latest series of printables - gorgeous vintage flower children collage sheets, suitable for scrapbooking, journaling and card making.

Click on the pic to go see.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Comics - Hot Rod Printables and Trio of Playmates

I've been getting into Public Domain comics in a big way over the last week or so. Great to funky up scrapbooks and journals - so for those petrol heads out there...
Click on the pic to go get some.

...and for the younger set - a trio of friends for paper play.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Just Things

As a designer I am in love with visuals. Public Domain works are so distracting! I am discovering and appreciating even more artists! I find that I just want to read...all day long. I downloaded a heap of stuff to 'read later' and ran out of Broadband data ha ha.

That doesn't happen very often, so that's okay. I am gearing up for Valentine's Day now - getting some collage sheets ready for papercraft.

Here are some journal/writing pages available for free download, over at Craft Found - adapted from the work of Walter Crane - more info at the post. Too damn gorgeous.

Its a bit messy over there at present because I was mucking about trying out colours and something got 'stuck'. Should be right soon. continues to do well. I had goals for that site, which were reached pretty quickly. I handed over the Chief Editor role to Justine, who came on as Editor - to further develop a new idea. I have stayed on as an Editor.

It is really satisfying to see writers grow. There have been quite a few newbies - they have taken suggestions on board and have been willing to learn how to write online. Some have done exceptionally well. It is a pleasure to have founded that site.

Things have been ultra busy.  My mind is on 'LOVE' at the moment as one of the girls is getting married next month. I need something to wear as I have over-indulged in the food department haha.

All for now

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Printables & Quiz

...over at Craft Found... some felt-y looking things inspired by felt ornaments I've seen online... some people are just sooo clever!
Christmas baubles...
Christmas hearts....
 ...and some good ol' Christmas puds...

Click on the pics to go get 'em!

Also a fun quiz Are You a Procrastinator at Self Avenue... Go Check it out.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Self Avenue

A little over three weeks ago I started a hub called 'Self Avenue' a self development/improvement site. Writing about personal development is a good way to explore your own thoughts/ideas/attitudes/behaviour - and at the same time you might help others who are in similar situations.

I am not in the industry, do not know the jargon but thought I had something to share. I write from layman perpective - a-la experience, saying what worked for me and what didn't.

My Editor Justine Crowley has (among other things) published four books on the subject and provides an industry-credible voice.

I did not imagine it would take off so. Counsellors, Doctors, Life Coaches have applied as writers as have Mums and Bloggers - so there'll be a good mix of stuff coming up.

If you think you might like to write for Self Avenue, from whatever walk of life you're from - take a gander here. Yes, you get paid :)


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