Monday, July 27, 2015

2 miniature fairy gardening book that inspired my family



 Please keep in mind that we are "Fairy Gardening" novices.  
Have you noticed that Fairy gardens are becoming very popular?  They are also something my Oma used to draw for me when I was a little girl, she sure was able to make my childhood magical.

This year, my young daughters and I have been trying to create our very own Fairy Garden in our back yard.  We are attempting to make our garden magical and enchanting.
 Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner have created this magical step-by-step instruction book for creating magical gardens.  
We looked through the book, and were immediately transported into the land of Fairies.

Keeping in mind that we are novices, this is what we were able to create.







The girls took their time making scenes.  
We have: 
Dad and Daughter taking a fun ride on a goat. (Note the dinosaur photobomb!)
A fairy playing with her ponies outside her house. 
Sully leading the pack of My Little Ponies around the fairy garden.
A dinosaur watching the young ponies compete in a race.
The unicorn family is keeping our carrots safe, and helping them grow with their magic.




 We are now working with Fairy Gardening 101.  We have taken out the popsicle sticks, and are in the midst of collecting all sorts of items that we can reuse in our garden.
Our current collection contains
Bottle caps.
Twigs and sticks for building ladders.
Fabric.
Clothespins
Etc.

This part of our garden is taking a bit of time.  But we are forever looking for things to add. I will most certainly post pictures of them as we continue.

I have to mention that I am a novice gardener, and both these books are teaching me so much about what plants I will be adding to my garden next year.  Living in Canada, we are limited to planting and growing, as the frigid winters cover up everything.  I will have to start making Mini Indoor Gardens, and both these books will certainly help with this!


The above books are available for purchase at 

Should you have any questions of comments, be sure to reach out.
Happy Reading,
Tanya



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction by Diane Brischke


Diane Brischke has over 35 years of educational experiences.  She works to teach people of all ages the value of all animals.  She also works at educating us on the ever so quick depletion in the numbers of too many endangered species.  Taking into account man-made causes such as loss of habitat, climate change and the increase in pollution.

This book takes a look  a look at a variety of endangered animals, and describes the causes of the current path of extinction they are facing.  With knowledge, there is power. If we can educate people on how to make changes, we can work towards preserving these endangered animals.

The pictures in this book are stunning, and the reading matter is down to earth, and gets right to the point.  My whole family is better educated as a result of reading this book. It is never too young, or too old to start making changes. 

This book can be found in many bookstores.  I hope you decide to pick up a copy and sit down with your family to read it together.  It leads to understanding of how we can make a difference.  We can help the animals face the future rather than face extinction.

I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment.

Now You See Me is available at 

Happy Reading,
Tanya

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

More ICAD 2015 creations







Here are a few more of the Index Card A Day 2015 project.  
Prompts were;
Snow Globe
Colour Wheel (Cdn spelling for me)
Telephone
Academic

Happy Krafting,
Hugs,
Tanya

Friday, July 3, 2015

ICAD 2015 creations yet again



Hello,

Here are more of my Index Card A Day 2015 (ICAD) creations.

Themes; IceCream, Romantic, Education. 
Material Prompts; collage, stamps, washi tape.

Really enjoying this.  Using things I have been collecting for a long time.

Happy Krafting,
Hugs,
Tanya

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bookmark Art Exchange and the annotated Alice book

Hello,

The Bookmarks I made for an Art Exchange have made their way to their new homes.  
I used the Octopode Alice stamps; Lily Chilvers in one talented lady.  Mixing Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderland sentiment stamps helped finish them up nicely.  
 I am loving the florescent Poster Paint from DeSerres.
The photo does not do the colors justice. 

I am currently reading 
The Annotated Alice: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" AND "Through the Looking Glass"  Thus my inspiration for the Bookmarks.


 I am reliving my youth, and really enjoying the notes that describe where Lewis Carroll got his ideas and such.

What is on your summer reading list?
Happy Krafting,
Hugs
Tanya

Monday, June 29, 2015

ICAD 2015 Index Card A Day




Hello

I am participating in Daisy Yellow's ICAD 2015  
We are using an Index Card each day, along with a theme and a word prompt. 
It started June 1st, and goes until July 31, 2015.  

 The above are some of my index cards.  
The Exotic one is using crayons and watercolors, beads and brads.  
The Owl was pen and ink.  
The Stampotique Monsters were a "Greeting Index Card" prompt.
The last one was a "treehouse" prompt.  A drawing in pen and ink, colored with pencils.

What have you been up to?
Happy Krafting, 
Hugs,
Tanya


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stampotique ATC Shiny and/or Metallic Theme

Hello,

Here are my 2 ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) that I created for the June 2015 Stampotique Swap.  The theme was shiny and or metallic.  I used my DCWV Fairytale paper.  It had shiny sparkly embossed circles on it, in wich I took as bubbles in the Ocean.

I used my Stamptique Octopet stamp, some metalic brads, my touch markers, bling, charms and ribbon.  To top off the cards, I used the small shells my Mother-In-Law brings back from the USA for me, and put a black pearl in them.  The Octopet(s) are protecting the treasure in the sea.


Do you think I succeeded in sticking with the shiny and/or metallic theme?

Happy Krafting,
Hugs, 
Tanya