Saturday, February 27, 2010

JANINE'S giveaway :D

My beautiful blogger buddy Janine is having a wonderful giveaway - to have a chance at winning this great giveaway just visit her blog here and leave a comment - she paints lovely paintings and always takes time to stop by my blog and leave comments which I love! HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY JANINE :D

...also the lovely Janine has created this award for her followers and I am honoured to grab this one for myself - I will pass this award onto a few people tomorrow afternoon - this is an extract from Janine's post explaining this great award :

"Today I want to say thank you, that you have enriched my life, thank you for the time I could share with you,
and a special thank you to my english speaking friends for the generosity to overlook my incomplete english.
For all my blogfriends is the Companion -award.
I would be so proud when you would do me the honour to take it and pass it, if you like."

You are a gem Janine, and I so value our blogger friendship :D

SPRING lockets :D

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ocean Grove Getaway :D

Well...we just returned from our little Getaway to Ocean Grove - had a lovely time and great weather too - it was 34C degrees yesterday and we picked a great day for the Adventure Park near Geelong - after the park we went out to a restaurant for dinner and then ice creams, then a walk along the beach - it was wonderful :D

John and Master 10 on one of the water slides...

Jumping on the inflatable pillow while John and I sat under a tree and had a breather :D

My munchkins paddling away on the lake at the Adventure Water Park -John and I kept asking them to keep going, turn around and do another lap - you know what we were thinking don't you - go an tire yourselves out - aren't we just mean :D

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh this one turned out so well...

...this one was a bit of a surprise - while I was making it I had no idea it would turn out like this - LOVE the denim look of this butterfly :D

Monday, February 22, 2010

Little Saint in her French Garden

...another little painting I whipped up last night - I love working with these small 20cm x 25cm canvases as it means I don't need to be in the studio, I can bring what I need and paint these on the kitchen table in the evenings when the family is relaxing and watching TV - this is my little Saint in her French garden - once again there is heaps of texture and gorgeous puffed flowers on the canvas.

I also made this little WHITE filigree butterfly last night - I think sometimes "less is more" and wanted to make one plain - something that would suit any colour outfit - well, at least that was my reasoning being it :D

OK, must run now, so many things to do in so little time - chat soon Blogger buddies :D


Friday, February 19, 2010

New Carnation Earrings and Locket


...its really late here on Friday night but I wanted to show you my newest earrings and locket completed today - tomorrow I am going to the beach with the family and the kids are so excited - time to get out and about and enjoy this lovely hot weather we are having - better go and start packing all the beach towels and togs :D - chat to you soon Bloggers xoxo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

FIRST PAINTING in 6 months - wow...

...well, here we have it - my first painting after 6 months - wow did I go crazy on the jewellery or what LOL - I took my art to my jewellery first, now I am binging my jewellery into my art - notice all those lovely puffed flowers on my may have seen them on some of my lockets :D

For the last three and a half weeks, I have been on my strict diet - low carbs high protein - and so far I have lost 5kg, two more weeks to go and I am done - I am able to fit into all my size 10 - 12 clothes once again and I am over the moon. But with this diet, no fun stuff anymore like alcohol or coffee and God forbid, no chocolate~!!!! That was the theme of my painting, as you can see from all those words - if I can't eat chocolate, well then, I will paint it :D

So, what do you think of my return to art? This one is so choker-full of texture and it will have lashings of varnish on it, but that will take place over the next few days.

Anyway, cheers to you all, hope you are all having a great week - hugz Val xoxo

Saturday, February 13, 2010

NEW Book Lockets - so very different

...just a few more lockets currently listed on Etsy - these book lockets are so cute - very different thats for sure :D

Thursday, February 11, 2010


...I used that very quick very useful site to pick a winner for this giveaway - there were only 20 entrants and the number picked is NUMBER 5!!!

That lucky entry is from the lovely and very talented FLOR at - CONGRATULATIONS Flor, please email me at and leave your address details for me - I will have this pendant posted out to ASAP.

Thank you all for entering this giveaway and I hope you guys have better luck next time - my next giveaway will be when I reach 250 followers :D

Cheers and all the best, Val xoxoxo

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ANOTHER STORM - another 3 inches of rain...

Well, the forecasted storm has once again hit Bacchus Marsh - this one lasted 35 minutes of pouring rain, lightning and thunder that cut our electricity - right now I am typing this on my laptop and my battery hasn't got a long I will try and be quick - I just had to share this as I have never seen anything like this in my life (apart from yesterday afternoon :)

This is a picture taken through the sliding doors into my backyard - on the right hand side of the photo, you will see a spout of water... that is water backing up in one of the downpipes from the roof - the photo does not show the actual rain drops (my camera is crappy) - the rain is pelting down in this shot.

This is my front yard, circular drive, under water - lovely right :)

This is a dam on our 40 acres which was empty yesterday... now its full and will break its banks soon as there is so much water still coming into it - it should overflow into the paddocks, which is OK.

This is apparently a huge storm front so we are expecting part two shortly - UNBELIEVABLE!!!


just a few of my newest pendant, just listed on Etsy :D

Thought I would let you guys know what took place yesterday in my little town of Bacchus Marsh - we actually made the national news - a massive downpour - 3 inches of rain in 40 minutes - I have never seen anything like it in my life - the roads were rivers, the shopping center roof collapsed, flooded shops - I picked the kids up from school but we had to sit in the car for about 20 minutes waiting for the heavens to ease up - on the forecast, today is predicted to be even worse - my hubby and I have taken the sale cloth down in our backyard as they are also forecasting stronger winds and more rain than yesterday - WOW, hope there is no damage to property today, remains to be seen what happens...

On a brighter note, I will be drawing a winner for the giveaway in the next few days - if you haven't entered yet, just scroll down a few posts and you will see the GIVEAWAY post for the VINTAGE LOVE HEART LOCKET :D

Monday, February 8, 2010

GOATS MILK soap - looks magic

...this is my newest batch of homemade soap - this one is a lovely white base soap with the addition of Goats Milk which is excellent for problematic skin - I love it - it looks very tropical, a bit like ice-cream, but that's just me playing around with my colours, did not want to leave it plain white. I have fragranced this batch with a touch of Gardenia and Honeysuckle, just a hint of fragrance in this one :D

Its funny how popular these soaps have become amongst my family and friends - I end up giving away half of the soap I make LOL, a bit of deja vu for me - that's the same thing which was happened when I first started painting - maybe I will decide very soon to throw some home made soaps into my pot of Etsy goodies :D

Anyway, don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for the resin love heart locket - here is the link

Cheers and chat soon buddies - ~HUGZ~

A few more days before the GIVEAWAY

...there is a few more days before a winner for the GIVEAWAY is announced and so far there are only 11 people that have entered - those are pretty good odds :D - so don't forget to enter, here is the link

...also, new creation above, I think it looks 'smashing' :D

ps - the sale is going so well on my Etsy shop - 6 sales so far at really low prices, so check it out, there may be a real bargain waiting for you there :D

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Sweetheart with her pony :D

This is my darling Maya with her Shetland Pony Charlotte over the weekend - you can see from the background photos the gorgeous lush green grass (NOT) - we are sorely in need of rain on this side of Melbourne but what little we get gets killed by the constant scortching heat of summer - I guess we will have to wait till winter to green the place up.

Just thought I would share a photo of my family for a change :D <---- also, don't forget to enter this giveaway - VINTAGE BRASS LOVE HEART LOCKET :D

PS I am having a massive half price sale in my Etsy store - would love to sell some of my stock before I start adding new pieces - check it out :D

Thursday, February 4, 2010


...well, here we are ladies, the giveaway as promised - I have reached 200 followers and am celebrating with a GIVEAWAY of this lovely large filigree locket :D

This locket has a little bit of give in the hinge - still functional and just fine - but I wasn't 100% happy with it so I did not want to sell it over Etsy - you see, I am a stickler for perfection (it must be the Virgo start sign) - but for a free gift to a lucky Blogger reader, its just fine and dandy.

To enter the giveaway, you must be a follower :D - just leave a message on this post.

For extra entries please do one of the following, or all of them, and come back for each extra entry and leave a comment as I will be using to pick a winner - so each comment counts (number wise):

1. Tweet this giveaway

2. Blog about this giveaway

3. Put a link of this giveaway on your FB

Well, I think that covers it :D - Good luck to everyone - winner will be chosen in approx. 2 weeks :D