Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WOYWW What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 109 + Send a card - see below

It seems to me the year is speeding up as we now hit the half way mark and that means it will go even faster from here on in, but as we have had such amazing winter (23C yesterday and much the same today) weather this week for the school hols, I am not too worried about it…
When school goes back Mid July (3rd term) I am teaching calligraphy to year 8 students (about 14 /15 yrs as think there is one older ring-in there). It is only a small class at our Christian school thankfully and have been told they are all very keen. If you like at end of term I will show you some of their projects as the final project for the term is always a text (not embossed, but gold leaf) they really do well some of them, it quite blows me away.


Anyway as you can see this week my Bible verse has all the painting finished and now working the building up of the gold leaf, layer by layer (about 5 to 10, it varies).
Now it looks like some of red paint has bled but the glue size has red paint in it to see where have done it and it is dry in a few spot so it is red, mostly the pale pink bits are where the gold leaf will be next week, God willing.




Couple of quick cards… with Stampin Up papers, the feather one is a feather from a Tawny frogmouth, an amazing night bird, which really camouflages so well with trunk of tree, here is a little pickie and you can see what I mean, they are amazing! I just wish I could buy more of these feathers, I found it in our backyard!



 Some info on them: "The Tawny Frogmouth is often thought to be a species of owl, but they are in fact related to nightjars. They do not have the strong talons (claws) of owls. There are 14 species, or types, of frogmouth. Tawny Frogmouths are commonly seen throughout Australia."

The cards are basically just the papers and some stamps all stamps are really old and have no names on them from 1990's.
If you want to enjoy a snoop at desks around the world, and learn so much, please join in the fun and pop over to Julia’s blog, Julia's Stamping Ground for the best blog hop around! 

Those of you who may have Get well , Thinking of You, etc. card check out this kind idea to help Ellys on Sheree’s blog in Canada (click here)… a generous thought indeed, and one amazing story of one lady's courage and there is really great CANDY folks! Yummo! hope I win!

Well thanks for peeking everyone, happy WOYWW and may God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz. x
PS. If you like brayers, you may like post below too?

48 comments:

Hels Sheridan said...

Oooh, a Tawny Frogmouth... that sounds interesting so I am off to ask Mr Google to show me one because your pic isn't loading on my machine for some reason... I lurve owls btw :)) Fabby cards! Have a great WOYWW x

jude said...

Shaz love both your cards the feather one and just anote are stunning cant see 3rd just red cross.Good luck with teaching always wanted to do creative writing just not got round to it.Have fab weednesday hugs Judex 15

Neet said...

The calligraphy is lovely, what a talent. Congrats on being first again - as how I try I never make it. Thanks for sharing - hugs, Neet #4

Sue said...

Hi Shaz
beautiful work, gorgeous cards, the feather is lovely, cute little owl, would like to see the kiddies work, summer is wet here! thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

voodoo vixen said...

I love your calligraphy artwork, it is so beautiful and your cards are lovely too! Your bird info is great, I did think it was an owl when I first looked.

Spyder said...

Fabulous cards as always and the little Tawny Frogmouth is lovely to see! (My picture has loaded now) Good luck with your crafty week, thank you for my snoop! HaPpY WoYwW
((Lyn)) #29

JoZart said...

Oooh too much goodnes there, I'll have to come back later for a longer mooch.
Yes! the tree cards on mine were stencilled using various mediums..... paste, metallic leafing flakes, perfect pearls, etc. Great class.
JoZarty, see you again later !!xxx

Neil said...

Hi there Shaz, your verse is coming along well. The cards are pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing about the bird, the camouflage is pretty amazing!
Enjoy your day and the sunshine....

Helen said...

Stunning work again, Shaz, and what a great photo of the owl! Have a good day; and good luck with the calligraphy students!

okienurse said...

Congrats on being #1 this week. The cards are beautiful and I love the feather!! Thanks for the information of the the Tawny Frogmouth. I assume that since the talons aren't as strong they aren't a serious predator. He is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #43

NatashaMay said...

This is all just lovely! Good luck with teaching. :) Happy WOYWW!

Neet said...

Shaz - can you email me (button on my blog top right) and I will tell you about the stencilling. Neet ~4

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

did you say 5-10 layers of gold leaf? That is really painstaking work! No wonder it comes out so beautiful! I love your post about the Tawny Frogmouth, and you using its interesting feather! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Doone said...

Hi there, I am sure the teaching experience will be wonderful, I love the open questioning minds of youndsters, their abilityt o challenge the world order....

they are truly our future and let's hope they do a brilliant job caring for our world and people.

Your desk and work is beautiful and I am please to have learned about this nightjar disguised as an owl. fabulous.

Dx

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Your piece is coming right along! Quite a labor of love. Both of your cards are stunning! I'm so proud you will be teaching. Such a wonderful way to share your art!

Cathy said...

That calligraphy is beautiful.
Happy WOYWW,
Cathy xx

nerllybird said...

The calligraphy is looking amazing. If I'd seen that bird without your comments I would have thought it was a kookaburra - such a great shape, would make a good stamp!
Helen S

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, great to see you at number one. Love the cards, and how wonderful to be passing your considerable skills onto another generation. We never know what we can truly achieve, unless we get the chance to try something new, do we? And its only by generous people being willing to share their knowledge that such skills don't get lost.That Frogmouth is a beautiful bird, as you say, very owl-like in appearance. Hope you have a great day, I think you will find we ALL want to see what the kids come up with.Maybe post them as a WOYWW, when they are done, and they can see how impressed we all are with them? Love Shaz

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

A great fun post. Love the little bird. I've always enjoyed Calligraphy, just don't have the patience. So have fun teaching it. Enjoy WOYWW

Lisa said...

Wow, what a fabulous piece of calligraphy. Stunning. Love the feather too!

Thanks for sharing! Lisa #66

Morti said...

Great post this week Shaz - I've taken a note of the email address I need and am going to see if I can't rustle something up for Ethyl myself! Love your nice, simple, classy cards!

Di said...

Hi Shaz, what a beautiful work of calligraphy - how clever and patient you are. What a cute bird too! Di #69 xx

fairyrocks said...

I can see why you are teaching calligraphy, you have a gorgeous hand for it. Love that feather, I gather the stray feathers too.
keep smiling and creating

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Those cards are beautiful, love the colours, the ribbon but most of all, that feather. I love feathers, I'm forever picking them up but never know what to do with them. You have the answer!!

sasa said...

Great post - love to see the work developing...hope you have a great time teaching! Great story too - just read Sheree's blog!
Thanks for sharing, enjoy the desk-hop!
Sarah at 2

angelfish said...

What a beautiful bird, his wing actually looks like bark!

Kirsty.a said...

What a great subject to be able to teach at a school. Wish we had studied calligraphy

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, would love to see the students projects once completed - it's great that they are getting the opportunity to be taught calligraphy from an expert too. Love your cards - the feather is stunning, as is the tawny frogmouth. I had never heard of it but it does look a lot like an owl and the camouflage is amazing - thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Elizabeth x #72

Lavinia said...

What beautiful Calligraphy! And the Bird is very cute indeed! The feather card is really lovely!
Lavinia
x

Angie said...

I love seeing your work develope week by week ...it is truely a dying craft ...so glad you keep it alive. The cards are lovely ...that feather is beautiful.

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Your calligraphy is stunning I am in awe

Laura 25 x x

Sam said...

Wow Shaz. Your Calligraphy is looking amazing. Your cards are gorgeous and your little bird friend is stunning. My Dad would use those feathers to make flies for fishing I am sure.
BTW - I went onto your friend's blog and it brought tears to my eyes. Who can not send a card.

Dragon said...

Wonderful work as always, Shaz... lovin the faded colour... I look forward to see the students' work sometime..
Frankie
xx

Carola Bartz said...

What a cute bird - and your cards are beautiful!

Lionelsa said...

Lovely calligraphy. I like your talent.

Anne said...

Your calligraphy is just beautiful and I love your cards. Also had a peek at the brayered ones and think the colous are fabulous. Good luck with the teaching ( I too am a retired teacher) look forward to seeing your students work. Anne x

lisa said...

Hi Shaz.
I wish I was in that class of teenagers to share in your talent! How lucky they are.
Your cards are gorgeous. I love the one with the feather.
So glad the weather is being kind to you.
Take care my friend.
Hugs Lisax

pat said...

Your calligraphy is beautiful!

Sally said...

Good to see you back in poll position Shaz! I love how your latest piece is growing-truly beautiful! Thank you for the information on the little nightjar...I saw the piccie and thought OWL! He really is a gorgeous little creature. I love the way you've used 'his' feather :)
Thank you so much for sharing.
*hugs* and blessings Sal x
ps I've tried to leave a comment on Sylvia's blog, blogger is not being very nice tonight, prayers are needed for close ones. If you pop over, can you please let her know that my thoughts and prayers are with her and her close ones x

Sally said...

Thank you so much Shaz, I really appreciate you passing my message on. See you next week! x

Anonymous said...

Evening Shaz! Okay... your desk is just wayyy too perfect! lol! When I get my special 'chicks only' room organized I will submit photos but until then... Think of the earthquake in Japan.. you would've thought my room was there!
LOVE your verse.. It's turned out absolutely gorgeous and I'm in awe of your talent and steady hand! The cards are so beautiful and i love how you incorporated the feather!
Have fun teaching the kids... I know it will be loads of fun!
Big Hugs,
Sheree
p.s. Thank you so much for putting a link to my blog in regards to cards for Ethyl! My dream of a box full of cards is about to come true!

Bella said...

I love the calligraphy as always and those two cards are beautiful in their simplicity. Good luck with the classes, Kids are always so rewarding.

butlersabroad said...

I hope those teens know how lucky they are to have you teach them Shaz, beautiful work again and I love those cards. Amazing how much that bird does look like an owl isn't it?

Hugs
Brenda

JoZart said...

Beautiful post today Shaz, art, calligraphy and I am really touched by the story of that special lady so I'm sending a card and also will offer to send a gift to a 2nd prizewinner from England.
Love JoZarty x

alexa said...

Those cards are just lovely, and the feather is stunning. What a beautiful bird!

Julia Dunnit said...

OOh Shaz, yes please, would love to see the class results at term end - good for you for teaching...underlines your passion, for sure. Am off to follow the link to Sheree's blog.

Twiglet said...

Fab post - sorry I am a bit late. I love to see the sort of birds other folk get to see!

Ali said...

Your calligraphy work is as stunning as ever... and I love your cards! I especially love that flowery monogram J on the Just a Note card.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Ali #50

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