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, October 9, 2013

WOYWW + Calligraphy bookmarks

Well, here is part of the desk today - very much in hurry! Craft room actually is all packed away as having NBN put in there - for those not n Oz it is the new fibre phone and internet lines - we have to upgrade, it is not optional.
I have been wanting this set of Perfect Layers Rulers for while now (they were not cheap) but wow they are fab! (Seen first on Jocelyn's blog - Instead of Ironing blogspot on here lovely cards)
  I have just bought this set from Joanna Sheen ( have free post, even to Oz) as they were the cheapest I could find, on wishlist for sooo long. They really made mounting this set so much easier, and actually made the having to do this the excuse to buy. Still boo-booed twice when could not cut straight because hands dont co-operate, but that is the user not the tool.
These are my students in this years calligraphy class with second project, their book marks; they are now working on their texts - they are years 7/ 8 (about 14 years). This is why have been absent from WOYWW, as have not had time or energy to blog - will be last time I teach a group. Just too draining.
Here is a sunset from the window a week ago when was in Brisbane staying at my family's place - not bad bedroom view is it? In distance is the Brisbane river, not visible as below the tree line.
 First shot shows a subdued scene but second photos is as I saw it - the beauty of the mauve tones of God's creation - the Jacaranda tree in their drive and the sunset light fading in background. 
Click in larger size to see it better.
The purpose of this post is to show my workdesk and link over to Julia's so had better do so - here she is, to peek at all the other folk's desk for What in On Your Workdesk Wednesday, go right over here!!
Happy WOYWW every one and may God bless your day wherever you may be - may or may not be able to comment much, so apologies in advance.
Shaz in Oz.x
PS please dont forget to peek at my blog candy - all welcome to join, please do!!! see post for details please.

PPS. and sorry commenting and internet access is intermittent as being updated to National Broadband Network (NBN) and issues have arisen .. "craftroom-cum-now-computer-room" totally all packed up, while we wait for techno-geeks to work out why it did not go as smoothly as it should have done! I am using the old internet for this post.

31 comments:

Regina Hamilton said...

The name tags look great. Happy crafting #4

April Story said...

That is an awesome view! April #16

Nan G said...

Beautiful pics. Hope they get the NBN all sorted out. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #14

Danie May said...

Don't you just love the Jacaranda's in bloom.......a lovely view from your family's home and I hope you get your crafting space back to normal soon. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the NBN too! Have a great week! Danie #16

Julie Ann Lee said...

What stunning views and the light is just breath-taking; how clever to capture it so perfectly! You certainly sound busy! Have a happy WoWW! Julie Ann xx #8

Helen said...

Hope you get your fibres sorted soon! Packing away crafting stuff is not fun... Love the pics though. Helen 20

peggy apl said...

yes, what lovely colors in your landscape views! happy blog anniversary, Shaz!

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh that's typical, an enforced upgrade that doesn't quite go to plan!! He ope it is sorted with a minimum of fuss. Spins like you've been really pushing yourself girly..the teaching is hard work..but oh my, the results are so lovely, I expect it will be hard to give up really!
am loving the jacarandas, Annette has posted her views over the last weeks as they've bloomed..they are stunning.

Christine said...

Wonderful views - all I have is houses, not even interesting ones!!!

Enjoy the day
Bishopsmate #72

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Love the cards on the link but I can't see the bookmarks! Have I drifted into a senior moment? Will go back and re-read - I must be missing something....

Oh, and I love your view!

I am determined to be early this week
Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (27)

Ria Gall said...

Hi Shaz
glad you are happy with your matting tool how good is that free p&p anywhere.
I love your two photos that view is lovely
Ria

Cardarian said...

I hope you get your computer stuff sorted, I haven't been around for a while just want to say I love your pics!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

butlersabroad said...

Haven't heard of those rulers before but they look interesting. Joanna Sheen is a great site I've bought from her before. Pretty bookmarks but I can imagine how tiring it is to teach. Hope the upgrade work is finished soon so you can get back to crafting! I've emailed you.

Hugs
Brenda 1

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I hope the NBN is up and working fine for you by the time you read this. Happily, I can see the beautiful bookmarks and the Perfect Layer rulers. I've seen these demonstrated on TV several times and thought they looked a useful tool to have. As usual, I really appreciate your photos of Oz, especially now that we are going into winter here in Scotland :) Take care and I hope you have a good week. Elizabeth x #41

Shaz Brooks said...

Gorgeous scenery as always Shaz. Have a good week, Hugs, Shaz #31 xxery admiring of your students work- you clearly have a way with teaching them, despite it being hard work. Have a good week, Hugs, Shaz #31 xx

lisa said...

Sounds like you are having fun and games with your new broadband, Shaz. Hope it all gets done without too much upset.
Love the bookmarks, they are stunning and of course I always love seeing your beautiful scenery.
Hope all is good with you.
Hugs Lisax #65

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous bookmarks with personal name
love it
hugs Tamara

Caro said...

What a fantastic idea those rulers are! I will have to investigate further. Gorgeous photos of God's creation. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x #80

Sandy Leigh said...

Beautiful view--love those bookmarks! Thanks for the visit and happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #5

fairy thoughts said...

you must be a very good teacher because they are all brilliant, but I know what you mean about it being draining.
happy Wednesday ... it still is here even though I see you ha ve posted for Thursday already
janet #15

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

Your students' work is great. I took calligraphy lessons years and years ago and loved it. I bet you are a wonderful teacher!

Happy WOYWW
Kay (19)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yay, Shaz, so lovely to see you again! Hope you are keeping well and happy.
Love the shots of Brisbane, brings back fab memories of a wonderful holiday throughout Queensland - sigh!!
Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

MaryH said...

Sharon, as always you know I enjoy your area photographs. You had a most lovely view. On the rulers: I have been considering a purchase of these for a bit. No they are not cheap. I'm glad to hear another testimonial that the rulers work well. Another blogger has been using them very effectively, and I love matting. Thanks for the info on the rulers, and glad you are back from your vacation. Hugs & Blessings.

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Love the bookmarks Shaz - your students have done a brilliant job. Ahh, those Perfect Layers Tools - one of my best investments ever (thanks for linking to my blog - so sweet of you!). Think I must be a bad influence on your hip pocket LOL!

Hey Shaz: I dusted off my brayer and been using your instructions to help me master the jolly thing - and actually been pleased with the results (thank you *big smiles*). Hope to make my samples into some cards soon.

Love your photos - they are stunning. Wish Jacaranda trees could grow where I live but we are much colder in winter at night than Melbourne city and have severe frosts. Lost a few plants this past winter after having night after night of below zero - whereas Melbourne city was about 5 degrees as their minimum. Poor plants just burned to a crisp - one or two recovered, but most turned up their toes.

{{hugs}}
Jocelyn x

Gita said...

What a pretty relaxing view...I bought some of those perfect layer things. Mine are different though. I really need to keep them out and use them more often. Brigita #103

Kate Hadfield said...

Wow, the name tags are gorgeous, such beautiful work! I love your photos too, what a gorgeous view!
Happy WOYWW! Kate #54

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh so pretty, running late have been helping hubby with moving equipment during harvest weather has been so nice and don't want to get caught out there when it changes. I did some bookmarks a while back, but the Calig. are so special. #81 this week and love your outside photos. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs.D said...

HI Shaz, Glad you are up to WOYWWing this week.
That calligraphy on those bookmarks is wonderful, far better that I could ever do and I am more than 4 times their ages.
Would you like a UK holiday and you can come and teach me!!!
I love the Jacaranda tree, I remember them from when I was a kid in Africa, God was on form the day he created them. As he ws when he created everything else but soemthings are just so beautiful it almost hurt.
Bless you
Chris #69

Anne said...

Those bookmarks are wonderful! Wow! What talented students and superb teacher! I am impressed! I have had those perfect layers rulers for a year now. They are really helpful! Not perfect, you have to flip up the edge of your card sometimes and the rulers can slip, but still so much easier to use! Tip! Use the rulers to draw lines at the different widths on a small piece of card, I laminated mine too. Then when you want to decide on the width of your layer, use your piece of card to help you.

scrappystickyinkymess said...

so glad you added them - based on the comments I thought it was just me that couldn't see them and was disappointed :) Now I am impressed. They are lovely! Great teaching, I'm sure, was a big part of the success :)

Happy WOYWW mark 2

:)

Mary Anne (27)

scrappymo! said...

How wonderful of you to teach this eager little group. Their work is fabulous!

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