Monday, 8 September 2014

CREATIVE BLOG HOP!!!!!

Welcome everyone to my creative nest :O)..
After finishing this post I have to warn you it's verrrry long, just saying :O)...
The Lovely amazing designer Miss Julie Ann magpieheaven , has inspired me so much with her wonderful stories to go with every  amazing detail orientated creations. She has asked me to take part in this creative blog hop where we get to learn a wee bit more about our creating, I think its a great idea, who doesn't want to know what motivates others to create..
So a  little about me, she said trembling :)..
I'm single and have no children, so my work became a huge part of my life. I loved helping people always trying to bring a smile to someones face, I LOVE to laugh, always being the joker...
I was a cook for 30 year, working in the nonprofit community, I worked 10 years with The Good Shepherd, they run a food line for the homeless and have 24 residents. Then worked in a Woman's shelter for 10 years, then in a Nursing home for the Elderly.
I loved my work so when I had to stop for health reasons, I didn't know what I would do with myself.
My youngest sister Sandy who lives in England and  is a textile artist,  got me into a creative journey I never would have imagined. She introduced me to an Art group on line called Like Minded Threads, there was over 200 members all different kind of artist, wonderful caring women and a few gentlemen,  sharing there creations and supporting each other in everything, what a wonderful caring bunch of artist.  After a year, well with me always nattering away with all the lovely Ladies, the owner of the group had to retire the group for health reasons and asked me if I could run the group. Luckily this changed my whole life, I ran it for 4 years till I became too ill to do it anymore.
Sorry I do tend to natter, as we Magpie do :)
Now I go swimming in the morning and listen to music creating at my desk the rest of the day ...

What am I working on now?

I have kept a bunch of used teabags, emptied the tea out ( put it in a jar, never know when I can use it) and then stamped them with some wee stamps.. I always use any ink left on my stamps and off stamp it on book pages..




                      I want to make a tiny book with them.

Why do I create what I do..

Well because I have to, it sooth my soul, makes my imagination soar, and makes me really happy. I don't have a lot of crafting products, but have 13 shelves full of all sorts of things I can alter.
I have a wonderful friend Tonniece who share so much with me.
I love to bring some new life to things, change them in different ways.
                         Make a brown envelope into a tri-card.





I love to make miniatures and little dresses..





I use coaster to alter and make some of my dresses..



I love to take coasters and alter them into ATBs.




Alter them into triptych...



I love to make my own Christmas gifts cards, never need to go near those crazy busy stores..

You see I just HAVE to create, and it also keeps me out of trouble...

How does my creative process work?

I'm usually making gifts, cards, I love to make my own product, gesso, spray inks, gelli plate and I always try to do the challenge with the Dragons Dream, I take whatever theme I'm working on. Go through my shelves and papers, gather things I think will flow together. I love to make my own background papers, for this I was inspired by the uber talented Miss Julie Ann,  then just go with the flow till I'm finished. I'm best at working on one thing at a time....


How do I stay focused and motivated?

That's easy I don't have cable so don't watch TV, I do watch a few shows on line, Coronation Street. My front room is all my craft room, nothing to distract me. I spend a lot of time visiting all my Lovely followers and find an abundance of inspiration, they make my creativity soar, I have to thank them for that or I wouldn't be able to make what I create with out them....

I'm suppose to pass this on so I am honored to nominate  Chris at pear shape crafting, were mates in being pear shape, her blog is
here  she is a wonderful creative, artist and she also take you on some lovely arm chair travels in her beautiful country and we always dream with the Dragons. She will do her creative blog post on Sept. 15th, keep a look out for it, it's gonna be great to learn more about her...
 Under my tree  what a wonderful blog tittle here Miss Iris who has the most beautiful french blog from France, gorgeous photo, she shares her garden and wonderful poetry and makes beautiful creations..
Thanks so much if your still here and stuck with me, hope you all have a wonderful week.. ((( BIG HUGS)))...

                                   NAMASTE!!!

11 comments:

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful post and I'm so happy to learn a little about you. I have become a huge fan and am always happy to get to visit and see what you have been doing! I'm sorry you were not able to get anyone to participate. I've noticed not so many people are visiting like they used to. It's like they are all on Facebook. I miss them!

Inky and Quirky said...

Brilliant post Dianne,really enjoyed reading it. Your creations really are truly beautiful,thank you for sharing.

Big hugs
Donna xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hi Dianne! Love your nattering and chatting, one of the things that makes looking at your blog such a delight! Of course the best thing is your wonderful creations - I haven't seen some of these that are on your post today - the little dresses are an absolute delight and I look forward to seeing a tea bag book! As ever wonderful inspiration!! I would have happily taken part and wonder why you couldn't contact me, Chrisxxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Well, this was such an interesting post, Dianne! It was so lovely to learn more about you and your approach to creating. You are such an inspiration!Everything you make and do is such a celebration of laughter and life! I love all the gorgeous, little miniatures you create, the dresses are fit for a fairy queen! The idea of making a little book with the tea-bags is brilliant. My friend's daughter who helped me when she came to stay in the UK with us has gifted me lots of beautiful tea-bags and I've been stamping away too! Thank you so much for joining in with this creative blog hop! Have a lovely creative week! Julie Ann xxxx

butterfly said...

What a glorious post, Dianne - so lovely to read something of your history and how you came to crafting... so clear what a big hearted person you are from your creations, and the things you have done in your life follow that same pattern.

So fantastic to see some of those wonderful creations again too - and the teabag stamping is absolutely wonderful... can't wait to see how the little book looks in the end!
Alison xx

smarcoux said...

thanks Di ... so glad I brought you to this crafting world and it makes your heart happy ... love you lots
Sandy

Gio said...

Hello my dear, I love to read about a bit of yourself, about your job and your creative process. You shine with your life and Art, I'm honoured to have met you on blogland!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, I'm so glad I saw this post, Dianne! With so many of us participating, it's hard to keep track of all the branches on the tree. I so enjoyed learning more about you and what got you into creating and what inspires you! I'm so happy that I found you because you certainly inspire me every time I visit!! Hugs, Darnell

Pawsitively Creative said...

I have to try some of these! The coasters into an ATB is my first choice to try. You are a creative genius! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. I will be following your blog. Hugs!

Sue Lelli said...

THAT was the most interesting post I have read in this blog hop! Thanks for sharing so much about yourself. Now I see why you are the caring, sweet, wonderful person you are!

Marcia Pilar said...

Dianne, I so enjoyed reading this and getting a little more acquainted with you and your beautiful gift. Keep shining and inspiring.
xoxo