Thursday, 5 January 2012

Gotta get on with it

hi everyone,
it's been a while since I have blogged. I have had good reason to be away for such a long time, my  dad very sadly passed away on the 14th of October and I have been all over the place since that time. Although my family and I have taken it well I have still found some things hard to do. One of the last things my dad said to me was  "Susan, I hope you are still creating, it's the only thing that keeps you normal". My dad was a very creative person himself and one of the main things I miss doing with him is working on different projects. I remember a Japanese lamp that we both worked on, I gave him the design and he made the frame for me with recycled wood. I will share a picture of that lamp in this post, I was lucky enough to have it published in a craft magazine, my dad was very proud of this.Btw the photos used on the lamp are from a trip that my husband and I made to Japan in 2004, can't believe its been that long since that holiday.

Anyway, I have made a simple card today to start me off on my 2012 blogging journey. Although I haven't been blogging I have been doing a lot of crafty things for the local pop up project in the suburb that I live in. I have mentioned pop up a few times in previous posts, I just love pop-up. The vellum flowers that are featured in this card are what I have been cutting out for an instillation that I am involved in for the Sydney festival. We are planning to make 2000 flowers, hopefully more for a sustainable garden where all the flowers and leaves etc will be made from recycled products such as shopping bags, packaging etc, I am very excited to be involved in this and hope it all comes together.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish every a very happy 2012, hope its a really great year for you all. This year I am planning to focus on the things that I do right instead of always being hard on myself for  the things that I should be doing better, a friend of mine from pop up reminded me about the importance of this the other day and this has made me deal with this difficult time in a positive way.Also, I haven't forgotten about my giveaway but will be announcing the winner at the end of Jan as I just need some more time to organize the voucher, I hope everyone who has entered so far will be understanding about this.

The Challenges I have included-
Anything goes linking party-Passionately artistic
Anything goes linking party-Make it monday
Anything goes-Pile it on

This card was chosen to be part of the CARDS challenge gallery


Leanne said...

Hey! Welcome back! That lamp is a beautiful keepsake. My PC has crashed so I've not been very active lately. TC

THERESA said...

So sorry to hear about your dad! At least you have your memories, hold on to that, it's precious!!
Enjoy the project, am sure it will be amazing with so many flowers!!
lotsa luv

Rhonda Miller said...

It's nice to "see" you here to day. Your lamp is beautiful and what a wonderful keepsake for you.
I just love your card. TFS.

Jenny said...

Hi Suze,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad but glad you are able to share your memories with us :) The lamp is beautiful and totally unique too.
Pretty card, love the vellum and the Sydney festival sounds exciting :)
Here's wishing you all the best for 2012!
Jenny x

kimberly said...

So sorry to hear about your loss - thanks for taking the time to enter into PIO challenge - Kimberly

Margaret said...

So sorry to hear about your loss but the lamp is such a beautiful way to remember your Dad's memory alive. Loved your card too.
Margaret M

Dr Sonia S V said...

Welcome back dear so nice to have you back. The 3 dimensional popping flowers are awesome!
Cheers from Bangalore, India

Lisa M said...

The picture of your lamp and the way that you speak of your father is truly touching and what a wonderful way to make tribute to him. He's obviously instilled in you the talent and his advice to you is spot on! Thank you for sharing his advice with all of us.
As for your card and the story behind it, WOW...what an amazing card and project. I would LOVE to see the garden full of homemade flowers. Sounds like a truly wonderful experience. :D

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cg said...

I am so saddened to hear about your father. You seem to be be back to crafting full-force, he must still be inspiring you :) Love his lantern!