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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

WOYWW #108 - Home Again, Home Again

Can it really be time for this I-spy playtime again?? Visit Julia to see what I mean... This time last week I was in Venice, but life is very different now!!! Mum has been in hospital and I have been up and down to Yorkshire trying to sort things out... quite distressing, and not enough time for much crafting!!!

 So I am trying to make some time for a bit at least, and here is an element from a tag for this week's TIO challenge, "by the seaside"... she is a lovely oriental lady with a lantern...

 I actually don't have any stamps to do with the seaside, so I took a different tack and decided to print out a Kodomo sea stamp several times and layer up... here I was practising the best way to tackle the layers.. in the final tag, I printed several times and cut out the waves...


So here is my desk this week as I was making the TIO tag. All the usual suspects are there... distress inks, tonic scissors, matt for a moon etc... so here is a little sneaky peak at what it looks like - please pop to my TIO blog for a full view, and to see the work of my talented team...


And finally, I would like to show you a couple of photos from Venice... arty ones and a fabulous steampunk piece... It was huge, and I LOVED it... I would have really wanted to bring it home for my wall, if I could have carried it!!! Sorry about the shiny strip, but the sun was bright and shining on the shop front opposite. There was no way I could get the image without the reflection!!!


 Many of the masks in Venice, were commonplace, but the ones in this shop were out of the ordinary...


 And what about this fabulous gown... it makes me wonder how on earth they got through doorways and went to the loo, etc!!! Where on earth could you tuck all that fabric out of the way!!!?? LOL...

So that's my space and interests for another week. I hope to get round to see many more of you this time, as I won't have dodgy wifi (I hope!!) so not missing that, but I AM missing all that sunshine... still, I did get a nice tan, especially as I sat near the Rialto and did some painting - yes I got out the watercolours and THOROUGHLY enjoyed 3 hours with toes in the canal (well not quite, but nearly!!) ... Freddie walked and explored and took video. I did not finish, but will show you when it's done!!

Thanks so much for visiting, reading and commenting - I LOVE to hear what you have to say, and value your opinions
Love and light
Frankie
xx

24 comments:

JoZart said...

Love your tag Frankie.. . quite ingenious for a seaside theme.
Wonderful photos of the Venetian shop windows, it really is a magical place and one place I yearn to see again. Keep the photos coming!
Love Jo x
Hope your Mum is OK, the holiday was soon over?! x

Helen said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time, but I am sorry your Mum has been in hospital, hope she will be ok soon. Loving your tag, very clever!
Venice at carnival time - oh, I wish...... Those masks are just stunning.

Wanda said...

Your tag shows great versatility. How clever of you to have come up with it, and I love it! Is she dreaming of a lover far away over the seas? Those masks are fantastic. I bet you couldn't tear yourself away.
Wanda xx

Zoechaos said...

Morning Frankie

Wow it is so worth clicking on your Venice pictures and getting a better look stunning. As you may have noticed mask are a fascination of mine and seeing these stunning glorious examples is a real treat, lucky you seeing them in the flesh.

You tag has a dark mysterious air about it with your oriental lady wait beside a stormy sea with just her lamp for company, I wonder why she is there waiting to catch a glimpse of her lovers ship maybe or is there a more sinister reason? XOXO Zoe

Sue said...

Hi hun
i hope your mum is soon home from hospital & feeling better,your waves look brill, gorgeous piccies, hope you had lovely time away,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x (16)

sasa said...

Oooh - distress of the wrong sort and what a trek...Hope things settle soon I know how much you need your crafting! So glad you enjoyed Venice - it's just made for you...and loving that sea!
Hope you will call by Friday for the first My Mojo Monthly. Thanks for sharing today.
Sarah at 6.

Anonymous said...

Hope mom is feeling a lot better soon. Those photo's from Venice are making me even more jealous.
Happy WOYWW
Tertia
http://tertia-craftinggran.blogspot.com

ElizabethR said...

Those masks are amazing Frankie, glad you had such a great time. Love to Fred. Elizabeth xxx

Cath said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Hope Mum is a lot better soon.

Cathx 72

Kathleen said...

Love what you've done with the tag and the photo's are great.
Kathleen x

voodoo vixen said...

Love how you have layered the sea on your tag and I am with you on the steampunk mask... I think perhaps I would have thrown myself onto the street like a two year old till someone/anyone said I could have it!! LOL

Twiglet said...

Fantastic Venice pics and I lvoe your take on the sea-side. Hope your Mum is on the mend.

Elizabeth said...

Hello, I really enjoyed reading your post this week. Love your interpretation of the sea theme - something a bit different. And so are those fabulous masks. Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth x #83

Sam said...

Wow those waves are fabbey Frankie.
Glad you had a great time in Venice - a wonderful place to recharge your batteries.
Hope your mum is soon better.
Those masks are gorgeous, can see why you loved them.

Pam said...

Hope you mum is better soon. hugs pam x

okienurse said...

Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures from Venice. Very interesting place to visit! I really love your tag and will pop over to TIO to take a peek. Vickie #39

Angie said...

That tag and how it evolved is amazing ...such a clever concept. Hope your Mum is a little better.

angelfish said...

How lovely to see some photos from your travels as well as your desk:)

stART said...

I love the art you're working on and I truly hope your Mum does well and improves quickly.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Arg!!! am sorry, Frankie, blogger has decided not to like me now, so will try again....lost the first comment not sure if it will happen again but here goes - I love all the pickies sea them and the Venice hols sounds great pray all goes with mumma, love Shaz. in oz.x (will copy this one ready to paste in case it goes berkers again!)

April said...

Loving the oriental tag, great take on a seaside theme! Some lovely snaps from Venice! Hope your Mum is better soon. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

Your tag is lovely. I hope your mum is better soon.

Kezzy said...

Oh Frankie I hope your mum feels better soon. WOW I love the pics of Venice, my sister is a huge fan of masks as she does alot at a theatre. I will have to show her the pics. I love the tag, i follow your tag blog and am amazed at all the different type of tags you and your dt do, i have yet to enter but hopefully will have a try soon. Kezzy x

Christmas cards said...

Those pictures are lovely to look at. I am hoping to see more pictures. Keep me updated at all times.