Saturday, December 8, 2012

Beautiful Christmas Wreaths!

I would like to share my new Etsy treasury that I just put together of some of the most gorgeous rustic Christmas wreaths that are available on Etsy. There is just so much talent and imagination around.

Enjoy......Beautiful Christmas Wreaths!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Celebration of Beauty.....

Today, I want to share with you my tutorial which was included in the latest issue of the "Dialogue," the periodical magazine sent out by Decoupage Artists Worldwide to their members.

One of my all time favorite items for decoupage is the dressmaker's mannequin and my tutorial gives step by step instructions as to how to create your own work of art!

I called my mannequin "A Celebration of Beauty" you can see why when you look at the images that I used to create her!

More photos of her are available from my Etsy shop ArtCollageByFiona.



 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Getting into the Christmas spirit!

Well, December has finally made it's appearance and Christmas is almost here! I know it's a bit early to start feeling festive but when you are involved in crafts and crafting you tend to get into the Christmas spirit quite early!

At this time of year there are various craft fairs where I participate as "Fiona's Creations" one of my favorites being the SPAZ Christmas Bazaar on the 15th and 16th of December. SPAZ is a charity which takes care of stray animals and in my opinion a great and worthwhile cause and I'm proud to be able to contribute by being a regular vendor at their bazaars.

Since the summer I have been busy making items for the Christmas fairs and some of my favorites are these trays from my French country range. I have also included these trays in my Etsy shop "HandmadeByFiona".

These trays are made with the distressed paint technique and then I added the French typography transfers and decoupaged on pretty images, all courtesy of the Graphics Fairy.






As tomorrow is Sunday I will have the luxury of being able to spend the whole day in my studio creating some more items for the fairs. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Don't go near them......Why?

This morning I took my dogs out for their morning walk and heard a grandfather tell his grandchildren not to go near us as the dogs will eat them! This is not the first time that I have heard this and every time I do it makes me sad.

Is it any wonder that when people who are responsible for the upbringing of their children teach them that if they do something that they shouldn't a dog will eat them, these children often grow up into adults who are afraid of dogs and for no real reason.

Of course children should not go rushing off to pet all the dogs that they see in the street - we do hear of terrible accidents happening of children getting mauled by dogs but there are other ways to rein in your children!

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Taking the plunge.....

Well, after much deliberating and despite the fact that I started my website nearly two years ago, it's taken me until now to finally take the plunge and start a blog where I can rave about my passion for decoupage, crafting and other things besides....

Recently I was accepted as a new member of Decoupage Artists Worldwide (DAW)
http://www.decoupage.org/en/classic-decoupage-gallery

Becoming a member of DAW has further opened my eyes to what an amazingly beautiful art decoupage is and introduced me and brought me into contact with some of the greatest decoupage artists in the world.

I'm thrilled to be a member and I've just realized how much I still have to learn.

If you love decoupage then please check out their website http://www.decoupage.org/