Friday, 23 January 2009

january photo a day & decorated journals

yesterday afternoon, the rains came.....aaron and i were out at the time and, on getting home, just running the short distance from the car to the covered front awning, had us both drenched through. it continued through the night and into the morning. it was HEAVEN!!! the lawn has been like straw so, hopefully, it will now green up a bit. we have been in drought conditions for years and under strict water restrictions...we aren't allowed to water lawns, just gardens. hoses are forbidden...it's strictly watering by bucket only, once a week for an hour....so every drop of rain we get is precious. the drenching rain left us with a very muggy, humid and hot day....something i'm not fond of at all.

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this pic was taken, this morning, standing at the front awning looking to the left


looking to the right


aaron on wheelie bin duty


on another note, here are some pics of the journals i decorated last week. these were orders. i purchased spiral bound notebooks, covered them with decorative papers, added wool fibres to the spiral spine and attached some decorations. i also made matching bookmarks.




22 comments:

  1. OH MY! I ADORE ♥ your journals!♥ Are you selling them, woman? Etsy? Come on! I drooled! :)

    YAY for rain. One of my favorite things about rain is how fresh everything smells. Or the smell of rain in the air. Lovely.

    Thank you so much Serena for your wonderful and supportive comments on my blog. I deeply appreciate them. Hugs! :)

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  2. Beautiful journals! I really like that idea of covering the spiral binding with ribbons - I always hate the spirals. I have a question, does the journal still open and lay flat?

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  3. You can see the road shine after the rain.
    Love the way you decorate the journals! Wonderfully done and bookmarks!

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  4. Your journal covers are really fabulous!!!

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  5. Isn't that rain a glorious site during drought times? We have been in a drought for two years and I sure love how the grass will green up a bit after a rain. I am hoping we come out of our drought this year and have green grass all the time.

    Thje journals are so pretty!

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  6. oh wow I love those journals!!!!!

    I'm also glad you got a good rainfall.

    :)

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  7. I LOVE those journals. So creative and you pick perfect colors and decorative items.

    Glad you got a little relief from the drought. We are getting much needed rain too. Nothing heavy, just light to moderate but I think we have two more storms lined up. We need it so bad here too.

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  8. great look to the journals....

    geeez...that wheelie bin is bigger than Aaron ! he should jump in it and make Reece drag them both to the curb..for exercise ...hahahhaha

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  9. I am surprised that all those beautiful flowers you have been showing us have been flourishing during a drought! Amazing!

    I am also curious as to whether the journals lie flat with all the yarn on the spirals. They are sooo pretty! :)

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  10. ok, it's been said, but it's ok to say again: the journals are yummy!

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  11. I can almost smell the freshness, nothing better then the smell of a much needed rain fall!!
    Love your journals, the last one is my favorite!!

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  12. the journals all look wonderful!

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  13. Living as I do in a land of abundant rainfall, I can't even begin to imagine how refreshing that rain must have been. How wonderful, like a long drink of water when you're really thirsty.

    And I agree with everyone else -- your journals are really special.

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  14. Oy! It sounds like you really needed that rain. I love rain, and luckily where I live, we get enough of it.
    Your journals are FABULOUS!!!
    So creative! I love how you decorated the spiral covers, I've never seen that before! Yay for you girl! What an inspiration you are!

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  15. We have been in drought conditions for several years also, so I understand how happy a nice steady rain can make you feel.

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  16. Rain is such a blessed event after a long drought...glad you got such a nice one!
    Your journals are much too pretty to use! I'd be so afraid I'd mess one up...

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  17. Wonderful journals! Matching bookmarks and everything, so cool. Love all the pink, too. What a fabulous group of projects!

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  18. Serena, it is really hot here too and so dry.. the grass crunches when I walk on it. Our tanks are nearly empty too.. that is what I have been watering my garden with.. hopefully we will get some rain soon. There is nothing better than that smell of summer rain. Next time it rains, I am going outside and standing in it with my arms open wide!!

    and the journals are gorgeous. It must be so satisfying to sell your art work. Well done!

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  19. Nothing like fresh rain to help quench nature's thirst! And look at you all artsy and lovely, very cool! It's all Valentine's-y, I love that. I'm crazy about hearts.

    I'm sorry to hear about your neighbourhood, that would drive me crazy! I would focus on my indoor life too. I'm glad you can, you create such beautiful treasures when you do.

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  20. Wow, those journals are so lovely, Serena. I think it with such beautiful journal it would be hard to write anything negative. One would only just list things that she/he is grateful for. :)

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  21. Those journal/notebooks are just gorgegous!

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  22. Your wealth of talent never ceases to amaze me...You are a real life WonderWoman! :)

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