Saturday, September 6, 2008

Technique Book #2, some trip pics.....and my Dad

Next Saturday I have a full class of girls who are going to do my Technique Book #2. This is a marathon effort learning 5 techniques in 4 hours and putting the book together that displays it all as well. Technique Book #1 went really well and is here if you'd like to take a look. As in the Technique Book #1, I've included full instructions for each technique. This time I've gone for beautiful brown, rust, cream and little big of moss green for the colour theme of this book. The girls know I'll never do a bright, primary colour scheme...just not me!

Before I show you the pictures, big news!!!!!!!!........I've finally worked out how to make EVERY picture clickable in my blog. Apparently when you upload an image in your Posting page and then move it down to where it belongs in the writing, not all of the code gets transferred. So now I have to upload the picture in "Compose", go to "Edit Html", "cut" the code string by right-clicking, then "paste" it where it belongs amongst the wording. This way all the code stays put and each picture will be clickable. Just takes another few minutes to do to every picture...bit of a drag but at least it works!

Cover of Technique Book #2

Foil Tape...

Embossing...

Peeled Paint...(I made sure I credited Claudine Hellmuth's Collage Discovery Workshop book for this technique....love it!!! Though I always make sure I write my own descriptions and not copy others words.)
Soot...

Smoosh & Masking...

I did several pages for the Smoosh technique and added them to the book so the girls will be able to add their favourite colour combinations, remembering of course to write the colours on the back of each page so they can replicate it if they want.


Contents Page...
Back cover....(don't you love that Cosmo Cricket faux wood paper!!!)


Time to continue some of my mega-trip pictures. Ketchikan was our next port of call, a lovely little place though a little brisk for my liking! Joan and I visited one of the museums there and saw some wonderful old totems as well as fantastic displays of native Indian life set out in full size displays. This is where I bought my fabulous mask!!! They also had the most amazing Russian Dolls for sale in several stores, yes....we bought some of those too!



Creek Street is a wonderful boardwalk that winds it's way along the Creek in the centre of town. Lovely little period shops line both sides and it's a truly picturesque place.

Heritage Totem Museum...

Russian Dolls in shop window...

Pretty, mountainous and cold!!!...

Masks from the Totem Heritage Museum...


Now for news on my Dad (I have some family members overseas who visit this blog to see how he's doing so I like to include a picture so they don't forget what he looks like!). He had his tracheotomy tube taken out yesterday lunchtime and Grant and I went up to see him at around 3pm and he was SOOOOO grateful to the nurse who took it out. He lovingly called it "that mongrel thing" when referring to the tube and it was really good to hear his voice again. Then I got a phone call from my Mum this morning saying Dad had a really rough night trying to breathe without the ventilator so they made the decision to insert the trach tube again at 7am today. I'm sure he's really pissed off at having that thing in there again but given a choice of breathing and not.......well, I know what he'd opt for!

Just to show you that he definitely still has his funny genes still working, here's a picture of Joan and Dad last Sunday when we went in for a visit. Yes, that's his "sick bag" on his head and no, it didn't have anything in it!!!



So unfortunately it looks like he'll be spending more time in ICU as one of the only patients actually awake in there he keeps his nurses on their toes. His first sips of water after they took the trach tube out was to be at 5.30pm last night but he asked his nurse if he could forgo that and wait until the party at 11pm when the beer would be arriving!!! lol

Tomorrow is Father's Day and we're going for a visit with him first thing, but I have to wait in the waiting room as I have developed a cold and definitely don't want to pass it onto him. So I'll be making him a card tomorrow morning for my husband and son to take into him (along with the new Jeffrey Deaver book)......I have a PERFECT picture of him to use for the card and I'll post a picture of it when I next blog. Think he'll get a kick out of it!

12 comments:

Sherry Goodloe said...

Hey Kelsey - I'm glad nothing was in that bag! LOL I just love these photos of your dad. Hope he is getting that tube out soon.

Dawnie said...

Sorry babe but by-passed all the pics to see your pa.I see where the sick sence of humour comes from K.Nice pic of Joan too. Bet she is so pleased to be BLOGGED !
Ok back to look at the other stuff now.Happy daddies day to all I say.
Hugs
PRAWNIE xxx

Lindart said...

Sounds like your dad is on the right track -humor heals!! Best of luck with your ordeal, I went through this with my dad several years ago.

Quilted Cavalier said...

love your blog. found the link through Brokn HeART Art, susan's blog. love the techniques you post. i've been through what you're dealing with with your fater as well. good that he has a sense of humor - it surely helps.

Jane P said...

So glad to hear of the progress of your Dad- a minor setback, for a strong person. Love the hat- I am sure you could embellish that someway !!

Aussi997 said...

Hey Kelsey. Love the blog, so good to see pics of Uncle Eric, I have been calling home every day to get an update. Hope he gets that "mongrel" thing out again soon. Miss u guys, see you all at Christmas...!!!

Simon

Sam Marshall said...

Hi Kelsey,
Love the photo of your dad. The techniques book- OMG- how awesome!!!!
Wish I could be there for your class.
XXXX

stamp and scrape said...

Kelsey - you're a life saver!! I have been frustrated for a whole year because my pictures won't enlarge, and I haven't known how to solve it. Thank you for sharing the process - it works!!!!!

Best wishes to your Dad - I hope his recovery is smooth.

I love your blog - will be back....

Ros

Chris said...

Kelsey, how can you always be such a great blogger when so much is going on for you!? These pictures are fabulous, and the hat... well. There are no words.

Thanks for always teaching me more and more, BBA sister.

Jen Crossley said...

Glad your Dad hasnt lost his sence of humour.Tell him I love his hat does it come in black LOL
Jen

Megan B said...

Hi K,
Hope glad to to hear your Dad is taking baby steps. You know the old saying 2 forward one back. My prayers are with you for your dad's recovery.

Please take note that I am no longer "lurking". I just don't get to see you often enough and I want you to know that I am keeping up with things.

Megan xo

jerseytjej said...

As a professional lurker, I have to come out and high five dad for the sick bag hat! When are you coming to Sweden to teach techniques one and two...? Gina