Friday, March 1, 2013

And the winner is..

And we have a winner in the February Plurkie Challenge... well actually we have two winners! That's right, we have a tie between Rhiannon and Haffina! Congrats.

We also have our theme for March which is... LUCK.

To be involved you will need a few simple things:

1) Be a plurkie. If you don't know what that is then you probably aren't one, but we can change that ;)

2) Create something with the theme of Luck. It can be anything, a poem, a picture, a photograph, a sculpture, a piece of jewellery.. anything.. as long as you made it yourself.

3) Send me a copy/image of your piece here along with a few words about it's story by March 25th.

Entries will be blogged here by March 27th with a poll. Winner and next theme will be announced March 31st! Join in, have fun and let's see who gets lucky!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Plurkie Challenge February

The time has come to share with you all the wonderful creations for the February Plurkie Challenge. We did struggle a little to get entries this month, but with a slight extension we do have entries! So let's get to it.

The theme for February was love, and that means different things to different people.

Here are our entries:

Our first entry is from Rhiannon -

A little Cthulhu holding a heart might not seem like the best representation of love.  A tiny soul-sucking elder who lies dreaming in the abyss isn't very romantic sounding.  Yet, this little chibi creation was created out of love.  My boyfriend of nine years absolutely loves HP Lovecraft and his Cthulhu style creations.  So much that he encouraged me to make a few miniature Cthulhus as holiday gifts.  So was born the Santa Cthulhu.  Then, other friends started to request variations and pretty soon, several little Cthulhus were born. In the midst of that, I created Valentine Cthulhu for my boyfriend.  I took his love of Cthulhu, my love of sculpting and our love together to create this little unworldly creature.  Even sea gods need love. 

Next we have Charlotte -

Over the last 3 months I have been majorly decluttering my home while dealing with social services over my hoarder--like tendencies. During this time my friend Mary has been by my side, emotionally and literally, stepping in where my mother has been unable to because she is half a planet away. Mary has insisted she needs no payment but to know she is helping me get better and to improve the life of my family. We met at our local knitting group but i have been sewing a lot lately and thought i would try my hand at project bags. This fabric with it's cabbages and  roses immediately brought Mary to mind - she is a gardener who loves to make brightly coloured dolls for her friends and extensive family. So while this bag does not scream love in red hearts and sticky chocolates (which Mary is allergic to), it was made with love for a very dear friend.

Next we have Annie -

I made this for my husband :) This is a Dr. Seuss quote and some wedding pictures. It's framed in my house.

And last, but by no means least, we have Jenn aka Haffina (yes me, that's right).

I made this piece with this challenge in mind, hence the little heart detail. I love to make miniature jewellery and I love St Petersburg chain (which is the stitch used). So this is a piece just full of love.

So there we have our entries. There will be a poll up on the right side of the blog for you to vote for your favourite. There will only be a short time to vote, the end of February looms large. So voting will close on my birthday (yes, 28 Feb), but I will aim for a US timeframe :)

Vote and promote, and remember to check back for the results and next month's theme in a few days.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

And we have a winner!

The time has come to announce the winner in the first ever Plurkie Challenge! Drum roll please.......

I am super pleased to announced the winner is... Athena!

Her beautifully penned words spoke to many and lead her to sashay over the finish line with her Plurkie Pals at her heels. Congratulations Athena! Adulation and Admiration are just around the corner. ;-p As an added extra you will also get to choose the theme for March's challenge - woot. Oh and I think Teri said something about cookies......?

And now we come to the second announcement... the theme for February. I know it's a bit cliqued, but for February there really is only one theme... LOVE. Remember that love is different for everyone, so we could get some really interesting results.

To be involved you will need a few simple things:

1) Be a plurkie. If you don't know what that is then you probably aren't one, but we can change that ;)

2) Create something with the theme of Love. It can be anything, a poem, a picture, a photograph, a sculpture, a piece of jewellery.. anything.. as long as you made it yourself.

3) Send me a copy/image of your piece here along with a few words about it's story by February 21st (short month, shorter deadline).

Entries will be blogged here by February 23rd with a poll. Winner and next theme will be announced February 28th (my birthday)! Join in, have fun and let the lurve flow!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Plurkie Challenge January

Hey peeps, the time has arrived. The first Plurkie Challenge, with the theme Hope, has reached it's climax and the time for voting is upon us. We have a few entries, not as many as we would have liked, but congratulations and well done to those who were able to be involved.

So let's get to the entries!

First up we have Athena who has penned this great verse:

Next we have Amy who has crocheted this awesome beanie with a great message of hope.
         "I decided to make this hat after hearing the theme Hope because not only was I filling in for a woman at work who was dealing with breast cancer (this hat is for her!) but a close friend who started my Handmade Louisiana team fought breast cancer a few years ago (and won!) and now another handmade mommy friend is currently in treatment. So many women, all over, everywhere. Cancer sucks. So I decided to make this beanie for the co-workers return to soon (this week I'm told!) Women everywhere should have HOPE to beat breast cancer!"

Next up is Teri, who has hand painted this amazing silk scarf.
           "I've named it "Lady Slippers of Hope".  It's a Prayer Shawl that I have painted for my cousin.  Lady Slippers are the state flower, and grow in dark, mossy places.  Little spots of brightness in the dark. They are also rare, like hope can be sometimes, but when it's found, it's a precious gift, to leave in place so others can find it when they need it.  (Okay, actually, it's a crime to pick Lady Slippers, since they are on the endangered plants list....)"

Next up is Katie, who has created gorgeous earrings.
         "Springtime always makes me feel hopeful with the new buds and blooms of color fighting their way through the gloomy end of winter so I made these earrings. I guess they could be called "Garden of Hope""

And lastly, but by no means least, we have Deb with a twist on an established favourite.
           "For over a year, I’ve been making and offering these Post Earrings made with Raw Diamond using wire wrap method that I’ve designed and perfected myself, and they’ve been selling steadily to friends and fans all over the world.  But as the supply cost surged, suppliers dwiddles, materials are getting more and more difficult to work with, and to justify the cost of materials and time, I was on the verge of giving up making these all together!

Until someone asked me to make a few without the use of Raw Diamond....  And these had been extremely well received from the few days that I’ve posted them online! 
So here’s to hoping!  That these new alternative use of materials will open another door and many more possibilities for my shop for the coming year!"

So there we have it! Five great entries from five lovely ladies. Thank you to you all for being involved. A poll will be up on the side of the blog so you can vote for your favourite. The winner will be announced January 30th, along with the theme for February, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OOps, I did it again!

Oh dear, I really fell off the blogging radar this time. I cannot believe it has been two and a half months since I last blogged!
I guess I had a reason in November doing the NaNoWriMo, which I am pleased to report I finished successfully. It wasn't the world's best piece of literature, but it was never intended to be.
December was full of family orientated activity, mostly due to my brood having school holidays that drag on for 7 weeks! They aren't quite over yet either.

So here we are, half way through January 2013. I'm still at the point of having to stop and think when writing the year down. I should be right by the time school goes back at the end of the month.

There are some interesting things in the works for 2013 too, including the brand new Plurkie Monthly Challenge. This is a challenge I am running for my friends on the social networking site, Plurk. Plurk is like a cross between Messenger and Twitter, and is in my opinion the best site for making really good friends.
The challenge has the theme Hope and participants are allowed to do whatever they want, as long as it fits the theme. They could write a song or poem or story, or making something, like a drawing or jewellery or sculpture. If it has a form that can be copied/photographed for sharing then it qualifies. Someone could make a cake that represents hope and send in a picture and that would count.
I specifically made it really broad because I have friends on Plurk in a wide range of different industries with many different talents and I didn't want any of them to feel they couldn't be involved.

I will be blogging the entries here just before the end of the month with a poll for people to vote for the winner. At this stage there isn't a prize up for grabs, other than the adoration and adulation of their peers!

I am going to do my best to get back on the blogging bandwagon, bringing you an insight into my hectic life, my creations and other things that inspire me. Please stay tuned.