Celebrating new paper arrivals

You know what’s a little embarrassing? Returning to the online world to say ‘hello, here I am’ … and then not really being here … oops! I’m very, very slowly catching up on everything I’ve missed in recent weeks, so my apologies if I haven’t returned properly to your world yet … I’ll be there soon with virtual chocolates and coffee in hand! Hopefully I’ll get this time management situation sorted soon … until then, thanks for sticking around.

Apart from giving me the opportunity to build my own little world, my blog has also introduced me to some truly wonderful people. The kind of people I would happily call friends. While I don’t always remember who stumbled into whose world first, I feel very fortunate to have made the introduction to these lovely humans. One such person is the talented Christine Clemmensen who writes a lovely blog and creates delightful artistic treasures. She also knows how to host a mean giveaway … just look at all of these goodies that recently came my way …

Scraps and collected pieces

Not only did I receive a copy of the book Christine co-authored, ‘Scraps: an inspirational field guide to collage’, I also received an incredible selection of treats to kickstart some collage creations of my own … thanks so much Christine, you sure know how to spoil a girl!! … and look, my lovely parcel even received the Jones seal of approval (and we all know how hard it can be to please our fussy pets).

New scraps (Jones approved)New scraps (Jones approved)

How fortunate the timing of this postal arrival is given that I recently bought myself an ‘old paper pack’ by Applehead (from Georgie Love), a sampling of which is shown below. I can see myself while away many a happy hour creating and collaging with this collection … oh what fun!

Old (new) paper scraps

It’s wonderful when the universe provides the inspiration, the tools and the raw materials to create art all at the same time … surely that is evidence ofΒ synchronicityΒ in action?

Here’s hoping that this week I find a bit more balance in my life, work and play. I’m figuring perhaps it’s one of those times to apply a ‘Field of Dreams’ style mantra – ‘If I say it, it will happen’. Anyway enough about me, what’s been happening in your world? Perhaps something wonderful has recently come into your life too?

29 Comments

  1. Andrew

    Hello,

    Awesome goodies and what a fantastic giveaway.

    All the best

    Andrew

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks! I can’t believe all the wonderful goodies that came my way … I feel very spoiled indeed!
      I hope you have a fantastic start to the week. πŸ™‚

  2. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    yum yum, nothing like stationary/arty/crafty bits in the mail!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – So true! Stationery and arty / crafty inspiration is so invigorating … I just want to keep creating!! πŸ™‚

  3. Rel

    how deserving you are of a great giveaway – you generously gave away two lovely drawings to myself a couple of months back! Enjoy your treasures! What goes around comes around πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rel – Oh you are too kind, thank you! I seem to have been quite lucky with blog giveaways lately … the blogging community is filled to the brim with such lovely, generous people. πŸ™‚

  4. Debby

    ow what lovely things Tracey, thanks for introducing us to Christine’s blog…I’m now following her too…
    Debx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I’m glad you like these papery goodies too … and you’re very welcome for the introduction to Christine’s blog (it’s a wonderful place to visit and she is a delight!).

  5. Debby

    wow what lovely things Tracey, thanks for introducing us to Christine’s blog…I’m now following her too…
    Debx

  6. urban muser

    looks like you got some great loot from that giveaway. my cat has been appearing in some of my photos lately too. just as i am about to snap she jumps in! i’ll admit, it makes some photos more interesting so i really don’t mind. just don’t tell her πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – I sure did! It’s such a wonderful and wonder-filled bundle of delights … I couldn’t quite believe all the different goodies. Haha, yes my cat always seems to be around when my camera is out … he just never can resist poking his head into shots. Don’t worry, your catty photographic secret is safe with me (I think exactly the same way). πŸ™‚

  7. Camila Faria

    Tracey, you’re so lucky! That was surely an amazing giveaway to win. Christine’s blog is really adorable, I’m enjoying all of her posts. Thanks for introducing me to her world. β™₯

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – I completely agree! I’m so very lucky to have won this delightful package of goodies … Christine is not only a talented artist, she is also a most generous person. I’m glad I’ve been able to introduce you to her world. πŸ™‚

  8. Fourth Daughter

    Nice to have you back. I haven’t been visiting many people’s blogs lately, just haven’t had time unfortunately. Collage sounds like such a good idea to get all my scrap bits and pieces together, and it looks like an activity that can be done with the help of a cat πŸ™‚ Yet another thing to put on my ‘to do’ list…!!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Thanks for the welcome back! I know just what you mean about not having the time to visit other people’s blogs … sometimes life just gets in the way. I’m really looking forward to doing a bit of collage, because like you I have lots of bits and pieces lying about the place. Haha, and yes … I think cat helpers are most useful! πŸ™‚

  9. Sandrine

    Hi Tracey, How awesome is that!! I could not help having a look at those old scrappy pack ….hummmmm control, breathing…but thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ My daughter saw your kitty and fell in love :)Hope you had a good refreshing time .Take care xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – It’s completely awesome! You are a stronger person than I in being able to resist those scrappy packs … they are filled to the brim with loveliness … πŸ™‚

      How sweet that your daughter fell in love with Jones the cat … I shall have to include more pictures of him on the site just for her! πŸ™‚

      I had a reflective time away from the blog, so it’s great to be back again … I hope you had a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  10. Selma

    That is a really nice book. I’m hopeless at crafty things myself but I do appreciate scraps and collage and all that lovely stuff. What a great thing to have!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Well I’m very grateful to Christine for firstly creating this book, and secondly for providing me with a copy … because I’m also a little hopeless with crafty things so need all the help I can get! I have grand ideas for projects, but just can’t always bring them to reality.

  11. jan

    Are you kidding me – virtual chocolate and coffee – no such thing! Good to see that your pussy cat is keeping a sharp eye on things. You should try doing yoga when your cat decides to jumps on your lap, you think, oh that will be ok because he only weighs under 4 kg, but nooooooooooooo, it definitely makes it a lot harder!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Haha, sorry about the virtual chocolate and coffee thing … it’s a little tricky to make the real version travel through the internet! πŸ™‚

      And yes, Jones is certainly keeping things interesting around the house … I’m surprised how much he weighs for such a little cat … my poor legs! πŸ˜‰

  12. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    My goodness that’s some prize package. Wowzers!! And, your cat looks like my cat! AND, they both have names starting with J (mine’s called Jessie!).

    On the time management thingy…. I’m failing dismally at the moment! Really dismally. No apologies necessary in any format what. so. ever.

    Christine certainly does have a lovely blog, and is obviously a most magnificent person as she has a coffee owl on it. I want one of those!! (And I don’t even drink coffee, but my coffee drinking visitors would love it I’m sure).

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I know what you mean … it’s an incredible prize package!! Perhaps our cats are long lost family members? (and what are the chances of our cats both having J names?) … Jessie is a sweet name for a cat. You’ll have to send through some photos of her so we can compare their looks more closely! πŸ™‚

      Gosh time management is starting to feel like it’s never going to be my friend … I always feel like it’s going to be ‘one day’ that I’ll be able to get everything under control …

      Christine is wonderful and her blog is always full of inspirational cheer … her coffee owls are adorable too!! πŸ˜€
      Have a great start to the week!! πŸ™‚

  13. Christine

    You are so sweet Tracey. Saying so many sweet thing about me, my ears are glowing red.
    I hope you are well, I have been so busy with work and I miss blogging so. And making collages, and art journalling πŸ™‚
    Kind generous Traceyβ€”Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – You are very welcome (I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true). πŸ™‚
      Things have been good with me, but yes being busy at work is playing havoc with my ability to keep up with blogging. Thank goodness for all the fun stuff happening outside work to keep me busy in different ways.
      xx

  14. Katie of Sweet Rustic

    What lovely goodies, can’t wait to see what you make with them all!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – They are lovely goodies indeed, I feel very spoilt! πŸ™‚

  15. woolf

    when seeing all of these collage goodies…. i dare to bring up the time management issue… doesn’t it take you way out of your normal routine, when you start cutting and glueing? oi, and the clean up afterwards….!
    are you enjoying yourself though? the package looks yummy, yummu, yummy!
    nβ™₯

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Haha, well yes you well know how time management is ALWAYS an issue for me … but you know, sometimes I can find a way … I just leave the mess untidied! πŸ˜‰

      There is lots of loveliness in this package … I most definitely am enjoying myself! πŸ˜€
      xx

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