Saturday, 11 April 2009

Giveaway

I decide that as I'm turning the big 60 one day this coming week, I should have a giveaway to celebrate. I'm not sure how I feel about turning sixty, it makes me realize there are so many things I still have to create, so I need to be around, functioning normally for at least another thirty years.

The giveaway consists of some of my decorated papers and laser prints of my work, a hand carved stamp, beads, fabric, ribbons, paper napkins, a collection of things that I use in my work.
If you want to be in the draw just leave a comment and I'll get my dear husband to select the winner on the 19th of April.



In the mean time here's some photos of what I've been up to this week, as well as working on some jewellery. This paper is a piece that I made after watching Anne Bagby's dvd. Anne's work is amazing. She also carves her own stamps and makes the most magnificent papers for her collages. I now have to work out a way that I can use her techniques without actually copying what she does.








These are more pages from my DJ journal. They rabbit in the 'blue' page was part of a postcard that DJ gave us in the class. The paper it's attached to is actually a tea bag that I stamped with the base of a biscuit container to give me the blue circles.
The last two photos are backgrounds waiting for attention.

106 comments:

Heather said...

I would love to be on your giveaway list, please. Happy Big Birthday when it gets here, and don't worry, being sixty isn't half as scary as being 70!! You still have plenty of time to get things done - my Mum was 101 this year, so plenty of fruit and veg., wholemeal bread and 8 glasses of water a day and you'll get there! I love your journal pages and wish I could make art like yours, but I just don't loosen up enough. Must try harder? or maybe not try so hard? Have a great Easter and a great birthday.

Emmy said...

first I want to congratulate you on this birthday I hade my brithday to this month and I am 57 now near by 60
I hope you have a great day and a happy easter

jan said...

I would love to take part in your giveaway. Have a lovely birthday, you don't look it by the way!

Ev said...

I do hope you have a wonderful birthday. They are just numbers and I would never have had you down as nearing 60. You have a much much younger soul.

Mary lin Huskamp said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I ABSOLUTELY adore your work!

60 is a WONDERFUL age! I just turned 62 an am excited to be looking forward to retiring from my Audit Manager job next year then having time to pursue the art I love! Enjoy the moments and this SPECIAL of birthdays!

hugs

marylin

jane eileen said...

Happy Birthday! I would be overjoyed to be the lucky winner of this giveaway and start playing with it. I have wanted to take a class from you for a long time, but the US is so far from which to travel to do so, so this would be the next best thing. Thanks so much for the opportunity, and enjoy that day!

The Blue Plum Shop said...

A very special happy birthday!!! You're only as old as you feel. Enjoy it...celebrate it!
Love the journal pages. Keep up the good work.

Joni

Robyn said...

Well you don't look anywhere near 60, Ro. Have a great day!
Yes please, I'm in for the draw. Holding thumbs...and toes.

Art4Sol said...

Please count me in....a very happy birthday to you. I'm close behind you...57. I keep wondering how I'm going to accomplish all the things I want to do as well. I just pray that I keep my vision.

ANNA said...

How very generous - please include me in the giveaway draw

Jeane said...

Happy Birthday! - I would love to be in the drawing.....hope you have a monumental celebration planned!

ikkinlala said...

I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Sue B said...

I just watched Anne's dvd this past week and found it incredibly inspiring. I thought her techniques for making paper are brilliant and I'm also working on incorporating them without copying them.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!I love your color palette and style, wonderful work. I would love win your giveaway. Wish me luck!

KatieScarlett said...

I lo-o-o-o-o-ve your crazy color work - your work provides inspiration for me to breakout and get crazy!!

And Happy Birthday too!!

I'd love to be in the giveaway just to have your inspirational color right here to kick me into gear.

Happy, Happy
Kathy

Dolores said...

Ro, 60 is only a number. My mom will turn 90 in May and a friend of a friend almost made 100. Just live one day at a time and you'll be fine. Have a great birthday!! I'm always pleasantly surprised by our posts. Keep it up.

Heloise said...

I hope that you enjoy your birthday, celebrate well.

Sandy said...

Your work is wonderful. I've just found you recently and love to be inspired by you. The giveaway looks yummy. The 60's are just fine. I'm my own person now.

Sandra said...

Hi Ro: had to get in on wishing you a very, blessed and happy birthday !!! turning 60 is not nearly as scary as turning 50 was, ha : ) your papers, as always, looook delicious and your journal you made in DJ's class + your own dyed pieces are wonderful too, love, love, love them alllllll : ) not to mention your give-away yummmmmmmm, lucky whoever gets it : )
Blessings, Sandra in AZ

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Happy birthday Ro, mine is 65 this year and it no longer matters and imagine the alternative!
Our purpose is to keep colour ALIVE!!
Love J

Doreen G said...

Happy Birthday Ro have a great day.
Turning 60---just means that you have another years worth of knowledge and experience that you didn't have before.
I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

fromthepines said...

Hppy birthday! Just remember its not the years that count.
wonderful giveaway.

Cheryl

Corryna Janssen said...

Congratulations on your birthday. I looked at your photo again, when I read you are to be 60. I just can't believe it. You look so much younger than that. So I believe you will have much more years ahead to be creative.
As I live in the Netherlands I do not need to be in your drawing, as it would cost a fortune to send it overseas.
I just wanted to congratulate you and let you know that the work you made is wonderful.

Tracy said...

Happy birthday!, would never have guessed you were nearly 60 :0 I would love to part of your give away as I seem to have caught the journaling bug :)

lisa_crofts said...

You know Ro, I love how you make the things you learn your own. After 2/3 years I am just getting this idea after multitudes of classes videos etc. I love your work and the colours and style you use and the way you adapt the things you learn to your style. Happy Birthday and you dont look a day over 45 and I have met you in person. Have a great time on your birthday

mary schweitzer said...

Happy Birthday! I am nearing 60 myself. But I have to say that I am enjoying this age much more than I did being young.
I would love to be in your giveaway.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful stash woth us.
Mary

papergail said...

Happy birthday Ro, I've had a year getting used to being 60, it's a good age, though the eyes and body start to tell. Keep up the good work. I love your work by the way, lots of yummy colour.

downunderdale said...

Happy Birthday Ro - it is mine today and I am 60 too. Scarey or ?
Cheers
Dale

Laura J. Wellner (author pseudonym Laura J. W. Ryan) said...

Your site is always a feast for my eyes! Have a happy birthday! (I hope the Easter Bunny is extra good to you!!)

Best wishes,

Laura

Lucy said...

Pick Me!! Pick Me!! LOLOL
Ro, am not far behind you in turning 60. I am trying to look upon it as gift,but sometimes I struggle, as when my parents turned 60, I thought they were soooooo old!!
Love the papers you made, they look scrumptious!
Hugs Lucy

Elizabeth said...

A Huge happy Birthday Hug to You Ro!!!! Who the heck counts anymore anyway?????? i am right behind you about to turn 50 and I have decided just to have fun and to make sure that I do something that I love every day!!
We should be sending you surprizes!!!! GET READY!!!!


Hugs !
Elizabeth

dieadjustormigrate said...

wow! to win something that you made? how amazingly cool that would be! happy early birthday.

Olwyn

lindacreates said...

Hi Ro! The big 60 is a wonderful thing!! It seems to free me up more every year I get older. Your DJ type journals are wonderful, you amaze me with so much creating.

Joy Logan said...

OMG Ro I turn the big 60 on the 17th, when is yours?

Joy Logan said...

PS Love your pieces here but mostly "you wook mavelous"

femminismo said...

Something strange happened when I tried to sign in. Maybe because I said write my name in BIG letters and have your hubby pick me? Don't know, but I'll say again I love your papers and techniques. And I know what you mean about the years going by and wanting to be around a good bit longer to play/work. - Jeanne

jet1960 said...

Well, you don't look 60. I love your work. The colors are wonderful and then your jewelry is fantastic. I understand your feeling about time. I know there is so much I want to do and see. I can't understand when people say they are bored.

I would love to be considered in your giveaway.

Thanks so much!

Brenda said...

Happy 60th. I'm sure you have many happy creative years ahead of you. Happy Easter.

Beate Knappe said...

Happy Big Birthday when it gets here and I hope it will be a wonderful Day for You.

Please don't worry, being sixty - I will it next year :-))


I would love to take part in your giveaway.

Jo Horswill said...

Happy Birthday Ro...you look and are amazing. Jo xx

Kate said...

I just love the colours you use on your papers....they are stunning. Happy birthday!
Kate

Lee said...

Congratulations on your special day Ro.... I hope you have the happiest of birthdays!!!!!

Loving your new journal pages, so vibrant and alive...and that rabbit from DJ is gorgeous...very Eastery.

Please put my name down for your draw, I love all of your beautiful papers and stamps!!!!

Have fun on your special day.

Jacky xox

Catharina Maria said...

I love the things that youshow on your blog !
Rini the Netherlands

Gretz said...

Hi Ro,

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Love the fabric journals you are creating. Isn't DJ just the best? I loved her. She was such a sweet person and so giving and such a wonderful teacher.

And add me to your giveaway list!

Greta
xxx

katie jane said...

Ro, I would be honored to be part of your giveaway. You are just about the most creative person I know. Happy Birthday to you. I am close behind you and know exactly how you feel about running out of time. I feel like the White Rabbit most of the time. I love your new pages and the use of the biscuit can for a stamp is so creative. Why didn't I think of that?

Sharon said...

Oh WOW, what a birthday box that will be. I'm "expecting" (meaning prepared) to win.
You are so generous.

Sam Marshall said...

Happy Birthday, Ro! Loving your cool pages from journal-the rabbit is too cool!

Talking Horses Arts said...

Congratulations!!!
Many happy returns!!
I hope that you will keep blogging and
inspiring for ever!
Andrea.

rivergardenstudio said...

Happy Birthday Ro, I have to say you look very fabulous in your photo's and your energy is unstoppable! I love your new pages... especially the golden one on top. I agree with Heather's comment (on the top) I am working on loosening up too! And... please include me in your giveaway! roxanne

Purple Missus said...

What a generous giveaway Ro - I would love to be included.
I hope you have a very happy birthday.

JP said...

60 is ok - at least there are concessions out there!!!!!!!!!! - the trouble is when they talk about the elderly on the news and you realise they mean you - have a good day - all the best of us are reaching 60 now - baby boomers rule ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

Happy Birthday from another Aries with a birthday this week,
Wonderful giveaway, what a treat for whoever wins

Julie said...

Happy Birthday for when it gets here Ro. You are in good company. Dale (Downunderdale) is 60 today, don't tell her I told you!) I have a friend who will be 98 in June and she still does her own shopping cooking gardening and a little sewing so keep going, you've a long way to go! :o) and you don't look anywhere near 60! My friend swears by a tot of whickey every night and a glass of wine with her lunch. She's a great lady! (I'm just 3 years behind you too)

Jackie said...

Have a wonderfully happy birthday. Its only a number but as I approach it it looks like a big number! I have a couple of years to go , but I think you look younger than I do.

Kate said...

Oh I would love to win your prize. I want you to have fantastic birthday too!

Gail said...

I hope you have a wonderful birthday with your family and friends and 60 is just a number you know how old you feel inside.

Your work and you attitude to life is so inspiring to so many that you couldn't possibly feel any older than 40!!!!

Love the journal page in your DJ book, just wish that I got the chance to attend her class, maybe next time if she comes back.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Happiest of Birthdays Ro! My own numbers increasing just fuels my creative fire; I have a lot of art to make, as I am sure you do as well!

Kim said...

As always Ro your colour work is gorgeous, just love the golde and orange shades in the first one and the cute bird in the next. Can't wait to see your jewelry either. Hope its a wonderful birthday and you do something special for yourself. Cheers!

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday! Don't worry about your age. It's going to happen anyway...just enjoy life and keep doing your beautiful art.

Suzanne

paru's_circle said...

b'days.. i stopped counting ;-)everyday can be the best day of your life! thanks for giving us all a chance to participate in the giveaway. tc.Ro.. P

toscania-art-life said...

I wish you a wonderful happy birthday.
The colors of your art is so brilliant, I love it.

Megha Chhatbar said...

Namaste from India! Many Many Happy returns of the Big Day! :) Your work is a real treasure and I would want to have one of the jewels from your treasure..:)) Thanks, have a gr8 day and happy Easter..BTW I have started a new blog dedicated to my sketch work — Art on Sketchbook

gorefamilyusamex said...

I hope that you have a fabulous birthday this week. We might have to enjoy a bit of cake at our book class next week.
Have fun!!
Sue

Lady Di said...

Happy Birthday Ro and your DJ inspired journal pages are beautiful. Didn't get to meet you at CSR, but have registered for CSR 2010 so if you're going perhaps we'll meet at that one.

Jen Crossley said...

Happy Birthday Dear Ro for wednesday No way are you 60 your amazing.
I hope I can be half the person you are when Im 60 take cae
Jen

suze said...

Happy Big 6-0 Ro! Remember 60 is only a number. I would love-love to win your prize!
I do know what you mean...I am hoping to live long enough to finish all of my projects and ideas.

Allegra Smith said...

Just a heartfelt Happy Birthday from someone older. How old? to me age should only be important if you happen to be a bottle of very expensive wine.

Just think, the finest perfumes never have any age attached to them. So here is to us, the finest perfumes of the past century. Happy Birthday Ro and many happy returns of the day.

Fulvia Luciano, artist said...

Happy Birthday, Ro. To many, even more creative!

TracyB said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!
Love your art pages!! (especially the ones with the swirls) :)

I would love to be added to your giveaway list!!

Corrine said...

Hi Ro,
Happy Birthday! Please put me down for your giveaway. I love to come over for one of your classes...maybe next year.

JannArt said...

I am so glad I found your blog I think your work is lovely.

I hope you have a very Happy Birthday and many many more years of creating your wonderful art work. Have a lovely day.

hippopip said...

ongratulations it is not so bad being sixty,most of the time you cannot remember how old you are!

Q_ujNBkHidUkYNTXZsHKvHzypDWD said...

Wow! You sure don't look 60!! But I know you'll have at least another 30 years to keep creating. I've recently discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much.

Dot said...

Sending you lots of love for your 60th birthday Ro! If I am as half as dynamic, warm and energetic as you when I am 60 I will be very happy.

You should be vey proud of the person you are and what you bring to this world.

I caught up with Jacky over the weekend and we are both looking forward to your class on Saturday week (both the food and the class lol). And we were both saying how lovely you are and how much we enjoy your company.

Would love to take part in your give away!

Take care and have a great birthday week.

Dot xx

Dot said...

P.S love the pages from your journal. Am working on one myself right now.

Eveline said...

Such a great idea to do this giveaway to celebrate your birthday. I'd love to be on the list, too.

Keep creating, I love what you share here!

Seth said...

Happy Birthday! And Happy to throw my hat in the ring to possibly receive some of your amazing papers. Thanks for the generosity.

Belinda said...

Hi Ro what an amazing give away. Turning 60 is something you should certainly celebrate, in style of course. Your journal work is such an inspiration to me and I am sure will be something you family members will treasure forever. I hope that my family will treasure mine also and I feel my work gets better when I have great inspiring artists to look up too, thank you. Happy Birthday Ro.
Take care Belinda

Diana said...

Ro, I share your trepidation about 'big' birthdays (or any birthdays come to that) but really, you are as young as you feel - it's all down to attitude. And if you have a passion for something, as many of us do for our art, then that definitely keeps you young too!
Have a very happy birthday!

Wil Opio Oguta said...

Ro, you are as young as you feel. Happy birthday!

Stephanie said...

Happy HAPPY birthday soon, ooooooh, those big mile stones. You just keep on doing what you're doing.

AND, I'd love to be entered in your drawing!

x...x
s

Shayla said...

Mmmm... such rich, warm colors. It doesn't sound like you're going to retire. Having purpose and being active promotes a long, healthy life and you've already got that covered. I'd love to be in on the draw.

Lise said...

I'm following your blog from a couple of months now. Your work is very inspiring. I hope one day I will be an artist !

I would love to be the winner of your giveaway !

Lise

Val said...

Very Happy Birthday Ro - found your blog vis Lynda. Love your Journal pages - so colourful and vibrant.

Candace said...

Oh Ro, happy birthday but you really do not look anywhere near 60 thanks to your happy art. Please do enter me in the contest, too. How beautiful your colours are! And I do love the bunny...
Get More of What You Love.
Candace in Athens

Cat said...

Happy Birthday Ro! I'd love to enter your giveaway :)

johanna said...

happy birthday - stay young at heart, that´s all that counts!
i would feel blessed to be the winner.

wanda miller said...

oh so many people. congrats to you, Ro. i also shall be 60 (choke) in july. i have been saying i'm 60 for a year and a half so it wouldn't seem so huge when that day came, think it's workin' <.} your work is beautiful and personality comes across as a 30 something. thanks for sharing, wanda

Bevlea said...

Hope you had a fantastic birthday Ro... anyone who says age is just a number is isnt as old as us LOL

Julia said...

Hi Ro,
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!
I hope you are making it a grand occassion....xxx

Nicky said...

Happy Birthday Ro, a true inspiration to us all,
your thoughtfulness, patience and generosity as a person and teacher are very much appreciated, BTW you really don't look anywhere near 60!!!!!!!!!

alheave said...

Ro---Birthday's are very special no matter how many you have! They are your day in the sun. Be happy in making the 60 years....enjoy the rest that come. Have a great Birthday!

Maria said...

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Ro! Hope you have a wonderful day, whichever day that may be:)
((hugs))
Maria

Chris said...

Your printed papers and your hand-carved stamps and things? Are you KIDDING? Are you trying to make me swoon?!

You have gifted me BIG time, but I had to comment anyway because this is HUGE! I just hope it's not the 20th where you live and the drawing is over. I can never keep the time zone thing straight.

And congrats to you! What's up for your birthday?

ArtfulSoul said...

Happy Birthday! I would love to participate in your giveaway as well. I'm an April baby too.
I absolutely LOVE your work! have an amazing birthday!

L'Hélène said...

Happy birthday! I also have an important birthday coming up : 35!

Here's my link : http://unepagesanstitre.blogspot.com/2009/04/candy.html

paperfollies said...

I absolutely love the bunny page!
Happy Birthday, dear one! Celebrate heartily!

Penny said...

Ah Ro, Honey....you DO NOT look 60. You must be pulling our legs. Happy Birthday....celebrate being a very young, beautiful 60....

Vivian said...

happy happy birthday Ro! thanks so much for your generosity to give such a wonderful package away. Have a wonderful day!

Lost Aussie said...

Happy Birthday Ro. May the next 30 be just as bountiful! hugs Marie

Kirsteen said...

Happy birthday. You really don't look 60 - must be because 60's the new 40?
I don't leave comments very often so I'll take this opportunity to say I love your work and find it very inspirational.

Chrisy said...

Happy Birthday for this week honey...see you've got a few birthday wishes here on your blog! I've never seen this many comments on a blog before! The number of years lived has no meaning, it's the way you live that counts and I only have to look at your art to know that your soul is joyful!

Judy H in NC said...

Please include me in both wishing you a happy birthday (you're 60 years old young!) and the giveaway. You're only getting better.

J said...

Happy Birthday Ro I hope that you have a wonderful day full of fun and friends.
I have only just discovered your blog and what an inspiration it is.
Thank you for allowing me to enter your giveaway.
Many Happy returns
Jill

Debbi Baker said...

Wishing you a wonderful birthday Ro and you sure manage to make 60 look like a hell of a lot of fun! (Getting closer every year myself!!) Such a fabulous and VERY generous birthday give-away - I couldn't resist joining in!

Gaby Bee said...

Happy Birthday Ro I hope it was grand! Sorry if I am late but hope you had a delightful day and lots of fun!!!
Gaby xo