The 'Three Sisters' & the Jameison Valley ...... one of the 'touristy' spots in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Whose 'Creative Corner' I hear you ask???

Hi, I'm Chris Bennett AKA 'Chris in Oz'. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (affectionately known as 'Oz' or 'The Land Down-Under'). I'm in my mid-50's, have been married for 30+ years to THE most wonderful man and I'm the PROUDEST MUM of 2 grown children. My DS is into photography and has taken some amazing shots. You can see some of them in 'Simon's Gallery'. My DD is a High School teacher who is committed to educating our youth of today. I was a Teacher/Assistant Principal in the field of Special Education for over 16 years until I retired in June 2004.

I've been involved in art and craft activities for most of my life and I became a 'stampaholic' and 'technique junkie' to 'save my sanity' after an injury in 2003. I began by making cards and slowly, but surely, became addicted to ATCs, hand-made books, altered books, boxes, bottles, tins, jigsaw puzzles and anything else that stands still long enough to be altered. I love texture and colour and I'm gradually stepping outside my comfort zone to experiment and explore other media and styles. Check out 'My Gallery' to see some more of my work.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I also take photos, I don't know how 'good' my photos are, but I just love to take them ...... so every now and then I might just sneak one in ...... I hope you don't mind!!! Well, not too much!!! LOL!!!

Friday, 21 December 2007

Gift for my "desert dwelling friend"

Jackie is a wonderful 'cyber-friend' from the US who I 'met' through one of my Yahoo groups. She has sent me many cards and a gorgeous birthday gift this year. Unfortunately, I've had a really hectic year and have been unable to respond/reply to her as I would have liked. So, I had this great idea for a Christmas 'pressie' for her. Of course, I'm running behind, again, and although Jackie's gift is finally finished, I probably won't post it 'til after Christmas now - after all the work involved in making it, I'd be distraught if it got 'gobbled up or lost' in all the Christmas mail.

I love 'star books' and really enjoy creating them. I decided to adapt the measurements that I had, to make a smaller version that would store ATCs. I've called it an 'ATC Keeper'. When I'd finished, I looked for an appropriate sized box to decorate and store it in, but I couldn't find one in my stash. I can hear Jessie (my 'bestest' stamping buddy in Oz) saying, 'What no box among those 132 boxes you keep, just in case, you need one, one day!!!" LOL!!! Well, she's right, I do keep boxes - just in case, BUT I couldn't find one to fit. I was almost ready to go out to buy one, when I thought to myself - "self, why don't you make one to match???" So, I did. I have no idea what they're called, who to credit the idea to or where I even initially saw the idea. It's a box that contains 3 layers and when the lid is removed the sides open out and are decorated with messages/drawings/photos etc. I know, clear as mud. I took photos and put them in a slide show to let you see my newest project. I really hope that Jackie is going to love this gift as much as I do. I love it so much, I'm having trouble taking it to the Post Office!!! LOL!!! Does anybody else have trouble sending their creations out into the big wide world like I do??? LOL!!! Anyway, what do you think???

Until next time......

Chris in Oz


Aileen (Pronounced A-Leen) said...

What great eye candy! your star book and box are awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

These are both fantastic! Two gifts in one. Love the idea of the star book ATC holder. And the box is fabulous on its own. Thanks for sharing this fantastic project.

Gillian :O) said...

this is GORGEOUS Chris, what a special, special gift!

great idea to make a slide too, so we could see all of the photo's of it :)

CreativSpirit said...

Chris it is beautiful and Jackie is thrilled with it. Like you I find it hard to part with some special things that I make, although this one has given Jackie so much joy. Perhaps we should both make more things just to keep instead of making lots of swaps which have to always be sent off.

Well done, my friend,



TotallyAddinktive said...

Oh Chris this is just divine and how lucky is Jackie to receive it!