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!!!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Long time no post......

Forgive me bloggers, it's been nearly 8 months since my last post. I just dropped in to stay I'm still in the land of the living......barely!!! I'm stuck in the land of the 'not doing so well right now', but hope to be able to get my life back together after a terribly depressing winter and the sad passing of my dear mother on the first day of spring. My Mum was 92 years old and suffered from dementia. She became ill quite suddenly and deteriorated quickly. Mum loved her garden and had 2 green thumbs and 8 green fingers so we thought the first day of spring was a very fitting time to begin the next stage of her existence. I miss her terribly and I'm having difficulty focusing on anything much at all, let alone all the 'stuff' I have to catch up on.

Please bear with me, I WILL be back!!! While I was at home for the funeral, I found some wonderful photos that I'd like to share with you for you to use in your 'art'. I've also managed a bit of tidying up and found a couple of books on 'handmade books' that I've somehow doubled up on. I'd like to give these away to some of my readers, so 'stay tuned'.

Until next time......

Chris in Oz