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!!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


And the Winners are......

Well, it's all over for another year. Congratulations and thanks to Lisa Swifka for her fabulous idea, as well as the commitment to carry it through. I know the amount of work is probably horrendous and I sincerely hope that Lisa realises how much we all appreciate her time and efforts in providing a 'vehicle' for us to travel the world to meet new and wonderful individuals along the way. I've said it before and I'm more than happy to say it again,

"Lisa, you rock!!!"

I also want to thank everybody who stopped by, whether you left a comment or not, and hope that you'll come back again. I actually managed to visit every blog again this year and thoroughly enjoyed each and every visit. I didn't leave a comment on every blog (still don't want to appear too greedy, LOL) and have added many to my 'must see' Google Reader list. Soon, I won't have any time to create, 'cos I'll be too busty visiting everyone else!!! LOL!!!

I've closed off my entry now and can announce that I receive3d 323 comments (only 1 duplicate) during the event. I've decoded to send out 6 gifts and have used the 'Random Integer Generator' to select the winning comments.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:







Timestamp: 2010-02-15 22:59:05 UTC

The corresponding entries came from:

31 Robin from 'Around the Island'

49 Tanya from 'Starry Eyed'

134 Nancy from 'All Pulped Out'

182 'Manna Moon Studios'

229 Crystal from Cleveland, OHIO

259 Carrieann from 'Ametista'

My gifts will be on their way as soon as possible. I'm offering each winner a personal choice of give-away so it could take a while to complete six new pieces.

Again, thanks for a fantastic couple of weeks. I've experienced an absolutely wonderful time and have even found DH peeking over my shoulder a few times wondering where I was in the world and what exactly I was 'oohing and aahing' about.

Until next time......


Chris in Oz

Monday, 15 February 2010

One World - One Heart


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Come join the magic carpet ride......

I'm taking part in this wonderful event again this year. I had so much fun the last two years, I want to experience that again. Let's face it, I'm sure we'd all agree with Cyndi Lauper when she sings, "Girls just wanna have fun!" LOL!!!


The wonderful Lisa Swifka created this event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or two (or even three!!! LOL) along the way.

You can read more about this event and see a list of all the participants here at: One World - One Heart! Go on, be adventurous, check out all of these wonderful blogs and their creators. You never know, you might win a gift and meet some new friends, just like I did last year. Above all else, have fun!!!

I haven't decided what to make for my Give-Away yet, but it'll be something like one of those displayed in the slide show. Oh wait, since we're going on a 'Magic Carpet Ride', it seems appropriate that 'Your wish should be my command!!!' So you get to choose which sort of gift you'd like from one of the options displayed. I might even add some more items between now and the close of the event. Mmmm ...... I've always wanted to have a go at making some of my own jewelery. LOL. The ideas are running around inside my head and making me feel very dizzy!!! It really does feel like I'm on a 'Magic Carpet Ride' with all of you tagging along.

Woo Hoo!!!

I hope that I have many visitors from many parts of the world who decide to stop by and say, 'Hi!!!' The 'One World - One Heart' event actually begins 25th January and ends 15th February - I'll close off my comments at 8.00 p.m. (Lisa's time) and announce winners by 10.00 p.m. that same evening.

Ideally, participants should have an active blog to participate, but I'm just happy to have visitors to my blog. If you leave a comment on 'THIS POST ONLY' of my blog, with your world location (city/country) and a means to contact you (e-mail/blog address), you will have a chance to win one of my handmade or altered gifts.

Until next time......


Chris in Oz