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!!!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Birthday Give-Away!!!

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Woo Hoo!!!  It's my birthday today, so I decided to host a give-away.  Hang on, that doesn't sound right; it's my birthday, you get the present and all I get is a year older.  Bugger!!!  Oh well, you get that sometimes!!!  LOL!!!  Anyway,  I'm a terrible organiser and somehow I have a few books that I've managed to buy twice.  I could try to sell them, but I'd prefer to gift them onto somebody who loves books as much as I do.  Here's the book that I have to give-away:

This book is full of ideas for creating your own hand-made books.   I love making hand-made books and then I love giving them away as gifts to my friends.  I'll close the give-away next Wednesday (16th June 2010 at midnight Australian time) and announce the winner the very next day.  I'll write out the names, place them in a container and draw the winner out.  I hope you'll all play along, all you have to do is leave a comment at this post to be included in the draw.  I'll post to anywhere in the world, so please spread the word.

Until next time......

Chris in Oz


Barbara said...

Woo Hoo looks like I may be number 1 today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU CHRIS!!!! Your giveaway book sounds wonderful and I'd love to win it.


LYNNE said...

apart from a deep love of books i love anything handmade - the look and feel of satisfaction when you create an item. plus i had an accident thrre weeks ago and have been in constant pain with a badly broken arm :(
hugs lynne dalrymple
12 waratah ave victoria point qld 4165

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday Chris - its so generous of you to give away the presents! I'd love to win this great book - thanks for the opportunity. Have a great day (and you know who I am this time!!)

artymarty said...

Happy Birthday Chris. I would love a copy of that book

thisgal said...

Hey Chrissie...Happy Birthday to you!
Have a wonderful day today
hugs, Rhondie

Artseyanne said...

Happy Birthday Chris!!!!! I would love to win your book!!!!

sandie carter said...

Happy Birthday Chris! Hope you have a great one!!

Thanks for the chance to win that awesome book and for being so generous in giving it to someone for your birthday.

Val said...

happy Birthday Chris, and so lovely to see you back blogging.
Nice to see you joining me as another Garage crafter, though I only have half a double garage.
Thank you for being so generous and giving a book away, would love to win it and have more inspiration.

Tracey W said...

Happy birthday Chris. I hope you have a fabulous day. Tracey

Rena Sawatski said...

How generous to have a giveaway for your birthday. I love books, especially handmade ones and would love to win, although, I am usually not very lucky.

Hope you had a fabulous birthday celebration.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday and sign me up for your fun drawing.

Kelvin & Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Chris.
What a great way to celebrate & so generous of you.
Hope you have had a great day & here's to many many many more.
Mel xxxxx

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday to you!
I think it's wonderful that you're giving something for your birthday. It looks like an excellent resource for book lovers like me.
Thanks for visiting my blog too :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Chris! That looks like a lovely book. I'm really interested in handmade books. By the way, your garage looks fabulous - and it does look organised!