Friday, March 27, 2009

The Best Concert.Ever.

Oh man...I went to the BEST concert last night!! And I'm still on cloud 9!!!

I saw....MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't look at me like that...yes, I know, I'm 23...and they were at their height before I was born! LOL 


My aunt & I went together, and had such a fantastic time...we didn't stop dancing for their whole set (which went for approx. 1 hour 40 min)!!!

They performed all their big hits (except for "Driving In My Car"...but I got over my disappointment quite quickly!!) - they started with "One Step Beyond", which got everyone jumping - except the guy in front of me, who stood there watching me & my aunt...very creepy!! They also did "House of Fun", "It Must Be Love", "Our House", "Shut Up", "The Prince", plus heaps more, including a new song or two....and for their encore, they came on and did "Madness" (yes, it's a song..I'm not just repeating their name!! LOL) and "Night Boat to Cairo"!!!! Oh was soooooooooooooo much fun!!

It was funny to see that when everyone was walking out, you looked around and everybody was dripping with sweat from dancing so much!!! :)

I LOVE Suggs!! He's so cool...yeah, the rest of the lads are great too...but Suggs is...well...Suggs!! :) You can't really describe him any better!! :)

I didn't take any photos (didn't want to risk getting my phone taken off me!!), so the two in this post are from the thank you to whoever photographed these!! :)

To give you an idea of what they were like last night, here's a live video of them performing - yes, it's on TV..but it's live - and exactly like they did it last night!!

And I'll also give you the video for "Night Boat to Cairo"!! :)

Enjoy!! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Own Chateau...sort of! :)

My final prize arrived yesterday... all I can say is... Wow!

For OWOH, Morgane Antoine offered 2 people a custom ACEO-sized painting.

ACEO stands for 'Art Cards, Editions and Originals'. They're basically mini artworks that measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

I just happened to be one of the two people picked at random to receive one!!

Morgane asked me to pick whatever I wanted as the subject for my artwork. I looked at the gallery on her site - her work is amazing... horses, wildlife, fantasy pieces (unicorns, fairies, Pegasus), and landscapes are what she has in her gallery at the moment. 

When I saw her pieces entitled "Basilique Verte" and "De Vert et d'Eau" (both can be found in the 'Other' section of the gallery), I knew exactly what I wanted... a chateau on the water!!

Last Tuesday, Morgane emailed me, with a scan of the piece, and let me know it was on its way! The scan looked amazing - I couldn't wait for it to get here!!!

Well, it arrived... I can't believe how much detail is on such a small piece!!! It's stunning!!! I can't believe how gorgeous it is!!!

Without further ado...


It depicts the Chateau de Chenonceau, which is located in the Loire Valley in France.

Isn't it cool?!?!? I never thought I would ever get my own custom artwork...but I was so lucky to be chosen!

Thank you Morgane for such a beautiful work of art! I will definitely be recommending you to my friends...and anybody who reads this blog!!! :)

For visitors to my blog, please go and visit Morgane's website! Lots of beautiful artworks to look at, as well as step-by-step progress on some of her artworks. Plus, you can commission your own custom painting!!

Until next time...

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Tale of Two Prizes - a pendant & a painted softball

Before I begin, I hope the two artists don't mind me using their photos of the pieces I received - my camera has decided not to function properly!! Naughty thing...anyway...

The One World One Heart event really spoilt me! LOL Not only did I make some new friends, but I won 5 prizes, two of which I've already showcased on here.

I love jewellery, so when I found out that I had won a pendant from DragonflyCreations Jewellery, I was stoked!! :) Not only is Vicki a fellow Australian, but her jewellery is gorgeous!!! So, without any further ado...

click the photo to go to the DragonflyCreations blog

Isn't it stunning?? It's a piece of Picasso Jasper, wire wrapped, and can be worn two ways. This is the 'front'.  I can't wait to wear it!!

If you have the time, please check out Vicki's blog!! She has some beautiful pieces that she's made!! [One of the pieces I like was made for a 'Transylvania'-themed beading challenge, called The Blood Countess! It's dark, but very pretty...and took a long time to finish!!]

The 4th prize I received was from Julie at Oakleaf Hollow. It's a handpainted softball!!
Oakleaf Hollow
Oakleaf Hollow
click either photo to go to the Oakleaf Hollow blog

Isn't it the cutest?!? I had never heard of anyone painting softballs, until I came across Julie's blog! It's such a great idea, isn't it? And didn't she do a fantastic job?? Along with the pretty softball, Julie included one of her handpainted tags, featuring a cute lil bunny on it! :)  I tried to scan the tag, but it turned out fuzzy, so I decided not to post it!! LOL

Anyway, please check out Oakleaf Hollow...and Julie's Etsy store, which has another painted softball for sale, as well as other beautiful works of art! :)

There's only one more OWOH prize left...and it's on its way...I have seen what it looks like, but I won't post about it until it arrives! :)

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My very first ATC - from Lorri @ Artivity

For anyone who doesn't know what an ATC is...don't worry, I was clueless about it until I found out about them on my journey through the many blogs involved in OWOH (One World, One Heart).

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card...basically, an artist (whether they be a painter, mixed media artist, cartoonist, scrapper...the possibilities are endless...) decorates a card using their favourite method, and they can be traded with other artists!

I was fortunate enough to win an ATC from Lorri from Artivity - who is a fellow Aussie!! :) She gave away 5 ATCs for OWOH, and my name was picked to receive this one, entitled "A rose is a rose is a rose".

You know, I was secretly hoping to get this one...because the phrase used reminds me of my favourite scene from one of my favourite movies of all time, Singin In The Rain.

At about 1:32 is what I'm talking about...but please, watch the whole video if you have time!! I love it to bits!! :)

Aaaaaaaanyway....please check out Lorri's blog - there are heaps of things to look at!! Plus, you can go to the Artivity Etsy store as well, where she has a few items for sale!! :)

Thank you so much for this cool piece of art, Lorri! I'm going to be buying a frame for it very soon, so I can show it off in my office! :)

Til next time...