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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beachcombing...

Because the old Calico website closed down, you can see more of this project here.

Hello all!  Thanks for the lovely comments on my Busy Busy Bee.  I've definitely been a busy bee again this week, travelling all over for work.  Then I spent much of Friday at the US Embassy, and it looks as though we're good to go with the work visa (as long as the courier gets my passport back to me in time to fly... still touching wood!).  Now I'm actually at home for just over 48 hours before I rampage off up and down the country again.  I fully intend to spend some of those hours doing some catching up with you all!

In the meantime, you can relax with some beachcombing over at Calico Crafts today.  I've been playing with the fab new Calico Craft Parts Printers Trays again, as well as lots of paint, crackle mediums and lovely sun-bleached bits and bobs, as well as a quote from one of my favourite poems (see below!).


I hope you'll have time to pop over and check it out.  And I hope you all have a really wonderful weekend!

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

e.e.cummings

47 comments:

Ruth said...

Just hopped across from leaving a comment and to say the poem is delightful. Fab creation! Ruth x

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow what a great project , dear Alison, I just come back from the sea , so I surrely love this project!!It seems to be great fun to make it!!!

Greetings
Maria

Helen said...

what a lovely poem... I need to go see the sea soon! off to check your project now.

Ana K. said...

Hi Alison, awesome tray...great combination of colours and texture...as always full of imagination!

rachel said...

stunning work Alison - so beautiful - amazing colours and great texture as always. Enjoy being a busy bee. Hugs Rachel xx

Deborah said...

Such a tantalising glimpse (off to look) and I did not know the poem - I *love* the last couplet.

Dagmar said...

It's beautiful like a day at the Beach and i love it!
Hugs Dagmar

Shirley Chillman said...

What a globe trotting girl you are Alison it all sounds so adventurous. How do you find time for all your gorgeous makes, especially this one.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

chrissies said...

Always love that poem :)

Your beachcombing piece is wonderful and the sea colour background is just right.

What a busy lady you are and I hope all goes well for your US venture.

Off now for a long walk along the beach and maybe I will look down and find something amazing :)

Love Chrissie x

Cestina said...

I think I need to investigate e.e.cummings....

And I want to see the sea, she said (sorry Candice Marie :-))
xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Looks wonderful already, will investigate further in a moment...
Everything crossed here for it all working out well, gosh it must be very stressful, I always hate it when I don't have my passport... good luck!!

Redanne said...

This looks wonderful, I am off to have a peek. I do hope the passport office come up trumps! Anne x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh Alsion this is a beautiful unique assemblage! Amazing!
xxx
Susi

Evelyn Walter said...

Lovely little box, Alison! And I really like the poem. The crackled little bottle looks famous!
Have a nice weekend too!
xxx Evelyn

JackieP Neal said...

Absolutely brilliant Alison- Stunning! xoxo

Mary Elizabeth said...

Crazy gorgeous. Saw the details over at Calico Crafts. Wow!!!!! That Triple Thick Gloss Glaze on the words makes them look like they are submerged under water. Beautiful!!!

Still trying to find a way to get to NY to catch up with you. I would love to see the play. Already been to the theater's website. Sounds like such an wonderful opportunity. Hugs to you!! -- Mary Eizabeth

Meggymay said...

Sounds like you are going off on a fabulous venture soon. This project is stunning and has your special touch.
Yvonne

Anita Houston said...

Been to look! LOVE the netting, the bottle and crabs! So cool and fun to display!

cathylynn said...

Just had a look and your project is amazing Again!!!! Love the color theme!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

isisimaginings.com said...

Stunning piece, it really is wonderful. Love the poem too.

Anneke said...

Just went to have a look. This is an amazing project.
The outside of the box looks so beautiful too. Thanks for inspiring me Anneke.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful seaside art Alison, makes me want to go beachcombing! xxx

Chrissy said...

I love anything nautical Alison and this project is just stunning..love the colours and textures and all the wonderful details..amazing..

luv CHRISSYxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Have just taken a closer look. A great composition. Love the seaside feeling.

May said...

Off for a closer look Alison... Hugs May x x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A box of seaside delights by the looks of it - off for a closer look.
Wishes
Lynne

Nan G said...

Love the poem. And a fab piece, butterfly. Hope all goes well with your trip to NYC. Hugs

Julia said...

So nostalgic, this is simply stunning. X

Netty said...

Love your gorgeous project and thank you for sharing the cute poem. My goodness Alison you are so busy, its a wonder your feet touch the ground. Wishing you lots of joy for the new adventures ahead. Hugs Annette x

Netty said...

Love your gorgeous project and thank you for sharing the cute poem. My goodness Alison you are so busy, its a wonder your feet touch the ground. Wishing you lots of joy for the new adventures ahead. Hugs Annette x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

You go on and on with creating gorgeous makes Alison...again this alteration looks stunning!!!
Have a nice Sunday, Alie :-)

Gaby Bee said...

Just brilliant, Alison! I love what you did here.

Gaby xo

Sue said...

What a beautiful piece Alison, I hope that everything goes according to plan for you, and that you have an amazing time in the USA xx

Julia Aston said...

What a sweet project - just from the snippet I love the beach theme! and also that great poem by e.e. cummings! off to check out your post!

trisha too said...

Absolutely delightful!

:)

diane hasthorpe said...

This is a gorgeous box. I love the colours and techniques you have used to give it amazing texture. The finishes on all of your pieces look fabulous. Great poem, too. Cheers, Di

massofhair said...

WOW WOW WOW !!! :-) xxx

Hettie said...

Fabulous Alison.
I am looking forward to seeing the sea very soon.
Enjoy your trip to US.
Hugs
xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

this looks beautiful and the gorgeous crackle on that bottle is wonderful! hugs x

Dianne said...

SQUAWK.... Miss Alison, this printer tray is just stunning, all that embossing making it all look like water and waves, that twine is superb, and the crackled bottle fantastic, shesh I ran out of words to describe this, it's THE BOMB... Thanks for sharing...

Coco said...

That's an exquisite printer tray!!! I Love it!! Hugs, Coco xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

This project is magical, Alison! I love the bottle and the crab! That poem is beautiful. I shared it with Lynne Moncrieff the other day! It so describes the experience of being on the sea shore. Natalie Merchant sings a wonderful musical version of it, so haunting, simple and sweet. Hope you get your passport in good time! xxx

Terry said...

Off I go to sea!

Kelly Neis said...

Fabulous colors! I love the process and you make it look so easy! Very fresh and happy tray, I wish my toes were in the beach water right now! lol
Lovely piece.
Hugs Kelly

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous tray, love the colours you've used, and all those little details, delightful.
Avril xx

Kasia said...

So beautiful shadow box, Alison! Love the fishing net that you used here. :)

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow this looks truly awesome, I so want to have a proper look but I think Calico crafts is having some problems as I can't even get on their shopping site. Will have a look in a bit. I so love their wooden products and shop there often. I so can't wait to see this closer lol. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx