Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Scrap that Poetry

Here is the latest lovely little bit of poetic inspiration over at
Scrap that Poetry

April- challenge #13

by John Greenleaf Whittier

'T is the noon of the spring-time, yet never a bird
In the wind-shaken elm or the maple is heard;
For green meadow-grasses wide levels of snow,
And blowing of drifts where the crocus should blow;
Where wind-flower and violet, amber and white,
On south-sloping brooksides should smile in the light,
O'er the cold winter-beds of their late-waking roots
The frosty flake eddies, the ice-crystal shoots;
And, longing for light, under wind-driven heaps,
Round the boles of the pine-wood the ground-laurel creeps,
Unkissed of the sunshine, unbaptized of showers,
With buds scarcely swelled, which should burst into flowers
We wait for thy coming, sweet wind of the south!
For the touch of thy light wings, the kiss of thy mouth;
For the yearly evangel thou bearest from God,
Resurrection and life to the graves of the sod!
Up our long river-valley, for days, have not ceased
The wail and the shriek of the bitter northeast,
Raw and chill, as if winnowed through ices and snow,
All the way from the land of the wild Esquimau,
Until all our dreams of the land of the blest,
Like that red hunter's, turn to the sunny southwest.
O soul of the spring-time, its light and its breath,
Bring warmth to this coldness, bring life to this death;
Renew the great miracle; let us behold
The stone from the mouth of the sepulchre rolled,
And Nature, like Lazarus, rise, as of old!
Let our faith, which in darkness and coldness has lain,
Revive with the warmth and the brightness again,
And in blooming of flower and budding of tree
The symbols and types of our destiny see;
The life of the spring-time, the life of the whole,
And, as sun to the sleeping earth, love to the soul

Here is my layout based on the poem above...

I used the following lines from the poem.....
"Up our long river-valley, for days, have not ceased

The wail and the shriek of the bitter northeast,
Raw and chill, as if winnowed through ices and snow,"
with a photo of the stunning view from our home.  I loved these particular lines as we are located in the North-East of Victoria, (Australia) in a gorgeous little piece of paradise. 
I used these stunning buttons created by the extremely talented
Tessa Ann
She has the most stunning handmade buttons.  These are just some of the beautiful ones I got from her, and had to stop myself from buying her entire collection :)
Be sure to pop over and play along!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Scrap that Poetry Blog Hop

Spring Challenge Blog Hop

Here is the info on a fantastic blog hop that
is a part of and it starts today!

All the blogs involved have a variety of prizes to give away during this hop so you don't want to miss a thing. All the blogs are giving away prizes for at least the following two things: followers who leave a comment this week and winners of their challenge for the week. Some blogs may be giving away prizes for even more than that! And if you complete a challenge for all 6 you need to sign in at Practical Scrappers because they will be giving away a prize for that too!
To be entered for Scrap That Poetry's grand prize: $15 of Stampin Up products from Jenn

Here are some ways to get an entry...

1. Become a follower

2. Leave a comment on this post saying you participated in the blog hop and what challenges you completed on Scrap That Poetry and your favorite poem

3. enter challenge #13 (winner of challenge recieves a book of poetry and guest designer)

4. enter challenge #14 which goes live on April 15th (winner of challenge recieves a RAK and guest designer)

5. if you enter both challenge #13 and challenge #14 this week, you will get 5 extra entries for the grand prize!
Each blog offers a very different paper crafting challenge for you and we think you will enjoy the variety offered. If you are here, you love a good paper crafting challenge, here is your chance to check out some new ones!
Practical Scrappers
Sketchy Thursday
Scrap That Poetry
The Cuttlebug Spot (next stop)
Pile it on
365 Cards

Don't forget it you participate in all 6 challenge blogs you are entered for another grand prize at Practical Scrappers! The Hop ends by Sunday, April 18th... so make sure to link up your entries by then!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Craft Shelf

Here's a little something I've been working on over the last little bit....
My friend Chelle ( scrapbookit ) and her very clever husband Rick, make and sell these at their shop.  Rick also made the desk in my scrap room, so he's obviously very good at what he does!
Here it is...

How cute are these papers???? 
In an effort to clear my ever growing stash of papers, I've decided to go back and use some of my older papers and those I can't use, I'll pop in a crafting box for Belle.
These cuties are some very old Cosmo Cricket papers!

Love the colour combination of these papers and how Cosmo always has a "strips' paper with great little sayings.  I also used some old Basic Grey ribbon too!

All in all I was really pleased with how my little shelf came together and also the fact that I've used some old supplies.  I also decorated a magazine box that I've had in my box of BTP items for ages.

Well that's it for now.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Scrap that Poetry

Appologies for not having posted this a little sooner, but as Murphy's Law would dictate....It's the school holidays, so all three children have been sick!
That is our challenge #12 poem over at

An Easter Flower Gift
John Greenleaf Whittier Poem
O dearest bloom the seasons know,
Flowers of the Resurrection blow,
Our hope and faith restore;
And through the bitterness of death
And loss and sorrow, breathe a breath
Of life forevermore!
The thought of Love Immortal blends
With fond remembrances of friends;
In you, O sacred flowers,
By human love made doubly sweet,
The heavenly and the earthly meet,
The heart of Christ and ours.

Here is my take on our 1st poem for this month.  The photo I chose to use is one I took in my garden this year in late Spring.  Or driveway is lined with beautiful Weeping Apricot and Cherry trees and this little speciman is a double pink blossom, which makes a really pretty display.

The verse I chose to include  from the poem is
"In you, O sacred flowers,

By human love made doubly sweet,"
and I used my Kaisercraft mini stickers to add them onto my layout. 

Hope your Easter has been filled with much love and a chance to celebrate with has ours, and of course not to mention truck loads of choccie goodess!!!!
Take care & Bye for now xxx