Monday, 22 December 2008

Merry Christmas

Kia ora

Christmas is upon us once again, seems like no time since Christmas last year and it was twelve months ago. Goodness, I'm not so sure it is age either as the young ones are saying how quickly it comes around, too.

Christmas, this year, will be a lunch of shrimp cocktails followed by venison steaks, the venison given to me by a neighbour, with salad and new potatoes out of my garden. Then, in the evening, it will be Whitebait fritters, the whitebait being a gift from a 'cousin' I recently met, through genealogy research.

Home made cheesecake needs to be made and Christmas cake is already in the cupboard, with an extra cake waiting in the freezer.

If you're wanting to send cards, the cards are available all year through our user-friendly site, or through our gallery.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and fulfilling New Year.

Thanks for your support throughout the year.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

The Beauty of a Winter Rose

Kia ora

A Winter Rose, Helleborus, has a beautiful flower and the colour of this one was so pretty, it simply had to be shown in all it's splendour, nice and close. I believe this flower is called a Christmas Rose in the northern hemisphere where it flowers at Christmas time.

A zip file with three sizes is available here.

I hope you enjoy looking at this flower as much as I do.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008


Kia ora

Recently this beautful red flower has opened up on my dining room table. The Hippeastrum can be read about here.

You can dowload a zip file of three sizes here.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008


Kia ora

As the days fly by, and the 11th of the 11th is upon us again, we remember the fallen in the world wars.

Remember, also, that our graphics site has some lovely cards available to send to your friends.

Lest we Forget.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher

Kia ora

This time I have used an image from the public domain, one by François Boucher, 1703-1770. You may read about Boucher here.

I have chosen a beautiful portrait of his patron, Madame de Pompadour, the richness of the colours appeal to me greatly.

Hope you like it.

You may download a zip file with three sizes here.

Thank you.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

31 October 2008

Kia ora

31 October is Samhain, All Hallow's Eve or Halloween. Not something celebrated widely in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the sight of a few children wearing ghostly gear and wandering the city for treats can be seen in some areas.

Our small group of talented women have created some cards for you to send to your friends. Visit our graphics site to download a few cards, here, to your own computer to send with emails to your friends.

Enjoy the cards.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

A Daisy a Day

Kia ora

Another flower from my garden. This time the wonderful herb, Feverfew, which I love. Feverfew leaves are a tasty additive to vegemite sandwiches, especially for anyone suffering with migraines. It is so easy to grow it is also seen as a weed, I sometimes find it taking over my garden and I have to throw this pretty daisy in the compost. Each plant has a multitude of daisies growing amongst the lush green leaves.

I have used a couple of Paint Shop Pro art scripts, coloured chalk and watercolour, on the image of the feverfew and blended them and used misted flowers, from the same image, to create the two larger flowers.

I hope you like it.

You will find a zip file with three different sizes here.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

The beautiful Papango

Kia ora

It has been a while. I've been doing other things lately and not able to be online that much. Things are changing and I'm now back.

I just found a desktop I'd done earlier and had forgotten about. I took this photograph of the small Black Teal, also known as Papango, who is seen in the Avon river and the lakes, at Hagley Park, in Christchurch.

Hagley Park is one of the best things about Christchurch, in my opinion. Close to the city, it is a beautiful large park where I love to go and smell the roses from time to time. I also love sitting watching the ducks and the various birds that abound in the trees and waterways in Hagley Park. A wonderful place to relax, whether picnicing [sp?] with friends or family, watching the model boats on Victoria Lake, playing tennis, golf, rugby or cricket, eating an icecream by the children's play area, taking a row along the Avon, or just wandering through on the way to work, Hagley Park is an ideal spot so close to the CBD. With the Canterbury Museum adjacent and the Arts Centre with markets and lovely cafés just across the road from the park, it is the perfect weekend hang out for all ages.

I often head down to the park just to enjoy the colour of the floral displays in all seasons although it is the varied birdlife that always seems to draw me in.

This desktop is available in a zip with three sizes here.

Thank you for downloading my desktop.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

A Place in the Country

I found a lovely old house left to the elements on a trip out into the country recently. I thought the line of Macrocarpa trees standing behind the house, with lovely rolling hillside behind those trees gave the perfect backdrop to the old house.

Luscious fresh green of the paddocks contrast beautifully with the old dry weatherboards of the house and the rusted corrugated iron of the roof. The dry grasses in the foreground just finished the picture of the old and the new, off for me, perfectly.

Although the day turned out a beautiful day, it was a bit overcast at the time this photograph was taken.

You can find a zip file of three sizes here.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Blue sky days

Kia ora

Whilst the whole of New Zealand has been suffering with over-abundant rain and some flooding, we, down south, have enjoyed some sunshine.

Above are a few images of some beautiful scenery taken last Saturday on a day out in the Catlins...where there was cloud and some rain, and a lot of blue sky. I'd gone out with the intention of taking a few tree images for desktops, mainly because the creators in our Touch of Class group are creating desktop wallpapers featuring trees this month.

A composition of four images, in the left image, is a couple of trees lounging in the afternoon sun, beside that is one of our native pidgeons, a Kereru, sitting high in a tree, with one of our tree ferns, a punga, to the right of the image of the kereru. The image below the trees shows some cows enjoying the beautiful blue sky day.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

A Fallen Tree Desktop

Kia ora

To set off my latest desktop, I have chosen Fallen Tree in Bolton Park, Yorkshire, one of a set of bookplates from Eidodendron, Views of the general Character and Appearance of Trees, foreign and indigenous connected with Picturesque Scenery, 1827 by Henry William Burgess, of London, England. H.W. Burgess had spent some years as landscape painter to William IV of England, from 1826, a year before Eidodendron was published.

The illustrations are now in the public domain.

Information about Burgess can be found here and here.

I hope you like this rather dark desktop, I tried to do something a little bit different and used a brush by Ginny Hopping from Bunny's Attic as well as giving the desktop a more grungier feel.

You will find a zip file of three different sizes here.


Saturday, 26 July 2008

A Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Desktop

Kia ora

A new desktop from me following our theme of birds.

Billy is a sulphur crested cockatoo who lives with some friends at the Vat-t-can, near Milburn, South Otago. He is a fun bird and I have used an image of Billy that I took when he was preening himself. Billy comes out of his cage and enjoys the company of the many people from all over the world who visit at the Vat-t-can.

I hope you enjoy what I have done with this image. You will find a zip file of this desktop, in three sizes, here.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

A Thirsty Thrush

Kia ora

Finally, a new desktop from me.

As we are doing birds, cards and desktops etc in our A Touch of Class group, I thought one of my own bird images might be a good idea for a desktop.

I have chosen the common Thrush, also known as Turnagra capensis and known in Aotearoa/New Zealand as Piopio, the Māori name for this bird. The thrush in the image was drinking from the water fountain when I went over to take a drink myself...he/she seemed to dare me to drink and I chose to capture the look from this bird, instead. This photograph was taken in Hagley Park, Christchurch, recently.

You will find a zip file with three sizes here. I hope you enjoy this desktop.

Thank you.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Snowing now!

Kia ora

Today has been a real change in temperatures. After waking to a lovely blue sky day with 18°C this morning it is now 2°C and snowing and the sky is black! I could feel the change yesterday and it is here. The background colours, in the above desktop, have come from the sky in the photograph, very different from our sky now, I must say. Oh well, it is winter.

However, I found a lovely summer image of my Christmas Lilies in bloom and decided to play with making another desktop. I have carted these lilies around with me since first buying the bulbs many years ago and they seem to have enjoyed this spot along the fenceline.

You may download a zip of three sizes here. I hope you enjoy the blooms.

Thank you.

The sky above me

Kia ora

Yesterday was an amazing sky day for me. Waking to a very pretty outlook, my camera and I shot out of bed, me in my pjs, to snatch a shot of the beautiful pinks and blues of our sunrise.

The evening sky was a stunner with bright gold shades lighting up the sky. Both these photographs show the beauty of my skies...and the coming of a storm which is upon us now.

Hope you enjoy the beauty in the skies above Christchurch yesterday.

Thanks for popping in here to check anything new.

I know many of my desktops are unavailable from 4shared, because I forgot to pop in there one month and everything was deleted, however, anyone wanting me to upload anything, please let me know and I'll do so...there is an email link down the bottom of the left panel.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Pretty Pansy

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Time has flown by since doing my last desktop. This time I have used another photograph, taken by me, at Ohinetahi on the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The garden is so beautiful and varied with many types of flowers making for some lovely photographs. Believe it, or not, this pansy was on top of the compost bin and looking so fresh and lovely, I couldn't resist taking a pic. Love the colours of it, too. I used two PSP scripts for the pansy, one watercolour and the other art and combined the two, with the original, for the lefthand image, and also tubed the pansy and added in the front of the images.

I hope you like it and download this desktop, I have it on my desktop right now and am enjoying the beautiful pansy in the different ways of expression.

Thank you for downloading this new desktop, in three sizes, found here

There are some wonderful cards available on our card site, link in side panel.

And my friends have great sites and well worth a visit, you will find their links also in the side panel, some are members of our ToC group and others are not.

Thank you.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

A Busy Bee at Ohinetahi

Kia ora

I took this photograph of a very busy bee at a Garden Party at Sir Miles Warren's beautiful Ohinetahi in Governor's Bay on Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch. Many bees were seen dancing amongst the flowers that gorgeous spring day, about eighteen months ago.

The colours here are favourites of mine...taken from the image, using a tutorial of Angela Cable's for making a matte frame in Paint Shop Pro.

I wanted to say thank you to all those who come here and a desktop is one way I can do this. I hope you enjoy it.

A zip file with two sizes can be found here.

Thanks for popping into my blog...I do appreciate comments in my guestbook.

Thank you.

Thursday, 24 April 2008


Kia ora

Friday, 25 April 2008, is ANZAC Day across New Zealand and Australia. The ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, are celebrated on ANZAC Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, during World War One, and is observed as a day of commemoration for those New Zealanders who died during the campaign in 1915, and, today, includes the many returned servicemen and women from then and subsequent wars as well as those who died.

The photograph used here is one of a red Flanders poppy that grew in my garden, last year. I managed to get a photograph before all those lovely petals were lost. The poppy seed head was gathered on a trip to Alexandra in Central Otago a few years ago and each year since, many more poppies have grown in the tub.

Our card site has some lovely cards for ANZAC Day as well as many cards for any occasion.

Thanks for popping in to see my blog. Please leave a note in my guestbook if you have time.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

A day for the Irish

Kia ora

Monday is a day where anyone with a touch of Irish ancestry, and for those without, can enjoy a Guinness or two with their friends.

St Patrick's Day, 17 March...any Irish bar and music aplenty!

Come visit our graphics site and send a few cards, we have them for all occasions.

Thanks to Judy for her tutorial on the felted shape image, used above.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The leaves are beginning to fall

Kia ora

The vernal equinox is not far away, Thursday, 20 March, and autumn will quickly descend upon us, the ground will be carpeted in red, orange and yellows, so beautiful at this time of the year. Already the flowers of spring have disappeared and the bulbs are hiding away for the winter, yet to come.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be welcoming in the spring, and will be happy with Summer not far away.

Time to look at our cards for St Patrick's Day and Easter, both events occuring during this month.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

To Mother with Love

Kia ora

Mothers Day in the UK this weekend. Happy Mothers Day to all those mothers, wherever you may be.

We have some beautiful cards for our Mothers available on our card site which you can access from our Vintage Style Cards with A Touch of Class blog. Pop on over and check them out.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Kia ora

Will you get roses or chocolates this year? Yes, it's that time of the year again...Valentines Day on 14 February.

Well, I have one single rose tube, Misted_Love_Letter_Pink_Rose_RM, by Roxanne, that came to me from one of my share groups, StudioCreationsGoodies, a few days ago. I thought it so lovely that I made a composition out of it, for my blog. The heart was made using a psp shape made from a letter from Hearts Galore, a font created by Cyberbuny Creations and freely available for download from many free font sites. I used the chrome filter from Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000, now discontinued, on the heart shape to create the effect.

Lots of beautiful new Valentines Day cards available at our card site, which you can access from our Vintage Style Cards with A Touch of Class blog...pop in there and send a Valentine, as well, send a card or two to your friends.

Enjoy those roses and chocolates this year.

Have fun.

Friday, 8 February 2008

Keep your place in that book...

Kia ora

I have created some more bookmarks for you all. More with a touch of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I hope you enjoy them. The bookmarks can be printed out six to a page, which makes it easier to print them all in one go.

I hope you enjoy them...they can be picked up here.

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Some bookmarks for the readers amongst us

Kia ora

I have decided to give you something that may be useful to you. Bookmarks. I have used all my own images for these, and all of a kiwi flavour. Because some of you may not know anything of our Māori kupu, words, I have added a text file with explanations and websites to look at to gain more information. I have also added an A4 page to give some idea of how the bookmarks can be added to a page for printing purposes.

I hope they are of use to you and that you like this new direction.

Thanks for looking.

You can download a zip file of the bookmarks here.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Ann's farewell to Sir Ed

Kia ora

My good friend, Ann, has completed this beautiful composition in honour of Sir Ed. Ann's photograph shows the figure of Sir Ed against the backdrop of our tallest mountain, Aoraki/Aorangi also known as Mount Cook, this image is cropped from the original, hope you love it as much as I do.

This composition was done for one of the lessons Ann has been completing for Winni's lesson group.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

A new year

Kia ora

We have entered 2008 and it's time to refresh the blog.

The above image is one taken of gannets in the trees near Motunau Island in North Canterbury on Christmas Day 2007.

Thank you.


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