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Last Friday 4th July these two beautiful baby Rainbow budgies came home with us. The one with the yellow face I’ve called Sunshine and the blue one I’ve called Charlie. They were born 1 may 2014.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine was a bit sneezy on Monday but they were both perky enough, however on Wednesday morning Charlie started breathing hard and fast and wheezing! Although at times, he looked like everything was fine and was eating and drinking, preening and playing, when you looked under his tail you could see he was still breathing far too fast. DH phoned the avian vet and we took them both over in the afternoon. By that time Charlie’s wheezing was worse and more noisy. They were amazing in the car, I talked to them all the way and when I peeped under the cover both were sitting on the perch near me, like it was helping them.

The vet was too worried about handling them with Charlie’s breathing so fast, and they had to stay in. The vet thinks its a repertory infection of some kind given the sneezing Sunshine had exhibited previously and they would have had the condition before we brought them home but the stress of moving them to home had likely set it off.

Sunshine looked it better shape as her breathing was ok but the vet thinks she’s likely a carrier and her immune system was just stronger than Charlie’s. They needed antibiotic injections :( and would need another each day so although I was heartbroken to be parted from them so soon, it was important to do what ever would give them the best chance of survival. So they are in there till Saturday so they can be kept medicated as needed and nebulised/ crop fed if necessary. So worried for them they are so little, the shop said they were born 1 May 2014 and they looked so small in the cage, it broke my heart as they are so bonded to each other, quite tame about hands at the moment and also were just at the stage where both were taking millet from my hand through the bars, its a critical time for our bonding and taming. But I just want them fit and well.

Luckily thanks to an online forum I already knew where our nearest avian vet was, they are excellent and have treated our other birds for many years.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Please send healing thoughts and prayers for their recovery. The vet phoned Thursday morning to say no change to Charlie but only had the one dose of antibiotics yet so it was what they would expect at this point. Sunshine is still doing ok. At least Charlie made it through the night which I had worried about last night.

Billie

Always know where a proper Avian vet is BEFORE you get birds! Its heart-breaking enough when they get poorly but many vets are not highly trained for birds and the birds are very vulnerable when they get sick and need expert assistance as soon as you see issues. Birds are also very good at hiding illness, at first glance Charlie looked ok but look closer and his breathing issues were still apparent. Time is a deal breaker for weather they survive a health issue, you don’t want to be doing a search for a vet at the last minute.

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I started a new mixed media painting recently, here is how it looks so far.

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

Not sure what to do next, I’m thinking more texture and some darker tones in there, but I’m liking the tranquil colours that are already there. I want to add some thing to the left, perhaps a longer written quote. I’ve set it aside for now to see if a quote comes to me that I want to add.

Any advice for where to go next with this, play nice, don’t want to hear bin it thank you ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Remember the lovely Filofax Swift I was lucky enough to purchase just before they were discontinued? Well I discovered that Parker make one of their Jotter pens in just the same shade of green, so I quickly bought one.

Filofax Swift with colour matching Parker Jotter Pen.

Filofax Swift with colour matching Parker Jotter Pen.

Aren’t they perfect together? I found the pen on Ebay and was so pleased the colours went so well together when it arrived. Parker don’t seem to do green ink refills for the ball pen but Monteverdie do, so that will be the refill I’ll go for when the blue one runs out. Not for being OCD about matching, but because of my Irlens Dyslexia means for me its easier to read green ink colour on a white back ground ;) Quirky aren’t I.

Links

  • The Ebay UK seller I bought the pen from is Jiyalinks

Are you mad about stationary too? Is it pens, books or all of it for you? I’m a colour magpie and forgetful so I always make lots of notes so having them in a book or planner means I don’t loose endless pieces of paper.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In this weeks class I’ll show a simple way to turn your favourite acrylic colours metallic with just a few new additions to your palette.

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 9 Make your Palette Metallic.

Now you know how, what will you create with your new extended palette? Hope you are enjoying this series, do let me know in your comments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Todays mixed media background features earth tones, I intend to stamp over this background but want to scan it in to the computer first so I can use it for digital art too.

Earth tones & grunge, lots of layers for mixed media joy

Earth tones & grunge, lots of layers for mixed media joy

Paints used: Winsor & Newton Galeria

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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This week I’ll show you how to create a feathered texture for your mixed media projects.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 8 Feather Texture.

How are you getting on? Hope you are enjoying this series and have learnt some new techniques to add to your own skills. Do tell your friends about the series on your favourite social media sites. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 9.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Here are some new designs I created for my pocket Filofax, mostly diary pages but also a notes page too.

Filofax Pocket Diary Page; Washi tape style

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide 'washi tape' style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide ‘washi tape’ style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary with Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Filofax Pocket Notes Page

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Serif Craft Artist

I created these using Serif Craft Artist software. Having designed the layout framework I saved it as a layout and it meant I could then make it in Pocket size with only a few tweaks. Future pages can have colours, fonts and background page edges changed easily. Its a great way to personalise your Filofax the way you like it.

Pocket Filofax Naked Diary page layout

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Using the software I can also save my own layouts and elements as digikits which helps with future designs. Check out the links below for more information about this brilliant, versatile software. It makes great cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags but with imagination you can do so much more with it too.

Links

  • Daisy Trail This is where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of digikits to help you find papers, colourways and embellishments to create your own stunning layouts.
  • Philofaxy this is a great site that has printable layouts if you aren’t yet ready to design from scratch.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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