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Finally got around to updating this to a less clashing colour scheme! 
I absolutely adore what the wavecrest saturnalia is spitting out so far though oh man. It’s such a hugely variable theme compared to other months, I love seeing different interpretations even if their skill level in skins isn’t very high yet! Points for enthusiasm
This is Taonga Moana! Ocean Treasure, based on paua/abalone shells. 

Guard Me Through The Day - Protection charm bag

After what’s been happening in Manchester and now currently London. I needed something that would help me feel not only protected but less anxious when I leave the house.

Ingredients

⚔️ Black salt in a wee bottle - For protection and to ward negative energy
⚔️ Sharks tooth - For protection and guarding
⚔️ Jet - Helps to draw out negative energy and provides protection. It can also help alleviate fears.
⚔️ Black tourmaline - Provides protection
⚔️ Paua shell - To help with anxiety and stress (This is optional)
⚔️ A black bag - This should be small enough to carry around with you but big enough to hold the items

Put all the ingredients into the bag and carry it with you. If you put it in your bag, check it before you leave - I keep mine where I put my keys and travel card so whenever I see it or feel it, I feel protected.

 The thickness of each successive layer of mother of pearl is equivalent to the wavelength of visible light, so the staggered layering of the nacre allows different wavelengths of light to penetrate and reflect off of it from different angles. This is what causes that almost supernatural change of colors as a piece is tilted and viewed from different angles.

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East Cape: Lottin Point to Tolaga bay
It was a surprisingly warm night in the car (finally!) and in the morning I got up early and they let me sit in on the truck up to where they were working so I didn’t even have to walk all the way up the hill. The view from the top was amazing, over the bays on one side and the mountains on the other. I walked most of the way down (well, about half since the tractor was heading back that way at around the same time ;) ) and it was such a warm day that I was actually hot by the time I made it to the beach, and decided to go for a swim!

Not my finest idea, I didn’t say in long but the water was beautifully clear and it definitely woke me up ;) I was exploring the beach after and I ran into two guys de shelling Paua shells after a diving session, and it turned out to be the two forestry guys from the road the day before! They hadn’t gone out fishing in the end, but had come up for shellfish instead. It’s a small country! :)

I had a quick shower to warm up, then headed off again. Instead of going to my planned campsite at Te Araroa (about 20km of gravel away from the lighthouse) Troy told me about an alternative site, 16km down the road. That equated to about another half an hour in bed, so I headed out there. It was a bit back of beyond, just a field by the beach really, and there were two hours of rain during the night in which I briefly thought I might be stuck out there, but it all cleared up nicely and I managed to wake up in time to drive out and climb the 800 steps.

Not sure I got the first sun in the world, since there was a solid belt of cloud on the horizon delaying the actual sunrise by about 15mins, but it was a nice location anyway and I’ve been meaning to watch the sunrise over the sea since - oh - the east coast of Australia, so it was a good incentive to actually get up and moving for it!

After that I drove down the next part of the east Cape road. This section was a lot more inland, definitely a less interesting drive. I stopped at a church that was a fascinating fusion of Christian and Maori culture, and then at a few bays with a couple of historic buildings. In the afternoon I made it to Araoa bay where there was a DOC hike. It was up in the trees where the sun hadn’t reached to dry out the night’s rain, but it was a decent enough bush walk and nice to get out of the car for a while before heading to camp at Tolaga bay. At least, that was what I thought before I had to spend the next three days drying out my hiking boots!

GIVEAWAY for hitting 300k on my personal Instagram  http://instagram.com/kristinawebb_ So I went a little overboard with the shopping and decided that I had enough stuff for 3 giveaways.. so yes the things in the picture above will be split into 3 separate giveaways. They are all pretty even I think :)  Now this giveaway is available for anyone worldwide! I’m more than happy to ship anywhere!  I won’t be announcing winners until 3 days after this post (I’m not going to say a date because it just gets confusing because of timezones)  The ways I am going to choose the 3 people who win is a little different than most giveaways because there are going to be three different ways of winning. 1.I’m going to choose one person who reposts the ‘Giveaway’ picture that is on my personal instagram and tags me, then hashtags it to #kristinagiveaway on instagram. You can repost as many times as you like :) After three days I’m going to get my mum to pick someone completely randomly! (for the people who are on private you could either make your account public for the 3 days I’ll be choosing or do one of the next things I’m going to say :) ) 2. Another way one person is going to win is by commenting on one of my photos on my personal instagram account about how I have possibly helped/inspired you in anyway (If I have) or basically just your story about how you found me/why you follow me/like my drawings (If you do). I will screenshot all the lovely ones that really stand out to me and choose one of them at the end. 3. For the last prize I’m going to decide on one follower who stands out to me and has supported me alot, reposted my pictures, spammed me with likes and just been a truly amazing follower  (There are so many of you and this is going to be very difficult but don’t worry if you don’t get picked this time because I’m planning on doing lots more give-aways from now on!) Obviously if you do all three of the things above you have a higher chance! :) I’ve done it this way so someone chosen randomly gets a prize, someone that has commented something that means a lot to me gets a prize and someone who I personally think really deserves a prize gets a prize :)  I haven’t figured out which of the three above winners are going to get which prize but trust me they are all pretty similar! so its no biggie :D I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS Prize One: 1.I will follow on both @colour_me_creative and @kristinawebb_ 2.Hand-written letter 3.Sketch pad of drawing paper (the exact paper I use for practically every drawing on @colour_me_creative) 4.A twenty pack of Staedtler fineliner pens (these are the exact pens I used for drawing on the two starbucks cups) but its a brand new packet of course 5.A twenty pack of Staedtler fibre-tip pens (much like the fineliners but thicker and more like felt-tips) 6.A five pack of Staedtler metallic markers  7.Extra gold and a silver Staedtler metallic markers 8.Two Staedtler mechanical pencils (Now these aren’t just any mechanical pencils.. I am in love with them! these are what I use when I draw hair on any black and white drawing of mine.) One has a lead that is 0.5mm, and the second is 0.3mm which is TINY and perfect for detail. 9.Extra lead for both mechanical pencils above 10.The 'Art ideas’ book with the handmade cover, with a little message inside and signed  11.A flower crown I made myself when I was about 15 years old 12.Body shop lipgloss in the favour 'Strawberry’ which is what I personally use almost every day (a brand new one though of course!) 13.A New Zealand Paua shell heart locket necklace I picked out 14.Three signed prints 15.Ten small square prints of 2014 drawings with my 10 favourite inspirational quotes hand-written on the back 16.A sketch pad of Black paper (really fun to draw on with the metallic markers) 17.A pack of cute Rose stickers 18.A little container of glittery sparkly things I handpicked (really random) but there are like pretty beads, rhinestones and sequin things inside 19.Pinapple lumps (these are a New Zealand kind of chocolate lolly that is really yummy!) Prize Two: 1.I will follow your account on both @colour_me_creative and @kristinawebb_ 2.A twenty pack of Staedtler fineliner pens (these are the exact pens I used for drawing on the two starbucks cups) but its a brand new packet of course!  3.A twenty pack of Staedtler fibre-tip pens (much like the fine liners but thicker and more like felt-tips) 4.A five pack of Staedtler metallic markers  5.Extra gold and a silver Staedtler metallic markers 6.Two mechanical pencils (Now these aren’t just any mechanical pencils.. I am in love with them! these are what I use when I draw hair on any black and white drawing of mine.) One has a lead that is 0.5mm, and the second is 0.3mm which is TINY and perfect for detail, they both are! 7.Extra lead for both mechanical pencils above 8.My own copy of the 'Divergent’ book with a message to the winner inside 9.A sketch pad of Black paper (really fun to draw on with the metallic markers) 10.Two signed prints 11.Ten small square prints of 2014 drawings, all signed  12.Jewellery box with things in it such as.. 13.Sunglass earrings from @vintagelookschic on instagram  14.A shell necklace that I have had since I was 5years old from when I lived in Vanuatu  15.Pink bracelet 16.Sparkly white glitter 17.Diamond ornament (not real diamond of course) 18.A pack of cute stickers  19.One smaller print 20. A Staedtler purple hibiscus pen 21. A handwritten note  Prize Three: 1.Follow on both @colour_me_creative and @kristinawebb_ 2.A twenty pack of Staedtler fineliner pens (these are the exact pens I used for drawing on the two starbucks cups) but its a brand new packet of course!  3.A twenty pack of Staedtler fibre-tip pens (much like the fine liners but thicker and more like felt-tips) 4.A five pack of Staedtler metallic markers  5.Extra gold and a silver Staedtler metallic markers 6.Two mechanical pencils (Now these aren’t just any mechanical pencils.. I am in love with them! these are what I use when I draw hair on any black and white drawing of mine.) One has a lead that is 0.5mm, and the second is 0.3mm which is TINY and perfect for detail, they both are! 7.Extra lead for both mechanical pencils above 8.My own copy of 'The fault in our stars’ book with a message to the winner inside 9.12 pack of oil pastels 10.Ten small square prints of 2014 drawings, all signed  11.two larger prints, signed 12.Small jewellery box  13.A pack of cute stickers  14.A New Zealand Paua shell necklace that I have loved and worn for a long time and hope you like!   15.White sparkly glitter 16.Blue bracelet 17.An 'I love you’ stone 18.Three smaller prints,signed 19.A small watercolour sketch pad 20.Some paper flower decorations 21. Personal little note
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Wand prototype 1.

 Not a serious wand ,just a bit of fun !

My Brother in Law gave my wife a list of presents he thought we could make up for the family and one of the items was a wand ,  not ever having made a wand before  I thought oh yes  I’d love to make up a wand  and got a little carried away . 

This version was made up from hazel wood that had been strangled by honey suckle that I cut down some years back , the twists left by the creeper now house a length of copper wire to help ‘earth the power ’ from the Paua shell trigger.

Before it was stained dark I inscribed some incantations  you know the usual fire , ice ,wind , air, frog etc and then rubbed it back with some wire wool for an aged effect and then suddenly thought oh its for my 3 year old Niece ,er perhaps its a little on the dark side !!!  

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