Sunday, 20 December 2009

Mirror Me

This is how I see myself as today.

Sunday Doodling

Archive Sunday






Years ago I was the graphic designer for a band named Dekker. Their history was rife with disappearing drummers, dealing with dodgy publicans, and the occasional rip off artist/crazy person. On the plus side they had fun trying to write good songs, and I got to begin my experimentations with Photoshop and Illustrator. Above are just examples of my artwork from between 2004 through to 2007 for the band that was Dekker.

To join in with Archive Sunday, simply leave a link below relating to something from your past history, whether it be a photo, art or an old journal entry, or anything else you can think of.


Saturday, 19 December 2009

Meme: My Place & Yours

This week's theme for My Place & Yours (Meme courtesy of Meet Me At Mikes; Theme courtesy of Sandra) is ‘The Me Wardrobe’.

In the above photo I am wearing some of my favorite pieces — my Roxy hat, a very old, pilled Miss Shop shirt, plus a lushious purple Roxy jacket. Admittedly my look screams Marty McFly meets Star Trek.

Honestly I'll be devestated when these clothes are no longer wearable. But hopefully that will be a very long way off into the future.

Something For My Arms

I am thinking of designing something that can provide protection to my arms and hands for when doing things like driving in my car. It is summer time and there is only so much protection sunscreen can offer my sensitive skin. So I need a mini jacket that can be worn with anything (even with office attire).

Messy Messy Mess

I have been back at the office this past week, so I am experiencing creative withdrawal. Not the best feeling in the world, so I thought I would do some doodling.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Just Another Boring Note

Not much to say or report this week. I have returned to my full time job, which means my blogging will be a bit infrequent for a while. 

Therefore I hereby move Archive Friday and rename it Archive Sunday.

Over and out.

Monday, 14 December 2009

And the Winner is…


Sorry this blog entry is so short, but I've got to make this quick, because I am getting ready for work.

The winner of the Emjie giveaway is (drum roll please) — Redness.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Happy Birthday Vince


Today was my B-I-L's Birthday and I made him this card. In case you can't already tell, he does enjoy a drink, or two, or three.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Archive Friday


1992

Can you believe I still have this piece of paper. I wrote this poem in the early weeks of grade seven (my first year of high school). I liked writing poetry in those days. My poems were small and silly but I remember it being a therapeutic process.

This particular poem was the best of my work from those days. I was inspired by the short story of the Headless Horseman. As ghost stories go this one is still an old favorite.

When my poem was printed out, Dad helped to decorate the piece of paper by carefully burning the edges.

In recollection, a girl at school told me that her father said that the poem was too sophisticated for a kid to write, and believed that I had copied another poem and changed a few words. I remember feeling gutted when I was told this. Eighteen years later in reflection, I still think it is a terrible thing for anyone to say of a child, though… in an awful way it kind of was a compliment.

If you would like to play along with Archive Friday and share something from your past (art, photo, or an old journal entry) then leave a link below…


Fantastic news! I have added another product to my Etsy store. It is a shoulder purse bag and is the perfect thing for girls. It is a freeform knitted design with a soft cushy lined centre, and has the coolest celtic buttons.

To view this product, simply click on this link.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

My Creative Space...


Over the weekend I actually finished my zine — Hoo-rah! For which there is an actual giveaway. Click here to find out more.

I have since continued some old freeform knitting, which started out as a pillow case, and has now become a bag (see above photo). It isn't finished yet. I am thinking of lining it and including some decorative features.

And now I am thinking, thinking, thinking about future projects.

Check out what other people have been up to at Kootoyoo. I am off now to create some pancakes.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Some Like It Hot… But Then Again, Not

Herein is a response to one of my fave rave bloggers — Loobylu, and her Meme: The Hot & Not List.

Smoking Hot:
  1. I finished making my zine which is available at Etsy and Sticky. I am also hosting a giveaway to celebrate this lil’ book of mine.
  2. Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow — such a wonderful film. I love the genre, lighting and artwork.
  3. No matter what, I have a high regard the illustrative work of Catalina Estrada. Her work is so festive and detailed.

So Not:
  1. Never mind the Nazi Soupman. I have met a Nazi lollypop man who declared I had no right to stop a bus by pressing the button to get a green pedestrian light. WTF!!! The man puts the convenience of drivers first — I think the man needs to reread his job description.
  2. Maternity leave is coming to a close. Back to the office next week. I will miss my Gwennie and having to avoid the stresses of office politics. :(

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Emjie Giveaway



I have fabulous and relieving news to share — I finally finished making my zine Emjie (Issue 3). A limited run of my zine, is now available in my Etsy shop.

To celebrate I am hosting a giveaway — the prize being one signed copy of my lovely zine.

To go into the draw for this special lil’ book you can do one or all of the following:
  1. Become a follower on my blog.
  2. Mention and link to this giveaway in one of your blog entries.
  3. Mention and link to this giveaway on Twitter.
For each of the above requirements leave a comment here to let me know when you have done any one of these items, so your entry/ies are entered into the draw.
Also, people who are already followers of my blog, automatically go into the draw for this competition.
This giveaway will be drawn on Sunday 13th December, 2009.

So why not take a gander at my Etsy store at:

And while you are at it, feel free to visit my Red Bubble site where there are lots of lovely cards, shirts and wall art for sale:

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Great Blinking Flights of Fire

Today I really want to talk to you about a fellow blogger who has being capturing my attention of late. Her name is Bec, and her lovely blog is Blinking Flights.


For those unfamiliar with Bec's work she handcrafts these really cute dolls and to boot — is a wonderful illustrator.

The thing that I like about Bec's style is the innocent, childlike quality. Her dolls are so cheerful and unique, especially as each comes with a swing tag character profile. Guaranteed — no two dolls will ever be the same.

Now, Bec has an online store that you can visit, if you follow this link. So check it out and you will find heaps of wonderful toys that would make an excellent gift for anyone — boy and girl; young and old.

My Creative Space...

This week my creative space has been about Xmas. I have begun making Christmas presents. So far I have crocheted Morris the Panda from Meet Me At Mike's craft book. I also made a lovely bug necklace.

Last week it was my husband's Birthday and I made a ‘to get fat for’ chocolate cake. We have had a slice every night after dinner this past week, and the consequence is that I am consuming more energy than I am actually burning. So now I am going to take it easy on the sugary food… for a week or two. Plus I am fitting in a Carmen Electra DVD, which really makes  you work up a sweat.

And of course there is the zine. The bloody zine! — that sorry saga continues.

To catch up with other fulfilling and worthwhile creative spaces, simply visit the Kootoyoo blog.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Artistic Play

This is an unplanned piece of artwork. Hmmm! This is actually pretty cool. I think I'll add it to my Red Bubble profile.

Archive Friday

It was 12th November 2004, and I had written a small poem inspired by a photo taken way back in 1983.

This is the photo…


This was the poem…

Tiny brown haired girl
Mighty brown skinned boy
Fight a battle, struggling
To have more of Auntie’s legs
Both wanted more
Both wanted all
Both wanted to
Bump the other off
Who will win the battle
For Auntie’s legs?


I actually remember when this photo was taken. My cousin, Peter, and I were fighting each other for more leg room on Aunty's lap. We were both strong willed baby kids and seemed to be constantly at loggerheads with each other. I think this photo just says it all.

Would you like to join in with my Archive Friday meme and share something old?


Thursday, 26 November 2009

My Creative Space...


My creative space this week has involved scrap booking, crochet work and desktop publishing. More specifically…

I have been working on my baby's scrapbook. I have put this off for such a long time so now there is real lot to do. Roughly 11 months of scrap booking here.

After much silent cursing I have finally caught on to the crochet instructions, so that I can create a panda. Hooray! So far I have succeeded in making the head. Hooray-Hooray!!

On the weekend I finished crocheting (freeform) a Legend of Zelda coin purse for my enthusiastic husband, as you can see below.


As for the desktop publishing… I must say the zine I am working on currently is a source of discontentment at the moment. I do not have enough ideas circulating. And the ideas that I do have, I have doubts that other people will be interested enough to read. And so it continues. Oh well.

Well that's all from me for now. Why not wander over to Kootoyoo and take a gander at other interesting creative spaces.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New French Country


Recently I borrowed a fabulous book from the library — New French Country: A Style and Source Book by Linda Dannenberg.

I highly recommend this book to almost anyone as it can appeal and be a handy resource to a wide and varied spectrum of people. Such as crafters, historians, interior designers, gardeners, people simply wanting inspiration to redecorate their own home, francophiles. It also goes without saying (though I am going to anyway), New French Country is a wonderful choice as a coffee table book.

New French Country provides a cross section of current country style within Provence* (a region in France's South East). Let me say, as one who has been long seeking just the right inspiration for redesigning my home, and coming up short, finding this book in the library has provided me with the perfect solution.

The photos in New French Country portray a country style with an elegance which sometimes seems to be missing in the modern home. In today's world where so much of what we own is mass produced, a lot of intricate detail is missing. But back in the old days to have something made — a cabinet, a quilt, you name it — quite a bit of time and craftmanship went into the product.

To recap, coming across a book like New French Country truly is like finding Leprechaun's bucket of gold. I'll definitely add New French Country to my Christmas wish list, because I just know it'll be a difficult day when I return this book to the library.

* Did you know? When the Romans conquered Provence in the 2nd Century BC they named the area Provincia Nostra, which means ‘our province’. So the name in French then became Province. 

Monday, 23 November 2009

Mondo Notion


… as Michelangelo (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle)would say. Last week we had homemade pizza for dinner and it was good the first night, and simply awesome come the second time we made the pizza.

The goal my husband and I have over the coming months is to perfect the pizza process. A good pizza has lots of topping, without being sloppy. Has a light base that isn't dry and won't give you IBS*.

Check out last week's pizza in the above photo. It didn't take long to demolish the pizza. And just look at the lovely plate. This is my favourite plate and it is the only one of it's kind that we have in our collection. My husband knows to always let me use this plate.


*Irritable bowel syndrome.

Green Success

The other day I finished crocheting a coin bag for my husband. This bag is a Birthday treat, and he absolutely loves it. I am now attempting another crochet project. This time it is of a Panda.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Meme: My Place & Yours


The theme this week for Meet Me At Mike's Meme: My Place and Yours is… My Collection.

Ever since I was a child I have always been collecting something. I would go through phases, sometimes only for a few weeks, and other times for a few years.

Since the age of nine I have been a stamp collector. There are no rules or a limit to my collection. I am attracted to bright colours, antique, and even international stamps. I like stamps because they say a little something about our history — politics, economics, and especially culture.

As long as there are stamps my collection will be ongoing. And one day my collection will be passed on to my offspring.

My collection has never been valued, though I suspect there are some real treasures in the collection. Some of my stamps date back to WWII era. I especially love the modern Australian stamps as AustPost goes to a lot of effort to make our stamps so bright and cheerful.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Where I Am

I am busy juggling a few things at the moment.
  • I am trying to crochet a panda at the moment — a hair pulling experience for a beginner who struggles with written instruction.
  • Still working on my zine — this activity is moving at a slothful rate. Partly because I want it to be picture perfect when it is done.
  • I am developing a character (The Gwendo) who likes to ride her skate board. Not fully certain where I'll go with this idea as I have only just begun fleshing out this one.
Ciao for now.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Archive Friday: The Beach

Here are some old photos I took way back in 2003. These photos were taken around the Bayside shores, very close to Mentone. A few years back I went through a stage of taking heaps of photos. I was obsessed with the beach scene and was a sometime photographer for a band then-called Dekker.





I think “Archive Friday” will become a new blogging theme for me. Each Friday as a wind down activity to the weekend, I will put out very old examples of past work, whether it be photography or art journal notes. And won't you join in?

If you wish to join in “Archive Friday” simply leave a link, or comment below, linking back to your blog entry.


The World At Your Feet

I took this photo way back in 2003 (I was 24 years of age). Don't ask me why, but for a time I loved the idea of taking photos of my feet in different settings.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Indeed I am…

… a lucky thing.


Just now in the mail I received the above book, Cupcakes and Muffins: Collectors Edition. This lovely book of scrumptious cake treats was a prize giveaway, recently hosted by the generous Jenaveve of August Street: Tales of a Seamstress.

It really is a fantastic book. The layout is very easy to follow, plus very pretty. Just by opening the book I feel like I have uncovered the secrets of the Mad Hatter. What a great excuse to have a tea party.

Thank you Jenaveve!

I am actually crocheting!


My husband's birthday is just around the corner. So for his Birthday I am crocheting a coin purse for him.

Since childhood, Michael has been a hardcore fan of The Legend of Zelda. So this will be the inspiration for the coin purse. The purse will be a drawstring pouch which will latch onto trousers.

I found just the right coloured yarn and have begun making the little coin purse.


Monday, 16 November 2009

This Is So Totally Lovely


Through reading one of my favourite blogs One Crafty Mama, I learnt about a lovely Japanese stationery store, which has in fact set up here in Australia. It is called Kyoto General Store, and if you are even a bit like me you will dote on the cuteness on offer.

So visit Kyoto General Store at www.kyotogeneralstore.com.

Meme: My Place & Yours


So, this week's theme for Meme: My Place & Yours (as hosted by the enchanting Pip of Meet Me At Mikes)is… “Through the Front Door”.


My family's inner sanctum is like a child. It displays an ecclectic collection of ‘things’, is constantly changing, will always have/need room for improvement, and has such enormous potential. I love it.

In the above photos, this is our actual front door. Is it not lovely, with it's decorative birds? One day hubby and I hope to paint the door  a TARDIS blue (British police box).

Don't Stop the Dance

I am pleased to announce that I have a new piece of art for sale over at Red Bubble. It is my The Dancer illustration which is available on a variety of backdrops, including:
  • shirt
  • card
  • matted print
  • laminated print
  • mounted print
  • canvas print
  • framed print
  • poster
If you are looking for wonderful, one of a kind gift ideas then look no further than my artwork over at Red Bubble. Simply follow this link to reach my Red Bubble profile and find out what other lovelies are for sale.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Artist Exchange



This week I participated in an Artist Exchange, and my recipient happens to be Evie of the Handmade Romance blog.

I gave Evie canvass art, 2 Emjie zines, plus a little zig-zag notebook.

Now for my embarrassing admittance: The canvass art should have been titled The Dancer. However at the time of writing at the bottom of the canvass I had another one of my art pieces on my brain. So Evie, if you are reading this, the artwork I gave you really is a one of a kind.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Yes! It Is A Giveaway


Guess what!?! I just learnt that Sweet Tidings blog is hosting a gorgeous giveaway which is sponsored by Christina's. To find out more about this lovely prize simply follow this link.

New Piece of Sweet Art


I have a new piece of art available for sale at Red Bubble. To find out more about it, simply follow this link.

My Creative Space...



This week has been about my zine. It of course has been slow progress, as there are so many things to think about at the moment. But I'll get there.

I just finished reading The Book of Tomorrow (written by Cecelia Ahern) which I had won through a giveaway hosted by Woolly Wotnots. It was a fantastic read, and highly recommend it to adults and mature teenagers.

I have been invited to take part in an artist swap, so that is something high on my agenda. Of course I will talk more about this at a later occasion once I have done my part in the swap.

To read other lovely creative spaces simply visit Kootoyoo.