Friday, 31 December 2010

Seeing Red (In a Good Way)



I dig the colour red. I dig red shoes and red lipstick. Especially when it contrasts so strongly with a dark ensemble.
In a city of dark shadows, people will dress to blend in with their corporate surroundings. Then comes that startling moment, a streak of inferno. A red car zooms past. Or a woman in a red dress.
There is after all a reason why Lady in Red was a hit song.

It's a Wonderland



I will be brief. Check out the Alannah Hill website, which has been designed by Paper Stone Scissors and built by Flint Interactive. It is like a cute, modern, delightful, messy wonderland after little children have run wild in it. Simply fantastical…
www.alannahhill.com.au

Monday, 20 December 2010

Where is my art book?

Doodly Noodle: Pink Yellow Girl

Not long now. Christmas morning is almost upon us. Things are ramping up around here — getting excited about the big day. And that is just me.


There has been seeking, painting, wrapping, cutting, taping, and baking. The usual carry on for this time of year.
The one thing out of the ordinary has been the non-Australian Christmas season weather the past few days. In fact it has been cold enough to pull out the winter clothes and turn the heater on. I have wondered what it would be like to have a traditional (season wise) Christmas. I just might find out.


What else is going on? Let's see. Having a bit of down time this afternoon. Though I really would like to know where my art book went. A while back there was a lot of shifting of things around the house, what with some of the house projects going on. And now I can't find some of my art supplies. What's an artist to do? I resort to my computer doodling, which can be fun, but isn't the most natural place for me to start my work in.
Barbie Dream House, 1961
I borrowed from the library Barbie: a visual guide to the ultimate fashion doll. It's been fun flipping through the book, finding the Barbie dolls that I once owned, and following the timeline of this doll. Did you know the first Barbie doll house was made of cardboard (including the furniture) that folded down into a portable suitcase? This was wa-ay back in 1961.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Garden Dream

My garden dream is protected by moonlight.
There are a scattering of gardenias and palm trees. Rose bushes filter through amongst the tropical blooms.
The air is potently fragrant.
Is this paradise? Or is this still just a backyard?
Millions of grass blades cushion under foot as I step across the space.
Nearby, a coupling of volcanic rocks and beyond that rests a pool of water. Jasmine climbs over the rocks and conquers the wall behind.
Lit Tiki lamps dispersed around the pool do their fire dance — shimmer and glow.
The water is still.
The garden is still.
It is there in my mind. Waiting for me.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

DIY Update

The past couple of weeks have been a busy period. A lot of DIY work at home has prevented me from blogging. Partly because of the time factor, but also because the computer was unplugged for a great part of the work we had to do.
Me being back here doesn't mean the work is done, but it does mean I have some breathing space. So I thought I'd share some photos of what we've been up to.
The focus at home has been removing the old stinky carpet in the Master and replacing it with nice new shiny floorboards.
The second activity has been replacing the Living Area blinds with pretty, lined curtains. These new curtains will make a massive difference with heating and cooling in the home, particularly this summer.


Next on the agenda: There are still quite a few things to get through around the home. Namely installing some ceiling fans, hemming the new curtains (just waiting for the material to drop), fixing the tiles in the Ensuite, doing a general spring clean, improve the kitchen. Then hopefully we can begin to focus on the backyard area (Yay!). It's amazing seeing how all the work is coming together.

Finally…

… I finished the embroidery project. See below some of the progress it took.