Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family Album

So after yesterday's balmy summer temperatures of 35 degrees, today was a lot cooler and more suited to play time. Ten year-old Miss R and I got out our toys and took some photos... I had been looking at various calendar designs, but hadn't decided - always the 'not enough room to write' or 'yes, but not quite right' or " i should do my own - but don't want to type all the dates'. So ready to paste my discount coupon into the cart i stayed home and clicked on Snapfish digital printing - before i knew where i was i had ordered myself a calendar for 2009 for $20.

Finders, and well, keepers...


Last weekend on my travels i braved storms and torrents (well, about 30cm of water gushing really fast along the gutter).. to go to our local second hand book fair. One of my bargains was a 1957 edition of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff in Japanese!!! for $2. WOW - featuring my favourite muted colour palette.
Also for 50 cents Panda at the Seaside was also mine (seen here top right).. published in 1982 by Oda Taro it features wonderful (ie: cutesy, bold and graphic) illustrations.
This weekend also saw the Finders Keepers market in Sydney, now I'm sorry that my neck hurt and i couldn't carry my camera to show you the new space - which was excellent - high ceilings, not toooo squishy. But here is a list of who was there. One of the pieces that caught my eye was the red typewriter above from Lino Creative. But to make up for no photos here is a link to her colourful work here and some more here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oh deer - Christmas self promo!

Ok, so i think it was fun.. coming up with this years' design - sometime in October when i realised that i'd better get on to it. And of course it all works well as a little set. The heart badge keeps on reminding that special someone that you care.. aahhh.
This design is a combination of painted, stamped (cut by hand) and digital illustration, all professionally printed. The green + brown (below) reindeer was also a handmade rubber stamp - lovingly carved.

But what i want to know is: do other people have to take their Etsy shots having quickly charged all over the house looking for the last bit of sunlight, while bringing in the washing before it rains, running a bath for the kids and making sure the roast veggies don't burn??? wouldn't want to think it was just me...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

On my desk


This is on my desk at the moment. Faythe Levine decided to travel the U.S making a documentary (for release in 2009) about the rise of craft and DIY. It has 24 creative people that have been interviewed in the book - some of them well known like Jenny Hart, Jill Bliss or Jennifer Perkins and perhaps some lesser known.
While it doesn't reveal anything new - it's like having a little portal available. Something that helps you travel to 'that' world for as long as it takes to have a nice cup of tea - or to take 5 minutes out. Occasionally it's also nice to step away from the computer.. although if you do want the multimedia experience listen to Alison Lee from Craftcast interviewing Faythe here. or to find out more about the move go here..

Have a creative week..

Out and about

Hello, hope you had a good week?
Last weekend i managed to go from Friday evening to Sunday evening without leaving the house (the other members of the household - including the cats, came and went)... some may think that odd or even slightly sad, no matter. I got things done. BUT This weekend was all about getting out and about, chatting, looking, catching up. It works for me - staying home creating. I find it can be quite meditative - so when i do go out, I find that i am more 'in the moment' rather than feeling like I'm on a rollercoaster trip, or resenting missed creative time!
One of my catch-ups was our altered book swap. Here is my latest edition of the 'book swap' I had the ever-so-scarey 1950's cookbook - which always seems like a daunting little number to alter..But suddenly when i read the Practical Work section which was all about collecting sets of saucepans and comparing prices - it hit me! Enid Blyton's Mr Saucepan man.. so that was the inspiration for him. The other page mentioned pot holders and the 'correct material' and how to stitch them together to make them last longer. So then i found myself stitching a tiny weeny quilted oven mit. AAaaahh!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Time to market

In other news ... yesterday was a day in, packaging up Dudley bits and pieces for the Balmain art and craft show in Sydney next weekend. I made a few more of these - my Anti-procrastination brooches..Useful for anyone you know? If you are in Sydney next weekend Nov 8-9 drop into the Father John Therry Primary School, 2 Eaton Street Balmain.

So before i sign off for another week.. recently i was tagged by the lovely Katie and Anna Laura, here goes at attempting some response.. firstly,
The rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Mention the rules.
- Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular thoughts/ramblings/details about yourself.
- Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
- Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.


Here goes:

1) Sometimes i wonder if I met me for the first time, would i think my name suited me?

2) When i was about ten i would turn my room into a museum (particularly involving a shop) and thought about being a curator when i grew up.

3) When i found out i was expecting twins it felt like i had won lotto - like something amazing that i didn't think would ever happen to me!

4) I do like a bit of singing and dancing. The first musical i ever saw was Annie. My favourite musical is Rent. I absolutely hated the movie Chicago.

5) When i was 12 i won a colouring in competition in the Sunday paper - the prize was a family day out including passes to the aquarium, waterworks and lunch. Back then it seemed so far away - now it's ten minutes down the road.

6) I wish i didn't think about my hair or food so much.

I am tagging my new friend at talk to the wind as i think i have passed this on to everyone else before..BUT
if you're keen to volunteer please raise your hand now...

Steggie on


Hello, how was your week? enjoy Halloween? nothing like wandering the streets in 35 degree heat.. around this Sydney neighbourhood watermelon and ice blocks were also being handed out...
So I finished off my 'new thing' my Stego-sore-us - complete with Band-aid for his sore, ahhhh. So while he is headed to a lucky two year old i was inspired to paint some Stegs also.. I did a limited editon of 5. A5 in size on canvas - with stitching and a felt band aid.. ready to ship and frame...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

market forces

The week that was .. day job: designing a feature on food in Montreal, weeknights: trying to catch up with friends, weekend: boys at scout camp, girls: singing, dancing, crafting, movies, out and about. perfect.
So our visit was to the Danks Street festival which incorporated the PYD designer market. well. it was PACKED! seething with people - no tarmac to be seen.. full of food, produce, art and design.
Here is what i found:

I couldn't resist buying the adorable fabric panel sheep from feed the dog, (above, top). I would've loved the apron dress from the naively chic Nell.. go see her website - she truly has beautiful work..as she says "from Paris to Sydney.. (above, left). I also spotted some funky felt bits from 0049 design.. and some punchy artwork from prado-marin.
Sydney finally remembered it was Spring, so decided to let the sun shine.
The street was blocked off, the galleries opened, the people swarmed.. I hope they also made it into the 'cooler' indoor market too.
While us girls high-tailed it home - with a few hours left to create... more on that later..
Enjoy your week too.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Theme pack


Due to various life forces i haven't really been in 'the shop' much.. but today i put together a few 'Found in Japan' packs. Which include my zine, printed note card + cute little badge on it's own gift tag. The image was a stamp I cut, printed with ink, then digitally collaged. Find it by clicking on my Etsy link or through madeit.
ps - it was pointed out to me that comments could only be left on my blog with a google id, i have now changed that so anyone can say hi.. have a great week!

Swatch what you ask for...

So a bit more on the 'new room'. Some detailing: putty in the holes, painting the window frames, skirting boards and selecting new colour for the feature wall... So off to the hardware store on Saturday morning we went...
All i can say was poor little Lou, all on his own at the paint counter.. 9am and TWO female graphic designers trying to custom mix their own swatches. Why is it that the colour you want doesn't exist AT ALL?
Poor Lou, he perserved while we knocked back his efforts - until after a little more ochre (for her) and a little more black for me (and feeling slightly pressured by the possibility of queue rage) we took our tins and left..
This was after yesterdays painting.. it's lovely as the light changes too.. pinboards, curtains and blinds next..

Sunday, October 12, 2008

art of the countryside...

It's been a great two weeks holiday, it took me days to disconnect from work and the usual routine, but it was worth it - to get to the other side. After mentally beating myself up (in a relaxed holiday way) for wanting to 'create' something as a result of my exile at the farm... today i did these little works. I really wanted to get out the sewing machine - but knew i wouldn't really have the time and was limited by the materials i had. These were digitally collaged using the 'swatch' fabric scraps i found in the bins at reverse garbage (see earlier post).
I think i'd like to print them on 'nice' art paper..
oh well back to my other life.. have a good week! I hope you enjoyed the sharing..


Saturday, October 11, 2008

The farm



So here it is. Millamolong Station, a snap shot: Wattle cottage - one of the accommodation options on the property and where we stayed. Miss R going off to her first day of pony camp. (Alright for some!) The lush green paddocks that stretch for miles... aahhh.

Holiday de- brief part 2.


The first part of our trip was the Toy & Railway Museum at Leura. That's the house (above), furnished with the original 1900's interior it also houses the most wonderful collection of toys from the last hundred years. Everything from tin toys to dolls, games and books, boats and planes. It was truly incredible and worth a visit if you are over that way and haven't been .. Unfortunately even if you say you work for a magazine they won't let you take photos..
And in the garden you'll find model railways, signage and train memorabilia. The garden itself was also gorgeous and reminded me of my childhood visits to 'gardens' with my grandparents in England. Across the road is an amazing view of the Blue Mountains - worth the $2 turnstile fee - which goes further if you all huddle close and go through together... Lunch was truly worth a lookout, the family are seated at Solitary Kiosk, a great alternative to the main street...

Back from the bush..

So this is what happened.
Last Saturday morning, as i packed the groceries for our week away, then my clothes, then the kids clothes, did a quick check around the house - I kept thinking of what i should take to work on creatively.. fabric? (but what, EXACTLY?) books? (but what, EXACTLY?) small project? (but what, EXACTLY?)..
then - quick!! Time to get in the car and go...

So there i was, on a 10,000 acre property almost 5 hours from Sydney with no fabric, no books, no small projects.
But what i did find was TIME.

No books, no inspiration to flick through, no computer, no previously cleverly constructed idea - that just needs following through.. Nothing in the bag, JUST TIME. The irony of it all...

No cute little images, no gorgeous whimsical designs, no textile ideas. JUST TIME and vast amounts of nothing. How can this happen to me? Can i go with this? Can i battle through the pain? the agony, the DESPAIR.
Then it occurs to me...

I can doodle in my cute little moleskines, get out the frustration... ignore the voice that says "you can't draw, and you don't DO cartoons.' No, just push through, keep going... after all you have no alternative.
So off i went walking round the countryside, taking shots... of ... everything..

So a photographic snapshot will soon follow..
It was an amazing property - such vastness and isolation. I was also lucky to get in some riding (which did fill a couple of afternoons too!)
So what do you do on holiday, has this happened to you?
So busy and not enough time to pack-a-project?
What was your solution, or can you just 'let go!'
I'd love to hear..


Friday, October 3, 2008

Hello! Hello! Hello! Here I am! currently it's 10pm, 28 degrees and the sky is rumbling with thunder.. and my legs are stuck to the chair. .. BUT I thought - i must at least say hello! A good friend recently reminded me that my blog doesn't have to be like the magazine i work on - with deadlines and regularity.. Well that made me feel better..
The last few weeks I've dealt with a sick household - me having tonsillitis, all the end of term stuff, then getting ready to go on 2 weeks holiday from work. (Ok - big lightening - let's hope i get to finish this)..
But why does it take so long to get through: new school shoes, sorting out the clothes drawers, dropping off to Vinnies the outgrown stuff (why is parking so difficult there??), haircuts, groceries, endless trips to the recycling bin outside... yesterday I managed to 'just sit down'. (My mother always said that when we walked in: "oh, I've just this minute sat down...) When do i get to do what I want to do! How modern, how selfish. But yet, how completely necessary!! (oh. sorry this has turned into rambling)
ps - We (the kids and I) did manage at least one holiday movie - this was Master Redhead's Wall-E. Just from memory.. I was impressed..

Last weekend (should've checked weather report before leaving the house) we battled extreme October heat and visited 'Reverse Garbage'. It's basically where commercial waste can end up. Fantastic! Bins and tubs of plastic, fabric, paper, containers - all sorts of stuff really. Here is a small snapshot of part of my find. I then spent an hour taking lots of sample fabric from its' cardboard... but entirely worth it I'm sure.. the only thing missing was the bin that said 'spare time.'


Aah yes - so a couple of weekends ago I did manage to try my own felt at home - it was most excellent! Kind of like painting with fluff really. And last Sunday these 2 items were created .. a felt flower brooch, and Charlie the Dog... both of which ( a limited few first editions) are now on their way to the lovely Dora in Tasmania who will be hosting some of Dudley's work at the Mother's Market in Hobart next weekend. Pop over to Dick and Dora for more information...
So then I asked Miss R - 'can you take a photo of Dudley on his holiday?' This was what she came up with.. Dudley reading How to relax. Do you think she's hinting? It's now 10.34pm the rain drizzled out and stopped. The lightening has moved away, I'm still a little warm.. BUT we are off to the countryside for a few days. A farm stay, mountains on the way. I've loaded up with pod casts: crafty, arty, social and the BBC. I've got non perishable groceries all over the kitchen floor. (you see if we eat 2 apples each that's already 8 gone! and 'i'm not doing the 90 minutes round trip to the nearest town for more food...), the cats have gone on their holiday to a lovely place - where they are basically in a custom built aviary.. we've installed a bike rack and a pod on the (recently downsized but cost effective smaller car - missing the wagon here).
BUT I've packed nothing else... (oh - slight breeze through window). Clothes will be easy, BUT what to craft!!! small portable project???paints? sketchbook? scraps of fabric???
must now go and ponder (thunder is getting louder)... good night, thanks for coming back.. see you next weekend i hope...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bits and pieces

Hello! thanks so much for coming back. I do appreciate it. I was just having a conversation in my head that went a bit like this:
Do you work full time?
Yeah, as art director on a travel magazine.
Oh, do you get to go anywhere?
No not really.
Do you get to look at amazing pictures and be creative?
Yes - lots of beautiful imagery. Yep, often have to put together ideas for layouts or photo shoots.
Oh. So is it exhausting?
Yes! sometimes (like the last 2 weeks) by the time i get to my computer at 9pm it's hard to be creative or write anything that will be vaguely interesting...

So that's where i've been...

This weekend managed to do a bit of baking and catching up with creative friends.. Then have been 'collecting' online various bits and pieces. So finally got back to the machine and made this pouch for my 64 year old mother who just bought herself a Nintendo ds with brain training... so now she can pop it in her handbag to keep her mind active and mobile!
The 'scraps' were remnants (which i just had to stroke) from the gorgeous world of Lotta Jansdotter. I also found some other little square on Starlitnest, which i think is a great resource for experiencing some wonderful fabrics - in small pieces for buttons, little projects or quilting.

ps: I forgot to mention that i added frayed edges and stitching to my original little bear canvas paintings. I have a couple on Etsy right now..

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Felt good, indeed

Firstly, I apologise for appearing in my blog for 2 consecutive weeks.. but it (my scarf) just wasn't going to look the same lying on a surface.. So yesterday, I attended a felting workshop - learn to make scarves. Woo hoo!
a)
have been dying to do a workshop for ages and b) OOOH! the possibilities of felt..
I guess at this point some people would think me/us a little odd. But for those of you that understand... HHmmm. It was glorious. Not that hard. Quite a bit of physical agitating needed. Lots of soap on hands.. and fairly quick results. It was great to see the range of everyone's handiwork.. from the colour combos to the 'lattice' style to my 'seaweed' one.. The workshop was in Sydney, taught by Gill who has some beautiful pieces on her site and was impressively wearing a few funky items too. Can't wait to get agitated at home now...
Then today was hoping for some lounging around to catch up with some inspiration but by the time i'd done some chores it was time to learn a bit of lawn bowls (Shell's birthday) and have a wander around Newtown .
Note to self: the 'enough' threshold is reached fairly quickly when a ball is involved, whereas 5 hours standing, in the presence of wool bundles and felt is another matter entirely...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

totally jumped with rejoicing

Here I am, indeed jumped for rejoicing! Ronny from bigpond left a note saying he had 'sent a linesman' and finally, YES! we have connection. ONE week, one WHOLE week WITHOUT internet. OH the isolation.
Nothing to listen to on the podcast, no inspiration, no Etsy, no seeing what everyone had been up to AND no blogging.What a week...
Then there was the eyeball incident .. I decided to go for a contact lense orientation (90 minutes of poking my finger in my eye, last Friday). Monday I get up earlier - and finally have success enough to leave the house - lenses in. By mid morning am feeling queasy and am focusing on left eye a bit too much. Decide to remove them. Proceed to bathroom, remove right one. Attempt to remove left one, realise it has disappeared. Check eyeball, check eyelid,check clothing, check basin, curse stupidity, return to desk. Sit whingeing about loss of lense. Rub eye. (light tap sound) lense folded like a crepe falls out of eye onto paper. ERRYUUUUUK! must have been hiding in eyeball somewhere.

BUT a big thank you to all of you who left comments about my blogging feelings, it meant so much and was very helpful.
It's nice to be back - hope you like my new happy robot - a foam stamp print i made recently. I just received the cards from the printer today. Altho I have a version without the type, some people don't always get robots, so i didn't want to confuse them with the type as well.. any thoughts?

So I'm pleased to be back. I thank you for your friendship.. and I leave you with another one of my new prints .. postcards also just delivered.. hope your week is ok so far, hope to see you on the weekend.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Barely there

Warning: aside from the nudity above which makes my 10 year olds blush, the following may include a rapid stream of consciousness..
So I've not been blogging. Every time i think about what to write, I'm faced with the voices: "who cares? who really is interested? what should i say? what else can i tell them? surely they just don't want to know what i've made this week, huh? do something no-one else does... make your blog unique. blah blah blah.
so any suggestions may be welcome!
Meanwhile - the sketches above were my attempt at a life drawing class. I spent the first 30 minutes cursing and swearing about how much i hated the whole process that is, life drawing. She kept moving, i wasn't in the right place, my drawing was sh*!t. Then we had a break, then I got into the swing of it, then i quite liked it. Then she moved, then he said "that's it for tonight".

Monday, July 14, 2008

Weekend work


Hello, nice to see you again. I know that sometimes this is all a bit 'show and tell', but, well that often is my life! So many people do all the other stuff so well - that for the moment I'll just stick to this aspect of blogging.
Thanks to those that have shared how they choose a craft project. I began this weekend scribbling all the ideas from inside my head onto separate index cards - while eating my porridge. Once they were released onto card i felt alot freer! Then I saw my envelope that had arrived earlier from artgirlz. Breakfast aside i got stuck in. . they have a huge range of bits and bobs, felt shapes and kits like this pin - definitely worth a cybertrip.
It was so much fun working out the personality of this little figure. I love how you can make the arms and legs move. Miss R is modeling it here - so it will possibly be a better ratio pin on an adult - like me, tomorrow!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Urban puppy

Apologies, Sunday night usual blog night, came and went. The week had gone well ending with a movie night at a friends place - the only reason i mention this is because we were using a projector on a wall and whilst deciding which old movie to watch we called up the web. .. Quite confronting to see your own blog really large in a friends lounge room! But good for choosing which pizza we wanted.. anyway..
the kids and i then ventured to Spotlight bright and early last Saturday. I found myself with fabric to make 3 skirts, a tote bag and do some embroidery... but unfortunately i walked past some lovely muted 'folk art' paint bottles... Sunday morning i was up at 7.30 ready to get into it...
BUT where to start? I sat at my mac, but that was too much like the rest of my week... My fabric was washed and in a stack. The paint beckoned.. I braced the shed (a bit chilly) and painted 5 mini works... I wasn't quite sure if they are my style.. here are 2 of them. I don't really know what my style is?
So the dilemma - Saturday approaches .. where creatively to begin? How do you decide?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Shameless self promo


So i have put some bits and pieces in my Etsy shop from yesterday ... for those folk who couldn't make it yesterday...

Booked in


So there we were Dudley and I, hanging out in the French and German section of Kinokuniya. Our second zine fair and public appearance. It was great people watching and meeting some passers by. It was a little quiet though and we could have benefited from some in-store foot prints or general information telling customers that we were lurking in the aisles - to direct them to perhaps where they were not used to going... unless looking for that french copy of Charlie and the Chocolate factory..

Friday, June 27, 2008

zeen and gone, well going


After spending a few days resting and relaxing ..oh wrong holiday phrase ... after packing all I could into my Melbourne trip .. I almost forgot the Kinokuniya Zine Fair in Sydney tomorrow! ARGH! so I spent today trying to get some Dudley stuff together. I think after this fair I am going to treat myself to a long-arm stapler and stop using the standard stapler into the eraser trick.. oh the luxury.
Anyway inspired by my rummage in Buttonmania I have whipped up a new (so far small edition), zine entitled 'If I was a button..' so if you read this and are in Sydney we'll be in the Galleries Victoria (George St) from 11-4pm.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

And off i go...

I can.. barely ... type... for the excitement. Off we go tomorrow for several fun filled days of mother/daughter adventure time! no stacking the dishwasher, no sorting washing, no cooking, no cleaning (well I don't do much of that... but) no tidying up, no work, no commuting, no-one asking me to do stuff, - just floating, eating, drinking hot chocolate, looking at stuff, meeting some cyber pals for real, looking at more stuff, seeking inspiration and maybe relaxing... see ya in about a week!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Rainy days and Sundays, and Saturdays...

"So what are you doing this weekend?' Someone asked me on Friday. 'Hhmmm, well I'm going to Melbourne next weekend." Yuh, so how are they related you ask? well that means staying in, conserving funds etc. BUT as luck would have it - the weekend has been bitterly cold and rainy, (some would go as far as to say miserable). So we stayed in and ate, drank hot chocolates, watched movies and made stuff.
The boys updated the Batman case of 'oh so 4 years ago' into a sprayed black portable carrier for the 'mens'.. complete with foam inlays.
While I had decided on skirt with patch work edge. Using existing fabric stash, excellent. Until... 'hhmm I only just ironed that - but yet it appears to be creased'. Sound of penny dropping. 'Oh, found fabric is not suitable for skirt afterall. Damn.' Move to plan B.
So aahh yes - am off to Melbourne (woo hoo!) later in the week with Miss R for a fun filled girls adventure. Sooo good opportunity for journal writing/sketching. Oh what to use? Ah Haa - must buy new sketchy pens - and moleskine journals. Tick. Hhhmm, must stitch accessories - in order to find in bag...
So what can i put on them? well I didn't have time to dream up amazing unique ideas - so i borrowed from this gorgeous piece of Japanese stationery.. and made these... matchy poo.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A long weekend, porridge and two bears


Hello and welcome back. Well actually tis I.
I've been sitting in my chair. Possibly a bit too long. But not the same chair. You see it started with a cup of tea over at Appleheads which was great as I got to cuddle the new baby, eat freshly baked scones AND check out the craft library. Definitely a trifecta. (Again the power of the cyber crafting community - we live close by - but only realized this a few months ago. Amazing). Which then meant that i borrowed cool craft books. Which then meant I had to make something. So here they are: sister bears. Well my sister was visiting with her family - so she got the grey bear. Mine had a slightly wonky leg - but it can be mistaken as skipping?
The middle pic was me coming over all Martha - suddenly remembering the 'small white vessels' i had found at op shops when i was carting them around for kids to draw in my art classes (something i did a while back for a few months).. Today was spent sitting some more, packing up some Dudley to post off, working on my next contribution for mixtape zine then relocating to a cinema seat (with 500 others) to catch Prince Caspian. Okay, but Susan's scowling and endless arrows do get a bit much..

Sunday, June 1, 2008

You crazy bird.

So Sunday morning 5 am, my head: 'Tin, i must do something with a tin. I must put something in it. Could it be a bird? Should it be an owl? Should it be something useful? What else do I need to do today? go back to sleep. Needle book? Sleep. A flat owl. Sleep. What about a hedgehog?..."
8am, get up do a few things.. friend comes over (she is invited to catch up - but i warn her sewing will be likely). We arrange a stack of materials on the table and decide on birds. (I've seen a lot in cyberspace lately - and want to do my own). We forget about the fitting in the tin thing. She arrived with gorgeous chocolates. We sew, we are surprised at how long they take. Mine is the one top left, I love her combinations too.
Aaaah. a lovely day. BUT what can i do with the tin?

And now for something, a little different

Hello, I'm sitting here with the sound of rain overpowering any other noise. Hope you all had a good week. Friday nights lately have been spent 'tucking in' early to take advantage of a weekend creating. Often the difficulty lies in exactly what to do, where to start etc. So yesterday after tackling some ongoing paper mache I found myself in the shed doing these. A lot of other stuff you may have seen is quite 'tight' and all graphic design-ee. But two of my favourite artists are Basquiat and Yoshimoto Nara. I love their use of texture, characters and line work. So i decided to have a play, this is what happened.
I have a put a couple in my Etsy shop just because .... i can.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hoo knows?


After making their first appearance in public "owls with personalities' are now available online. (Click on the Etsy link on the right there). Well at least Emerson and Mabel are.
Emerson loves to hang out in the non-fiction section of the library whilst Mabel prefers the kitchen.
It was Miss R who wanted to do the personalities, she wrote them and assisted in the propping.
okay - so time for Dudley to sleep now.... do rats snore?

Around the World, well...


So sometimes it's about them. Today was 'Open Day' at our local public school, the theme was: travel the world. The Redhead kids transported me to Spain and Mexico. The classrooms were all decorated with their handmade efforts - including the mosaic pots. The children had also dressed up and prepared food. (Well maybe the parents had). While in Spain I went for a chocolate something or other after checking it wasn't a chocolate coated anchovy... Master Redhead is seated at the drum kit and did a 'lovely' drum roll to conclude 'Shake, rattle and roll". Miss R was seen running from band to perform in the dance group.
Aaaah what a proud parent moment.

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