Friday, October 30, 2009

Open Hearts

I heard a story of an argument between friends over how generous to be with people even if they cant give back or, to some, might be considered 'loosers'. It got me thinking, and I have to say I was a little upset with the lack of compassion expressed, but it has challenged me and I have purposed to always want to strive to live a life of generosity and compassion regardless of a persons circumstance.

Love this Story.

'Paul was bought a car for Christmas by his brother, a seriously generous gift! One day he came out of his office to find a young bloke hanging round it. As he got nearer the young bloke said, 'This your car Mr?' 'Yeah,' replied Paul ' is. My brother gave it to me for Christmas'. 'No way,' said the bloke, 'that's amazing, you mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing? I wish...' he hesitated. Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for? He was going to wish to have a brother like that. But what the bloke actually said, completely threw him, 'I wish' he said 'that I could be a brother like that'. So often we can live life looking what we can get rather than what we can give. This bloke knew the value of being an encourager.'

Over and over my heart is gladdened by the generosity of the blogging world, not just with windows into their lives but also with inspiration, ideas and freebies so all hail to those beautiful souls who live in an abundance and are happy to share it with others! You will be blessed in return.

Freebie links Free Art Project

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Just thought I would share a small selection of artwork from last years exhibition.
1. The Tears of the Mother. This is about the mothers of Sudan and every mother in war torn countries.
2. Strange Fruit. Pregnancy is kind of weird and beautiful
I haven't gotten around to photographing this years work yet but when I finish Uni for the year I will include some of my work here.
A larger selection of work is here

Order in the house!

Yay for the tip! Earlier this week I went on a treasure hunt and 'eureka' look at my score,an awesome shelf! Cost $4 plus brackets $16 = $20 (doing a little dance). This lovely shelf now sits above my computer thanks to my super husband and has created a little bit of order to my cluttered creative space, all hail to shelving.
As you can see all manner of things have found a home though it usually takes me a little while to get it just right.
Favourite thing at the moment is my $6 wire bird from 'Angelicas' here in Mildura and my 'tree' made by me, two things close to my heart. The other special something is my 'Rock-a-bye baby' a small sculpture I made for last years exhibition. It is made of beeswax and placed in a nest I found in one of my rose bushes(empty of course). I have since gotten rid of the brown ribbon I think it was a bit naff.
I am now going to have a go at Whats Hot and Whats Not (cue cheesy organ music).
The yummiest korma chicken curry that I made tonight, chock full of veggie and lentil goodness Yum! Kids thought it was OK too, bonus.
Camping, this loooong weekend, no TV, phones, shops, rush, ahhh!
Air conditioners, technically these are cool not hot but you know what I mean. 34 here today getting hotter on the weekend YUCK
Husbands that offer to do things like put up shelves even when they would rather be playing in the shed. Super hot!
Towels fluffed in the dryer...please don't shoot me, I know energy and all that, its just towels dried on the line could prove fatal as they rip the skin from your body, seriously!
Handmade with love. Yes.
The homicidal Australian sun, it wants to kill us all.
Summer, it sucks. Bring back winter! (Sob)
Washing dishes, clothes, floors...
Packing to go away, lists as long as your arm and you still forget something.
Not being able to start/finish projects that are floating around in your head shouting for attention.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Let There Be Cardboard

Its that time of year again..yes, its school concert time! So how do I recreate an Ancient Egyptian temple, answer cardboard wahahaha! Sorry got carried away for a minute there.

I have spent the last week resourcing cardboard and thanks to the lovely Ellwaste people have now got enough boxes etc to recreate Alexandria to scale, well almost.

Today I painted, and drew Pharoah's, hieroglyphics, godesses and temple pillars and we are all set to recreate The Prince of Egypt.

Thought...what do I do with all the spare boxes in my back yard?

As can be seen fom the photo above box city has sprung up all over the lawn.

Never to mind, I am now No.1 mum to all neighbourhood children, give kids boxes and you won't see them for hours (who needs xbox), actually I might be pretty popular with parents too.

My Place and Yours...Bedside

A lot of stuff sits next to my bed, its the go to place first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Some of the essentials are things like a clock (boo!) my phone to wake me up in the morning, a light to read by, journal and books. Some of the other odds and ends include a place to put my jewelery, (three options here) one is the tree, two is the wooden case my grandma gave me (sinced passed...missed), and three a small silver heart box...and I dont really have that much jewelery!
There is also my Teddy, Ted for short, presented to me on my first Christmas, my bag of worry dolls and a card called reaching for the stars from my lovely friend Michelle, also the essential bottle of red nail polish for when my feet venture into summer shoes and a bottle of Paris perfume from my mum.
Underneath all this mayhem is my secret stash draw filled with childrens first lost teeth/locks of hair, hankies, handcream, odd lost earings etc and below all this is my scarf collection...Oh come back winter that I may wrap their long arms of snuggliness around me again!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Cure for the Common Cold

So...for the past few days all I've done is coughed and sneezed and moped around cursing filthy viruses and the 34 degree days that preclude snuggling up in bed with cups of hot coco!

Then my latest edition of Computer Arts magazine turns up and as I turn the pages I escape into the wonderful world of the creative, ahhh! Then I come across this sweet little drawing by new Finnish graduate Jenni Saarenkyla called 'My cup of Tea' and look its 'one red fox', Yay!

find her here

Now its off to Uni for drawing class and handing in final assignments...hmmm, and just when the days have turned cool again and my bed is looking just so inviting.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Beautiful Words

I just love words. Not just the ones you speak but how they look on a page or a wall. The shape of letters, the way handwriting is so personal and recognizably unique. Even if the meaning is unknown letter forms can still have a voice and a personality and give clues to their origin, feminine/masculine, country, era, purpose etc.

Photos on a recent (wet, wet, wet) trip to Ballerat's Sovereign Hill with my daughters school group.

On the Shelf

Personally I just love shelves. Its so comforting to see the things I love around me as they spark memories and stories. On this small section of shelf in my kitchen I have;

1. The wedding present (plate) one of my best friends Shell gave me, it's called 'A Circle of Strength'

This family is a circle of strength and love.

With every birth and every union the circle grows.

Every joy shared adds more love.

Every crisis faced together

makes the circle stronger.

The Knott Family Est 1996
2. A block of wood that kind of looks like its cross (I thought I might put some eyes on him)
3. A Bird that I made. Happened to see one similar in a window and thought I would have a go at making it, felted and dyed wool myself.
4. A wooden tree I carved and painted
5. A beautiful little wooden owl
6. Bird house, cheap and cheerful
7. My Kimono dolls made for a Uni project (pipecleaner,embroidery thread,wooden bead, felt and dyed fleece)
8. Postcards from the Steiner Store in Castlemaine

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just One Word

A lonely wheat field Yamba.

This meme is via Hazelnuts...who found it at PetalPlum who found it via Bits of Sunshine who got it from Leah! Via Meet me at Milkes Phew! Join in if you would like to!

1. Where is your mobile phone? pocket
2. Your hair? clipped
3. Your mother? heroic
4. Your father? sleeping
5. Your favourite food? chocolate
6. Your dream last night? forgotten
7. Your favourite drink? coffee
8. Your dream/goal? contentment
9. What room are you in? kitchen
10. Your hobby? everything
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? bed
14. Something that you aren’t? thin
15. Muffins? lemon
16. Wish list item? space
17. Where did you grow up? everywhere
18. Last thing you did? pack
19. What are you wearing? favorites
20. Your TV? invasive
21. Your pet? bossy
22. Friends? indispensible
23. Your life? stressful
24. Your mood? humph
25. Missing someone? mum
26. Vehicle? squeeky
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Angelicas
29. Your favorite color? changes
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? recently
32. Your best friend? loved
33. One place that I go to over and over? school
34. One person who emails me regularly? glenda
35. Favorite place to eat? michelles

Treasure hunting

I must have been a pirate in another life I'm sure for the lure of buried treasure is always calling! Two of my latest finds are this dear little cupboard that was on its way to the tip and though it is looking sad and sorry I intend to give it a new life. So far I have almost finished stripping off the old paint and I have begun to replace some of the frame and the shelves. I have some ideas that will be added that I think will make it quite beautiful and original.

I don't consider myself a master restorer by a long shot and it takes me a while to finish a project but again its the love of the process that is so satisfying.

The other project (the cast iron garden benches, $5 each!!!!!) had already found their way to the dump shop but I arrived in time to scoop them up and off to their new life in front of my studio. I haven't had a chance to touch them yet but I will show their transformation as soon as I finish Uni for the year, fifteen days to go and counting.

And so to begin...

I have been inspired! After recently becoming a follower of Meet me at Mikes blog I thought why not join the online world of fellow lovers of all things artsy/crafty. For too long I have existed in my small part of the planet pretty much alone in my love of the hand made and preloved. There really is nothing so satisfying as being able to see something in a shop or magazine and thinking, "I can make that"! Or equally thrilling is the ugly duckling find at the op shop or salvage yard that you just know has swan potential.And what about when you have a particular something in mind and you just cant find anything like it anywhere so...just make it!

For instance I have been looking for a necklace recently similar to one that was given as a present but in different colours, couldn't find one anywhere so off to the craft supply store and hey presto I now have the necklace I wanted plus the joy of creating. The red necklace on the left is the present the blue and silver one on the right I just finished making.