Friday, April 30, 2010

If dogs were typefaces

One of my favourite web sites for all things odd, beautiful and clever is Lost at E Minor.

Here are just a couple of the amazing things you will see here


I love Eurostile…so cute.


Producer Peter Chin used a ‘combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras to capture the process from conception to birth’ of a number of animals including penguins, elephants, dolphins, dogs, and penguins. Yes, penguins. It was filmed for a National Geographic Documentary called Extraordinary Animals in the Womb.


Artists like Japanese-born Yuken Teruya who can see beautiful shapes, patterns, and forms hiding within toilet paper rolls, discarded pizza boxes. Who knew you could make more than puppets out of toilet rolls?

All found here at Lost at E Minor

The music of the Blogosphere

I was talking to a friend the other day and she told me about a book she had just read. In it the scientist who wrote the book described how everything both animate and inanimate including the Earth itself produces ‘music’ a kind of harmonic song. What a cool thought!


Well now even our websites and  blogs can become musical masterpieces, the clever folk at Code Organ made a sythesizer that turns webpages into music. Just enter a URL and listen to the sweet, sweet sounds your site produces.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Something to live by - My Creative Space


Here in Australia there has been an outcry after the work of famous graffiti artist Banksy was painted over by ignorant cleaners in Melbourne’s famous street art alleys.

I wrote the above quote down (minus the ‘f’ word) years ago as I feel it’s a quote to live by especially as a creative person. Today I decided to illustrate it and thought I might print it out and put it on my wall, just to remind me.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


These are a couple of gift projects that I have been working on, there will be more photo’s once they are put together.

Paper crane mobile



Gnome town mobile – Present for a new baby



The instructions for these little houses, and lots more super cute projects are found at Pimpstitch. Gnomes are made from dry felted wool fleece and felt.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Illustration Friday - Ahead

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What lies ahead can sometimes be quite scary, but it’s much easier if you have a friends hand to hold!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

From the sketch book

I have just spent an interesting hour looking back over my Visual diaries, they are full of the odd, the interesting, and the bizarre. While looking at them I noticed that there is a lot of doodles, concept sketching and general mark making happening that is quite interesting in it’s roughness so I thought I would digitally document some of it. Generally this stuff has been done during boring lectures and may have been influenced by Art History lessons on surrealism…I don’t think I’d want them analysed.


Love, love, love, pattern and colour gets me every time.


This one was done while at AGIdeas in 2009, he was a beautiful indigenous man who talked about his life as an artist and musician. Couldn’t help but draw him.

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Freud would have a field day with this one.

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    Ganesh (assignment)                 I have no idea, what the!!!!??

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I actually worked this up into a completed ink, pastel and charcoal drawing, this was the rough for it which I still love for it’s roughness (proportionally totally wrong). She was just so beautiful feeding her little babe.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A few things…

Firstly, my mum rocks! What everyone needs is a mum like mine she just says all the right things just at the right time. This arrived for me today in the mail, what a lift…so here’s to you mum I love you.

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Inside she wrote ‘I saw this card and thought of you’…awww!

Next I’m feeling so amazingly, fantastically, wonderful I HAVE FINISHED MY HUGE ASSIGNMENT YAYAYAYAYA!

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Finally, it’s the ANZAC long weekend, ( for those who don’t know we honour our soldiers on this day,dawn service, parades etc) and in honour of the day I have made some Anzac biscuits ,so yummy and easy, so here’s the recipe.


1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp boiling water
1 cup sugar
125g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup

Combine rolled oats, sifted flour, sugar, and coconut. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted. Mix soda with boiling water, add to butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients. Spoon dessertspoonfuls of mix onto greased trays: allow room to spread. Bake in slow oven for 20 min. Loosen on trays while warm, then cool on trays. Yum!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mirror Mirror…

Note to self…it is never a good idea to hold a 75 watt lamp up to your face OMG, weapons of mass destruction! I may never leave the house ever again. Every flaw highlighted in bold, not good for self esteem people.
Recently while promenading around the local shopping centre my friend and I ran into a group of mutual friends and during the conversation my friend mentioned how she was on to her 5th change of clothes. You know how it is some days nothing seems to look right. Anyhow I suggested that she do what I tend to do either not look in the mirror or kind of just glance as you walk past but not too closely.
Yep, that’s what I do, then I can just imagine in my own mind that I am the height of  awesome fashion wonderment, approximately 5 foot 8, size 10 with clear glowing skin, and able to produce witty and fascinating conversation at a moments notice…Yeah OK, I’m sad and delusional but hell in the immortal words of Adam Savage from Mythbusters
‘I reject your reality and substitute my own!’

I really need to take my own advice no more lamps!!!!!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Illustration Friday - Detective


This weeks theme is ‘Detective’. I must admit I am a bit partial to the Murder Mystery genre. However my particular favourites are the ABC variety such as Agatha Christie, Jonathan Creek (my daughters fave), Midsomer Murders etc. little less gruesome and a little more cerebral than the American variety also quite good for a laugh, can’t take it too seriously.

I also used to love reading the Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books when I was young and try to keep an eye out at the op shop for them when they pop up. I have now got my daughter hooked and she is reading Nancy Drew “The Mystery of the Clock”.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Creative Space

*Sigh* only thing I’m creating at the moment is a big mess!

Up to earlobes in homework which is consisting of labels for Olive Oil, packaging, advert, DL brochure and Point of Sale device which all has to be printed photographed and completed by next Wednesday AHHHHHHHHHH!

I’m as far as the labels, packaging (mock up) and advert….*sob*

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The poor box is looking a little sad, it will get printed properly at the printers soon this one is just a fill in and I’m having issues with my drop shadows they are being dumb! Now just the DL brochure and POS to go…zzzzz

But I am so looking forward to the next assignment it’s a packaging competition where we get to design a package from scratch plus graphics etc (mine is for cakes or biscuits, specifically I have chosen to do petit fours) and I have the best idea, so excitment!!!!!

Oooo! Ahhh!

For a look at some cool kitchen stuff go here

These are just a few of my faves because…

retro cool, love love love!


Found here. Indulge in 50s nostalgia with Sagaform's new Retro Tableware collection. Designed by Lotta Odelius, the Retro Tableware is ideal for swinging breakfasts and hip luncheons.

Sci Fi futuristic awesomeness!


Available in either a wall-mounted or free-standing design, the Zevro Zero Gravity Magnetic Spice Rack is £34.99 from

Anti fruit rotting helpfulness (don’t think it will work for bananas)...


Available from, the ultra-modern Funky Fruit Holder is £17.00.

Because my grandma had the butter dish and I want one.


The Retro Storage Jars can be found at Store.

Retro Tea Jar - £10.00
Retro Coffee Jar - £12.00
Retro Sugar Jar - £12.50
Retro Butter Dish - £12.00

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ten Things


1. Since I was sixteen I have been fascinated by all things Chinese.

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2. When I was 20 I climbed a mountain in Fiji and became  very dehydrated but was helped by a local who climbed a coconut tree and gave me a green coconut to eat and drink, green coconut juice is fizzy!

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3. I don’t like ice cream

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4. The first thing I can remember drawing was a cat  and also I can remember my dad teaching me to draw a boat when I was about four.

5.I used to own a 22 rifle (thanks to my dads heritage) and I have shot it but never at anything alive, I love animals.

6. I used to have some unusual pets when I was a kid including a Kangaroo (which we hand raised from a Joey then gave to a fauna park when she grew up), an Echidna which burrowed its way under the back fence and went back to the bush, various lizards, goats and even a scorpion. Then there are the usual domestics too numerous to mention.

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7. I still keep in touch with my first friend ever who lived opposite my Grandparents house and we sang at the Old Folks Home when we were about four except I got scared and ran away.

8. My besty when I was 10 is still my besty today and at my 12th birthday party we took off in our nighties wearing rollerskates  and mash hats to go spy on the cute guy around the corner…we were so in trouble.

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9. I met my husband when I was 11 (obviously didn’t know he was going to be my husband then, skinny little red head).

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10. When I was a student nurse and working in labour ward I delivered a still born baby, very sad and a bit of a surprise for me as nobody told me what was happening and she delivered when everyone else was out of the room and I was the only one there.

Food for the Soul

When I need a soul fix here in Mildura there is one shop that is sure to supply all my needs, Angelicas!
Not just a beautiful shop but run by the beautiful Bronwyn a talented and generous lady who has the special ability to recall the last conversation you had with her even months later and she always seems to find the time for a chat. I think this really indicates genuine interest in people as people not just as a potential sale.


The one thing I know about this shop is that there is always something worth looking at for inspiration and I love that Bronwyn’s philosophy is not to mark up her merchandise so far that it’s impossible to afford.

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While there are upper end items,  when there are weeks when money is tight I know that if a gift is needed  there will always be a little something that won’t break the bank but will be so unique and special, and regardless of how much you spend Bronwyn always takes the time to beautifully gift wrap your purchase.


Walking into Angelica’s is a sensory experience, you are greeted by the sounds of  bird song or ambient music and the smell of Bronwyn’s handmade melts is just delicious. Whenever I step through the doors the first thing I do is just sigh as I feel a peace descending that goes all the way down to my toes.


If your ever in the area I suggest you make your way to this little shop it truly is a joy.

It can be found at;
51 B Deakin Avenue
ANZ Walk Way
Mildura Victoria 3500
Ph: 03 50233359