Monday, May 31, 2010

Five faves

This bag

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These tops

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This bedspread

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These felt cushions

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These Poufs

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Looooove!!!!!    

All found via Sarah London. Awesome, awsomeness!

My Creative Space - Update

A couple of Creative Space posts ago I was working on a packaging design for the Southern Cross Packaging Design Awards for my Uni assignment. The challenge was to come up with packaging for a baked goods or biscuit line and I wanted to create a cup cake stand. Well the stand was a little complicated and I decided to go with a tray instead (keeping manufacturing requirements in mind).

It is finished!

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The bottom has a handle in the middle so that when the lid comes off there’s no need to find a plate it is already sitting on a pretty tray!

Print

These are the finished graphic elements and label.

Promo Postcard 

This is a promotional postcard! Another part of our assignment. Now I just have to finish my 1000 word rationale to go with it, blah! 

One more assignment to go and I have finished for the semester and there is only one more semester and I finish my BGD and graduate!!!!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is my message to you-ou-ou!

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Water colour

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Watercolour and digital (done when I should have been doing homework)

This came on the radio the other day and it’s kind of comforting!

"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"
Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou:")
Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"
Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right" - I won't worry!
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, oh no!
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

IF - Slither

Hmmm….’slither’.

Yes that is this weeks theme word, what can I think of for this?
I've got it! Medusas slithering snakes.

Ooo I love Greek mythology in fact I took Ancient History in year 11 and we did Medea for year 12 English (many years ago).

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There are a few versions of the story of Medusa but essentially she was cursed for her beauty with snakes for hair and a look at her would turn you to stone.

As the story goes, Athena and Medusa were once equal beauties. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was jealous of the idea that Medusa attracted the attention of both men and gods. Neptune was the god who fell in love with Medusa. When he found her alone in Athena's temple he raped her. When Athena found out that her temple had been violated, she was furious. Athena took out her anger on Medusa because she was not strong enough to fight against Neptune (Marks, 2006). Medusa, who was previously gorgeous, was changed into a hideous gorgon. Her locks of hair that had been envied by many were changed into slithering serpents. Medusa's soft skin became rough and scaly. She had once been treasured by men, and now no man could look at her or her ugliness would surely cast them to stone (Brunel, 1996). Medusa was then sentenced to become the "Mistress of the West Gate of Death" at the guard of the Underworld (1998).

by Samantha Terrazas

http://www.helium.com/items/183135-greek-mythology-medusa

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Groovy Giveaway

Ok you fab gals, here is a full reveal of the hip and happening vintage pattern giveaway! Channel your inner Mod and swing back to sixties fashion. If you want to be apart of the fun just leave a comment.

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Seriously! Don’t be a square, you must check out the knitted and crochet lace knee high socks.

My Creative Space

Things have been ultra hectic around here over the past few weeks and I have another week to go of late nights and thinking hard, it’s assignment /project completion time and my brain is set to explode.

But while visiting a friend at Redcliffs I found these little jars at the local op shop I got the lot for $2.  I have been looking around for ages for some easy pull-off- lid type canisters, in the attempt to encourage lids being put back on.
Note to self, making it easy for them won’t make them actually do it! 
Oh well, they are very cute.

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It Is Finished….Finally!

The granny a day blanket is complete, but you know what, I didn’t really do a granny a day it was more like ten grannies a day then no grannys for a heap of days etc.

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A New Addition

More baby additions to the friendship circle and a little something to say ‘Hellowl’!

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Now for all you groovy knitters out there I have a give away.

While cleaning out various cupboards the other day a friend of mine found and gave me a heap of crafty type books/magazines etc. Amongst them I found some incredible vintage knitting patterns circa 60’s. I do not knit other than very basic stuff so I would like these to go to a good home.

 

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I will post some more of the groovy gear in here in the next day or so, just so you know what your getting.

So if your keen, leave a comment and I will draw the winners in two weeks. A little handmade surprise just might be included too.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Support the children of war

This guy is brilliant and his new album “Children of War” is being launched this Saturday so if you can get there do it! Details below.

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Greetings from levimcgrath.com!

Hey There!

I've got some extremely exciting news to share with you!

In about a weeks time I'm packing my suitcase, throwing my guitar into the boot and hitting the road on a Small House Records organised, six month, 100 gig National Tour sponsored by World Vision. But before I head off I've got something very special to celebrate with you!

'CHILDREN OF WAR' ALBUM LAUNCH - This Saturday!!!
My brand new album 'Children of War' has now been officially released and I'll be launching it on Saturday at Melbourne's 'Vibe on Smith' Cafe/Bar in Fitzroy (May 29).

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It's going to be a very African flavoured night! Come May 29th I'll be busily decorating the insides of 'Vibe on Smith' with an assortment of woven baskets, colourful wall hangings and African drums. I'll be performing for the first time a giant set of fresh new songs and sharing the painful (and hopeful) stories inspired by the incredible people I met while working  with former child soldiers in Uganda last year.

World Vision will also be a part of the event and I'll be speaking about their Child Rescue program, which helps to rescue children from child labour, armed conflict and sexual slavery around the world.

Joining me on stage will be the talented Andrew Horneman on drums and percussion - he may even bust out the coveted 'Goat Shaker' I bought for him in a Ugandan market! I'll also be supported on the night by one of my favourite Australian singer/songwriters, John Flanagan, who'll play a set of his exquisite folk/country songs from 7:30pm. 

Here's the details to write down!

Saturday, May 29, 7pm
'Children of War' Album Launch 
@ Vibe on Smith 123 Smith St. Fitzroy, VIC
w' special guest John Flanagan
$10 on the door

If you haven't heard about the new album yet, check out the news item published this week by Alive Magazine: http://www.alivemagazine.com.au/article.php?z=7&a=752

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

IF - Early

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I have always loved pictures that tell a story, and I love symbolism. This week’s Illustration Friday theme is ‘early’, it took me a while to think of something I wanted to draw but soon this little song started to float around my head.

Early one morning, just as the sun was rising
I heard a maid sing in the valley below
"Oh don't deceive me, Oh never leave me,
How could you use, a poor maiden so?"

So I have added a few little bits of symbolism to the poor girls tale, the weeping willow and the snake of deception.

Painted in water colour then Photoshopped. Aprox 3 1/2 hrs

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Listen to the drum

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Advice to follow!

Pencil and digital 2 1/2 hrs

WOO HOO!

Mail came today and not the windowed variety ….

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…hmm what could it be? THE GIVE AWAY I WON  YAYAY!!!

Lisa Stubbs from ‘lilsonnysky’ has sent me a pack of her awesome cards. Sooo happy, skippity do da!

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Thank you Lisa you made my day xxx.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Love is letting go

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Where does the time go? I’m sure it was only yesterday that I was changing nappies, reading readers and teaching him how to ride bikes then you turn around and there they are driving cars and leaving home!

My eldest Micah has just applied to do his gap year in the army!!!!
I must admit it scares me but I appreciate that kids need to make their own decisions/mistakes/adventures and I’m so proud of this kid, he is just numero ono! He was initially going to go straight into the regular army(eeek) but I persuaded him to at least wait till he was 21 and he would go with my blessing, but we compromised on the gap plan which I’m happy with. At least he gets a taste without signing his life away just yet.

What I love about Micah is that he still thinks nothing of walking down the street with his great frame draped all over me (oof) and he likes to show me things he finds on the net, he tells me jokes and recites verbatim lines from his favourite shows, he helps his 90 year old grandma with her garden and painting her fence, he does the dishes even though he hates it, he puts up with his annoying younger brother and sister (hey, they annoy me sometimes!), he’s good company and when everything goes to hell he tells me to ‘sit down mum and I’ll make you a cuppa’, when I’m working at the computer he massages/strangles my shoulders, ouch, and he lets me know when my favourite show is about to start…look I could go on but you get the drift, I just plain love the kid.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

IF – Equipment

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This week theme word on Illustration Friday is ‘equipment’. It’s good to have a variety of equipment for every project even flying.

A combination of pencil and digital.

‘Just keep flying’!

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Creative Space - Children’s Wear Week

Well apparently it’s children’s wear week or at least it was, not that I was aware of it mind until today. All I can say is that it must have been in the ether or something as that’s exactly what I’ve been up to.
I haven’t made anything for the kids in years and why of all weeks would I suddenly decide I needed to make P.J.’s for the kids? Weird.

So off I go to Spotlight…big disappointment. Nothing in the flannelette was even remotely usable for my children’s age group  and especially for my boy and it was soooo expensive I mean come on this is stuff you wear to bed!!! So after looking around for a bit I came across some cute plaid  material that was lovely, thick and soft and 140cm wide for $4 a meter MINE!

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I then decided to go home and see what I could find in my material box for Savannah.

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I’m quite happy with the result and at least I can customise the fit so that they are the comfiest Jammies ever.
But as a note to self in future I am going to keep a look out for flannelette sheeting at the op shops that may be suitable for Jammies and probably nicer as well.

Mothers day

My Mothers Day started early with a special church service on Saturday, my two youngest took part in the the program put on by their school. Savannah was a part of the welcome…

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…and Lachlan (blond on the end) took part in an interpretive dance to the song ‘You Raise me Up’.

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The on Sunday I was treated to breakfast in bed and showered with the cutest hand made gifts and of course chocolate! Both the kids have been doing wood work at school so I received a box to put my wooden spoons in and a pot plant stand plus some lovely clay creations. I feel loved!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

IF - Fearless

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I missed last weeks Illustration Friday and I’m pretty close to missing this weeks. I could say that I have been too busy and that would almost be true but the reality is my confidence took a beating with some negative comments recently and my heart just hasn’t been in it.
Now I have picked myself up dusted myself off and I’m back on the ‘horse’ with this weeks theme ‘fearless’ which is what I will have to be to make it!