Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Christmas catch up…

11th December 2011 Fryers Town Eco Village

We gathered under the oaks…


…beside the lake…


…to witness the joining of two beautiful souls in wedlock…

14th Dec Mildura


My beautiful daughter turned 14 and celebrated with friends and family at the local Fasta Pasta. She even let me do her hair!!!!

18th December Mildura

Wildly trying to finish off presents for teachers, tins of biscuits with handmade tin wraps which read “Thanks for making me wiser” ….


…and a couple of Christmas presents commissions for friends.


The tree was done for a special Aunty who reminds everyone what a perceptive and wonderful woman she is, I’m not sure if you can see all that well but some of the leaves are folded in half the glued so they sit up from the page.


I have done quite a few of these butterflies now. My clever husband has started making custom shadow boxes  for them which is so much easier than going to the framers.


and if that isn’t enough to be doing then there is other a few other projects like revamping old shelves from this….


to this…


22nd Dec Mildura


The youngest (blondie in the middle) sneakily forgot to tell us he has joined a singing group at school and I only found out at the concert! He has a beautiful voice too (that I did know).

23rd Dec

Posing for the family pic, (come on muuuum!!), watching some Jamie Oliver on TV….IMG_4538

…then early present opening…let the games begin!


25th December Berri South Australia


Unfortunately my husband had to work Christmas eve so I drove myself and the two youngest kids off to Berri South Australia about 1.5 hrs away, on the Saturday before Christmas, and the oldest stayed behind so he could drive the next day while Norman slept.

We spent Christmas with my mum, brother, step dad, Aunty, Uncle and cousins. The rest of my clan (including the dog) arrived just before lunch.

We stayed at a beautiful caravan park right on the river and enjoyed getting up early to catch the sunrise and the sound of cocky’s in the trees.

Now I feel like I’m officially on Holidays YAYAYAYAY. I have a list as long as my arm of projects I want to complete, so exciting to actually have the time to just slow down and enjoy creating instead of squeezing it in around all the ‘have too’s’.

So that’s the Christmas catch up. Now looking forward to a great new year!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Vegie patch

Planting tomatoes 2011

Community rocks! A good friend of mine has very kindly offered her very large backyard for a community garden to a bunch of us. Last Sunday three mums and a whole bunch of kids got busy shovelling mulch and dirt, chipping weeds and planting crops (these are our Roma and Cherry tomatoes). Thankfully the weather was kind and didn’t heat up till the afternoon (not like today 38 degrees people!!!!).

She already has an orchard and that’s a mulberry tree behind us, just don’t look to closely at the bugs in the mulberries. We’re going to plant up the next paddock with pumpkins, watermelons and rockmelons. I reckon we might even do some preserving come harvest time too. Fun!

As much as I hate to put photo’s of myself in I just had to show you what we’ve been doing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The prompt word for Illustration Friday this week is ‘Silent’. 

It reminded me of when a child is totally engrossed in their play and their dolly become a real baby.

“Shhhh….she’s sleeping.”

IF_Silent Colour copy

This is a paper and digital collage with pencil, ink and watercolour.

IF_Silent Notepaper copy

Experimenting with filters this is ‘Notebook’ and below is ‘Stamp’

IF_Silent Stamp copy

I kinda like ‘em.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lovely Lumieres… Monday DIY!!!

Oh to have many more hours in a day or days in a week to have a go at all the lovely things you can do. If you do try this one please let me know how it goes and post some photos!

Lovely Lumieres… Monday DIY!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

How to make your own rustic signs

Here’s another really neat tutorial over at Diddle Dumpling. I can see these signs in all sorts of places like the garden or along the side of a bookcase or even a certain garden seat I have languishing in the back yard…hmmm

AHHHHH…..prepare for utter cuteness!!!!

Stumbled upon a new blog Lue and Sue via at Pintrest and Oh my goodness the cuteness factor is completely off the scale…take a peek!


Cary has very generously shared her pattern there too so I guess I’m just going to have a go, can’t wait.


I’m very new to Pintrest but it seems a great way of collecting all those interesting ideas you find in the virtual world.

How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bag - CraftStylish

How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bag - CraftStylish

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Paper and digital collage, Ink and pencil Copyright.OneRedFox2011

Some paper, scissors a glue stick, pens and pencils and you have a recipe for a very happy afternoon.

I love when I’m sitting at my kitchen table and the family ebbs and flows around me but  I’m in my creative bubble and it’s like the conversations are far away and my mind is totally relaxed and engrossed in the creative energies that flow naturally. This is when I know I’m doing what I was meant to do, what I was created to do.

I want to tweak this a bit then I will put it over on my Etsy store. I’m still trying to get the hang of Etsy I haven’t been doing much over there but my plans are to get my act together and be a bit more deliberate with posting items there. So far it’s been a little ramshackle, never mind all things will become clear, I hope!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Illustration Friday_Stripes!

Zebra_stripes copy 

It’s been an absolute age since doing IF and I was determined to get back to challenging myself and keeping my illustration skills growing.

I heard a very interesting piece of advise the other day on the subject of moving towards your goals. Basically what was suggested was that instead of making TO DO lists we should make NOT TO DO.

It kind of got me thinking of the habits that I have that stop me from achieving the goals I want, for example doing more illustration, and promoting myself as an illustrator. So my not to do list is:

1. Not check my email more than once a day

2. Not let people side track me when I have set aside time for illustration. (People tend to think because I’m home that I’m not working)

3. Not think of my illustration as secondary to my day job.

This is a start anyway I will see how it goes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crafting For Pamper Day Finished! YAYAYAY! (plus a giveaway)

Pamper Day is close at hand, this Sunday in fact so if your local and are looking for some crafting, cakes, coffee, kids activities, party plan professionals or gift buying you will be in the right place!

On a more personal level…

NOTE: Crafting is hazardous to the cleanliness of your house.

As you can see, this is the not so pretty side of the creative process but all is for a good cause as we raise money to help Amanda.

Caravan_craft 001

I haven’t been able to see the surface of my kitchen table all week so eating in the lounge room has been tolerated…

Caravan_craft 010 copy

Out in my caravan things are not much better but at least I can close the door on the whole drama and forget it exists.

I have had to run numerous rescue missions for articles that have been pilfered by the thief that calls herself my dog!!!!! I resorted to barricading myself in to which she just up and jumped over said barricade, and nagged me to give up the sewing game and play ball instead.

I have to admit, I don’t think mass producing stuff is my thing. It’s all a bit to repetitive and tedious, makes me all tense and edgy. I much prefer the one off item for family and friends and sticking to the design process, much more fun.

But now for the tiring/stressful satisfying results….


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I have made tote bags, notebooks and printed out some of my artwork.

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There are about 12 different notebooks and three different tote bag designs and 6 different prints.

Caravan_craft 007 Caravan_craft 011

Caravan_craft 005

I have done a series of 20 page blank notebooks “Things to do Today” as seen above below is a better view of what they say.

Things to do today_net Things to do today_net

Things to do today Things to do today_nap I personally am a pretty avid fan of lists, but there are days when all of the above is applicable.

I have also made a 2400mm high photo op board, ( you know the ones you put your face in and get your photo taken?) with this design on it. 

Bloom where your planted

Now for the giveaway. I have one ‘Things to do Today’ notebook to give away, your choice of colour and list, plus a 4 x 6 print of those that can be seen in the above pics. Just make a comment and let me know what one you prefer and I will make a random draw next Friday.

Now I just need to find somewhere quiet and have a little lay down!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Your Place and Mine. Where I Sleep!

YPAM_Sleep 002

This is the place…to dream, to recline, to contemplate, to recuperate, to lounge, to recharge and escape the world.

Ah the blessed gift of sleep!

Play here

Saturday, October 29, 2011


This would have to be any little boy/girl’s ultimate dream. Tree house blue_forest1

I think people are just kids only bigger, I know I am!

Holy Family

Holy Family by BeneathTheRowanTree
Holy Family, a photo by BeneathTheRowanTree on Flickr.

This little felted family is just so sweet, and I'm just starting to get that Christmas feeling.
I love Christmas although I admit that some years are quite stressful and sometimes the expectations are not quite met *sigh*.
This year we get to spend Christmas day with extended family which we haven't done in ages and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm going to have a try at making these little guys, I think they might be nice sitting on my mantle, will post pictures if they work out.
Check out lots of other wonderful things at Beneath The Rowan Tree.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tastefully offensive!!!

Ever been at a loss to find just the right words when someone needs bringing down a peg, search no longer. Now you can arm yourself with Shakespearian insults that will keep them guessing!

Take a look here!

Shakespear insult kit

You just might want to be careful with the 17th line down that may prove a little too offensive if you don’t get your f in the right place. Tee Hee!!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Illustrators, drawing on inspiration!

Rob Ryan
UK artist Rob Ryan is up there as one of my faves. What a guy! Such delicate and detailed work and beautiful words too. You can find his website here and his etsy store here.

What I love? Silhouettes,paper cutting, pattern, words.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vintage Paper Girl

I really do love paper and especially vintage paper. This paper is circa 1950.

Had wonderful fun drawing this with pen, pencil and ink and adding vintage paper collage. Found some tutorials for making paper roses here and here.



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In my garden

My creative energies have been flowing towards the garden of late. Since moving here to Mildura the garden hasn’t really been a priority and with the drought planting was just too difficult. But since the breaking of the drought a new surge to grow things has come upon me.



Mr Gnome (Mothers Day 2010, thanks Lachi!) has found a lovely home amongst the violas.


The transplanted roses are blooming better than they have in years. You can’t see very well here but my rubbish tip salvaged iron garden seats ($5!!!!) have found a home out here too and I am in the process of replacing the wooden slats. They had been painted a ‘lovely’ bright blue with some brown thrown in, hmmm.

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Getting creative with our old post box stand and an old bird feeder. Bit of matt black spray and a citronella candle to keep the mozzies at bay. Have yet to find a permanent home for it I have another project regarding this in mind, stay tuned.

My day’s tend to run with getting up at 6:30 and going for a walk with the dog (and getting a good dose of garden perving around the neighbourhood) then watering the garden before getting the kiddo’s out of bed and getting ready for school and off to work. Nice.