Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

IF - Toy

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Amelia Fox TOYed with the idea of chicken for dinner but thought it might be in bad taste considering the company!

What I wore today…

Well I haven’t illustrated for ‘What you wore today’ for a while and there has been a request made that I do more of these so here we are. My problem is I tend to wear the same things all the time and as I haven’t been clothes shopping for ages it’s a bit tricky. BTW the jacket is more dark olive than rust.

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I thought I would include a couple of photo’s of the real deal. So here are my bag and shoes. Full body shots are not gunna happen! At least I can be kinda kind to myself when I draw but photo’s are unforgiving.

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January 28th 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day One…..

Well as previously mentioned there have been some problems with my youngest at school and it has all come to a head. I can honestly say it has been some of the toughest weeks of my life and I have been in grave distress to see the frustration , anger and unhappiness of my dear one. I have felt a tumult of emotion ranging from depression, anger and despair as I have tried to work out what needs to be done to get him back on track. As  a quick overview there have been issues with bullying combined with the struggle with Dyslexia and he has become more and more frustrated and embarrassed with his lack of progress to the point where he was out of control at school and the behaviour was now boiling over at home too. What to do?

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After much  talking, praying and thinking we have decided for the next couple of weeks and possibly next term to work with him at home to relieve some of the stress on everyone (in particular him)and try and build his confidence and literacy levels to the point that he can enter back into the school system on a firmer base. His current school is working closely with us to provide approved curriculum and support but in the end it may very well mean we are changing schools.  This is quite difficult as I have strong emotional ties to the school and I am not as confident in the public school that is closest to us. Due to school zoning it may be tricky to have the option of choosing the school that I feel would support him the best.

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So here I am homeschooling! I never thought I would. Nothing against it but I really didn’t think I would have what it took to do it and always thought that my kids would be better off with ‘real’ teachers, but here I am.

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Today was the first day and on the whole I found it quite rewarding. Lachlan was keen, compliant and we probably got more done in half a day than he has done in the past two weeks. The benefit of having one on one help I’m sure is supportive and something else my husband and I have noticed is that Lachlan needs breaks every 15 to 20 minutes to clear his head, something that’s not always possible in a school environment. At the moment we work with him in these short stretches and then have a break where we go for a walk around the block or go have a drink of water etc and he is a lot calmer and able to concentrate better.

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I am reminded of my Steiner days when we would incorporate rhythm into the day and expressed it in terms of ‘breathing in’ and ‘breathing out’.  Activities that were internalising and required concentration were the in breath and activities that were outward focused and active were the out breath. We are also creating this rhythm in a larger way in the day by doing the more intensive thought work (literacy/maths) in the morning and the more practical work in the afternoon such as building a chicken house and veggie patch, cooking, arts/craft and library work or excursions.

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I still have my work commitments so I am doing the academic work with him in the morning and then go to work from 12 to 4. During this time he works on the practical stuff with his dad.

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I still feel a little nervous as it is a big challenge but I am quietly hopeful that this will be as educational and positive for me as well as Lachlan. We will have to wait and see I guess but here’s to a calmer happier child and a peaceful family.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Backyard Adventures

Well after the week from hell we come to a weekend of simple pleasures. A quick sticks campfire in the backyard for the kids to cook damper and Johnny Cakes on ….January 28th 2011 009January 28th 2011 008

…and then an impromptu tent making session with sheets over the clothes line and blow up mattresses.

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Surprisingly it lasted till 4 in the morning when bad dreams drove one adventurer inside but it was a good practice for next week when we get a proper tent for a soon to be ten year old. The plans are for a birthday camp in the backyard with some friends after cooking dinner on the fire and an evening with the daddy’s at the speedway.January 28th 2011 007   

This morning the adventurers decided this was the best place for breakfast and a spot of cloud watching/hunting?!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

I want Her life…

I want HER life

I want HER life, it’s all sunshine, flowers great hair and little birdies!
Do you ever find yourself thinking this? Sometimes I do.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Crative Space…and then suddenly…

STOOOOOPID COMPOOOOTER AHHHHHHHH!
There I was happily drawing the below print (which accurately reflects just about everything in my life at the moment) and then the computer decides it wants to mock me. For no apparent reason the font below will NOT be changed or selected  and the yellow version below would NOT insert onto this blog page but could only be dragged and dropped….WHY????  The pears are everywhere!!!!

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I was actually quite happy with how this turned out. I was experimenting with adding drawn elements to vector artwork I really wanted to capture the frazzled hair with a sketchy effect. I scanned my original sketch, cut it out in Photoshop and then put a colour overlay on top then placed it into my Illustrator file. It worked yay!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

IF - Stir

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Pamona Merryweather was known to stir the pot on occasion, but only when the pot was making a fuss over nothing!

This weeks illustrationfriday.com topic is ‘Stir’

Hi everyone!
This week's topic is "Stir" suggested by Susan Sorrell Hil (http://susansorrellhill.wordpress.com/).
Big dreams create the magic that stir men's souls to greatness." ~Bill McCartney
Happy stirring up ideas!
Penelope

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I still do

Today is my husband and my 15 year wedding anniversary,
and I still do!

I Still Do

We have weathered the storms large and small but we’re still in the boat! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Keepin’ it Zen

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Just one idea for the Mothers Day stall coming up soon at school.

A little reminder to us mummy’s to take it easy on ourselves.

I thought this might be OK on totes, make up bags and framed prints. What think you?

Friday, March 4, 2011

PJ’s

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  I helped Miss 13 make PJ shorts last week, her first real project using the sewing machine. Well done Missy Moo!

They then became a part of her outfit for ‘Weird and Wonderful Day’ at school.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

First day of Autumn

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I think Autumn is my favourite time of year. Everything seems to start to slow down and prepare itself for getting cosy and sleepy and turning inwards and retreating .

The trees start to turn and there is a slight chill in the air and you start thinking of hats and scarves and winter fires and hot chocolate and warm doonas. The colours are muted and earthy and you want to take deep breaths and wear slippers. It gets darker sooner, the evenings and mornings are cool with pleasantly warm afternoons and you just want to smile quietly to yourself and be happy.