Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I have an Etsy Store!

Well I’ve dived into Etsy! Not really sure how well I will go but you never ever know if you don’t have a go. Yay for rhyming.

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Hope is the thing scan

This is my first item for sale.

I kind of had fun with this. I started with a pencil and ink drawing  then collaged her dress with vintage paper. Then I made a scan and added colour and added some digital collage (the birds) and added a couple of lines from my fave Emily Dickenson poem ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’. Then once printed I went back over with some additional pencil detail and sewed stitching around the edge so that each print is individual.

Printed onto A4 250gsm archival paper

Monday, May 30, 2011

I’m feeling Woolley!

 

Nothing like the cold winter evenings to set you on the woolley path! I have got to and crocheted myself a curly scarf to wear as I watched the first episode of Downton Abbey. As I am next to hopeless at following patterns I just made it up as I went as usual.

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Here are some other wool inspired finds that are very cute indeed.

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Must admit this kind of looks a little sinister. Actually it has just struck me that there seems to be a bit of a ‘food’ theme with these wool creations…hmmm what was I thinking?

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I’m sure that the owl and fox are friendly vegetarians, really!!!

Lizardie Toys

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Has anyone else watched Downton Abbey yet? I’m not sure about it yet, hasn’t entirely grabbed me, but will persist a bit longer.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

IF - Soaked

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I can’t believe how long it has been since I have done anything for Illustration Friday. I just seem to be so flat out these days, every week I get the prompt word and in my mind ideas sprout and I even get some rough sketches down but that’s as far as it goes. So frustrating!

I’ve been experimenting a bit trying to find a digital effect that looks like a screen print. I still feel a bit frustrated trying to find a technique that is similar to my drawing style, even though I have a Wacom, I still feel all thumbs and can’t seem to get the sketch effect that I’m after. I feel more comfortable in Illustrator but I would really like to master Photoshop. I wish I knew someone locally that could give me some tips I really don’t think there is anyone here that uses PS for illustration. I’m trying to do lots of online tutorials I’ve just discovered www.lynda.com and then, like always,  it’s just practice, practice, practise.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The things we do…

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Over the past couple of weeks I have been developing a logo for a boutique dog food client at work. This has resulted in many hours and various versions of cats and dogs being drawn.

My cat/dog characterizations have definitely improved with the hours of practise! I’ve been drawing them in my sleep.

Today as I was doodling yet again, mulling over different design options, I came up with this sketch. Not much good for my logo but there was something about it that I liked .

It seems just such a typical dog/cat situation and response don’t you think?

Artist Series with Hillman Curtis

Artist Series with Hillman Curtis

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Creative Space

This week I have started my patchwork granny square blanket.

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Cutting, cutting, cutting. I started with the stash and have added the cute toadstool material and a nice green and cream leafy pattern. I’ll just keep adding as I find cute material.

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A fairly neutral colour pallet with the addition of some pinks and oranges will find a place in my bedroom.
Sewed these squares together and blanket stitch the edges.

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Sewed these squares together and blanket stitch the edges. I got the first one a bit wrong but have found 10 stitches  then double trebles into the first round of blanket stitch works best, then crocheting triple trebles into the fourth stitch of the second round then just granny as usual, (not very technical I know I’m kinda a make it up as you go gal).

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I have them sitting on my coffee table at the moment cause I like to walk past occasionally and look at them, they make me feel happy!

So…Whats up in your creative space at the moment? Follow along at Our Creative Spaces

William Fitzsimmons - Beautiful Girl [Official Music Video]

Rosie Thomas - Kite Song [Official Music Video]

Monday, May 9, 2011

Simple Little things

It’s the simple things in life that make it sweet.

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A place to sit and create.
Here in my little caravan that I am slowly making my own, I can get away from the thousand and one things that cry to be attended to. I can sit and contemplate, sketch, sew and crochet for a few minutes before I’m found by the family. Do you ever find that? Be out of eyesight for more than a minute and the hunt begins, gotta know where the mumma is!!

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Tasty, easy, healthy food.
A friend from East Timor showed us this simple ‘snack’ ( I consider this lunch) that she makes all the time. Start with a packet of Asian noodles/vermicelli add enough boiling water to cover noodles add Bok Choy/cabbage/lettuce, mushrooms, onion, capsicum, Thai marinated Tofu (really anything you fancy) Sprinkle seasoning (if you don’t have seasoning I use stock instead of water), fresh coriander and then squeeze some lemon juice at the end just before serving. Cook till noodles are soft. YUM.

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Something to do.
I have started my blanket as inspired from my previous post. I want to add some more Autumnal colours as well, a few more oranges and apricot tones. This fabric is just what I happened to have in my stash to get me started. I can’t wait to get to the crochet part.

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Inspiration.
Good books that you can read over and over again are like medicine for the fractured soul. I am in serious need of some Financial Serenity and my lovely mummy bought this for me after she read her own copy. Now we can compare notes.

Health
Today I found out from my Doctor that my health is not so great. I am going to have to make some big changes over the coming  months to try and reverse what can only be described as neglectful living. I have the very bad habit of considering everything else that noisily badgers for attention more important than myself, and am reaping the consequences. I have a hard time thinking that my needs are as important as everyone else’s but I am (finally) coming to the conclusion that if I don’t look after myself no one else will (duh!)…so anyway, here’s to the simple things.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Surprise! I am still alive….

Yep contrary to appearances I have not fallen of the face of the earth just the blogosphere for a bit.

My life has been a flurry of mad activity for the last little bit and I haven’t had a moment to myself to get my thoughts together in any sort of coherence. I’ve almost felt a bit reluctant to come back and blog  kind of like when you haven’t talked to a friend in a while and you know you really should make the effort. You know when you do you’ll really enjoy it but there are just so many other things that seem more pressing.

A quick overview includes:

~ Easter (chocolate overload and family visiting)
~ Getting my youngest boy settled in a new school which is including all sorts of testing , meetings and such. We are really hoping this is going to be a new start for him. Crossing fingers, toes and eyes,(elicits odd looks and makes it a bit difficult to walk!)
~ Work of course (flat out like a lizard drinking I tell ya)
~ Last minute frenzied shopping and gift wrapping for about 150+ gifts for the mothers day stall on Friday ( little bit tired now)
~ Tests at the Doctors (ho hum too boring to talk about)
~ Gardening, cool weather at last, no frying of skin involved.

I can’t believe it but I haven’t so much as lifted a pencil in the last few weeks, so no illustrations. Not to say I haven’t got 101 ideas floating about just no time, actually I think it’s more I haven’t been able to be still and alone long enough.

Sorry about the appalling photo’s I just took them and it is now 12.50am and I really should be in bed.

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I did crochet a new beret for winter while watching TV over a couple of nights, that was fun, and I now am inspired by this blanket from here so I think this will be my next project.

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So pretty!