Tuesday, November 11, 2014

the tricks used to make us spend

There are so many lies and tricks told to us to make us buy products and part with our cash.  Supermarkets are expert at it.  All shops are actually.  Did you know the music you listen to in shops like Kmart, supermarkets, discount stores and the list goes on and on is specifically chosen to encourage you to spend your money?   The music is selected to create a mood and this in turn will make you buy more.

Take note of the music next time you are in a specific supermarket etc.   Places like The Reject Shop are really good at this but so are Coles and Woolworths.  They employ people just to work on this sort of trickery.  Why is it legal? This short video reveals a few other tricks used to deceive us while spending our money in supermarkets.

It really is a good thing the internet can help us to know about such things now...

Thursday, November 06, 2014

sewing..



Sewing cushions and using up fabric.  We go through cushions a lot in this house with little cheeky ratties often putting holes in them when they feel like chewing when they out play time.  Louie also uses them as beds sometimes when the floor just doesn't cut it.  So they get washed and washed but then I get to the stage where they just have to go.  They might be clean but I can't handle the holes for long.  Luckily the girls don't chew all the time but they do it often enough.

I have a lot of fabric in my stash.  I donated a lot about a year ago that I knew I would never use as I didn't like it anymore.  I had vintage sheets I had been collecting for years but most of them went too so someone else could have the joy of finding them at the op shop.  I have been purging lots of stuff lately and still have a lot to go. Instead of "saving" the fabric I love I am determined to use it up.

I have some art supplies I have been sharing out with artist friends too.  I have donated a lot of vintage Tupperware as well.  I have loved my years of op shopping but even though I started buying only what I really really loved and could actually use I still ended up with stuff.  Too much stuff.
We need to live lighter.    I don't need the stuff and I know someone else will love finding those things in the op shops just like I did some years ago. My days of stuff are over.

It feels really really good to part with these things and the less I have the more I use up which is an equally good feeling.   I have a lot of cupboards and shelves to go.  I only do a shelf here and there when I fell up to it but there is no stopping me now.  It needs to be done.

I do however still have my teacup collection.  It is only small and I do love it so.  I don't think I can part with them and beside I am sure teacups don't come under the category of "stuff"


let our leaders know.......

Thursday, October 30, 2014

spooky



I have been doing a little baking. Some spooky biscuits. I really do have a teeny tiny little addiction to cookie cutters and I love my whole collection but my bat and ghost are especially cute. These bikkies didn't last long so I made a second batch and they disappeared very quickly too. Time for more I think...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the girl with her spotty dog


This is a mixed media piece I have just finished in memory of Ruby. I loved working on it. It is acrylic paints, Inktense Pastels, gesso and graphite. I am missing Ruby everyday and still have tears at times, but the acute pain has thankfully eased and my mojo has returned so that is a good thing.

My body pain seems to have moved up to a whole new level lately even though I have always have coped quite well with my pain, things are changing. I am resting even more than usual but also trying to move a lot too as that helps. I am determined to not let this get in the way of my painting and also my crocheting. I am trying to pace myself and I get very pissed off at times with not being able to do as much in one sitting as I would like, so my work is slow and my nana naps are long.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

therapy..

A new project. Loving the colours. Keeping busy. Slightly procrastinating with this project instead of a Christmas present that happens to be all black and just maybe crocheting a whole queen size blanket in black (requested colour) just might be doing my head in!! I will need all the colour of this one to work on for colour breaks I think.
Did I say Christmas? nope! I don't do that word, especially when it is only September.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ruby....


Ruby was part of our family since she was 9 weeks old when we adopted her from the RSPCA. An Australian Cattle Dog/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, she fitted in straight away. Last year Ruby turned 12 and she seemed to get old almost overnight. But she was very happy and active and always let Louie know she was still top dog. Any minor aliments we were able to manage with the help of our vet.

A few weeks ago though, Ruby's health declined. She still was playful and had a good appetite but we could tell she was starting to not feel good a lot of the time. She became quite ill quite suddenly and was obviously starting to suffer and when she looked at us with the saddest of eyes she seemed to be pleading with us to let her go. She knew it was her time.

Last Thursday our beautiful, loving and funny girl Ruby passed away. Our hearts are broken and the house feels so empty. We had our vet do a home visit so Ruby wasn't stressed as she hated going to the surgery, and she passed away gently in our arms at home.

Louie misses her and still thinks every time someone comes home that Ruby will be with them as he looks for her. Our vet told us not to spoil Louie or give him extra attention but of course I am totally ignoring that advice. He can't sleep by himself after always sleeping with Ruby. He now sleeps on the bed.


You are forever in our hearts Ruby girl xxxx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It leaves a hole all can see


A heavy heart I do carry
It leaves a hole all can see
A pain I will suffer
Until all animals are free

A mixed media piece and poem I have just finished. I am liking my girls with a bigger head and smaller body. I will play with this style for a while I think. I am actually quite happy with her. Usually I finish a piece and then don't really like it too much so it feels good to like one and feel I can explore it more.

I am loving winter even though to me, it doesn't really feel like winter. Sure we have had some cold days and a few days with snow on the mountains but it is just not like the winter I grew up with. But I am happy it's not summer so I am not complaining. It feels crazy that Spring is just around the corner again.

Of course that means Xmas is too which I am always in denial about. I dread the thought of Xmas and summer more and more every year. I have tried to boycott Xmas in this house but of course I am am the only one wanting to do that. We have a modest and frugal Xmas and we don't have fatty and cruel artery clogging food, but it still feels like a stress and a pressure I don't need in my life. I think we should have our birthday as a special day and that's it. If I was having my children now I wouldn't even start Xmas as a tradition.

Monday, August 11, 2014

finished piece...


I loved doing this piece. Lots of playing with colour and textures. I have another in progress which is nearly finished too

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

done and dusted...


I have finished my first ever crochet project and I am quite happy with it. This scarf has ended up over 2 metres long and was quite hard to photograph in it's entirety but I am glad I started off with a scarf. That way I got to finish it within a reasonable amount of time while getting the hang of the grannies and learning how to join them as well.


I like that I can wear it now. I like that I finally stuck with trying to get the hang of this crochet caper. (thank you YouTube) I like that I like it now it's finished. As a potter (in another life before becoming chronically ill) and now as a mixed media artist I hardly ever really really like my finished product. I might be liking something while I am working on it then when it is finished I often don't like it. But I like this one. Sure I can see some dodgy bits here and there, mainly tension issues but I am ok with that too.



I have loved the look of brightly crocheted things for a long time and wanted to be able to just do it. As someone without any patience whatsoever, this was difficult so I didn't stick with it long enough for it to click, until recently. I still don't know how I will go with working from patterns (this has been my impatient downfall with knitting) but maybe I can crochet non pattern type things like lots of blankets and scarfs and flowers oh my!

I like the calm mind crochet creates. It is a therapy for me. I have found if I feel anxious or crappy at feeling crappy, it is good for me. It is a meditation. I plan to enjoy the process. Now I have my first project finished and I can wear it, I don't want to feel in a hurry with any other projects I start. I can only crochet small amounts each day or short bursts a few times a day as it does cause me some pain some of the time and if I feel extra unwell on a particular day and foggy brained it is not a good idea to pick up the hook. But, having said that, I already have several things on my "to make" list....

Saturday, July 12, 2014

stitchy love...


I have all my squares joined and have my scarf! yay. I just have the ends to sew in. So many ends! I haven't taken a photo yet but I do like this photo of granny loveliness taken before the squares were joined. I am going to be just a little bit addicted to it I think...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

slowly does it...

Everything is a little slow at the moment, life is a bit of struggle as my health seems to not improve but only get worse. Just by a little each day, but it adds up fast. Another slow thing is the return of my painting and drawing mojo. Slowly returning is fine. It is better than not returning at all. It feels good to be working with my pens and paints again....

Saturday, June 21, 2014

chocolate heaven


Making chocolates is now a favourite and easy thing to do and this chocolate is totally healthy too which is a bonus.

The ingredients are just 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup raw cocao or if you don't have cocao then cocoa will work just as well and then to sweeten add agave or maple syrup to taste. Just melt the oil mix in cocao and agave syrup and then put into muffin cups or spread out on baking paper and add your nuts of choice then eat and enjoy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

granny love



I am loving making grannies. I think I may be just a little bit addicted already. However, I am finding it is causing me a lot of pain in my hands and wrists but I will not be defeated. I have had to give up so much over the last 12 years due to Lupus and Fibromyalgia. Each time I have had to give something up (ceramics springs to mind mostly) I can adjust and move on but this time I will keep going with it even if it is very slowly. Chronic illness really sucks as so many of you know too, but we simply must have creative things in our life or we will shrivel up and die.

I don't draw, paint and sew nearly as much as I would like to but I feel wonderful when I manage to get some work done and it is the same now with crochet. I am just trying to keep it real. Keeping it real for what is possible for me to get done in a day. Some days that is hardly anything but on those days I simply dream of getting it done.