Thursday, February 26, 2009
and all done! this photo doesn't show the arms though.. I sewed them on later.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This is my twin sister and I ready for a fancy dress something. I am the cowgirl, she is the pretty lady. I don't remember if she was little-bo-peep or something. Pretty much sums up our childhood, I was the grotty one with stains on my clothes and no shoes on, she is neat and pretty.
My big sister K holding me. (I think we were the rebels in the family and shared that outlaw-bond. You can see it in that mischievous smile. she knows.)
Us four sisters at Malanda Falls. Note the mullets and handmade swimmers. I once saw a platypus in the river at those falls.
At Lake Egan with pelicans. Although this photo was taken in the early 80's, it has a definite 70's feel to it. Must be the bell-bottoms and cords.
I have no recollection of canoeing at all. None. We look cute though. N still has the same smile (and I still have great legs)
This is where the 80's really kicked in. Cut-off denims, bright arty prints, flouro.
I hope you enjoyed your tour. Any questions?
Looking at old photos got me thinking about last times. You remember your first times, or most of them- but rarely the last. When was the last time I played on a swing? I didn't know at the time that it would be the last, but somehow it was. The last time you pretended you were a dog and lapped water from a bowl on the floor? The last time you told a teddy a secret? The last time you padded your bra with tissues? (no, I never did that.. ), the last time you ate vegemit toast upside down so the vegemite goes straight on your tongue?
Maybe I should do all of those again and then remember it as the last. (Might suck the magic out though, not quite the same!). Lasts I do remember include- last look around a house before moving, last day at high school, last time I saw a friend, last time I ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich (last week), last time I bathed with my best friend ( the next summer she had 'grown up' and overtaken me), the last time I fell in love. All the lasts make room for the firsts, I just don't want to miss any of them.
(edit) my twin sister just posted this photo on her lovely blog (you can see it here)
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I opened an account long ago, and it has been patiently waiting for me to be inspired. Or be drastically in need of funds to consider selling the surplus of crafty creations piled in drawers and under the bed for beer money. And so, as we speak, little elves are hanging signs and arranging monsters on shelves, polishing the till and the windows, all ready for the big moment, the GRAND OPENING.
It’s all because this week, in a sporadic brain freeze I spent the most money I've ever spent on a body scrub. The lady was so darn nice. You know they are so exceptionally convincing and chat away all friendly like until you feel like it would be just.damn.rude. to walk away empty handed (although part of my brain is fully aware it is their job). And so I walk away with body scrub in triple figures. I kid you not. My skin IS very soft.. For a time last year I was supporting three charities at once with monthly donations because I couldn't say no to the young energetic hippies that leap into your path on the street with disturbing photos and a ready spiel.
And so, every time I feel the urge to, say, go out for a beer, or dinner, and cannot due to extreme lack of funds; I rub my skin and chant 'so soft! sooo soft!' and get back to work on my etsy store. Very exciting actually with banners and fonts and ‘oooh what shall I make next?’ thoughts. Will post and let you know of course when it is ready to rock’n’roll!
New Year’s Resolution #25
Must not give money to people for things I neither need nor afford just because they are nice.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Yay! Here are all the little monsters from the Great Monster Sew.
To tell you a secret, there's actually two more monster bodies cut and waiting on the sewing table, but this ship has sailed, this mojo has flown and my hands are on to other things. Enough monsters for now. They will be sweet little extras when I feel the urge.
Don't ask me what I'm going to do with them. So many monsters. They are snug in an old yellow suitcase for the moment.
I'm popping this one in for Meet Me At Mikes Make-a-Long for February (felt theme). Feel free to drop by and leave a comment!
Picked these little babies up at the art supply store this afternoon. They remind me of vintage and bracelets, and they sit on my sewing machine now like a cute little row of, well, dolls.
You can't quite see, but under my old sewing machine is a lovely Singer felt mat, and in her little arm she is holding new feet and accesories. I have a new friend, and he services sewing machines. Tee hee hee. I can't quite say it without thinking of 70's porn music 'ooh baby, service my machine.. take a look at my paaarts' Boom chuka waa waa.. He's quite cute too. (E if you ever somehow read this, please don't tell me. I will be embarassed.)
Anyway, I have plans for a new project, a gift for said friend who is so kindly donating his skill and time to *snicker* service my machine.. It's kinda a longhaired creature with a skull face and day of the dead tattoos. I will tell all, but right now I am off to bed with a book.
Go on, have a look! (and vote for me! no, don't.. but do!)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I worked in OSHC (out-of-School-Hours-Care, like child care but kids aged 6-12) for years and left last year to follow a job opportunity in a new college.
I used to:
paint with marbles
help with homework
play with new toys
wipe away tears
make elephants from paper plates
play cricket, or basketball, or catch, or whatever
listen to school problems
plant seeds in our kids vege patch
say the same phrases 20 times a day
turn the jump rope for hoouurrs
play card games
think of new things to do with paddlepop sticks
have little hands hold mine
experiment with science kits
take 60 kids on excursion
listen to stories
fix scraped knees
have a great 'teacher' voice that could bounce across the playground
get excited about missing teeth
have to shake small bodies from my lap whenever I stood up
do really big jigsaw puzzles
have to get up really early
watch shrek, and finding nemo, and the incredibles
wear jeans to work
write policies and procedures
enforce continoius improvement practises
file. scan and file
can sleep in every now and then
get excited about funky stationary
make, attend and note minutes for meetings
drink too much tea
ensure company compliance with boring legislation
sit down 90% of the day
get paid twice as much
make many lists
wear stockings that get ladders reeaally easssily and piss me off
wear clothes that you have.to.iron.
use many post-it notes
I find my job challenging and enjoy it much of the time. But I can't help but miss the kids.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
New Years Resolution #25: Don't eat anything that looks the same after a month in a jar. (includes cakes, excluding chocolate)
Last night I cleaned out my sewing drawers and labelled them. So.neat. Love it. Sometimes tidying just makes you feel better, everything all neat and in it's place. I know other people feel it too.
Almost finished the 'Great Monster Sew', will finish last few hopefully and get some pics up!! Plan to pop one in for the Meet Me at Mikes make-a-long for february.
On my walk today saw an apple tree in a front yard. Love apple trees. Something about the simplicity of them, and furry leaves, gnarled branches and rosy hanging fruit. I don't know. My next tattoo will be an apple twig with leaves and blossoms. Can't.wait. Other things I saw included a batman logo scratched into concrete, and some laser wielding octopus graffiti. Random.
Also loved this post today. Updated my blog list on the side there, but then went exploring and added another 6 blogs to my favourites.. Dammit. Gotta stop doing that.Apologies for rambling many-topic post. Short attention span this weekend. May your week be breezy and easy, full of smiles from random strangers and money in unexpected pockets.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Some things I like:
Metal Candy Hearts here. Ultra sweet.
Cute Sayings for your valentine here at Skip to My Lou. Ultra-cheesy.
I'm excited about the anti-valentines contest, keep goin' over to check out new entries and all the cute-arse stuff. Little excited in that I've-entered-into-a-competition way. I've won two competitions before. It'd be cool to get an honourable mention in this one.
Age: 6, Competition: colouring in, Prize: set of mint ladybird stamps, that I later used to post parcels to imaginary places.
Age: 16, Competition: fashion design, Prize: 100 bucks. I don't remember what I spent it on.
"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other waythan this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep."
- Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"
Thursday, February 12, 2009
To help us raise a heap'o'dough for the Appeal:
* Become a 'SHOUTER'- if you like a beer at your local, you can spread the love! -contact me or leave a comment and I'll send you a donation box and poster (or several) and a team member login to the website. All you need to do is ask permission to place donation box at the pub of your choice, and send and log monies donated on the website every week.
I'll be creating certificates to thank participating pubs, and creating a list of participating pubs on this blog and the website (please email me your pubs url if they'd like their name to link to their website).
* pop this button on your lovely blog and link back to this page or http://www.everydayhero.com.au/shout_a_beer to let people know about it and how they can join
* Go to the 'Shout a Beer' fundraising website and make a donation immediately. (even if it's the price of a beer. it all adds up!)
I’ve set a target of $5,000. I don’t know if that’s reasonable or just plain ol’ crazy. Either way, next time you have a beer- ‘Shout a Beer’ and help thousands of Australians who’ve lost everything rebuild their lives.
Pub Donation Posters for 'Shout a Beer'
I’ve been watching the news unfold over the last week, admiring the quick thinking of crafty types setting up a variety of ways to assist those devastated by the worst natural disaster in Australian History, and wondering what I could do.. Well I thought of something and 2am last night..
step 1. write materials and think of catchy name (thanks R)
step 2. email companies asking for donations of resources and collection boxes
step 3. add group on facebook and email peeps to get involved
step 4. write a lovely blog about it and ask all bloggin' peeps to get involved too!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Step 1: Pick up some old-school plasticine from the art supply store on your way home from work
Step 2: drawing and creating wire amature (yep, that's what's it called. I did some research!)