Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yeah I Made It...9/52 little makes

Birthday pillowcase

Seahorse baby taggie

I rather like the seahorse baby taggy which is good because on Weds 11th of March I am going to be the crafter in residence at E for Ethel's as part of their fringe programme, so I am going to sit down and make a whole lot. Then I'll need some more friends to have babies so I can give them away - although Bounce would happily have a bed full of them.

Do come and visit me if you like - it's a fabulous cafe.

The new challenge is going to be finding time for creative pursuits in the midst of balancing the new job. I still hold that making is good for me and creativeness and nurturing it enlarges me and extends me.... I believe it is worthwhile so I need to make time for it.

How do you balance giving time to creativity?
Do you see it as a top priority or a nice optional extra?

love you more than a full box of gifts ready to give xxx

Monday, February 23, 2015


It's been a long week.

A week of learning curves, helpful people, less than helpful people, early mornings, high emotions (on my part) and way too much heat.

The summer here has been good - by my standards, which probably means terrible for most Adelaidians. However Friday, Sat, Sun have been gross. Too hot for me and sticky to go with it.

I don't like being hot at all and on days where the heat is soaring and I have walked to the library to do printing and found it closed, in 40+ I am not pleasant to be around.

I'm learning but I have a long way to go.

These boys have been so good, little troupers.

I do love them dearly.

... and as The Atlas always reminds me there are few things that are not improved by a good water fight.

how about you? Hot or Cold? and do you get heat rage too?

love you more than a day inside, all day xxx

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yeah I Made It... 8/52 Coffee Table Makeover

This new place we are in isn't furnished (hooray!) which means that we needed to get furniture.

This coffee table arrived looking totally fine but I wanted to do a little makeover on it.

Sanded and primed (yawn)

Coat one

Tape applied

Coat two and three

Tape removed - we all liked this bit!

A few patches needed a recoat (nothing a small paintbrush and spray paint in the lid couldn't fix)

it worked!

Before and Afterish

I've decided that teal and navy are a perfect combo. There will be another coffee table makeover in this same combo but a different style. I also grabbed a table from someone's hard rubbish the other day for the boys room that will undergo a similar transformation.

Have you ever done a hard rubbish snatch??

love you more than a house full of colourful furniture xxx

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vignette According to Bounce

This is how our house looks when you are 6

not the vignette I would have chosen but joyful all the same

do your kids take random shots on the camera?

love you more than a wonderful self portrait xxx

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7/52 - Sunday Afternoon Wrestling

In the blue corner....

and in the red corner....

and getting his work out for the week but unavailable for publicity shots (!) The Atlas.

love you more than getting out of wrestling on Sundays xxx

Monday, February 16, 2015

Books To Celebrate Young Women

These books are both for the teen/ YA market, wholly different but both inspired by a need to honour and value young women in the world. Both are interesting and worthwhile reads.

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

Many years ago I read Deborah Ellis' Parvana books. They are great books about the journey of families and young women in the middle east. At the time I was so pleased that someone was telling these stories in a way young people could access and relate to them.  In Moon at Nine she has stayed true to this theme. Following the world of Sadira and Farrin (from Farrin's perspective), 2 bright and promising young women in Iran, she explores what is means to be a young, clever and gay woman in this world. As their love unfolds so does the realisation of what it might mean in a country that still executes people for being gay. (There are other countries that do this too). Based on a true story this book is neither explicit nor terrifying although she does not shy away from the realities of execution. Ellis' writing is fluent and gentle and the characters are well drawn. It is a love story but not in a gushy or romantic 'novel for teens' kind of way - it's about love that makes you live well and love that drives you to put another before yourself. Well written and informative I think this book is a timely book for a world where intelligent women are still shut down for being who they are in too many places.

I honour Ellis for using her talents to make a difference for people in the world and for tackling difficult topics with grace and realness.

Details - Allen and Unwin, Jan 2015 RRP $16.99 also available as an ebook

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean ed Kirsty Murray, Payal Shar and Anita Ray.

Another book that responds to honour young women is Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (don't you love the title?) a collaboration across the world edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Shar and Anita Ray. In response to attacks on young women in Australia and India writers and illustrators have put together this collection of short stories (word and graphics). As with any short story collection there are ones I liked more than others. Some I felt were interesting and particularly strong and other stories felt like the writer was still on a journey to find their voice. I feel like this book would be a particularly good addition to a school library because it has short readable stories that have females as the protagonists. Most of the stories are set in the future some with a bleaker outlook than others. All cast young women in honoured and important roles. I would recommend this for any avid reader from about 10-14ish. I also love that there are commentaries in the back from each author or illustrator talking about how the collaborative process worked for them. In this regard I think it is also an interesting resource for any young aspiring writer.

Details - Allen and Unwin, Jan 2015 RRP$16.99 also available as an ebook

Thanks to Allen and Unwin for the wonderful review reads they continue to provide me.

love you more than an afternoon of being bookish xxx

Saturday, February 14, 2015

6/52 - those evenings

when time slows down and you get the paints out after dinner

and I read four chapters of the secret seven while you paint like little angels

these peaceful moments

of togetherness are for treasuring

love you more than all the colours xxx