Fabulous!

November 26, 2013

Hello hello hello….. yes I am still alive and I am slowly coming up for air. Crazy busy last couple of months. I will share with you over the next few weeks some of the highlights and a few other things I have been slowly saving for you over those months.

But for now….. something fabulous. Poppytalk calls it ‘What happen’s when you give kids thousands of stickers. Take it as a pre-Christmas warning….. or Encouragement …. if you like.

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Beginning with an all white room …..

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…. in the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane …….

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Yayoi Kusama…..

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….. gave children stickers ……

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…… and over two weeks……

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….collaborated with the artist …….

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….. by placing stickers anywhere they wanted.

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Two weeks later…..

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…..The Obliteration Room ….. was complete. 

Hat-tip  Poppytalk,  stuart addelseesccart, and heybubbles and colossal).  Via The New Domestic. …. so apologies if you have seen it before. 
I think it appeals to me because it’s how the last half of the year has felt like, but makes it look so much more joyful than it was some days.
Though out it all Tim was fabulous and the kids were great. I am hoping and praying that in the next month leading up to Christmas I can embrace the joy in the chaos….. and get to take the opportunity to serve them, and others, like they have been serving me. 

 

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Belinda giving an artists talk in Tamworth.

One a  week for the past two years I have had the delightful pleasure of working for the lovely  Belinda Von Mengersen….. she is also my lovely friend. Lucky me!

Well, now it’s lucky you too because Belinda’s work is part of the collection of textile art currently showing at Manly Art Gallery and Museum until the 21st of July.

Every three years the Tamworth Textile Triennale collects together textile artists under a simgle theme. This time it is Sensorial Loop. The shows aim is to  showcase to a public the changing ideas and professional craftsmanship associated with contemporary textile practice in Australia.

The Dusting Cloth by Bel Von Mengersen. Image from abc local.

The Dusting Cloth by Bel Von Mengersen. Image from abc local.

Belinda’s work as you can see is beautiful….. and according to her ‘photographs badly’, so I can’t wait to see it for real….finished.

School Art Show.

September 18, 2012

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Our schools annual art show happened again this last week.

I am always astonished and delighted by what primary school children can create.

I find it extremely inspiring……I hope you do too.

Often we are keen to help with school or church fetes but are not sure where to start.

So, I have put together a giant list of fete and fair tutorials from around the blogging world.

So many clever people out there!

For me…. what makes a great craft to make for a fete or fair, is one that is inexpensive to make and buy , fun, quick to make, fairly easy to put together, and something people would want to hand there money over for.

All the images below are by the original tutorial writers. If you want to try one… just click on the creators name and it will take you straight there.

Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Let me know what you think.

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  1.  Bunting Cards (tiny party invite) by The Pleated Poppy.
  2.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms by diy Wedding 
  3.  DIY sugar body scrub by Craftiness is not an option.
  4.  Waterproof shower caps by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
  5.  Felt Tissue Pouches by My Growing Home
  6.  Simple Shopping Bags by The Purl Bee
  7.  House pillows by Craft and Creativity.
  8.  Beaded Heart Wand by First Palette.
  9.  3D Owl printables by Craft and Creativity.
  10.  Any colour chalk board paint by Salt Tree.
  11.  Angel placecard by Allsorts.
  12.  Covered Mouse pads by Coming Home To Roost.
  13.  Fairies in a Jar by Organised Chaos.
  14.  Paper Decoration Star by Craft and Creativity.
  15.  Button Thumbtacks by FellowFellow 
  16. Reindeer Gift Tag Printable by Eatdrinkchic.
  17. Knitted Mini Stockings by Little Cotton Rabbits.
  18.  Edible Teabag Cookie (Gluten Dairy and Sugar free)  by Whatever’s left 
  19.  Wooden Fork Dolls by Craft and Creativity.
  20.  Spray Painted Animals on lids by Pysselbolaget
  21.  Fabric Covered Lights by Rebeccasdiy.
  22.  Time for tea Soap by Cumbersome. 
  23.  Owl iphone case by handmade. 
  24.  Tea bag gift Tag by the studio of Mae 
  25.  Monogram bags by zszywka
  26.  Plush Monsters by Blueberry Moon.
  27.  Plush Penguin by Purl Bee.
  28.  Felt ball garland by The SoHo
  29. Lavender Satchels by Purl Bee 
  30. Chalk Paint Cheese Tray by Wit & Whistle

This one is called 'Fresh Hues. Image by Design Seeds.

This blog is great.

If you are scared of colours…. or not confident with them…. or just want to explore some other possibilities you might not otherwise think about…. this is a great place to go.

You can just browse the latest colour palette she has chosen for the post or you can look for specific colours you want to blend other things with.

It’s truly beautiful and inspiring.

"Finch Tones'Image from Design Seed.

'Speckled Tones' by Design Seeds.

From Design Seeds.'Cranberry tones'

Image from Design Seeds. 'Frosted Hues'.

…. seriously I could go on all day.

 

Image and tutorial from Southern Living.

I have always had a thing for duck egg blue…. I really want to have a go at these ones.

Let the kids loose with the camera ...see the world through their eyes.

If they need some direction … get them to photograph

  • anything they can find that is red blue green… (you get the idea)
  • as many different textures they can find.
  • things that remind them of other things.
  • …..what else…. tell me in the comments.

Colour……

October 25, 2011

A couple of months ago one of my favourite blogs Apartment Therapy posted a series of videos that make sense of colour in interiors (although I think the theories hold true across all colour design fields)

Colour is tricky.

White isn’t white.

Some colours approach and others recede.

There is a reason interior designers get paid to make rooms ‘feel’ a certain way. They know stuff.

It’s a bit like a science that is not taught in schools…. generally.

Like physics or chemistry, some of us have an instinct for it, while others are very afraid. But like physics and chemistry you can learn it (in theory)!

Following are 4 short videos that begin to make sense of some of our big colour questions.

1 Colour Families….. or which colours look good together 

2 Warm and Cool Colours

3. The 80/20 rule 

4. Easily Changeable Colour