Landfill Harmonica

August 8, 2013

 

A fabulous combination of compassion, music and recycling. I love this idea.

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Image via pinterest.

Meredith’s request was a pinterest board about teacups…… so here it it. 

P.s. I thought you would particularly enjoy this image Meredith.

Save the date…..

June 17, 2013

A sneak peek at the work in progress.

A sneak peek at the work in progress.

Exciting news in the last couple of days for me.

Some of my new work has been selected for a miniatures exhibition on the 7th of August.

This exhibition is the key Sydney College of the Arts event in the Sydney Design program….. so it’s kind of a biggish deal. It’s a big deal to me as this is my first ever public exhibition as an artist. I have only ever previously shown my work here!

….anyway…. I would love to have you all come to the opening on Wednesday the 7th of August. I know it’s a long way off, but I also know lots of you are busy, so put it in your calendar if exhibitions are your thing.

More info as I get it.

Holiday doona cover.

April 4, 2013

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The upcycled doona cover.

Over the holidays, while her sisters were doing drama and aerialize  weeklong workshops, 9 year old and I had sewing camp together. She is the most keen daughter when it comes to sewing. 14 year old will do some, 13 year old runs a mile, and 6 year old …well I’m not sure about her yet.

9 year old was given a little Ikea sewing machine for Christmas, so we thought it was an excellent opportunity to give it a run. I am planning to review this little machine now we have given it a run.

We decided together to make a doona cover from my stash of fabrics and old clothing in the cupboard.

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The finished cover.

Many of the fabrics are significant to her as they are from different parts of her life and  ours lives as a family.

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Close up of tags fabrics etc.

This close-up shows fabrics from a baby dress of hers (lace), a shirt she wore when she was a toddler (heart print) and the blue and white spotty left overs from her Alice in wonderland dress I made for her for her 7th birthday.

We tried as much as we could to keep labels too.

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Sleeve tabs were kept.

Here you can see fabrics from a shirt of Tim’s (light blue stripe), lace-edging I bought at a garage sale (with my Mum) when  I first moved to Sydney about 25 years ago….. so I guess that makes it vintage ….., and a shirt of mine (blue flowers).

We tried to keep the garments detailing as much as we could….. like the sleeve tabs. 9 year old then hand-sewed buttons (taken from the shirts we had used) opposite the tabs so treasured toys could be held by them.

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The finished poduct.

We finished it off by using a flat white sheet to form the back of the cover.

Every single thing….including thread…. we got from the stash!!

It is not quite a standard size 😉 and I did help a lot, but she was amazing and now is planning her next project!

Can’t wait to share it when she does.

I’m really enjoying watching this girl in her happy place.

This weekend 14 year old has been putting the final touches on her year 8 major art project.

Part of being at a school that focuses on the visual arts is that the school can indulge in a few quirky assessments.

For this project students from year 8 to year 10 are given about 8 months  to complete an HSC style  ‘self directed’ piece of art. The time frame and the open-endedness of the project means the students learn lots of things about time management, focus, and exploration.

Having one idea that develops over months is very confronting for a generation used to instant-ness, but she has done so well.

I remember how stressful it was doing 2 major works for the HSC (all those years ago), especially for my Mum….

….I am hoping that the 3 years of practise prior to the real deal will all be as enjoyable for both of us.

More photos to follow.

Musical Miniatures.

October 7, 2012

My original strips. See what I am doing with them by clicking on the picture.

‘Take a book. Return a book.’ Image from the original article on etsy.

This is a great little community lead idea that is popping up around the place.

Esty blog have written an article about it here. Little free libraries. ‘You can’t steal a free book’.

I am on the lookout for a suitable ‘bookhouse’ to put on my front fence.

The site Little Free Libraries even have plans for how to build little libraries and a gallery of already established ones.

Facebook also has it’s own Library builders guild with over 1000 members!

Already I know of a number of people in my community that are keen to make this happen. Maybe your community would be up for it too.

I will let you know how it progresses.

…oh and if you have a little house (waterproof) tucked away in somewhere and want to get rid of it…… let me know.

Another cute bookhouse. Image from etsy blog.

Image from the dirtgirlworld site. For more info click on the picture.

It’s not too late to do your little bit on World Environment Day.

One of my favourite children’s websites has joined forces with a bunch of sponsors (one who happens to be my sisters business) to put together this great resource.

Look at the ideas page….

….and think about how you might get your local schools, communities or churches involved next year. Maybe do something small yourself today!

Happy World Environment Day.

Use those Christmas packaging boxes from the recycling to make one of these by reciclando en la escuela

Facebook Friday

November 25, 2011

Image from Etiko.

Thanks for the perspective Serendipity Tea Boutique.