Friday, 29 November 2013

Nearly Summer

Although it's summer in two days, today was only 17 degrees around lunchtime, it will surely knock us all around a bit when summer really hits.  
I've been hearing the seasonal, mournful call of koels, and I was reading that Nowra is about as far south as they go. Sadly, one of our hens went missing this week leaving a catastrophic spill of feathers as the only hint of her departure.  
Some new things I finished for the shop this week are a framed ampersand-shaped school of fish, cut from a fishing sticker that shows the legal sizes for each species.
Pom pom flowers on gum twigs. Very pretty and elegant looking rather like alpine flowers or dandelions. A lot of native flowers have this form I've been noticing. Most recently the bush reserve near our house is decorated with little purple pom pom flower puffs. Our garlic and spring onions are flowering too at the moment, purple pom poms on blue-green stems. So pretty!
And I've been painting some numerals in acrylics on old canvasses, painting over the top of old paint and sanding back to previous layers for lots of texture.




Saturday, 16 November 2013

Commission

A watercolour commission 20 x 25cm on Arches paper. 
My friend Mickie lost his his beautiful dog Miro this week after many years of living together as a family, relocating from Australia to Canada and back again.
I love that prayer "Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am". 
Our dogs make us better people.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Juggling November


I asked my partner Andy to bring juggling sticks to the shop for the opening celebrations on the long weekend in October. He made a batch of them a couple of years ago to take to the Pete's Ridge festival. They have bright colours spiralling along them and are made from repurposed bike tyres and wooden dowel. Juggling sticks are a great activity for kids since it is relatively easy to begin and just challenging enough to keep them at it. Andy has made up some new sets which I have for sale in Huskisson now for $25.

I've been juggling my time at the shop, community care, teaching ethics, graphic design, crafting, family, friends, rosters, finances... not so elegantly at times. The goal is to work hard now and reap the rewards later - right?

Some cleansing rain early this week brought a new frog to our pond with a regular "clack" to sing along with the current frog who sings a collection of clatters like marbles hitting each other. Some blackbirds have taken up in our yard, scratching around like hens in the mulch. The gums are all shedding their bark and flakes of it are scattered everywhere in the winds we've been having. 
The vegie garden is exploding with onion flowers and rangy rocket blossoms and bolting lettuces. The yellow flowers all along Wool road are beginning to blossom again - they made me smile last year!

Here are some pictures of new shop items - firstly, I made a stamp to brand my paper bags. Very happily, this bird can hold items in it's beak, such as this leaf. But it makes me very happy to know he can also hold holly for christmas, flowers and even worms. A bit of fun!



Some more nautical tealight lanterns. Knotted with jute twine, they have a wire handle and are made from repurposed glass jars of course. One of these has sold already.


 Some more paper-cut art. The quote "to see birds, one must become part of the silence" in a pretty script font adorned with birds. I've made this before, but rearranged the words a little to fit better in A4. Hand cut with a pointy little knife this takes ages to cut - but the result is very lacy and delicate-looking.

And some more decorative doily dangler things - made from a row of 4 doilies stitched into repurposed bangles and strung together with repurposed trivet beads - these ones have been dyed with fruit tea (pink) and black tea (brown)