Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category


My new website! Come on over – click on the picture…


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So, now the list is public I thought I’d better keep you all up to date.

Item 1 –  I thrifted a wee book with quilting techniques.

Item 2 – the Frida’s Wardrobe inspiration images are growing.

Item 9 – I’m reading 😉

Item 19 – I’ve started working through a basic lesson book – fun!

Item 30 – Not going very well.

Item 38 – The Sheet Swap has been initiated and my veges are going to seed.

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I’ve been writing my novel and on the way procrastinating by painting the kitchen door from this

to this

Very Shakin- -Stevens aye?

I’ve also been noticing light and colour

I’ve sent off my Christmas decoration swaps ( so virtuous!) but I wont post pics until they arrive at their destinations.

The shop has been ticking over, thanks! I’ll restock next week.

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Frida’s Wardrobe

People who know me well know I always have a few projects lined up and on the go. I’m quite excited about the latest idea so I thought I’d share it with you dear readers.

I’ve always loved the work and style of Frida Kahlo and a couple of recent moments of serendipity got me thinking. First I found this great site that showcases Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and lets you dress up paper dolls in her clothes. Then Shelly told me she’d just got this book out from the library. And Helen sent me some clippings with some great Frida-esk clothes. Of course Shelly and I got talking about how cool it would be to dress like Frida then I thought – Hey! What about we have a new project for the new year?

Frida’s Wardrobe

We sew our own takes on Frida’s clothes.

Step 1. Collect images of Frida type clothes for an inspiration board.

Step 2. Find/swap/borrow patterns that reflect the shapes/feel of our favourite pieces.

Step 3. Adapt the patterns with our own twists.

Step 4. Sew them up.

Step 5. Dress up, flounce around and do a photo shoot.

Step 6. Blog the process – post the images on our blogs/flickr.

Who wants to join me? I see it as an ongoing project for next year, maybe we could all inspire each other and share patterns, ideas, a laugh… Oh yes and accessories too – necklaces, flowers, monkeys…

OMG! This link just in – Hat tip Art & My Life!

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You’re invited

to come over and see my new project that I’ve started with Helen “Stripy Sock Studio” Lehndorf.

We decided to start a collaborative adventure: Two journals, in which we both write and collage etc then mail to each other and blog. Or as Helen L succinctly put it “Make art. Mail it to one another. Talk about it on the Internet.” All our lovely readers can come along for the ride and join in here.

And don’t worry we all feel like Helen says below…

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Home and away

Today’s Gem session was lino cut prints. I used an Art Deco rose motif for mine, Shelly; a Japanese floral motif and guest gem Kerry, a pasifica inspired motif.

Meanwhile, across the Tasman, long distance Gem Billie started work on the “Aunt Lily” project. I’m stoked!

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This article I started writing a wee while ago was intended for World Sweet World but due to a miscommunication it seems I missed the deadline so you lucky readers get to read it first and free!

Speaking about Craftivism / Guerilla Art, I picked up a couple of book orders yesterday – oh Joy! Keri Smith rocks!!

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