A Handmade Christmas

Did you have a good Christmas? My aim was to have a relaxing, stress-free time, but it never quite happens that way does it? The last few days before Christmas were a flurry of making & baking.

We decided to make each other presents this year - here are a few pics of the things I made. I wanted to make things I don't normally do & I used vintage graphics instead of my own artwork - I wanted to give everyone something they wouldn't be expecting from me. Despite the last minute rush, I really had a lot of fun making fudge, shortbreads, soy candles, compact mirrors, lip balms & potpourri sachets. It wasn't so much fun making chocolate truffles...they turned out a little lumpy & I somehow managed to get chocolate everywhere. I received some beautiful gifts in return. My sister Cass & her boyfriend Dave planted me a herb garden & made delicious walnut shortbreads, & my best friend Mark & his fiancé Stevie made gift boxes of bath & beauty products with the most gorgeous packaging.

I hope you had a chance to catch up with the people you love & had a wonderful time! I'm looking forward to doing nothing for the rest of today...maybe some reading & DVD watching, & a sandwich made from leftover glazed seitan roast with cashew lemon & thyme stuffing. Yum!

Messy Desk

I've just popped by to say hi! Things might be a little quiet 'round these parts for the next couple of weeks as I'm busy preparing for my shop opening, but I shall be back soon, blogging like there's no tomorrow. What are you doing this week? Do you have any creative projects messing up your work desk? Urgh...children's party next door. Lots of high-pitched squealing going on. Time for a walk I think!

Giant Mermaids, a UFO, and a Flying Whale

I'm lucky enough to live by the sea, in beautiful, sunny Semaphore. A few months ago, at the end of summer, we took a stroll down to the esplanade (after a yummy lunch at the local tapas café), to see the kites breezin' along with the breeze as part of the annual Semaphore Kite Festival. It was a lovely day (apart from forgetting my sunscreen & coming home as red & shiny as a ripe tomato). Looking at these bright summery pics makes me look forward to spring!

Accidental Beauty & Organised Chaos

Maybe beauty is too grand a word for accidentally organised clutter, but even so, I thought these little dogs (picked up a few weeks ago from a flea market) I'd put to one side of the hellish mess I call my work table, made a nice little arrangement deserving of a photo! The collage on canvas behind them is a little work in progress - I must get around to finishing it...

The piccie below is another accidental arrangement from a few months ago. I was idly fidgeting while talking on the phone & made this little scene on my desk. The thing the tinsel tree is sticking in is a grubby lump of blue-tack with the word 'please' pressed in it from my 'please do not bend' stamp. Notice my blog on the screen behind it?

I've been flat-out busy lately, but for all those involved in the Paper Chase, I am madly collaging the nights away. Last count, I think I'd received about 30 packages!

What else have I been doing lately? Well, I've listed some new things in my Etsy shop. I thought I'd try & justify the extravagant purchase of stamp making equipment by making some to sell as well as for myself. I'd like to expand the selection, but here's what I've got for starters. I'm granting buyers a license to use them commercially, & all the designs will be exclusive to the range. I'm also gradually taking product photos so I can list a whole lot of buttons, magnets, keyrings, etc. The multi-packs that I've listed so far seem quite popular!

I'm also making hay while the sun shines (ie. using my gocco before supplies finally run out) by doing some new gocco prints, including some pieces for a gocco exhibition in October that I'll tell you all about later.

End of Summer Already?!

Yep, one more week & we're into autumn...it feels like only yesterday that I was "celebrating" the New Year with a poorly-timed bout of the flu (is there a good time to get the flu?)

Anyway, I thought I'd better dust off my blog & post something. Do you like my cigar boxes? I picked them up at a local market. Graphically & typographically you just can't beat old cigar boxes for pure excitement! I have plans for them...

As usual, I've been really busy & my poor old blog has been bumped to the back of the queue, but I've just been working on my gallery - not quite finished yet, but nearly! I also haven't forgotten that my monthly giveaways haven't quite been monthly (sorry!), so early this week I'm launching a Super Duper Mega Giveaway with four different prizes including Li'l Mary coasters and a couple of one of a kind creations that I've made especially for the giveaway.

Doesn't that sound grand? You do need to join my Mailing List to be eligible for the draw though, so go sign up!

It's 3.00am & I've eaten too much raspberry licorice - time to go! Enjoy your weekend!

PS. Hello to the people who found me via the Sunday Age! Just going out to buy my copy now - so exciting! :)