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30 questions and answers
1. Who are you named after?
2. Last time you cried?
Last week, today?
Some recent sappy book/movie weepiness
3. Do you like your handwriting?
4. What is your favourite meat?
Groovy veggie chic
5. Longest relationship?
6. Do you still have your tonsils?
7. Would you bungee jump?
8. What is your favourite cereal?
9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
10. Do you think you’re strong?
11. Favourite ice cream?
12. What is the first thing you notice about a person?
13. Football or rugby?
14. What colour trousers are you wearing?
15. Last thing you ate?
Mushroom and broccoli stroganoff
16. What are you listening to?
The cat purr
17. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be ?
18. What is your favourite smell?
Rain, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, frangipani
19. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
20. Hair colour?
Dark brown usually dyed red
21. Eye colour?
22. Favourite foods to eat?
Cheese and olives, laksa
23. Scary movies or happy endings?
24. Last movie you watched?
Woman at war
25. What colour shirt are you wearing?
A many coloured patterned dress
26. What is your favourite holiday?
Camping, road trip, exploring
27. Beer or wine?
28. Night owl or morning person?
29. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
So many places! Though not sure if I have a forever place...
30. Favourite day of the week?
Friday...the weekend begins.
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This could get carried away, there’s so much to tell!
I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s.
Love those nostalgic playlists!
I have a curious mind and love life long learning.
I’ve studied visual arts at Newcastle university majoring in fibre art/textiles, other studies include; Dip. Ed, costume for theatre, French, creative writing, Library Information and cultural services, currently - bookbinding, tarot, Auslan, meditation.
Spent a few years in Melbourne, eating baked cheese cake from Acland street St. Kinda, among other delights!
I always wanted to travel and ended up living overseas for 12 years.
I have 17 year old twins, Artemis and Armand, who recently moved to my mum’s on the Central Coast.
I teach part time in special education and am a casual at the local library.
I have 2 cats, a dog and 3 chooks.
I love mind maps, camping, walking, my groovy bicycle, road trips, books and reading, dancing, cooking when the urge takes me, poetry, nature, lists, sewing, dress ups, writing, making books and living creatively. (Ha ha, am sounding like a personal column😆)
In another life time I ran creative writing workshops in French (mind blowing!).
A favourite prompt is;
Self portrait in 3rd person. (Here’s mine, can’t wait to read yours)
She is full of hopes and dreams of places near and far.
Rarely rapid, she likes to take her time, slow, steady and surely.
She is easily distracted and overwhelmed by life...how will there ever be time to fit everything in?
She tries hard to make the most of time, though she often feels like she is whiling it away.
Sometimes she loses track of herself.
Sometimes she dances around the house.
She is a night owl, a book worm, a list maker and mind mapper, a stinky cheeese and bottomless teapot lover, a moon starer, a dandelion wish maker, a wild flower, a child of the universe.
She is full of words and poetry, exposed seams, magic and stardust.
How about too much?
Why or how is that a problem you ask?
Well, as incredibly grateful as I am about feeling awe-struck on a regular basis, my difficulty lies in using this gift constructively.
You are correct. Inspiration isn’t really the problem; cleverly managing my self discipline is! I get easily caught up in all of the amazing-ness around me. Call it sensory overload, so many ideas and possibilities - who hasn’t peeked at Pinterest and got lost for hours scrolling through all that wonder? Or given in to the temptation of ALL those books to read among other distractions?
Maybe I am over ambitious, lazy, slack, too hard (or easy) on myself or a combination of all of the above, organisational fine points are tricky. For me.
Reining it all in and focusing on one or two projects at a time is challenging. Using time efficiently is super challenging.
My life load is fairly average - juggling teaching, library shifts, commuting, study, domestic bliss (me and the fur balls) and parenting from a distance (which basically means they call me when they need something). Nothing overly demanding.
It’s not that I don’t manage, I do. On the surface, I’m doing ok. I make and create often. I just don’t feel as on top of it as I could or should be.
Yep, I could do more.
Should I? (Don’t you love that word - should, uh-huh).
Perhaps that is the million dollar question...who says I should?
On whose authority?
Give your/myself a break!
Maybe it isn’t about any of these things? After all, a problem is only a problem if we let it be one. Owning and accepting my pace, my processes, quietening down my mental 🤪mind, letting it all simply BE and enjoying where ever it takes me. Slow and steady, full of gratefulness. (I feel better already).
Incredibly we have not melted, though the daily sweating makes it feel like we are as we endure the oppressive heat and dryness. I upgraded the air-conditioning but try to take advantage of any breezes, letting light and air flow in rather than close everything up.
Not only a year, a whole decade has whizzed by! (though I'm told 2020 is actually the last year of the decade, I'm going to start at zero). It has been full of surprises, travel and adventure, unexpected changes, emotional challenges, work and play, routines, learning, rituals, understanding, creativity, goals and achievements.
Most of my mingling was at work as well as book club, embassy arts, creative workshops, travel and visits. I seem to spend most of my home time alone especially now A&A have moved.
exhausting roller coaster, unexpected situations and outcomes, uncertainty, hesitation, upset, hurt, release, freedom, awe, elation, the whole mix!
I have been exploring where my curiosity leads me, delving into and enjoying renewing old esoteric interests in tarot, astrology, numerology and meditation. Asking questions and feeling fascinated by the connectedness of everything.
How would I cope without it? A focus on bookbinding, I love the process as much as the finished result. My daily weekly monthly goals and journaling/blogging continued slowly and steadily, with a definite energy shift, which is more of a self discipline issue and despite regularity, I've not been well placed emotionally this year - much worry and distraction and feeling like I let myself get caught up in these spaces.
Overall, reading, bookbinding, monthly adventures and RAK have flowed fairly consistently. Poetry, sewing, letter writing and my unfinished pile barely have a don't in them! Clean outs and improved routines needed, goal setting and list making good, motivation fluctuating, inspiration overloaded, action and energy needed.
Health, safety, comfort, work, support - family and friends, creativity, opportunity, possibilities, travel, freedom. Feeling blessed.
ChchchChanges...a great tune anytime, definitely fits the bill for November! Transition, adapting to new situations, new adventures, new life cycles. It has been emotionally charged and exciting!
As A & A begin to slowly discover the world on their own terms, I’ve been reshuffling too. Creativity, always and tapping into my intuitive gifts through meditation and tarot. Totally fascinating stuff.
One might say I’m reworking my binding...many life connections, metaphors and analogies available through bookbinding!
I can feel the end of year reflective thought process beginning. It’s a natural for me...take it in, ponder, accept, breathe, shake it off and be grateful.
November ended on an unexpectedly challenging note. Just when I was feeling good about recent big changes, I received a very large dose of un-constructive criticism...the type that cuts to the core of your being, sadly, from someone close.
Despite the rawness of it all, (it will take me awhile to work through this), it has left me feeling peculiarly liberated and somehow empowered. So I will be focusing on redirecting the negative energy into positive life force. Go me!
🌞Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melodie Beattie
Making: new books for wedding gifts, Christmas markets & because I love it!
Cooking: chocolate love pots
Reading: Illumination by Karen Brooks (Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy)
Looking: after a little bird
Listening: Blue day by Mi Sex
Wishing: on a star
Enjoying: learning tarot
Liking: my new 2020 stay magical diary
Loving: the handmade book club by vintage page designs
Buying: red dolly swimwear
Watching: sappy Christmas movies
Hoping: it is a slow Sunday
Needing: Understanding & acceptance
Wearing: loose cotton dresses
Following: where the path takes me
Noticing: we don’t need much to feel content
Sorting: my stuff
Getting: my new old skool bicycle
Saving: for future projects & adventures
Bookmarking: intuitive by Craigh Wilson
Coveting: a book press
Opening: maker’s Christmas market @ Embassy Arts
Giggling: at myself
Hearing: birds chirping
Obsessing: I read books, I listen to books, I make books, I work in a library...
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For almost 17 years, my days have revolved, in glory and frustration, around being a mum. It’s an incredible role and the most amazing adventure I’ll ever know. Now, I am parenting from a distance as A & A decided to finish their last year of school living with their Nan. It is not so much quiet as still. The focus has drastically shifted and as I adjust to this new energy, I’m also contemplating how to reorganise my time and space.
So I've found myself empty nesting slightly earlier than expected...it is weird and somewhat wonderful. I have a devoted dog, a couple of cats and a few chooks for company, plenty of books, creative spaces, lovely friends and neighbours.
Just in case I was missing it, I get a regular dose of teenage angst three days a week at work, (I'm a high school teacher!), then I shake it off with some good old bibliotherapy, as I finish my working week off with a couple of shifts at the local library.
Despite any hesitation I may have felt, we made exactly the right decision. This is what we all needed. There is still some adapting and bump control to manage but change equals growth and new challenges, something to be excited about!
How many blokes, men, chaps, fellas take much notice of artistic and creative opportunities? Plenty no doubt. Change the demographics to the drought stricken north west NSW, how many men do you think will consider entering a hat or headpiece competition? Virtually none. This isn’t because they aren’t creative or have no skills, they have plenty of both of these, it’s more likely because they either don’t think they are creative or don’t think it has anything to do with them.
I believe that everyone is creative in their own way and as a member and supporter of Embassy Arts, encourage everyone to support local community initiatives and to have a go at something a little different.
I am positive that an injection of masculine insight, ingenuity and thinking outside the box from men’s sheds around the state would give all the gals a serious challenge and possibly take out the prizes!
The top hat above was made by one of my male students last year out of duct tape! So whether you google some tutorials for inspiration, use an existing hat as a base or look at what you have laying about in the shed, I’m sure most guys could come up with something amazing and original. As long as it can be worn it qualifies.
So fellas, we challenge you to the task!
Show us what you can do, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.
A few crazy hats from the 18th century.
One of my common problems is that I have too many ideas!
Why is this a problem you ask? Mostly because it is distracting and I find that I end up working on more than one project at a time. Often as I am working, even more ideas begin to form. I can also spend hours browsing inspiration in books or on Pinterest, before realising how much time has gone by. So it is good to jot ideas down, make a sketch and try to focus on the task at hand.
This week I have been considering what piece I will make, thinking it was all clear in my head, only to discover that I somehow had 3 or 4 ideas all mixed up, so I haven’t got very far. I was thinking of adding my own twist to the traditional pointy cone party hat 🥳. In fact, don’t be scared to use a paper or cardboard base or theme. It is a fantastic material that is stronger than you imagine and super versatile. Lots of people are making incredible things with paper.
Many of us have some kind of basic sewing kit at home and a box (or more) of stash. You don’t need much more to get started. Some leather, felt or other stiff fabrics can be used as a base. Experiment manipulating different fabrics to see what their sculptural qualities are like. Some iron on interfacing may help, netting, tulle, recycled bits. It is also possible to stiffen fabric with starch or glue or iron plastic bags together between sheets of baking paper to create a fused, melted fabric.
Below are some examples of how to create a base. Sorry to say I’ve forgotten what this material is called, it is a stiff white net or gauze. I cut a line halfway through my circle and have simply overlapped the cut edges however many centimetres depending on how high I want it to sit. I did the same with a teardrop shape. You can also use felt, leather or any other material with a bit of body. You may need to wire your edges depending on your design. Wire gives solidity and helps to keep shape. You may also need to encase the wire and cover your base with light padding before covering with decorative fabric.
Check out your stash and have a play!
Not experiencing or sharing my finest moments lately. So many emotional outbursts from uncontrollable sobbing to desperate verbal showers...usually at moments when I’d rather be cool calm collected competent professional.
Feeling ANGRY is so foreign.
There is nothing comfortable about it.
I like my creative positive me better.
Time to revive myself and get my sparkle back.
Serious nurturing required, no quick fixes, simple effort action motivation mindfulness and posterior shove. Time to enjoy spring flowers and make more lists!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.