Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello January.





This was my favourite New Years to date. No fanfare or parties (not that I've been doing that for awhile), simply a late evening walk as a family of five. We played at a deserted park for an hour or so, then wandered up a hill to a vantage point where we could watch the early fireworks.

Today was restful. No goals were made or met, no intentions set. We pottered about at home and walked up the street for lunch.

Happy 2016 all. May it be a peaceful one.

photos: new calendar and finally framed and hung, the Sarah Sedwick oil painting that I won from Trishie YEARS ago (yes, once upon a time I WON AN OIL PAINTING) //  #onthekitchenwindowsill // gone to seed, celery and radish // mortgage brokers in our backyard

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Bakehouse Studio Christmas Party



Last week, The Bakehouse Studio had their Christmas party, where all the regular ceramicists got to show off and sell their seriously wonderful, tactile wares.

photos: colourful beads by Jo Boag; vessels by Lisa Holzl; pink frangipani littering The Bakehouse's back lawn.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nora's art

I'd been sorting washing, when my distracted mind had an idea that I had to put into my sketchbook straight away. Nora watched as I sat on my bed and drew, then asked for a turn herself. Needless to say her illustrations are far superior to mine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Salads

One of the best things about Summer is the food. The stone fruits and juicy mangoes, ripe berries and refreshing watermelons. Zucchinis! The abundance of green things. Abundance of fresh food in general makes me pretty happy.

To inspire myself to make more salads, I'm keeping a record here of recently created and enjoyed salads over this summer. Here are the first two.

white cabbage // radish (straight from the backyard, 'cause radishes are officially the easiest thing to grow) // mixed greens // cucumber // orange // coriander // garlic chives // topped with a homemade coleslaw style dressing

a bed of kale and beetroot leaves wilted with a little garlic // beetroot // goats cheese // walnuts // parsley // an unnecessary dijon mustard based dressing (next time I'll leave that off, because it was creamy enough with the goats cheese mixed through)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Ceramic Beads


Really rustic and simple, but so satisfying to make. Now I just gotta find some cord to string them on.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Printing at The Rizzeria

Last week, I was introduced to The Rizzeria, a not-for-profit co-op, which enables anyone to self-publish/print their own works. Our print session was guided by Miss Helen, an artist, designer, riso printing expert and volunteer. What a revelation! My head is brimming with ideas, and I can't wait to visit again.

Bettina, another Helen and I spent a lovely two hours marvelling over their beautiful space in Surry Hills, filled with an eclectic collection of inspiring posters, zines, tea towels and art. Oh, and we printed our collaborative 'Slow and Sparkly' colouring book. Now we just have to meet up, trim, collate and organise wire binding - before distributing the books to members of our online sketch group. After which, I look forward to spending a lazy evening colouring in.