Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Trip to Sydney

January 17 2013

I have had an awesome week so far! We went To Sydney on monday to go to Reverse Garbage and The Bower which are both recycling shop in the Addison Community Centre. I didnt buy much (which makes a change) but I did buy a half mannikin for $10, which has got my creative brain in overdrive and I have just spent the last hour covering it with plaster to make a sculpture of some sort.
Personally I think that the recycling place in Sandgate, Newcastle is better.. its more organised and has everything.  Reverse Garbage and the Bower seem to be more geared toward the people who make art out of recyled stuff.

We went out for dinner at Darling Harbour, it was fantastic to sit outside and eat and people watch.
We wandered around after dinner for a while looking at stuff and things then headed back to our hotel for what turned out to be the best sleep I've had in ages JOY!! Then after breakfast at Pancakes on the Rocks we headed off to have a look at The Rocks and then on to Taronga Zoo.. which was fabulous. I never new there was a “Fishing Cat” which spends most of its time in water.. looked like a large tabby and lurks around in streams and things catching fish! Taronga Zoo is awesome and if you have a day to kill in Sydney I really recommend it. I got a heap of good giraffe photos (which are still trapped in the camera as usual :-) which will come in handy as source material for my year of the giraffe course.

I have the Market again this week so if you have time and are in the area call in and have a look around :-)
Sorry no photos as Blogger seems to be having some sort of problem with uploading.. GRRRR

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Giraffe Sketch book cover

Its been a slow week this week so far … Its been too hot to do very much the last few days. I woke up yesterday and today and the temperature was 31. something degrees at 9.30 and 8.15am respectively. It hasnt been below 20 at night in I dont know how long, which makes getting good sleep a bit of a mission.

So yesterday I was contemplating the heat and the fact that the garage was already around the forty degree mark at 10am and decided that I would go suss out a gym in order to be able to continue with some form of regular exercise and not turn into a melty heat stoked blob! I am now a card carrying member of Genesis fitness and suffering from sore legs and a painful ass lol.

After I got home I decided that I better get on and make some stuff for the market coming up this month so I made a couple of book covers out of some fabric that I had painted etc and they came up really good. Then I was cruising through a couple of books looking for giraffe pictures when I came across a really cool one of a giraffe eating and ended up making myself a cover for my sketch book.. which I am really happy with. I think its kind of cool :-)

Source: via Jay on Pinterest

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thoughts and plans for a new year

January 2nd 2013

Welcome to the new year every one.. I hope you had a very safe and happy holiday season and all is well in your world.

I dont know about you but I dont generally make new years resolutions as I find that I have “failed” with them by mid afternoon January 1st! This year however I am setting in place changes in my life that are positive, these are not resolutions, just simple changes.

  1. I am seriously going to cut down on my drinking.. I know that sounds dangerously close to a resolution, it isnt it's just a positive change to save a little money, my liver and my sanity!
  2. I will continue to create and play
  3. I will get the hell out of the hospitality industry!! this will also help with the saving of the liver and the sanity.. hospitality is a great place to meet people, and a fantastic fall back if you find yourself out of work. I have noticed though that people who have made it a career suffer from massive stress, pathetic pay and are generally speaking raging nut-bars, psycopaths and alcoholics.. sounds delightful does it not?
  4. I will start teaching art this year.. creativity classes anyone?
  5. Oh I will also be a bit more diligent with my blogging :-)

So all this said what is happening already? I have already signed up for The Year of the Giraffe creativity experiment with Carla Sonheim which I think will be really fun and amusing. Click the button on the right to find out more.
Also I am going to be taking a fabric painting instructors class in February in Toowoomba, I just have to find an efficient way of getting there that isnt going to break the bank or take two days out of my life!

I also thought that maybe I might put some small creativity workshops on youtube or something like that and maybe start a fibre arts class in the valley somewhere..

Sounds like a big year doesnt it? I hope that it will be huge and awesome :-)