Monday, 31 October 2011

Blog Hop

I am really excited today to be part of a blog hop with the Fly Tribe group.This is an amazing group of artists from all over the world who did the Kelly Rae Roberts ecourse with me a few months ago! Our subject today is about flying and as I was getting some ideas together for this theme I was really touched by the encouragement of my family to continue to pursue my creative dreams in illustration. In particular last week my mum who just turned 80 met to have a coffee with me, practically the first words out of her mouth were "How is your art going?" So mum, this ones for you, thank you for all your encouragement - it means the world to me!

For all those girls in the Fly Tribe group thank you for the sense of family we have in the support and encouragement we bring to each other.....

Please jump over and visit the other flyers. Many have etsy stores too for some lovingly handmade goods!

Amaranthine Violet
Amy Hillenbrand
Beatriz Peñas B.
Beth Cougler Blom
Carmen Patti – www.
Carol Bray
Christina Fajardo
Cindy Jones Lantier --
Connie Rawlins -
Dana Brock -
Deborah Velásquez-
Elissa Brown-
Hillary Courson --
Jacquie Williamson -
Jane Paynting
Janet Forrest
Jennifer DeVille
Jill Lambert -
Julie Hamilton
Kanchan Mahon -
Karen Claverie
Kari DeSaulnier -
Kathleen Conard
Kathleen McKinnon-
Kathy May-
Kelley Miller
Kelly Corso-
Kelly Hoernig -
Kim Hyer-
Kris Lanae Binsfeld -
Lenore Angela -
Linda Barutha --
Lisa Michele Products -
Liza Zeni Baker -
 Lori Leissner--
Lori Moon --
Mary Sterk -
Megan Schmitt
Melanie Douthit
Michelle Dwyer
Michelle Reynolds -
Rachél Payne (Rae)
Rain Hannah -
Rhiannon Connelly -
Ruth-Mary Smith
Sherry Richert Belul -
Shirley Ann
Stacey Chadwick Brown -
Susan M. Walls-Beverly -
Teresa Cash-Czech
Tina Carlborg -
Tonya Love -
Ursula Smith
Zulma Cadena

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Shabby Camping!

My darling hubbie has been trying to convince me of the benefits of camping for many years of our married life and I have to admit I have been trying to avoid the subject for most of those many years. I finally weakened after a trip to the caravan and Camping show after seeing the range of camper trailers and many promises of how fun the adventures will be be. So................
I would like to introduce our new family member ( as yet un-named ) guarranteed to set up in 5 minutes!
Our white camping trailer pack with all the promises of many happy memories!
So this weekend was our first trial run- it was Dave's fathers 70th and so we set off for Stroud with a group of family and other friends to celebrate. We didn't arrive till about 9.30 on Friday night  and had the job of the first set up in the dark.We really did aim for the 5 minute set up but it took us 12 min,. not too bad we thought for our first time but room for improvement.

The weekend was lovely, a great chance to celebrate and all the cousins had so much fun together! Highlights for my girls were the tyre swing, the rope swing over the creek and Stells favourite pick was toasting marshmellows. I enjoyed sitting around chatting with friends we hadn't seen in  years.
 Pack up on Sunday took a bit longer than 12 minutes but it always does doesnt it?May be I was made for camping after all, although we did get the label " Glamping" - oh well if the shoe fits!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Made It!

Here's an exciting post- I am the interviewed new seller on the madeit! website newsletter!! Very exciting and a lovely surprise to see in my inbox. Here is the link here New-seller-patchwork-families- from -madeit!
or just keep reading...

madeit new seller :: patchwork families 

madeit new seller :: patchwork families
How did you find about madeit?
I was introduced to madeit by a friend earlier this year. She suggested I check out the site! I was really pleased to know there was a site that was all Australian! When I visited I immediately decided I would work towards putting my illustrations onto madeit
Explain your style
My style is definitely something that I have put a lot of thought into! I would call it a little bit shabby chic, a little bit retro. I use water colours and ink to create my illustrations, once they are drawn and painted I use vintage fabric, usually bed sheets which I free motion sew to complete the design. My themes are influenced by my love of family mixed with my love of vintage.

What makes you happy?
I have simple tastes. I am made happy by fun times spent with family, walking along the beach and watching my girls jump in the waves in their clothes, and time to create!

What makes you sad?
I can be overwhelmed at times of the busyness that creeps into our lives. I prefer things to go at a slower pace.

What can't you live without?
hmmm so many special things in my life but I would have to say my faith, my family, time with friends and box of watercolours

 I hope that you enjoyed reading my interview! Have a lovely day...

Sunday, 16 October 2011


 Saw this post and loved the vintage radio images, and those colours-amazing!!! I hope you enjoy it too!

OH SO LOVELY VINTAGE: Radiohead.: I'm kind of a sucker for collecting vintage radios. I just can't get enough of the unique designs and candy colors! Not to mention the fact ...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Christmas fun is coming- a sneak peek!

I have been looking forward to this time for months- a time to start working on my artwork for Christmas!. I love Christmas time and am one of those people who spend time decorating their homes and enjoying that "Christmassy" feeling. For this Christmas I have decided to focus on a couple of different themes in my artwork. The first one is vintage images (you would have never guessed right?) and the second one babuska dolls ( OK so that one is a little more out there!). Here is a sneak peek at some of the things on their way...

Retro baubles

Nativity babuskas prior to painting

Selecting vintage fabrics- love doing this!
Of course as always the creating process takes longer than I am expecting. This means that I havent quite finished these and there are more to go. Just reminding myself to enjoy this time and appreciate that it only happens at one time of the year. What about you. Any Christmas thoughts yet?

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Holiday Dinosaur Fun!

What a busy time school holidays are... I love the sleep ins but it does take some energy to keep everyone occupied! We had a visit to the Australian Museum, its the favourite because it has a great dinosaur section. The whole day ended up as a big adventure...
Time to set off , you know dont you that half the fun is getting there!
 The moving footway- it's really loooonnnnnggggg....... remember this one as a child surely it hasn't been there that long- haha

Oh! Scarey!!! It was a little overwhelming for number 3 and by the time we were half way around the dinosaur exhibit she was a mass of tears and we had to leave!

This was my favourite! They had an exhibition by the Scott sisters. These amazing women were some of the first Australians  to record the details of our tiny animals and plants. Their work was so detailed and they even at times used paint brushes with a single hair!!

So after some lunch and bustle around Pitt Street we headed home.
Thanks for dropping by ♥