Friday, September 30, 2011

I'm 37 - eek!

Yep, my birthday was Monday ... went out to dinner at the gorgeous Dragonfly on Saturday night with the girlz (Anita, Lily, her mum Brigitte, and her sister Emily), where an amazing dinner and Espresso Martini was much enjoyed!

Can you see my gorgeous skull waspie that Anita bought me?

And here's the fantastic eyeball hair clip that I wore on my birthday:

There are a few things I want to get done before I'm 38 ... so here they are, and I'll see how many I can 'tick off' by next September!
  • Get fitter.  Yep, I realise that I have to start exercising - GASP!  Anita and I are going to a class once a week that's a mixture of pilates, weight training and cardio.  And a weird vibration machine :P 
  • Drink a lot of water every day.  I've started using Habit Forge, which works on the premise that if you stick to something for 21 days it becomes a habit.  It's great!  I'm up to day 6 ;) 
  • Finish the Threefold Designs kids' kits, and the Red kit ... then stop doing kits for a while!  I'm going to concentrate on creating one-off art pieces instead. 
  • Create a one-off cross stitch for sale at the next SALA Festival. 
  • Finish at least one tapestry that is good enough to hang in the house.  That's a tough one!
 I'll be adding to that list incrementally as the year progresses ... but that's a good start.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weavy skullz skillz

Here's the beginning of the my last Tapestry assignment for the year ... a miniature tapestry.  The bottom hem is a tricky technique Cathy (my lecturer at SW TAFE) gave me, which is apparently the same that the Australian Tapestry Workshop use - that line of light grey apparently gets pulled out later!

This is my first attempt at pictorial weaving ... after speaking to Cathy at Warrnambool, I decided to not worry about my lack of technical ability, and try to weave the design as best I can - whether it works out or not!  She said that it's best to take risks rather than 'dumb down' a design to make it easier to weave.  So what do you think this is?  Well, hopefully you can tell it's going to be a skull - the teeth will be embroidered on afterwards!  He's wearing headphones, part of which is being woven in silver thread - ghastly slippery stuff!

I also have one more drawing assignment for the year, as well as a couple more Research & Critical Analysis essays.  Luckily we have a public holiday this coming Monday, so I'll bet able to get more done then.

I must say I feel much better about my tapestry work after visiting Cathy - it gave me an insight into what is expected in the course, and gave me encouragement about my own personal work. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Are You A Celebrity?"

Yep, we're back from yet another road trip - this time we went to Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

Thursday was spent driving - we left at 5.30am, and stopped by at our favourite place in Robe (Robe Providore) for some brekkie!  Someone had yarn bombed a couple of stobie poles, so I had to take a pic for Kaite ;)

We stayed in 'The Cottage' (built in 1840), just out of Narrawong (about 10 minutes from Portland) and very close to the beach. 

We had afternoon tea at Portland ... a very weird town - some people are very friendly, and some people incredibly rude.  We were lucky to choose a lovely place (The Lido Larder), and ended up having a wonderful meal at Edward's Waterfront Restaurant on Friday night.

Friday was spent in Warrnambool - now this is a town I could definitely live in ;)  We first visited the SW TAFE, and it was great to finally meet my lecturer Cathy ... I even met my other teacher for this year, Karen, as she was on her way to a class!  It's nice putting faces to names, and I hope I can come back for a visit very soon.  Lily's highlight was the giant playground (or group of playgrounds).



Yeah, the flying fox is actually meant for kids :P

We headed over to Port Fairy on Saturday.  This is another town I really enjoyed - very friendly.  The farmer's market was on, and a women selling preserves asked me (quite seriously) "are you a celebrity?".  In hindsight, I should have said yes ... but she caught me by surprise!

We visited the 'Notorious', a replica of a Portugese merchant ship ... here's Lily (literally) posing inside:

For afternoon tea we found a gorgeous little place called Clonmara Tearoom.  We had fruit scones and a pot of tea each (or in Lily's case, fizzy apple juice).  Beautiful cottage gardens, nice owners and a very friendly Hungarian Puli called Sam :P

On the drive back to Adelaide on Sunday, we found yet another gorgeous place to eat - Henry & Rose is an (unexpected) find in Keith, SA.  It's quite unassuming from the front, but inside it's a large, trendy cafe that would not be out of place in a big city.  We sat outside in the courtyard, and had delicious cafe-style meals with Mahalia coffee - yum!

Anyway, we really enjoyed our little road trip.  Anita's keen to drive to Melbourne some time - though our next weekend holiday will be Port Augusta, so Anita can show Lily where her mum grew up :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Breathe ...

Yep, that's what I'm trying to do at the moment!  So many things are going on, that I haven't had much time for stitching lately - GASP!

Threefold Designs has gone through a bit of an overhaul - it's nearly there, just waiting for my website's header image and background to be created.  The Etsy store has a new banner, and I have a new logo:

Gorgeous, huh?  Thanks to the amazingly talented Dominique from VioletCrimeDesign ;)

My Facebook group has just been moved over to a new page - unfortunately, members can't automatically be transferred over, so I'd appreciate it if you'd head over and 'like' it! 

And the other thing I've been working on is the new radio show - yes, Shadowplay has moved from a physical radio station (Three D Radio, where it's been since 1996) to the amazing Cathedral 13 online goth/darkwave radio station!  This means that the show can be recorded from our dining room, rather than having to go to the studio every Wednesday night.  It also means we have a much wider audience, since we've tried to cover as many timezones as possible.  After the show has aired, it will be available as a podcast from our blog ... so hopefully we're keeping everyone happy!

Here's the write up on the Cathedral 13 site, and the Shadowplay page on their website.

PHEW!  I'm exhausted just re-reading all that ... but hopefully all these changes will mean more time to spend on stitching, and my tapestry studies.

On Thursday morning Anita, Lily and I will be driving over the Warrnambool for a few days - well, visiting Warrnambool on Friday (and finally visiting my TAFE!), while hanging out at Portland and Port Fairy for the rest of the time.  We'll come back on Sunday night - I'm looking forward to it!  Pics will be posted here, of course ;)

Bye for now!  xxoo