Saturday, December 27, 2014

quick update ...

Hello!  Just getting down some thoughts here on my blog, so sorry about the lack of pretty pictures!

This year has been a mix of highs and lows - the latter part of the year has been quite a few 'lows' on the work front, but I feel they have taught me valuable lessons about putting too much into an organisation where I am not fully appreciated.  And that's a good thing!  More than ever, I really want to work for myself ... I am sick of being underappreciated, especially since I seem to work so much harder than others around me!  It's difficult being a misfit amongst of sea of normals, unfortunately.

So ... soon my Diploma Of Visual Arts will finally be finished - I have to do a small supplementary subject to officially finish it, since Warrnambool TAFE had forgotten to tell me about a subject from a couple of years ago that hadn't been completed.  So I have one more assignment to finish.  After that, I've decided to do Certificate IV in Small Business Management.  Whether it's weaving or something else, I'd love to work for myself!

When I was feeling down, I pulled out this card ... so there's definitely a light at the end of the tunnel!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

gallery opening!

So my work 'Goth Deathrock No. 4 - Anita' is now hanging in Gallery M at the Marion Cultural Centre until January 9!  Here's Anita in front of it - it's number 1 in the catalogue!! ;)

I was too shy to have a picture of myself in a crowded gallery, but here's one in the carpark!!

I'm absolutely hopeless at doing 'outfit posts' like many other bloggers do, but I gave it a go when I got home ... this is the best I could come up with:

But a small cat decided that it was all about her ...

Here's a close-up of my amazing bracelet that Anita gave me for my 40th birthday - it's from Little Sister Designs - my everyday necklace that I am wearing here is from there too!

I always say I'll try to take more outfit posts ... so I'll say it again, haa!

Right - time to take my makeup off and warp up my loom :D

Saturday, November 29, 2014

what's important?

I have had a crap couple of weeks which have actually turned into great weeks because they have taught me to look at my life differently ...

I try to see life lessons in everything.  Without going into details, something happened at work (not huge, just enough for me to think about things differently) which has made me redirect my way of thinking.  I truly believe that sometimes if life is just going along swimmingly, then you become complacent and nothing really happens!  As annoying as 'contrast' in life is (in Abraham-Hicks language, 'contrast' is being faced with what you don't want which gives you focus for what you do want!), it really does highlight what is important in life.  I need to take my artwork more seriously, I need to take my future supplementary career more seriously (and get some bloody direction!).

So this is what is important ... my tapestry 'Goth Deathrock No, 4 - Anita' will be part of the City Of Marion's end of year exhibition at Gallery M - please have a peek if you are in Adelaide, it's on from November 30 - January 9.  The framer did a great job!

And now I have finished my studies, I have more time for this:

Gotta get those cotton scarf prototypes finished!!

I was greatly inspired by Grayson Perry's 'Who Are You?' documentary, which analyses the concept of 'identity' - highly recommended!

I am still toying with the idea of studying again next year (funds permitting!), probably either a small business course, or something closely related. 

Nothing like a shake up!  And blogs are great for putting thoughts down, aren't they?  (regardless of who is reading)  ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

non-chemical bb creams

I apologise for being so slack on the 'green beauty' part of this blog - I assure you I still keep looking for great chemical-free products ... I just keep forgetting to let others know about them!

Lately my favourite products have been so-called 'BB Creams' - I have found two great ones that I'd like to share with you for a no-nasties alternative.

Aevitas Active Organics - SPF15 Anti-Ageing BB Tinted Moisturiser
I love this one especially as it is made in South Australia (I always prefer to buy local when possible!), and has SPF15, which is very important all year round in Australia ;)  I wear this sometimes with no other makeup, as it acts as a light foundation - very nice!

Lily Lolo - BB Cream
This one is made in the UK, and is also great!  The drawbacks of this one are no SPF factor, and the choice of only two colours.  I'm fine with the lightest one, but this may not be good for those paler than me. The price though is excellent - I just wear sunscreen underneath ;)

Let me know if you have come across any non-chemical BB creams!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

'homage to siouxsie no. 2' - for sale!

I completed this cross stitch the other day, and it is for sale (obviously without the watermark)!

AUD $100 unframed, or I can get it framed for you professionally for about $50 extra.
About 15 hours of stitching time!
Size is 30.4cm x 12cm (11.9" x 4.7")

If you would like one stitched in another background colour, please let me know! 

a rare car post ...

Yes, bet you're surprised to see a car post on this blog???

Last week I said goodbye to my loyal yellow Hyundai Getz - *tears* - and hello to my new Ford Fiesta - *yay!*

I've had the Getz for about 11 1/2 years, and it's been absolutely amazing!  I thought it was about time to upgrade ... mainly for the central locking and mp3 player connectivity (the IMPORTANT things, haaha!). 

If anyone is reading this and wondering why on earth I bought a yellow car in the first place, then I will explain - when driving little cars, some road users in large cars tend to cut in front of you.  As soon as I bought a brightly coloured car, that all stopped - hey presto, safer driving conditions!  I'm crossing fingers that this red is bright enough ;)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

life @ 40

Yep guys - I'm now 40!  Though I'm a bit late updating here ... it happened just over a week ago ;)

So what else has been going on around here?  Well, we got chickens!  Here they are being released into the yard ;)  Anita wanted them to dig up the grass for her ... and they're already doing a great job!

The white chicken is Hilla, the black one on the far left is Fruchoc, and the middle black one is Florrie.  They are little bantams, and are laying at least one egg every day!  They are about half the size of a normal egg, so cute!

Proof!  Anita's hand is larger than mine, so the egg looks extra small here, haa!

It's a long weekend here in South Australia, so I will be spending it doing homework (only 2 more months before I have completely finished my Diploma Of Visual Art - Tapestry!!!), and do some weaving.  It's getting warmer here, so it's time to build up my stock, and hopefully pump up some overseas sales ;)

Catch ya later! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

no. 16 shuttle

So ... at nearly 40 years old, I suddenly decided I wanted a tattoo ;)

I chose the artist after finding his amazing work on Instagram - Jaya's work is amazing - he works out of Wolf & Wren Tattoo Collective - very very impressed!  Of course, this is his lovely pic ;)

This is the illustration it was based on ... though I just had to add a cheeky little bat, haa!

It's on the top of my forearm ... I wanted to see it while weaving - this pic may give you a better idea of placement:

I like the placement also because it looks different every time I move my arm - it's only straight and centered when my arm is in this position ;)

I'm probably only getting one other (on the top left arm, to balance with this one), but that's a little way off yet.  This one didn't hurt much at all ... but that may have been because the eyeliner was so painful, HA!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

tattooed eyeliner

Yep, I took the plunge and had my eyeliner tattooed!  I went to the lovely lady who did my eyebrows, Deraly Fleming - wouldn't trust anyone else!

The reason to go to these extremes?  I don't care about wrinkles as such as I'm getting older ... but when it messes with my eyeliner???  As you get older, the skin around the eyes gets a bit, er, slacker.  And the eyeliner just doesn't last like it used to, regardless of the brand.

Deraly went over my existing eyeliner.  She used a numbing cream, but I must confess it still hurt (especially in the corners of the eyelids).

Here I am the night that I had it done:

As you can see, pretty swollen and bruised!  The next morning it was very swollen and red, so this shot was taken about 45 minutes after putting an icepack on them!  This is how I went to work the next day ;)

Ouch!  Next is later on that night - looking much better!

And this one was taken yesterday - the bruising as already eased off:

I have had so much feedback on Instagram and Facebook, that I thought I would document the process - I just couldn't find much online about personal experiences!  I need to go back in November to get them retouched, as well as my eyebrows darkened (I love them, but I want them darker!).  My left eye wasn't completely finished, as it started bruising very quickly so she had to stop - that will be finished off in November too ;)

Overall, I'm glad I didn't know how much it was going to hurt .... though Deraly assures me that subsequent visits won't be so painful as touch ups don't require so much ink/needling.  I'm budgeting to get them done once a year, though they will easily last for about 2-3 years (I want them to stay black and bold, but they will last a lot longer if you like a more natural look).

If you're thinking about getting your brows/eyeliner done, here are my recommendations:

1.  Google!!  Find a good practitioner by reading online reviews, getting recommendations from friends, etc.  Find something with experience in the industry with a good track record.

2.  I would recommend a practitioner who uses a 'pen-styled device', which is actually a miniature tattoo gun.  The difference is that they use semi-permanent ink, as many people change their mind about their makeup style as they get older.  I would NOT recommend the 'soft-tap method' - I had that done the first time, and while it lasted the same amount of time, it was way more painful and took a lot longer to heal.

3.  I know this sounds obvious, but make sure that the shape you are after is something that you can live with every day for at least 2-3 years!

4.  Looking after cosmetic tattoos are the same as a conventional body tattoo - tattoo balm throughout the day.  Since I don't like chemicals, I have been using Dr Bronners Organic Balm with all-natural ingredients.

Please feel free to ask any questions!  :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

catching up ...

Sorry for the lack of updates ... been working 6 days per week lately, and 1 day weekends are not conducive for getting stuff done :(  Instagram seems to be updated more than anything else, as it's so quick and easy!

Firstly ... Friday night I had my eyebrows re-tattooed by Deraly Fleming - this is a pic of the day after, bit puffy and shiny with tattoo balm - they're not so pretty today, day 2 (getting a bit scabby and gross!) ;)

I'm going back in a couple of weeks to get my eyeliner tattooed as well - my first time for eyeliner!!  I'm 40 in a few weeks, and while I'm not too concerned with wrinkles, I find the ones around my eyes do affect my eyeliner ... I used to be able to keep it on all day, but now I'm having difficulties!  So permanent eyeliner it is ;)

I'm also giving myself a birthday treat and getting my first body tattoo ... I've never wanted one before now (I'm not one to follow trends, as you know!), but I've decided that a couple of single ones are what I'm after.  You'll just have to wait to see what my first one will be!

I had one of my artworks made up into a phone case!  I had such a great reaction, I think I might have some other designs available for sale (not this one, as it was a commission) - what do you think?

I think this one would lend itself well ... I'm going to order one for myself, then put them in the shop ;)

I also finished my tapestry 'Goth Deathrock No. 4 - Anita' - I'll put more info on my main website, but here I am nearly finished!

Hmm, I think I've covered the last few weeks of my life!!  Oh, I have had extensions put in because I couldn't be bothered waiting for my 'goth mullet' to grow ;)

A month later, and I'm still loving it!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

holiday week

Yep, it's nearly over .... but boy, did I really need/deserve that week off from work!!  I like my job, but I was physically and mentally exhausted - it's the first break I have had in nearly 7 months - hopefully I don't have to wait so long for the next one!

We spent a few days in Robe - mmm, one of my favourite places on earth!  Here's the view from our bedroom window:

We love Robe, and the wonderful people we have met there - especially Kiri and Paul, who own Wild Mulberry Cafe (make sure you visit if you're down that way!).  We were super-lucky to be invited to dinner ... and we met the new addition to their family, Gracie (their 4th kitty!) ;)

And we made sure we had time for crafting!  I practiced my tatting, and Anita her knitting ;)

On the way home we discovered that Larry The Lobster was for sale!!  $327,400 for a 17 metre, 4 tonne lobster (and adjoining cafe) ;)

When I got home, my next challenge was to complete a couple of scarves in a couple of days ... I promised I'd bring them to work on Monday - and I will!

Commission for Anne:

And one for the shop!

And even though I put on 1kg/2.2lbs in Robe (so much good food!!), I've been getting right back into it ... all made better by my new Lululemon pants - aren't they AWESOME??

Hopefully Monday morning's weigh in isn't too scary!  But at the same time, I had a fantastic holiday - as long as I get back on track straight away, I need to learn it's OK to let it all go every now and then ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

taking yoga to a whole new level ...

OK, so you know I've been doing yoga from YouTube for quite a few months now (maybe 6?) ... and I have been getting better and better, stronger and stronger.  I feel that yoga is giving me what the gym didn't - that toned look, which is getting better the more weight I am losing ;) 

As Yoga With Adriene is a more gentler form of yoga, I've been stepping up my routines with Sadie Nardini (as recommended by Kate - thanks for that!!). 

Well, I've just purchased her full-on Yoga Shred For Weightloss, which is a paid 14 day programme designed to combine cardio-yoga workouts with straight yoga for maximum fitness ... I've done 2 days so far, and I feel sore (in a good way!).

Oh .. and I weighed in this morning - 6.5kg (14lbs) lost so far (more than half way - just over 5kg to go)!! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

monty don's real craft

Oh my goodness, this show is BRILLIANT!!!

I see it as a sequel to my favourite show of all time, Mastercrafts - while the latter focused on complete beginners, Monty Don's Real Craft shows 3 amateurs being mentored by a professional to see if they can make the grade in the commercial world.  It's so inspiring (especially the weaving episode!).

If you're not in the UK and can't view these, you may want to investigate ... Anita has set up my computer so I can view these (not illegal, but part of a legal grey area).

And if you want to view the entire series of Mastercrafts, here is the series on YouTube:  MASTERCRAFTS SERIES


Thursday, July 3, 2014


I couldn't resist learning something completely different - and portable!
I'm rubbish at knitting, never been interested in crochet ... so shuttle tatting it is ;)

First baby steps (well, just a chain):

I originally wanted to do bobbin lace after seeing this AMAZING short film (which I originally watched for the weaving, but was mesmerised by the bobbins!):

I saw Rebecca Mezoff talking about tatting on her blog, and wondered if that might be a nice compromise, especially when I was fortuitously sent an email from Craftsy with their tatting class included!  Guess it was meant to be ;)

So I'll keep you up to date with how I go!!  Nothing like piling on the hobbies, heh :P
Who knows, I may learn how to design bat and skull jewellery one day!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

warping up betty ... front to back

Once my cotton arrived, I couldn't wait to warp up Betty ... but I really didn't enjoy warping up back to front for my test warp.  So I wondered if a floor loom could be warped up front to back, like I do my table loom?  There wasn't much info online (as usual!), so I thought I'd wing it (again, as usual!).

I started on the front beam, warping up the reed first:

Then the heddles:

I did make a massive mistake as well ... I was wondering why I wasn't able to weave and couldn't get a proper shed ... then (after some time) I realised that I had forgotten to put the warp over the back beam before winding on.  That wasted an hour or so, but I certainly won't be doing that again!

Here's the loom all warped up:

And my first bit of weaving!  This is actually the first time I've done plain weaving, and it's pretty fun!

This will eventually be a cotton cowl for Lily, hopefully to be (eventually) included in my shop ... I say eventually because I need a new reed before I can sell these - this reed is bent out of shape, and has created some gaps in my weaving.

I also spent last weekend tapestry weaving - here's Anita tipped on her side ;)

Doing the face has been incredibly stressful!  My tapestry technique is still not completely up to scratch, but it's getting better and better with every tapestry ... I just need years of practice!!

OK, better get on with warping up my table loom for the next scarf ;)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

officially winter!!

Well, in Australia the weather has officially turned cold!!  Well, as cold as Australia gets, anyway - I'm sure that my international friends would laugh about us thinking 13 degrees C (55 deg F) is cold ;)

Suddenly, I've sold a whole pile of scarves ... 6 in the last week! (3 for the same person), and another 4 commissions so far to do.  Super happy!  Though my stock has depleted, my mission now is to build it up again with more selling along the way.  I'm hoping to attend a couple of markets next year (I don't have enough stock this year), and really get Threefold Designs out there.

I've also updated my Infinity Scarves page on the main website - you can have a peek HERE!  I keep getting asked what patterns and colours I use, so decided to put them all in one place ;)

Though I was upset to discover that Bendigo Woollen Mills decided to discontinue this colour in the 5 ply that I use ... now this is a one-off!  It's a tad darker than the turquoise I usually use, and is available HERE (if Kim from my work doesn't buy it first!!)
UPDATE:  Kim saw it and bought it, heh :P

Now I come to work wondering if anyone is going to wear the same scarf as me today, heh heh :P

Monday, June 9, 2014

a productive weekend!

Yes, so far so good!  Today is a public holiday in most of Australia, so Anita and I went out for a lovely brekkie near the beach, and then wandered nearby to take some product shots of my favourite scarf.  I wear this so often, luckily I woven a spare for the shop!  (Links to ETSY and STORENVY here!)

I'm wearing it double-wrapped, as it was a chilly Australian Winter's day ... well, chilly by our standards anyway ;)

I managed to get my OH&S assignment for TAFE completed yesterday, as well as start on my next one.  My aim today is to get another couple of scarves sewn up and photographed, as well as complete my current warp ... better get on with it then!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

weight loss ... and betty's upstairs!

Yes, I logged my weight in to MyFitnessPal this morning (0.4kg/0.9lb weightloss in a week!), and I realised that they had cut my calorie intake!!  After googling a bit, I discovered that I must have hit the 10lb weight loss mark ... in which the app re-evaluates your calorie intake ;)

And yesterday Betty was transported upstairs!  I must confess, my studio is now a *tad* cramped ... but it's with all the good stuff ;)

After being a bit overwhelmed by all the bits and pieces of the new loom, I've decided to have a bit of a play with it today ...

I found a good YouTube clip of how to warp up back to front, as well as a Craftsy class on floor loom weaving - both have been very helpful so far!

In the meantime, I am still weaving on my table loom - here's a gorgeous colour called 'Tasman Blue' by Bendigo Woollen Mills - yum!!

Wish me luck!

Thanks for your help, Frankie ;)