Thursday, January 27, 2011

My creative space, throwing it to the wind!

My creative space is a revisit of an old creative space.

Do you have something that irritates you just by the sight of it? -a half done project that sits there and mocks you every time you see it? Secretly giving you the evil eye and whispering ‘you’re never going to finish me!’

I have discovered recently that the very best thing to get past this is to take the item and throw it to the wind.

A number of years ago we bought a very very expensive piece of exercise equipment. That we couldn't use. (We live in an old Queenslander house, and it wobbles ominously on it stumps if you get up a rhythm anything higher than swift walking speed) the truth is in all likelihood, we wouldn’t use it if we could. It was one of 'those' purchases, a purchase you regret, that you should never have made. -Every time I see the machine, (and I see it all the time because it’s a huge monstrosity and takes up a full quarter of my art room!) I get a sick feeling in my stomach because of how much money we wasted on it. I recently made the decision to sell it at a criminal loss (less than 1/4 of what we paid for it, even though it’s unused) but funnily, the decision to let it go, even whilst 'losing' so much money has lifted a weight off my shoulders. I am no longer tethered to the negativity that surrounds the purchase, I've accepted it as a mistake, taken ownership of the lesson -and let it go.

Well this is like that, but to a much lesser extent. I don't regret starting these squares, not at all, I love the crazy juxtaposition of 70's style colour, its just I have become somewhat of a yarn snob of late -I will only use 100% natural fibres. And I don't see myself taking a step back on this new attitude. The fact that these are 100% acrylic -whilst ideal for some situations means that the reality is, These little babies will sit unfinished for ever. I'm not going to invest the time to finish them, and even if I did, I wouldn't use anything made with them as they're acrylic.

So, I am letting them go. Would you like them? There are over 50 of them complete, and yarn enough to do another 200 or so I am sure. I will post them anywhere in Australia,-the pattern for the motif, is the circle in a square pattern. I got from quarter of an inch.

To enter the giveaway, in keeping it positive, I am going to ask for a tip - something you do to keep your space happy. To stay positive in your environment - or your mind environment.

Leave your comments below and I will pick my favourite on valentines day, and send this little parcel of love on its way. - be sure to be sure I can contact you.


For more creative spaces, head over to Kirsty's.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ram the bastards out of the southern ocean!

Sea Shepherd today located the Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean.

Purely in the interest of scientific research of course... how about we document how long it takes a whaling ship to sink?

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

My creative space

I've been very productive over the past couple of weeks. You'd be amazed at how many spare hours there are in the day when you don't watch TV. Add to that the fact that you can use ibooks on your iphone to take patterns with you ANYWHERE!!! you can knit/crochet in the most inappropriate places. 5 crocheted soakers and a couple of pairs of lacy crochet knee high stockings from a pattern I found on the web but have since lost!! (and just found again!)

I've knitted 3 baby jumpers, including one of my own design and one with raglan sleeves. Made many unsuccessful attempts at longies (I am yet to master the knit in the round joining last attempt saw me cut the cable of my circular needles down to 10cm trying to get the stitches to fit but still to no avail -something to work on!) But I did learn, long tail cast on, M1, SKPO and a couple of other random abbreviations which when translated to actual stitchery aren’t as complicated as they initially sound.

I've also been dabbling in water colour, felting using resists, oh, and crocheting a blanket in a pooey bile kind of coloured pure wool which by all reason should be on the top ten list of most fugly colours, but which, for some uncanny reason, I can't help loving....I know its ugly. I just can't help myself.

Excuse the picture quality, Its pretty gloomy here at the moment and the lighting really does nothing to demonstrate the delightful ugliness of that shade of...70's yellow, ocre, goldy....whatever.

For more creative spaces, pop on over to Kirsty's.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…

Been doin 'stuff'.

                            Such as....

Hanging out with my two fav boys. (My Mr is on the left, my brother Jem on the right)

Daydreaming on river beds. (Yep, my legs could just about glow in the dark they're that white)

Stepping on Lizards - this guy lives under my bath tub garden. Adam named him Eugene. 

Lots of cooking, but my cooking photo's never turn out.

Breaking computers. (no, it was not the first time I'd seen that screen.....turns out ignoring it and pretending like it never happened....not the way to go.) Good thing I married a programmer.

Bushwalking.... As a rule, Adam doesn't enjoy bushwalking or photo's as much as me.

Thinking of manifestation mandala's and finding inspiration in unlikely places.

Making new friends (not really, these guys have lived at my place since the little one (Nix) was born, they've only just started eating out of our hands though.....yep, they are Taco's they're eating -they decided on new years eve to join the party. The mum (Stevie) is blind in one eye and likes to steal food from my dog Jaxon, who is blind in both eyes.

Getting evacuated to higher ground (work that is, home friends and family are all safe) and seeing the raw power of mother nature first hand.




And amongst other things, thats me up to date for the past two months or so....

Monday, November 29, 2010


 Weekend away camping.
Rained on, eaten by bugs, bruisy, itchy, sticky, awesomeness.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


aaah Princess seams. 
Twice the amount of unpicking when you sew the crutch and leg ass about. Joy.

My Creative Space

An actual finished knitted project. (Well nearly) Definitely photo worthy. And I took the time to do everything right, not just as I figured it should be. I learnt how to join a new ball of wool -properly, and how to sew up the seams using mattress stitch -properly. aah turns out when you take the time to do things right, they work! go figure!

For more creative inspiration, head over to Kirsty's.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

mmm book-y goodness.

I could have borrowed this book from the library... I could have. But the waiting list is longer than it would take for the next and last book in the series to come out (Some time at the end of next year) However, this book will pass through many hands if that negates some of the consumer impact. Its already got a 3 person deep line up waiting for me to finish it. I honestly don't know if ebooks will ever catch on. Its not the same for me. Books have a smell and a feeling and a warmth about them that a screen no matter how dimly lit can ever hope to replicate.  I am sure anyone who's read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (now Brian Sanderson) can understand my transgression.

Staying Put. For the short term.

The Move is of. For now.

Somebody had better tell Stellar Moon.

She's not going to be impressed. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Creative Space

My creative space today consists of a totally appropriate use of work time. (ah hem)
Scrap paper Kasudama (薬玉)

I really have been much more productive (at home) but alas, the light has not been kind to either me or my camera, and a blurry grey fuzz does not accurately capture the beauty of the Queen Anne’s Lace scarf I've been hooking. More on that later. Its to be just one of my anti-Christmas gifts.

Be sure to check out the other spaces over at Kirsty's.
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