the month of may
You know, I really could start every post with "I have been sooo busy!"... but that would get a bit boring. But geez, it's true! Apart from raising my wee lil' one, I've been designing a new blog and a new resume/portfolio website for myself, a new website for a friend (can't wait to reveal that one to you, it's looking fab), and a new website for hubby's business...
summer social media addiction
I have a new obsession (besides the obvious — my beautiful bubba) : social media. During late night or early morning feeds, I don't want to disrupt the silence with the telly, so to stave off boredom I indulge in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and my fave, Instagram. Have you heard of it?...
Little Erika received such wonderful gifts from friends and family on her arrival. Check out this amazing bunch of flowers from the lovely ladies at work. Does anyone know what this flower is called? It's stunning!
I had a backyard makeover team (aka Mum and Dad) here this week. They weeded, planted, trimmed, mulched and fertilised. And I made cups of tea and cheese and bikkie platters. What a difference their work has made! I'm looking forward to my new plants maturing in the spring sunshine, and enjoying the space with the little one...
are you in the loop?
Have you heard of The Loop? It’s kind of the creative world’s version of LinkedIn (if you’re not on LinkedIn either, then what are you doing??). You can sign up (for free), create a profile, resume and portfolio of work, network with peeps in your industry, search for jobs and potentially get headhunted. It covers a broad range of roles and...
amber whelan design
A mate of mine from high school has recently launched an Interior Design consultancy business — and I couldn't be more proud! She's put together a little website with some gorgeous pics of her work (and a stunning photo of herself!), as well as a beautifully worded philosophy and description of her services. Check it out at amberwhelan.com...
monday morning chuckle…
I spied this on my way into work this morning and it really made me giggle (I whipped out my phone to take a snap quick smart) — a new spin on the ol' "wash me" tag. I love a little graffiti with a sense of humour. It's such a beautiful spring day today, I hope y'all get a chance to get out at lunchtime and enjoy the weather...
live below the line
My awe-inspiring mate Eli is 'living below the line' in an attempt to raise money and awareness for those in poverty. With a measly budget of just NZ$2.25 per day, she's been very creative with her meals and very creatively writing short poems about her food journey. Here are some of my favourites (I can't go past the limericks)...
I'm on Temporary Gallery! What is Temporary Gallery, you ask? Weeelll, I'll let them describe themselves... "Temporary Gallery is an innovative online social news platform for visual and performing artists, art lovers, related industries and venues. Temporary Gallery is a space for creatives to showcase their work, submit...
Hello beautiful peeps, Welcome to the new For the Love of George site! This is our tentative "soft launch", as there are still many features and bits and bobs that are yet to be sorted... but I was getting too antsy to wait any longer — I was missin' y'all too much! Pretty please, have a look around, and if you notice any bugs,...
shake your tailfeather
Do you remember a little while back I was telling you about my talented mates Natalia and Scottie? Well, this is what they’ve been up to: Tailfeather. Nat and Scottie individually handcraft the highest quality leather and textile pieces in their Tallarook studio, 100km’s north of Melbourne. I am so proud of them for creating items that are so...
i just learnt something new*
Well, not entirely new — I have long been aware of the existence of ISO, because my first SLR camera was film, but it kinda never occurred to me to consider it when using my digital SLR. After coming back from our beautiful Healesville Sanctuary trip the other day, I loaded my photos into iPhoto, and was disappointed with the noise in...
This is such a brilliant concept — well actually, two brilliant concepts. Firstly, the website Kickstarter: I’ll let their little spiel give you all the info you need (or better yet, visit their site to see how it all works). Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge...
the year that was
92 posts and 8 months later, and here we are! I didn’t know when I started this little blog of nonsense if I would have the discipline to post regularly over a long period, but I’m pleased with how I’m doing. I don’t have the time or enthusiasm to post everyday like Pip or Lucy, but feel like I am finding the balance between writing about stuff and...
a new obsession
Hubby and I have just recently become addicted to ‘Breaking Bad’, a tv series starring Bryan Cranston, from Malcolm in the Middle fame. The Dad character was always my favourite from Malcolm, and the new series certainly shows his acting prowess and versatility. For those of you who haven’t caught a glimpse of it, the basic plot is thus...
I have just finished reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion (for the second time) and had to share with you the hurried letter Captain Wentworth wrote to Anne Elliott. Spoiler alert, if you haven’t read this book, this passage may will give you more information than you were hoping for. But a tip for all the blokes out there: never underestimate the power...
I have done very little this week, save read. I became absorbed in the dark and often bleak world of Tully Makker. The spiel under the title of the book says 'for anyone who has ever had to choose'. Up until ten pages from the end of the book, Tully hadn't made any choices. She allowed fate to choose for her, and resented those in her life who...
pinch and a punch
...for the second day of the month (I was having a lazy day yesterday, sorry). Wow. It’s December. Again. Where did 2010 go? Let’s hope that 2011 brings with it good fortune, good health, crafty-goodness and little sunshine... So, my tree is up and decorated (yes, took me most of yesterday morning) — and no one need know that I only have...
allow me to introduce you…
...to my mate, Bruce. Ol’ Brucie has been dropping by every now and then for a couple of weeks, and we’ve slowly built up a friendship based on trust and biscuits. Bruce allows me to get quite close, taking a biscuit from my hand, barely a ruler’s length from my body. Next step, I want to try to get him to land on me... though that may take a while...
birds on oak
I have a great mate called Natalia. Nat and I have been kicking around the traps since we were ten in Karate class. Next Friday, Nat’s fiance Scottie (recently engaged, hurrah!) is opening an exhibition of amazing paintings of Australian birds on reclaimed timber. Gorgeous. You can check out Scottie’s website here for further inspiration,...
some new, some old
I splurged at JB recently (‘tis a shame hubby sold our JB stocks) and picked up some new albums, as well as some golden oldies. One of the newbies in the bunch is a pearler from Cloud Control, Bliss Release. I can confidently say it is just beaut having on repeat for several hours, whilst reclining in the sun with two dogs on lap,...
the gruen transfer
Hubby and I have a PVR (records telly onto a hard-disk) and so we don't often watch live TV — and consequently don't see many advertisements. I did, however, spy this Kia ad the other day, and I hang my head in shame as I share it with you. I whole-heatedly apologise to those culturally sophisticated readers who enjoy...
a flick worth watching
I was 18 in 1999 when the Matrix blew my mind and made me question my perception of reality. ‘What is real? How do you define real?’, the wise Morpheus intoned, ‘If you are talking about your senses, what you can feel, taste, smell or see, then all you are talking about are the electrical signals interpreted by your brain’...
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. This site looks remarkably similar to my old one. That’s, um, because it is. Alright, before you think me so lame that WordPress has defeated me, let me tell you my side of the story. WordPress has faults. Oh yes, that’s right. And they are: 1. If you use WordPress to host your site, you get all sorts of goodies...
a visit to harbour place
Hubby and I had been watching the Phillipe Starck The Apprentice-style documentary School of Design on the ABC, and though the series concluded last week, we continued to tape that time-slot. We stumbled upon gold — ‘Andrew Jenks: Room 335’. This young bloke managed to persuade an old folks home (in Florida...
Happy birthday to me!! This little treasure is my new baby. Our trip to Italy is a few short months away, hubby and I decided a laptop would be a great little tool on our travels: downloading photos, booking accommodation and sending emails to friends and family. I’ve been using iWeb to design my blog thus far, but I may...
it’s a classic
I haven’t been reading much lately. Well, that’s to say I haven’t read anything new lately. When I’m feeling a little down, I’ll re-visit old favourites. They are a familiar voice, and a little like comfort food. I re-read Jane Eyre a couple of months ago, and was just as touched, or possibly more so, than when I first read it...
x times 2
Kiss her. It might be your last chance... I spied this print on my blog-trawling today, and thought it was just ace. Apparently the designer’s husband spotted this phrase graffiti’d somewhere, and it inspired her to make these posters. It makes me ponder the tragic little tale of the individual that scrawled it on a wall,...
be very quick!
The amazingly talented Jade Oakley is exhibiting her ‘Headland’ collection of artworks at Australian Galleries — but only until this Sunday (6th June)! The exhibition is a beautiful collection of paper and wire sculptures, some suspended from the ceiling, others free-standing. The slightest breath of air makes them sway and spin...
Following on from my Uppercase #1 entry... Uppercase mag issue #5 also featured vintage photography collectors: Valerie Roybal, Roz Leibowitz, John Van Noate, Angelica Paez and Albert Tanquero. What amazing collections they have! I’m always fascinated by unknown artists — those amateurs who have talent...
I stumbled across a new magazine in Mag Nation this week. It’s a lovely little publication produced in Canada, called Uppercase, about all things creative and curious. There were a number of articles that got me a-thinkin’, possibly too many for the one blog entry. Hence this entry is called ‘uppercase #1'...
spreading the crafty joy
I have a great job (mostly — ask me again when I’m stressed and under deadline!). I work in Melbourne for News Magazines, designing across the women’s titles (Country Style, Delicious, Donna Hay, Vogue Australia and Vogue Living, etc.). This week, News Magazines was invited into the offices of Mindshare,...
my idea of heaven
In an alternate universe, this is where I live. There are deck chairs and sunshine, refreshing swims and delicious trifle. These images were taken several years ago, just prior to my grandparents selling their property in Nagambie, Victoria (about halfway between Seymour and Shepparton). It was a large estate...
I’ve taken a real shine to Frankie. It’s one of the few mags I can read cover-to-cover — I love the crafty retro-ness of course, but I also find the articles quirky and amusing. And thought-provoking. In this latest issue (issue 35), Frankie asks five creative sorts questions about life and stuff. Their answers were frank,...
Dum da di da! Introducing, Bailey and Darcy, puppy extraordinaires! These beautiful little bundles of fluff are my babies. They fill my life with such joy and laughter — even when they do something naughty I can’t help but marvel at their intelligence and laugh at their enthusiasm. Litter brothers, they displayed such distinct personalities...