Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thank you

"Thank you" may seem like two little words but they can be very powerful. In this simple 3-minute TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of saying thank you. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

What are your plans for the Easter long weekend? I'm thinking I'll just potter about the home, might catch up with friends and family though. Also I'll probably indulge in some hot cross buns too.

Have a lovely Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Chocolate Treats

San Churro Easter
San Churro Easter
San Churro Easter
San Churro Easter
San Churro Easter
San Churro Easter
In our family nothing quite says Easter like having six or so adults running around my parents yard, dad included, on the hunt for the chocolate goodies that my mum has skillfully hidden. Well kinda hidden, one year there was a pinata strung up in the back yard.

The Easter egg hunt is generally started after a breakfast complete with hot chocolate, coffee, eggs, bacon, toast, croissants and a selection of other yummy treats.

This year San Churro have kindly offered me a selection of goodies from their Easter collection to be included in the hunt and to be enjoyed over breakfast.

In the words of one of my sisters "Mum, don't forget where you hide them as they are really good chocolates." She's right, there's chocolate eggs, laughing bunnies, truffle eggs, choc cross buns and hampers full of Spanish choc goodness in the San Churro Easter collection this year.

A little something for you:
Do your Easter shopping at San Churro and when you spend over $30 you'll get a free gift box of chocolates. Yummy!
Plus... I've got some chocolate goodies to giveaway to one lucky reader! A mini choc block - milk, 9 choc cross buns and 3 truffle eggs valued at $30.85.
To be in the running to win:
1. Comment on this post telling: Chocolate, bunnies, eggs, hot cross buns... what do you love most about Easter?

The competition will run until the 25th of April, 2014 5pm AEST.

Whoever leaves the most creative comment will be declared the winner and contacted via email, so make sure you link to a place where I can easily find your email or leave your email address so I can contact you.

Open to all readers within Australia.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prints By Laura McKellar 50% Off

Laura McKellar Easter Sale
One of my favourite arty ladies, Laura McKellar is having an Easter sale with 50% off limited edition prints in her online store. Oh... and that's not all... she is also offering free postage too!

If your not familiar with Laura's work her prints are of intricately hand embroidered artworks, and so beautiful and delicate. Check them out at www.lauramckellar.bigcartel.com and if you want to buy one don't forget to enter the code 'easter' at the checkout!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Record Store Day Australia

Record Store Day Australia
Music is good for the soul, well that's what I believe. So in theory Record Store Day is good for the soul too. 

On the Saturday 19 April the humble record store that provides an avenue in which people can find old favourites, source out the hide to finds, discover new music and talk all things vinyl is being celebrated right around Australia.

This is such an important day for the music industry as it reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year. 
Over the coming two weeks further announcements will be made on special in-store promotions, performances, signings from local bands through to major names, in-store sales. In short, this will be an enormously entertaining day celebrating music and musicians in all their myriad hues.  

Ambassadors Adalita, Marica Hines, Dan Sultan, Tim Dalton and Ian Hunter are all lending their support to celebrate Record Store Day Australia too. 

For further information visit www.recordstoreday.com.au or visit their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RecordStoreDayAustralia.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

8 Million Flower Petals

Sony 4K - Four times the detail
Sony 4K - Four times the detail
Sony 4K - Four times the detail
Have you ever thought, hey, I wonder what would happen if you put 8 million flower petals into a volcano in Costa Rica? Well... wonder no more.

For the marketing campaign for their 4k TV, Sony partnered with ad agency McCann and photographer Nick Meek to create this magnificent scene with no CGI used. Apparently it took two weeks to collect the beautiful and vibrant-coloured flower petals and leaves in the clip.

I think it is rather inspirational and amazing even though it's an ad.  


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mural In Camberwell - Update

Over the weekend I worked more on the mural I'm doing in Camberwell Junction. It is quite a big project and luckily I had a few assistants helping me out, Evie and Josh. On Sunday it was a little on the cold side, hence the hoodie and beanie. I did get the chance in between brush strokes to put together this little video though.

If you happen to be in area during the next few weekends pop by and say hi!

To keep up-to-date with my progress on this project feel free to like my Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram.

Also... Camberwell Junction has an expansive network of over 50 laneways and the Council has developed a Discussion Paper, Camberwell Junction: bringing our laneways to life, which investigates the various possibilities of these laneways and would like to know what you think. For more information visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/building-planning/councils-smaller-projects/camberwell-laneways

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Letter Sets By Haibara

Letter writing set by HAIBARA
How gorgeous are these letter writing sets by Tokyo's long-established washi dealer, HAIBARA?

Carefully handcrafted by artisans each piece of paper and envelope is outlined with red or blue woodblock print. Traditional washi papers have been used for each set which includes 6 writing papers and 3 envelopes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CURVY In 2014

This year CURVY will unveil the most inspiring young creative women in the world via a collectible, coffee-table quality book. But this time there is a twist this time round and I for one am pretty excited! Don't panic it's not like a bad reality TV twist, it's the lemon in your gin and tonic kind of twist.

I've been proud to not only as an artist but as a CURVY team member to see this book develop and grow over the years. And now it's time for it to take a massive big leap into being even more inspiring than before.

To date CURVY has showcased close to 900 female artists and illustrators from over 40 countries and has received more than 10,000 submissions. We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time we will be adding photography and fashion into the mix via a brand new CURVY format.

Created by the CURVY team together with a group of special-guest curators, this beautifully designed book will be filled with hand-picked images and interviews that will inspire anyone that wants to up the ante in their own creative pursuits, as well as those who like looking at amazing work. And of course, CURVY will be the source for anyone who wants to be up to date with the world’s latest boundary-breaking female image makers.

So just who are the curators? Kelly Thompson will be curating design, art and illustration, Elke Kramer will be in charge of fashion and curating photography is Claire Martin.

To support the books, there will be launch events and exhibitions in a number of cities around the world throughout 2014 - yes, around the world.

The first will be a 3-day CURVY event as part of the Semi-Permanent program in Sydney, Australia. This event will feature CURVY exhibitions, demos and installations – plus speaker panels comprised of inspiring female creative talent. Head to the Semi-Permanent website for more information.

Now for something more that's a little different... for the first time ever we are also kicking off (no pun intended) a CURVY Kickstarter initiative. Kickstarter is a very cool platform offering a fantastic avenue for projects like CURVY to work with the public to realise their vision. We’d love for you to check out our Kickstarter project and take advantage of some of the great rewards we have setup for our supporters.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mural In Camberwell

On the weekend I started one of my biggest projects to date - a mural the length of a lane way. Whilst the weather may not of been in my favour I did get quite a a bit done and feel like I've made quite a start on the project.

The mural tells the story of how my characters Jack and Jill go fishing and to an orchid to pick apples.  It's like a children's book spread out across a wall.

The lane way is next to Minimax on Burke Road and leads through to the car park that hosts the well known Camberwell Market. If you happen to be down there during the next few weekends pop by and say hi!

To keep up-to-date with my progress on this project feel free to like my Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

March Art Catalogue

My March 2014 Art Catalogue is now up online ready to view. It features works from some recent exhibitions and some older pieces you may not of seen in awhile. Should you be interested in purchasing any of the artworks from my March 2014 Art Catalogue or if you are a gallery interested in stocking my work, feel free to email me.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Introducing 3...

Autumn Travel Beauty Must Haves
Wow, what a summer that was, it felt like one long heatwave. Now that Autumn is here and the weather is cooling down it's time to look some of my favourite beauty products for the new season. At the end of February I went to South Korea for a holiday where the coldest it got to was around -10 degrees, so these are my favourite beauty must haves I took on my trip which I think are pefect for Autumn.

Carmex - Moisture Plus
I own more lip balms than I do lipsticks and each and every time I clean out my handbag at least two fall out. Lip balms are a must have for me, and more recently I've fallen in love with the Carmex Moisture Plus in clear, pink and peach. The clear offers UPF 15+ protection, the pink and peach have a slight flattering tint and they all kept my lips moisturised whist at the beach, on the plane and in the snow. Find out more at Carmex.

Crabtree and Evelyn - Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy
I use my hands all the time when traveling, whether it be using my phone, opening maps or flicking through garments in a store, which is why I search high and low for a hand cream that doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy but helps in keeping them moisturised, especially in the colder weather. This is also the perfect size for taking on the plane with you and smells divine too. Available at Crabtree and Evelyn.

Kevin Murphy - Hydrate-Me Wash and Rinse
These are best described as a super smoothing and hydrating, wash and rinse for normal to dry hair. If like me you have is for hair that is naturally dry, or hair that lives in a very dry climate you want to try these products out. I bought  them in handy travel sizes which meant I had more room for shopping and for gear I needed on my trip. Find out more at Kevin Murphy.

A little something for you to win:

To keep your lips looking lovely this Autumn I've one set of Carmex Moisture Plus to give away to one lucky reader.
To be in the running to win:
1. Comment on this post telling:  What one beauty item could you not travel without?

The competition will until the end of the month, so get your entry in by the 31st of March, 2014 5pm AEST to be in the running.

Whoever leaves the most creative comment will be declared the winner and contacted via email, so make sure you link to a place where I can easily find your email or leave your email address so I can contact you.

Open to all readers within Australia.

- Now Closed - 



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