Sunday, April 12, 2015

tourists in our own town

I've always loved this concept ... why do we always want to go to exotic locations when we have so much beauty on our own doorstep?  We are fortunate enough to live only 30 minutes away from the gorgeous wine region of McLaren Vale, so we decided to visit on this rare child-free Sunday ;)

Now you know I'm rubbish at outfit posts ... but here I am (in front of Anita's beans):

This is one of my favourite comfy outfits ... hand-me-down dress from a friend (it's stretchy!!) and my Luluemon yoga pants (which have ended up being going-out pants rather than yoga pants, haaha!).

We went first to Willunga to have wood-oven pizza from Pizza Kneads - here's Anita enjoying a glass of Hither & Yon's Grenache Mataro ... YUM!!

We then visited the ultra-trendy Alpha Box & Dice at McLaren Vale, as I wanted to buy this specific bottle of wine ...

I'm sure LaSirene will be pleased!  And I couldn't resist buying a couple of wine glasses from there:

Haaha!  The ones at cellar door have 'Half Full / Half Empty' on the side ;)

We also stopped off at Pirramimma Wines for a dozen Merlot for the 'wine cellar'.

OK, better do some weaving before the sun goes down!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

working + weaving

Yes, I have finally secured a more permanent job - starting 27 April (due to security clearances), I'll be starting at ASIC (Australian Securities & Investments Commission) - yes, that's federal government.  Never would have imagined I'd end up there, but hey!  It's all an experience ;)  I've had quite a bit of experience with ASIC regulations at my last job, so I assume that's why I was successful ;)  I will be working in the temporary job for at least the next week, but hopefully they need me for the 2 weeks in between, depending on how busy they still are!

I have also been doing lots of weaving - of course!  Here's the current warp on my table loom:

And on Betty there is a cotton warp - first pics are of the warp on the warping board (second one taken by Anita):

And here it is in progress on the loom:

One will be for me, one for Anita's mum Brigitte, and the third will go in the shop ;)

Here's Frankie sitting on a piece of paper that just came off the warp:

I've also been clearing and sorting - I bought a lovely large Ikea unit for the books and LPs, and the existing unit went into Anita's study:

Next on my agenda is finishing this small tapestry of Frankie - here she is sitting in front of it, and not looking particularly impressed!

OK, back to it!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

where have i been???

HELLO!!!  Yes, I'm still alive ... and am currently working!  I'm 1 week into a temporary assignment with a government agency (my first time ever working for government) in their accounts payable section.  It's a 4 week assignment at this stage, but I'm still waiting to hear on a couple of full time permanent jobs that I have a very good chance of getting.  Who knows where I will end up??  The great thing is that where I am now have told me that they'd like me to stay longer, so if the other jobs don't work out, I can still continue there ;)

So in the last couple of months I have been doing the following:


(weaving demonstration at E For Ethel cafe)



These things have kept me positive, hopeful, and ultimately happy with my life ... sure I had my 'down' moments, but this is what kept me 80% 'up' during what was essentially a difficult period of unemployment.

Being happy is a choice!

I'll keep you posted on my adventures :)  xx

Saturday, February 14, 2015


2015, cross stitch with wool on canvas - 59cm w x 42cm h (23.2" x 16.5")

So *this* is what I have been doing with all my spare time since being made redundant!!  It took me approximately 100 hours to complete, and is now with my framer to be finished off ;)

I feel I am on the verge of a fantastic job ... I can feel it in my bones!  In the meantime, I'm enjoying having time to create, create, create!  It's pretty hot here at the moment (today is around the 40 deg C mark - 104 F), so I can handweave in the morning upstairs before it gets too hot, then move to air conditioned downstairs to stitch after that!

Here's what I'm working on now:

I'm revisiting the Moon Phases design, this time stitching it in an A4 size so it can be sold as a ready-to-hang piece.  I may do a few in different background colours, depending on feedback.  This is still my favourite, though it was the first cross stitch I ever designed back in 2000!!

Oh, and I have green hair now ... though no picture I take can convey it's green-ness!!  It's actually bright grass-green, Manic Panic's 'Green Envy'.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

the unfolding ...

Remember my 'quick update' a couple of weeks ago about me re-evaluating my life?  (if not, it's here!)

Well, I came back to work on Monday after a well-deserved week off ... and was told that my position had been made redundant.  Apparently they had been working behind the scenes to streamline my job so there was no need for me to be there, and me being on holidays was a great time to test their theory.

Yes, I had all the initial negative thoughts - betrayal, lack of appreciation, anger, shock, etc.  But very quickly afterwards, I realised a very important emotion that was in the forefront of my mind:  RELIEF!!!  I had been working in a company with people who did not appreciate me, who didn't have very honourable morals, who only cared about money, people who I considered to be friends but who betrayed me - and I'm now OUT OF THERE!!  Yeehaw!!!

It really didn't take me long to be excited about the next stage of my life - I now have the time to go to interviews, and in between I can concentrate on my artwork.  I trust that the Universe will provide me with the perfect job for me in this moment (just like my last job was the right thing at the right time).

I promise you, dear reader, that I am not just playing it cool - I really believe this stuff!  And I'm pretty chuffed that I'm not more upset and angry, because it proves to me that I have evolved myself enough to know that the right thing happens at the right time ;)

So ... after that bombshell ... I will leave you with some Abraham-Hicks philosophy, which has been so helpful to me over the years, and especially helpful at times like these ;)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

tuesday classics

Well, I'm on holidays FINALLY!!  So today I've been stitching and watching old movies on YouTube!  Here's what I've been watching - enjoy!

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!!