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!!

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)  ;)