Sunday, May 31, 2009

Almost Done Moving

90% of the way there with the whole moving thing *phew* Still need a coffee table and then some art for the walls and maybe a few plants. But yesterday was my first relaxed day in the new place (no getting up for 8am calls from delivery men, steam cleaner men, rubbish collecting men ... why are they all men?) so I sat down with a nice ole cup o' miso and did a sketch to warm up these tired drawing hands.

The left one I actual did a couple of months ago but never posted (?) I remember being struck by the beautiful strokes of her hair in the photo was what made me want to draw her.
They're a bit distorted because I couldn't be bothered to use the scanner (which is hooked up to the boy's computer ...)

Ink, Copics and regular markers

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moving House Hiatus

Sorry for the lapse in posts! But I have been building myself a boat bed and other bits and pieces from IKEA lately :D All should be done by this weekend so hopefully it's back to regular programming then!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Different Kind of Felting

For my birthday, my extremely cool and talented friends Kat (check out her amazing architectural photos here: www.adarkroom.com) and Matt gave me a book of felt patterns purely of sweets (cakes, cookies and chocolates!) and despite my poor sewing skills, all the photos looked too good not to try out! So after a quick trip to Lincraft for polyfil, embroidery thread and some felt sheets (they don't have a huge range of colours though, mostly very bright, bold ones), I put my neanderthalic sewing skills to the test.

'Rustic' edges are the new 'smooth'

First up, I tried what I thought was the simplest pattern in the book: macarons. They only required 2 different kinds of stitching (prior to this, I didn't know there was more than one kind of stitch ...) so I thought "No Problem!" Plus they looked sooooooooo cute in the photos.
However ... mine ended up looking like burgers and not the cute puffy cookies in the photos. Cutting circles with scissors is HARD people!!!
After 2 disastrous macaron attempts, I then tried to make a fortune cookie (a special request inscribed by the gift givers onto the front page of the book, I LOVE book inscriptions! :D) which also looked easy on the pattern but took me a good 30 minutes to figure out what the instructions meant! No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the stitches to disappear from the cookie's 'bumcrack'.

Left: Sir Oinksalot II contemplates My First Macaron. Right: Bad photo of bad cookie!

Despite these disasters, I am not all too discouraged (not MUCH anyways). I mean what home is complete without an assortment of felt cakes and petit fours? Not mine, that's for sure!

Lesson of the day: keep on trucking people!

On a side note, we have found an apartment that we really like ... in the building right next to our current one! It is one bedroom but has an extra 'study' area which I am hoping to turn into a dedicated 'mess-making' area for all the crafty, painty stuff that we plan to make. Very excited about decorating esp. about the imminent trip to IKEA!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

On Turning 28

I started a Doodleblog over with the friendly people at Shuttercal. It's a site meant to be a photolog but they kindly let me use it as a doodleblog :D



Besides the getting-old-a-phobia, I'm really looking forward to being 28! Juan and I are moving into our place in the next few weeks (rental applications pending *stressed to the max*), I start a new job in a month, I'm feeling quite fresh creatively and can't wait to get myself more organised and focused! Power to me!!!

(Cue deflation in 5...4...3...2...and...pfffffffffffffft...)

Moly X Portrait 3 - Rose's Moly

A THIRD moly arrived today and I felt awful guilty about not having done anything for this group for so long. So I managed to slay the procrastination monster, gave myself an extra good kick up the bum and just got down to it.

Rose's moly has the theme "Found Objects" but I've been trying not to hoard too much stuff anymore (despite leaving two rooms full of stuff at my parent's house!) so I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do when I first got her book (like ... 2 months ago ... bad Jo ...) But then, on a fateful Melbourne evening in a certain Spanish class, I found a fortune cookie slip on my table that read "God has given you one face, you make yourself another" and *BAM* inspiration!

Pitt Pens, Watercolour, Pencil

Felt good to be drawing after so much felting (and much less painful on the fingers *poke*poke*poke*bleed*).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Accessorize Dahlings

Hair and accessories all accounted for! It was really fun trying to come up with absurd hair for all of them.
The bears are now tagged and packed, ready for pickup, it will be a sad goodbye. These are my favourites of the final 10 (whoever said parents don't have favourites are delusional).

This one is my absolute favourite which I named Randy Warhol.

These two look like they could really do with a big hug and some hot cocoa.

And these two are my top picks for best hairstyles in Bearland!

As much as I love these guys ... no more bears for a while ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Decuplet of Bears

All 10 bears lined up and waiting for their salon treatment in which all colours and styles of hair will be experimented with. Also some bracelets and other accessories to be added.
Strange how they all have their own personalities even though I was trying to make them all the same. It's really hard to get the sizings identical! But that's the license of ye who handmakes isn't it ;)

Click image to enlarge for extra fuzziness

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Naughty Bears

I woke up this morning to find my wholesale bears thus:


Just goes to show you just can't take your eyes off the Felties!!! Even for a moment!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Silhouettes

Back from Sydney! Twas all very delicious ;)

Coupla ACEOs made playing around with my Pitt Pens (*swoon* I will never love another) and primary school markers. Loosely inspired by the work of Jason Edward Davis which is all very, very cute!

Pitt brush pens and cheap markers on collaged card