Thursday, July 29, 2010

an ode to lettuce

one of my big joys at the moment is wandering

to the little courtyard,

to my community of lettuce pots

and picking leaves on demand...

fresh as fresh can be.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

gardening for the soul

made some little presents for the babies today...just in case they ever forget who they are (and yes, before you ask, i am going ever so slightly around the bend at the moment).

Monday, July 19, 2010

24 hr handbag

no, unfortunately, not a bag completed in the space of one day - instead one that took me somewhere approaching 24 hrs to complete. (it's not supposed to take 1 1/2 hrs to cut out a pattern...surely?)

this is another fantastic free pattern from rae hoekstra. the main material had been lurking in the cupboard for close to 20 years (and apparently has something to do with a food company which i can't quite work out); the lining fabric was a an ebay purchase from someone who was downsizing their collection; and the buttons were repurposed from something or other once upon a time and were also found sitting unloved in the cupboard. i think the only new things used were the magnetic clasp and the threads.

will show you all the little details when it's arrived at its new home...wherever that may be. (i want the person it goes to live with to have the pleasure of discovering those herself - think that's half the fun).

Sunday, July 18, 2010


been nurturing the gardening goddess within (deep within, if past efforts are anything to go by) today. now have some baby lettuces - for when we finally get through the current crop - plus spinach and fennel. also some dill and zucchini seeds donated by one of my helpful horticultural consultants, which i will attempt to grow into seedlings. wish me luck!

love the feeling of watching something become what it was always meant to be, growing, evolving...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

a recent visitor

last month i spent a couple of weeks in the company of journal # 6 (shown here soaking up the queensland winter sun) as part of the very talented kirrily anderson's 'creative for a second or two' project...this follows on from the publication of the 'creative for a second' book a couple of years ago.

the 'second or two' version is a worldwide collaborative arts project specifically for people with ME/CFS, the idea being that each person has two weeks with one of the journals (there are currently seven) and then sends it on to the next person on the list. reading through the book that has already been published i was amazed at the creativity that exists within our community. and taking part in this project, while highly stressful (totally self-induced) for a perfectionist like me was also really interesting and rewarding. since i passed the journal on i've been able to follow what other people have been doing on the facebook page - and loved the sense of shared experience, support, understanding and enthusiastic encouragement i see every time i go back to see what is new. none of us would ever choose to be connected by this illness that binds us all but it's a lovely group of people to be bound to!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

to tassel or not to tassel. that is the question.

so...first scarf completed. albeit a very very 'organic' individual little number. still tossing up whether or not to add tassels, but leaning toward not perhaps?

(for the last few weeks i've been enjoying the green next to acrylic on canvas attempt no 2, perched on my grandmother's old easel)