Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Giant Kangaroo Paw in my garden

I just have to share my amazing kangaroo paw plant with you. I am so proud of it but really I haven't done anything to help it become like this...apart from nearly killing it once when I moved it but it just established itself and grew...and grew...and goes on growing...lucky me :)

It's what dreams are made of...being that kangaroo paw is my all time favourite plant. It was given to me as a strappy small plant by a neighbour who told me it was a kangaroo paw but it never did anything apart from look strappy...after I nearly killed it I just let nature take over and I walked out into my backyard one day and was amazed by the fact it was flowering abundantly...like overnight...and a year or two later it is just under 2metres tall!!! Today is such a stunning summer day I just had to go out and photograph it in all its glory against the backdrop of the blue sky and the rest of the garden. It is so beautiful...I wish I had more of them, guess I'll have to figure out if I can get cuttings from this one. I'm sure this is how they grow in their native western Australia but all the ones I've had before always remain small. This was the plant that inspired my kangaroo paw design for my fabric.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Saturday outing - Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar, Civic Park, Newcastle

Saturday 3rd December, 2010: While Sydney was hosting the Finders Keepers market the Newcastle creatives were wowing us with their talent at the annual Art Bazaar (click on that link to see the full list of stallholders - some of which have links to view their work).

I bought this striking work by artist / photographer Sue Hilder because it just spoke to me (of course it looks even better in real life)

I love red, perhaps it might even be my favourite colour, it's intense and passionate. I just have to find a frame for it now or have one tailor made. There was a series of these colour studies, green, blue, all beautiful but I liked the red one the most, it's so dramatic.

I enjoyed watching the talented Miranda Earle give a fabric printing demonstration and am keen to do some of her workshops in the new year.

There was so much to take in, it was nice that the rain held off and we walked around at a snail's pace taking it all in. I love markets and fairs, not just for the visual joy of it all but the whole ambiance makes me feel like I'm exactly where I should be, especially artisan markets.

Last year I bought this great print by Shane Audcius (sorry I may be mispelling her surname as it's really hard to make out her handwriting):

This was when I was contemplating my first 3 textile designs and it definitely influenced the idea to do a kangaroo print. I have yet to frame this one too...how slack am I...but there's also that excitement still when I unwrap it from the layers of papers protecting it.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New stock - eco-friendly notebooks have arrived

Today I finally received the last lot of stuff I've been waiting on from the printers - yay! They are my eco-friendly notebooks and consist of 4 'Nippers' notebooks (similar to my Nippers greeting cards) as well as 4 'The Great Outdoors' notebooks...but instead of prattling on, why don't I just give you a sneak peek so you can see for yourselves :)

The notebook covers are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled matte cardstock with 50 pages (100 front & back) of 100% post-consumer recycled paper inside. They are printed by a green printing business too, so are as environmentally friendly as possible. Perfect for writing, journalling, drawing, doodling, scrawling...fill them with your favourite recipes...your poems...daydreams. Ideal for gifts and will be available in both my Etsy and Blue Caravan stores individually and as sets of 4 (hopefully by tomorrow at the latest) and more images will be available on my flickr photostream :)