Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Divine Miss Emily

i have the most dee-vine wee niece ever made.  glorious she is.  anyway she recently turned one so i made her a personalised bunting painting. here it is. i quite like it.

its layer upon layer upon layer (remember those sara lea ads, or is it only me that is so old??) of vintage and new papers, and paint that has been painted on, rolled on, stamped on and dripped on. 

layer 'pon layer 'pon layer ....

i thought it turned out so well i'd put the design up in my Blissful Bunting shop in case someone else would like one for their wee one.  you can see it here.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

bouncing off the walls with cupcakes

yesterday i minded my friend's two young daughters for a few hours.  so we made cupcakes and easter cards and generally had a heap of fun whilst making lots and lots of mess.  it was great.  along with the mess were three dogs (mine and her two), trying to get a part of the action. hilarious.

i think the girls ate more icing than went onto the cupcakes and i thought for sure that by the time their mum arrived home, they would certainly be bouncing off  the walls from the food colouring and far far far too much sugar.  but they managed to keep it together.  i did suggest to them that when their mum walks through the door that they should start bouncing off the walls for a laugh, but we forgot to do it.  drat.

below is the outcome of far too much food colouring, but lots of fun and sprinkles!

they certainly don't match up to the bliss that is contained within Couture Cupcake Creations, but they were dee-licious! you really should look at the lovely Laura's creations, they are too amazing for words ..... and she won an award at the Royal Easter Show.  big yay to Laura.

Monday, April 18, 2011

woo hoo :: very very excited

i had a very very very exciting weekend, yes i did.
i sold my first print on-line.
it was a print of this gorgeous creature on made it.

totally chuffed with myself as i've only really just started selling on-line. i know it is a very small step, but lots of small steps will eventually turn into giant ones - won't they?  and you've got to start somewhere don't you now?  bliss

i also spent the weekend obsessing about leon russell, you know that sexy rock god from the late seventies (i know, i know i'm really old)?  he's touring australia next week for the byron bay blues festival and i have tickets to see him in sydney.  he no longer looks the rock god (believe me on that one), but i'm hoping he still sounds great.  he just released a cd with elton john called 'the union'.  love love love that album, think i played it about 20 times over the weekend and every listen it just got better. am even listening to it now.  obsessed.  my husband is a little over it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

the drop in .....

yesterday an old work colleague drop in unannounced.  she isn't old. perhaps i should have said ex-work colleague.  she has just left the same company this week after ten years there.  i was there 7 years until last september.  

as a little side story here .... my husband grew up in ireland where people just walk in the door unannounced at any time of the day or night (they still do this to this day, i have witnessed it many many many times).  he thinks its great and he can't understand why i won't let him ever do that to people here unless they are irish.  not sure that i could cope living where people just called in unannounced on a daily basis, as i am just a tad vain and really don't want people to see me in my daggy clothes with my hair standing on end.  but that's just me. i suppose i don't want to feel the pressure to have to always look presentable in my own home, when i might feel like crap and just want to hang out in my old tracky daks.  although i am really glad that my friend dropped in, it was great to see her and i really enjoyed our chat.

anyway she asked me what i had been doing and so i told her about my new found love affair with art and showed her some prints of 'my girls'. if only i'd have known her reaction would have been priceless, i'd have filmed her.  she loved my girls and kept asking me if i'd 'really really painted these' - so i had to show her the originals.  too funny! then she berated me for spending so many years in my marketing job, when i should have been painting. so wonderful for my confidence.  bliss.

you know, it is little moments like that that propel you to the next part of your journey.  that confirm to you that what you are doing is right for you. that boost your self esteem and confidence and make you go yay to me - I CAN DO THIS!!  am really really pleased she dropped by, even if i did look like a mess and she looked really cool and had newly 'done' hair.

you know what i say ........

Friday, April 1, 2011

Is it Christmas in April??? My ABCD Meetup Stash...

last night at the ABCD Meetup was just great. i met so many wonderful and talented and fearless girls, i was in awe of so many of them.  makes me realise that i can make a living from my art.  

and i got such great and needed information that will save me hours and hours of research.  thank you so much.

..... and the stash from the goodie bags. wowee.  such beautiful and creative things, check out the photo .....

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