I bought myself a fancy new radio. I really like to have it on all day while I do things around the house. I mostly listen to Radio National (and sometimes they read out my tweets and I feel famous for five seconds, haha). It makes me feel more connected with the world, but it's not like having the TV on constantly - I can just kind of drift in and out of paying attention to it. My favourite shows are The Inside Sleeve, 360 Documentaries and This American Life.
Our waratah tree bloomed and looked rather fantastic. They're finished now and I'm rather sad about it! They would have to be my favourite flowers. I've gotten really into gardening over the last few weeks. It is a nice mindful ritual for me and it seems to give more meaning to the passing of time - watching the plants changing over the passing of only a few days - there is a huge iris at my front door that seemed to pop up over night!
Atticus and Theo spent some time in the backyard soaking up the afternoon sun.
I moved our bedroom around and now our bed gets the loveliest afternoon sun and C, Theo, the cats and I spent many an afternoon laying on the bed enjoying each other's company. Theo enjoyed the cats company most. The cats tolerated Theo's company!
I've been going to the opshops occasionally and looking at the old books for inspiration. I found this old book about budgerigars and loved the illustrations.
There are lots of things I don't buy at the opshop that I like ($$$) but I like to document them anyway.
This boy just makes me smile and laugh so much. This is the best age. It is a joy to be his mother. He is so uplifting and picks up new things every day. Last week he started saying "Uho!" when he dropped something and I thought it was so funny and wondered where he's gotten it from (I never realised it was something I said a lot!). Though his vocabulary isn't huge, he can understand directions ("Go get your ball and bring it to me") and when you ask him if he wants something he'll say "Nup!". Urgh, I love him so much!
I spent a lot of time in my studio writing essays. I am so glad to be rid of them forever!
While sitting in my studio in our backyard I would often look out to the garden and see this boy watering plants, running in circles around the clothes line, throwing things into the pond or giving the cats massages(?).
As my classes came to an end part way through this month, I so enjoyed getting to be at home spending more time with my boys. There is such beautiful sun in our yard, you just find yourself out there several times a day. The boys flew off to NSW last week for a two week holiday with family and I miss them so much! I'm back at home finishing my uni work and going to work.
This month Theo also learnt how to pick his nose, haha.
I found this kitchen dresser at the opshop (I'd been searching for the perfect one for months) and have been deciding what colour to paint it. I'm thinking pastel green? Once my uni work is over I am going to run around the house like mad painting all of the furniture.
This guy is a man on a mission. Being cooped up in his pram makes him quite grumpy and he must be free to wander!
This is probably my favourite spot to sit in our house and I've spent a lot of time sitting here since Theo & C left - looking out over the garden, drinking Licorice Legs tea and painting or reading. C and I often make little complaints about the compact size of our home, but I think it has so much charm and I love it's cute little spaces, like this dining nook.
There is a path down the side of our house that we rarely use and the other day I walked down there and spotted lots of huge roses flowering. Rather lovely.
Listening | Serial, This American Life, Mary Lambert & CW Stoneking.
Watching | Sherlock, Broadchurch & Grand Designs. And I also took a great Skillshare lettering class by Mary Kate McDevitt which I really enjoyed.
Reading | It Chooses You - Miranda July.
Making | Uni work. Essay writing and painting, painting, painting! I have my easel set up on my kitchen table with all of my paints and I have been doing seven hour painting days while I listen to Radio National.
Purchasing | A fancy new Bush radio.
Looking forward to | My uni work being submitted, starting my new course, painting furniture, working on commissions, gardening and my boys returning to me on the 11th!
How was your month?
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
+ My cat looking at the moon.
+ Freesias & jasmine.
+ Toddlers eating icy poles.
+ The smell of gouache paint.
+ A clean work space.
+ Birds eating nectar.
+ Patting cats on the street.
+ Finishing an assignment on time (for once).
+ Dirty bare feet from playing in the yard.
+ Theo's dancing.
+ A cool breeze.
+ House plants.
+ Maple syrup.
+ Old books with lovely colour illustrations.
+ A bag of herbs left on your doorstep from a neighbour.
+ Funny little compliments from strangers ("I love your bag! It's pretty and shaped like a heart, just like you! I hope you have a wonderful life!" - Drunk French man at work).
+ Learning new skills (I'm a bit addicted to Skillshare).
+ Eating vegan cheesecake on the floor at Holly's house, reading her collage books.
+ A street fiesta.
+ Babycino moustaches.
+ Theo laughing at dogs we pass in the city (and pointing at them calling them cats).
+ More hours of sunlight in the day.
+ Waking up with a cat asleep on your belly.
I've got a little bit over two weeks until my folio for my degree is due. I'm making okay progress and I think I'll get it finished in time to a standard I'm happy with. C and Theo are going away to NSW for two weeks next Friday and I've not spent that amount of time by myself for about 5 years, so it will be interesting to see how I go. I do have to admit that C had to teach me how to use our washing machine (he always does our washing) and I'll have to learn how to make my own coffee in the morning. I have a kind of learned helplessness, where I've gotten so used to C doing certain things, I feel like I wouldn't be able to do them myself. But I think it will be good for me to spend some time taking care of myself. I plan on working really hard to finish my uni work, painting my piano (and maybe the ceiling in our lounge room), working on commissions, watching lots of Grand Designs, going to Film Society, gardening and rearranging furniture in our house. I am going to miss those boys so much, but they will be having a lovely time staying with family and going to the beach. Theo is going to love hanging out with his cousins so much and C is going to enjoy actually getting to have more conversations with adults and playing squash (his brother runs a squash court).
I really love this time of year. It seems kind of cliche to say so, but I can't help but feel positive when the end of the year approaches, the weather starts getting warmer and the days get longer. This year I feel like I've developed a lot as a creative person and I feel a lot more confident in myself. Since I was a kid a lack of self confidence and self esteem has stopped me from doing a lot of things, so it has been nice to push past some of that this year and feel proud of my achievements.
I might not get a chance to post again until my folio is finished, but I look forward to being on the other side of that due date and being able to post more often.
Oct 12, 2014
I submitted this list for a collaborative zine called Summer Goals zine that Sarah McNeil is putting together. I am really looking forward to this Summer - I will graduate, my mum will come to visit, I'll go to see Ben Folds in concert, I'll fix up my studio and hopefully go for lots of scenic drives with C and Theo.
Here is the call out for submissions if you'd like to send a list too - it doesn't have to be drawn either, it can be handwritten or typed.
Oct 4, 2014
Today I thought I'd take a break from uni work (one month to go!) and I played around with a fun little commission (drawing Clonettes!) and I made this free card and envelope set for you to download and print. I painted all of the elements in my sketchbook with gouache and watercolour and then scanned them and fiddled around with them.
I had them printed at Officeworks onto matte card, though my home printer did some very acceptable prints too. Just make sure that when you're printing the images, neither image gets resized/scaled down in the printing settings (or you can print them smaller if you like by setting the scale to say, 75% on both images). Enjoy!
+ You can download the card here and download the envelope here.
+ You can download and print my other free printables here.
+ For personal use only. Please do not modify or upload the original files elsewhere.
Oct 2, 2014
I am a self confessed shower singer. I can't help it, as soon as I get in there I feel like exercising my vocal cords. I used to sing a lot (outside of the shower) when I was in high school and eventually I stopped feeling nervous singing in front of people. Nowadays, I don't sing outside of the shower much and on the odd occasion I do so in front of others, my body shakes with nerves. What songs do you like to sing in the shower? (C'mon, I know you do it too).