Sep 1, 2014

Just A Minute | In August

...forever late.

@isisstpierre made a delicious donut shaped cake for our crafternoon
My friend Holly and I went to our friend Isis's house for a crafternoon, but instead we ate this fantastic cake, drank chai, watched Isis make a basket and chatted.

I drew some hats while I watched Midsomer Murders with my grandma.
I drew a picture of some hats while I watched Midsomer Murders with my grandma.

Nutella hot chocolate at Inside (hope we can have one next week @hollyleonardson)
I devoured a delicious Nutella hot chocolate at Inside Cafe.

Ventured out from the sick house to buy a little old radio cabinet (now a regular cabinet) for our bathroom.
I've been searching high and low for a nice little cupboard to go in our bathroom to hold toilet paper and toiletries and things and I found this lovely little old radio cabinet converted into a cupboard. Perfect! My bathroom is actually one of my favourite rooms, I love the wood and the blue walls.

Really liked this idea at The Emporium (part of Renew Newcastle wonderfulness)
I spotted this in Newcastle and really loved the idea.

The many faces of the bearded breakfast baby #babyjagoe
We all knew how it would end #babyjagoe
Hmpf! #babyjagoe
Theodore was full of cheek.

When you can't justify buying wrapping paper, brown paper and paint will do the trick (although my sister did say "why did you put so much effort into something I have to throw away?!")
I decorated some presents to give to my sister and mum. My sister said "Why did you put so much time and effort into something I have to throw away?!".

Sick boy, tired mum #babyjagoe
Theo got REALLY sick last week (maybe bronchiolitis?) and we had to go to the ER. We did well to make it to almost 15 months without him being sick, but this one really made up for it.

Some of my sister @sarahjagoe's books I've picked out to steal/borrow/buy myself one day.
I admired my sister's amazing books. This pile was just some of the ones I wanted to sneak into my suitcase.

@isisstpierre/The Rogue Tailor hanging out on The Examiner.
I spotted my friend Isis in the local newspaper.

My piano arrived!
I bought a piano!

Listening | This American Life (it's my favourite radio show). You should especially listen to this episode, it is totally engrossing.
Reading | Womankind, An Excuse to Draw by Tommy Kane and Meanwhile In San Francisco by Wendy MacNaughton (both of which I bought for my sister).
Watching | True Blood, The Strain (basically terrible but I keep watching), The Recruit... not much!
Making | I've been working on some really lovely commissions. I feel so privileged that people ask me to make me things and that they like what I do. If only I had the time to work on them all the time!
Consuming | Soy mochas.
Visiting | NSW to see my family and attend my sister's birthday party. It was a good time and I miss all of my family very much. Also, Hobart to attend a protest.
Coveting | Fitness.
Purchasing | A piano! You know how I've wanted one forever? I have one now! It's lovely and old and beaten up but holds a tune wonderfully and I am so enjoying mucking around on it. Also, semi related, I bought tickets to see Ben Folds with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in December! Literally a childhood dream come true (Ben Folds was one of the first musicians I can remember loving as a child). I also bought a (well and truly overpriced) Filofax which I am really enjoying using (and downloading fun printable things for).
Looking forward to | Making headway with my uni project, I've changed around what I'm working on and I really need to make some headway on it soon. Possibly starting

This past month I've had really debilitating anxiety just about all of the time. I don't really know why and my usual techniques for dealing with it aren't really doing much for me (trying to be mindful, taking deep breaths, thought replacement, relaxation, etc). I used to be really anxious but it has subsided over the past few years. I guess these things sneak up on you sometimes. I see a really wonderful counsellor at an excellent free service called Headspace. Hopefully I'll be able to make some changes to help my anxiety.

Ps. I got a few more copies of my zine printed and you can have 10% off if you use the code 'LITTLESPOON10' at checkout. I received the most beautiful review recently on my Etsy recently:
I cannot say enough about this zine in this tiny tiny review space. The practical things first: the zine is well-produced, and shipped on time in a beautifully-decorated envelope that even delighted the post man. The important stuff: 'Paint it Black' is a beautiful meditation on memory, childhood, nostalgia, wonderment and loss. I am reminded of the Portuguese word 'saudade', an intense, almost inexplicable longing for what has been and will never be again. Here, it is for a place, a time, a person, but wrapped in joy, too-- joy in the remembering, expressed in the beautifully bright, sharp drawings. The work possesses a hyperreality that suits the way in which we remember our most treasured childhood memories. I'm so glad I bought this zine.

Aug 23, 2014

Illustrated List | Things I've Googled

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I think it is hilarious that (if you have a Google account) you can see all of your Google search history. I only picked these searches from the past six months, but I would have liked to have gone back further to see what funny things I was Googling back in 2009. This picture didn't really turn out the way I wanted it to, but I thought I'd share it anyway. It is a bit messier that I intended because I didn't really plan it out. You get the idea though. I guess I've become pretty accustomed to composing images using Photoshop, wherein you have the ability to move things around, erase bits and alter elements easily. It is really nice to do things by hand again though. What's something interesting you've Googled recently?

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I've been away from this blog for two weeks! In the past five years I've rarely had a gap as long as that. I just got back from visiting my family interstate for my sister's 21st birthday, which was lovely. We caught a lot of trains, we ate amazing burritos, I played a song at my sister's birthday party that I had written, I spent some quality time with my grandma, I recorded some of my mum's stories (for a new project) and wandered around Maitland and Newcastle. And Theo did a whole lot of walking and learnt to say "hi!".

Each family member took it in turns to try to convince us to move back. It's not something I'm totally against, but it is sad to have to make a choice between the wonderful lifestyle and networks we have here VS getting to spend more time with family. Tasmania has my heart well and truly, though I suppose we can always come back. My parents recently bought an old pub in the main street of Maitland and are doing it up (though not as a pub) and doing some really fun things with it, that, if we moved back, we could be involved in. It was great to get to spend some time with my brother and his wife and my niece Rose (who Theo is completely enamoured with). My brother is involved in so many wonderful creative things - it was lovely to see him so happy (and to soak up some of his creative vibes). We spent most of our time staying at my sister's house, catching trains everywhere (something I really miss). I really enjoyed seeing Theo interacting with and getting used to different family members. I guess that is one big factor in deciding if we stay in Tasmania or move back to Newcastle - I'd really like Theo to know and enjoy being close to family. C and I decided we'll wait until the end of next year to make any decisions. I feel at home in Tasmania in a way I never did in Newcastle. We'll see what happens I guess.

Aug 10, 2014

Bits | 5

Just 5 little miscellaneous bits.

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+ C always points out contrails whenever he sees them, this one was super long.

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+ A little painting I did last week of a man I saw walking in traffic (and sneakily took a photo of, only for drawing purposes). I really liked his pompommed hat.

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+ Theodore enjoying a strawberry.

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+ Atticus assisting me in designing a new logo for my portfolio.

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+ A yellow combi outside one of the amazing churches in town.

I'll be away for the next few week and a bit visiting family interstate. See you when I return!

Aug 9, 2014

Illustrated List | My Essential Art Supplies

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Here are some little drawings of my favourite art supplies. I don't use anything particularly fancy. The water brush has been a pretty new addition to my art making arsenal - it is so great to use, especially when you're out or just don't have a receptacle to put water into to wash your brushes. Apparently you can also fill them with paint which I'm still yet to try. I am also a big fan of gouache (beautiful bright, matte colour) and Posca pens.

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What is your favourite art making tool?

Aug 7, 2014

Weekly Thrift



I haven't been opshopping much lately as I've been so busy, but here are a couple of second hand bits and pieces I've scooped up lately.

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A whole bunch of vintage playing cards (that my friend Holly tipped me off about) and a nice old tin to put my paints in.

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Vintage postcards I found interesting.

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A sweet vintage apron. I just thought that pattern was too good to pass up.

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A blue plastic bread bin.

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I collect vintage childrens clothes patterns in the hope that I'll one day learn to sew them!

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A print in a frame (I can't remember who this artist is, does anyone know?) and some funny tiny little framed paintings of buildings.

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Some old pillowcases with nice patterns.

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A onesie with a hood featuring a wonderful ducks in bonnets pattern.

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I can't pass up good quality baby linen with nice patterns.

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A little knitted pink dress and a pair of pink leather booties (for my one day girl baby). Also, this fabulous pink and purple blanket was something I picked up today for $2.50.

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A sweet little vintage baby shirt.

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And lastly, this shirt with an incredible pattern. Wow. I don't know that I'll ever wear it, but I could look at it all day.

Have you had any second hand successes lately?