30 April 2012

What's Up Monday?

aards detail

aarts details

new button artwork

rose shadow

loving the chin!

breakfast time

I rode on this!

new cards!

An easy post of random images & ramble.....

I dont go in to work on Mondays.......I get to sit in my nice warm bed, laptop on lap, sipping my coffee and exhibiting one handed dexterity in answering emails, wiping coffee drips and toast crumbs off laptop, cruising the web and putting finishing touches on bits and pieces that need finalising.

Im always completely amazed when the clock and my numb bum tell me its nearly 10am and I finally drag myself out from under the doona.

This easing into the week is really nice I have to tell you and I sympathise with all persons that have to rise early and tackle kids, traffic, public transport and corporate office environments to start a new week.

Today is a relatively easy day
  • I am shop fitting today (well my new etsyshop which will be open soon), 
  • I have to write a couple of lessons for my students one is a couple of illustrator tutorials (easypeasy), the other is a little more challenging and is on ethics and the designer.

It seems that ethics and the technological age are inextricably linked. The more freedom that we are allowed in the online world seems to bring with it dangers to our identity and privacy.
How do you teach the future producers of online content to own the responsibility that will be theirs to protect and uphold the standards that exists and the ones that they must set for themselves professionally?
Its a challenge to engage 20 somethings to think about consequence and future. They are hardwired to act impulsively and only think in the moment.

Maybe I'll stay in the bed for a little longer......Nah I'll get up.

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28 April 2012

Drawing Challenge: Aards, Aarts & Earthly

Yay its the weekend and that means drawing challenge!

This weeks theme "EARTHLY" was hosted by the lovely Miss Patrice and I too was drawn to the play on words (its the graphic designer in me) that Patrice's last name and earthly are connected.

So I hope Patrice does not mind that I used her name and that of the earth to create 2 drawings that brings words and art into an earthly existence as earthly arts or aarts aards.

Please enjoy and dont forget to check out the other wonderful responses to this weeks challenge over at Patrice's blog..... :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

*Sorry about the poorer than usual quality of image but my new house does not have enough light for taking clear images and I havent worked out a solution yet....spent all day trying to get decent pix :(

23 April 2012

Artist :: Kate MacDowell

Well such a wonderful response to the Drawing Challenge this week I really enjoyed hosting it and Im not sure who is on for hosting this weeks challenge so if it is you are it let me know and I will post the details here and send everyone over to your blog.

I thought we deserved a closer look at Kate MacDowell's sculpture that I used for Drawing Challenge inspiration post. Enjoy!


Artist Statement

 "In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices."

Artworks + Process

"I hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out.  Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of the structure of a blossom or a bee.  I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture.  It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value.  I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability."

Note: All images and words are the sole property of Kate MacDowell and have been referenced from the Artists Website. You may not claim these as your own nor lift from this site without crediting from the original source: www.katemacdowell.com/

21 April 2012

Drawing Challenge: A pair of.......

With these hands
guide the ink on paper
This pair of hands
the gateway to my creativity


I hope you enjoy and Im looking forward to all the other entrants pop over here to find links to the other participants blogs and enjoy the pairs of.....

For the girls participating thankyou hope you had fun with the theme.

Helen :)


Our Dear Patrice is hosting this weeks challenge you can find all the details here if you wish to participate.


Artwork and images are copyright to the Artist Helen Bordeaux 2012. If you wish to use any of the content in this post images or text please email me for permission and conditions. Thankyou!

18 April 2012

Drawing Challenge: "A pair of....."

Well last weeks drawing challenge was responded to in yet again a diverse range of ideas mediums and techniques. Well Done everyone who participated which brings us to this weeks challenge that I will be hosting.

This weeks theme is "A pair of...."

This can be literal or conceptual and should embrace all of our genres nicely. So have fun and I look forward to seeing the results on the weekend!

Mission: reminding us to draw, paint, conceptualise and create.

How it works: 

So, are you in?
 The date to publish your drawings will be on the Saturday of each week
A host picks a theme, and posts the challenge on their blog.Bloggers who want to join leave a comment saying they are in. The following Saturday the drawings are shown on the blogs and the host links to all the participants. 

A new host is also presented for the following week.

Let me know with a comment below if you are joining us for the challenge and Ill add you to this post with a link to your blog.

Participants this week so far are:
Helen, Nadine, Ariane, Julia, Leena, Victoria, Carole.

and Patrice for a maybe :)

15 April 2012

Drawing Challenge: I am Pesci

I am pisces

fish I

fish II

my inspiration

an accidental swimming pic

Drawing Challenge: My Sign

Nadine over at tinywoolf  is hosting the drawing challenge this week and the theme is birth signs.

As you may have guessed by now I am pesci or pisces.

The ceramic plaque was a present from my partner. It is one of my most treasured possessions. I love the fish and the coloured glazes so bright.

Head over to tinywoolf blog and check out her drawing challenge and follow the links to see what other Artists/Designers have done for the drawing challenge.

There has been a wonderful response to this challenge :) Nice work!

Pesci: italian for fish

10 April 2012

cold weather,crocheted paisley and other things

pattern observer

patti haskins

patti haskins



vintage lace earings

vintage paisley pinafore

paisley butter cream biscuits

wedding cake

paisley wooden stamp from India

winter crafting

I really want winter to start it is my favourite season.
I love nothing better than sitting in front of the fire with some music on reading or crafting or drawing or baking or looking out the window at the rain outside. I love the winter fashion of warm soft woollens, jeans and boots. I love my electric blanket for warming the bed up for sleep and slipping my feet into ugg boot slippers in the morning.

The other day I decluttered my knitting basket wound all the loose wool into balls and took stock of the equipment crotchet hooks, knitting needles and patterns. The fingers are getting fidgety wanting to start knitting /crocheting.

Im not a big fan of wool crafts in summer because it gets so hot handling the wool nor the sweaty hands and prickly fibres.

As the days get colder and daylight saving has passed Im on the lookout for a new project and I think Ive found one. I have fallen in love with the crotchet paisley. It looks like a good way to use up all those loose strands I had leftover and Im thinking all sewn together would make a lovely scarf dont you think?

crochet paisley pattern

If you think you would like to try the crochet paisley you can find the pattern here. Patti Haskins has kindly scanned the pattern into a pdf as well as a pattern for using the Paisleys into a top (a little too complicated for me) for the more confident crocheter.

paisley inspiration

My initial inspiration came from the wonderful blog pattern observer. If you are a lover of pattern as I am this is one blog worth visiting again and again.......

Im not one for painted nails but I felt inspired when I saw these. JQ, a self confessed painted nail addict has a blog full of wonderful nail designs and instructions on how to get the nail look. She is a clever girl and I didnt realise how much effort went into those lovely looking nails.
PS: love the name fripperydigits!

If you cant crochet carocreated has kindly created and listed some beautiful paisleys on her etsy shop.

You can get the earrings from here

How cute is that little paisley dress with that hat?

mmmm! paisley buttercreams

or perhaps a paisley themed wedding I love the colours used for the wedding cake.

Gorgeous little wooden paisley stamp from India. (source unknown)

08 April 2012

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

I love Phryne (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny)

Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher

I have been watching this series which is currently showing on ABC1.

I love the locations I recognise the streets and the beautiful laneways and cobblestoned roads. I love Phryne's (the main character) wardrobe and house.
Her dresses are divine so too are her hats and accessories.
I love the supporting characters and the hint of love interest between Phryne and the Detective Jack Robinson.
There is murder and intrigue.

The series has been written by a local Melbourne Author Kerry Greenwood who has written many books on crime.

The Phryne Fisher series began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

I hope there will be more than one TV series..........but Im off to the bookshop to start what Im anticipating is a new love affair in book form.

If you are into ebooks you can download some of the books in the series here.

Happy Easter!!!

Source: bit.ly via Joni on Pinterest

I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing Easter amongst family and friends.

Good Friday

I have been careful not too indulge heavily in the chocolate but the Haighs Gold Murray Cod looks like a splendid alternate fish for a sweet tooth on Good Friday and it helps a worthy cause to save the Murray River home to the Murray cod which has become threatened due to the fate of the Murray River system in Australia.

Pantone Eggs

A sweet tutorial on how to make pantone eggs which I think would look great anytime of the year.

Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland

Or perhaps a festive Easter Egg Garland made from paint chips another clever tutorial on how to make the garland is found here.

Easter Bunny

Now that is just one giant rabbit. I think Im in love with bunny feet just look at those fluffy toes!

05 April 2012

Homemade Bread and Hot Cross Buns

before oven

after oven

before oven

after oven
just open image to see full sized

Bread :: Hot Cross Buns

I made them both with my own hands
I really did.

I am kicking some cookery ass at the moment and beginning to wonder why I thought I could never cook and absolutely never bake.

I remember being told by my daughter when she was younger that the teacher had said I could buy the cakes for her class stall when all of the other mothers were baking them.

It of course had nothing to do with the flat pancake style cupcakes (that were brown not because they had chocolate in them and resembled roofing shingles) I had laboured and howled over the last cake stall her class had held.

But those days are over and suddenly I find it clear as day and do-able.

So yesterday I baked my first loaf of bread now admittedly I did use Laukes bread kit which has flour for 4 loaves nicely packaged and supplies the yeast. But I still had to knead (thats a good workout!) proove and shape the loaf.

Then feeling super adventurous I thought why not make a batch of easter buns....... as you do!

Well I nearly made Pip's which looked mega delicious but then I found myself leafing through Amy Vanderbilt's recipe book  and as you know I am developing a deep connection with this woman via her complete cookery book decided to try hers the recipe looked pretty straight forward.

Her recipes are so well written.  Her instructions are clear and concise and there are NO photos mocking you on how your efforts never quite replicate the glossy example provided, that you would perhaps find in a Donna Hay book. I find hers particularly daunting pretty to look through though.

With Amy I can follow black words on cream paper and not worry about the end and it just seems to work out.
She dedicates half a page to the recipe complete with ingredients no whole page dedication for this recipe superwoman.

So if you havent tried making your own bread or hot cross buns or baking with yeast just give it a go its not that difficult just prepare the ingredients first and read through the instructions BEFORE beginning.

I did the bread and hot cross buns in tandem I figured Id make the most of the floury mess that does occur so I started the bread first and while the yeast was rising started the buns it worked perfectly and I cleaned up along the way.

Here are some useful resources for baking bread:
The River Cottage Bread Handbook
River cottage basic bread recipe
Classic soda bread (no yeast required for this one)
Lauckes Flour Mills

Here are some useful resources for baking hot cross buns:
Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookery Book
Pip Lincolne's Hot Cross Bun tutorial (via justb)

(apologies for the quality of images I was really excited about my successful baking and had slippery floury hands using the iphone didnt want flour in the good camera!)

PS: I did some substitution on the ingredients for the hot cross buns I used dark brown sugar for the sugar, a cup of wholemeal flour for one of the all purpose cups and butter for the oil/shortening requirement.

03 April 2012

Margaux Lange - Re-Membering Barbie Fondly

Barbie dolls were immensely important for fueling my creative life as a child, and ironically continue to be such for me as an adult. My Plastic Body Series jewelry collection is the result of a life-long fascination with the icon, and a desire to re-purpose mass produced materials into handmade, wearable art jewelry.

Margaux Lange

The words images of margaux's designs are the sole property of the designer. Please refer to Margaux's site if you wish to repurpose the content found on this site.The designs themselves are copyright protected by the designer Margaux Lange 2012.