Saturday, June 26, 2010

Special Things

I had a birthday a few weeks ago and turned a big 32. Only one year away from 33 (For some reason I've always looked forward to that age. Double numbers are cool.) Hurrah! We usually have a quiet celebration doing whatever we feel like. I got to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch at a favourite bakery, noodles for dinner and a nice ice cream cake for dessert. Yummo. It was fun.

Anyways, as birthdays sometimes go when you get older, I woke up thinking about my lovely grandfather who passed away ten years ago. He was such a driving force of goodness in my life and while I feel that in some way, he is still with me, every now and then I miss that goodness terribly. He always had a way of making me feel so incredibly special. I have countless books with little cut out book plates of teddy bears bearing my name. Daintily cut out with big hands and carpenter's fingers. He would write me long letters, even when I was a punked out teenager. He taped me the entire series of The Wonder Years from TV. He recorded Triple J off the radio because I couldn't get reception in my country town. I love him dearly for that. I love him dearly for so many things. There aren't many people in life who express love so selflessly. I hope that one day, I might express that kind of love to my kids. It is so needed, especially when you're young. But also when you're older, in a different way. To know you are loved unconditionally. Not for what you have or what you can give to someone else. Just for who you are. No strings attached.

So with tears in my eyes, I open my present. It is from Chris and is preceded by a card. I open that card and this is what I see -

It makes me laugh out loud. Then I see this -

I laugh a little more. And then I see this -

Needless to say, by the end of the card I was smiling again. How could I not be :) Especially realising that while I've lost someone very dear to me, I have another in my life right now, equally as special. Hehe. Poor smoldering Edward. And poor sparkly Chris. He's a keeper.

PS> While we're on the topic (kinda) of vampires, look what we got the other day! Tru Blood YEAH!!

Complete with Beaver mascot. He was the only thing I could find with big teeth...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tenth Anniversary of Arts Writing

I've been in the arts writing game for ten years now. It's never been something I talk about much as I'd rather keep my head down, tail up with work. But I've found that lately, when going to meetings and lunches etc with Chris and his comics, people wonder if I have any interest in writing (as my favourite thing to talk about these days is craft). Indeed, I do! Reviews, artist profiles and feature stories have had my sticky paws all over them. If you feel like it, you can check out a few online via these links -

The Dark Woods (exhibition of Australian comics) Review in RealTime
Infinite Empire Review (exhibition on Steampunk) in RealTime
Cool artist Matt Calvert's website
Design Island Profile for Craft Australia

My favourite magazines to write for have been Object, Eyeline, RealTime, Artlink and DQ. Eyeline gave me my first writing gig so I will always love them for that :)

Part of my collection of published stuff (complete with mascots). At last count there were 98 magazines and catalogues. Aw yeah.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Melbourne Delights

Awww, yeah. Melbourne. I love you.

The Dachshund U.N.

Macaroons at Lindt Chocolat Cafe (thanks Cat!)

Their version of Hot Chocolate was pour your own little jug of melted chocolate into frothy hot milk. Make it as sweet as you like. It was HEAVEN.

The finished version of my new tattoo! It's about 5 hours old here and still a bit red. Inked by Dave at Chapel Tattoo.

We worked with the tattoo artist to get a design (using C's original as a base) that would sit well on my arm and work with my other tattoo. I looooooove it! You can find out what it all means here.

Oh, and I made this scarf!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Hosier Lane, Melbourne

During our trip to Melbourne last week for the Emerging Writers Festival we were lucky enough to see a re-painting of Hosier Lane. We were also lucky to know two of the people doing some of the work! Check these out. It was amazing!

Pat Grant. Awesome.

Pat Grant.

Jase Harper. Just as awesome.

Jase Harper.

The rest of these artists are unknown to me but still incredible...

And to end it all, here's a random bride walking down the lane. Noice!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Happy Day

Songs that are making me happy today :)

Have a super day x