Monday, May 25, 2009


neices are cute :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

pencil illustrations from a past life

Haliotis scalaris

about the author of the book Australian Marine Shells
that these illustrations were done for :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

rosebuds and almonds

ive been dying to use the rosebuds i bought recently and have come up with a few ideas....this face scrub being one....i have been trying it out for a week or so and am very happy with the leaves velvety skin, smells like roses, i have added rose geranium essential oil too and is suitable for everyday use for all skin types, there is good old fashioned oatmeal that is well known for its soothing and cleansing properties so its a great soap replacement,

available in my bigcartel and etsy shops soon when i work out how to put labels on without hiding the gorgeous layers that i couldnt resist trying and how much it will be because its not a quick way to fill bottles.............:) perhaps there will be a giveaway when i get organised

Sunday, May 10, 2009

and now for something completely different

its cloudy today for the first time in weeks.....still no rain though....which is just as well because i am repainting the lines in the supermarket carpark ! they havent been done for about seven years.......we did them the first time, in my other life as a painter, houses not pictures :) below is a lime wash (that i made from scratch) in progress on a friends antique shop.....i specialised in making things look old and crappy :)

and antiques.... this is a before shot of late 19th C gilt console just had all the yucky paint stripped off and now its ready to have all its missing bits rebuilt with plaster and gesso then regilded.

....anyway...lines are not really visible anymore. i will be making use of my barrier cream for my hands, rose hip cream for my face and lip balm for my lips ! to protect me from the elements :) maybe i will have a photo at the end of the day ?..................................yep

GASP !!! got blue paint on my redback steelcaps from holding down the cardboard stencil...these are the best most comfortable steelcap work boots i have ever owned...made in sydney ! only my second pair since 1998 and they get worn all winter in the kitchen, collecting/chopping firewood, making retaining walls for vegie garden from wandoo railway sleepers (40kg), etc etc etc, they have saved my toes a million times

watched this
Snow Leopard: Beyond The Myth
on iView ABC online TV

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


morsø is back in was 1 degree C at 7 am and i have splinters from the axe handle.
olive oil goes cloudy (fatty acids) below 7 degrees so when i am in the back section of the 'shed' where we store it all, its easy to tell when i should light the fire this time of could spell the end for my still productive tomatoes :(


i am mucking around with some new ingredients and packaging

the crash test dummies are in action

Monday, May 4, 2009

roby lakatos

i have all his cds..... hearing him on abc classic fm today prompted me to post these and be astonished ..... :) his band is pretty cool too! must be my omas gypsy blood surfacing in me :)

his mo is outrageous :).......roma rule !!
first is BRAHMS like youve never heard before from a japanese tv show