Saturday, 23 May 2009

happy birthday tomas lily lilan

I made this card for my love, whose birthday it is tomorrow.

I made this card using: me, elephant teapot, red tea cup, little matey in a scarf, big books, paper cranes, lamp, throw blanket, cushions, digital camera, photoshop, black cardboard, paper, derwent water colour pencils, glue, cotton thread and needles.

Since I pin pricked the message, I held it up to the window so you could see my super original birthday greetings. pin pricking your text takes longer and is harder than i expected! you need a whole hand thimble, a giant metal glove. that's flexible too. Hmm, could i make my millions with such an invention?...

Anyway, before you think how lovely a girlfriend I am for going to so much trouble with his card,I'm only doing it to be the "better person". He is WAAAAAY behind on the card making/giving point scores, and now I am even further ahead.

It's tough being this awesome, but someone's gotta do it.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Don't keep calm and carry on

Don't keep calm and carry on., originally uploaded by moleitau.
I have loved the "Keep Calm and Carry On' mantra/poster for years. It was my motto when I first moved to full time work after finishing uni, helping me to stay calm whilst adapting to the crazy world of office politics and demands.

I think this message is more me these days. I especially need to remember the second part - make things.

I'm going to make something this week. Not sure what yet. What are you going to make?

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Drawing for a Cure

I have to share the amazing work of Pretty Little Thieves. I can't believe I haven't discovered her before on my travels around Etsy and the blogosphere. The girl has BUCKETLOADS of talent. Super cute colours and characters.

Even though my walls are pretty chocablock full of wonderful art right now, I could not resist purchasing this original artwork in her Etsy store because the proceeds of the sale are going to charity. I love humanity.

It's called How Lucky Cat and I think it shall forever remind me of how lucky I am. Unless I can bare to pass it on to a lucky friend... we'll see!

Thanks ever so Pretty Little Thieves! Keep up the good work.

Harvest 09

Forgive me Blogfather for I have sinned. It's been more than a week since my last post.

I have been slack indeed. It's just that I came back to the city to find the company I work for has made another round of drastic redundancies (including my entire team) and I have been struggling to pick up the pieces since returning to work. Even though I was not one of the unlucky ones to suddenly lose their jobs it's still taken a rather large chunk out of my energy and confidence and I just want to crawl into bed and stay there for a very long time.

And so I have put off posting these photos from the farm because that would mean that harvest is well and truly over for the year and I have to go back to my desk and computer. sigh.

Harvest was, as it always is, glorious. I really love being a part of my family and think it's so wonderful and amazing how people just come and help out, all for free, just cause they love my parents so much.

I wish I had a green thumb and knew more about growing things. I guess if i listened more to my parents I might learn.

Here are some pics from the Harvest. There's more on my flickr page if you are interested.

The 'driveway' up to the house. What a lovely sight to behold after a very long drive...

The sunsets were amazingly stunning each night. A lovely way to end a hard days work. Who needs tv when you have the sky? (Nature's tele?!)

That's me upfront. Handpicking the olives was tough this year due to water stress. The poor little things held on for dear life.

Axel the Beagle and Cleo the Old English Sheepdog were some of our official four legged Grove guards!

The spiders webs were amazing that morning, all the dew made them look with pretty beaded necklaces.
My love resting after a lot of hard work! Mum and Dad would be lost without him. (so would I!)

I'll work on a post showing you exactly how your olive oil is made and get it up soon.

Oh, I also made some tasty baked beans for harvest and a really lovely rose lemonade so I will post recipes soon too!
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