Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Catch Up

Well time is just flying by this week but thought I would drop in and let you know what I have been up to. I am trying to catch up on looking at everyones posts so please forgive me if I am a bit late in commenting...

Last weekend I went to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza with my friend Anna. There was so much eye candy there and it also brought back a lot of fond memories of my gran and nan because as I walked around I realised I had a lot of the kitchen things that were there . I was lucky enough to inherit a lot of my gran's and nan's cooking things like cake tins, measuring cups and things. Whenever I cook with them I feel as if they are with me in the kitchen. It takes me back to being a little girl in their kitchens, the smells, the tastes and the the whole atmosphere of a carefree time for a young girl with her beloved gran and nan. I won't throw any of these things out even though there are shiny new ones available because I have so many good memories attached to them.

Do you have anything like that? - something that you have inherited that is meaningless to others but oh so precious to you that you wouldn't part with it for the world, something that brings back the sweetest of memories of days gone by.

I also met with a few lovely ladies - Andrea from the Pink Poodle and Alicia from Time Worn Style just to mention a few. I also bought a few goodies.......

Some lovely hand dyed doilies, a couple of interesting books, an old prayer book, some lovely lace and a gorgeous enameled butterfly box.

Here is a close up

Thanks go to Tamarah from Shabby Vintage Junk for organising this weekend.

On my way home I had a detour via Carnegie and spied an op shop that looked interesting. In there I found these little beauties
 The really big book about the Great Masters was a steal at $20 and the other books were between $2 and $5. There is a book about astrology, a book of tibetan poems, a poetry book by Henry Waldsworth Longfellow (actually this was bought at the SVJ fair - oops), and book with sayings about sisters. I can see a few journal prompts out of this lot. I also found a brand new handbag that my niece will love (I hope!) - it was $10.

I just love it when I find bargains and i had a great day catching up with a friend and meeting new ones.

I haven't been doing much in my journals because I am in a made rush to get ready for our True Blue Decorative Artists annual conference that I am teaching at in two weeks time. I am teaching two classes  -

This one which is acrylic underpainting in Atelier Interactive Paints then glazed in Archival oils

and this one which is painted in Atelier Interactives

and as usual I have left everything to the last minute and now have to prep pieces ready for students, type the pattern packets and make little gifts and things to sell on our champagne shopping night.

I did manage to doodle a mandala, it just needs to be coloured in.

I am also going up to Sydney next weekend for the HayHouse I Can Do It conference. There are 5 of my favourite authors there giving lectures and it is going to be a fantastic time. I have my books all ready to be autographed and I am packing my bag tonight so these next two weeks are going to be a bit of a whirlwind for me.

Sorry but I am still learning how to put the photos where I want them and it looks a bit disjointed. Will have to learn a bit more about blogging.

Anyway, I hope you are all taking your daily time for yourselves and living creatively.



Serena Lewis said...

Hi Lee,

It sounds like you had a great time with Anna exploring all the goodies at the extravaganza. You came back with a nice selection of goodies. The bag looks lovely!

Your true blue pieces look beautiful!

Wonderful mandala....I can picture it painted on a tile.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about the HayHouse conference. How exciting!

Btw, usually when you upload pics, there should be an option to centre them or put them to the left or right. In that section, you should also be able to select the option to ALWAYS use the format chosen for future photo placement in your posts.

Have a great week ~ :)

Rebecca Anthony said...

Wow Lee, All kinds of excitement going on! I love the Mandala!! Have fun with your adventure the next few weeks!

Tyggereye said...

Great finds! Those poetry books cool! I have my grandmother's very heavy marble rolling pin I wouldn't part with for the world. I love it. I know how you feel about that stuff. :)

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Oh, those finds in the op shop are wonderful!
Your Mandala looks great-wondering what colours you'll use on it?

Have fun in Sydney, looking forward to True Blue conference!
Safe travelling,

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