Friday, December 31, 2010

NYE


While I read everyone's New Years Eve plans on Facebook, I started to wonder exactly what it is I'm doing tonight...? We haven't made any plans because Wade's working tomorrow so we can't have a big night. Instead, I think we're just staying in, I'll cook dinner, we'll watch a movie, and I'll probably get some painting in!

I'm actually quite excited about getting some painting done because the last two days have been filled with lacquering, packing and sending off orders and getting Ariella's (my 2 y.o.) room organised - (we painted one wall in pink and white stripes today and I LOVE IT!). Then last night was spent at the Gold Coast catching up with some friends that were up on hols from Tasmania :)

So while I've had a brush in my hand most of the day, I haven't actually got any of MY art done! I'm looking forward to that tonight. I've had quite a few ideas spinning around in my head the past few days...

Wow, after today I'll be signing my art with 2011!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I certainly did. We spent Christmas Eve and Day with Wade's Mum in Ballina. We ate SO much yummy food, opened heaps of great pressies, and watched lots of tv and movies because it rained the entire time. It was a nice relaxing weekend though.

I got spoilt! Here's just a few things I received this year:

Kat Von D's latest book: The Tattoo Chronicles! A book full of her journal entries from the last couple of years.

A dutch mini pancake/poffertjes maker! To make those little yummy clouds of joy!
Moxie Doll Avery as "Alice in Wonderland" - I LOVED her the minute I laid eyes on her! She reminds me a lot of the Alice I paint.



Jeans West "Savannah" Dress - so cute!


+ so many other nice things!

Also over Christmas, I reached 300 followers on Facebook! So I've drawn 2 random winners (through random.org). 1st prize is a signed art print - congratulations to Tegan Haberecht! and 2nd prize is a set of art postcards - congrats to Rhiannah Marshall!

We're back home now and art orders are running as usual. Wade's working today, so I'm actually trying to tidy up my studio area at the moment in preparation for the new year. There's bits of paper, paints and canvasses everywhere! So that's what I'll be doing today...

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Monday, December 20, 2010

"A Heart in Her Hair"

With Wade at a Xmas party, it's just Ari and I for dinner tonight, and I'm making super simple Mini Hawaiian Pizzas on pita bread. They're cooking at the moment and they smell good!

Today I updated the photo of my "Hansel and Gretel" painting and also listed another mini painting - "A Heart in Her Hair". Both are up for auction!


Only 5 sleeps til Xmas Day! :)

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Hansel and Gretel"

I finished off my "Hansel and Gretel" painting this afternoon! It's been raining all day today, so it's been perfect weather for staying in and painting. Wade's finally got a day off work, so we've just been chilling out here at home, and tonight he's seeing "Tron" at the movies with a friend, so I'll be getting some more painting done. :)

Anyway, back to "Hansel and Gretel"...I wasn't sure whether to put it up for auction or list it as a "Buy It Now" but in the end I decided to put it up for auction (starting at just $99) so that everyone who is interested is at least in with a chance. You can visit the auction HERE.

The photo isn't the best, but as I said it's very rainy and overcast at the moment, so I'll update the photo tomorrow if we get some sunshine. :)

Now I'm back to painting...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Xmas Preparations

This morning I pulled out all of my leftover Christmas wrap! Every year I get excited and buy NEW wrapping paper, ribbons and tags, and there's always heaps left over, so this year I'm doing the cheap/ecofriendly/simple thing and using the leftovers from other years. I usually have a colour theme - but this years theme is "Whatever Goes!"


As far as Christmas shopping goes - I've been picking up bits and pieces here and there and I was quite surprised this morning when I looked at what I've got so far - I'm nearly done! *Sqqueee!* Next week though I have to grab a few last minute presents, and get Ari's photo with Santa! :)

I purchased a couple of (my own) necklaces from Zazzle too, they have a deal at the moment for $20 off if you use the code: NEWPRODSZAZZ. That's $15.95 instead of $35.95! Bargain. I'm not sure whether to keep them for myself or give them as presents yet! :)


On the painting front, I'm still working on that "Hansel & Gretel" piece. It's really coming along, but it's still got quite a few hours of work until it's finished. I'm hoping to get it finished tonight though. There's also a few new prints in my store.

It's HOT here today! Stay cool!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Paintings Re-Listed

Ariella was so good at going to kindy this morning! No tears or anything! Happy girl and happy Mummy!

So...I've had to re-list 6 of my (previously sold) original paintings on eBay due to a non-paying buyer (grrr...), so here's your 2nd chance!

***Update*** The lady who purchased them got in touch with me this afternoon and she has been in hospital! She still wants the paintings, so they are back to SOLD again.

I've also got a few new art prints in my store - the "Alice & W. Rabbit" print is HUGE - kind of like a movie poster!

Today I'm going to be working on a "Hansel & Gretel" painting...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Delilah Bunnybow

This morning I finished up a new painting called "Delilah Bunnybow". This one is a little bit different to my usual because I painted her on a thin (3mm thick) masonite wood panel rather than my usual canvas - just for a change! :) She's currently up for sale in my Etsy and eBay stores.


We put our Christmas tree up last night! A heap of the baubles have lost their strings from moving them from house to house, so it's looking a bit bare at the moment, but it's up none the less! At the moment we've got a green Xmas tree, but I really want one of those black ones - so I'm going to keep an eye out in the after Xmas sales.

I'm waiting on a print order at the moment, so as soon as it arrives I will post them straight to my stores. Sorry there's only a few prints left in there at the moment!

In the meantime, I've got some bargain original auctions finishing in the next few days: "Blue & Purple Fairy Mini", "Red & Orange Fairy Mini" and "Cherry Blossom Fairy".

It's 9:42pm now, so I'm going to get some painting in before bed. Goodnight!

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Weekend in Ballina

We're back from Ballina! It was only a short trip, but we managed to fit in Byron Bay, Bangalow and Lismore as well. Byron Bay is so cool, but it was packed with people! I think it was NSW Schoolies week so that would probably be why...

Today I'm keeping Ari home from Kindy because she's got a raspy cough. She seems fine otherwise, but I didn't really want to send her there sounding sick. So this morning I'm trying to catch up on some laundry and groceries etc (fun times...) and then I'll be attempting to paint, while chasing Ariella around, for the rest of the day! :)

In the meantime, you can check out any available original paintings here. <--- There's a few bargain auctions happening at the moment!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Ballina here we come...

The weekend is nearly here! Christmas decorations are going up everywhere. We haven't got our tree up yet, but I'm hoping to in the next couple of days. I love making the place all Christmassy!

Tonight we're heading to Ballina to spend the weekend with Wade's Mum. We'll be back on Monday, so over the weekend my online stores will operate as usual. I will have my phone with me, so if there's any important emails, you can still send them through and I'll try and get back to you ASAP.

In the meantime, I listed a little mini painting this morning "Purple & Blue Fairy" - she's up for auction starting at just $15! :)

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Cherry Blossom Fairy"

I feel a little guilty today, because while Ariella was at Kindy, I did some shopping rather than painting! My Mum asked if I wanted to come with her and do a bit of Xmas shopping, and seeing as I haven't even started yet, I decided to say yes. I'm glad I did - I was able to grab a few bargains - Kmart has some seriously cheap stuff at the moment! As I said in an earlier post - we're really trying to have a cheaper Christmas this year!

In painting news - I finished "Cherry Blossom Fairy" yesterday and I've put her up for auction starting at just $25!

Now that Ari and I are home, I'm working on some mini paintings before dinner (which tonight is: Pasta Matriciana). Then after dinner I'm going to bunker down and get some painting done that I missed out on today. :)

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Monday, November 29, 2010

"Peace Angel"

While Ariella was at Kindy today, I finished off a piece that I've been working on over the weekend, it's called "Peace Angel". She has long green hair and big matching green eyes. She's wearing a necklace with a peace symbol on it, and in amongst the flowers there is a dove, which is known as the bird of peace.


She's currently on Etsy for $125.

When I went to pick Ari up from Kindy today, I had to sign a form saying that she had been bitten by another child - eek! I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. She seems fine, there's only a little mark there. I suppose you would feel worse if your child was the biter!

Ok well I'm going to go get some painting in before I make dinner. We're having Chicken Cashew Masala tonight! Yum.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday Sales

For all my American friends today is "Black Friday" which signifies the beginning of the festive shopping season! It also means big sales across the entire weekend including big online shopping sales on "Cyber Monday".

What does this mean for me? Well, I'm currently offering 15% off everything for 4 days in my Etsy store! - just use the code BFCM2010 at checkout.

Also at the moment Zazzle is having their biggest sales of the year - with different offers every 2 hours! This morning they had 65% off all art prints!! - so I went ahead and stocked up, you just don't ever get them cheaper.

I've also put "Green Magic Fairy" and "Blue Butterfly Fairy" mini's up for $25 each - first in gets them! These minis are the cheapest way to own any of my original paintings. :)



This afternoon we're off to Isabelle's 3rd birthday party! You have to go as your favourite childrens character - so Ariella is going as Angelina Ballerina! I've gotta go make mouse ears...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Tiger Princess"

It's very overcast here today...kind of raining on and off. A good day to stay in and paint, except I've promised Ariella we can go and have a play with her friends Jarvis and Cloee later. Until then though I might be able to get some painting done.

For the last couple of days I've been working on a painting called "Tiger Princess" - she's finished now and I've put her up for auction on eBay for 10 days.

I don't know why, but for the past week or so I've just been seeing tigers everywhere! (Ok, not literally of course.) First it will be a tiger tattoo on someone at the shops, and then a TV show about tigers, and then I see a news report on my email account about how tigers may become extinct in 12 years, and I just felt I needed to paint one...

There are also prints of this her available on Zazzle starting at just $15.80.

I hope you're all having a nice week! :)

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Morning

So I've just dropped Miss A off at kindy, and I'm ready for another week!

Today I've got quite a few postcard orders to get ready to post (they're 50% off at the moment!), and then I'll be working on some new original paintings. :)

I've also listed another couple of mini original paintings up for auction in my eBay store - "Green Magic Fairy" and "Blue Butterfly Fairy".

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! x

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Friday, November 19, 2010

"Pretty in Pink" & "Hippie Princess"

It's been quite a busy week painting wise...lots of orders coming in, and I'm trying to keep my stock up :)

One pretty big piece (60cm x 30cm) I finished this week is "Pretty in Pink". There's quite a lot of little details in this one, with lots of little pearls and flowers.


Another I just listed this morning is "Hippie Princess". She kind of created herself while I was watching trashy episodes of reality tv (my fave!) on MTV yesterday. We're trying out Foxtel on XBox at the moment - it's new and it's much cheaper than getting cable Foxtel. I really like it!

If you're looking for a piece of my art that has already sold, or you want something a bit more affordable than the original piece - you should check out my Art Prints available from Zazzle. You can have Zazzle frame them or you can frame them yourself! They make great Xmas pressies too :)

I'm going to be working away at painting some new mini paintings today.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Starting to think about Christmas...

How was everyone's weekend?

Ours was pretty tame. Ari and I were feeling better by Saturday, and we had some friends over for pizza and wine on Saturday night, which was nice, but other than that we just worked around the house, and I got a bit of painting done.

Yesterday was a good day for sales though - I sold 5 original paintings! I think everyone (including me!) is starting to think about Christmas presents and things. And if you're anything like me, whenever I start shopping for presents I always end up with a present for someone and 5 presents for myself from things I've seen along the way!

No, seriously this Christmas we are watching our spending a little bit and trying to give people meaningful gifts that don't necessarily cost a fortune. In the past 6 months we've had a Wedding, several birthdays, a change of job, as well as a million bills to pay, so I'm really trying to make sure I don't go too "silly" this season. Plus, I'll be too busy painting to shop right? :)

What have you got planned for presents this Christmas?

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Mini Purple Fairy

Yesterday while Ari was at kindy (she had a good day by the way - no tears!), I finished a mini fairy painting - "Purple Fairy". She's up for auction on eBay at the moment.


I woke up this morning with a bit of a sore head and a scratchy throat, then I picked Ari up and noticed she had a high temperature, so it looks like we're both under the weather...

Today I'm just going to take it easy, get some chores done around the house, and then work on painting this afternoon.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Pansy Fairy"

Just a quick afternoon blog post...

Today I finished a new painting called "Pansy Fairy". Pansies are definitely one of my favourite flowers, I'm not exactly sure why, I think it's because I remember my grandma having them and the colours are amazing. The way they can have the darkest deepest purple against a bright yellow and white... Of course you can get them in heaps of colours these days! I plan on getting some as soon as I get around to fixing up my garden. But that's another story...


I've put her up for sale on Facebook and Etsy only at the moment (for $49) because lately I've added things to my other stores (eBay, ArtFire) etc only to have them sell a few hours later on Facebook or Etsy and then I still have to pay the fees for the other listings. I'm not complaining though - it's awesome that they've sold so fast! :) So if it doesn't sell in the next few days I'll also add it to eBay and ArtFire.

Tonight we're having dinner at my Mum and Dad's so yay - I have the night off!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1st Day of Kindy & 2 New Paintings!

I've pretty much been painting all day today. My eyes are starting to go fuzzy!

Ariella (my daughter) had her 1st day at daycare yesterday, and all went pretty well. It was hard for both of us I think. I didn't want to act nervous or worried because I wanted her to feel safe and confident, but inside I felt a mixture of excitement, anxiety and guilt. I know that it will absolutely benefit her in so many ways, she's definitely ready for it, but of course I felt bad leaving her somewhere that she had never been before and I worried that she wouldn't settle in. The teacher said she had quite a good day though - she even had a sleep there! :)


Today she was home with me again and I realised how easy it was to get things done yesterday! haha. I still managed to finish off a couple of new paintings though. The first one "So Koi" is one that I've had sitting around for about a year, unfinished, so I've finally added the final touches in. The 2nd is a new "mini" painting (5"x5") called "Flying Key". They're both up for auction on eBay finishing on Sunday.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Nice Surprise!

A couple of days ago I received these beautiful cards in the mail as a surprise from Emily Orpin! It was so sweet to receive them out of the blue, and I must say they are really good quality. She takes these amazing photos herself and creates gift cards and notecards from them and sells them in her Etsy store. There are some great Xmas themed ones in there too. Which reminds me, I haven't even started writing mine yet!


No lazy Sunday here for us. Today we're getting Ari's kindy stuff organised - my little baby girl is going to have her very own lunchbox!! Then we're off to visit my Grandma and Grandad at my Mum and Dad's place.

I've also been working on a painting I hope to have finished tonight. It's very "blue". But more about that later...

If you're interested in buying any prints of my art (maybe for Xmas?)...you can get all of them here in any size you like!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

"Flutterby Fairy"

And...it's Friday again! Where did the week go!?

I've just put the finishing touches on a new painting called "Flutterby Fairy". She's currently up on Etsy for $49. :) What do you think?


Today I also took the plunge and enrolled Ariella into daycare. She starts on Monday and I feel a bit nervous about it to be honest. They are a beautiful daycare centre, with lovely lovely people and she will be absolutely fine there, but she's my BABY! I'm sure every mother goes through this right? I know I'm making the right choice because she's SO ready for it. She loves playing with other kids and there's only so much I can do with her here at home, especially while my art side of things is getting busier and busier. So it's time.

I'm now off to do some much needed housework (how exciting), and then let's let the weekend begin!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Alice & W.Rabbit"

This morning I finished the 8th piece in my "Mini Alice" series. It's called "Alice & W.Rabbit" and it's slightly different from the other 7 pieces because it's a little bigger. I just felt that this one wouldn't work as a square shape. Hence, it's 12" x 10" rather than the usual 8" x 8". It features Alice and the White Rabbit (i love painting him!)...and I would have to say it's my favourite of the series so far.

I've listed the original on Etsy for $79, and if you miss out on that, you can get the prints here.

Yesterday I ended up betting $15 on the Melbourne Cup ($10 on one horse, $5 on another) and I ended up winning $15.50. So overall I ended up with a 50c profit! Haha!

This morning Wade emailed me these aerial photos of Dutch tulip fields - aren't they amazing? It looks like someone has coloured them in!


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Melbourne Cup + 2 new paintings!



It's Melbourne Cup day today! Who are you putting your bets on? I've heard that "So You Think" is a sure fire to win...I also like the sound of "MaLuckyDay".

Last night I finished up two new paintings - the vampire one, and a new mini! "Vampire Bat" features a pretty red-haired, red-eyed vampire bat! She has a pretty pink bow in her hair and a little red heart stitched to her chest. She's quite innocent looking really!


If you can't afford the original or you miss out, you can always buy prints of her HERE!

The mini is simply called "Blue Fairy" - and she's actually kind of an evil fairy if you ask me! I've put her up for auction (finishing Sunday).

Today I'll be busy sketching up a BIG commissioned piece that I've got in the works, and hopefully starting a new painting. Good luck on the Melbourne Cup! :)

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