Friday, September 27, 2013

Giant Moth Saga

I must tell you about a moth that has it in for me. Yes, you read that right - a moth.

I am not one to be afraid of moths. I've never understood why some people have weird moth phobias. They're basically the butterfly's less exciting cousin aren't they? I would even go so far as to say I find them beautiful and interesting. I have even included them in my paintings. But the moth that I'm about to tell you about was not pretty or beautiful, it was a HUGE, evil, man eating, amazonian size insect.

A few months ago, I left the windows in my car down while I was at my Mum's place. When I got back in (at night mind you), a GIANT moth flew at me. In the dark I thought it was a bat - that's how big it was! Anyway, I didn't see it leave the car, but I had my brother in law ransack search the entire car to which he assured me it was gone. After that, I drove for 40kms on a Winter's night with all 4 windows down to my destination in the hope that if it was still in the car, it would be sucked out at full speed.

This was the actual size of the moth that flew at me! (Photo © Mangahana)

Flash forward a few months to tonight - I am putting Baby A (6 months old) and Miss 4 in the car, when the giant moth returned, flying out of the darkness of the console and right at my head. Both Miss 4 and I screamed and jumped around, as I grabbed the baby out of his carseat and ran for cover. After a phone call to Hubby (to explain why we would be late picking him up), I turned the light off in the car and on in the garage and eventually coaxed him out that way and watched as he flew away into the night sky.

I'm not sure why this moth shook me up so much. I think it was the sheer size of it and the fact that it only seems to show up at night, when I'm least expecting it, and it flutters about madly and unpredictably at my head, and in my car of all places. What if I was driving!? I hate to think. Let's just hope the moth saga is over. It was rather strange, and has inspired some painting ideas that's for sure. 

Now I'm off to research whether giant moths are some sort of bizarre omen...



Friday, September 6, 2013

Original Paintings Available & Growing Fruit!

Now that the 'Once Upon a Time' exhibition is over, I have my paintings here in my home studio and ready for sale! I have listed them in my eBay and Etsy stores, but if you're wanting a bit of a discount, you can also purchase any of my paintings through my Facebook page.  All of my original paintings are in a photo album labelled "Available Original Paintings" - and you can buy them by simply writing 'sold' in the comments field, along with your email address so I can contact you. I typically give my Facebook fans a discount of 10% or more due to the fact that I don't have to pay listing fees as I do in my other stores.

"Snow White in the Enchanted Forest" Original Painting

"The Little Mermaid's Demise" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"The Little Mermaid's Demise"

"Cinderella - Something Magical Awaits" Painting by Jaz Higgins
"Cinderella - Something Magical Awaits"
This week (apart from the usual chaos that also comes with being a Mummy to a 4 year old and a 5 month old) I've been working away on a couple of commissioned paintings, that I will be able to share with you once they're finished.

I've been managing to get some painting hours in here and there when the babies are asleep...:)

 My lovely friend Tracey asked me how my passionfruit seeds are going and I'm happy to say that I think I might have a passionfruit vine sprouting!?

I dried out the seeds from a store bought passionfruit.

I put them on some soil in a covered container, opening it for around an hour a day just to make sure they didn't go mouldy. Eventually a couple of them sprouted and I planted them in little pots!

Look! I think this is a passionfruit vine. (At least I hope it is, and not just something that was in the soil that I put in the container in the first place. lol)

Apart from passionfruit, I've also been trying to grow some other things - like tomatoes! I don't even eat tomatoes myself, but Hubby does and I'm always buying them for salads and recipes, and apparently they're easy to grow. Taking my Mum's advice - I threw some over ripe tomatoes from her plant into the dirt in my backyard and roughly smooshed them in there...and a few weeks later...I think there are lots of little tomato sprouts shooting up!

Tomato sprouts!

While I'm not exactly Don Burke, I think it's fun to watch these plants spring to life from practically nowhere. Plus - eating my own organic food is pretty awesome, and it also gives the kids a great learning experience. I look forward to having a bigger garden space some day, but at the moment my little garden and some herb and flower pots are my limit.

It's Friday night, our babies are asleep, and Hubby and I are heading that way ourselves! So it's goodnight for now. Have a fun weekend! x