Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Here's a piece I was working on before I was rudely interrupted by Christmas preparations! Now that the dust has settled, I can get back into my work routine, at least a little...........it will be liberally interspersed with trips to the beach, casual meals with friends and lots of sparkling wine. We usually celebrate quietly on New Years' Eve with a barbecue and river trip with friends - something like that. We might be boring old fuddy-duddies, but I sure like being off the roads well before midnight!

This piece is called "Lacuna"..........I have some forming ideas about how she will be completed:

And look what my bloggy friend Ron Anger sent me! I called him Lord Cucurbita and this is him lording it over the Christmas tree. Even though he is very Halloweeny, I don't think he looks out of place with the other Christmas decorations. If you haven't done so already, have a look at Ron's blog - he's always got interesting and amusing things to say and I am constantly surprised by what he comes up with and how diverse his skills are - from wonderful portrait paintings to cute dresses for his grand-daughter and amusing dolls like my Lord Cucurbita. The man is amazing!


Monday, December 26, 2011


Well...........It's done and dusted for another year - we had a family gathering for Christmas here in my studio, which cleans up reasonably well to be used as a dining hall for a crowd. Here they all are - sans moi - I took the picture. It's taken me a full day to recover, but as I write this I'm starting to feel human again!

And now I can post a picture of this very pink trio, which was made as a special Christmas order, so I had to keep it under wraps! Pink is not really a colour I use much at all, but I had lots of fun making these.

OK.........nose back to the grindstone today - I had lots of orders that came in just before Christmas, so I need to get them ready to post.
Hope you all had a safe and wonderful Christmas with family and friends!
I'm looking forward to sharing more of my world with you in 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Season's Greetings!

To all my readers and followers:
May I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the Festive Season. I hope you all have a happy, fun-filled and safe Christmas and all good things in 2012.
I'll be back with regular posts shortly after Christmas.
Thank you all for your support during 2011.

Some afterthoughts:

Monday, December 12, 2011


............And it is:
Tami @ Lemontree Tales! (Number 65, chosen by one of those random number generator thingys - beats cutting up and writing names on 76 pieces of paper!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm Back!

After a wonderful ten days or so away in South Australia, I'm back just in time to begin serious preparations for Christmas. I had a great time - fantastic students in my classes, which made for stress-free teaching and my hosts, Sandy and Malcolm made me feel very welcome, even though they were in the throes of moving their whole business from a home office to a new factory - lock, stock and barrel! And Sandy was coming down with the 'flu or something, so the poor thing had plenty on her plate.......what a trouper! Here are a few very bad pics from the "Muse" workshop (forgot to take any for the other workshop - very remiss of me, I know). If you want to see more and better pictures, have a look at Sandy's blog (link above) and also Peta's blog.

Busy gals getting down and dirty!

A being is born.

Putting it all together.

A fine effort!

I saw some great ideas emerging during the class and I'm hoping to see pictures of the finished pieces in the near future.
After I finished teaching, I was picked up by my friends Lynn and Margaret from Tassie and we ambled down to Victor Harbour to spend a few days with Lynn's brother and sister-in-law. We managed trips to Hindmarsh Island, Adelaide galleries and McLaren Vale vineyards. Lovely and relaxing and not even hot!
We'd decided to take two days to get back to Melbourne so that we could poke around the Koorong a little - what a stunning place! I've always wanted to see it. Unfortunately, it is so expansive that my camera just doesn't do it justice - you'll have to take my word for it that it was fabulous. And full of water at the moment after all the upstream rains, so we saw it at it's best. We spent a night at a sweet fishing town called Robe and then another night in Melbourne before heading back home on the ferry on Friday night.

Fine travelling companions!

The hills around Victor.

I'm going to draw my giveaway tomorrow, so there is still a bit of time to enter if you want - all you have to do is leave a comment on the giveaway post - just scroll down a bit to find it.

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