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Thinking pink?

After three boys (12, 11 and 4 years older than me), my parents finally had me.......the long awaited little girl. Planned? Nope........but you can bet I was the cutest mistake ever - always singing and dancing and basically just a joy to behold. How could it be possible that I was anything but the favourite? LOL.

A very rare photo of me and my dad, Hanging Rock, Victoria (check out the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock - an Australian cult classic)
So, what does this have to do with this week's diva challenge which is to use pink in honour of someone who has been touched by breast cancer? I am so very fortunate to have not had any family or close friends with breast cancer, so along to dedicating this piece to those who have, I am also posting it in memory of my dad, who passed away when I was 15, and would always ask me "are you thinking pink?" (this was his way of asking me whether I was happy). And, yes, dad......I am.

I find pink quite hard to use, so have stuck with ju…

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 2

A few more overlooked pieces from Journal 13.......

Leaf string challenge revisited - I loved the aquafleur leaf so much I wanted to do it again :) An ING Christmas tree.
Lila Popcheff did an amazing spin on Alice Hendon's Dutch Diamond pattern and I couldn't resist having a go. I love the way stripes makes the shapes look tubular and juicy :)

A bit of double Batch:
Journal 13 - officially done and dusted and on the shelf :)

Have a good one!

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 1

Another day, another journal. No 13 - done and dusted!

(me and my besties)  Journals from June 2012 - today
When I finish filling all the pages of a journal, I like to take a look back through - I generally have half-finished ideas, random doodles and notes, and occasionally a few gems that are worth polishing up. It's also a great way to refresh my memory on what I've been doing, and, always interesting to see how long it has taken me to get through the journal, too.

No. 13 has been the longest  so far spanning 5 1/2 months - generally I'll average a journal every 2-3 months. During the time I've been working in this journal, though, I wrote my latest e-book Light and Shadow - so pretty much all of my drawings went into that, finished my Permaculture Design Certificate, had a very demanding baby lamb to look after, and had a shocking case of the flu. Yep, it all makes sense now :)

I had a flick back through and surprisingly found more things to share than I expected, …

Curly Bracket Feather - PATTERN

I love it when something suddenly seems so obvious, you can't figure out why it never occurred to you before. Today's obvious idea is the combination guessed it.....curly brackets & feathers.

I am a big fan of visualising individual shapes, rather than the whole. It makes it easier to achieve the end result rather than being overwhelmed. Please explain? In this case.........I was able to concentrate on creating curly bracket shapes (i.e. super-easy to draw). Draw a group of them along a spine/centre line and you'll end up with a feather.

Here goes:
Easy to make a bit fancier with more flourished brackets: hx

Steps PATTERN - Variations

Here are a few more ideas for changing up the  STEPS pattern that I posted yesterday

I know, I know, it's a confusing name.....but when a pattern name (or book title) feels right I am compelled to go with it - I am helpless to resist the pull of my compulsive nature.

1. Start with a curved line 
(I love how simply beginning with a curved line dictates that the curves follow through the whole design and create a more organic, flowing feel).
2. Use "S" shapes to fill in design
(a much more organic version)

3. Additional ideas and tips (yep, the stuff that just doesn't fit anywhere else) Hope your weekend is fabulous! hx

Challenge #186 and STEPS pattern

I have so many scribbled on pieces of paper scattered across my desk right now - pattern ideas, drawing ideas.......things that have just popped into my head. Yep, it's a mess!

I haven't had time to get up to my room and draw, because, you IS Spring and there's gardening to be done, a lamb who thinks I'm his mother and does not want to be weaned (though I do have him down to one feed a day), running my daughter around, catching up with my other kids......oh.....and having coffee with the first CZT I have met in real life! Exciting! Yesterday I met up with the lovely Jenny Farrell for a coffee at beautiful Karunga Native Nursery (well worth a visit if you're in Melbourne and love Australian native plants).

So, onto this week's diva challenge..........I wanted to go with the colour option and for some reason I was determined to do a string themed thing and it just wasn't working out.......after 2 aborted attempts, I scrabbled through some of th…