Thursday, 11 February 2016

This happened...

Omgoodness yes!

We didn't want to delay in the slightest!
We knew the minute she turned 17 we were booking for her temporary licence!  There's always a bit of a wait to get a class booking... But today she wrote her theory and passed!!! She came out with the biggest smile on her face.  Now let the driving lessons begin...

To be honest it was touch and go because our schedule has been so maxed and getting a gap for her to study has been no easy thing! But today we are chuffed because it's one less thing checked off our "to do" list for this year! And one step closer to freedom... (For her :-))

Like she said..: she's been waiting for this! 

A spot of beautiful studio play...


While I am busy moving back into my studio - I'm sorting as I go. Which got me started with my #1faceaday box from last year.  The ones that didn't sell.  Looking back at some of them now, has made me cringe a bit.  I know it's not a bad thing - I guess it's called progress.

I made three piles - 1 pile for the pieces I can still use, 1 pile for pieces I could rescue and the last pile for rejects! It felt rather liberating getting rid of unwanted pieces and always rather wonderful to sort and declutter.

This canvas was a rescue! She was inspired by my #TeaBagGirls - FebruaryRoses.  All I can say is she's a delightful improvement. Feeling so excited and encouraged to get moving and playing in my new studio space.

Monday, 8 February 2016

New Studio Space...

I think I must have said this a 100 times... "I'm moving to a new studio space."

And I literally have, in the past 4 years been trying to claim spaces that will work for me in this house and now I finally have my own proper place and I'm thrilled. 

I've been working on this idea and plan since the end of last year and like all things, some ideas take time to come together.  Our little single garage was a dead zone and becoming a dumping ground, and I can't bear clutter.  I knew if we fixed it up - the space would just become an extension of our home and I have to say - opening it up has made it rather inviting and cozy.

The minute I started "moving in" the girls moved in, right along side me... they pulled up their chairs and the homework and books and took over my studio desks.... can you see why I needed the bigger space.  Usually I'm stepping over bodies and bags etc.  But I seriously wouldn't have it any other way.

Welcome
It still has a kind of warehouse feel - the walls are rough.
But I'm really enjoying the rustic, tumblr vibe it has.
I'm not going to change that.

In order for us to move in here, I knew it was going require a lot of work.
From new ceilings to new flooring and much sorting and clearing, I'm happy to say that last week they came in to install the new ceilings, as well as in other areas of the house.  It was a massive job because this is a 100 year old house and well, lets just say - things are complicated.  But my new ceilings are in and it's really lovely.  This weekend, we installed the new flooring and it's clean and gorgeous... my desks are back in place and my shelves are full of my art supplies and art books.

I'm not sure who is more happier, me or the girls.  Even Digz is happy.

Still unpacking but getting there.
I love my roses too and my new desk lamp...
It's all come together so nicely.  And now I can start creating.

A tiny glimpse of my TeaBagGirls Station

This space has already become such a place to hang for us - I am hoping to put a nice big couch in here soon - so it can be comfortable for anyone to sleep, read or just be comfortable and to be close to us while we are working on pieces and projects.

I was up early on Saturday morning packaging pieces and painting and I can honestly say I've never had a space make more sense to me before.  My big desk could handle the packaging and I had beautiful space to move and work... all I can say is I'm one happy girl in my space... so we still have some things to do but for now - it's perfect.

On that note - it's 23:30 and it's time for bed but I will be back in my sweet space early tomorrow morning.
Sleep tight folks.

Post Auction thoughts...

So this was my first commercial auction for me.

I have part-taken in 2 other auctions - one for our Sweet Lorraine - which I just loved so much.  And another one at the end of last year for children in Africa.

Anyway, I was way more nervous.  My biggest fear was that no one would bid on my piece.  I guess that's all of our fears on some level.

Once the Auction opened on Friday evening and my first bid was through - I knew I could take the pressure off myself and I could breathe, what I didn't know was how incredibly exciting the whole weekend would be with the biddings going on.

I was part of some incredible artists in this group and all did sooo beautifully.  And I have to say it was such a delight to see how they all did.  I was so thrilled for them all.

So in the next day or two - my FlowrGirl goes home to Kristine, who also bought one of my TeaBagGirls in December.

Thank you for your incredible love and support, Kristine and Phyllis and for everyone else who popped over to bid.  A percentage of our proceeds go to an Animal Shelter, so thank you for everything!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Birthday Love...

Hello 43...

I'm documenting this... this is me at 43.  I don't want to forget anything of this year.

I didn't want to do too much today.  I just wanted it to be slow, gentle and kind.
And it was all of that.  I'm sure that's become evident - that it's my fav thing in the world.

I got a very special breakfast in bed, with all the foods I can eat (according to my program)
which of course makes me so happy!  Love that they just get it.

I received such special treats from my favourite peeps.
Nothing over the top - But just perfect.  

Kitty gifted me this - I have been wanting a Tree of Life for ages.
Thank you beautiful!


Seriously - this is the absolute best gift I could ever ask for.
To walk through and see this and have this.
Every Momma's truest heart's desire.  Long may they be forever this close.

The other thing I really wanted for my birthday, was to get outside.
Nothing manic - just a beautiful walk in my Forest.
I love walking and I love this place.

We had planned Sushi on the beach but the weather wasn't playing nice today.
But actually after the crazy week we had and with the new ceilings going in and me moving into my new Studio space...  actually staying home - made my heart much happier.
So we will claim another night next week for sushi on the beach, weather permitting.

I received such incredible messages all day long.
I can't believe the kindness I received... thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love.
Plus the {Love} Auction is almost finished and I'm so blown away.
What a stunning way to see my birthday in.  Thank you for all the bids.

It was a beautifully gracious day.
Thank you!

Friday, 5 February 2016

This happened...

Can you believe this...
My beautifully gifted friend, Kelly Berkey did this of Kitty.
I am more than blown away by this incredible gesture.
There is something so beautiful when someone chooses to paint your darling and then execute it so perfectly.
This was such a beautiful highlight to my week.
Thank you Kelly.  Totally made my week.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Eeeyah....


The Grade 12's are having so much fun!
A firm tradition that has been going on forever - is their annual Barn Dance.
Thanks to friends and sisters helping out with the outfit - Corks looked so gorgeous.

Best part - she had such good fun!
Learnt new moves and got to hang with her buddies.
She's having the time of her life.

And I love that!