Sunday, December 20, 2009

This is my Christmas

My Christmas is red and green! It's hot and sunny, and Millie turned two last month, so is really getting into it this year. Here she is with her hairy grass man, all dressed up for the season. My cake is resting and hopefully fabulous, and this week I will be making spiced red cabbage, fruit mince tarts, veloute gravy to freeze for the big day, and gingerbread cookies. Love and blessings to you all this Christmas. Jen

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The hottest days of the summer so far...

...and I'm working on the computer and cooking a Christmas cake! Yes simultaneously - after all, I am woman, hear me multi-task. It's my first Christmas cake and it's fair to say I'm nervous. After all there's no testing it until the gathered throngs cut into it in 15 days time. I am playing it safe I think - it's made with condensed milk and how can any rich fruity brandy soaked cake fail with that secret ingredient? Also I got to take a medicinal spoonful straight from the tin, something I've not done in about 20 years. IT'S SO GOOD!!

Meanwhile, work - resizing a game I did two years ago. One of the operators needs a wider game and who are we to argue! It's not easy remembering all my logical thought processes of yore regarding saving, naming and so on. But I'm nearly there. Here is my main character, you can tell he's a ladies bee. Think Barry White as soundtrack.x

Monday, November 30, 2009

the girl loves her bubbles!

I know I should have waited till Christmas, but patience has never been my thing! Here she is getting maximum bubbleage out of one puff x

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lucky Me!

I never win anything, but last week the delightful and talented Elisabeth from Fine Little Day chose me to win a limited edition print from her latest creation. Cute eh!?

I have just realised I need to paint my fence!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What a great concept

Giovanni I would like to see you write one of these xx

Friday, October 30, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Summertime, and the eating is eaaasyyy

I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. Millie and I have grown Strawberries for the first time, (in a hanging basket - thankyou Jamie Oliver for the idea) and we are ridiculously excited to have eaten the first of our babies today! Woohoo

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Millie turns two - it's a teddybears picnic!

You may remember the vintage 50's cookie cutters I bought a few months back. Well it's taken me this long to get a dough which worked, and a method for unsticking.

Some of my little army of teddybears for the party on Sunday look like they've been in a terrible factory explosion, but I love them as if they are my own ;-)

Now for the Teddy Bear cake...

do you mind eating food with faces?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Guinevere morphs out of Lancelot

Yesterday I buckled down and transformed Lancelot into Guinevere (to save time on this big project I am reusing characters wherever I can) & got it to this stage in about 3 hours, which was good work! Good to be back into it though. x

PS as an aside, Spring is here!
Tea & flowers - life's simple pleasures.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Becoming house proud (in a good way)

Over the last years I have started to really dig gardening! (Millie and I spend ages out there weeding, her tiny toddler's fingers are great for those stubborn little ones in the brick cracks) and I guess because we've thrown some money at landscaping I suddenly feel the need to make it work! Yesterday a local landscaper (who I'd nervously contacted after getting his flier in the post) arrived to spend a day here. We talked about what had gone on before (he wasn't very complimentary about the last guy!) and decided things were in the wrong holes, too cluttered and a couple of planting beds which I'd wanted to become 'walls' of planting (only because real brick walls cost too much) were looking pretty sad. A mere smear of ground cover then a couple of spindly tall trees do not a wall make! After dropping Millie at kindy we took of in his ute to the big tradesmen's nursery where I fell in love with Corokia Frosted Chocolate and we agreed it would do a lovely job of being that middle tier I so needed. SO we bought 23 and came home and stuck them in the ground. It was a drizzly warm day, perfect for transplanting. I attach a photo of the patio and planting...oh and one of Millie washing sand ;-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Aspects of Millie

A busy sketching month with one of Millie for David's 40th, and an invite to her 2nd birthday (a teddy bear's picnic) which is only a month away. She's developing a rather delightful lisp, like an old person whistling through their false teeth. Ricies becomes rishies. Cute!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Those Danes, they sure know how to design

Thanks to a lovely blog I follow, Design Totally Rocks for this link.

You can select a catalogue and peruse online. Sadly no NZ stockists I know of. I might start a shop ;-) Wonky Eye Day and Kirsten D can come and work with me! WOOHOOO (dreams are free...)

Friday, September 4, 2009

For Jo

Well ladies, today I became a woman. Or at least a footballer's wife. I had a spraytan! Here I am in one of the many and complex poses I had to master. I haven't bathed yet, but so far so good! Will update tan status upon return from Aus. x

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Armour progress

I fought off inertia yesterday to spend a couple of good solid hours building Lancelot's armour. The eagle eyed amoung you may notice he only has half a body. Once I've perfected this side I will mirror it. I still need to texture the armour to make it more 'metally' and maybe add a simple row of rivets. But I dont want to overdo it as it's a little cartoony whimsy. x
Today: the rest of the detail, a bit of texturing and bob's your uncle!

EDIT: FRIDAY - And here he is in fuming glory.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm a simple gal at heart...

A new pair of patent nude heels with white piping makes me happy! Yay for summer. x

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lancelot gets hair, and some expressions

An enjoyable days work with suit of armour still to come

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A big purchase day

We're feeling very excited and grown up as we invest in a proper BBQ which we don't need to erect ourselves (always a bad start) and which is guaranteed not to rust for years! I can't wait for summer. Our deck is beside the kitchen with bi-fold windows opening up the space between the two. I can pass dishes out the window and a party can be split between both areas and still feel like one gathering. I can tell it's going to get alot of use, and I can't wait to give our old one to the inorganic collection.

(X marks the spot)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A new find for my Google Reader

Thanks to my dear friend Kirsten who introduced me to the groovy architectural and design mag, Dezeen I'm not sure how much work I'll ever do again with all this good stuff to read!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Millie is NZ's Future Top Model

I didn't intend on filling this blog with photos of my admittedly gorgeous daughter, (heck, that's what Facebook is for right?) but I couldn't resist sharing the Etsy shop of ZaaBerry who made this stunning little number for Millie's second birthday in a couple of months time. Oo I love it! Colours even more gorgeous in real life...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Goodbye Cruel World...

Today I am lucky to be alive. Yesterday Millie braved the big kids' climbing frame then refused to come down the way she went up. That only left a fireman's pole, which may well have been over 12 feet tall. I saved her (you will be pleased to know) then had to evacuate the ledge. I think the last time I tried to hold my bodyweight like this was 25 years ago. I made it, and wore a silly grin for hours afterwards. What a rush ;-) But as you can see from this artist's impression, it was also my Bridget Jones moment of the year. x

Thursday, August 6, 2009

...and finally for today

Just been introduced to this mag/site which looks pretty interesting 'a gallery of underground artists who influence much of the fashion, graphics, and new art we see today. Full color layouts featuring painters, sculptors, cartoonists and photographers are featured along with interviews, rare portfolios, sketches and reviews.'

Oh YEAH baybee!!

I like this

I like this esp. the photos of the old house...makes me feel like I'm there! Actually makes me want to write a novel set there. Ooo and I followed the link and we can buy it for 39,000 euros! Anyone? ANYONE? It looks to be in the boondocks in rural Sweden, but I might be being harsh, I am not that familier with Swedish geography ;-) but the men are cute. But then so are the laydees. Oh and I am married. OK anyone else? x

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Today I am...

Working on 3D, taking Robin who I'd pretty much finished here, and transforming into Sir Lancelot! Step 1. Remove hat ;-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere - first draft

With my Robin Hood animation being shelved for the foreseeable future (someone beat us to it) I'm moving onto a King Arthur themed one. Just sketching some ideas today really, not a great illustration, but I got too obsessed with colours and wiggly lines! Either way they will just be inspiration for the actual 3D models. The look is big heads, little bodies, cartoon, but not too crazy. PS the eagle eyed may notice I'm reusing elements of the RH characters I created some months ago.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Things I love

I have been inspired by my new Etsy 'finds', Wonky-Eye-Day & Julia Pott to post an illustration whenever I can.

I have a new blue dress....

Hello fans! Ok hello myself. I have discovered, only mere years after everyone else. I am now bankrupt and alone, but dressed beautifully and surrounded by new blogs and trinkets. Thankyou dear WonkyEyeDay for making this piece.