Thursday, 28 July 2011

Who Gives A Hoot?

Who Gives A Hoot?

Lodging my second diatribe on the net has left me to wonder who would really want to read this and what content should I include that might be of worth or value. As I ponder this my admiration for those that contrive to write has increased, gaining a new found respect for their organized thoughts and the ability to think creatively.
That said who gives a hoot?

Luckily I don't rely upon my ability to express myself for a living but am able to pursue more favourable time wasting activities (other than my children) in the crafting arena. Thank God I don't rely upon my voice to get by as I sing one line wonders at work to the patients, a captive audience is always good - one that is tied to the bed by intravenous lines and drains.
I think the only time I have ever really been complimented for my singing was in my early twenties when travelling in the back of station-wagon on the way to the beach and Rod Stewart was singing " I am Sailing". I'm sure to this day that Juli, my dear friend, is as tone deaf as I am, or was just being extremely nice. Anyway it hasn't stopped me from singing and I would encourage anybody to do so. Think of all the positive endorphins that are released and how much you can really annoy the older siblings by raising your voice.
Singing loudly also enables you to drown out anybody else that that is singing off key, this is particularly useful in church where the choir is made up of old biddies whom cant sing. I can still see my mothers horrified face when I told her the same as I belted out really loud songs.

Kirsty my friend and I have recently put our hand up to assist and run the local  school craft stall for the annual fete. The title of angel has be fallen on Kirsty's head as she has enlisted her help there before and on this occasion without ever having children attend the school. This is the first year my children are no longer attending primary school and I must admit we did say no twice before accepting the challenge.. only because we felt sorry for them- no else put their hand up. THIS IS THE LAST TIME!
That said we have madly began producing goods for sale and with this began one of my first serious searches of the  internet crafting scene. I have since become a fan of several sites and have fallen in love with crotchet, particularly that produced by Attic 24.

 Matilda is particularly thrilled  to wear these crotchet beads, all she wanted to do was eat them. I know these beads will sell really well at a bargain basement price (somebody will invariably complain they are too expensive ) but each ball took between 20-30 minutes to produce. I  did get faster as I got more practised!
Oh the love of craft. The crotchet balls can be found on Greedy For Colour Blog

Following a theme and local trends for birds, in particular owls I have amassed a flock of owls for your viewing pleasure . Easier to produce and Id say more profitable

I'll write up pattern for owl in coming week and post next week
Thanks for joining me and enjoy the day!  Monique.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Mosaics Of Daily Life

Mosaics on Port road, Adelaide
The foundations of our life are set by our actions and words, and influenced by others. With this blog I will challenge myself to portray the daily mess, the grind and the joy of my life. Pieces of life are revealed through  interaction and sharing.  I have found so many before with the generosity of spirit whom share their life and endeavours, each piece connects with the last to form the mosaic which is our life.

What brings joy in my life? Some think this may be a simple question but often the answer is the most unlikely.
By definition joy  is something which gives an uplifting experience, perhaps a quickening of heart beat, a smile and laughter. A feeling of elation after completion of a task or struggle. So is the answer to this partially the result of blood, sweat and tears or luck of interaction and pleasure derived from others.

I hope to share my joy in a small way through colour and vibrancy of arts and craft,   my surrounding environment and the people with whom I interact and the questions they pose in my life

Bluey Burst : Oil, 2010 Monique Smith- (international copyright)
This painting was a second in a series that was inspired by a Jill, a colleague at work whom was investigating the effects of iron supplementation pre and post operative bowel surgery. Her work lead her to utilize photos of red blood cells and which became imprinted in my mind.. Red blood cells floating between vessel layers become the rock embedded in soil layers separated by vessel or core and delineated from the storm and tempest above the surface.

Rocky Dream, oil 2010 Monique Smith (international copyright)
Rocky Dream is the original oil painting, a little messy and simplified layers of soil. I took photos of galcial rock at HalletCove and Marino Rocks in South Australia to obtain ideas colour and tone. Below are a few of the snaps that are reflected in the paintings

 a mosaic I picked up at  an Op shop for $6

Thanks and enjoy the day. Monique                            All photos and pictures international copyright