Crafty People Do The Twist

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  —  Twisted

Since the Weekly Photo Challenge is to be discontinued, I thought I should put in an entry this week.  I had no idea when starting my blog that I would enjoy the WordPress Weekly Challenge so much.  I will miss it, but I will just have to be brave and jump into some of the other photo challenges every now and then.  In the meantime, here is my response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘Twisted’.  For this challenge, I found inspiration in craft. Read more

Bollards Are Not a Smiling Matter, Unless…

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  — Smile

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to show a smile (ours or someone else’s), or a photo which makes others smile, or both.  We can also share a photo of something that has brought a moment of joy into our lives recently, or that focuses on the outcome of that joy.  Here are some photos of festive bollards that make me smile. Read more

Silent No More

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

I have chosen two photos of outdoor sculptures to represent this week’s theme of ‘silence’.  I used a sculpture last week too.  When you’re onto a good thing, might as well stick to it.

The first photo is of Emile Bourdelle’s sculpture of Penelope.

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Penelope by Emile Bourdelle – National Gallery of Australia

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Birds of Tile & Feather

I might have suggested to a few people that I’ve done artworks (mosaics) of some Aussie birds and promised to post some photos of them.  Lately though, I have been concentrating on dog mosaics, but I find myself returning to birds time and again.  I have tremendous admiration for people who can photograph birds well, because I find it incredibly difficult to take a decent photo of my mosaics.  They glitter and sparkle at all angles, hence it is virtually impossible to take a photo without being blinded by reflection.   I love big bold colour, so I guess a little sparkle goes with the territory.  Read more

Something’s Cooking in Harden-Murrumburrah

There was movement in the household, for the word had passed around,
That our favourite cafe at Harden-Murrumburrah was open,
And waiting for the throng – it was worth the two hour drive to town,
So my love and I gathered to the fray.
Noted coffee aficionados – or so we liked to think –
Checked our wallets for some coinage and credit cards just in case.
For the coffee lovers love driving to where the coffee percolates,
And dreamt of coffee brewing and eating chocolate cake.

My husband and I love visiting Harden-Murrumburrah, a small country town situated on the Southwest Slopes of New South Wales (Australia).  Agriculture is the main industry in the region.  Redolent of history and with great coffee to boot, Harden-Murrumburrah is just about perfect in my opinion.  Read more

Pelican ahoy

I thought I would join in a photo challenge from Debbie at Travel with Intent.  The theme is White.  My participation is inspired by Brian at Bushboys World.  Brian has posted some photos of beautiful white pelicans.   So I thought I would post a photo of a pelican too.  But this one is not real.  It is a mosaic piece I made a number of years ago.

Enjoy.

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Pelican (2011) – tile on board

Unfortunately, I’ve almost exhausted my supply of the lovely pink tile and there are no more to be found.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

Keeping Up with the Jones – A Strange Thing Happened When I Found Art

There was a time when I was youngish and shallow, when I sort of lost perspective about the important things in life. I guess I was embarrassed and also so very tired. I was embarrassed about my weight, my strange and difficult children, my parenting skills, my lack of career progression, and most of all, I was embarrassed about the suburb I lived in and my shitty little house that was so untidy even my mother didn’t like to visit me (cue violins playing).  Read more