Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

My mum was a very keen genealogist, and long before the internet she spent years researching our family history in person, gathering birth and death certificates, visiting cemeteries, hand searching shipping records and writing letters to potential relatives. It was a...
The Netherlands – my childhood home

The Netherlands – my childhood home

I figure that I am spiritually about 10% Dutch. I lived in Holland for six of the first ten years of my life, and I have wonderful memories of that time – memories that have been soaking back into my veins and reclaiming my soul since the minute we stepped on a KLM...
Magical mystery tour – Europe 2016

Magical mystery tour – Europe 2016

As I type this I’m looking out over the English countryside and a historic village dating back to 1176. To some people that may not sound like much, but as a Melbourne girl I can’t believe I’m sitting here with this view in front of me. It is simply magical. For at...
Rainbow bookshelves – a Marie Kondo inspired declutter

Rainbow bookshelves – a Marie Kondo inspired declutter

By the end of last year I was totally worn out, both physically and mentally. I had turned 50. I was exhausted. I felt like my body was beginning to wear out, and every day there were aches and pains and I was struggling to get going in the morning. I felt totally...
Why, what, who? Courage & colour pencils

Why, what, who? Courage & colour pencils

I recently bought Pip Lincoln’s e-book about blogging called “Shake it up”. You can find it here – http://meetmeatmikes.com/shake-it-up-my-ace-ebook-for-bloggers/. I have challenged myself to work through it in search of my blogging mojo. I thought it might help...
Mum’s gift to me – a love of colour

Mum’s gift to me – a love of colour

You may have noticed that I am absolutely in love with colour – not just any old colour, but brilliant, super dooper bright jewel colours. Hot pinks, mango oranges, lemony yellows, lime greens, teal blues and precious, royal purples. When I need to paint a...
Welcome, we care

Welcome, we care

Download poster here About a month ago I shared a free poster acknowledging the courage it takes to ask for help. It’s not rocket science. I’m sure we’ve all struggled with reaching out – whether to ask for a hand with the kids, or making a...
Learning not to be “a fixer”

Learning not to be “a fixer”

[This is not a new story of mine by any means, but I am gradually trying to explain the reasons for my artwork that have been made into prints on Etsy. Looking back, this story still holds true. There are always things I wish I could “fix” in lots of areas...
It takes courage to ask for help

It takes courage to ask for help

Download poster here Every day I see articles in the news about people struggling to come forward and ask for help – be it about domestic violence, mental illness, child abuse, gender issues, self harm, cancer, crime, homelessness, poverty…  I could go on...
A pirate, a quilt and a brand new baby

A pirate, a quilt and a brand new baby

Pirate, dragon rider, dreamer, artist, super hero, poet or adventurer … don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, little man, and be proud just to be you. As a very special little boy entered the world this week I wanted to celebrate the moment and share that...
Leonie’s chrysanthemums

Leonie’s chrysanthemums

Good friends who understand how things are with little explanation. The solidarity in having “been there”. That’s what these flowers remind me of. A gift of the most enormous bunch of chrysanthemums which seemed to tower over me. Lamingtons. Fruit...
It’s okay to be different – from bird to chameleon

It’s okay to be different – from bird to chameleon

I didn’t plan this twirly headed chameleon like guy, but he obviously wanted to be noticed and popped up out of the blue in my mixed media painting. What can I say? I had been looking jealously at on line friends playing with doodles, ink splats and mixed media,...

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