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Showing posts from December, 2010

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why

Here my goals for Jan 2011
Eat well and exercise so I have more energy and lose my mummy tummy.Start an online marketing art group to help myself and other artists to be confident in promoting our work. Get a new business card, I'm nearly out of my last batch.Help Shaughan upgrade so it is the coolest Wanganui website.Donate a painting for Sharlene's trip to India.Go to the dentist cause my teeth hurt. Find a studio so I can get all my paintings ready for an exhibition or auction in December 2011 celebrating my 10th year being an artist. Time to sell my babies and start again.  HAPPY 2011 EVERYONE! I'm sure it's going to be a good year, I fell really excited and motivated to get back into working hard!

Maddy had fun with her cousins today
Zach pulling me a face
Achilles pulling me a face
Alex pulling me a face
Little Dulcie-Jean
Achilles and Maddy
Zach after an ice cream
Alex on the rip stick
Achilles and Leah bringing out chippies
Logan is waiting for the rip stick 

Day 07- A picture of someone that has the biggest impact on you

Deb Morison - she is the coolest lady I know. In this photo is Me, Neesha and Deb
It's hard to believe that there is only 1 more day of 2010. I have loved this year and I hope that next year is as good or even better! I have been thinking of what I'm going to get up to in 2011 and it is going to be an epic year. Mind you it's going to take me all year to do what I have planned - how exciting :)
Easy peazy fruit muffins from Tania
50grams butter 1 cup milk 1 egg 2 cups flour 4 level b.powder 1-1 1/2 cups sugar 1 can fruit drained and chopped into smaller pieces, I like to use peaches Topping, 2 t sugar with 1 t cinnamon
Melt butter, add egg and milk, beat well. Add fruit and dry ingredients. Mix, put into greased muffin tins. Sprinkle with suger  and cinnamon. Bake 180* for 15 20 minutes.
Today I got given some rhubard, I cut it up put it on the stove to cook for rhubard crumble and then went outside and got distracted by a monarch butterfly and came back inside to a burnt smell. BUGGER…

Day 06- Favorite super hero

is Wonder Woman Who doesn't love Wonder Woman?

Clip for the day is Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativityLynn and Jessica came to stay last night. We had a lovely time together, it was a pity the couldn't stay longer! Maddy was in her element giggling from the minute the walked in until they left.

As an artist, English is my second language - Anonymous

Day 05- A picture of somewhere I’ve been to

I randomly picked 29th Jan 2006 it was a rainy old trip to...

I had a lovely day today! We went to the beach this morning before it got to hot. Maddy and Shaughan had a great time while I got my camera out. My mate came up in the afternoon and we sat outside caught up over a few beers and food. We decided to have a New Years shin dig here this year, I'm excited! I was just saying to Shaughan this week that I miss all the parties we had in our old place, it was a perfect place to party! So if you are in Wanganui and have nothing better to do come up and celebrate the start of 2011 with us :)

Shaughan and Maddy this morning
Here is a cute email I got for the recipe exchange - Didee here in Brunswick heads, Australia. Here is my recipe contribution. One I made up in my creative cauldron!

One packet of Spaghetti
One big bunch of mint.  (You can use parsley or coriander if preferred however Ive found the mint is a winner.)
2-3 large spoons of plain natural Greek style yogurt
olive oil

Day 04- A habit that I wish I did not have

SMOKING! I have tried to give up many times. Hopefully I will get to kick the habit for good soon!

I hope you all had a great Christmas, it was an awesome day here! This was my favourite photo of Maddy looking into her stocking.

Hey there is chocolate in here, how am I going to get it?
I found this the Top 10 common myths about creativity (had a good giggle)

1. Only “creative types” are creative
Great ideas are often built on common concepts, by ordinary people. Creativity is usually triggered by a need and depends on number of factors, including knowledge, talent, imagination, lateral thinking and internal motivation. Creating potential can be found in every person;  you only need to remove the barriers that block it.

2. Money motivates creativity
People don’t think about pay on a day-to-day basis. If they think about being rewarded for everything they do, they become reluctant of taking risks. After understanding that they are being paid fairly, people don’t become more creative when…

Day 03- A picture of me and my friends

This is a hard one today, I have so many photos. What to choose? My 21st - 1996 Kim, Tina, Kylee, Mara, Fiona, Kelly Ness, Kate and Me
It's Christmas Eve and I have been putting off going into town to finish off my Christmas shopping, if I leave it any later all the shops will be closed. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope your day is full of love, food, peace, loads of gifts, and happiness. BIG HUGS AND KISSES x o x o x o
A recipe exchanged from Deanna - Green Curry Chicken
1 whole chicken breast cut into thin slices (very) 1 T green curry paste (I use Mae Ploy) 1 cup coconut cream 1/2 cup sliced beans 1 can bamboo shoots (sml can) 1T fish sauce 1T sugar (I use brown) 2-3 kaffir lime leaves (you can get dried from asian warehouses) fresh basil leaves 2T oil
Put oil in pot, add curry paste, lime leaves stir 1 -2 mins Add coconut cream - bring to boil, add chicken, stir 2-3 mins Add fish sauce, sugar, beans, bamboo shoots and bring to boil. Add basil leaves. Serve on rice.
I add more beans…

Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name

It's not really hard to guess the meaning behind my blog name. Keeping it nice and simple!

I am taking part in a recipe exchange and going to post all the recipes I get. Here is the first one I got from Erena which sounds yummy!


4 punnets mixed berries (redcurrants, raspberries, blueberries)
125g sugar
250g strawberries, stems removed and halved
6 slices brioche

Pick over the punnets of fruit, removing  any stems or leaves. Put the berries in a saucepan with 60ml water and the sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 8 minutes. Put the halved strawberries in a bowl and press the cooked fruit syrup through a sieve over the strawberries. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, then chill or leave overnight in the fridge. When ready to serve, toast the brioche and spoon the fruit syrup over each slice, arranging the strawberries over the top. Serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar, sugar-dusted mint leaves and thick double cream.

I lov…

Day 01 - A recent picture of me and 15 interesting facts about myself

I just couldn't help myself lol.
1. I was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand to David and Diane Harrod. My parents broke up on Christmas day, I was 6 years old.
2. I have a sister - Vanessa, 2 step sisters - Amanda and Kim, and 2 step brothers Ross and Craig. All of them have taught me many lessons in life.
3. The subject I did best in school was computers. I got kicked out of my 6th form art class because I wasn't doing what I was told and was disruptive in class.
4. I left school and went to hairdressing collage then a catering course which I excelled in both and was the tutors pet.
5. I left Palmerston North when I was 18 to live in Queenstown, the best place to live in NZ! I moved to Christchurch a year later cause I thought I had better do something else with my life than just party.
6. I have managed to score really good jobs through friends, life is all about who you know!
7. I worked in the film industry and after 3 weeks I managed to score a job as 3rd Assistant Di…

30 Days of Me - Blog Challenge

For those of you that want to start or get back into blogging you could try this challenge. Heaps of people are doing it at the moment :)

30 Days of Me

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone y…

I Wanted to Be an Artist, So I Quit My Job and Became One

I had to share this article with you today, if I wrote something like this it would sound just the same...

I Wanted to Be an Artist, So I Quit My Job and Became One by Christopher Fife.

"Hi, I'm Christopher. I'm an artist." Exhale, run my fingers through my hair. "What do I do? Oh, I paint. I'm a painter. Yeah, I'm an artist."

I tried it out every now and then, in front of the bathroom mirror. It sounded all right. But when I introduced myself as an artist outside my bathroom world of make-believe, I always felt false. I was like Magritte labeling a pipe. If I said I was an artist, I was an artist, right?

Not exactly. Since I dedicated forty-plus hours a week to my corporate graphic design job, I was lucky if I painted a couple of hours a week. I came to despise myself for this self-deceit, for my inability to embrace what I really wanted to be. I wanted to be an artist. So I committed myself to becoming one.

I started out like most people do, shift…

What on Earth is Art??

I went and picked up the photo of Maddy meeting Santa this morning., I really didn't want to be in the photo but she wasn't going to do it on her own! Ho ho ho...

I got a lovely gift this afternoon from Tracie. She made me a photo book with a selection of photos that she had taken for art everyday month. It's a great book! Thank you Tracie x x x
I had another visitor this afternoon that shook his head and said he just doesn't understand this 'modern' art! With all the perplexity and misguided perceptions concerning today's definition of art - it is little wonder people are confused. Much of the bewilderment surrounding the meaning of art is a result of people's tendency to use object-referral thinking by using other peoples' opinions as the means for formulating their own. Art, both the creating and enjoying of it, ought to be intrinsic. You should never let anyone else's opinion cloud your judgement.

Art is a means by which we celebrate our indiv…

What a fantastic day it has been!

It was more perfect than I could have imagined. I had to laugh out loud today when Shaughan rang me a few minutes after he had left home, he had run out of petrol. I am always going onto him about running around on the red light so it was a told you so moment when I pulled up with the petrol can. I carried on into town and went shopping and bought 3 new dresses, had coffee with my best mate, that would be Maddy. Called into see Santa and had our photo taken, purely out of luck. My wonderful husband then took Maddy out for an hour after her afternoon nap and I managed to cut and colour my hair, pluck, shave, mask, paints my nails and make dinner. It's amazing what you can achieve when you have time alone to do it. I headed off to the Sarjeant Gallery around 5pm for the opening of 'Legacy' and exhibition of Government House paintings. Government House is being redecorated and instead of storing this amazing collection of art away in the dungeons they are on tour, lucky us. T…

Essential decisions to make before you start a painting.

I found this article and thought it might be useful for those of you that want to start painting....
Is it necessary to plan a painting in careful detail before you start, or should you let it evolve as you go along? Planning a painting can be a help as you know exactly what you're going to do, but it could also inhibit spontaneity. Letting a painting evolve as you work is very free and lets you be spontaneous, but also leaves you open to the possibility that the painting won't go anywhere and you'll end up with a mess. Ultimately the degree to which you plan out a painting depends on your personality, some people find it essential and others a hinderance. But regardless of how detailed you like to plan (or not), there are several decisions that have to be made before you to start to paint.
Decide On a Subject Deciding on a subject is the logical first step as it influences the format of the support, the type of support used, and the technique you're going to use to create…

It feels like Friday today!

Gosh I'm not really sure where my day has gone today, it happened so fast. I really enjoyed weeding in the rain tonight before heading off to do another painting for me, oh the self indulgence. You might not understand what I have painted, all you need to know is there is lots of happiness and joy in there for me and yes everything is the way I intended (my husband was horrified).....

My inbox was pretty hammered today! Here are a few web links you might find interesting? download free eBooks

The Youtube clip for the day is Merry Christmas from our Prime Minister John Key

Doesn't he look great?

My card for the day is Endings and Beginnings
it said...I sing praises to those wh…