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Feels weird not blogging...

it has been good as we have all been a bit off! Maddy and I have had a cold and Shaughan has on going problems but yesterday was a bit of a scare for us. From his post on Facebook..."A bit crook today, 111 and ambulance time. Turns out a stomach full of blood isn't really conducive to having an excellent day. Many tests, tubes, and x-rays later, it appears I'm all good, with said issue not likely to re-occur, as the doc put it down to the pills I've been taking, and me being so hard (or stupid) I didn't notice there was an issue till this morning. Dee has looked after me awesomely, good wife :)"  Poor man I always tell him not to be such a drama queen but he really was not very well yesterday.
While we waited for Shaughan we hung up with Leah, my niece, while she was getting stuck into decorating her wall. Ness had ripped off the wallpaper so that the kids had a place to go mad with writing on the walls. 
I just have to say that Imlay Butchers rock the party, tha…

Day 30- Your favourite song.

My most favourite song is Ramble On, I can listen to this song over and over again and never get bored with it. In saying that I couldn't listen to the whole led Zeppelin's album over and over again.


We had some sad news yesterday one of our friends, Sarah passed away in the afternoon. She is one of the strongest woman I have ever met in my life. Wanganui has lost a very talented artist. RIP Sweetheart, we will miss you. I look forward to picking up where we left off in the next life. A big garden mural and an artists ball are first on the list of things to do together babe! Lots of love to you x x x

This was Ben and Sarah's wedding invite

On their wedding day in 2009.
My thought are with with guys x
The Youtube clip of the day is of Josephine Baker. One of the last pieces of work Sarah and I talked about was a sculpture she was making with glass or brass legs doing the famous banana dance.  




My card for the day is Signs We had a freaky big hazy moon last night.

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned

How to make flea powder out of essence oils using peppermint, eculypus and rosemary. I put 3 drops of each in a cup of cornflour and then sprinkled over the cat, you have to do this every 3 days until they are gone! There is some cool software for artists to aid in getting organised. I'm not so good at handling sicknesses. Tobacco is easy to grow, I finally planted my seedlings yesterday and they have already taken off. My child is Wiggle crazy she could watch and listen to The Wiggles 24/7. Skype now offers video conferencing, a very cool feature just in time for my online art marketing group that starts in 10 days. How to use Wordpress. That the Tourist is a cool movie that I would be happy to watch again. Not to leave the zinc cream in reach of wee Maddy cause she will be covered in it and then start on the cat. And lastly that you can never be sure when Mother Nature is going to strike.

I'm really trying to finish my painting so much that I was painting next to Maddy havin…

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

2010
2011
I haven't changed that much! I have lost most of the baby weight I gained being pregnant, and am a lot happier than last year, only because I am getting more sleep. Having a baby really changes your life! It's nice that Maddy and I can go on more adventures now :) I didn't like being house bound at all! 
Last night I had just put my camera batteries in to recharge and then I heard pop, crackle, pop, pop whoops looks like I will be off into town to get a new charger today. I am pretty sure I got good use out of it LOL!
Don't you love it when you listen to your intuition and it's right! I called into see some friends yesterday afternoon and one of them is leaving Wanganui today. It was nice to spend some time with her as I don't know when she will be back! 
I managed to get some painting done yesterday.. The colours are brighter than this photo.
I was surfing the web last night trying to get some ideas for Dad's tattoo and I came across this clip...Youtube…

Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge

I don't know why I am doing it? I just started it and now there are only 3 days left! It is a good thing cause it gives me a reason to write in my blog each day :)

Last night I wrote my very own blog challenge for a month! I challenge you to take up my months challenge, it is designed for fun! Copy and paste the challenge somewhere so you can get to it easily each day. Be sure to share it with your friends :)

Dee's Everyday Blog challenge

Day 01- Buy a piece of fruit, post a photo and tell us why you bought this type of fruit. Keep it in a safe place for the month.
Day 02- If you could have any animal as a pet what would it be and why? Name the pet and tell us any special tricks or traits it might have.
Day 03- Write a poem about a person you know.
Day 04- Draw, for only 10 minutes, a portrait of your family.
Day 05- Tell us something interesting and treasured that your mother or father taught you.
Day 06- What is your daily morning routine?
Day 07- Who is your all time favouri…

Day 26- What you think about your friends

I love my friends, most of them as mad as me! I feel blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends, it's a pity that a lot of them live far away from me, I miss hanging out! But last night I organised a trip to see one of my beautiful and talented friends in Rotorua. I just need to get some money together so I can go! It has been over 6 years since I moved out of Rotorua, it will be nice to catch up with the city and the people in it.

My poor little darling has a fever, I'm not sure if it is her ears, teeth or something else but she seems really happy so hopefully it will pass soon. So it's just a quick post for the day.

The Youtube clip of the day is Friendship Quotes


My card for the day is

Day 25- What I would find in your bag

Take a look... I did this clip last year for A Day in the Life movie.
Look my big dog is still with us here, he is sitting on his green chair.
I still miss him soooo much, love you Ralphie x x x

Had a nice day with Mum yesterday. We went and looked at a studio space we could share and just hung out eating ice cream and walking around the lake. Maddy was on form running everywhere! 
The Youtube clip of the day is a piece from A Day In The Life movie.

Interesting reading of the comments on the youtube page :)

My card for the day is
I had this freaky dream last night about using the 'I'm just a poor artist' line, maybe that is what I have to surrender and release? This card always makes me think deep about what is not working in my life.

Day 24- A letter to your parents

Dear Mum and Dad,

Thank you so much for providing me with such wonderful opportunities from such a young age. I understand how blessed I am to have been able to have you both in my life and I am grateful.

These opportunities have inspired me to explore my options in life and also seek out new ways to live a fulfilled life. I have discovered my goal of being an artist because of your encouragement to follow my dreams and having the courage to do anything I choose.

I want to thank you for the guidance you provided me throughout my life. I am glad that you taught me how to work hard and treat people with kindness and love. They serve me well in life and I know that Maddy will have the same encouragement to be the same. Because of what you taught me, I know how to treat others well and what to expect from others.

Thank you again for helping me.

Love,
Dee x x

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

Six Keys to Being Excellent…

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot

COFFEE! I can't function without a good cup of coffee in the morning!
HEY DON'T FORGET TO BACKUP DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOS ETC! I'm doing mine now, the last time I did it was JULY 2010 - NAUGHTY!
Last night I spent a few hours on Wordpress, it's a pretty cool place. Check out what I did - denitamad.wordpress.com
Why is it that when you take photos of the moon that it doesn't look as big?


It's been so nice getting back into the garage and slowly sorting through my art stuff!  Maddy has been painting in there while I rummage around.
The importance of naming your artwork by Laura Swink 

Have you ever seen the movie Amadeus? An oscar winner from the eighties, it's definitely worth the time to watch it at least once in your life - as it gives you a rare look into the mind of a genius, and the people who recognize it.

That being said, it's not the discussion about genius that keeps me referring back to the movie - it's the pictures that the movie creates to help you u…

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else

In all the world there is no one else exactly like me.
There are persons who have parts like me, but no one who adds up exactly like me. Therefore everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone chose it - Virginia Satir
I was so wrecked yesterday, walking around half asleep. All those late nights and broken sleep cause of a child teething had caught up on me. I crashed out about 9pm last night and even though I got 2 times for Maddy in the night, I'm feeling much more refreshed today. I hope to do some painting on the 'meditate' painting today as I didn't do any yesterday. I did paint 8 cards getting ready for the trade coming up in Feb and Maddy and I covered our driveway in chalk. 
Maddy is so cute she has started to put words together like 'TV Wiggles Mum' and then she starts with on the I'm hungry talk which goes 'ice block? ice cream? biscuit? banana? milk? apple? toast marmite? butter (for peanut butter) chocolate? chippies?'…

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy

Last night Maddy pointed down at my feet and said 'spider', it wasn't a spider but this bug  Beautiful!
The Youtube clip of the day is The Tourist Movie Trailer Official

What a fantastic movie! 
My card for the day is Always up for Romance!

denitamad.wordpress.com - Starting a photo everyday here!

Day 20- Someone you see yourself being with in the future

I can see myself being with Shaughan in the long distant future


Such a gentleman



My paintings progress
I love the internet, you start somewhere and then go on a little journey...
Can’t Afford a Picasso? How About a Piece of One? dealbook.nytimes.com
Finding Bargains in the Art World www.thestreet.com
High-End Art Poses Possibility for Investors www.thestreet.com
Artprice, the most comprehensive art market databases artprice.com
Luxury Hotels Woo Guests With Fine Art www.thestreet.com
The Fine Art Fund Group www.thefineartfund.com
‘There’s a Fire! Pick a Photo!’ www.nytimes.com
Building Museums, and a Fresh Arab Identity www.nytimes.com
just to list a few from this mornings journey.

The Youtube clip of the day is Egyptian Monarchy Art Versus Modern


Shaughan got a big fright when he moved a piece of wood yesterday
My card for the day is
My best friend lives in Toowoomba here is some footage of the Flooding 2011.01.10 Be safe Sianshine x x x