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I love Juliette's classes so much... my darling husband bought me How to Paint an Owl 1 for a present, but I've been dying to do her No 2 class ever since it was announced!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2013 on hello Thursday at christytomlinson
Oh, I had been thinking of you and everyone in the area. I can't imagine the force of the wind that you were facing and it's so good that you didn't have too much damage. Hooray for Adam going and braving things to check on your animals, I would have been under the bed in the foetal position. Possibly sucking my thumb. But that's just me. Love those photos of Ivy having a splash next to the vegie patch. Absolutely classic!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2013 on when it rains at inner pickle
Oh my goodness!! I just read that advertisement through and totally laughed out loud!! Glad to know that motherhood hasn't changed much since the 70's! At least my husband doesn't need to wonder what's wrong with me, he knows the answer! Great find!!
Those owls are truly amazing - no, I can't believe they're not real!! Thankyou so much for sharing this marvellous art with us, I will have to check it out further :)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2012 on Owls at matouenpeluche
What gorgeous photos!! I love how wonderful nature is, that while things are growing there is always something to plan and prepare for. Amazed how forgiving it is, that despite our mistakes things will still grow and feed our families, and there is constantly room for experimenting with our gardens.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2012 on keep on keeping on at SouleMama
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So cute and huggable - Annabel in her vest, and the new one too! Love the misty colours and the tweediness of it. I very rarely knit for those outside my family, sad to say most people I know don't appreciate the work and love that goes into every stitch, so I'd rather save my efforts for my most enthusiastic audience! Baby stuff is still so tempting though, I agree they are just sooo quick to knit up! Milo would have to be my favourite go-to for something super quick and easy to use up stash wool!
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2012 on a little pebble at SouleMama
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Oct 16, 2012
Looks like the kids had so much fun making Lemonade! Terrible confession, I have never made it, and wouldn't know where to start. Feel free to post your recipe! We are still sorting out our garden after building, but planting a lemon tree is on my must-do list! I have a baby lime tree in a big pot on the patio that has just covered itself with flower buds, so summer drinks will be extra-lovely around here!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on Must be almost Summer. at inner pickle
Oh Wow that is so exciting!! I would have been jumping up and down with the kids also :) Congratulations mamma!!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on Just. Like. Magic. at inner pickle
Love seeing the progression over these canvases. It looks like all the painting underneath helped contribute to all that delicious texture in the latest version? I love the turquoise background, it's so striking!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2012 on 100 Canvases: Canvas #3 at Balzer Designs
Oh, you've totally inspired me. I finally caved in and bought a pasta maker a couple of months ago, but alas it languishes still in the box. And I have all these yummy fresh eggs to use with it too! I have to give it a go, and soon! Love your little helper there :)
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2012 on fast food at inner pickle
Oh how I envy all your space!! However I don't envy the back-breaking work of putting up all those fences. Love how much the sheep have grown, it's amazing how all animals seem to have their own little personalities and quirks! They keep me constantly amused :) I bet your shepherdess has hours of fun with them!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on in the pasture at SouleMama
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She is so awesome!! Powerful and arresting. Love it!! I totally need to keep working on my faces and be brave! You're an inspiration :)
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2012 on 100 Canvases: Canvas #2 at Balzer Designs
Nature has a way of reminding us who's boss, doesn't it! We've been battling various pests and animals lately, but I look forward to a productive summer in Australia just coming up. Although your Chickens, Sheep and darling daughter certainly are making the most of what you have produced this season!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2012 on October garden at SouleMama
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What a luscious purple - such a warm and cozy gift for anyone. And I see from Ravelry there is a version in my size too..... hmmm.... Can't wait to be inspired by what else comes out of your stash!
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2012 on the first of six at SouleMama
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Oh, she is so cute! Of course I didn't think so when a child in the late 70s/early 80s when my mother tried to dress me like this. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that she just stopped still in the 60's and refused to ever move on. Love your Retro Mondays!!
Oh, what a glorious picture you paint, but I can imagine the long hours and hard work going into your idyllic sounding farm. Glad that it's all progressing so well for you though. I've just started the seeds for our summer vegetable patch (much smaller than yours) and our happy hens are still gifting us eggs, although they have dropped off a bit this last week. The warmer weather perhaps? School holidays are here and I'm just planning on catching whatever sunshine and fresh air I can, before taking a big breath for the final term of Primary School and Year 9 that are ahead of us!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on What we missed at inner pickle
Thankyou so much for this tutorial!! I am just starting my tomato plants here in Australia, and if all goes to plan, I will have plenty left over to freeze for the winter months. And yes, it did just sound like you were explaining it all over the phone, and I loved it. Thanks!!
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I don't think you were lamenting. Being honest is more important than painting your life all angelic clouds and sailing through without your feet touching the ground. Some days are harder work than others, but keeping sight of what you are achieving and why you are on the path makes all the difference. And it is still inspiring for others to read about ;) My one thing at the moment is my chickens. After dreaming about having them for 3 years, to finally have them a reality, and being successful looking after them, brings a smile to my face. Even on cold wet days, going down to feed them, talk to them, collect the eggs and rake the coop is a bright spot in my day. And the joy of sharing the excess eggs, and cooking wonderful meals with them, is icing on top! Good luck finding the tail. Under the bed would be my guess!
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2012 on ten good things at inner pickle
Oh yes!! You have totally hit the nail on the head.... these types of all or nothing simple living only work for some people, in their circumstances, which I think puts many off before even trying it. All too easy to put it in the too hard basket. Maybe the better term is mindful living - because trying to make it work, especially with a family, is far from simple. But being mindful of your food, your spending, your impact on the planet, the dynamics of your family. THAT is something we can achieve, block by block, in our own lives. You demonstrate this very well, I'm always inspired around here. As to my small sense of achievement? Knitting my own socks. That's something that you just can't buy.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2012 on in pursuit of simple at inner pickle
I couldn't agree more - without some way of making myself go through the exercises, books are just interesting to thumb through. I have the Drawing Lab book, and I'm not getting as much out of it as I could be. I have borrowed Layered Impressions from the library, but it didn't do anything for me I'm afraid. Just a little too out there for what I was looking for. I've had Art at the Speed of Life on my wishlist for a while, but have been on the fence about it. Thanks everyone for the good reviews, might have to get it next time I have some fun-money!
I have had "Drawing on the Right side of the Brain" for many years, and also did a course based on the book. Turns out I could draw after all! It takes a little effort to follow it through, but the shift in thinking is totally worth it! Also have Traci's' Art Journal Workshop - Love it... but I use it more for inspiration and haven't sat down and worked through the exercises yet. Thanks for making these lists, gives me some great ideas for what I need to round out my bookshelf :)
Hear hear!! Couldn't agree more. Simple things=great happiness!!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2012 on happiness is... at inner pickle