Saturday, February 18, 2017

Do your glass windows have wings?

You know its windy in Dunedin when an old wood framed window takes flight of its own accord! Luckily no broken glass, just some very squashed little trees which should come right with a bit of a talking to and cooing from a deranged gardener :)
Speaking of things that go FLYING....these hand painted Monarch butterfly brooches are now finished and ready for sale. 
Now available for sale $35 NZD each plus P&P.    Only 4 available now!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mice Gnawing At Your Dreams

On this day (Valentines Day) 3 years ago my son Sam was born at 6am in the morning. Three years have flown by - and I haven't gotten any older (stop sniggering!) 

So the annual twilight vigil in the kitchen happened lastnight. About 6 cups of sugar became a vision of wildlife and rodent cuteness. I finished (or gave up) at 3am this morning, had a shower and went to bed.  

Fifteen minutes into sleep I awoke with a terrible realisation....I had forgotten Maisey Mouse's tail! (Staying up really late heightens your sense of paranoia and dread making you slightly irrational).

This years cake is done and dusted. Happy birthday my favourite little man!

In case you thought the black-legged thing beside her was a tarantula....its her favourite toy Panda....

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

You're The Apple of My Eye

In the heat of summer (yes that’s right New Zealand, that two days in late December) you’ve got a hankering for a bite that’s sweet and crisp….maybe even chilled from the fridge…gasp!

Growing up in NZ we had the baked Granny Smith apples stuffed with dates and cinnamon; the stripey rose blushed gala apple (the staple of every school lunchbox); the deep magenta red of the Red Delicious with its knuckly bum (weird! - but Im right arent I??); bobbing for elusive apples at school gala days; and not to forget the mystery apple concealed under toffee (which was kinda growse if it was mushy and bruised – but hey, we only wanted the toffee anyway ay, and why couldnt they triple dip that sucker?).

Does anyone else remember their parents telling them that if they ate an apple core an apple tree would grow out of their head? I was terrified!

I think the coolest name for an apple variety is a Peasgood Nonsuch but my favourite apple is actually the Fuji – its HUGE and crunchy and slightly tarty (just like me - yes I AM crunchy).

So heres to summertime and the apples of your childhood. 
Hang a little sweetness on your ears.

The Apple of My Eye

Hand drawn illustration on acrylic medium.


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