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Thursday, 30 July 2009

My Creative Space...

Here we are again.

This week I finished my cat alphabet, which I titled Pypography (Piper the cat + typography). You can have a look at it here.

I have also been teaching myself how to knit. I have mastered the stocking stitch, single rib, double rib, moss stitch and the basket stitch. Though now I am trying to work out increasing and decreasing the stitches on a row.


I have been following the steps in this knitting and crochet book. I almost cannot wait until I can start my own project. I really would like to knit myself a small cardie. I will let you know how I go.


I am also spending some time on two children's stories which I am writing. I find that writing stories is a very different process for me to what I am used to when drawing. I think I am using different sections of the brain. So my approach to getting into the writing zone needs to be a lot more meditative than my usual mental creative space.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

So you want a revolution?


Okay, for all you revolutionary knitters out there I have a blog for you to check out. It is called...

This blog is run by the radical, and intelligent Lisa Anne Auerbach.

Lisa Anne likes to design and knit wearable art that is making a statement. Her work can be seen to be political, and definitely thought provoking. 

Another site that you can also find Lisa Anne is at http://www.LisaAnneAuerbach.com/

Pypography

Pypography

I only just finished creating this typography. It is based on photos of my pet cat, Piper. Hence the name Pypography.

Knitting into Finity

Here is one for knitters, and fans of the film "Coraline"...


When you were a child did you ever look at your dolls, toy cars, and doll houses and wonder what it would be like to walk around in the micro world. I sure did.  Well, Althea Crome is a woman who considered what it would be like to take normal, every day objects and scaling them down exactly into miniature.


Althea and her craft first came to my attention while reading Knit Knit. Since my teen years I have had a fascination for the art of miniatures so I was naturally curious to find out if Althea had a website, to look at more of her work.


Did you know that the collection of miniatures was initially a serious hobby for adults. That is, for those who had the financial means to do so. My understanding is that the crafting of miniatures was so specialized that it was an expensive hobby. Now today, it can still be expensive, but with the crafting renaissance, and more people going DIY, miniature collecting need not be for an exclusive club.



I highly recommend you check out Althea's website at: http://www.bugknits.com/




Tuesday, 28 July 2009

:: I'm Coveting ::

This entry is a  response to Meet Me At Mike's "Let's Play Tuesday".

I'm Coveting...

Monday, 27 July 2009

The Beret Is On

Is your head feeling just a bit cold and exposed when you step outside this winter?

Well if so, no longer will you need to freeze your cute lil head off. There is a fabulous, free pattern for crocheting a beret over here.


This beret is designed and presented by the Mysterious M of Melbourne. Check out her whole blog over at http://emmstarr.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Pahr-Tee at the 321



Lat night my lil family headed out in style over to Fitzroy where there was a lovely soiree, which we had been invited to. It was at in.cub8r Gallery and the party was to celebrate the Second Birthday of both in.cub8r Gallery and MixTape.

Although we couldn't stay more than half an hour (it was baby's first big night out) a lovely time was had, and there was so much 'wonderful' to see. The walls and display cases were filled with papercrafts, ornaments, jewellery, wall poster art and indie fashion. I just wanted to buy a little something of everything.

Before heading back home I bought a couple of books from the gallery:
  • Issue 9 of Mixtape zine
  • Handmade Nation


Saturday, 25 July 2009

Winners of my first Giveaway!!

The big moment has finally arrived.

The two winners of my first giveaway are as follows [drum roll please]...

Nicola! and Thea!!

Congratulations ladies you have each won yourselves a very special Hoo Owl. Please email me your mailing address so I can send you your prize. My email address is ml_gaggiano@yahoo.com.au


Have a great weekend everyone! And thank you to everyone who joined in.

Friday, 24 July 2009

I Made This


One afternoon when I was a little girl, maybe about age seven, I raided a massive craft basket. From stocking, buttons, glue, filler and felt this armless doll came into being. I had so much fun making that doll.

To find out why I blogged about this doll, follow this link back to Meet Me At Mike's.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Not A Half Shabby Giveaway

Check out this fantastic giveaway being hosted by Designs by Vanessa.
The giveaway is on behalf of a deliciously sophisticated label known as Shabby Apple.


So head on over to Vanessa's blog and find out what the requirements are for entry into this giveaway.

My Creative Space...

Well, as mentioned in an earlier post, I completed sewing up my Alice Cullen-esque dress. Follow this link to see the dress.

This week I am also hosting my first ever giveaway. Do check it out at this link. As an added incentive, I'll just say that it is all about owls. Need I say more.

I joined 1 Million Women in a bid to lower my own carbon footprint. This in itself will be an ongoing creative project.

I have taken a greater interest in knitting and crochet, so my next big thing on this front is simply practicing the various techniques. Then I am thinking of attempting to make a teeny cardigan to go with my Alice Cullen dress.

I also have a lot of thoughts shuffling around in my head of potential drawing projects. I'll need to document these in my sketch book just so I can sort through it all. One idea I am playing with (actually an old idea of mine) is drawing a cat alphabet. The concept came from my own cat who likes to pose and sleep in some amazing back bending positions. And I thought that I could create new typography based on that. Maybe.

Head on over to Kootoyoo to see more fantastic creative spaces.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

An Education


There is a gorgeous new movie coming out titled "An Education" starring a darling actress, Carey Mulligan who has become an instant favorite of mine. See here the trailer for "An Education".



Carey has also appeared in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice as Kitty Bennett, and in Bleak House as Ada Clare. She came to my notice last year when watching an episode of Dr Who, (titled "Blink") in which she played Sally Sparrow. This episode is now on my list of most memorable stories. See here a snippet from that episode

I Made It!

Alice Cullen dress

I have reason to celebrate right now. I finished sewing my Alice Cullen inspired dress. It took me just under one week. Now I just need to make myself a little black cardie to keep my arms and shoulders warm.

Knit Knit


I highly recommend you borrow this book from the library... Knit Knit written by Sabrina Gschwandtner.

It is filled with profiles and designs of some truly radical domestic knitters. I have been reading this book and it has inspired me to pull out my own knitting needles and practice knitting and even some crochet.

1 Million Women


Just this morning I discovered 1 Million Women through Handmade Romance. 1 Million Women is an organisation encouraging women to take steps toward a greener planet, essentially lowering our carbon footprint.

As someone who has already taking small steps to recycle I wish to do more. By joining 1 Million Women I am pledging myself to make an effort for our small planet. The website helps you keep track of your goals which you can update once a month. It shall be interesting to see how well I go with my goals.

Check out the website for 1 Million Women...

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Emjie's First Ever Giveaway

Hoo Owl card

I am pleased to announce that I am hosting my first ever giveaway. I felt that after being the lucky winner of so many other wonderful giveaways, it is now time for me to give something back.

Earlier this year I designed a plush toy aptly named Hoo Owl. Hoo Owl is made of felt, and lovely contrasting printed fabrics. I can easily say the Hoo Owl design is one of my proudest achievements for 2009.

So the giveaway is this... I have two Hoo Owl toys that are looking for a new home to nest in. To go into the draw you can do one or all of the following (if you do all of the below steps you triple your chances of winning the draw):
  1. Leave a comment, describing Hoo Owl's dream nest.
  2. Become a Follower of my blog (anyone already following my blog will automatically go into the draw as well).
  3. Do a write up about this giveaway in your own blog, linking back to this entry (and let me know that you have done so).
Anyone can enter this giveaway, even if you are living outside of Australia. I will announce the two winners of this giveaway this coming Saturday (25th July 2009).

So to quote Gwen Stefani, "What you waiting for?"

Monday, 20 July 2009

Optimus Prime

Happy Birthday Harry

This here cover art is something that I made for my cousin's Birthday card.

The colours blue and red always look so amazing together, don't you think?

Friday, 17 July 2009

I Found It!

As some of you are aware, I plan to sew my own Alice Cullen dress since the original version costs about $500 (Ouch! That burns.)

Now initially I was going to try and do my own pattern making, then I thought I would have a look through patterns that I already had to see if I had a similar pattern that I could work with. There wasn't anything on hand of course.

So yesterday I visited Lincraft and found just the right pattern to make my Alice dress. It is a McCall's M5623. So this afternoon I shall begin cutting the pattern pieces. There will still need to be some alteration if I plan to have the frilly trim at the bottom of the Alice dress. But I'll think about it.


Thursday, 16 July 2009

My Creative Space...

Is it that part of the week already??? Wow! A whole week passed and it was barely a heart beat. So it is safe to say that my priorties of last week are still the same as this week.

I plan on making an Alice Cullen dress, and have been gathering pattern pieces that are similar so that I don't have to do the pattern making completely from scratch. You know that saying, 'not having to reinvent the wheel'.


What else has been going on this week? Good question. When your memory is bested by that of a goldfish you know that it is time to put the kettle on and prepare an Earl Grey tea. So hold on a sec while I go do that...

Ahhh! That is better. I can feel the neurons in my brain waking up. So where was I?

This week I have been watching "The Lake House" and it got me thinking about letter writing. When I was a child I enjoyed letter writing, and particularly receiving mail. And i still do, but it is a rare thing these days if you do not have a designated pen pal. I do not really know where this is all leading to, but I feel like doing some sort of letter writing project and incorporate it with my art. I'll think about this idea some more.


To see other Creative Spaces check out Kootoyoo's blog via this link.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Brainiac

Brainiac

Here is another typographical experiment that I also just whipped up in Photoshop. Hopefully you can see what I am trying to achieve.

Shag Pile

Shag Pile

This Photoshop work is a typographic experient of mine that I just whipped up.

Monday, 13 July 2009

The Top Ten Toys

When I was a little girl (in the eighties!) I loved, loved, loved my toys and tried very hard to take good care of them. I would go through phases of which toy was my favorite, but at the end of the day I think they all got equal time.

I even have memories of taking new toys to bed with me. Once my eyes adjusted to the light I would just start playing with my toy. I never was one for shutting down at night. No! No! Bedtime for me equalled thinking time.

So here is a list of the top ten toys from my childhood:

1. Jem paperdoll book (From Jem & the Holograms - this kept be amused until I was able to have a three dimensional version)

2. Chuckles (GI Joe - embracing my inner tomboy)

3. Strawberry Shortcake

4. Rocker Barbie (Of Barbie & the Rockers)

5. Elkie (Hot Looks doll)

6. Sparkler (My Little Pony)

7. Grasshopper (RC car - again embracing my inner tomboy)

8. Charlotte Garry (Cabbage Patch Kids doll - my adopted daughter)

9. Glow in the Dark Barbie (She glowed! Well actually it was her clothes, but still, very cool.)

10. Crystal Barbie (My first ever Barbie!)

A Random Topic

Just off the top of my head I decided to share a list of my top ten books from when I was a child. The following books I simply loved for so many different reasons...

1. Princess Smarty Pants by Babette Cole.
I read this book when I was seven years old. I loved the cheekiness of the princess and the loose, funny illustrations.

2. The Big Bunny and the Magic Show by Steven Kroll.
This book was ordered from Book Club at school near Easter time. I was about eight. I love the bunny and felt sorry for him when things didn't work out with his new career. The colours and gentle medium of the illustrations also left an imprint on my memory.

3.  Penny Pollard's Diary by Robin Klein.
Who could ever pass up an opportunity to read someone else's diary. Luckily in this case it is a completely fictional diary. So no shame there.

4. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.
Before there was Harry Potter we had the clumsy Mildred. Who wouldn't dream of going to a school where one learnt to cast spells.

5. Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by EL Konigsburg.
Again the witch theme is prevalent. In this case, rather than magic being real it is more a case of a lonely girl with a very active imagination.

6. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
Pee-tah! Who could forget the way Farley would say his brother's name in this story. Funnily this book was introduced to my class by our fourth grade teacher. Ever since this story Judy Blume will always be a favorite author.

7. Fourteen & Holding by Candice F Ransom.
This was the first teen book I read before actually being  a teenager. Initially I wasn't keen to read it, but then it became a book that I read so often that it had to be held together with sticky tape.

8. Junk Castle by Robin Klein.
Ah, yes! The ultimate childhood fantasy - to build, not a cubby house, but an actual castle made of junk. Need I say more.

9. The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg.
I have already mentioned a love of reading journals. Well how about letters? This is a great one for any child, particularly as it is a tactile experience of opening envelopes and unfolding letters.

10. Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker.
This is an amazing visual piece. The collages that fill the pages of this book were made out of actual pieces from nature. So much detail went into this book, that you really feel like you are inside an Australian rain forest. Honestly, no words can convey just how beautiful this story is.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Have a Cow!

Seriously do have a cow. Or if you wanted one, how about a pig.


I just stumbled across a free Burda pattern for felt hand puppets, as pictured above. To get your hands on the patterns for these gorgeous little animals simply follow this link. You will need to register with Burda, which is exactly what I did and it was totally worth it just to get these puppet patterns.

Now, get out there and check it out!