playing house

June 29, 2014

There is something really satisfying about “playing house” and I don’t think it matters how old you are. When I was young, I had a friend and we used to play house with our two dolls. My bedroom desk was split down the middle and each half share was our own house and garden. We would waste hours dreaming up new drama’s for our dolls.

And now, years later, I get to do the adult’s version of playing house.

I have just finished making my spare room into a guest room. It has a brand new bed (that I put together) and I have just splashed out on a duvet cover, inner, pillows and pillow cases. Thank you Spotlight for having such a great end of financial year sale – I am glad I waited. And now I can look at it all and think “yes I made this all happen”.

falling back to earth

April 25, 2014

I was lucky enough to have my first visit to GOMA, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art today. We went to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth. Incredible, My attempt to describe it cannot do it any justice. The brochure describes it as his first solo exhibition in Australia which focuses on humanity’s relationship with nature.

A huge indoor lake surrounded by 99 life size animals from different countries. I don’t know how long we were in there but it was well worth the entry ticket. As you walk around the boardwalk, different views open up. The animals were so life-like and many even had wet whiskers. Simply stunning, he is a very clever artist. Another of his major pieces was a huge native eucalyptus tree suspended from the ceiling. Everything from the roots to the branch twigs – you just stand there marvelling at how someone could turn a tree into a work of art.

The other thing that impressed me is that the Gallery is such an amazing space full of spaces. There was something to discover around every corner. It has definitely made my list of rainy day places to visit.

supporting small businesses

March 9, 2014

kiwiflossnz hammer

I was reminded recently of how important it is to support the small business operators. Not far from where I live is a little hardware store and there I can pick up whatever I need for my latest project.

Sure it might be easier to go to Bunnings or Mitre 10 Mega  but  the personal service is much nicer at my local store. It’s not brightly lit but the shelves are full of random bits and pieces that someone may need. Whether it is supplies for up-cycling a piece of furniture or help with tiles that have lifted — they always provide good advice.

And how many shops can you go into, and when you hand your credit card over, they look at you and say “oh … you’re so-and-so’s daughter”. But the guys are helpful and do not laugh no matter how pathetic my questions are. And that sort of service is priceless.