my new threadless submission…..
loudly, quietly, out of tunely, sweetly, because I like to, silly songs, happy songs, about love, sadly, in the shower, alone, with friends.
my threadless submission for a design challenge where the words have to be part of the design. x
its tuesday.. reminds me of Popeyes friend.. can’t remember his name.. “i’ll gladly pay you tuesday” hey that would be a good slogan for a t-shirt. I am a bit obsessed with slogans for T-shirts at the mo.. heres one I made up
I don’t give a fork about spooning
I am really a child-eating reptilian bent on galactic domination (david ike inspired that one)
The first one is getting a better response, though I would definitely wear the second one. Threadless is my new toy until I find another.
I have been messing with oil paints and changed my way of painting with them. I think I have actually gone backwards a little to when I first started painting with oils and I was messy and used the paint straight onto the canvas with swirls and lines and patterns. I got more refined in the meantime and was using layers and small brushes and the proper proportion of oil to spirits and all that and now I have come full circle back to straight from the tube onto the surface. So much fun! Here is a painting I did recently. Paul asked me to do one with lots of hands and it was easter to the two combined in my head to a spring growing picture
What else, I got some more funky mexican oil cloth and am starting to make some wee change purses with it. I have for sale on my etsy shop. 8 dollars each which is approx 5 euro. I was very pleased with myself though, I have finally conquered the dreaded zip insertion, its actually very simple, if anyone wants to know I could post about it, with pictures. I have been putting this off for years! always using some other way of closing my bags but now!!! aha! took me two tries.. you should see the first purse I made. It works but the seams are all over the place. here is the front of one of them. I love this fabric.
Ok, I have a list of things I want to accomplish today. I am going to buy knitting needles and some more zips, paint a picture, make two more purses, do some more photoshop work on a design, learn to scuba dive (I wish) and …….
good sunday everyone,
I wrote to a friend recently saying how great it was that the old symbols survive in spite of everything. Religions come and go but rabbits and the moon and birth and fertility keep getting celebrated. Easter according to one source is the old pagan goddess of fertility ‘Eostre’and easter is always celebrated on the first full moon after the spring equinox. I googled it a few days ago and came across a whole load of christian sites saying “easter is pagan” and admonishing us to quit with the fluffy bunny rabbits and eggs and concentrate on the ‘real’ meaning. As usual they don’t want anyone having fun….
What else.. Ooo.. threadless are having a sale, all their t shirts are 9 and 12 dollars. They are selling out fast and the sale is only till wednesday so get in there and have a look. I have bought about five shirts for various birthdays and a few for me (with an email to my sister telling her to choose one because the last time she ordered some I tried them all on and stole one!)(it was my birthday, she said I could… after I was wearing it and gave her the whole puppy dog treatment, pleeeeeease?) The picture above is called the battle of E5 and I got it for my brother and for Paul. The one below is for me called Victor Terrintop.
I actually sold two things from my etsy store! I was about to give up on it. Thing is I had a brainwave about three weeks ago when I realised from a feng shui perspective that I was sleeping with my feet facing the toilet so I was flushing everything I did down the drain so I moved the bed around (paul thought I was mad but helped me move the bed) and its incredible what moving furniture can do to a room. Our room is twice the size now and I love the new perspective. I makes a new room out of it and I wonder why it didn’t occur to me to do it ages ago. I am now posting things on etsy again. Thing is its an great place but there are something like 3 million people selling on etsy so advertising is necessary. You have to post things frequently so you are near the top of the search pages in there but also I need to start do some advertising myself. Have to think about that now…..
ok, off to find coffee and think, there is no coffee in the house and the cafe doesn’t open till ten. have to wait…
happy easter however you want to celebrate it! but could you imagine easter without the chocolate eggs? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Hiya, its monday morning and I am awake after really strange dreams. In one I was in a zombie film where we (the survivors) were getting ready to leave the earth. The sun had also been damaged. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. The earth still looked so beautiful and I didn’t really want to go into the great vastness and blackness and coldness of space.
I recieved the ‘You make my day award’ from Lori at The MorningGlory Vine, a nice surprise. She also tagged me to share seven odd random facts about myself and then I got tagged by pherenike also! so seven odd random facts here we come..
(1) I once had a sixties party to be able to wear this very cool long orange paisley dress I bought in a second hand clothes shop. It was one of the coolest parties I had. Everyone turned up in sixties dress, some beatnik some hippy.
(2) I believe everything is possible (by everything I do mean everything) its just I haven’t discovered how yet. When I find out the answers I’ll let ye all know
(3) Some of my favourite books are ‘Gormenghast’ by Mervyn Peake, the Moomin family stories by Tove Jannson, ‘Winne the Pooh’ for his wonderful outlook on life, ‘Momo’ and ‘The Neverending story’ by Micheal Ende. Good science fiction and anything by Neil Gaiman (he wrote the Sandman Comics). Oh, and ‘My Family and other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell. a comic classic of his familys time living in corsica just before the second world war.
(3) My favourite colour is prussian blue, preferably in just applied oil paint. I once painted a big canvas in prussian blue in preparation for more images and I just could not paint over it. I would sit and just stare at it!
this is hard! I am stuck… ok, think cliodhna think! ah ah!
(4) I hate the way I can never think of the perfect thing to say when I need it! either when I am angry or want to say something funny or like right now trying to think of seven odd things about me. Actually it works much better in spanish for some reason, don’t understand why.
(5) I have to have my feet outside the bedclothes at night. Have to, I get claustraphobic otherwise. I even cut the bottom out of one of those tubular sleeping bags once (i sewed it up and everything so it wouldn’t fall apart.)
(6)my biggest fan is my dog, a big slobbery rotweiller. Actually both me and Paul receive sheer mindless adoration (unless of course there is food around when we are completely ignored in favour of the possessor of snacks) . There is also the cat, she is part siamese and is beautiful and she follows me round the house during the day also, but she is more contained and comfort based in her affection.
(7)I had a previous life as a musician, playing fiddle with bands. Jazz, traditional folk, rock, who ever needed a fiddle player. I decided to concentrate on my pictures. I prefer the process of painting a picture. Plus its mine, whereas with music I was always contributing to someone elses art. It was good fun though. Check this link out, its from a band I played with about fifteen years ago. We were cool, I liked playing their music. The River Babies
Ok, so now to pass the award on. I have to pass it on to seven people and I reckon I will do what Lori did and tag the people I give the award to, so seven random facts folks!
To Susanne Ils at The Bone Singer. She has beautiful pictures and a wonderful connection to the mythological and magical side of ireland
To Sheena Ludlow for her cool blog where there always something round and yummy to look at (including a story about a hamster ball )
The Irish Sally Gardens, a blog about sustainable living in ireland. Always an interesting read. Makes me want to move to my own farm!
Into the Hermitage for her stories and wonderful strange images
To a blog called ‘Snozzberries??!? Who ever heard of a snozzberry’, cause of the name and she makes me laugh
Sepia Art Studio for her art, delicate and evocative
What else this monday morning? I finished my t-shirt design
I posted it on threadless and they will contact me in a few business days to tell me its in the running. its all very exciting! I will inform ye when its up and ye can all go vote for me :)!
Ok, time to go paint for a while, I have been working on the computer for the last few days and I itch to get a paintbrush in my hand again. Happy week! make a monday wish, write it on a piece of paper and hang it from a tree till next monday… xx
I am designing a t-shirt at the moment for a site called Threadless. If you don’t know them check them out, fabulously cool t-shirts. Its an open submission site with scoring from other members and finally if your design is picked to be printed you get paid from them.
So, I got into action and have been painting for the last two days and working on the computer. Its interesting, I am only allowed use eight colours, (shades of a colour count as a colour) so its restricting but challenging at the same time. Reminded me of being in college when the tutors would give us an exercise and then a rule to go with it.
I will post the design when I am finished but there are snowflakes in it and I went searching on the web for inspiration. When I draw snowflakes they always end up looking like stars and I wanted very definite snowflake looking snowflakes. Unmistakably large soft quiet looking snowflakes.
After searching a while I ended up in a treasure trove of snowflake portraiture. (that reminds me, Paul told me the next morning he was dreaming of snowflakes but each one had a differant face!).
Wilson A. Bentley took his first photo of a snowflake in 1885, when photography was still a new developing science and he went on to take hundreds of photos of snowflakes. He was known in the local area in Vermont as the snowflake man. There is a library of some of the images at the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection
They are all beautiful and all different. Like people, maybe thats why Paul dream’t them with faces. They are like people, each one is unique..
I have just joined a great website called red bubble. I upload my pictures/paintings and they sell them as wall art or greeting cards or T-shirts! they do the printing and the shipping and I get the commission what whatever I sell. They also make sure that everything is of the highest quality possible so now I can stop my seemingly fruitless search for a giclee printer and leave it all up to them!
I just need a higher resolution camera. The photos I took with my mums camera in Ireland are large enough for small/medium prints but the one here I am using in mexico just isn’t big enough. Soon! This is the one I think I want!
Tomorrow is final day for the one world one heart giveaway and then its draw the name time! I am actually quite excited to see if I win anything.
Ok, have a great wednesday ya’ll! hope all your dreams come true!