Happy New Year – Better Late Than Never!! :)

I hope the year has started positively for all you beautiful people out there πŸ™‚

My youngest daughter is still having school holidays so I am not fully into the swing of things, but I think I am heading in the right direction πŸ™‚

I have started the year by sorting through all my arty crafty goodies and moving them into our spare room which is now my painting room YAY!!

And of course I had to buy myself a few new crafty goodies!!

craft supplies

I have also been doing a few paintings, this my latest “yellow polkadot bikini”.

Yellow Polkadot Bikini

Yellow Polkadot Bikini

This one is a work in progress, hopefully I will have the finished piece to show you in a couple of days xx.

work in progress1

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Let It Snow

Well I think that might be asking too much, No snow for us here in New Zealand 😦 Another hot roasty Christmas for us!

I’ve managed a couple of small Christmas projects over the last week or so, this first one was in a magazine a friend of mine showed me and I thought it was cute so I gave it ago. Unfortunately I’m a bit out of practice wielding my trusty pliers πŸ™‚ It had to be wired together and my fingers are looking like I had a run in with a wild feline hehe.

Christmas Blocks

I also painted this little Christmas tree Angel, sorry the pic’s not the best, it’s a little mixed media piece on a 5×7″ canvas.

Christmas Tree Angel

Oh and this little 6×6″ block my Daughter asked me to paint for her to give her teacher πŸ™‚ the last couple of years she’s had male teachers and I have to say it makes it so much harder to paint a little pressy for them lol. Don’t think they would want a little Christmas tree Angel πŸ˜‰ We could have gone for the usual choc’s but that would be too easy πŸ™‚

Mr M


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A Christmas Whimsy

Hi lovely people, I have missed you all so much!! I have been very lazy of late in the painting department!! I have plenty of excuse’s I could give you, but it would all be total bull you know what! hehe.

I just signed up for a mini art course with the wonderful Tam at http://www.willowing.org, you can check out the details here, and was so inspired by her class that IΒ have created a couple of paintings which I am having made into Christmas cards. Thank you Tam πŸ™‚ Although as I live in New Zealand they should be sporting shorts and beach towels lol and don’t forget the sunblock!!

‘Winter Wonderland”

“Tea Cup Skater”

And just for the sake of it, here is a pic of a not very happy Sparkles, the poor kitty in the cone of shame πŸ™‚ I am so not looking forward to the vet bill!!

‘Poor Sparky”

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Love You More

Here’s a little mixed media piece I painted a couple of weeks ago. I saw the phrase “Love You More” on a piece of art Kelly Rae RobertsΒ had on her wall and had to use it on a painting.


I have used allsorts of mediums on this piece, unfortunately the picture isn’t very good, but it has lots of layers and texture. It’s only little, 6×8″

Thanks for stopping by xx

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Life Book 2013

Hi Guys, Just wanted to let you know about an amazing online course I have just signed up for. It’s called “Life Book 2013”

It runs for a whole year and has over 20 amazing teachers who will be sharing all their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with us!!

Please check out his link to learn more, I hope to see you there πŸ™‚


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Beauty is Pain

Once upon a time there was a lady who really needed some hair dressing TLC. After a very long time of colouring her own hair with supermarket hair dye, she decided she needed a birthday treat. She made an appointment with her favourite hairstylist. (It should be noted that this hair stylist was very popular and it usually took at least a week or two to get an appointment) But luck was with our heroine and she managed to get an appointment that very afternoon!!

After arriving at the salon she was whisked into a comfortable chair ready for the magic to begin.

It was decided our heroine needed a major overhaul, the black hair had to go and was going to be bleached out and a lighter colour and highlights to be added. (sounds good to me!).

So after the product was applied and her head covered in tin foil, our heroine sat back to enjoy a drink and read her kindle………..ah bliss…………….after a while our heroine’s head started to feel slightly warm………….then her scalp started tingling…………………then it started feeling very very warm and a burning sensation was strongly felt.

Now our heroine didn’t like to complain but she was starting to think something untoward was occurring, and she could be heard exclaiming “Um should this be burning”. “No” replied another of the lovely stylists who kindly came over and lifted off her tin foil turban and straightened out her hair. It has to be said shock was felt by all when smoke was seen to be rising off our heroines hair (herΒ stylist later informed her it was steam, she still feels skeptical on this point πŸ™‚

With two pairs of shocked eyes turned to my stylist it was exclaimed “her hair is smoking!!”. Our heroine and second stylist froze there for a second in a horrified stupor until her stylist declared “well bring her to the basin!!”. Thus awakened from their shocked trance the pair hustled to the basin and to joyously cool water, and rinsed the pain away……..ahhhhhhh. (there really wasn’t much pain but that sounded more interesting πŸ™‚

Unfortunately for our heroine the bleach had reacted with the home dye and had a chemical reaction……….

Now being the wonderfully happy go lucky person she is, had a good laugh about the whole thing, after all it was her own fault for spending all her money on art supplies and neglecting her hair care!!

Once her poor hairstylist got over the shock, all was well (although the heroine will be lucky if they ever let her back into the salon!!).

But never fear dear readers our story has a happy ending and our heroine now has a healthy head of beautifully coloured hair.

My latest painting is dedicated to the stylist in this utterly random made up story “wink, wink” πŸ˜‰

Beauty is Pain

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It’s been a wee while since my last post, things have been pretty topsy turvy around here and I finely feel i’m back on even ground “phew”!!

The school holidays have finished Yay!! πŸ™‚ The poor kiddies didn’t get to enjoy much fine weather, so far spring has been a spectacular let down!! Plenty of rain and wind. All the beautiful blossoms on the tree outside my back door were blown off pretty quickly and the ground looked like it was covered in snow. The inside of the house looked like a snow globe if the door was left open!! πŸ™‚



My daughters cat “Sparkles” enjoying a break in the weather. Can you spot her in the tree lol πŸ™‚

I managed to get a bit of painting done, this is my latest piece.



This piece was created on an 8×10″ deep sided canvas, mixed media.

Now I better go and paint something xx

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