Friday, April 24, 2009

Ugh! My computer has died...

Yup, my computer has died, so I'm posting this quick message from work for Shadow Shot Sunday participants. I hope to have my computer fixed for the regular SSS post this Sunday, but I can't guarantee things will be up and running again in time. So if you see this message still here on Sunday and you'd like to join in on SSS, there is a Mr Linky below. I look forward to catching up with everyone as soon as I can.

Stooopid computer! Aaaarrrgh! I guess it is kind of funny that my computer chose to die right after my previous post, considering the theme of it. Things makin' me smile. Yeah yeah yeah. I ain't smiling now...

Shadow Shot Sunday #49

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. Margaret Gosden
2. La Vie Est Belle
3. PJ-Pensacola
4. Rinkly Rimes Australia
5. wickedchilddesigns
6. Hot Fudge
7. Sweet Repose
8. High Desert Diva
9. robin-one still frame
10. Bobbie
11. meka
12. Sylvia K
13. Gallery Juana
14. Chris
15. Generik
16. parallelbotany
17. ChickenSue
18. whizkid
19. ctmott
20. Gemma
21. maryt/theteach
22. Raven
23. annette(in this life)
24. Martha - Menagerie
25. meandmy2guys
26. Catherine Bardrick, Mexico City
27. Paz's New York Minute
28. Sarah Wallis
29. The Summer Kitchen Girls
30. Jeri
31. Just Like Martha
32. Ruminations
33. Sunnymama
34. Jen
35. Shannon
36. {S.T.U.F.F.}
37. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
38. Molokai Girl
39. Charlie and Grace
40. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
41. Carin
42. Rita/Cashjocky
43. amazed & confused
44. EmBelISH
45. DaviMack
46. CJ @ Pro Artz
47. Chie
48. Ria
49. elizabeth schmid
50. justjody
51. Sherrie
52. Ginger
53. Dianne
54. Tom Hilton
55. Cam
56. Pagan Sphinx - Massachusetts
57. Vicki (Maraca)
58. hejoko
59. Kenobiitti - Finland
60. Diahn Ott
61. Terri - teelgee
62. Linda M
63. Lisa's RetroStyle
64. alexa

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

things makin' me smile

Linus: You're so crabby all the time you've forgotten how to smile!
Lucy: Who's forgotten how to smile?
Linus: You have! Let's see you smile! I'll bet you can't! (Lucy tries to smile.) There! See? A smile goes up, not down! You've forgotten how to smile! See? (He leaves.)
Lucy: How humiliating!

Poor Lucy. Here a just a few of the little things that are makin' me smile lately. The right way up even.

Sipping my morning coffee from these cute red vintage espresso cups with perfectly round shaped handles.

Being greeted by this pooch everyday on my walk to work. He's always ready for a chin-wag over the fence.

Looking up at a sun soaked lighthouse after experiencing a long stretch of miserable weather this month.

Lucy: I'm on a new campaign to be nice to people. (She sees Snoopy.) While I'm at it I suppose I might as well include dogs. (pat pat pat.) Here's a nice pat on the head.
Snoopy: Thrillsville!

She's at least making an effort...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #48

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature a selection of photos from participants from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for further info before submitting links. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. Dianne 2. DiahnOtt 3. Generik 4. ChickenSue 5. ParallelBotoany 6. maryt/theteach 7. ctmott 8. PaganSphinx 9. ahab

The Shooters:
1. TwinkleStarArt 2. Chris 3. SaraChapman 4. SweetRepose 5. MolokaiGirl 6. Alexa 7. ElizabethSchmid 8. MoreOfMe 9. JulieKingArt

The Shooters:
1. Karen 2. jc 3. Raven/Whatever 4. GalleryJuana 5. Raf 6. Chie 7. Kuusela 8. Fog&Thistle 9. Paz'sNewYorkMinute

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #48

A shadow belonging to a public art sculpture that can be found over at Portside Wharf in Hamilton. The sculpture didn't really appeal to me so I ignored it and focussed on the shadow only when taking the photo. The shadow very much appealed to me. As they always do! This is the runny-nosed, hurty head, achy all over, oh-woe-is-me-I-have-a-cold-and-better-get-back-to-bed edition of SSS. I had to get up to find some more tissues anyways. Aaachooo! 'Scuse me. Ew! That was a bit icky coz I still haven't found those tissues...

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. robin-one still frame
2. Cindy-spring in WM
3. Gallery Juana
4. maryt/theteach
5. Tom Hilton
6. raf
7. Sylvia K
8. Sweet Repose
9. Bobbie
10. meka
11. Generik
12. Catherine Bardrick, Mexico City
13. The Summer Kitchen Girls
14. alexa
15. Jen
16. ramblingwoods
17. cara, brisbane, australia
18. Hot Fudge
19. wildeve
20. Gemma
21. Shannon
22. Terri - teelgee
23. More of Me - Canada
24. ahab
25. ChickenSue
26. Jeri
27. Rinkly Rimes Australia
28. parallelbotany
29. whizkid
30. Laurie
31. Lisa's RetroStyle
32. Paz's New York Minute
33. Molokai Girl
34. Ria
35. Chie
36. Rita / Cashjocky
37. Diahn Ott
38. Carin
39. zendotstudio
40. EmBelISH
41. ctmott
42. Ginger
43. Sarah Wallis
44. CJ
45. wickedchilddesigns
46. Elizabeth
47. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
48. Müge
49. Honey
50. Kerslyn
51. Joanna P
52. Two Barking Dogs
53. Vicki (Maraca)
54. hejoko
55. BABYLONEZOO (France)
56. jc
57. Sherrie
58. storyteller
59. Ruminations
60. amazed & confused
61. Christy
62. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hello, Ruby Tuesday

While looking through some photos I wanted to post that I had taken on a recent visit to a Taoist temple I noticed a lot of red and I thought, Hello Ruby Tuesday! So I'm posting a day earlier than usual so that I can participate in the very cool Ruby Tuesday photo meme that Mary hosts each week. I've enjoyed following this meme for some time now and it's nice to be able to join in for a change instead of simply being an observer. Want to check out more reds or post your own, then click here. Thanks for hosting this Mary!

The Evergreen Taoist temple was built in 1991 at Deagon, Brisbane. The complex includes the Hall of Three Purities, the Hall of Three Masters and the Hall of Spiritual Guardian. There is also a Memorial Hall for Ancestors, providing opportunities for people to attend memorial services and pay their respects to their ancestors. Other services offered are Lai Dau, Star Worship, Blessings for Good Luck, Predicitions, Name/Time/Location Chosen, Thanksgiving and Wedding Ceremonies. Other regular events at the temple include calligraphy contests, bonsai exhibits, and Taoist Cultural Relics Exhibitions. Well worth a visit.

And another red photo taken a few weeks back while the sky was still blue in Brisbane. Come back sunshine!

I snapped this photo just moments before this little red mini took off into the sky. I am so very sorry that my batteries died before I was able to capture an image of the mini zooming through the sky. It was truly a brilliant sight! Do you not believe me that minis can fly? Ha! You should have seen this baby overtake the slow moving flying pigs directly ahead! Fine then sceptical folk. Doubt me all you want. I know what I saw.

Ruby Tuesday can be found here

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #47

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature a selection of photos from participants from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for further info before submitting links. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. Bobbie 2. Lisa'sRetroStyle 3. HotFudge 4. Tameka 5. Amazed&Confused 6. BLOGitse 7. SarahWallis 8. Annette 9. EmBelISH

The Shooters:
1. JustLikeMartha 2. SummerKitchenGirls 3. RinklyRimes 4. Christy 5. Whizkid 6. Kym 7. Robin 8. CatherineBardrick 9. Hildegarde

The Shooters:
1. Gemma 2. JoannaP 3. Jane 4. Rita 5. BlackStar 6. Sherrie 7. Hejoko 8. Kenobiitti 9. Jen

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #47

There hasn't been a lot of sunshine in Brisbane this past week so I had to go underground in search of shadows. While waiting for the train at Brunswick Street station I spotted the above image on the wall across the tracks. Snapped photo. Boarded train. Happy commuter. I have a giant chocolate bunny beside me begging to be devoured. The temptation is too great and I can't wait any longer. Chomp chomp...mmm!

Happy Easter Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. La Vie Est Belle
2. maryt/theteach
3. Sweet Repose
4. Gallery Juana
5. robin-one still frame
6. Sylvia K
7. Bobbie
8. ctmott
9. Kym
10. High Desert Diva
11. Chris
12. ginger~amazed & confused
13. Generik
14. Rinkly Rimes Australia
15. whizkid
16. Fog and Thistle
17. Jen
18. jc
19. elizabeth schmid
20. The Summer Kitchen Girls
21. Just Like Martha
22. Sacred Ruminations
23. Raven
24. Gemma
25. More of Me - Canada
26. alexa
27. Terri - teelgee
28. parallelbotany
29. ChickenSue
30. Lisa's RetroStyle
31. Twinkle Star Art
32. Honey
33. Dianne
34. BABYLONEZOO (France)
35. Hot Fudge
36. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
37. Molokai Girl
38. BLOGitse
39. Rita/Cashjocky
40. raf
41. Chie
42. DaviMack
43. Kuusela Finland
44. hejoko
45. ahab
46. Christy
47. Julie King Art
48. Sherrie
49. Paz's New York Minute
50. Pagan Sphinx - Massachusetts
51. Kenobiitti - Finland
52. Catherine Bardrick, Mexico City
53. Ladynred
54. Karen ~Georgia Angel
55. Diahn Ott
56. Jane

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What's the Point? Wello.

Wellington Point (also affectionately known as Wello Point) is one of many of Brisbane's charming bayside villages, and only a 30 minute drive from downtown Brisbane. King Island, is a tiny conservation area attached to Wellington Point by a sand spit and people often walk out to the island at low tide. With the exception of the unpredictable and ever-changing weather on the day that I happened to take a stroll along the sand spit, it was still an enjoyable trek. Many others appeared to be enjoying themselves also. I walked past energetic children collecting seashells, cosy couples walking hand in hand, happy dogs frolicking in the water, and a couple of kitesurfers sailing by. It was a fun four seasons in one day kind of a journey...





If anybody can help me identify what those things are in the 'Winter' pic I'd be most appreciative. A couple of the objects look like giant giraffes to me. As much as I would like for them to be giant giraffes I don't think they are. If it helps any, I took the photo standing at the most southern end of King Island, aiming my camera north-west across the bay. I thought I was looking towards where the airport may be? Sorry, I'm hopeless with directions. If someone could possibly help me out that would be great. I am very curious. And baffled. And I am beginning to obsess about giant giraffes roaming around the streets of Brisbane...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday #46

Howdy! The Shadow Gallery collages feature a selection of photos from participants from last Sunday. If you’d like to join in SSS, please do. How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), then add your link to Mr Linky, and visit other players. First-time participants are required to click here for further info before submitting links. Thanks heaps and I hope you enjoy all the shadows!

Shadow Gallery

The Shooters:
1. Shannon 2. SweetRepose 3. Storyteller 4. S.T.U.F.F. 5. TomHilton 6. SylviaK 7. Terri 8. Barbara 9. Vicki

The Shooters:
1. HighDesertDiva 2. Carin 3. ChickenSue 4. Jenn 5. Jo 6. Jeri 7. Generik 8. ElizabethSchmid 9. GalleryJuana

The Shooters:
1. MoreOfMe 2. Meka 3. Raven'sViews 4. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 5. SaraChapman 6. MaryT/TheTeach 7. MolokaiGirl 8. JulieKing 9. PaganSphinx

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #46

This week I took a wander around a Taoist Temple located in the suburb of Deagon, just a little way north of Brisbane. It was a fascinating place to explore. The photo above was taken of a door I stumbled upon in the Longevity Peach Garden Party passage. There is a chance that I'm mistaken and the door belonged to the Eight Immortals Attending the Jade Longevity Gathering passage. But I'm quite certain it was the former.

Wondering if SSS will happen next Sunday? You betcha! Rain, hail, or shiny foil covered choccie eggs it will.

Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. Lisa's RetroStyle
2. robin
3. High Desert Diva
4. GalleryJuana
5. Sweet Repose
6. Sylvia K
7. More of Me - EG WoW!
8. Generik
9. jc
10. maryt/theteach
11. Bobbie
12. meka
13. tameka
14. ctmott
15. Rinkly Rimes Australia
16. Hot Fudge
17. Happily Retired Gal
18. Gemma
19. Just Like Martha
20. Raven
21. Paz's New York Minute
22. Terri - teelgee
23. Jo
24. wildeve
25. The Summer Kitchen Girls
26. BABYLONEZOO (France)
27. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
28. EmBelISH
29. Rita/Cashjocky
30. amazed & confused
31. BLOGitse
32. Kenobiitti - Finland
33. Honey
34. Sarah Wallis
35. Sherrie
36. Christy
37. annette {in this life}
38. katie/Blackstar
39. elizabeth schmid
40. Long Island Daily Photo,USA
41. whizkid
42. Dianne
43. hejoko
44. Jane
45. Martina
46. Vicki (Maraca)
47. Pagan Sphinx - Massachusetts
48. Molokai Girl
49. Jeri
50. Hildegarde (Flanders,EU)
51. Jen
52. Catherine Bardrick, Mexico City
53. Kym
54. Joanna P
55. CJ @ Pro Artz
56. That is the Chicken
57. Cate

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The eXceptionally crafty Xue!

When I recently saw photos of some very cool handmade stamps that Xue (Xue Originals) and her children had been had been making lately, I was totally smitten with them and I immediately wanted to purchase one. Problem was that these stamps weren't available for sale because they were simply a school holiday project that Xue had been working on with her kids. Lucky pair of youngsters for having such a clever and crafty mother! I contacted my friend Xue and asked about the possibility of her doing a custom made stamp for me. The answer was yes! I was very happy. I was even more happy when my stamp arrived a couple of days ago. I then went into happy overload upon discovering all the extra surprises in my parcel!

This is the awesome parcel of goodies that I received all the way from Japan from my very good friend Xue. Everything was so beautifully wrapped and even the outside of the parcel was a work of art! I was in awe of the pretty packaging! Included was a sweet homemade stamped fabric pencil wrap, which included a nice set of water colour pencils (btw, there's an 'All in a Wrap' available to buy from Xue's Etsy Shop), a set of four little kawaii magnets (made with the assistance of her crafty children Annika and Niklas), cute-as-button hairbands, a packet of gorgeous origami paper, a bunch of Japanese stickers and...

MY STAMP! Isn't it the cutest thing? Xue asked for my input before starting the design but I completely left it up to her to surprise me because I just knew that she would create something fun that I'd love. And she did! I can't wait to get started on my stamping frenzy. I may even start stampin' my walls any minute!

I wanted to somehow convey the diversity of Xue's creative talents, so I've sourced a selection of photos from Xue's blog to give an example of the variety of her crafty endeavours. I believe the following images do give some insight into the versatility of the inspiring and incredibly gifted artisan known as Xue.

A small sample of some of the stamps Xue has recently made

Xue illustrates magazines

And creates lovely card cases

And bakes delicious looking treats!

Designs and sews very stylish bags

Creates beautiful jewellery pieces

Gets crafty with her children making cute kawaii magnets

And creates more jewellery in the form of sweet mama pendants

Lastly is this set of 'Candy House' drawings by Xue's nine year old daughter Annika. Impressive stuff from one so young! Looks like little Annika is already following in the footsteps of her talented mother. Xue's Etsy shop can be found here. Xue's blog can be found here, where you'll discover a mix of Xue's latest creations/projects, yummy food, travel adventures, family celebrations, and beautiful Cherry Blossoms!

Domo arigato-gozaimasu Xue!