Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lists for 2013

Since this is a blog of lists, that has been terribly neglected, I thought I would put up a couple of lists!

Craft projects finished in 2012

  • quilt for Lena
  • small doll quilt for Ila
  • quilt for Gracyn
  • quilt for Clayton
  • quilt for Terah
  • small doll quilt for Juliet
  • wall hanging for Jacob & Krista
  • wall hanging for Cathy's 50th
  • unicorn wall hanging for Kynlee
  • quilt for Abigail (with Jo)
  • tag blanky for Abigail
  • cape for Devani
  • cape for Leesa
  • cape for Kat (x2)

Craft projects for 2013

  • cover exercise book
  • send New Year's cards
  • Lion cape for Devani
  • cape for Ceffer
  • cape for Guicci
  • project wall
  • quilt for J (not my J)
  • small doll quilt for M (not my M)
  • quilt for T
  • small quilt for Z
  • small quilt for L
  • wall hanging for K (not my K)
  • tag blanky for R's bubs (x2)
  • polish rocks and zebra bowl/ball

Goals for 2013...
  • lose more body fat
  • ride bike enough to get where I can ride to the far end of the street and back
  • finish another 5+ pages on E
  • Complete application for Churchill Fellowship
  • finish sorting photos
  • scrapbook another 364 pages or more
Travel Plans for 2013
  • started the year in NSW
  • traveled to QLD (home)
  • In March will be travelling to Germany
  • In April will be travelling to Italy
  • In June... maybe travelling to Sweden??
  • In July will be travelling to Melbourne
  • In August... maybe travelling to Thailand??
  • In September will be travelling to Italy
  • In October will be travelling to Germany
  • In ??? travelling to Vanuatu???
Conferences for 2013
  • NLS6 in February
  • Information Online (one day only) in February
  • EAHIL Workshops in Sweden in June ???
  • IUHPE Conference in August ??

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh Crap

That wasn't actually what I first said... it was something along the lines of "bloody hell..."

I got an e-mail today, I get e-mails everyday, but every once in a while I get one that makes me say "bloody hell".

The problem(s)
"I need to update you on the current situation regarding your storage unit. We have just been advised by the contractor and city inspector that the storage unit is going to have to be moved, because the whole lot is going to be elevated by 1 to 2 feet. We thought we were going to be able to work around the unit but it turns out that we can't. They will need to have it moved, at the latest in 4 weeks. You have paid to March 1st. I don't know how you want to handle this. We have a fenced in area on Bluff Springs Rd. where all the RV's and boats will be moving to, during the construction period and where some of them will be staying. We are going to use both locations for storage. If you can have it moved, we have a place at the other facility about 3 miles away. Let me know what you want to do and how we can help. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. Awaiting your reply,"

We have had this storage container at this storage facility in Texas for almost 3.5 years now. WE have lived in Australia for over 5 years.

When I was there 1.5 years ago, we had 2 containers, and I went through both, shipped one containers worth here and got 1/2 of the other container emptied. However, there is still about a half a container full of our stuff there.

The only thing that is a big problem is that mom's piano is in there. I even have it on my 101 list to find it a new home. Looks like now is the time for that. (#59 find a home for Mom's piano) Oh, and that nobody will move containers that have things in them, and the fact that the stuff that is left is not even closely secure.

You may be thinking... people move containers all the time. What you may not realise is that they only move them full of stuff after THEY have packed them.

Also... the key to the lock... is here in Australia. (DOH!)

We had talked about having the rest of the stuff put into a regular storage facility and selling the last container, so now looks like it might be time for that too. However, we aren't there to do any of that.I actually was/am trying to organise part of our next trip there to include a week for me to finish going through my stuff. Luckily close to half the stuff in there is Brian's, not mine. (#36 - get the rest of my stuff out of storage)

The solution(s) - I hope!
I've sent out 15 e-mails. One to my mum's best friend, to see if her son-in-law would be interested in moving all the stuff that's left into a storage facility (we will pay him), he does a lot of odd jobs and I think he would be willing to do it.

Then I sent out the other 14 e-mails to everyone I know who still lives around there to see if they could ask around and find a home for the piano.

Once everything is out of the container, we will try to sell it. If we can't sell it before it needs to be moved, then we will try to sell it from where-ever it gets moved to.

I so didn't need this right now.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Check out my redbubble stuff!

Oh go here:

That is my photo site! Yes, my very own photo site! A dear artist friend of mine told me about this site, they allow you to have your own space to display your photography (and or art) and they take orders, print things, ship things and then send you 20% of the sales price!

I have 45 photos on there so far! So, be sure and mark that page as one of your favourites and go back often!

If you order something before midnight on October 30th, I get 40% commission and you can get free shipping! Enter "100000masterpieces" as the coupon code!

Oh, and if you know of a photo I don't have on there that you would like to see/buy, please let me know!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

39 things on my 101 list are now done!

The 39th thing that I finished from my 101 list was #100 - learn pottery techniques.
Today I went to a workshop that was advertised as how to make a pottery gargoyle. What we actually made was terra cotta faces, based on gargoyle ideas. It's not a proper gargoyle, as that would have taken too much clay and time.

It is an interesting face, and there is a hole in the mouth so if I wanted I could put a hose through it for the whole water spewing from the mouth effect

It started off kinda like this...
Then it was almost finished...It was still a bit 'flat' at this point, so we wadded up some newspaper to go underneath and bring it out a bit!
I don't think pottery is my 'thing'! Still, it was fun to try, and I'm glad I did it. They will be allowed to dry, then be kiln fired.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Time to look at my monthly list again!

Just over a week til the end of the month, and only a week left for me to finish things on my list...

I love traveling! It really doesn't help my list though!

Here are the carryover things left on my list, I started with 32!
  1. back up external hard drive
  2. write to JW
  3. call G about land
  4. determine amount of content insurance needed (started)
  5. sew skirt
  6. take a load of aluminum to recycle
  7. write letter about car rental (07)
  8. make powerpoint of trip around the world
  9. call R about M's VISA
  10. cash in Euros to savings account
  11. finish page 2 WT
  12. find glass shop in Darwin
  13. take scout stuff to C
  14. try on half the clothes in my closet
  15. finish page 1 E

On my monthly list I have the following left to do, or they will end up on next months carryover list... (I did finish another 64 that were on the list!)

  1. take photo of r for M
  2. go on walk with D in creek
  3. SAL part 4
  4. file nails
  5. make kitchen curtains
  6. clean desk
  7. transfer $ to savings on 30th
  8. write up conference notes for prac
  9. finish a wall hanging
  10. ck out N's web design site
  11. WT - 1/2 page 3
  12. call about pedicure
  13. call about shelves
  14. find pin for CNB card
  15. pay AVMA bill
  16. deposit $ from photo & show & exhibition
  17. put on calendar Dec 15 cooking class for K
  18. bike ride 3 more times
  19. book Spirit of Tasmania ferry
  20. contact M & E about Christmas
  21. ck bigpond usage
  22. call K about necklace
  23. transfer $ to pay for camera
  24. pay CPA
  25. fill out exhibition paperwork
  26. set date for library exhibition
  27. enter NG photo comp by 28th
  28. find brushes
  29. finish prac diary
  30. finish prac project
  31. finish assignment 3 in 303
  32. check out express publications
  33. print cow photo
  34. mount and mat cow photo
  35. deliver cow photo

Of those, ideally I will get at 25 done, so I only have 25 left for the carryover list... not sure that will happen this month! At least I know next month not to put too many things on my list, since I will be starting the summer semester, and writing a 50,000 word novel, and getting things ready for the members exhibition and and and!

This is when I set my priorities, and hope that I have them right!

first - my uni assignments #8, 29, 30, 31

next - paying bills and transferring money #7, 15,16, 23

then - things with deadlines #3, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35

to just try to finish some... the easier ones #1, 4, 6, 10, 12, 22, 28, 32

Ok, off to work on my assignments!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

birds in my yard

I should make a list of all the birds that come into my yard... but last time I counted there were close to 50 different species that have been through!

Over the past week we have had a lot of red-winged parrots, red-collared lorikeets, rosellas, koels, bar-shouldered doves, straw-necked ibis, figbirds and at least three different honey eater species just to name a few...

It has also been cloudy lately... well, that's to be expected, it's the build up here. The wet season isnt expected for another month or longer, though we might get a rain here and there before then. In the meantime, we use the sprinklers to water our yard... no water restrictions here, there is plenty of water and we are encouraged to use it. That still seems weird to me!

Aren't they beautiful?!

Monday, October 20, 2008

I am inspired!

Besides one of my very good internet friends, whom I finally met in May for the first time, I have had several people inspire me in my artistic endeavours. So much so, that I think I need to make a new list of goals. Ok, maybe they aren't really new, but a bit more specific.

  1. Create (or have one created) a website where I can showcase/sell both my photography and quilted wall hangings. I might need 2 websites? Separate the two?
  2. Start submitting photos and articles to magazines/journals (today I found out a friend of mine has contacts...!)
  3. Organise another exhibition, considering a shared exhibition in October...
  4. Look up all the entry requirements for the Royal Shows, and enter at least one photo in each next year
  5. Remember to get publicity from the local paper when I win competitions
  6. Find a quilt competition to enter
  7. Find an artistic mentor
  8. Make time to meet other artists on a regular basis