Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Stern word

So pretty bad news about the environment and all in the Stern report.
Not only will there be huge waves of human deaths and mass extinctions of lesser species, but it might end up costing us rather a lot of money. And the way our politicians are running around trying to fix it all fills the heart with hope and joy that someone else elected them.

But it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom. I was reading a terribly helpful article on the weekend all about how you can be a super conservationist around the home. It’s really all about consuming a whole new range of products. You might think you live green but you’ll find that you really need lots more stuff to show you really care about the environment.

It was along these lines:
1. Fill the dishwasher before you turn it on. Do not under any circumstances do the dishes by hand as believe it or not, this consumes more energy.
2. Keep your summer air con at 25 deg, no lower. If you do not have an air conditioner yet, what are you waiting for? You know they benefit the environment.
3. Dry 2 or more loads of laundry in rapid succession in your tumble dryer. That’s right, your dryer. Because although you may be using the SUN and the ATMOSPHERE to dry your clothes now, it is actually proven that using an electrical tumble dryer is more energy efficient.
4. Fill your recycling bin as often as possible by purchasing items which contain excessive packaging. Filling your recycle bin will demonstrate your commitment to the environment to your neighbours and the community.
5. Buy a plastic cover for your pool and a plastic watertank. We all know that in the future any ancestors around will really appreciate these large broken plastic objects that take 1000s of years to break down. They may even provide homes or flotation devices for future lifeforms, human or otherwise. If you don’t already have a swimming pool, you should install one immediately – water is such an important part of the environment and pools are the cornerstone of the SEQ Level 4 water restrictions.

Gives you hope for the future.

Beware of the Man-Bunny

Happy halloween.

It's a shame that a bloke can no longer dress up as a white rabbit and play tea parties with children without us cynically wondering whether he has a current blue card. I wonder if children are any safer in this climate of moral panic. The only people who seem to be having a good time of it are the suburban vigilantes, tabloid media and fear-mongering politicians.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We Organised it Ourselves!

Sometimes you just have to organise it yourself. As Shannon Garson says, Guerilla Craft activites can be a refreshing antidote... So we have all banded together with the lovely Kylie Johnson to become the Umbrella Collective and our first craft fair is on this November 25. Hope you can come! Bring ya mates!

saturday 25 november 2o06
9am -3pm

delightful things direct from the makers

st francis theological college
233 milton road milton
entrance via baroona rd

parking available
cash or cheque only
refreshments available

sarah bowe red felt flower
florence forrest flying star toys
shannon garson porcelain
kylie johnson paper boat press
liana kabel plastic girl jewellery
rebecca ward jewellery

Monday, October 16, 2006

Glasses ID'd

I learned all about the different glass patterns that I use when I recently visited my glass guru with a bag of little swatches for him to identify. He obviously had more important things to do and a business to run but I insisted that he give me his attention as I tried to explain the Nana project.
Knowing the names of the patterns is going to help classify the different textures I use in Nana Glasses and be a valuable marketing tool for me. Soon I will be releasing "Sparkle Nana", and "Medium Hammered Nana" on an unsuspecting marketplace. It would have been nice to do this releasing thing on Friday 13th Oct (Nana's 72nd b-day- shivers went up my spine as I was BORN in 1972!) but I couldn't get my packaging sorted out in time. In this day and age who would have thought it would be so difficult to get recycled cardboard boxes made? And with Mr Accordian on the computer 24-7 making his WOFO (Wayne's Orchestra of Found Objects) how does one find the time to put stuff for sale online, fiddle with photoshop and dreamweaver and deal with the clamouring of customers DESPERATE to own some Rebecca Ward jewellery!? Well, most of that is true.

I felt a bit bad buying the last perfect piece of antique blue florentine to break up into jewellery but it tones so well with Bombay sapphire and I wouldn't want it to end up in someone's horrible suburban leadlighting project so I probably did the right thing.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


East meets west.

Effluenced by my guru, Kath Day-Knight and her absurdist piece, "Waiting for Telstra" made from a Yeppoon pineapple and chopsticks.

What's yellow and sings?