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Friday, October 31, 2014

☆Hello. I am the Meanest Mama EVER [Friday Art]

Week 44 - October 31st 2014 

I am the worst mama in the world. 

My poor children. Apparently they have the meanest mama in the whole wide world.

Ever.

But I swear it isn't my fault. The reason I am a Mean Mama is cause we happen to live in the southern hemisphere.

Meanest. Ever.

When I grew up I lived in rural Australia. We had two tv channels, probably one radio station, there was no internet + beyond sesame street + play school there wasn't really any other kids shows. If you were lucky the Easter Bunny bought one large egg (not six + no presents) + Valentines day was a suggestion not a must do. Christmas was hot. July is freezing. 

My children are so lucky. 

They are able to explore other cultures + traditions at the click of a button. They are more worldly, more knowledgable. They aren't as insulated as I was.

But there are a few draw backs of this amazingness....

My kids expect it to snow at Christmas instead of being 40°C.

They want to put the fire on + roast marshmallows. (see above 40°C comment.)

And they are desperate to dress up + traverse the streets collecting armfuls of candy tonight.

Awesome. No problem. And maybe I could produce some fake snow + we can roast marshmallows over the BBQ while sitting under the air conditioning + absolutely they can dress up. But....

I was the unfortunate parent who told Bean + Bug we don't do trick or treating in Australia.

I am a mean mama.

Bean informed me (to which Bug enthusiastically nodded + mmhmm'd the whole time), "when I have children they will be allowed to trick or treat." Foot stomp. Head shake.

And I understand the frustration. It's confusing for them.

Because there is Halloweeny paraphernalia in the shops just now but as far as I know no one is trick or treating.

Because Jack is the Pumpkin King + Sally is his queen.

Because even Peppa Pig celebrates Halloween + everyone knows if Peppa Pig does it so do we..(including pig snorts at the table...)

Because even if I had candy in the cupboard, (which Mac would most likely have devoured moments after it hit our shelves) the probability of someone knocking on my door is as likely as it snowing on Christmas day in hell... oops... central west NSW.

I am the worst mama in the world.

So heres my nod to Halloween + Día de Muertos.  


And maybe we will pig out on chocolate bars + watch Jack + Sally save Christmas.

Just so I can reclaim the BEST MAMA IN THE WORLD title.

Some one else can claim the mean mama title.... I've had it for a week now...

So tell me, what is your favourite Halloween memory? I can honestly say I learnt about halloween from reading Judy Blume + Sweet Valley High books + watching the Halloween movies. It wasn't until I was in my thirty's  + living in Scotland that I finally went trick or treating - I took a friends son and I had to negotiate a cut of his candy....

I would love to hear your memories - please feel free to leave me a comment below

[LINKING TO PAINT PARTY FRIDAY]

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

☆ New In Store {LILLIBEAN DESIGNS SPOTLIGHT}


Every month I take great delight is sharing with you some of the items that I have for sale in the LilliBean Designs Store.

Most of these items are available through my etsy store, unless other wise noted.



If you follow me on either Facebook or Instagram you will have seen that the 2015 wall calendars have arrived + if you've pre-ordered one, you should have received information on payment + delivery.

 [If you haven't please contact me directly]

But if you haven't pre ordered + you would like a calendar, I ordered a few extras which are now listed in the LilliBean Designs Store.

AU$20 each + postage ($5 for Australian purchases + $15 every where else.)

Click here for more.



I have a small selection of these hand painted notebooks left - they have proved to be so popular with the market crowd! 

They are blank inside so they can be used for sketching, writing your dreams, poetry, grocery lists or to do lists. There are no limits to the uses of these notebooks.

And with christmas around the corner, unique stocking fillers!

$20 each + postage - click here to see the selection available.



Another popular addition to the LilliBean Designs Store are these small hanging wall plaques.

I have been told that they look awesome on door handles, on fridges + of course the wall.


Only $20 (+ postage) you can see the complete range of plaques + canvases here


Check out this section of the LilliBean Designs Store for ONE OF A KIND, original artworks that have been reduced.


Keep up to date with new items, special listings + limited editions on Facebook or follow the LilliBean Designs store here

I love hearing from y'all, so if you have any questions, any queries, discuss payment options, or don't have an etsy store please feel free to contact me directly.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

☆ Healing Intuitive Goddess [Life Book]

Week 40 - A Healing Intuitive Goddess Painting with Kate Thompson



Kate Thompson was my guide for this weeks Life Book lesson.

And a healing intuitive goddess was just what I needed this week!

During this lesson I ran through a gamut of emotions.

From joy (loved smooshing my texture paint through stencils - it gives a beautiful base texture.)

To frustration (at one stage my goddess looked more like a pink smurf, than a dignified goddess!)

And finally the feeling when I am certain a painting is done, when my soul settles + when my goddess is herself. I guess this feeling is peace.

Healing Intuitive Goddess.

What makes your soul settle? Is it a job well done? A beautiful painting? Seeing family? I'd love to hear what makes you feel peace.

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