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Monday, March 9, 2015

☆ Moving forward + starting afresh

So this will probably be my last post here on Listening to the Squeak.

I am sad + excited by this.

This space has been my home, my sanctuary for the last 4 years.

And it is where I met some amazing people + had some amazing fun.

But it is time to move on.

I am not changing much I am just moving to a different space.

I need to make this move from Listening to the Squeak to LilliBean Designs for a couple of reasons.

But mainly because when I started Listening to the Squeak, LilliBean Designs was just a pie in the sky dream.

And now it's not

Now it is reality.

And as I want to grow LilliBean Designs it made sense to start a new blog, that will one day become my website.

I will miss this space. It was were I first spread my wings.

Thank you all so very much for your support, your lovely comments, and your energy - I hope you will all join me in my new space - please stop by + say hey!   

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Friday, February 27, 2015

☆ Zodiac Girls - Final Reveal {friday art}

week 9, 2015
So I am at the end of sharing with you my zodiac girls paintings. 
If you have missed any of the previous posts you can see:
  • CANCER, LEO + VIRGO here

☆☆ LIBRA ☆☆

Approx 5.1/2 x 11.1/2″
Acrylic + water color paint on quality hot pressed paper
She is Tactful, Romantic, Charming, Just, Diplomatic + Balanced


Approx 5.1/2 x 11.1/2″
Acrylic + water color paint on quality hot pressed paper
She is Focused, Brave, Balanced, Faithful, Ambitious + Intuitive


Approx 5.1/2 x 11.1/2″
Acrylic + water color paint on quality hot pressed paper
She is Positive, Straight Forward, Intellectual, Philosophical, Large-hearted + Adventurous
This was such a fun series to paint. I am so please with how they turned out 
Zodiac Girls Art Print Available here
Zodiac Girls Art Print Available here
And they are all available for purchase. The individual paintings can be found in my etsy store here and these awesome prints can be purchased through my Society 6 shop here
Zodiac Girls Art Print Vertical setting   Available here
Zodiac Girls Art Print
Vertical setting
Available here
I hope you have enjoyed the Zodiac Girls series as much as I loved painting them. I was so excited to share these as desktop calendars with the people on my studio snippets emails.
Next week I have a Trio of Unicorns to share with you. 
Have a great weekend

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

☆ Collections, Sea Urchins and Beautiful Memories

From the end of February I am moving
Unfortunately I will no longer post here but can be found here instead.
 I hope that you will continue to join me over on my new LilliBean Designs blog.

I has dawned on me over the last ten years that I am a collector. 
I collect shit. A lot of shit.
Not in a hoardy kinda way - I mean I don't have 34 vegetable peelers, 10 foot massagers, or stacks of newspapers in the hallways. But I have my collections.
The things I typically collect include really nice writing pens, cute notebooks, (keep me outta the stationery departments!), feathers, glass bottles, books, hearts, dream catchers and sea shells. 
And my very favourite sea shell to collect are sea urchins.
Sea Urchin Collection 
I collect them whole or broken. With spines or not, or even just the spines. 
I love their colours, their roughness combined with the beautiful round shape. 
Sea Urchin Collection
So you may have seen on instragram over the weekend this photo.
Sea Urchin vi
I rediscovered these late last year when I moved my studio space upstairs. And they have been sitting on my desk, precariously stacked on an ice cream bucket (full of rocks by the way!) They have been taunting me. 
Sea Urchin Collection
What could I do with them? I wanted to see them every day because of the beautiful memory they evoked, and because they are just lovely.
But I didn't want to stick them in a jar and put them on a shelf. (I have a huge jars already filled with shells around the house!) So I left them.
Sea Urchin Collection
And almost daily I would worry that they'd fall off and break, that I would knock them. That the kids would come in an want to touch them.
So anyway this weekend we were cleaning out our garage (again!) and I found a heap of ikea frames that I had been saving for projects + realised that one of these shadow boxes would be absolutely perfect for my urchins.
Sea Urchin vii
How awesome does that look??
And every time I see this I am instantly reminded of that beach on that small greek island (that I can't remember the name of now unless I dig through my journals) where Mac and I spent a couple of hours collecting sea urchins while we were waiting for the ferry to Santorini. The smell of the ocean, keen eyes searching + the smell of the oregano container we bought to carry these shells home.
Is it a terrible shock to learn that my kids have become collectors too? I did't think so.
Sea Urchin v
Bug has a rock + feather collection that is threatening to overtake my shelves + Bean collects anything that will help her in her art projects - like toilet rolls, leaves, string, confetti, sticks.... OMG.
I wonder if any of you have collections around in boxes, in cupboards that are attached to special memories? (Please, PLEASE let me know what you collect!!) And I wonder if you have thought about bringing these collections into the every day? 

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