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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

☆ 2015 Calendars [LilliBean Designs Spotlight]


If you follow LilliBean Designs on Facebook, you will have seen that the LilliBean Designs 2015 calendar is ready to order

I love the selection of paintings in next years calendar, for the first time I have included a few paintings that were more abstract.

Front Cover
And of course there are many of my big eyed girls gracing the pages too!

Actual calendar pages.






What I adore about this calendar is that there is plenty of space for me to write down all the crap that family Mac have to attend to each week. 

So I will be ordering calendars the first week of October, which means they will be here in plenty of time for Christmas and the start of 2015. 

I am keeping the calendars at the 2014 price of $20 each + postage. And this year, if you order three or more, I am offering a 10% discount off your total order.

And as I will be only ordering a limited number of extra calendars, if you want one for a Christmas  
   gift or for yourself, you can guarantee yourself one, by emailing me here.



I love hearing from you all, so  if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and ask!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

☆ The Art of Play [Life Book 2014]


This was a really enlightening + enjoyable lesson which explored the art of play in painting.

Something I can struggle with at times. Something that I have a hard time doing applying this to other areas of my life.

Play can sometimes feel like a chore. So it was a nice change to actually just play.


So I journaled about what play meant to me, and then scrunched up the paper. After a couple of layers of paint + stencils + collage I then cracked open the stamp making kit I bought last year + have been meaning to crack open for ages.


Stars are a symbol that frequently pops up in my art. And they remind me that my play as a child would often take me to the moon and back, there were no limits in my play.


And I totally love how my play ended - these two little girls, going to play


Just like me and my sister.

Just like Bean + Bug + Beastie...


With our busy lives, we are often so serious, we have bills, mortgages, commitments. It is hard to let play into any aspect of our lives. So I'm challenging you to play a bit this week - and check in and let me know how you went.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

☆ Dreaming Softly [Friday Art]


I have been slightly obsessed with dream catchers all my life.

If you have been reading here for a while, you know that I am a vivid dreamer. My dreams are often intense, bright, consuming things. I often wake up with what I call Dream Hangover.

So since I was little I have always had a dream catcher above my bed.




I couldn't say 100% that I don't have bad dreams. But I no longer have the dark, stalkerish dreams that I used to have.


My kids are vivid dreamers too. Often we'll hear them cry out, talk or even sing in their dreams. (And that last one was the funniest thing I have ever seen!!)

So I invested in dream catchers for them too.


Just in case.

So I have been thinking a lot about them lately. I have some cool tutorials pinned that I would like to do one day, and create my own personal dream catcher. And they often pop up in my paintings like here + here.


But in the meantime this one will do.

'DREAMING SOFTLY'
I love how this turned out. At one stage there was so much water on the page that the paint from the page previous seeped through. And even though I was horrified at the time, I actually love how it worked out in the end.

I wish you good dreams this weekend! 

[LINKING TO PAINT PARTY FRIDAY]
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

☆ A story about Bean + everyday Bravery. [LIFE LESSONS]


I wanted to share a story with you about Bean and her every day bravery and how much of a reminder it was for me to be brave every day.

Today I watched as my baby girl grew up before my eyes. I knew it would happen, but I didn't realise it would happen so soon.

Bean is a dancer. She always has been and since she was two she has never once said to me "Mama I don't want to dance any more." Not once. She just loves it.

So now we are moving into a more serious side of dancing and there are exams involved. Mr Mac + I talked about it a bit - is this the right thing to do? We talked it over with Bean - did she understand what it meant? But in the end we decided she would do the exam.

This morning was exam day. I asked her before she walked into the studio, how she was feeling + she said great! She turned around and said to me "Remember Mama, the two rules of dancing? Smile big + have fun."

Yup she just quoted me back to me.


I left her their waiting to go in, no nerves no worries + she rocked it.

But after the exam we then walked into the dentist to have them look at this tooth of hers, that has been stubbornly hanging in. Her second tooth has grown behind it + this disgustingly manky tooth has refused to leave.

So she jumps in the chair + sits there. (I loathe the dentist + I start feeling icky)

Sits there + has a needle to numb the gum (I am feeling queasy now)

Sits there while they pull the tooth with pliers (I had to turn away here.)

Sits there while they give her this ugly rotten tooth is a plastic baggy. (Oh it is just disgusting!)

And then says to me - can I go back to school now? (Me? I would be in a foetal position in the corner sobbing!)

She has grown up before my eyes.

Today she reminds me that it is the everyday acts of bravery that really count.

It is turning up to an exam to have fun.

It is sitting in the dentists chair, mouth wide having a tooth yanked

It is wanting to go back to school even though her mouth is sore. (I convinced her that an afternoon at home would be better!)

Bravery is showing up and just doing what you have to do + moving on.

But sometimes I find it hard to show up. Sometimes I find it hard to move on. And sometimes I put off doing something until it is almost too late or the problem is debilitating.

What about you? Do you find ways to be brave every day? Do you show up + move on. Or do you struggle with it? 

For the rest of this month, I will at the end of each day write down three ways I was brave on that day. To remind myself that I am brave + do brave things every day.

What about you? Are you in?
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Monday, September 8, 2014

☆ Turning a positive into a negative [Life Book 2014]

Week 32 - Turning a Negative into a Positive with Micki Wilde


This was such a timely lesson - sometimes I swear that my life in totally in tune with the roll out of Life Book lessons. When there is something I need to learn, or something I need to address, or something I am unsure of, the Life Book lesson of the week seems to be the one I need to address the issue...

Or maybe they are like reading my horoscope in the Sunday paper - I take what I desperately need this week!?!

So the lesson I did this week was from Micki Wilde + I started with a page of blahs. Things that were going wrong, things that I didn't like about the day. And then I chose very bright colours, some bubble wrap stamping + a new chevron stencil and made the back ground.



This is the final page and once I finished I realised that covering up the blahs, I could concentrate on the day being a great day + by the end of the day I realised it was.

An arty equivalent of Morning Pages I guess!

So do you dump the blahs from your head to some where else? I would love to hear what you guys do...

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Monday, September 1, 2014

☆ When a break is as good as a holiday

You all know I have been working furiously this last couple of weeks to prepare for the markets on the weekend.

After the last markets I wanted a whole new design for my stall. Something that drew people in, that allowed them to move around my stall freely.

And during the stress of painting products, begging Mr Mac to design some panels for me, redesigning the layout, one afternoon, I was fantasising about what I would do after the markets. 

And this is what I came up with....


I planned to take two weeks off after the markets to read a book, paint my sun goddess, sleep in my sunny spot couch, organise the next few months, create the website I've been wanting to create since January.

I am not sure if I will get to all these, but I am definitely going to take some time to relax + enjoy my sunny spot on the couch before the blazing heat of summer descends.

And we had such fun at the markets...


And Mr Mac did an amazing on my panels. I love how they felt like a gallery + showed off my paintings at their best.


I adored meeting all the people who popped in to say hello. I loved talking to everyone. And telling the stories that inspired my paintings.

But I think I need the week to re-evaluate + do things that have needed to be done for a very long time.

So I will see you all next week. And I will be spending some valuable time sitting on the sunny spot on my sofa!!!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

☆ Harvest Markets August [Friday Art]


I have been totally consumed with making new art for this weekends Harvest Markets.

And I am so excited about this one.

Last time, it rained.

It poured.

And for an outdoor market, it was almost a kiss of death.


This time the forecast is for an amazingly gorgeous end of winter day (blue skies, warm, but not hot wether. I love this time of year...)


So you've already seen the hand painted note books + the wall plaques, but I thought I'd share these new canvases.


It has been ages like I painted like this, quicker pieces, that are on canvas.


And I love how they turned out.

So if your in the Cowra area, make sure you pop in. I am near the band stand. Come + say Hi!

Have a great weekend...

 [LINKING TO PAINT PARTY FRIDAY]

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