Thursday, January 10, 2013


Man I am a nutcase!!

Mmmmm an explaination ......I am sitting here stressing about the fact that I start back work on Monday, after a much deserved 4 week holiday of which the end just crept up on me (I did think I had another week!)   I have the best job in the world I work from home doing what I love and I can be as creative as I like, although my boss is a little bit of a slave driver what the hell!!!

So anyway here I am mentally chastising myself for not completing the tasks I set for myself to complete in my relaxing holiday!!!  Right here is where alarm bells are ringing and men in white coats are suiting up!

My list of tasks included:

Sew Lily (my 10 year old daughter) a skirt - check did it!, sew Lily shorts - ummm cut one pair out didn't sew them, still have more fabric sitting there, sew a doll - umm didn't happen, sew some softies- also did not happen, sew some cute little felties after buying copious patterns from Gingermelon - crap did not happen either, teach Lily to sew on the machine - arrrgghhhh did not happen.....AARRRGGHHHH venting is not helping!!!

Obviously I need a chill pill and maybe gallons of coffee so that I can complete this task list in the next day and a half before I have a complete mental breakdown!!!   Told you... Nutcase (melodic tone required when saying Nutcase a little bit like my kids do when they sing out Loser and then I yell at them for being rude!)

Okay so it is decided  I AM A CONFIRMED CRAZY NUTCASE who does not know how to relax or take a holiday!!

2013 the year of working on NOT being a crazy Nutcase.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

She believed she could so she did

Thought I would share another Mixed Media project I have just finished.  This time I used a canvas.  I'm really happy with how it turned out and may add this to the items I sell when I get back from holidays :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mixed Media Fun

Hellloooooo 2013!!!

I am the worst blogger in history.  I don't blog very much and always say I will do better and blog more but here we are again.....Eeeek it has been a while!!!

I'm going to say it again.....I promise to blog more this year.....if I decide I have anything interesting to say lol!!  (escape clause right there)

So I am on holiday from my page "A Little Birdie Told Me" for a few weeks after a massive Advent Calendar Custom Order Task (which...Yes....I did blog about a few months earlier)

Things on my to do list while on holidays were to clean the house....check!  Clean out the kids rooms....check!  Sew Lily a skirt and some shorts.....mmm 1/2 check...skirt is done shorts to come!  Plus sew some stuff (softies, felties and a doll or 2) haha....not done yet!  Finally do the online course in Mixed Media I bought in 2011!!.....Whoohooo Check as of today!!!

Wanna see?????

I'm a little excited, now, but not so much at the start.  I drew the pictures and was a little Meh!  Not quite happy with them but you know what it's my first lot, so I should cut myself some slack.  Then I coloured one picture in and was Meh!!  Lol seeing a pattern here.  I think it all was a little Meh because for one I didn't have all the tools maybe I needed (off to get some watercolour crayons tomorrow) and I was using really really awful (maybe a little cheap and nasty shhhh) watercolour paper (that is on the list for tomorrow too) so not the best results I could hope for.  Anyway... when I got to the background colouring and everything came together I got over the Meh a little bit and decided I am a little chuffed and kinda think I did okay.  Now please be assured I'm not "this is the most awesome thing I've done ever" but it isn't too bad.  My 10 year old daughter thinks it's beautiful, so it will most likely end up on her wall until I become a major expert (cough cough) and am mortified by my original first go and take it down and burn it, stomp on it, then burn it some more!!!

So now I am going to share the pictures.   Oh and this was a Whimsy Creatures Course so the people aren't meant to look to speak...weird shaped heads and big eyes and odd proportions are okay....just for you guys that aren't familiar with this style :D

Face shapes and eyes first
Bodies next
Rough Sketch of the one I wanted to colour

Add the 2

Coloured but no background

Background almost done


So this is it!  I will head to the Art Store tomorrow and pick up some decent supplies and have another go.  This time I expect awesomeness and amazement!!  Lol!!!  No pressure :D

Monday, October 29, 2012

Eeeeek my Tax Return was not good!

Mmmmm it seems my worst fears are true....I am a paper addict and may need assistance to control my urges!!!  Is there a Paper Crafters Anon!!!  I'm pretty sure there is as I have been in many a paper shop only to be confronted with many a lady as wide eyed and sweating with excitement much like myself!!

Well they say the first way to help an addiction is to come clean and admit the problem....see above...check!

Next step is to maybe admit how bad it really is.....well I went and had my tax return done today.....and.....well I earned a massive....wait for it.......$57!!! ...f or the entire.....YEP year last year.....nope not just for today but yep the whole of 2011/2012......insert massive Eeeeeekkkk here.   Oooops!!!!  Lol!!  Admission complete.... check!!!  

Okay step three will be to remedy my frivolous ways.......mmmmmm.....damn it........

Okay so the plan is to use up all stock that I have here for the next 6 months until my next Tax Return.  You heard it first everyone, so now you all are responsible for keeping me honest...hehehe (nothing like passing the blame onto others :P)  Okay okay I know I have to police myself.  Fortunately for me these Advent Calendars that I started in July, have kept me a little busy, so I haven't been able to spend up on stock, other than for these Calendars, as I have not had time.....Phew!!!!!

So with that said you will be happy to know there will be lots of new products coming out next year!!  Yay I hear you say!!  I have had all these new things here but no time to make them, so now I will.  There will also be a return of some old goodies like Canvases, Felt Items, Printer Trays, Cuckoo Clocks, Filigree Birdcages (have quite a few of these for everyone who has been hanging out for them) and many other items.

Advent Calendars will also make an appearance again next year but instead of taking Custom Orders I am just going to make them as I go, less stressful for me and a lot easier than working for 4 months straight on the same item over and over.   Seems this can make a person a little crazy....sshhhh everyone out there who know I was a little.....okay a lot crazy before I started lol!!!   To sum up this means that Advent Calendars will be popping up early in the new year, so be prepared and maybe don't think you will wait until Christmas is a bit closer, because as you all may know the Custom Spots went very quickly and there were lots of them!!

Okay confessions of a paper addict complete!!  Now you all now know my dirty little secret.   I am now off to roll in some of my beloved mustn't.....I

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Christmas Came Early at A Little Birdie Told Me!

Well it has been a long few months for me as I started doing Custom Orders for Christmas Advent Calendars in July.  I am still going strong with only 10 or so more to do before December 1st strikes.  There is a collage of pretty Christmas colours that I am sure you will all love.  I think my favourite by fair is the gorgeous purple, green and white one!  Which is your favourite??  The picture is only of a few and there are plenty more to see on my facebook page - Link:  A Little Birdie Told Me on Facebook

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Holiday Treat for Myself - An Online Whimsical Creatures Drawing Course!

Layout and Composition section

Face shape and eyes

First full drawing of a whimsy girl.

So as a little gift to myself and thanks to my good friend Jess for the suggestion, I am doing an online drawing course. It is called World of Whimsy and is a course for drawing all sorts of whimsy creatures. I have just completed my first section and wanted to share the drawings I have done. I have not sketched since I completed year 12 which was a long long time ago, so please forgive my lack of technique. Hopefully by the end of the course my little girls and creatures will not look like Aliens!! LOL!! Enjoy even if just for a little giggle.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The work Christmas Party Thing

I don't know about you guys but any opportunity to go out is a bonus for me. Since we are never around family (thanks Mr Defence Force) the opportunities for going out without the kids are few and far between. I think this time of the year I look forward to as I get an invite to my husband's christmas function. Yes most of the time it is pretty unordinary, usually doesn't go for long and all the young ones get so drunk the conversation is not much better than I get a home with the kids, but all this aside I get to go out.

So this year it was to be a lunch. Okay it's not a flashy dinner but it is out and it is at a restaurant which doesn't have a red-headed clown with large red shoes!! Okay I'm in. I have a friend on the other side of town who lucky for me was available, so I called in the favour about 3 months ago (as she is very busy) and she thankfully agreed to help out and was available to be home for the kids when they got home from school, so all set.

Mmmmmm then it all went pear shaped from there. Apparently of all the 20 or so people going only 1 invited their partner/spouse/loved one/poor lonely child carer at home. Guess who that was.....yep it was me!! I was the only one who got invited by their partner....God love him....sometimes!! Anyway on that note a decision was made by me not to go. Did I want to sit there with all these people discussing their work and not even have one other Civillian (as we are so nicely called) there for support. I don't think so.

Soooooo he got to have his Christmas Party and I did not. This got me to thinking.... I own a business, I am a hard worker maybe I should have my own Christmas Party with alllllll my employees and not invite partners and there definitely should be gifts. I'm thinking one for the "Best Boss", the "Hardest Worker" and the "Most Talented".

So here we are now, all I now have to do is come up with a day that all my workers are free (pretty sure that won't be hard to agree on) and a very la di dah place that they would all enjoy. Then there will be speech preparation and the purchasing of gifts for my fabulous staff (which of course will be the secretaries job to do, I am certainly way too busy)

Okay I am open for suggestions, any ideas would be greatly appreciated by me, my boss, my workers, my cleaners, my parcel packers and all other members of my highly important staff that bring A Little Birdie Told Me to life!

Oh and no expense shall be spared, as my staff are truely worth every cent!!!

Kim :)