Before we start, have you joined my Handmade Card Swap?? Still one week before entries close!
Anyway, here is a another quick, easy, thrifty and crafty idea!!
Do you ever find calendar tea towels when you are Op shopping (Charity shopping)? Sometimes they are great and vintage, sometimes just cheesy (but still great).....well, I think if the year on the tea towel is of meaning to you or someone you love you should buy it and see if it will come in handy!!
I found this 1981 tea towel, the year my big brother was born. Yesterday we celebrated his birthday, and we bought him a DVD. I thought it would be nice to give him this tea towel as well, and wrap up the DVD with it instead of wrapping paper!
You can do it too, I just folded it around the gift carefully so that the year showed, and tied it with some string. I intentionally made this fairly blokey, but you could use ribbon, fresh flowers or anything really to make this idea quite pretty!
I've had a lovely, Melbourne weekend. Yesterday the kids, Mr. Coleman and I checked out some great historic buildings as part of the Open House Melbourne Weekend, and today I went with my sister in law Ash and a group of her lovely friends to Women of Letters, a gorgeous monthly event where 6 female Aussie artists share an open letter with the audience. Clare Bowditch, Judith Lucy, Libby Gore and Estelle Tang were some of today's artists..it was lovely. Sometimes very funny, sometimes a bit emo, but mostly just incredibly honest, which I love above all else.
Speaking of my sister in law, Ash, she is organising a wonderful craft project that you should check out and get involved with!! It's a craft auction that will raise money for Green Collect the great organisation she works for (and my hubby has started working for too!)
And since I'm giving you all these links, here's one more!! My hubby's acoustic band, The Sketching Room have a few more songs out that you can listen to and download for free. They really are great, I'm not just doing the proud Mrs thing!! www.thesketchingroom1.bandcamp.com
See you soon!
PS feel free to leave a comment sharing ideas on other uses for calendar tea towels!!
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Being a parent has made those few hours between when my children go to bed and when I go to bed incredibly precious. I adore my kids, but being a parent is friggin' hard work (don't let anyone tell you otherwise!!), especially when you have some high needs thrown into the mix. Being both an artist and a mother is something I'm really coming to terms with at the moment, it requires a certain balance that I often get wrong, and occasionally get right! I'm still trying to figure it out, but at the moment its often in those few hours between their bedtime and mine that I can find space to create.
Anyway, the other night, during the "sacred hours" of the evening (ie-2 sleeping children!!) I made some music! My beloved Mr. Coleman and my lovely sister in law Ash joined the fun too, and we recorded a cover of Clare Bowditch's song "One Little River." Clare's most recent album "The Winter I Chose Happiness" fell into my hands right at a time when I really needed it, and every song on the album has had a special place in my heart for the last few months. The music and message behind the album is really beautiful, and if you don't have a copy you should get one!!!
I recently entered a comp with this little video to join Clare on stage during her tour. I'm sure plenty of other people have entered, (and to be honest, having re read the guidelines, I'm not sure I was supposed to include other people in my recording) so I'm not expecting anything to come of it, but having an excuse to turn the lounge room into a studio and spend an evening doing creative stuff with people I love sure was nice!!
I hope you enjoy it too.
And if for some crazy reason you haven't heard of the wonderful Ms Bowditch before, please visit www.clarebowditch.com . She is one of Australia's most generous and talented artists.
If you are new to this blog and interested in my music, feel free to visit www.mezzcoleman.com
Here are some of the many treasures we found down there, plus a few pretty views!! Joining in again with Blackbird Has Spoken's Op Shop Show Off!
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My Nana was born on February 29th in 1920. Yep, you heard me, February 29th, so she only got a real birthday every 4 years. I think she felt ripped off!!! We had a 21st birthday celebration for her when in actual fact she was turning 84!
Nana met my Pa (Bob) while performing in an amateur production of a Gilbert and Sullivan musical. Pa was playing violin in the orchestra. How cute!!
Nana's name was Elsie. I considered naming my daughter after her, but in the end I couldn't do it as Elsie always hated her name!!!
-Helping Nana "stir the cake" whenever she made her famous cream butterfly cakes.
-Watching their videos of Gilbert and Sullivan productions taped off the ABC, our favourite being "Pirates of Penzanse" and singing along.
-Finding sixpence in our Christmas pudding each year, and Nana exchanging what we found for real money!
-Nana and Pa were pretty hip and got a VCR before we ever did, and so they used to tape footy matches (
-Catching the bus to their place straight after school each Friday for Friday night dinner. Every single week, for years and years.
-Fish and Chips on Good Friday.
-Choc coated vanilla icypoles in the freezer for whenever the grandkids visited!
-Walking up the road with nana to her local shops, visiting the butcher, Op shop and Safeway (sometimes getting a ride in Nana’s shopping "jeep.")
-Nana would always save the butchers paper for us to draw on, I have many happy memories of drawing with my brother's at Nana’s and Pa’s place.
-Watching Nana crochet.
-Rice bubbles for breakfast when we had sleepovers. I never got these at home, (so BIG treat!)
-Looking at photos and listening to Nana's stories of growing up in
Do you have fond memories of your Nana? I'd love to know what some of your memories are!