There have been a few changes round here….

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I have a new website!

A new website that has all my artwork in one easy to navigate format, a new shop + a new blog forum.

Currently I am working on redirecting all my sites to the new one, however this tricky beast called website coding crap is sending me slightly nuts + who knows how long it will take me to figure it out!

In the mean time I would love it if you popped over to www.lillibeandesigns.com to see my new site + here to see what I’ve been up to lately.

HINT: There are some very cute woodland friends I would love to introduce you to!!

See you there!

K xx

O Captain, My Captain [flashback friday]

flashback friday

I cannot tell you how many times I read the ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ (written by N. H. Kleinbaum)

And every time I read the scene at the end of the book – the ‘O Captain, My Captain’ part I just bawled.

Every. Single. Time….

‘Captain of Destiny’ is a painting I did a while ago now. She was inspired by the realisation that I was the captain of my destiny.

No one else had the power to steer my ship, it was under my guidance and it was time to take up the captaincy.

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‘Captain of Destiny’

But it has to be said, that every time I see her, O captain, my captain, immediately springs to mind.

And maybe she is my captain. My talisman of guidance. My symbol of ownership of my destiny?

What do you think?

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A Whimsy Home Project {Lucky Bamboo}

A whimsy home project

I have been reading a few books and blogs lately about inviting abundance into your life. From spiritual abundance, to health, relationships and of course money.

I love the idea of abundance and considering I want to add more joy + wildness + beauty to my life I am all for it.

In my readings I came across a post about inviting more into your wealth and prosperity/ abundance corner using the properties of Feng Shui. Yet my corner is located where my ensuite is, which is according to feng shui – definitely not great!

I searched google quickly and saw that bamboo can be used to counteract any negative vibes from my ensuite, but it quickly became less about the feng shui and more about making my ensuite pretty.

And I thought I’d share with you how added some prosperity and prettiness to my ensuite!

Wealth + Abundance iBug and Beastie went with me to the hardware store where I had a plank of wood cut to a metre length. And I quickly sanded the edges so they were no longer rough.

I wanted a dark, luxurious feel so I picked up a stain called Dark Japan. I did two coats of stain (definitely do this out side – my studio stank for weeks!) and two coats of varnish (which I did do out side – lesson learned!)

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I picked up eight of  these cute milk bottles from the discount store for about $1.50 each

From the hardware shop I had also grabbed 8 metal hose clamps. (Apparently they’re not called ‘those metal ring thingy’s that you use of hoses and pipes’. Their technical name is hose clamp.)

I measured out roughly equal gaps on my wood, pre drilled a hole in the clamp and then screwed them into place.  You could design this any way you please, but I liked the idea of having them in a row, and I knew Mac would go mental if they were very obviously not the same height and space

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Look at my lovely ensuite! Yikes it is hideous! THOSE TILES!!!

On the back of my wood I had screwed in two picture framing hooks and asked Mac to drill holes in our wall and fix in screws to secure it. (we have a brick house, so hanging anything requires Mac and his drill!)

I added in my milk bottles and closed the clamps. Then setting it on our wall, I added some water and then my Bamboo shoots to it.

Wealth + Abundance

They look amazing and now three months on, they are thriving in our ensuite and require only a bit of water every couple of weeks (yah for the black thumb gardener aka me!)

I am not sure if I have invited any extra abundance or wealth to my life, however they look pretty and whimsical and make me smile whenever I am in my seriously outdated ensuite.

The whole project took me just a weekend to finish and cost less than $50 in total.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

8 Lucky Bamboo Stalks
8 glass jars (any size you want)
8 hose clamps
1 length of wood (mine was 1metre
stain of your choice
lacquer or varnish
hanging materials.

What do you think? Will you give it a go? I am now planning to use the off cuts in similar ways with succulents and air plants!

 

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What is it?

Friday Art

‘Thats a scary looking painting Kirst’ Mac said one afternoon…

‘Mama what kind of alien is that? Bean said one morning

‘Mine’ said Beastie one lunch time….

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‘That’s a freaky looking painting’ Mac

I had to laugh each time as I said ‘You’ll see’ to Mac and Bean (and a maybe for Beastie!)

I had an idea you see for a deer, one who was a little bit different I guess…

I’ve painted one a few years ago as part of my lifebook course, but this one was a little different…

Deer Wrapped [wm]

The whimsy nature of this painting really appeals to me. And it has inspired a few other ideas as well!

What do you think? Whimsy deer, freaky painting or some kind of alien? (Or mine!!)

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Every One Has Dreams {Bethany Z}

Bethany Z

Every one has dreams even zombies (wm)

What are your dreams today?

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Feather Obsession

Friday Art

It is no secret that I am slightly obsessed with all things feathery…

Nature Collection

And this is just one of my collections of feathers! I have also recruited (unwittingly!) my gorgeous kids, nephews and friends kids to collect them for me.

So it is safe to say that every room in our home has a feather of some description in it!

When I was painting my new collection of everyday whimsy I found two slightly larger canvases which I decided to play with too.

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So this week I want to share with you the finished painting!

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I love the simplicity of this painting and how it turned out. Simple and pretty!

What do you think?

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Thank You {Canberra}

Thanks

What an amazing weekend I have had!

It was so great to meet all the amazing people who stopped by the LilliBean Designs stall at the Canberra Handmade Markets over the weekend.

 

Collage Markets

I, of course, decided last minute to change my stall design so instead of the quick(ish!) set up I am used to it took almost five hours to finish! Luckily with these markets you can ‘bump’ in the night before!

My poor helper, bored of my indecisiveness decided watching Goonies was a better plan!

But I was extremely happy with the end result!

sold paintings

And I was so excited to see these two paintings head off to their forever homes! I wish their new owners all the happiness and joy they have given me…

Thanks to everyone for stopping and saying ‘Hey!’

And of course the entire Handmade team for making everything run so well!

I will see you there again in September!

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Behind the Scenes [Market Preparation]

LiliBean At the Markets
As I finish up the final prep for Canberra this weekend I realise how much of a procrastinator I am!

I used to really worry about the fact that I left everything to the last minute.

But the older I am I feel that it is time to own my procrastination self and use it to my advantage.

This week has been filled with packaging, packaging and more packaging…

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But I can’t wait to see everyone!!

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My helper returns (sans broken arm) to lend a helping hand!

see you there!

Kirst x

Round Here {May}

ROUND HERE

I don’t know about the weather in the Northern Hemisphere, but I feel we’ve gone straight from hot sunny days to full on winter.

Two weeks ago, I was in shorts + t’s. Today I am huddled up in a puffer vest and my ugh boots, and seriously considering my fourth cup of tea, just so I feel a little warmer!

And the changes in the weather have bought about changes in our home too. Gone is the franticness of summer, the hibernation has begun!

But even with our desire to sit in front of the fire all day, we’ve still had to get out + about.

We’ve been….

Round Here i

Owning our sense of style

Round Here ii

Finishing off these cute everyday whimsy paintings

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Editing photos till my eyes bleed

Round Here v

Wondering what the freaking hell to do with THIS painting!

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Sending of some love in the mail

Round Here vi

Working on a new Bethany Z

Round Here iiiv

Wondering if we have aliens or a farmer with a sense of humour

Round Here vii

Working on this ~ ‘That’s a freaky looking painting’ Mac

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Feeling very professional with these arriving on my doorstep!

I guess it never really slows down does it?

What have you been up to this month?

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Just when you thought the Cuteness had Finished….

Everyday Whimsy

Just when you thought the cuteness factor had moved on…

I found some more of my Every Day Whimsy collection to share with you!

I just adore their simplicity!

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See the whole collection here

Which one is your favourite?

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