Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sketchbook oldies

I was tidying up (read, wandering around the house looking at things) and I stumbled upon one of my old sketchbooks. So here are some pictures from a couple of sketchbooks ago...maybe I should make a quail print. You know in bird books, how they write down what the bird call is supposed to sound like? I love the way the quail is supposed to say "Chicago, tobacco, how are you?"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

And we have a winner!

This afternoon I closed my eyes, reached into my hat (or rather my mixing bowl) and pulled out:
Now Mr Bond St Bridge just happens to live with me, and can get all the huia prints he wants, so I thought it wasn't fair to let him win.
I reached in again and pulled out:
Congratulations, Jessie, you're the winner of my giveaway! Email me your address and I'll get that in the post for you.

Thanks so much for all your home hints, turns out they'll come in handy because I just found out we're having a flat inspection on Wednesday. Yikes! Wish me luck.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Taking the long way home

Because it was a (rare these days) sunny afternoon, I did a little photoshoot of some of my favourite sights in Grey Lynn park on my way home from work. When I first moved to Grey Lynn, when I was 18, the area confused me. I called up my friend and said "I don't know how to get to the supermarket." She said "see the church that looks like a cellphone? Follow it and you'll get there." It was great advice, though I wonder if it would look like a cellphone to someone looking at it now.
This path always seems magical.

I walked under the sculpture by Inia Taylor...

Past the one by Richard McWhannell...
Past my favourite house in all of Auckland...
...and then got a ride home the rest of the way. Hope your weekend is full of some of your favourite sights.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Face your demons

Have any of you read this book, One Hundred Demons, by Lynda Barry?
I stumbled upon it on the "recommended" shelf at the library, and I do indeed recommend it. It is funny, sad and sweet and deals with such topics as nits, ex-boyfriends, mistreated dogs, people's houses that smell funny and mythical beasts.

Lynda Barry calls it an "autobifictionalography."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Colourful houses

I was looking at some photos from summer this morning, and I found all these photos of colourful houses in Aro Valley, Wellington.

A good place for wearing colourful shoes!
And here's the house that I used to live in in Aro Valley. It's boring old cream, but very beautiful. I wonder if my landlord would let me paint my house bright red?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

100 and a giveaway

This is my hundredth post, wow that went fast! To celebrate, I thought I'd have a little giveaway and thought it'd be fitting to have a giveaway themed with something that has been extinct for over a hundred years (the last confirmed sighting was nearly 103 years ago, anyway). So I've got a huia-themed prize pack up for grabs, featuring two fabric brooches (with huias gocco printed onto calico, backed with wool felt and with a safety clasp on the back), a gocco print of a male and female huia (the female one has the long beak) and a calico feather patch. Unfortunately it's not a huia feather, it doesn't have the white tip, but let's not be pedantic.

To enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment telling me your favourite home hint. My favourite home hint is that if you are as partial to a cup of strong black coffee as I am, you probably have the problem of your white coffee cups getting stained brown inside. Just rub a bit of baking soda on the stains and give them a wash and they'll be good as new.

I'll post the prize pack anywhere in the world, and I'll draw a winner next Sunday. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Friday, September 17, 2010

You know it's time to go to bed when you've sewn your finger to your dress.

This is another version of my old faithful dress, I've got some others here and here. This version has pockets inside, rather than sewn on the front. Hopefully it'll get its debut tomorrow at Frocks on Bikes. If this storm ever stops!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Once upon a time Mr Millicent Crow came home from tour with a beard and wearing a t shirt with a wolf and an American flag on it. When I saw this giant wolf t shirt at the op shop the other day I knew I needed a wolf t shirt too! But it was huge and a bit manky, so I gave it some surgery, and now I've got a comparatively tasteful wolf singlet!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Next in line

This fellow's the next one of my ghosties that I'm going to paint. I want to do another series like this one only much much smaller. Which means I'd better get cracking on it while there are plenty of spring flowers around to paint!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Looking for a smell...

Inspired by this awesome blog by Sarah Laing (who's the Sargeson Writer-in-Residence at the moment) I have been drawing a few comic type things. This one's about my quest to find a particular smell, a stupidly difficult task! You might need to click on the picture to make it bigger.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Finished (I think)

In the wee small hours of this morning I declared this painting finished. I might go back and fiddle around with a few bits of it, but I really want to get started on some more paintings! This one took me a really long time, I think partly because it's a bit bigger than paintings I usually do; it's about 76x38cm.

In other news, I went to a vintage textile fair today and managed to come home with only 3 green buttons. Whew. I thought that fair was going to be my undoing!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Flowers, flowers and the smallest house on the street

On my walk today I found this car covered in pink confetti...
Gathered a sneaky bunch of spring flowers...
Found yet another beautiful magnolia tree...
...and finally took a photo of this tiny sculpture in Potters Park. A little villa too small even for a mouse. I'm not sure who it's by but I love it.
Here it is up close. It's made of copper I think.
...and with a dog paw print to give you an idea of the scale!
I like the way it's so small and easy to miss. It's like a reward for keeping an eye out for interesting things.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On the way home

Bit of a pinkish theme today. Love that pink Crown Lynn Swan, ah but I have 3 Crown Lynn swans, don't think I can justify another one!