Hello! Welcome to the new Magic Jelly blog! :) Whew, what a relief to finally launch it!
My site is still very much a work in progress. You’ll see that the other sections, such as my shop, aren’t ready yet – but I was so eager to start blogging again, I couldn’t wait any longer! My contact page should be up in a few days, & my brand new online shop some time in August, with a whole range of new products. Busy times ahead…
Creating this blog has been an enormous project because it has been totally customised, right down to the very last pixel. I could not have done it without my Craft Cult partner & good friend Julian Lievano, who is not only a super-creative glassblower, but also a talented web developer. So with me designing everything & Julian taking care of all the brainy technical stuff, I finally have the blog of my dreams. Thank you so much Julian, for all your hard work & generosity – I am so happy with Magic Jelly’s new home!
(We’re still tweaking a few things here & there, so if you happen to find anything odd or buggy going on, please leave me a comment.)
If you cast your eye over to the right, you’ll see a sign-up form where you can subscribe to my newsletter, & also to my blog by email – everyone’s welcome! I’m transferring my existing Feedburner subscribers & Google Group list over to my new blog feed & mailing list, so if you happen to have joined previously, there’s no need to join again. You can also follow me on Twitter, Pinterest (love Pinterest so much!), Flickr & Tumblr (do you like my little flag-waving bunnies in the sidebar?) & I’ve just joined Google Plus too. Come & say hi!
Now I just have to hope that the world hasn’t forgotten me – I’ve been working hard for the last couple of years, but haven’t had much of an online presence. I’m a little worried I’ve been left behind, the market has grown so much, particularly here in Australia – there are so many artists & illustrators who’ve sprung up since I was last blogging & selling my wares online. I hope there’s still a little Magic Jelly sized space left for me!
Anyway, enough of the neurotic rambling… Welcome! I hope you like Magic Jelly’s new home & pop by to say hello! I’ll be posting regularly, so I’ll see you all soon.
I’m lucky enough to live by the sea, in beautiful, sunny Semaphore. A few months ago, at the end of summer, we took a stroll down to the esplanade (after a yummy lunch at the local tapas café), to see the kites breezin’ along with the breeze as part of the annual Semaphore Kite Festival. It was a lovely day (apart from forgetting my sunscreen & coming home as red & shiny as a ripe tomato). Looking at these bright summery pics makes me look forward to spring!
Do you love dips, patés & spreads as much as I do? They’re so quick & easy to make & are great to keep in the fridge for snacks & light meals. And they’re versatile – fantastic on sandwiches, toasted ciabatta, flat breads & wraps, with crispy vegetable batons, served in a crunchy lettuce cup with crusty bread for a starter, great for parties, etc, etc.
I love the classics like Hoummous or Baba Ghanoush, but I like to experiment with a whole range of different ingredients in my dips & patés…broad bean & hazelnut, spicy pumpkin & peanut, french bean & almond…what a yummy way to eat more vegetables, nuts, beans & pulses!
What’s the difference between a dip & a paté you might ask? Well I think dips normally have a softer consistency (more suitable for dipping, naturally), & patés are not only firmer, but often richer, as you eat less of them, spread on toast, etc.
This recipe is one I’ve adapted from a little book I bought in the 90s, Vegetarian Barbeques by Sue Ashworth. It really is delicious – very mellow & buttery, but spiked with a little spiciness & the freshness of the lime & coriander – & it’s vegan too! If you cut back on the margarine & nuts by half for a lower fat version, I’m sure it would still be really tasty.
…& I’m not very organised so far. I’ve learned from experience that if you don’t have your inventory & marketing plans for the holiday season well under way by mid-year, it’s time to start panicking. Am I the only one who’s always disorganised & having a nervous breakdown by October? Anyway…here’s a sneak peak at one of my new pieces that will be stocked in my shop for the holidays, & I have a couple of new gocco prints underway, as well as some small-format originals. Aaaaand somewhere within the next couple of months, I’ll be moving house too. I hope I get everything finished!!!
A friend of mine is lucky enough to own a lovely little farm in the hills, with alpacas & sheep & goats. He took this photo last weekend on a gloriously sunny winter’s day…
Packaging design I did last year that, for one reason or another, didn’t get to see the light of day. Here’s your chance, little illustration, bask in the sunshiny glory of blog exposure!
It’s been a long time between drinks, as they say…about 5 months in fact. I’ve been cloistered away for so long, working on design projects, that I feel like I’ve dropped off the face of the earth as an artist & that Magic Jelly has faded into obscurity. Possibly, biannual blog posts aren’t helping my cause!