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!
Way back in ’07 I blogged about my childhood tin of plastic treasures that I called my Little Things Box. I had an old toffee tin crammed with tiny trinkets that I treasured & traded – much like the tin Amelie finds. I still collect little toys & keep them in vintage cigar boxes.
Imagine my surprise & pleasure to be approached last year by the beautiful Chinese magazine Little Thing to do an interview for their section called Little Paper Magic in the very first issue. They kindly sent me a copy late last year, & I’ve only just taken a few pics to show you – particularly timely because the theme of this post is all things tiny…
I’m holding a little giveaway of the collages on canvas you see above. They’re seriously small – about 2.25 x 3.25″ each & come with their own miniature easels.
If you’d like to win the collage on the right, featuring my little illustration of a Death’s Head Moth, all you have to do is be a subscriber to my Mailing List – I’ll be drawing a name randomly – & to win the collage on the left, featuring Li’l Mary, puffin’ on a giant stogie, I have devised a little contest…
Hello Strangers! I can’t believe I haven’t posted since last September! Wow, that time went fast… Dang it, I missed the holidays & the new year…
I think I needed a Blog Break. Any of you who are also independent artists or crafters know how overwhelming it can be, not only making your products, but handling all your own marketing & promotions, answering emails, taking care of admin duties, etc. It’s never-ending! Not that I’m complaining, I’d much rather be busy than sitting around twiddling my thumbs, but sometimes it’s just necessary to take a holiday, even if it’s just a break from blogging or emailing or shipping, or even from making stuff.
I’ve temporarily closed my Etsy shop while I concentrate on a B.I.G. project that’s taking way longer than I’d hoped. But it’s very exciting & I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Stay tuned…
Art Fights Fire
Mosey on over to the Kaotic Kraft Kuties blog & read all about a fab fundraiser for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. There’s amazing art being raffled – including my modest li’l contribution above, which is a collage on wood panel – & the draw is being held at the Outré Gallery in Melbourne on the 25th of February. There’s still time to buy a raffle ticket – it’s such a worthy cause!
The Bushfire Appeal shop on Etsy has been going like gangbusters too. I donated a few things myself, which have now sold, but the shop is still very well stocked with goodies generously donated by wonderful Etsy sellers. So far the shop has raised an incredible $13,500! It’s truly heartwarming to witness the generosity of the people who’ve organised this fundraiser, & all those who’ve donated & bought. So if you’re in the market for something unique & wonderful, & would like to support a very worthy & needy cause, go buy something!