Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hmmm, where were we?

A little nudge from my friend Gay in Tasmania reminded me that I haven't updated this blog in over a month, Oh dear!
I have been relatively busy, not in the going out and earning a living kind of busy or doing good works kind of busy, but lazy, self indulgent knitting, origami-ing, sketching kind of busy.
My latest project is sketching out of doors in the hope that it will, (a) get me out of the house and (b) gain me entree into the Facebook group Urban Sketchers who seem like a nice bunch of people, some of whom have promised to come to Newcastle in January to help me get a chapter off the ground here.
 A couple of my attempts:
 A bit 'wonky' but balancing  your sketchbook on your knees is clearly a learned skill!

In other news, during my massive decluttering phase preparatory to moving house I scouted out a few blogs and discovered that one of them, "365 Less Things" (HERE) was run by none other than a Novocastrian who was herself in the process of moving and weirdly only metres from me! Arrangements were made to meet and Colleen and I enjoyed a lovely lunch this week with the promise of follow up meetings, how good is that?
My new year etegami for the year of the horse have been made and I will send them out soon, sadly fewer than last year as the postage has become prohibitively expensive, Australia Post no longer offer postcard rates and stamps to America have risen by a whole dollar to $2.60. One dollar is not much but multiply that by 50 you can see the problem.
Anyway, here is the stamp I carved for my New Year cards and as I have many 'hobby horses' I thought it a good fit. I hope that everyone's 2014 is good and if 2013 was bad for you, maybe next year will bring "a horse of a different colour."
Happy Christmas everyone, especially the faithful few who follow this blog!


  1. Ah, good to hear from you! I am not sure if you missed the train because you were drawing, or if you had to draw because you missed the train. Anyway the sketches are lovely. All the best for the festive season!

  2. Wish u Merry Xmas & Happy New Year! Thank u 4 the wonderful blog. I'm right now working on cards. Pardon my delay. Best wishes, Sadami