Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Melbourne artist: Carin Lavery


Some time ago, you may recall that I visited 'Veg Out' community garden in St Kilda. This is a community project that allows plot holders to grow their own produce right in the heart of St Kilda, Melbourne. You can read more about my visit to Veg Out  in this post

I was contacted recently by Melbourne artist  Carin Lavery, to request permission to use one of my photos that I had taken that day for her to work from with the hope of entering a local competition.
Happy that she had taken the time to ask and really liking her style, I said "Sure! Go for it!" Or something along those lines.  ;)

Not long after this exchange (I am still actually quite astounded at how quick it was!), Carin contacted me again to let me know that she had completed her piece and would like to share it with me.

Here is the finished piece below..

And the photographs that she worked from...

In her email, Carin mentioned that she was still very new to art and had only taken it up less than a year ago. 

I have to say, I was pretty stoked that she had thought my humble photo worthy enough to work from and when she shared her work with me, I was blown away with how it came out!

I love it, Carin and I really want to thank you for making my week!

For more information on Carin and to check out her other works, please take a look at her website: 

Best of luck with your artistic endeavors Carin!

Seaside and beach huts (summer snaps part 2)

A couple of days by the sea to celebrate the eldest daughter turning 15. With the specific goal of visiting these hot springs. Unbelievably good! To soak away life's worries in the soothing hot mineral waters from deep below the ground. Yes, I must do more of this. A magical place to visit and to stay along the foreshore with views of cheerful beach huts at every turn was just lovely.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Summer Snaps (part 1)

'The Good Stuff'' (recipe below)

A little nod to our summer getaway. Caravans, cards and questionable cooking over fire were the focus. Along with swimming, biking, fishing and quirky little shop perusing. It was nice to have my mum camp alongside us and join us on biking/coffee/secondhand shop jaunts. And share the warmth of a campfire at the end of each day.

{Creswick, Vic}
Places of interest: Creswick Information Centre, Lake Calembeen Caravan Park, Creswick regional park, Creswick Woollen Mills, The American Hotel, Pyaramid Connection Healing Centre, Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, Creswick Museum, Twin Needles Patchwork, Lambley Nursery and quaint second hand shops and cute cafes lining the main street. For more info see here. 

The Good Stuff (aka cumquat liqueur)
Place a generous amount of cumquat skins, a little sugar, a vanilla bean and a bottle of gin into a large preserving jar, cover and allow to infuse for 6 weeks to 6 months. Strain and serve, preferably chilled. Cheers!
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