Dirty Girl Granny Skills

Dirty Girl Kitchen


Hello peeps,

Happening this Friday and Saturday until late in the evening in Adelaide is the Dirty Girl Kitchen – Artisan Christmas Markets. Should be amazing, with live music, lots of food stalls, arty crafty goodness and styling and retail stalls like mine!!

Come along and enjoy the vibe and buy something original and handmade for Christmas.


Lovely “Maureen Margaret Alice” handmade ceramic plates with crochet – named after my Granny.


Crochet goodies will be there. Perfect for storing all your stuff and great for pressies.


I’ll be there so drop by and say hi. I’m quite excited about the gin bars myself!! Quite partial to a nice G & T on a hot day.

Love and Art



Art, Gardening and Thrifting Mega-Centre

Mosaic Sign

Ridley Grove Community Garden

Mosaic Tree

One of the many mosaics at Ridley Grove Community Garden

Ceramic Urn

Centrepiece in the Garden

Artist at work

Lyn designing her lino cut inspired by Australian Native Tree

Lino Print

Lyn’s Lino Print


Hello! Second post of the day!! I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the Ridley Grove Community Garden where I’ve been working on an arts project. The centre has a garden, church hall, art and craft activities and a thrift shop. Is this the ideal place to work or what??? We’ve been working on finishing off the printing phase of our project. I love this print by Lyn that was inspired by the Australia artist Margaret Preston and is based on an Australian Native flower. We mixed up a eucalyptus green colour and next session Lyn plans to add some red embroidery to the flowers. Finally, we will make these into pillows. Cant wait to see how they all turn out. It’s not often you can go to work and make and teach art, go thrift shopping and get given a huge bunch of organic silverbeet for dinner too. Yum! Spinach and fetta pie here we come!

Love and Art


New Human Being, New Martian Creature

Softie toy

My latest Martian toy for my niece Violet

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old

The proud Aunt and Violet

The proud Aunt and Violet


Just a quick post before I go off to teach at Ridley Grove Community Centre again today. I made this little softie toy for my new niece Violet yesterday. She’s sooooooooo cute. A really gorgeous girl. I’ve made lots of these softies over the years but haven’t made too many lately. The first one I ever made was for my ballet teacher when I was about ten years old and it was an owl from the Woman’s Day Craft book.

I’ve got a copy of that craft book I picked up in an op-shop ( or thrift store for those of you outside Australia). Op-shop is short for “Opportunity Shop” which is what we call them here because you have the opportunity to grab a bargain!! Woo Hoo. I’m going to find that book and post you a picture of it to show how far I’ve come in crafting.

I haven’t quite finished this Martian creature. I’ve got to embroider a mouth on it and make up a little story about it’s life and where it’s from. I do this every time I make a softie a people love. it.

Speaking of embroidery, off to teach it now.
Catch you soon.

Love and Art

Printing The Day Away

Printmaking Butterflies

Printmaking on Fabric using two different stamps

Printmaking Heart

Printmaking Heart Design by Geeta

Indian Printmaking Design

Printmaking design by Vaishali



Random pattern placement using cloud design

Printmaking on Fabric

Random overlapping print placement using this design


Hi folks,

How’s your artlife going?? We’ve just heard about the new budget here in Australia and everything is being slashed including the Arts. It’s not a surprise but it does make you wonder what is going to happen to this country and all the ordinary people in it.

Following on from my last post where I was working with children at The Ridley Grove Community Centre on a School Holiday Program, I am now working with women at the same centre doing a three week art program. Many of the women at the centre are new immigrants to Australia and there is a large Indian and African community. I love how this can influence the designs they come up with. Pictured above is a design by Vaishali who has only been in Australia for about one month. I love her design. It’s also amazing how quickly people take on new culture as one of the other Indian women carved a “Peppa Pig” design for her son based on a cartoon here on kids t.v.

We started off doing some design and are now in the process of using our designs to create stamps to print on to fabric with.

We have been using something called Ezy-Carve Rubber instead of lino to do the printing. It’s kind of the thickness and texture of an eraser but you can buy it in much larger pieces.  I’ve used this before and it works well with kids as young as about eight years old as it’s a lot easier to carve than lino. It’s much softer and kind of has the consistency of butter as you carve it using traditional lino carving tools. I haven’t been able to find out much more about this product as there aren’t many details on the packet but if’ you are interested in using it have a look at your local art supply store.

Pictured above are some of the prints we’ve made on to fabric using stamps carved from Ezy-Carve. In the next sessions we will add some hand embroidery to our fabric designs and then sew up our fabric to create a cushion. The images above that aren’t credited were made by me as examples for the women to have a look at. I can’t wait to show you some of the other designs and prints the women created. Stay tuned for that over the next few weeks.

Love and Art



Street Art






Hi folks,
I’ve just got back from a little sojourn to Melbourne and whilst the weather was horrible and rainy there is always so much art to see EVERYWHERE!! My sister and I spent some time wandering down High Street in Northcote and other funky streets with gorgeous shops full of handmade and bespoke fashion and art.

I loved this work just on a little wall in between a couple of shops. Small CD’s with mixed media stuck directly on the wall. The title of the work is Handmade Opportunities by Cassandra King.

Love and Art



Here’s a lovely photo of me with my cousin’s kids- Jasper (aged 5)and Scarlett (aged 3). I stayed at their house recently and thought whilst watching T.V. I’d do a bit of work on this quilt. I’m making it for my sister who is pregnant with her second child due in February. I was quite unprepared for the excitement it would engender in the kids.

Jasper wanted to sew and Scarlett wanted to cut the thread. Who am I to argue with this sort of enthusiasm? I got Jasper sewing through the edge of the wadding that was sticking out and I would eventually cut off. This only entertained him for a while and then he wanted to do what I was doing!! Kids are so clever and don’t miss a trick. So I thought ‘bugger it’ I’ll let him do a bit of sewing on the actual quilt. My sister will love it because it will have the kids work on it. Of course his stitches were massive but afterwards I incorporated them into a random stitch pattern by adding more of my own.
Scarlett is obsessed with pink and purple and went through my embroidery tin getting all those tones out. A good lesson in colour I thought! She wanted to use the scissors to cut up stuff, so I got her cutting the embroidery thread into lengths for me. There were a few unusable short bits but I trained her up to do the right length and measure one piece the same as the other.
They both want me to make them a quilt now too! So, cute!! And they want to do more sewing. So, next time I go over to their place I might bring some felt and large needles for them to have a go with.
I had heaps of fun. I was feeling a bit down after my return from traveling overseas and the ensuing ‘back to reality’ issues but this really made me happy. It made me remember that family is why you come home and that the smallest things can bring you joy at the most unexpected moments.
Love and Art