Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dead Beetle is Lovely

I just want to share this little beetle.  These are common in Brisbane at this time of the year although I cannot find their name anywhere.
This little dead fellow was found when I was walking home and is now having an eternal sleep in a little box.
I love beetles.  Alive ones are always better but I do appreciate and enjoy dead things.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Stamps are something that it is hard not to love.  Whether it is a humble potato stamp, store bought stamp, someone else's hand carved handy work, or, best of all, your own hand carved stamp.

I learnt to carve stamps from Kay Watanabe as part of the Hands On Brisbane and truly love the technique and the results.

Today I spent a little time making some more wrap for orders using my own hand carved Your Organ Grinder Anatomy stamps.  I use my stamps to make wrap and tote bags, rather than selling the stamps I carve.

Brain Stamp

Chicken Skeleton Stamp

Microscopes and chickens and brains.  oh my!

Tote Bag

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Walking Dead E-Course

Anyone else doing/done The Walking Dead E-Course on Canvas?

I've not had a chance to really sit down with the content so I have been waiting.  Today I had the urge so sat myself down and started to read.

I think this article is absolutely fascinating and so worth a read.

On the main topic, though...

Thinking about Self-Actualisation, the idea of Abraham Maslow is also really interesting. When you pursue a creative enterprise you are often seen to be "living the dream."  The truth is the "dream" is a lot of hard work, stress, frustration and headaches!  Maslow studied people he believed to be self-actualised, but were they?Ghandi, Abe Lincoln, Einstein, Beethoven?  Do you think they felt they had achieved what they wanted? Two of those were assassinated and if they kept working would they have achieved more and how much more did they want to achieve.

Maslow says only 2% of the population self-actualise. So I wonder how many who self-actualise feel they have achieved what they wanted? Do they think they go there, or is it just us, looking at them, who think that?