Something you may not know about me…

August 31, 2008 at 1:12 am (Art, Uncategorized) (, )

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Many, many moons ago while looking for a way to earn a crust I applied for a position as a leadlighter.

To my shock I actually got the job only to wonder how the hell I was going to handle and cut glass and make windows.

My boss was a sweetie, it was his studio and he was very popular and well known in the industry here.

So, I learnt the very old and traditional craft of leadlighting.

At first I was petrified of breaking glass, cutting myself etc etc.

But after a few weeks I was carrying large sheets of glass (almost as big as me) cutting them into pieces, soldering, puttying windows and all that goes along with it.

It was not an easy job by any means. It was hard physical work. I lost a lot of weight and became quiet strong in the arms and hands.

It meant standing all day, getting little bits of glass all over you, cutting your fingertips, burning yourself with solder, using powders and putties and stove black to polish the lead so by the end of the day you were filthy.

But I loved that job. Because when you finished a customers window they were always so happy. And it was a creative job too, from drawing up the patterns, designing some windows from scratch, choosing colours and textures of glass and sometimes even painting on the glass.

It wasn\’t however as good for my lungs though. I ended up coughing up lots of junk every morning.

After being there for about a year, business started to slow and he had to let me go but I continued to make lampshades, little hanging things, jewellery boxes. Selling them at craft markets and in some shops. But when I worked I used a mask so I wouldn\’t breathe in the fumes from the solder.

Until my garage where I worked was broken into and my tools and some of my special glass was stolen.

Including some of my work as well.

I had always hoped to start making things again but have never been able to afford buy the tools I needed to replace, anyway where I live now I don\’t have the room to do it because you really need a garage or a work shed to work in.

Maybe one day…

 

Love Me xxxxx

Photo of a bathroom window and matching cabinet doors that I made.

 

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Crazy Doodle Time…

July 26, 2008 at 5:07 pm (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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So, I know I haven’t written a proper blog in weeks, and there are several reasons for this.

Firstly, I had an infection in my sinus for about 3 weeks so I just felt pretty crap most of the time.

Secondly, my stupid internet provider reduced my monthly downloads from unlimited to 12GB which I ended up using up, so then my internet slowed down from ADSL to dial up. I had no idea what was happening and spent all day reinstalling my software thinking something had happened to my computer. Finally, I thought I would go to the providers website and check my account and found out that I had used up all my downloads for the month.

I was so angry, they had rung me to renew my contract but did not tell me that now for the same price they only offered 12GB per month instead of unlimited. Now I am on 25GB but I am not very happy and may look for a new provider very soon.

Thirdly, my legal case against my siblings has been taking up a lot of my time. As they are trying to prove my mother didn\’t have the capacity to write her will, I applied to get her medical records from the hospital, which I finally got last week.

There was 422 pages of stuff dating back to 1998. Needless to say I only needed the information from after she had her stroke in 2003. I found quite a lot of good information that stated she could communicate and understand what was going on.

I spent a whole day transcribing 26 pages of hand written clinical notes to submit to court as evidence for my case. But hopefully this is going to prove that she did have the capacity to make a will even if she could not speak very well.

And I have been so busy at work as well and so tired when I get home.

So forgive me for not blogging sooner. I also visited my favourite crazy shop, so will have a few interesting products to show you soon.

Hope this finds everyone well and happy.

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Its Crazy Doodle Time!!!! again……

April 20, 2008 at 2:00 am (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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Hi Everyone,

After so long you have probably forgotten all about crazy doodle time.

But here it is!

I did this doodle partly waiting for a lift to work and partly in our work social club meeting.

I kept getting told it would make a cool tattoo.

And I suppose it would.

Lately, I haven\’t really been myself. I have felt too happy to be sad and too sad to be happy.

Do you know what I mean?

I keep on telling myself I don\’t have that much to be sad about compared to so many other people.

I live in a place I love, I have a pretty good job, I have two beautiful pussycats, I have some great friends, I am healthy, I have no debts, I can do whatever I want whenever I want, I can have a messy house or a clean house, I can stay up late or sleep in and so many other things.

But I have no family anymore. I have no one close to share my life with. I am 45 and I haven\’t had children.

I don\’t have any money, but funnily enough this doesn\’t bother me too much because I am not a person that needs \”things\”. You know how some people need all the newest, biggest, best, designer label stuff, well, I don\’t. And it doesn\’t impress me that other people have that sort of stuff. I am just not interested in it. It just doesn\’t mean anything to me.

I do love books and have an extensive library, and I do love old, curious and unusual things although I don\’t have a lot of these things.

What I need and miss is someone to hug me. Someone to watch DVD\’s with, and go to the markets with, and just hang out with. Someone that is closer to me than my friends.

Oh well, hopefully someday someone will come along….. and then I will want to be alone again!

Haha

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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So, I haven\’t been blogging much lately…

January 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm (Art) (, , )

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mainly because things in my life have been fairly quiet.

I don\’t tend to write much poetry when things are pretty normal. I know its strange but I only seem to write poetry if I am in love or in pain or have become introspective.

I also haven\’t been doing a lot of drawing or doodling. I must slap myself on the wrist because I really need to be doing more creative things.

Anyway, I thought I would post a photo of an old drawing and painting I did back in 1985… wow that seems such a long time ago but then again only like yesterday.

At that time I was going out with a fiddle player and he was very good, so I decided I would do a painting for him as a present. I often did that for my boyfriends.

So firstly I did a drawing in pencil, then I worked on the painting which is done in oils, which I really used to love, because they don\’t dry overnight so you can come back the next day and rework them.

I haven\’t done an oil painting for such a long time and I would love to do one but the materials are very expensive and just at the moment with all my lawyers bill I really can\’t afford it.

Needless to say I split up with the fiddle player before I finished the painting so, I still have it. Which is good I think because I do like it in a funny kind of way.

The painting looks a lot nicer in real life because the colours are very rich, this is because the painting started off completely yellow and I built up transparent layers to make the colour of the wood.

Anyway that is my story of the day.

 

Love Me xxxxx

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Yes, its crazy doodle time…

December 1, 2007 at 4:00 pm (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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Some may have seen this on my deviant art site….but if you haven\’t enjoy!

 

Love Me xxxxx

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Okay a little something for those tired of possums…

November 10, 2007 at 7:52 pm (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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This is a doodle I did the other night.

I really like this one.

I have a few more I have done recently so will post them every now and then.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

 

Love Me xxxxx

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You guessed it, once again its Crazy Doodle Time

August 4, 2007 at 4:35 pm (Art, Doodles, Drawing)

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Here is one of my latest crazy doodles.

Drawn during a staff meeting at work.

Usually I would get rid of the text that I doodle around, but I thought I would leave it in this time.

I may get rid of it later and colour it in or something who knows.

Love Me xxxxxx

P.S. Everything is fine with my boy, thanks to those of you who asked.

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Doodling my days away…

April 27, 2007 at 2:48 am (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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Not quite well enough to do stuff, not quite sick enough to stay in bed…

So yesterday I doodled my day away.

I lay on the couch and whenever I felt like it I added a bit to this doodle.

When I first looked at it yesterday I didn\’t like it at all.

I said to Paul, \”I don\’t like this doodle\” and he said something along the lines of \”how can you do something so cool while you are still sick\”.

Then this morning when I woke up I liked it again.

I won\’t write too much I am a bit tired.

I went to the doctor again because I am strangely allergic to certain infections. I have had this thing called Erythema Multiforme since I was about 13.

I have had it from, amongst other things: a small pox vaccination, laryngitis, pneumonia, and most recently when Truffles fell on my face and cut my eyelid with her claw I had a tetanus vaccination and was allergic to that. But mostly I get it if I have a chest infection or sinus infection or something along those lines. Basically I come out in a rash that looks something like targets that spread out all over me and then join together. Its pretty disgusting hahaha and I feel wretched.

So now of course I have that on top of my infection and I have a temperature still. But I went to the doctor and he has given me some medication to clear it up. Yay. Actually I had to go to two doctors because the first one hadn\’t seen this condition before and was reluctant to give me the medication I wanted. But then I went and saw another one who used to be my mum\’s doctor (lovely man too) and he knew exactly what to do.

Now I am exhausted but I want you all to know I really appreciate the lovely little messages you are all leaving me and hopefully I will be able to get back to you all soon.

 

Love Me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Its Crazy Doodle Time Again…

April 10, 2007 at 7:00 pm (Art, Doodles, Drawing) (, , )

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Here for your enjoyment is my latest crazy doodle, drawn on Good Friday at a friends of a friends house, being the only woman surrounded by about 6 males talking about music. Hmmm please don\’t analyze this!!!

 

Love Me xxxxx

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So I bought a new small sketchbook…

March 14, 2007 at 3:33 am (Art, Drawing) (, )

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And had to christen it.

So what better way than to start with the gorgeous face of a juvenile Florida Panther.

These wonderful creatures are highly endangered with less than 100 believed to be surviving in the wild due to car accidents, hunting, and loss of habitat.

Well, so says my book \”Spirit of the Wild Cat\”.

Anyway I just love these stunning animals.

Can never quite make my mind up about which is my favourite big cat after the Tiger.

(Oh except for my friend Curtis )

Love Me xxxxx

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