Orange Bush Painting

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My Dad and I had a landscape painting sesh on Sunday. We painted what we could see of maitland band from the natural lookout at the top of the path. Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish our works as the cold got the better of us, but we’ve got tentative plans to finish the works at a later date within the next few weeks.

Walking

Coat: Sports girl, Jumper: Dotti, Shorts: Home Made, Tights: Sports girl, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: Dr Marten.

This is what I wore. Basically my prerogative with the outfit was “warm and comfy as possible” which I definitely achieved. Only thing I was missing was fingerless gloves (which is why the cold won out. My phalanges couldn’t hold the brush without cold pain) I’ve really been digging watercolour as a medium as of late, which is what I ended up using. My dad is using acrylics for his painting.

painting with Dad

Speaking of art, I’ve been posting a lot of my stuff to instagram at the moment (which you should totally check out. There’s a link in my sidebar.) I’ll probably post a photo of my painting and my Dad’s once they’re done.

Hand throught hair

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Flower Space Princess

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Man it feel good to be back on the sewing machine! I haven’t sewn in so long because gigs/uni/work/life. I also made another flower crown because why not!

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Who said that humans can’t fly!

This fabric has been burning a hole in my sewing box since May (or was it April?). I bought it while I was on holidays in Kiama with my family from a teeny tiny quilting shop. The pattern reminds me of the glow in the dark stickers you stick on the roof to make glow in the dark galaxies. The material I used for the bow is this ridiculous shiny organza material which I’ve had forever. It’s a bit of a pain to sew with, but it looks so pretty.

skirt details

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As with most of my skirts, my pattern is self drafted. It’s a 3/4 circle skirt with a gathered trim edge. This is becoming a fairly standard pattern in my self drafted arsenal. I love the way it moves, and I love how full the gathers make the skirt.

legs plus staring

Flower Crown: Hand Made, Blazer: Uscari, Shirt: Thrifted, Belt: Shop 55, Skirt: Home Made, Socks: Ebay, shoes: Converse

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I’ve got another skirt in the works. It’s unlike the skirts I’ve sewn before, which is fun. I’ll have to finish it this evening so I can wear it tomorrow :3 (This may or may not b the start of a sewing binge…)

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June Favourites

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It’s that time of the month! I’mma share all of my favourite artists/musicians/performers/culture things :D

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First up, we’ve got Furry Little Peach who is a Sydney based watercolour artist. I’ve really been enjoying her instagram posts as of late (she’s putting together an exhibition featuring cacti). I’d love to post an image of her work, but unfortunately wordpress is being a butt, so if you’re curious about her work, you’ll just have to click the link yo!

https://www.facebook.com/furrylittlepeach

Dropping skirt

Blazer: Review, Shirt: Dangerfield, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home Made, Tights: Coles, Shoes: Don’t remember :s

 http://millyscarlett.blogspot.com.au/ – I’ve posted about Milly before (we had a sewing evening last year, and posted heaps cute photos of what we made) She’s finally started blogging again, so you should totes check her out. (She’s also an artist, and has really cool work on her instagram / etsy. I’m going to assume those links are on her blog…)

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I’ve been listening to fleet foxes a lot lately. They’ve been chilling on my ipod for ages, but up until June, I’ve only really half listened to them. Their music is stunning, from the instrumentation, to the vocal harmonies, even their stage manner (I may have binge watched some live footage on youtube recently)

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My last cultural favourite for this month is a venue I played at with Button Collective. It’s a fairly new space called GUT. It’s an intimate space created by a bunch of people who are really into live music and art, so they’ve dedicated part of their living space to supporting the arts. If you live in Sydney, I highly suggest you keep an eye on this space. It’s super cool, and will only survive if passionate people support it.

So those are my favourite cultural things for this month. Hope you have fun checking them out :D

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Green Machine

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There comes a point in every young adults life where they look into moving out of their parents home because living there doesn’t make sense anymore. I’ve reached that point, and as well as being a little scary, It’s a big fat reminder that yes, despite my appearance and lifestyle, I am in fact an adult.

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Rohan and I have started viewing and applying for houses. I may be a little bit excited.  The area we’re looking at is pretty close to home, it’s just significantly closer to public transport, making my life a whole lot easier (and my transport costs wayyy cheaper)

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I’ve been living in the same house for 20 years, so this whole packing up your life and moving thing is a foreign concept for me. It’ll be fun though. I’m currently living on an opposite sleep schedule to my parents (They wake up in the wee hours of the morning to go to work, and I come back in the wee hours of the morning returning home from work), so this move will make life easier for everyone.

 

 

lens flare w jacket

Blazer: Review, Shirt: Don’t remember, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Princess Highway, Tights: coles, Shoes: Don’t remember

This is what I wore on Monday. I don’t tend to wear this skirt often. I’m not sure why, but it’s super comfy, and I’ll definitely be wearing it more often.  It’s made from a chiffon type fabric with really tight single pleats. You can’t see it super well from the photos (I did take detail shots, but I failed at focusing the camera :s) but this skirt is covered in tiny white apples with purple leaves.

 

 

patting noodle w lens flare

One thing I’m really not looking forward to about moving out is I won’t be able to take my dogs with me. Out of all of the houses we’re looking at viewing (I think there were about 10 or 15 in our price range) there was one that might consider pets, and even if the others allowed pets, they were mostly flats. It wouldn’t be fair to move my doggies from having a big backyard to maybe a tiny balcony. I’ll still be able to visit them, but it won’t be the same.

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Pirate Skirts, Gigs and Lots of Figs.

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I’m going to come out and say this now. This post has nothing to do with figs. I just wanted something in the title to rhyme with gigs, and it’s the best I could come up with!

Vanishing Shapes opened of Asta last night and this is what I wore.

with coat

Coat: Spin Dr, Shirt: Thrifted, Corset: Hell Bunny, Skirt: Home Made, Stockings: Myer, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: I <3 Billy.

I really love wearing the I wore last night, but it’s a bit of a pain. It’s a very soft corset with very malleable boning, which likes to bend out of shape whenever you sit down/bend down/ do anything at all (hence why I usually don’t wear it).

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As I mentioned earlier, my band, Vanishing Shapes opened for Asta with another artist called Morgana Osaki. I’d not heard of either artist before booking the gig, and was really impressed with the performances both groups gave. It was a pretty strange lineup (going from prog folk, to chill indie/electro pop w Harp, then danceable indie) but despite the strangeness, it worked pretty well.

Holding skirt

(I’m going to preface my sub par concert photography with a warning: This is the first time I’ve ever used my camera at a gig, so I kind of yolo’d these photo’s into existence and they turned out a little noisy. I learned quite a bit though, so the next time I play photographer my photos should be better. Hopefully.)

Morgana’s set was very chill. Her and her band mate Huw (Who i didn’t manage to get a decent photo of – boo) make haunting electro pop style beats. The harp sets their music apart from the other music they share the genera with. On a non music note, her dress was absolutely amazing. It was gold and fluffy in all the right places (and she had matching shoes). We’ve actually got a festival coming up with them in September. I’m looking forward to seeing their stuff again!

morgana Morgana 2

I think I must be living under some kind of rock, because Asta is pretty well known. Her set was super tight, and really well performed. (You can’t see it in the pictures, but she had a full band with her. Their performance chemistry was great!) She had the crowd up dancing, and she too pulled some amazing dance moves (especially considering the amount of space she had to work with on the stage. There was so much gear and so many cables!). Again, on a non music note, her outfit was rather amazing. She had these amazing pants with a very interesting pattern of holes. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture her full outfit as my dim light photography technique is non existent.

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TLDR: Gig was good, clothes were good, all is good.

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Pom pom, politics and progressive values

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I’m having trouble typing my thoughts in detail, so I’ll just give you all a TLDR: The Australian government is actively trying to destroy any form of equality Australia had, and it’s making me sad and angry. I’m angry because I didn’t vote for these people, but I’m stuck with their idiotic policies anyway, and I’m sad because I feel completely powerless to change anything. This government isn’t listening to it’s people, it’s listening to those who will make them rich.

Sitting on bathtub

Anyway, I’ve taken to twitter in hopes as a form of protest/making Jen feel slightly less angry/sad. I’m using #thisisnotdemocracy. The aim is for me to tweet something intelligent at those in power every day in order to let them know that I am not ok with what they are doing. I would absolutely love it if others would join me.

Here’s a list of Twitter accounts to get you started:

Tony Abbot: The Prime Minister/Minister for all sorts of things he shouldn’t be sticking his nose in.

Julie Bishop: Deputy leader of the liberal party/ Minister for foreign affairs.

Christopher Pyne: Minister for Education

Peter Dutton: Minister for immigration and border protection

Greg Hunt: Minister for the environment

Scott Morrison: Minister for Social Services

Joe Hocky: Treasurer

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On a lighter note, I spent my day writing music with Vanishing Shapes and painting. I’m really enjoying having time to be creative without having to worry about assignments. Anyway, I don’t have anything else to say, so I’ll just leave everyone with the rest of my photo’s from today!

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holding the coat

skirt details

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Orange and mint candy

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Sorry I haven’t been very wordsy lately. I’ve been doing quite a bit of painting recently which is killing my words (when I paint, I think in images, which destroys my writing)

standingwithcoatsideways

I’m officially on uni break now! I almost feel free (school doesn’t finish until friday), and can’t wait to catch up on all of the general life business I’ve been ignoring so I can do my uni work/do my job.

brushing fringe

This is what I wore Monday. I don’t know why this colour combination didn’t occur to me earlier. Looking at it here, matching various off white/blues with this skirt is on of the most obvious ways to wear it (I’ve only ever matched it with orange.)

bottle

I had a student sit her very first flute exam ever last week. She sat preliminary grade, and recieved at A+. I’m so proud of her (and can’t wait to move her onto more complex pieces)

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Even though personal life type stuff is great at the moment, the Australian Government is getting me down at the moment. I hate how conservative they are, and I hate how closed minded and greedy they are. All of the laws/bills/stuff that they’ve been passing/are looking into passing only benefit the wealthy minority. I don’t understand how they can possibly be that out of touch with reality.

They’re currently attacking internet rights and education. I’ve not really been involved with the social justice scene, but I think I’m actively going to try and get involved/spread awareness.

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On a happier note, my band Vanishing Shapes has a gig at the Cambridge hotel this Saturday evening. If your in the Newcastle area, you should totally go. It’s going to be super fun!

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