Sparkle Sparkle

wpid-20150514_161453.jpg I think it's mildly amusing how I work in a creative industry, yet still find myself needing a creative outlet (Or in my case several billion creative outlets) It's kind of a blessing and a curse really. I mean on one hand, I can spend all day creating stuff and not get bored of any one discipline, but on the other hand it means my head is always chock full of stuff.

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A feeling I get very frequently is what I like to call a "creative itch". It's when you have an idea, and the idea is so vivid that it completely fills your head, and the only way to regain head space is to create the thing. Because I spend much of my time away from home I've had to come up with some creative ways to get these ideas out quickly, but accurately. The two techniques I use frequently are voice recording (To get a melody out of my head when I'm away from my laptop) and water colour painting (my set is fairly portable, and it dries really fast, which is great when you've been painting and have to get off in like a minute)

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I've pretty much fallen head over heals for watercolour painting in the last few months, especially after I purchased a pearlescent watercolour set. (Seriously, it was like $4.00 from spotlight, and is just the greatest thing I've ever used.) If you're intersted in my watercolour stuff, I've been posting it a bit on instagram.

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Speaking of shimmery shiny things, something I've recently started doing is using the shimmy shimmy massage bar from lush. This thing looks like a soap, feels like a moisturizer, leaves my skin smelling of vanilla and makes me sparkle. Literally. It's chock full of glitter, and I've basically been feeling like a glitter bomb fairy since I bought it.

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My friend Rachel Maria Cox (Musician, radio extraordinaire, and general wonderwoman) got me onto this stuff. She was wearing it at a gig we were both at, and was kind enough to introduce me to the wonder of being a glitter fairy. Months later I'm a total convert.

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I think my favourite thing about the glitter used in the massage bar is that it's very tiny and very light, meaning you won't see it until the light catches it at just the right angle. I am going to wear it all the time because #yolo.

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TIMBURRRRRRRRR

wpid-20150124_180527.jpg I'm going to keep this one super short for two reasons: 1) I didn't get dresses until 3pm and 2) Shoddy phone photos because I didn't have time to shoot properly before leaving the house (so I got dad to man my phone camera after we went out for dinner this evening)

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As a celebration of the last Saturday of my holidays I hit the sewing machine and created these wooden shorts. They took me about 4 hours to sew, and I got them finished just in time for this evenings activities.

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The evening started with dinner with my parents, and ended with iceskating with a small group of friends. (It was super fun to catch up with everyone, especially seeing as I've been super hermit.)

As far as the shorts go, I'm really enjoying the heart pockets, and I think I'll be sewing them onto things more frequently!

Cat Dog

wpid-c360_2015-01-05-19-12-32-106.jpg One of the best worst things about being on holidays is the time available to be able to binge watch all the American TV I've missed out on over my uni semesters.

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Over the past 4 days, I've been watching American Horror Story, which has taken the number 1 place in my all time favourite TV shows. (I might make a list once I find my external drive, which has tragically been misplaced in my recent clean out) I'm a pretty big horror buff, so American horror story scratches all of my itches!

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Unfortunately for me, Season 4 doesn't finish for another 3 weeks :( Maybe I'll get started on supernatural to pass the time...

Emerald Dapper Fun Times

wpid-c360_2014-12-16-18-58-41-808.jpg Yesterday was a very long day in which I learned a lot about myself. My workplace had their first aid training day, which meant I was in a class room from 9am to 5pm, with an hours break in the middle. The training was great and I can competently take over situations which need first aid.

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Unfortunately, the training was done in a "classroom" setting. I don't do classrooms. I had an extremely hard time sitting still and paying attention. I also had a hard time not being outside/ making music (which is what I've been doing with my band quite a bit.) A friend of mine recently went on a long bike trip, and has been talking about feeling restless indoors. I really sympathised with her yesterday. (Her blog : https://crazybikegirl.wordpress.com/ I really love reading her blog, she's an excellent writer!)

Being constantly creative and stimulated made it really difficult for me to be in the classroom environment.

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The other thing I learned was that you really don't want me doing your cpr (at least the compressions component of cpr) As a musician, I have incredibly sensitive hands and fingers, which tend to injure/ tire easily. I made it througm the compressions component, but not without injuring myself.

 

 

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It was really odd wearing shorts to work. I pretty much exclusively wear dresses and skirts because it makes me feel crisp and professional. I'm glad I went with shorts though, because a dress or a skirt would have been very uncomfortable.

 

 

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Weird Wednesdays

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There's a fairly good reason why there was no blog post yesterday. My band had a busking/gig day in Sydney, which meant taking my photos with some camera fairy's! (You can see the leg of one in my shoe photo above)

We had a little bit of a rocky start to the day, we ended up leaving late, then one of the cars broke down on the free way (The car ran out of oil. Luckily our other car had spare oil with them!) But ultimately it was a really fun and productive day.

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I wore the outfit above busking. I decided to go with something super comfy that would breathe well (because it was really muggy in Sydney, and you tend to get hot playing the flute)  We ended up busking at Newtown station. We did much better than our attempted Monday busking session (partially because we invested in a solid portable setup, which meant people could actually hear us!)

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In the evening we had our gig at Valve Bar. It was a small venue, but quite intimate. Unfortunately most of the audience was made up from the bands that played, but the small audience we did have was an absolute pleasure to play for!