Spring Time!

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The first day of Spring and a gorgeous day to open all the windows and let the fresh air stream in.

A lovely day to attend a garden collage workshop at Heritage Hill.

Walking in the garden and sketching a picture.

Being inspired to create my own spring picture by a pot with a small green shrub and violets in it.

Enjoying the sunshine, the intense blue sky, my own garden, and some time to sit and journal.

I came across this beautiful quote:

 “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott.

This Spring I will take time to look and listen.

Spring time a delightful time to go outside and play!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

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Farmer’s Market to Archibald Prize Exhibition.

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This weekend I had nothing planed. I was still feeling tired, and couldn’t contemplate a full weekend. My plans was to  go with the flow. However I just hate wasting my weekends, as I work so many of them. Saturday morning was a late morning visit to the Farmer’s market, which including relaxing having a coffee and listening to the music. I also brought these lovely flowers, and  a few other things.

 

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After a lazy Sunday morning sleep in, I decided I really wanted to do something with my day. The boys weren’t interested. I enjoy visiting art galleries. So I decided to go for an adventure by myself. I put my summer dress on and headed out, and for a while the sun was even shining. I ventured down to the  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, to see the Archibald Prize 2014 Exhibition. This is an exhibition exclusively to portraits, and includes some very prominent Australian artists. It is so delightful to see the variety of creative ways they do these portraits from traditional to bizarre. I think what I love best is reading what the artist words about the person they chose and how they were trying to capture them in their work. I really enjoyed the exhibition.

After that I slowly walked through the Mornington Rose Garden. How lovely all those roses looked. I just sat there for a while so I could soak in all their beauty. It was a beautiful peaceful garden to take time out in and relax, and even smell the roses. Some of them smell real good.

It was a very enjoyable day. It was a day that left me feeling good, and uplifted.  A day for me an Artist’s date.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Frugal Artist’s Dates

coffeeThis week I took myself to the local library for my Artist’s Date. Often my local library will have library talks and demonstrations. These talks are often free and part of the library membership. They will invite guests to come and speak about what they do or books they have written. Many different topics get covered. The talk I went to was all about coffee, and was super informative, and included a demonstration on how to make coffee. I have a coffee machine at home, and have been making yukky coffees for many years. Basically I have been doing a lot of the wrong things. However now I have been  creating tastier smoother yummy coffees. I have been practicing everyday since the library talk, putting all the advice into practice. Most of all I have been relaxing and  enjoying a delicious coffee every morning which was made by me for me!

Whilst one of my favourite things to do is go on an adventure walk. I just pick a place and walk parks and streets and admire all the beauty I see. I often find a place to just sit and relax. A place to simply sit and dream. Dream about what a wonderful day it is, and what a lovely life I live. I also dream about projects I want to start, places I want to visit, activities I want to do, even meals I would like to cook. Having a quiet place to sit allows dreams to appear. I also notice whilst I am on my adventure walk I am more observant and curious. I tend to see more and wonder more. Life seems more vibrant and alive in these moments. I love my adventure walks!

restandsitI have also been enjoying playing with photo’s.  I now wish I had a better camera, however the only thing I can do at the moment is make the best of what I have. I have also been working on an Artist’s Date Pinterest Board, that has been a lot of fun too.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Saturday Morning Musings!

IMG_4043Another Saturday morning has come around and I am afraid it is an intense weekend of working so not much time for playing. So many people work weekends now so I don’t feel so bad about it. It still somehow feels like I am missing out. I think it is that Monday to Friday attitude, Yey, it is the weekend, we get to relax and play. So I celebrated my days off on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday included an adventure walk around the lake with Little Miss Popularity and a visit to the lovely Wilson’s Botanical Park. Whilst Thursday was my Artist’s Date to Heritage Hill Museum and Historical Gardens. This lovely place is hidden away in the suburban streets of Dandenong. It is amazing what treasures can be found hidden in our suburbs. They hide among the drudgery of suburban streets and I often don’t notice them until  I  go exploring.  It was a lovely old house called the Benga House, which I did a tour through the maid’s room, kitchen, and laundry experiencing what it must have been like to be the maid of the house, and how life would have been in those times. Then walking through the house I was able to enjoy three of the art exhibitions. It was a lovely quiet space to be in, and stand back taking in the stories of the pieces of works. Out side was lovely the garden surroundings , unfortunately it was too windy to sit and enjoy. I wanted to take more pictures especially of the house however my camera battery decided to die. That is ok, I at least got this one of the gardens. It was a lovely day out and I enjoyed my solo excursion out very much.  It is a wonderful thing to take time out and re-fill the well. What wonderful things will you do this weekend ? Or are you like me and working this weekend?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

 

Saturday Morning Musing!

IMG_0706Spent a couple of lovely hours at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park on Friday. I met up with a friend for lunch, it was the perfect tranquil space to share a meal, and then walk around the Sculpture Park and chat. There was also a photo exhibition on which captivated my imagination and also curiosity. I kept thinking how did this person do this, and where were was the place the photo’s were set in. The McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is one of my favourite places to visit and catch up with friends. It is such a peaceful place and yet there is so much to do and see there.

Whilst Friday morning was spent trying to re-arrange Mighty Mouse’s room, trying to figure out how to make it look more grown up and yet keep all his teddies. I think this time I am going to go with an animal theme. More using the colours, and bold animal pictures like tigers or loins.  Whilst Mr. Serious room, I have not idea what to do. He tells me he wants it to be about gaming and movies. I guess I will go out looking and see what inspires me. This year I hope to freshen up and change the look of my boys rooms. At the moment their rooms are very child like and very hap hazard in the way they look. One is just cluttered and full of teddies and toys, the other is sparse with the walls covered in movie posters and school work. Both rooms have shown my boys unique style and likes. Now I just want to update it and add a bit more of a grown up look. So far I have found it difficult to come up with ideas, there are not a lot of images out there that focus on teenage boys rooms.

This week I have been experimenting with cooking different meals for dinner, some have been a success and some have just been alright. I have enjoyed being creative with my cooking and found that it has not taken that much extra time. Most of the preparation has been in being organised and having the shopping list for all the ingredients. One of my goals this year is to be more organised in my home.

Now it is the glorious weekend, and I am hoping to take the boys to the Melbourne Aquarium this weekend. Catch up with some reading. Also I need to take my son shopping to get a few things, which he needs to pick out.  Also planing the week ahead. That is just a few of the things on my weekend list.

So what are you doing this weekend?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I have also been enjoying playing around with photo’s and trying to come up with some different looks!

It has been both fun and creative.

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Me The Beautiful Fire Goat(Sheep) in 2014.

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Today was my Artist’s Date, I took myself of to a library talk the Chinese New Year Horoscope and The Year of The Horse 2014. It was so interesting finding out about the Chinese calendar and how it is base on the lunar cycle. It was also a delight to listen to what the year of the horse had to offer. Things I learned was it was about taking action, moving forward and pushing boundaries.  For me it is about getting out of my comfort zone and embracing life to the fullest. It is about setting goals, making a plan and taking action. So when I got home from the talk, I got out my art journal, did a drawing of a goat, and penned all the wonderful notes I could about being a fire goat in 2014.

On top of all this I got a fortune cookie and it had this message for me:  Things will turn towards the bright side.

Life already feels like it is getting brighter and brighter each day, and I move forward with great optimism.

So this Year of the Horse 2014,  Take Action and Move Forward.

Wishing you all a wonderful Day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

 


Ten Blessings!

ten blessingThis weeks Ten Blessings is a little late. I did take time out on Monday morning in a lovely book shop cafe to reflect on the previous week. My ten blessings for the previous week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to be alive and breathing, it is so wonderful to be living.
  2. I am so blessed that it has rained that much, the dams are filling, and my garden is green and watered. I really appreciate rainy days when I think back on the time we were in drought.
  3. I am so blessed that my brother came over to hangout with my son Mr. Serious, so young Mighty Mouse could go to his cub’s event. It is so nice to feel supported.
  4. I am so blessed that I finally found a sleeping bag at the right rating for my son camp trip, online at a discounted price.
  5. I am so blessed to have spent my Thursday night at a Toastmasters meeting listening to some wonderful speeches and for myself completing another speech. I am so proud of myself.
  6. I am so blessed to have spent Friday evening watching a funny family movie with my husband and son’s.
  7. I am so blessed to spend a day out with my son, going out for morning tea, having coffee and cake, and spending a day shopping for clothes. I was very enthusiastic even if he wasn’t.
  8. I am so blessed for yummy  bananas, I just love eating them, and strawberries.
  9. I am so blessed for enjoyable walks with Miss Popularity, even though they were  quick walks last week often interrupted by the rain. It was still nice to get out and get some fresh air.
  10. I am so blessed to get 45 minutes at the Art for Everyone exhibition on the Sunday morning.
    A glimpse of  the art exhibition.

    A glimpse of the art exhibition.

    I visited the art exhibition for my Artist Date, it was very short however I had to go to work. I saw lots of beautiful interesting paintings and lots of different styles of art. It really started my day off with lots of brightness.

    Exibition Buildings Carlton Garden's

    Exibition Buildings Carlton Garden’s

    I love the old exhibition building it is so grand and beautiful.

It has been a busy start to the week and looks like being a busy week.

Whilst Monday morning walking through the city always something interesting to see.

Street Art!

Street Art!

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

 
Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead.

Artist’s Date to Old Treasury Building

Old Treasury Building Museum.

Old Treasury Building Museum.

I love exploring, and it occurred to me I do not think I have ever been to the Old Treasury Building Museum. Exploring old buildings and history sounded like a good idea for an Artist’s Date.

It was free entry into the Old Treasury Building Displays.

It was free entry into the Old Treasury Building Displays.

It was a lovely building and had some special rooms inside. I spent most of my time exploring the Trams: Moving Pictures display. I love Melbourne Trams, the exhibition displayed some pictures of Trams from the ‘Transporting Art Program’, which apparently ran from the 1970’s to the 1990’s which saw selected artist’s turn Trams into public art works. They created some groovy looking Trams.

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Then I had a look around found a little bit about the history of Melbourne and Gold. There was so much to see that I ran out of time.

It was also free entry into the Old Treasury Building Museum and I just did the self guided tour.

I so felt like a tourist. It was me, the tourists and all the school children. I love the idea of being a tourist in my own town. It then creates opportunities to see and explore so many more places of interest and buildings. It is also so informative and interesting. I loved the tram display it had a little bit about Trams and history, and the Trams and art was just great.    As part of learning when I was in school we went on excursions,  it reminded me I can still do that, I just have to make it happen.

 

One of Melbourne's Modern Trams

One of Melbourne’s Modern Trams

Have you been on an Artist’s Date recently? What did you do? Please leave a comment.

 

Links:

Old treasury Building : http://www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

http://melbournecurious.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/moh-old-treasury-building.html

http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/old-treasury-building-melbourne.html

http://richmondrambles.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/old-treasury-building.html

Wishcasting Wednesday

Credit: Jamie Ridler at: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

Credit: Jamie Ridler at: http://jamieridlerstudios.ca

It is Wishcasting Wednesday, which is held by Jamie Ridler every week at her website Jamie Ridler Studios at http://jamieridlerstudios.ca.

This weeks question is: How do you wish to nurture the creative within?

A lovely question which I have been exploring this year. I have found the Artist’s Way to be a fabulous book providing the tools of morning pages and artist’s dates as great ways to nurture my creative within. It also has many exercise within the book that have allowed me to explore the creative within and get to know her. Another book I have been having so much fun playing with is Wreck this Journal, here I get to play with all my art supplies, create for fun without any expectations. I get to be really silly. Then I think another way I nurture the creative within is through being open to new activities and ideas, and exploring new places. Also through appreciating other people’s creativity, and noticing the beauty that is all around me. Plus allowing time  for myself to play,  draw a picture or think creative about the meal I will prepare that night.

It is never to late to learn to draw.

It is never to late to learn to draw.

So I wish to nurture the creative within with creative play and activities, and by acknowledging the importance of creativity on a daily basis. I also just wish to surround myself with more creativity and creative people who can encourage and teach my inner creative, to be even more creative. 

IMG_3518This weeks Artist’s Date I found this lovely new wool shop to explore. It was totally dedicated to knitting,crochet, cross stitch and embroidery. It had the most beautiful wools that I have ever seen or felt. The variety was totally amazing.  It had a beautiful selection of books to choose from. It looked totally lovely, felt warm and cozy. It made me think I want to knit, a nice scarf would be good. So my latest idea is to purchase so nice wool, ask my Mum for knitting needles and a lesson, and get stuck into knitting.

Gorgeous knitted eye candy and cross work pieces.

Gorgeous knitted eye candy and cross work pieces.

Wishing you all a wonderful day and may all your wishes come true. 

 

A Walking Excursion.


Today I was curious, I have always wondered what is down the dirt road, so I decided to take time out for me and go on a walking excursion in my neighbourhood.

What is down this road?

What is down this road?

The footpath ran out, the suburban house came to a stop. I kept walking down a gravel road. It had gone from suburbia to almost rural. It seemed odd. It reminded me off what the area used to be like many years ago.

IMG_3291This is the Homestead Wetlands. I had no idea it existed. It just sits there for wildlife, birds and frogs. I could not find a way in to explore, it was surrounded by fencing and a locked gate.

I also came across a cattery and kennels. Small farm plots with house land, horses, cows, and ponies.

IMG_3293  As I walked down the gravel road and past these properties it felt uncomfortable.

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It felt like I had escaped from the suburbs and had walked through a secret door into this hidden rural area. It was so peaceful and quiet. A rural area encampsualated by suburban houses around the edges of it.

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It is hard to believe all this ruralness is hiding out here.

From the picture you can see the sky is dark and cloudy. No rain yet and the weather is quiet mild. It is a lovely day for a walk.

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I came across the Buddhist Temple, I had always wondered were it was. I had seen Buddhist monks walking around the streets from time to time, and had been curious to know where they came from.

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As I walked towards the suburban houses I came across this cow. I wondered  what would it be like to have a cow as your neighbour.

It had been a wonderful and interesting walk. I had discovered something new about my neighbourhood. I had for filled my curious desire to find out what was down that dirt gravel road. I hope this area stays like this forever. I hope it never gets swallowed up by all the suburban houses that surround it. It felt like I was in a totally different place as I walked down that gravel road. I like that it is hidden away in amongst all the houses.

I now wonder where can I go next? What other places can I discover?

Have you recently explored your neighbourhood? Did you discover any surprising places in your neighbourhood?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Happy Friday!