Happy Anniversary

November 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Messy Dad and I will have been married twelve years, tomorrow! In those twelve years we have:

* lived in four homes
* lived in two countries
* had three lodgers
* suffered one arson attack
* belonged to three church families
* had two children
* started our own businesses
* owned five cars (not all at once)
* given away two cars and sold two for scrap
* gathered an incredible amount of junk
* gathered even more memories
* learned a lot about each other
* changed a fair bit
* loved, a lot.

Thankyou for asking me, my love. I’m still glad I said yes. It’s been an interested ride so far…. Here’s to many more years of togetherness!



Christmas Craft Fair

November 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today marked the first craft fair I’ve done trading as The Messy Mama and it was a great day too! I have been HUGELY nervous about today. Lots of very very late nights over the past week frantically trying to get everything finished and ready, enlisting Messy Dad (he has spent hours sanding clay ornaments and taping cellophane sleeves together for me), and rueing the fact that Messy Baby’s teeth thought this past fortnight would be a great time to really make themselves known to him.

BUT the stall looked great, I had really truly lovely feedback from everybody, and I made enough sales to not let the wretched parking ticket I got this morning (from not reading the parking information properly in my haste) get me down……. ! A few orders to do and deliver, a couple of commissions, and I must remember to print some more business cards. And get the website up and running!

Here’s my pictures from the morning…..

Finally finished and set up!

enamelled clay ornaments and a print of the “rocking my baby” artwork

beautiful enamel painted cups filled with chocolates and a candy cane

craft fair happiness

trinkets and treasures

very happy with my stall today!






Big Messy Art with my Four Year Old

November 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

These days it’s pretty difficult to do any big art with Messy Boy while Messy Baby is around. Messy Baby is interested in everything, but trying to contain him while we paint – well I can only imagine it being akin to herding cats.


Yesterday I enlisted Messy Dad. Baby loves being wrapped up in the meitai for the occasional nap, so yesterday we played to this advantage and while Baby napped in the afternoon, Boy and I got messy! We did three big canvases in the end, more than I’d prepared for, although I really should know better by now than to only cut one piece!

Messy Boy was in his ELEMENT. I mean, seriously. His whole voice changed as well, instead of the stroppy 4 year old painting with me, I had the happy child squeaking in contentment, being a happy squeaking baby dinosaur scratching up “food” from the paint tray and leaving footprints as he took the food to his babies. Happy as anything. When the bottom layer of paint had dried a little bit we took a different colour and added more footprints, being careful not to squidge the colours this time. (On an interesting side note, we noticed that one of his feet has developed the most beautiful arch already!) Then we took sponges and together very carefully filled in all the white spaces that his feet had left.

I need to do more painting like that with him. I admit, yesterday I had an ulterior motive – I needed some painted papers to use as a background for a project, and as much as I would have enjoyed using my hands to cover the paper with paint, I knew Boy would love it.But seeing just how happy it made him, how all the usual world-frustrations faded into nothing, how much it de-stressed him and chilled him out: I need to do more with him. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all the paintings.

Maybe I should just keep them, and one day exhibit them on his behalf. I think they’re beautiful anyway.

His arms and legs are still a little bit green tonight 🙂

Happy times!

Try it one more time

November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Captured the latest artwork digitally today and have ordered the first poster print of it – excited to see how it turns out! These words were by request.

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