one lucky girl.

It was my birthday yesterday, and I just had to show some of the beautiful works of art I received. (I am so lucky.)

A and I had eyed off this amazing metal sculpture we had seen in a shop in Brunswick (where we used to live) - so he went back and got it for me. It turns out it is made from recycled oil drums from a very resourceful artist in Haiti! It is so amazing, so wonderfully detailed, and i love the 3-dimensionality of it. I feel so proud to have it and happy that buying it means we helped an artist somewhere else in the world. I will definitely have to find a special place for it. You can find out a bit more about them here.

A also gave me a book on mosaic-ing (now that we have our own house I have been threatening to mosaic the bathroom and paint murals on all the walls!) - and a few tiles to start me off. but that's a project for another day!

Also, my best friend in Montreal gave me a necklace made by a mutual friend of ours, Lydia Lukidis. Isn't it stunning?! Lydia makes amazing jewellery which are works of art unto themselves, using mainly silver, but with gems and other goodies too. Go check out her collections at

yes, one lucky girl i am.

I-F: Hat + 2nd bloggy birthday!

Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
you look like a bloggy
and you act like one too!
(how weird - "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder started playing on my shuffled music just as I started typing this)

well, exactly 2 years ago today I started my lil kim blog, and a new chapter in my artistic life. so where am I 2 years down? well, a few educational books published which is great, lots of work i can look back on and be proud of (but still see where I can improve!), lots of friends and acquaintances made across the world, now a committee member on Illustrators Australia.... so yes, lots of things have happened, but they all started here!

So thank you to each and every one of you who has ever visited or left a comment. You have all been so lovely and encouraging and such a great community and it really has been a pleasure to be part of it all

and well I have to say it's been an amazing few weeks! Not so much illustration-wise but some other great things have been happening... namely... we bought a house! I am so terribly excited and house proud. it's the cutest little thing, and though it is twice as far out than where we are at the moment, and not nearly as funky a part of town, I can't wait to move there and settle in and know that if we want to we can be there FOREVER. And it's got so much potential (read: studio!!)

so I've been on cloud 11 lately. and also because of another little piece of news. but I'll save that one for another time. oooh, yes I'm a tease aren't I?

love to you all!
xx lil-kim.