Stuck in February 2008

This year, Illustrators Australia made a fantastic calendar with members' illustrations to send out to clients for promotion. For the last few months I have had it permanently turned to February, because it is an illustration by one of my new favourite illustrators, Anna Walker, from a book of hers coming out next year, The Miggy Tree:

I have pre-ordered the book for its release, and as a little end of year splurge, I have decided to buy for myself a limited edition print from the book which I think is just gorgeous:
I also recently picked up some fun yuletideness from Anna.

But no, I'm not obsessed or anything.

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.