Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ouch Babies

Here are the Ouch babies at 3 months!
Interesting how they look similar but different?....the joys of genetics!

While I was sorting through the photo's of my camera I found some that Ouch Boy had taken.
Not bad for a 6 year old, so I thought I'd share them with you!
I hope it's an interest later in life and not a passing fad?

You see things through a lens, that you might have ignored another time or in passing?

Here's another post on his photography, how his taste has changed or not? 
Technique has certainly improved?

My vote is between the 'bathroom windowsill' and his 'bedroom'?
Right out of 'real Living' ;-)

Pippa x

Friday, 14 November 2014

a little bit crafty

'fancy a shag wall dot'

I am a very lucky lady at the moment!
I am blessed with a happy, healthy family and great friends!
Creatively I'm on a roll too....Hoorah!

I was asked to contribute to the Frankie Magazine 'a little bit crafty' Mag!
Keep in mind I was 37 weeks pregnant at the time and Elin was kicking away like fiend, doctor appointments all over the place etc....but I'm sooo glad I said yes and submitted my project on time.
In between feeds I put this together after Elin was born.
I share this with many cool crafters, here's some of my favourites!

'perfect pear pincushion' Evie Barrow

 You can get your copy at all good newsagents or HERE.   :-)

'pretty awesome pop-up terrarium' Madalena Ksiezak

'ears to you' Kirsten Devitt

'get lei'd tonight' Maryann Talia pau

'second chance mittens' Esther Sandler

'keep your eye on the wall' Lauren Hassett
The Styling and photography for this book was created by 
Hilary Walker, fantastic work, beautiful lady!

Friday, 10 October 2014

7 weeks

Where did the time go? cliche but where? 
Your three weeks here, small, beautiful and cheeky! We had just taken you home again from hospital, yes again! A week stint in the special care nursery because of a nasty bug.

 The first of many sleep hugs with your dad...he's a good man, he will always give you hugs.

Me, your mother, not too shabby...considering a bit of sleep deprivation, sore nipples and a sore tail was a drug free Vbac, you know!!
Here is your brother, he's very loving and will be your biggest protector and friend!
Mind you if you eat his Lego, there could be trouble?

 Us, your loving parents! 
I imagine this is what you see as we gaze at you in your cot!
We have been together for 14 years, not a bad effort?
We love each other..... and we love you and your brother.
That will do.

This is you.
I wonder who you are, what you'll be and how you got here? I know how you got here, birds and bee's and all that!....but after so long hoping, one day you'll come and then you did!

Me again! Soon to be 39....then 40! cough, splutter!
Who and I?
Very happy....the rest will figure itself out.

You two are our babies, your doing tummy time on your brother, later on you can call it 'stacks on'!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Blog Anniversary- Third!

This time three years ago, I made this and began this blog and my journey as Ouch Flower!
It has been the best decision creatively and socially! 
Many of you have become dear friends and though we haven't met, the hug I'd give you, if we did, would be just as big!

This year, I made this!

Our beautiful Elin Mary Victoria Taylor.
 Elin means 'Light', it has roots in Scandinavia and Wales.
 It is pronounced E-lin(the Norwegian way, thanks Aunty Tove)

Her middle names of Mary for her maternal Great Grandmother and Victoria for my Aunty and Godmother Cheryl.

Born 22nd of August 2014.
At 1913 hrs, weight 2.690 kg (5 lbs, 15oz), length 50 cm.

VBAC, Natural birth.

I did have help with this one! ;)


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Creativity at the Eleventh hour!

 Imagine that? ....a burst of creativity at the eleventh hour #39 weeks!
As some of you may know, I have really struggled to create throughout this pregnancy, maybe our #loveheart has been absorbing all my creativity, leaving me with nothing left?

Well alone came this book
Which I originally bought for my very artistic Niece...but now I will have to buy another!
It has opened up my mind, freed me from selfdoubt and allowed me the gentle time of soothing drawing.

 It's very easy to use, open up the book, look at the flower designs and draw! therapeutic!

I had been wanting to create a special work for the nursery and the idea of illustrating #lovehearts name in floral letters has come to mind.
I have finished one letter, the letter 'i'.
I have used water colour, gouache, copic markers and fineliner.
I'm deliberating as to whether I should add some gold too?

 Now to whether I get this finished in time????

Pippa x

 Note the cactus and sunflower? :)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Nursery Update!

Just thought I'd do a little nursery update!
The winter light is not great but you get the idea?
It wouldn't be a nursery without some Ouch Flower tassels?
I really do love these gold macrame knot ones, they are rich and substantial.
I still have pictures to frame and such but my pace is slow....I'd forgotten how mammoth like you become at #38 weeks. 
I feel like Mr. Snuffleupagus off Sesame Street but blissful at the same time?

 I will be back with more soon and a list of where I got my goodies from etc....

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Form, Function and Craftmanship.

If I'm to get back to blogging I think I need something to bang on about and of late it has been this!

Form, Function and Craftsmanship!

It's certainly is something I'm passionate about as I see more things about that maybe lack these three things.... but I must express that this is just my humble opinion!

I won't be highlighting what I don't think fits this criteria but I will highlight what does!
This will have a new blog look but that will take some thinking too.

So why the pottery?
Well?... made by a duo called Kat&Rogar.
He wheel throws the pottery, she hand paints!

They appeal to my retro sensibilities and are so well thrown and painted! 
They look great paired with my West Germans and I am pleased I splurged. 
I think they may be a modern collectable?
Yes I would like more!!!
Have a look at their website, I defy you not to want this on your xmas list????

 I'm desperately rushing around (waddling slowly) to do a few things for myself in between doc appointments etc
Why is pregnancy not relaxing....give me a dark cave and no medical intervention please?

Anyway so off I popped to the Mid Century Modern exhibition at the NGV Melbourne

Ahh my dreamy place full of #Form, Function and Craftsmanship!

 One day I will own a Featherston!

 You'll be forgiven in thinking that this is another pic of the exhibition but no my humble home with a new addition, no not loveheart yet but a chair....nearly as nice!!!

After years of searching I have finally found a friend for Lady armchair featuring the same sweeping arms and sexy legs!
 Confirmed the maker as a Danish Deluxe too....YAY!

Danish Deluxe was founded in Melbourne in the 1950s and is responsible for designing and manufacturing high-end Danish styled furniture.
The company was formed by Neville Askanasy, John Westacott and Borg Gjorstvang (2 Danes & an Aussie). Their strong in-house designs and quality craftsmanship also enabled them to gain licenses to manufacture the work of legend designers like Hans Wegner & Niels Moller.
As well as manufacturing furniture for domestic consumption, both in Australia and overseas, Danish DeLuxe also manufactured chairs for the Australian Pavilion at EXPO 67 in Montreal, the Australian Academy of Science building in Canberra, and the Sydney Opera House.

I want to wrap her in Marimekko because her upholstery though nice is an insipid sage green, totally inoffensive but gag boring!

 The collab is at the Finders Keepers Market this weekend, I hope they are received well!

 I hope you'll enjoy this new focus, thanks for popping by!