Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year!

Wow! 01-01-2009! Last night (instead of going out celebrating or watching the fabulous Sydney fireworks on TV) I caught up with a lot of favourite blogs. That was a kind of celebration for me and a very satisfying way of spending an evening. I read Meg's page of resolutions with awe, because I rarely make resolutions, but I was quite inspired (thanks Meg) and think that as I'm starting a new life I too should be making a few plans for improvement.

I'm quite good at living in organised chaos and my last house did become almost out of control. Well, to anyone tidy I'm sure it looked completely out of control, but I knew where everything was. However, new year, new house, new workshop - what an opportunity to have a place for everything and everything in its place. I'll try. I think that's as close as I can get to a new year's resolution.

Last night I also caught up with Judy who dyes beautiful fabrics and has a most handsome white Poodle, Barker,
Dana and Daisy - Dana makes beautiful things and has great style, and Daisy is a Calico cat and is the Supervisor,
Di who is a fellow Australian artist and has cats, possums and a wicked sense of humour,
Astrid in Germany, a most talented bookbinder,
Amanda, another Australian bookbinder and ceramicist,
Sarah at Little Paper Bird, a bookbinder,
Barbara at Moon Bindery,
the aforementioned Meg, weaver, philosopher,
Rima at The Hermitage, an artist of extraordinary talent,
Meliors, from New Zealand but travelling around Australia, printer and bookbinder - if you want to know about the Top End of Australia, look a few weeks back at Meliors lyrical adventures, also beautifully photographed,
Rhonda, a bookbinder, always generous with her advice,
Gracia, and Louise, great artists,
Jackie at the wonderfully named Dog Daisy Chains ...

There are still many more favourites to read like Lesley, Sues, and Wendy (QuirkyArtist), whose blog address I can't log onto at the moment and many others. I really love these blogging friendships and to be able to keep in contact with artists who have the same or similar interests is such a privilege. A very happy, creative new year to you all.


  1. Carol, thank you for listing your friends, and including me in that group. I'll go visiting in a few days. A few new ones to me!

    I am looking forward to spending more time in my studio this coming year. I am practicing my own art and spending less time taking classes. Though I am sure I will find one or two that are musts.

    I feel a change coming on in my way of expressing, so it will be interesting to see how it evolves.

    Have a blessed day.
    Love, Dana (and Daisy, my supervisor, lol!)

  2. Thank you for your New Year greetings at my blog, and Happy New Year to you too Carol!
    I’m glad that you have found “the home of your dreams”.
    I can just imagine how nice it would be to get a new place to design and decorate.
    I really think that you will be very happy there.
    Best wishes from a cold (no snow) Båstad, Sweden.

    XO Eva

  3. You have such interesting links on this post Carol. It's going to take me a while to get round them.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks for stopping by the other day! Please do let me know once you've had a chance to play with the piano hinge, it's still got me scratching my head.

    For the organized chaos I know what you mean. I just peaked in my studio when I got home it's such a wreck. A workable wreck, with everything in a known location... but I can't see any my floor- ack!
    A chance to start with a fresh studio sounds like a wonderful blessing! I'm glad things have worked out so well for you.
    Enjoy your sunshine!

  5. I've done it again! Skipped straight past the Barnacle, thinking you would have been too hectic to blog. Yeah! I'm a slow learner.
    Yesterday, Ali cam to my place and helped me re-start my Coptic.I forhet if I don't do things regularly.Anyway, I did two slim sketchbooks and no, I'm not posting pictures! I've called the second one "Dinah's Deviation" because I went wrong somewhere and undoing it was wrecking the paper.

  6. Thank you. How special for me to be mentioned on your lovely blog.
    I hope to get some actual textile content on my blog again soon..its so easy to 'waffle'

  7. Yeah! You're back. Glad to hear from you & that all is well. Thanks for the comment on my goals & your support - you were the 1st blog friend who helped me setup my blog. It seems like yesterday, but I know months have passed. Welcome, back. Sues

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog Carol; and for letting me know about the broken link for the flag book!


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