And I survived. Last night I delivered my PechaKucha, "drawing is her most fun thing to do" Series 1 Forster. Delivered. Done. Dusted. Complete. And I survived. I was in the company of five other amazingly talented artisans and truth be told the last few weeks there has been some serious conversations going on in my head. Swaying from "you are so out of your league" to "just to it" back to "just who do you think you are?" back to " guess what? You're gunna fake it til you make it" and so much more in between. So that indeed is what my mantra would be. Fake it til ya make it baby.
The whole 20x20 presentation concept is uber cool, 20 slides and 20 seconds to chat about each slide, uber cool yes, whilst still being extremely scary for me. I can say scary now, I had deleted that word from vocabulary in the past two weeks. I changed the word to excited, mmmm the mind games I have played with myself in the past month! But I did, I changed the word scared to excited and it did kind of work. Normally faced with talking to a group of people, even though I'm fond of a chat, I become a basket case that is prone to sitting on the toilet all day bound to it because the nerves get the better of me. That did not happen!! Did not!!
I did practice and practice and practice. I have a divine friend who knows her stuff, she knows microphones and performing and I admire her ability to be so comfortable with both. She is a treasure and a gift and she shared her knowledge with me and she listened to me practice and I am eternally grateful. I also have an amazing support network of family and friends who live near and far that sometimes believe in me better than I believe in myself and for them I am also truly grateful and so very humbled.
I've also had some profound reading material arrive on my doorstep in the past two weeks. Flow magazine which I just adore had an article on stepping outside your comfort zone, well Hello, read and well noted. I also bought sproutonlinemagazine. Awaken. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I also read some others peoples blogs and thoughts on their PechaKucha's, very helpful. Beautiful reading and inspiring and all gave me gentle little pushes in the direction I wanted to go.
So fast forward to last night, I was the second presenter and the nerves crept in a little, but armed with the knowledge I had practiced, I knew my words and they matched my slides cause my kids had to sit through the slide show at home with me in heels and a wii remote for a microphone a number if times, ok lots of times and I had a huge amount of beautiful friendly, supportive family and friends and a totally ace audience, the vibe at The Laneway was warm and welcoming and even though my heartbeat was quickening I decided to embrace the experience, after all, seriously what was the worst thing that could happen? That I will not know!
Amidst my heart now racing I delivered my PechaKucha, I did it. A couple of stumbles and only I would know I mixed a couple of lines up, I got through it and I survived. Six minutes and forty seconds, I told my story. A rather tall little girl with teeth to grow into and hair that needed taming grew up and she owns her own shop and she gets to draw and colour and paint and create everyday, she tries to live inspired and she is always grateful and she loves her life. Yep, in a nutshell that is who I am and that is what I do. That innate fear of public speaking was not overcome but I gave it a shove. And I was so happy and glad I did, and relieved, I need to say I was indeed relieved. Plus my Japenese Slipper cocktail went down so well, thank you to another divine friend who handed it to me as I finished.
The whole night was recorded and may get uploaded to the PechaKucha site which would be just fab. The lovely Linda Dade of Banks and Dade Chiropractic organized the Forster PechaKucha, which was a sellout, deserves a huge thank you and a great big hug for pulling the event and artisans together, for believing in all of us and for making the connections within our growing community, our very own real social network. I feel so blessed and grateful to live here, even more so now knowing the depth of talented individuals that also call Forster and it's surrounds home.
Happy Friday lovely people. I love, love, love listening to all sorts of music. I love that it has the ability to transport us to places we've been or memories we've made. I love that it can put a spring in your step and a groove in your move. I had the complete pleasure of listening to Miss Muffet in her school Glee Club this morning and amongst other fabulous songs they performed Roar, by Katy Perry. It's a goosebumpy song and watching fabulous children aged 5 up to 10 belt it out with super cute actions was splendid and special this morning. It's such an empowering song and a super duper cool way to start a Friday.
I'm listening to Bonfire Heart by James Blunt, One Day by Matisyahu, lots of Ed Sheeran, lots of Pink, and Team by Lorde, plus a few all time faves in Alanis Morissette and John Mellencamp. Love having good music at Coco's. It's so much fun to paint and colour listening to good tunes. Are you listening to anything great at the moment? I hope you are and I hope your day is fabulous too.
Here's what I know for sure, when I hang out with my cousin we are massive Dorks!! On any given day I can be an embarrassment and act that way especially now my juniors are growing up and embarrassing comes with being a parent. But when my cousin and I get together its safe to say we often have to cross our legs as not too pee our pants we laugh so hard. It's true. We are the same age, we grew up seeing each other most school holidays and we wrote to each other inbetween......long before the days if email and texting... Good old snail mail.
We got to hang out over last weekend with all of our juniors and other halves and what a hoot we had. Dress ups at the Op shop, coffee at the beach whilst juniors buried each other and swam in the freezing cold, meals together and a few or more than a few drinks shared....which may or may not have lead to our own version of The Voice in the loungeroom, spinning chairs and microphones and toothpick and some god awful singing. But laughs aplenty. Lots and lots of laughs and more memories created for all of us. That's what is truly fabulous about family and cousins the fun and frivolity just keeps going and going and going. I know all of our juniors will appreciate their dorky mothers one day, for they are destined to be dorks too.
This week I'm grateful. Very, very grateful. I haven't linked up in ages and ages so it's lovely to be back today. I'm grateful this week for Mr.Magoo and Miss. Muffet. Both so very different but both teach me lessons everyday.
Mr Magoo- he extends my baking capabilities all the time. He has no concept of hard or difficult recipes. Recipes I have in the past shyed away from, sponge cakes and choux pastry are now in our repitories. Today was not different. A gingerbread house mum, Can we please make one..... I love baking so ok, how hard could this be???
Hard! I made sure I followed the recipe to the tee, and we made lovely house cutouts and lots of spare little gingerbreads to decorate. Cool. Gingerbread made, tasted ok'ed and all is travelling sweetly. I persued the kids to let me glue the house together with the icing glue and I told them (reluctantly, cause I have control issues) they could decorate it however they liked. However. That is quite big for me to relinquish that control.
Now here is where the fun began...... note to self - read instructions on assembling the house pieces and do not go all gun-ho and just think you can whip it together. It just aint gunna happen!
I could tell early this house was so not going to go close to resembling our "inspired" picture but I kept on.... the roof was a tad undecooked I think and I wished I'd rolled it a little thinner. The longer I looked at the roof the more it caved.....
bugger..... it fell down.....
must need more icing glue.... we rebuilt.
I know....it's beginning to look sad and saggy.... and there is a gaping hole in the roof where the chimney is suposed to be going. Then it went....
by this time I was thinking it was indeed funny and not easy. A friend suggested I prop it up with cans and take my time.....there's that patience I do not have.
But here is where it dawned on me, grateful number two this week, I'm grateful I do not give up or in!! Yep no patience and stubborn. Miss Muffet is really, really like me!! We do not give in, we butt heads alot her and I, we will not give in. Today that is a fabulous thing! Fabulous.
Our house had fallen down and was a shambles but all of the pieces except one roof side had not broken. Woohoo, time to rebuild. Slowly, I went slowly this time and propped up the walls with cans. The smalls laughed when it fell over and were all ready to eat it any way but I told them, nope, this house is getting built one way or another.
The roof was not going to last long if it was going to make it up ontop of the house so we decided to decorate the house before we put the roof on. I had tried to glue the broken roof together but I knew it was going to be too heavy for the rest of the house, so Mr.Magoo and I debated and debated about the roof and how to fix it, we had a big differing of opinions. My friend had text me a chocolate glueing suggestion so we decided to trust the mother and I had full control over the remaking of the roof.
I figured if I could make a white chocolate roof it might just pass of as a heavily snowed on gingerbread house.
Two skewers and a white chocolate coated sheet of baking paper later we had a roof. Waiting for the chocolate to partially set then quickly draping it over the skewers was the plan and what do you know, it worked. I added freckles to jazz it up and a jube chimney.
And the smalls think it worked! And it did work. I think it looks like Dr.Seuss could move in but that cool cause I like him alot. It looks nothing like the "inspired" one but it is ours and we never gave up and we pushed our cooking boundaries agian. They are small but they know stuff and they help me realise it in funny ways!! And now they have asked if we can make a gingerbread house every year. Yep, we sure can!
Grateful yes. Alot. Go here to find lots of gratefuls.
Just like that, Spring is here.... I feel like my Winter hibernation hasn't quite happened but that's cool. It is however lovely to see the Jasmine at my mum and dads in bloom and today was Hello thongs! Yay. Although I have not packed my boots fully away just yet.
I have had a busy couple of months and my blog seems to have patiently waited for me to return....so hopefully here I am. We had our fabulous school Fete, it is always a jammed packed day and the weeks leading up to Fete are busy and bustling and I was so excited with what I was crafting for The Craft Stall, most of what I made I posted on Instagram, (my favourite app) and we dipped chocolate coated strawberries and marshmallows on the day...... Divineness on sticks!!!
And over the Winter Mr.Magoo, Miss.Muffet, Nana and I all turned a year wiser.....well, here's hoping... we had party food, parties and cakes galore.... dorky photos, music and dancing, cousins and belly laughing, Winter sun and sand... the best. Yep the best.
We had some fun and then some.....so that was my hiatus in a nutshell. And now I'm back. Back open at Coco's Wednesday to Sunday from 10am each day. This month will see Coco's turn 3! Woohoo. I'm pretty stoked it's 3 years on and my happy place is still full of happy.... and I have lots more happy on the way too, I'm working on some new things that make me smile and I hope you do too.
Mr.Magoo introduced me to a new app a couple of weeks ago and today was my first chance to use it. Word Collage is the app and it is way cool, here is my first go and definitely won't be my last.... what do you think? What are your cool apps?
My blog has been a little quiet of late, life has been getting in the way, or not so much getting in the way as being lived. This year is supposedly supposed to be a quieter year for myself. Some of the committments I had last year, I do not have this year. I am supposed to have more spare time, more free time. I do not know where it is dissapppearing to..... this spare time I am supposed to have seems to be in a vaccuum..... gone, poof...wha-la just like that! It seems I've blinked and half of 2012 has been lived.
So here's a couple of my favourite livings of the last month and my semi blog hiatus.....
Mr Magoo turned 11. What tha? In leiu of the sleepover party I sold "the Amazing Race" pretty darn well as six fantastic and funny and fast- man, were they fast young boys racing around our neighbourhood.....five party hours, the race didn't last that long! The final detour enable them to choose between stacking cans of fizzy drink between paper plates and balancing them OR big OR shake a can of fizzy drink and spray it all over each other!!! No prizes for guessing which one they chose. Suffice to say spare clothes were required for the lot of them. Pizza, ice-cream and Tim Tam cake was served a pretty fab time was had.
I have to say how much I adore technlogy as I found free fantastic printables that I altered here for The Amazing Race, I also consulted my clever country cousin who had thrown an Amazing Race a couple of years ago too and when Mr.Magoo decided he would like a Tim Tam cake, he consulted google images and stumbled on a beautiful blog I frequent and the Ultimate Tim Tam cake was made 3 times in 48 hours..... OMG, do yourself a favour and make one. I used our tried and tested chocolate cake instead of a chocolate sponge but it was divine, yep divine.
Party done and dusted.
Winter Bazaar, done and dusted too. Great success. It's always a bit of a gamble attending a market.... the weather prior to Winter Art Bazaar in Maitland was foul. But Sunday morning the sun shone and it shone all day. It was a great market, the first Winter Art Bazaar was a great sucess huge pats on the back belong to Leah and the committee behind the Hunter Arts Network. They do a fantastic job and I am extremely proud to be able to exhibit alongside some fabulous Indie Craftspeople and artists. I really could not have my groovy little pop up shop without Thelma and Louise, my tried and trusty pop up shop assistants and all round good time gal pals. Mum and Amanda you are simply too ACE for words, thank you both for the help and fun and giggles we contantly have all day. All the fabbo customers that popped by to visit and helped make the day a success Merci to you. It's lovely to meet you.
Next up....Miss.Muffet is on the brink of turning 8.....Lordy me 8..... and we have a disco party to plan... hopefully my semi hiatus has ended....we'll see.....
Today we went to The Show, The Wauchope Show. Bar The Royal Easter Show this was my very first show.... I'm not real country, like the first thing to hit the senses was the horse poo, poo and I are not friends. I blew air up my nose as we past the horses. The horses were beautiful and amazing, the poo not so amazing. I didn't wear my boots for that reason, I know it's a show and you should wear boots but I wore my sparkly converses instead, not very show shoe attire but I like them.
The woodchop was cool, like cool, fast and man can those fellows chop....why most of them wear white pants is beyond me, the soaking alone to clean them would be days I think, maybe there is a very good reason for lots of people wearing white, as I mentioned I'm not a farm girl. I sat outside the poultry pavilion, not going in there nope, not.
I did go into the handmade and produce pavilion, that was fun. Scones and lamingtons and a smartie cake just like Mr Magoo's - he was inspired to bake for a show, so was I secretly.....there was knitting and painting and crotchet. There was big pumpkins and other fab veggies, I hope ours grow like that.
We watched the parade with the cows and goats and tractors and the showgirls on the back of the tow truck. The tow truck got bogged, which was a little funny but a fab shiny blue tractor did the tractor thing and towed that tow truck right on out of the mud hole it found itself in.
There was the sideshow alley, I like the photo of the clowns the best and Mr.Magoo got the magic show bag with little magic tricks, a whoopie cushion and those glasses you can see me dicking around on.
And that was the show, our first show. Thankfully the sun was shining. Oh and there was a duck race that involved geese, I'm not sure if anyone else noticed they were geese but they were, even if I'm no farm girl I know a goose when I see one or five! And there names were duck-under, duck-in, duck-out..... Suffice to say Mick their trainer was a bit of a country character. He made lots of people smile so that is good.
The Wauchope Show was good! I hope your weekend sun is shining and you are smiling.
...making...colouring, cutting, cooking, painting, baking....busy, happy, working... blessed with ACE customers ( I know I've said that before but its like the truest of true!) These school holidays have whizzed by, life whizzes by....
sometimes you have to make time to play....or else you go insane....
but the Lorax was good, we saw it this week, I liked it alot. I like Dr. Seuss alot, you learn stuff without learning it. That is especially good for the smalls learning stuff without learning it. We watched Percy Jackson and the lightning theif, Mr Magoo is reading it at the moment and much to his inital suprise I know stuff, random I know but I know a little bit about Zeus and Medusa and The Gods!! Miss Muffet is reading The Lorax. It is good she says. She likes Dr.Seuss too.
The very new veggie garden planted Easter Saturday is growing....the weather has been quite hideous for children but the new veggies are adoring the weather cause they are growing like really, really fast.....some from seed! Yay.
...In the words of Ferris "life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it"
I'm glad we found time to stop and check out the scenery these holidays, even though it has been busy, busy, we still had time.... oh and we played some humdinger UNO games! We like those too.
...so this week I'm grateful for being busy but also grateful for finding time out... life's great balancing act.... one of my all time fav Dr. Seuss books...Oh, the places you'll go...read it you will be glad you did.I hope your hoildays were grand.
I am the mum of two kids, and married to my high school sweetheart. I create beautiful things in my store.