I Didn’t Die

Just in case you were wondering.

First, the good news. I actually have something products for sale! (Before you rush off to etsy to snap up these long foretold items, patience dear reader – more on that soon).

Also, I’ve found a career path I’m excited about. And it’s not craft. It’s not even within the creative industry. It’s orthopedic massage  (just a fancy term to make massage sound less flaky). I’m eight months in and I love it. I love working with bodies. I love the anatomy lessons. God, I even love the cadaver lessons, though formaldehyde is not science’s most appealing perfume.

Now, the other news.

I started this blog with a plan to run a craft business. Over the years, I have had occasional spurts of activity in that direction. But something always seemed to get in the way. This last year, it’s been serious illnesses in my family.

So, what’s the news? I don’t want to have a craft business.

But I do want to make things. I love the process of creating something new, but repeating the feat? No so much. Instead, I’ve shifted focus to design. Popcorn November is the new name of Phoebe-made and I’ve got five pun-inspired T-Shirt designs up on Redbubble actually available for sale!

Phoebe C the blog is going to shift focus a little. The appreciation of beautiful things (natural, manmade or DIY) and good food will stay but maybe more focus on things other people have made as well. However, these will become part of a larger focus on matching the importance of an aestheric external world with an internal one.

Phoebe C on etsy will be for the sale of excess crafting supplies – so beads and probably some fabric parcels later down the track.

In the meantime, the spirit of Phoebe C. remains almost the same; make, feel, appreciate, eat cake.

The Dog Ate My Real Drawings

What happened to Illustration Friday? Well, last week there was the tart epic, then this week… erm… the dog ate my homework? Our family’s dearly departed Jack Russell actually did eat my homework once when I was a kid, so that’s actually a plausible excuse.

I did do some sketching, if off topic. I’ve been trying to think of an elevator pitch for my blog so when people ask me what it’s all about I don’t freeze up and accidentally use the deadly phrase “creative living”. Enter the business card (or a Moo Mini Card) to circumvent such faux pas. I just need to choose something that will fit into that tiny space yet say something relevant, engaging and un-twee.

One idea was to illustrate my ‘about’; make, use, appreciate. I did some quick pencil sketches, went over them with an inky pen, scanned them in, then photoshopped in my branding fabric as a texture. I don’t think I’ll end up using them for anything, but they were fun to make.




On a more constructive front, I’ve started some drawings for another project that will hopefully end up on my (currently) hypothetical market stall. I’ll keep you posted (ha – accidental pun!).

Wasp Up With Me? Well…

Circumstances have once again conspired against my intended crafting progress. Firstly, I am now the proud joint owner of a Canon DSLR that boasts an excessive amount of buttons. Obviously, the new camera required much playing professional-like experimentation.

So, like, this photo of a dead wasp is a postmodern deconstructive allusion to Victorian era Mourning Photographs (link alert – there are dead bodies on the other end for the unwary click-through-er), because dead things are like, so underground. Ok, I stole that hipster joke from Cyanide and Happiness.

Moving right along, I have also ended up with John’s GINORMOUS monitor, as the better part of his computer hard drive is currently in pieces sustaining the life of a fried external hard drive. I have absolutely not spent the last hour scooting my cursor from one screen through to the other after plugging the monitor into my laptop.

I have however photographed my original patchwork scarf (on loan from the gift-ee), both to simulate progress in the current (blue) scarf project and to include in market stall-holder applications… Yes people, I am moving towards getting organised for maybe thinking about booking a stall to actually sell things. Ooh yeah, it’s all happening.

Fanfare Please…

Hooray! My new wordpress theme is here!

After three long months I returned to my blog ready to post on everything from Lolita to origami gift boxes but alas, I’d grown unaccustomed to its interface. It didn’t seem as streamlined, as attractive as it had in our first heady days of blogdom.

But proprietorship compromised impartiality and I couldn’t decide how I wanted to spiff the ol’ blog up. So I revisited blogs that addicted me on sight (or should I say site… eh? Eh?) – a great excuse to spend hours on blogs like Sea of Shoes, Ink & Spindle and the delicious looking Smitten Kitchen. What do they all have in common? White backgrounds, white menus, white, white, white then BAM! Gorgeous colour images hogging all the attention (which they deserve – AMAZING photos on all of them).

Minimalism is not quite my style though (I look terrible in white). I wanted those clean lines, but I also wanted the vibrant colours and rich textures that got me addicted to art, craft and beautiful things in the first place.

So now for the design process, an actual montage! You’ll just have to imagine Eye of the Tiger playing for the genuine montage experience.

Also, I learnt how to make an animated gif! Saturday well spent…

***A huge thank you and eternal gratitude for my partner John who coded everything for me, then labelled it all so I could tinker with border colours in css code for hours… Hours…***