I feel like I am swimming back to the surface after 8 INTENSE weeks of video producing and lesson creation for Mermaid Circus. Diving deep with the most wonderful, fantastic, super-awesome students/peeps/mermaids was exciting. I don’t know if it’s just me, or the universe being kind or what, but the people that come to my Workshops are exceptional, unique, awesome, free and creative goddesses.

It’s always been that way.

So I feel as if I earn my living by hanging out with my favourite people and creating things they love. I get to delight the most delicious human beings as my job.

Plus collaborating with my BFF and creative hero Teesha Moore, was a dream come true. But dreams don’t just ‘happen’… there is a whole lot of work that needs to go on to make the wonder come about. But if you LOVE that work, well, it’s all just a big ‘ol ball of awesome. My mother is a TOTAL workaholic, and I certainly inherited that personality trait, and she often says “exhaustion is exhilaration”.

Here’s my take on that:

On the back of the epic Mermaid Circus, I have a week away with the Brisbane Scrapbook Show and then straight on to the Sydney Craft Show. I have Stage talks and 10 workshops  – all mostly sold out and rapidly filling! (check here for available classes.)

If you are coming to the shows, make sure you cruise in and say ‘hi’ to Angus and I. At these big shows, Angus and I work about a foot away from each other and yet at the end of the day I feel like I have hardly seen him all day! Angus is in charge of the store and helping people with their art supply addictions, and I am answering questions, drawing and painting and chatting and laughing all day – I really do have a ball!


I run off to teach and talk on stage, come back, laugh and draw some more. Sometimes it is so super busy at my stand, I need to ask for your patience and you may need to come back when its quieter. I really like to concentrate on my conversations! Especially if it’s about my favourite topics of art journaling and art supplies. I am part mermaid, so I literally could speak underwater about them.

By the end of the show my brain does certainly get a bit tired, and I may speak in goobeldygook, but I don’t feel exhausted… you guessed it, i feel exhilarated. Exhilaration is that breeze in the face, warm bones feeling. You stand taller, radiate and feel strong to the core.

…. then it’s back home and straight into producing my next Workshop! The long promised Print and Scan… I have a lot of work before then, but I can’t wait!



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