Saturday, June 25, 2011



photo's above are of myself and my three wonderful sisters.  Growing up in rural New Zealand often we where the only friends we had and so we have stayed close.  The top photo is after I manipulated the lower one on my iphoto.  This is my first entry on my new imac, which I am growing to love I have lost this photo somewhere in the interior of computor and now need to work out how to locate it.

 Taken about 60 years ago, we are looking quite respectable, we often looked feral and that was what we looked like in those days.  No bought clothes, our wonderful mum made them all.  This looks like it might have been Christmas, see we all have a doll each, that man is our loving dad, who loved his girls unconditionally.
About a five years forward with a much remembered holiday trip to Wellington and this is on the steps of the museum with our dear dad.

                                  Today still finding something to laugh about and share a joke.                           Today is my birthday and I have received birthday wishes from all my sisters, family and friends.  To my sisters and family in New Zealand I hope you enjoy this post.
Have a great weekend
birthday girl

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cherry Blossom Time

 Well there it is, I was tripping on the hem most of the night, but I did feel damn elegant for an ageing geisha....

                          and here you have two ageing geisha's, the mysterious Miss Johnson's.............

The market was a big success, I think the customers where highly amused to see so many geisha's floating around.  Phil and I didn't leave the hall until 2 am Friday and these photo's where taken about 5.30 pm, after 2 or 3 hours sleep we didn't look too bad, I wouldn't have liked to have had photo's about 9 pm, we where both pretty shattered and damn I came down with laryngitis, by Saturday morning I was only capable of whispers.  Now its all over and on to the next project, the Nina Bagley Art Retreat in Dwellingup on 10th to 15th July, its all go!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Miss Johnson's Vintage and Handcraft Market

 Friday night and Saturday is Miss Johnson's Vintage and Handmade Market that sister Phillipa and I run, a lot of work, working our fingers to the bone making cherry blossoms from crepe paper as our theme is Cherry Blossom Time and we are donate a percentage of our takings to the Tsunami appeal in Japan.
I have also made some vintage collages with beautiful Japanese women.

 In the background and below are some lovely pieces of vintage Japanese Kimono silk fabric that I have been collecting for several years to make a Japanese Journal and as you can see I haven't got to do it yet.  I am not selling these but using them for display.

Above is my white cherry blossom made from crepe paper, mostly I have done pink but thought I would have white on my stall.  I am wearing a Japanese Kimono on Friday night I hope there isn't a fire or anything, although my stall is by the front door but I would probably fall down the steps.  Ruth who sells vintage kimono's and other Japanese items is a full bottle on all this and is going to put the obi (sash) on for me as its a real art, I couldn't wear it without the obi as being petite and dainty haha, it is way to long for me.  Phillipa is wearing a short Japanese jacket without the obi, but she is wearing long pants under hers.  Under mine will be tights, long sleeve fitting top etc as its usually very cold there at night.
I am teaching a workshop tomorrow morning then when that finishes will be loading up the van and taking a load to the hall, we put it up on the stage behind curtains as they have boot scooting there until 9pm then we scoot in and set up the hall and try and get our stalls finished so we can help others on the Friday.  We are usually at the hall on Thursday night until midnight or 1 am when we are by then too tired to go on.  Will take a lot of photo's to share with you and you can have a good laugh at me in my Kimono hahaha
Have a good weekend

Thursday, June 2, 2011


remember this image from my previous entry see above in just days this is how much it grew plus more came up.

It must be all the rain we have had, when you knock them over, the underneath is white, anyone know what sort of mushrooms they are?