Wednesday, 21 September 2011

'The Land Of Painted Caves', not so far from our reality.

I was watching my father tear up reading a book on our holiday in Lorne quite a few years ago, this is not an unusual occurrence for me by the way, but I was still intrigued. Some years later I picked up 'Clan Of The Cavebear' and sat out in the sun as I read all about Ayla a cro magnon living 25,000 years ago. I had not read a book like it, was this written just for me? Some 11 years before I was born.

I was transported into a world with Aurock's, Mammoths, Cave Lions and Mog-Urs. The way Ayla and her counterparts connect to the spirtual world and their discoveries there are magical. The relationships in all of the novels are relatable and very intense, this aspect of the series was very satisfying. I was contented after reading the first book knowing that there were more to come. I drooled over pages, describing plants, medicines, animals and my favourite, the dynamics between characters and the clans to which each person belongs. As Ayla struggles to find her place, I am there with her. This series is by far the most amazing group of novels I have ever read. I have recently finished the last and final book, 'The Land of Painted Caves', and although I was able to put this book down mainly due to other interests, my puppy and work and partially due to the rather slow (that's right slower then the normal start for Auel) and feeling as though not a lot would happen, I returned and was thrilled to discover that indeed things do happen and like all of it's predecessors the final novel had my hands fused to the covers as I reached the final chapters.

I sadly do not believe that their will ever be a series that will feed my soul as Earth's Children has done, I guess when my tummy grumbles I can start 'The Clan Of The Cavebear' once again, just as my father has done numerous times.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sweet, Sweet September?

Suffering from a few sleepless nights from two weeks ago I have found pleasure and contentment in the latest Vogue. I haven't bought one for some time, my mistake!
Full of sixties looks and sweet treats. I adored the article by Annie Stevens, ' Shy Baby', such a lovely story of personal shyness and how the world can feel at times.  Reading it at my favourite cafe I felt that things had changed for me, shyness latching on to me since leaving school.
(I love the picture, my ideal lounge look- see the article here:

Pages and pages of pictures and ideas that had been floating in my mind , 'Flower Stand' full of busy florals much like the shoot I have planned for one of my latest Barbie's and the vintage outdoor furniture.

I have been liking the idea of gardening and remember enjoying planting with my dad. I am reminded of summer evenings when I would water our garden. (Gardening)Something I would love to know more about. This doll will fulfil those needs as her character will be a celebrity environmentalist and gardener.


 Hopefully there won't be too much of a clash with all of the pretty patterns...

I would love set up a shoot using retro furniture like this chair and plain dresses and coats. I also love the use of the camera, slung over the model's shoulder.  It is a prop that makes you think about the person's character, which adds an element of reality to a constructed photo.

This model looks fantastically plastic! Hmm maybe I should incorporate food with the Barbies?... I am not sure how I would be able to make miniature food and keep the dolls relatively clean though?
See what I mean heaps of treats to get your imagination ticking.

love lulu xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Barbie bee Barbie boo! My Barbie magazine will start soon!

A bit of background: I am collecting Barbie's and Barbie fashion from all era's to create a celebrity world in Barbieland and this will come together in the shape of a gossip mag for Barbie's.

For now it's all inpsiration...

Okay so I am not planning on being in the magazine covered in barbies but I am planning on having a section about Barbie's body.
                                                                             LOVE THIS!!

                  Now how would I go about this?

 I am wanting to create scenes of Barbie's living their life
'Around the Home"


                                                                                   More here

The dolls will travel and holiday so for when they are in the forest they can stay in a log cabin not too different from this one made by my Pop for our resident Rosellas

               Thinking I might be able to make one?...

My friend found this Barbie wedding album- Weddings will of course feature in the mag

This is so real! Very Sweet
Find the whole album here at Glamour Weddings

I promise that is all for today,
love lulu xx

She Returns

It was day three when we decided she looked like a chimpanzee. Laying on her back like a little monkey baby, trusting us and snuggling in. I didn't want to leave her alone. I was the the only one at home so naturally when I was in the shower she was too! I had to slide the door open to check on her and in she waddled. Nothing seemed to faze her.

The first time we met she whispered to me "I would be yours, happily." Although I am not sure she is faithful. Meeting new people seems to be her thing.

A new sibling joined our pack, this one was no sleeping sloth. She was rambunctious and burst in and out of Bichon blitz's. Our little tornado. Together they looked like Timon and Pumba although it was my Pumba who was in charge.  My Pumba didn't take long to find her bravery and boldness. A calculated look and then off she would trod attempting to walk down my resting legs onto the coffee table, growling at herself to build up courage; that step would not defeat her!

I wasn't at home when mum heard her shrieking squeal "it sounded like a cat". There she was lying in the cage leg up in the air, "Don't be shocked when you go in, she looks a bit funny. "If you know what a cast down sheep looks like? She's a bit like that." This didn't help me.

It happened on her 59th day with us. She hadn't looked this vulnerable at 5 weeks.
She was able to stand in a slippery wet bath and didn't seem to lose her footing easily so how had this happened? The balcony was so high, could she survive that fall?

The runt "determined to live." I named her Evie, meaning life (It is derived from the Hebrew verb 'haya', meaning 'to breath', and consequentially, 'to live' or 'to have life' as this the act of breathing was required for the act of living) she was going to survive. 

We went to Kensington the next day. The specialist said it would be complicated but their was an 80% chance of full recovery. My sleeping sloth in theatre whilst I was back in Ballarat.

7 days since the operation and she is back on the heater vent. She is walking...with a limp. It should take 6 weeks for her to recover. She is a little veteran returning from a battle with an unknown enemy. Where have I been for the last two months? With Evie. She returns.