Don’t Worry, Be Weird

A recurring theme for me lately – the concept of being weird or not fitting in or just embracing the kooky little dork that you are…

I’d been wanting to use the bicycle image for ages, but of course had to modify it slightly.  Then it took forever to find just the right kind of bird head to fit in with the image (you can’t just plonk any old bird head on a woman’s body, you know!).


The squirrel was initially supposed to go on top of the bird lady’s hat, but I ran out of room at the top of the picture….


…so he has to ride up front, being careful not to let his lovely tail droop into the spokes of the wheel…(ouch!)…


Thank you for stopping in.  Hope your day is worry-free and wonderful 🙂


Being Normal (Collage)

Hello, everyone!

I have to say I am quite pleased with this collage.  That doesn’t happen very often (I have awesome self-esteem and confidence in myself) so I will grab those good feelings whenever they occur!  This little bird-lady is so cheerful and silly and looks like she knows exactly how fabulous she is.  She doesn’t care that she is a bit different and has no desire to fit in with everyone else, so she spends her time doing exactly what she feels like, and makes the world a happier place because of it.  Which is probably how we should all strive to be.


Howard Thurman, African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader, once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


To all those who wear their weird crown proudly, and are living an authentic life (and possibly doing it in a fabulous polka dot dress whilst attempting the splits),  I salute you!

Thank you, as always for stopping by



Find Your Tribe

Hello everyone.  Another collage today (this is an 8 x 8″ canvas), with no hat-wearing birds in sight!  Instead we have some playful ruminant-people hybrids doing their thing.  I’m not sure what the fellow in the middle is doing – he seems to have stopped, mid-dance, to inspect an m&m he’s picked up (I’m hoping it’s not a goat dropping…).  Maybe it’s an olive or a nut or something.  I didn’t give it a lot of thought, clearly.  The little antelope girl is carrying a stick but appears to have lost whatever is supposed to be attached to it.  I hope she wasn’t planning on running away with all her worldly possessions bundled together in a hanky or something.  Because, if that’s the case, she has dropped them somewhere.  But she has a stick and that is probably important.  Maybe it’s a magical wand or a conductor’s baton.

The fiddler on the left seems to know what he’s doing, so at least someone is on the ball.  At the end of the day, they’re all a bit weird, and that’s ok.  They belong because they don’t belong.  It’s important to find your tribe, don’t you think?  🙂



Weird & Wonderful

I’ve been hanging on to this collage for a while and haven’t quite finished it (gotta paint the sides and finish off a bit of detailing) but it’s close enough…

I have it on pretty good authority that most ladylike mermaids keep a pigeon on their shoulder.  It distracts the eye from one’s bosom, if one’s bosom is uncovered.  However, this mermaid is particularly modest and keeps covered up.  So her pigeon is more of fashion statement than a practical piece of adornment with a purpose.  I’m not sure if the giant pink shell is a hat or just a thing she likes to carry around with her to match her outfit.  Maybe it’s some kind of mermaid ninja throwing star or something.

Hope you and your weekend are weird and wonderful.  Be Happy.  Be You 🙂





Go Placidly

Today’s collage contains a line from one of my favourite prose/poem by Max Ehrmann, The Desiderata, that I talked about in a post a few years back.  It took me ages to find just the right quote for this little duck lady.  She seemed very elegant and poised and I wanted something that was appropriate for her.  I did a very shonky letter-stamping job to start with (oh! the tantrums!) and had to collage some paper over the top of it, nearly ruining the whole piece, but I think I (just) saved it in the end.  Instead of risking more wonky lettering, I stamped them first on to old book paper before cutting them out and sticking them down.  Sometimes I can stamp directly onto the piece I’m working on and I do just fine – nice and straight.  At other times it looks like I have been drinking.  A lot.

So, in the end, I was quite pleased with this piece.  It came together relatively quickly and with minimum fuss (dodgy stamping and minor conniptions aside).

Thank you for stopping by – hope you have a placid, peaceful day 🙂



I am a Goat Girl (Collage)

Greetings!  Another weekend gone by and another Monday rears its ugly head…well I guess that just means its another day closer to Friday, right?

I had a busy weekend with not much time for crafting.  I had some family drama to sort out and some friends who needed help, so I only had a few hours on Sunday to get some arty time in.  I worked on a few different collages and, I think, due to my distracted mind, completely screwed most of them up.  Ugh – so annoying.  I had nearly completed one and then I added some stamped words and TOTALLY RUINED IT.  Gah!  It wasn’t salvageable at all so I will have to paint over it and start again.  Makes me so sad.

Anyway, I did complete one just for me.  I’d had a few collages pieces ready to go together to make this little winged goat girl, and it was time to get her properly cut out and stuck together (before I lost parts of her – I have a terrible habit of whistling while I work which means I am forever blowing things off my table and losing them!).


I had to re-draw her little shoes because much of them were cut off or obscured by the foliage near her feet.  I think I did an ok job.


I screwed up the scalloping on the top and bottom of the canvas – they should be the other way around – but I am hoping no one notices the words are upside down!  I also stamped the words a bit, um, wonkily. But I am trying not to let that bother me.  Perfection is boring, right?  Somebody please say yes!

Overall, I was pretty happy with it.  It’s for me and I don’t often make things to keep.  But the words are from one of my favourite songs (see lyrics below) and it just felt like something I wanted to have for myself, for once.   And yes, they are my raccoon pj pants you can see in the background…

Hope you are having a good day and doing your brutish best
to find some joy and creativity (even if you screw up the words and get things wrong).



Goat Girl – Lyrics by Tanya Donelly (from the Album Love Songs for Underdogs)

See my child my past
Hoping yours is a blast
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  Iam a goat girl
And I do my brutish best
See my child my past
Hoping yours will last
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am goat girl  I am a goat girl
Thinking goatish thoughts
Dreaming goatish dreams
Digging up tin cans
Chewing on your sleeve
And I do my brutish best