Tummy Mountain

Don’t you just love these?

They’re painted by Lloyd, who lives on Tummy Mountain with Wee Tiny and Wee Small. You can find them online by clicking here.

Here’s a conversation I had with Lloyd a little while back:

Hi Lloyd. Can I blog about you?

Hi Jennifer,

Sorry I have taken so long. I have answered the questions. I am not good at questions but I have tried very hard.
Where is Tummy Mountain and how did it get its name?
If you go outside and walk towards the distant hills, cross over the river and leave everything behind, look up and you will see Tummy Mountain. It got its name because it is shaped like a tummy and is a very snug and cosy place to be.
Have you always been an artist? If not, what did you do before you were one?
I have always been some kind of artist. Sometimes I have done other things and lost myself. Luckily my daughters lead me back to Tummy Mountain to paint and be happy.
I know the Small One made a lovely necklace with paperclips. Have you discovered any other uses for them? (The reason I ask is there is a small tub of coloured paperclips on my desk just begging to be let out….)
I haven’t found any uses for them I asked The Small One and she said you can make belts and shoes and they make very good hair clips.
Close your eyes. What is the first thing you see? How does it make you feel?
I see dancing spots. I don’t have any feelings about them at all.
Now open your eyes. What is the first thing you see? How does it make you feel?
I see trees and some very loud squawking cockatoos. They are like cheeky politicians up in a tree yelling out while nobody listens. They make me laugh.
When you were a wee one yourself, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. Really, I did. Wee Small is asking me if I really wanted to be a lighthouse.
And now what do you want to be when you grow up?
A tugboat captain. All those silly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper are gone.
Do I have permission to use some images from your Etsy store on my blog with full credit to you as the artist and copyright owner, and with links back to your store?
Yes.
I’m about to make a cup of tea. Would you like one too?
Yes. With a little bit of milk and no sugar.
 I do hope that helps,
Lloyd
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And if you’re looking for examples of some really GREAT, and I mean stupendously good business writing, check out Tummy Mountain’s profile and policies. So well written they make my heart sing. And for some soulful observations of wee ones and their honest, open approach to life, check out the Tummy Mountain blog. Let Lloyd know you found him via pompalary when you leave him a note on his blog!

love,
Jen

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Another one for the boys from Etsy

This is great! I can just see it hanging in young Master Pompalary’s bedroom: a secret message from Mum that will stay cool even when he’s a bigger boy, because his mates probably would never know what it says . Looks just like a stack of wood, doesn’t it? Well look a little closer. (Hint: turn your head sideways…)

Did you see it? It actually says “I love you very much”. Cool, hunh?

It comes from thepairabirds on Etsy. Check them out.

More gorgeous ceramics

from www.amorelitadesigns.com

Have a look at these beautiful goodies from Amorelita Designs. I found them recently at Paddington Markets (a little holiday treat with my daughter), but they’re actually made in my hometown of Newcastle. These photos make them look great, but they’re even better in real life. You just want to pick them up and cradle them in your hands. And a lot of the designs have little dimples in just the right spot, making them a perfect fit.

from www.amorelitadesigns.com

from www.amorelitadesigns.com

from www.amorelitadesigns.com

Here’s where they’re hand crafted by Ami:

(All images from Amorelita Designs, and used with permission.)

What habit can’t YOU kick?

Once upon a time I thought I couldn’t give up coffee. I was wrong.

But now I’m addicted to tea. 😉

 

I found these tea cups on Etsy, and thought I’d share them with you. They come from Bailey doesn’t bark. Aren’t they great? I love the simplicity of them. Just smooth, clean lines, and a little touch of quirky. Me to a T.

Sorry.

 

I wanna knit with this!

Aren’t these yarns just gorgeous?! So full of texture and colour. I’d love to add them to my stash. Are you reading, Mr Pompalary? Honestly, this blog and my photography blog would keep him in gift ideas for a long time. If only he’d read them! (Leave me a comment here if you ARE reading Mr P!)

Pink semisolid:

And parfait:

They’re both from Pancake and Lulu on Etsy. Check ’em out!

(Images from Pancake and Lulu, and used with permission.)

In the style of Julian Opie

After a truly appalling first year at school (rooly and trooly orfull… but perhaps more of that later…. one day… when I can vent without using obscene language), my daughter’s educational experience really turned around in year one. (That’s the second year of school here in NSW.)  Her teacher was fabulous. The kind of person who actually should be a school teacher. It’s such a tough job that it should be considered a calling, a vocation, rather than  job, I think, and only those fit to teach should be allowed to do so.

Anyway, her teacher last year was brilliant. And a perfect fit for my girl’s somewhat flighty creative nature. The room was just bare walls and boring grey at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the year it was such a beautiful place, full of the children’s creative expression (written, drawn, painted, sculpted, designed, constructed). It was a great place to be!

Here’s just one of the pieces of art my daughter brought home this year. A self portrait in the style of Julian Opie. I love it so much, we scanned it, sent it to snapfish and turned it into greeting cards. Here’s hoping 2011 will be good for her, too.

Self portrait by HT (6 years old) in the style of Julian Opie.