Saturday, November 28, 2009

Keeping it local

Ducked into town this morning to pick up a few things and could not resist dropping into my favourite Bendigo store - Bob.

Of course I should have known that would result in us spending money, but who could resist these.


The booklet is x12 gorgeous prints by Suzy Ultman which I plan to frame and hang around the house...


The box is for these cool Creature Lights...


with cute felt characters...


...that inspired us to put up this:



Is it too early to get the Christmas tree out? I just figured if we did not do it today it wouldn't happen! We started on the Christmas shopping too, as I am a notorious Christmas Eve shopper. I wont have time this year to leave it that late as we are having Christmas away this year.

Anyway, must dash - more books and illustration stuff awaiting....at least x20 illustrations still left to do before Christmas! (Where's the motivation? - Christmas holidays at the beach!!Yippee!!...um, yep that is my brand new boogie board under the tree there - waiting to be wrapped and ripped opened again on Christmas day!)

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'M BACK

I did not even get the chance to remind you I was going, but I am now back from a business trip to China! As part of my "Real Job" requirements, we started off at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, then worked our way up the coastline to Shanghai. 8 cities in 16 days made for a pretty full itinerary, but it really was a fabulous trip this year, and I managed to stay well for the whole trip this time!

We had the last weekend off, where we were able to do some sightseeing and headed off to Beijing to walk the Great Wall.


We had not counted on the snow (only packing summer gear) so we had to buy winter woolies!


It was absolutely stunning and beyond anything I could have imagined!... and colder than anything I could have imagined!


Of course I missed my husband terribly, but I managed to work out buying a local simcard for the phone so that we could make international calls really cheaply! (Last year my mobile phone bill was nearly $500 during my time away!!)

There's no rest for the wicked, heading straight back to work last week, and getting stuck back into my new series of books this weekend! I still feel like I could sleep for a week, but the thought of Christmas holidays on the horizon will keep me going.

I'm expecting the proofs from my last book to arrive next week, and it's due to be released in May next year, so that's pretty exciting too.

So, things are back to "normal" in my over-busy life!



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