I’ve lost my mojo a bit lately. Maybe it’s a case of winter depression, turning 40 blues, something else altogether or a combination of all three, but I’ve found it really hard to get motivated. However, there is nothing like a missed deadline to force you to find that missing mojo. The Wagga Marketplace has installed a gorgeous tree as a home for many birdhouses, which have been decorated by local artists. This is my birdhouse and I got it submitted in just the nick of time. It was the perfect activity to get me excited about creating again - I really loved making it (apart from the time pressure. When will I ever learn?). If you are in Wagga, you can see the birdhouses outside Woolworths, in the children’s area. You can even vote for your favourite! #waggawagga #waggamarketplace #birdhouseart #birdhousesofinstagram #drseuss #todayisyourday #yourmountainiswaiting #brushlettering #voteformrsflannelette #butonlyifyouwantto
I just listened to @interviewau ‘s conversation with Andrew Denton and @amandalindhout . I was completely captivated and didn’t want it to end. Such a powerful story of human bravery and the capacity to not only survive but to find the good in life amongst survival of unimaginable horror. I’ve become one of those irritating people that say ‘you should listen to this podcast’ but you really should listen to this one, and all the other interviews in the series. I’ve always had a massive crush on Andrew Denton, he provides the perfect balance of intellect, wit and compassion with everyone he interviews. This beautiful quote is from Amanda Lindhout’s book ‘a house in the sky’ which I’ve just requested for my upcoming birthday #podcastrecommendation #brushlettering #drphmartins #pentelaquashbrush #handlettering #modernlettering
Congratulations to the beautiful Kahla who had her wedding on Saturday. Kahla is the most gorgeous person inside and out. And on top of that she is an actual bride genious. She found these wooden coasters at Kmart and asked me to write the guests names on them. They make the most perfect place settings ever! And just look at how stunning the whole room looked at @unekewarehouse - ahhhh, it makes me want to get married again (to the same man, of course .... most days) #waggawagga #waggawedding #kmarthack #kmartaustralia #weddingdecor #handlettering #brushlettering #namesettings #placesettings #weddingseating
Tracey from @windeyer_micro_flower_farm has generously delivered me another two gorgeous flower arrangements to give away as a random act of kindness.
If you live in Wagga and know of someone who might need cheering up, thanking or just reminding they are loved, send me a message with their address and the words you would like me to write on their card. I’ll be delivering at about 5pm today, so quick sticks! #waggawagga #randomactsofkindness #bekind #showsomeoneyoucare #handlettering #pentelaquashbrush #drphmartinsink #brushlettering #moderncalligraphy #flowerarrangement #creativebusiness
I am donating 2 tickets to the raffle for Sonny for my upcoming workshop at the Riverine Club on May 4. I’m not totally sure when the raffle will be drawn, but if it’s drawn after May 4, I will provide a private class for the winner and five friends instead. Tickets can be purchased at @cobbler_rd . There are so many amazing generous prizes up for grabs, and all the money is going to a very important cause. ☀️SOMETHING FOR SONNY☀️ Cobbler Rd and LPL Studio are holding a raffle to raise some much needed funds for a gorgeous Boy named Sonny and his family. (The full story is below)
As this is time sensitive we would love to raise funds to go towards a grocery & fuel voucher for this lovely family.
To do so we are putting together a huge hamper with some amazing goodies from local businesses. Tickets will cost $2 or 3 for $5. 💛Let’s work together to help Sonny and his family 💛 ☀️Sonny is a very sweet, loving, 5 year old boy who loves his family, enjoys motorbikes, camping, fishing , music - just like his dad. Sonny is the second born child and has an older sister and a younger brother.
Sonny was diagnosed on 15th February with a brain tumour. He only began showing symptoms a few weeks before this and he had just started school. He was quickly flown to Sydney where 2 weeks later it was discovered that Sonny’s condition was inoperable and terminal in nature.
His family, of course are heartbroken and in need of support for medical expenses and daily living as they will not be working during this time in order to spend as much time with Sonny as possible.
Donations would be appreciated, no matter how large or small. They will make all the difference, and will relieve the pressure on the family at this most difficult time☀️
#waggawagga #somethingforsonny #brushletteringworkshop #winnerwinnerchickendinner
Easter Random Act of Kindness
Special holidays and celebrations, like Easter can be a really difficult time for lots of people. It can often magnify feelings of loneliness, grief and loss. Especially when it feels like the rest of the world is out gorging on chocolate, seafood and wine and having a blast with family and friends.
I thought this weekend would be the perfect opportunity to give away two signed copies of this awesome book by local author Heather Ward. Plus a Lindt bunny because there really is not much else that’s better than a good book and chocolate when you aren’t feeling great. It’s like a big warm hug for the soul.
The book is a memoir about a sassy blonde on a road trip around Australia with her Harley Davidson - Fat Bob and trailer - Mr T. It is honestly a really great read and how lucky that we have someone as talented and generous as Heather in our local community.
So if you know of someone in the Wagga area who would appreciate this Easter care package, send me a message.
I’ll deliver at some stage tomorrow (after I’ve eaten half my weight in chocolate myself). #waggawagga #heatherward #randomactofkindness #easterkindness #youarenotalone #mrsflannelettersforbetter
I’m putting together heaps of activity options for tomorrow’s kids lettering class. I recently went into my son’s classroom and showed the students how to write in fauxligraphy and make Easter cards. It was pretty much the best feeling in the world to look out and see almost 30 faces beaming at me with excitement. They absolutely loved it and they put so many creative spins on the techniques I was showing them. It was wonderful to see. So for that reason I became determined to put together a kids lettering workshop for these school holidays. Igniting a love for the written word is something I will never tire of. And to be able to kickstart the passion in children is the absolute best. There will be a class tomorrow morning at 10 at @createhub_riverina and another one next Tuesday, same time, same place. Be there or be square. Link to tickets in my bio #creativeworkshop #kidslettering #waggawagga #waggaworkshops #kidsworkshops #schoolholidayfun #visitwagga
Belinda from @tomolly_carcoar captured some beautiful moments from our workshop yesterday. I felt honoured to spend the day with such talented and inspiring women. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and I was blown away by what they created. I’ve also now got another life ambition - to one day live in Carcoar! What a gorgeous, relaxing step back in time. I can’t wait to come back. #mrsflanneletteontour #creativeworkshop #letteringworkshop #visitcarcoar #regionalnsw #creativityiscontagious #moderncalligraphy #brushpenlettering #brushlettering #practicemakesprogress
Just a few tickets left for my brush lettering workshop in Carcoar this Saturday. Carcoar is a picturesque, historic village on the banks of the Belubula river. Home to Kurt Fearnley as well as the stunning Tomolly homewares, gallery and creative space. Carcoar is approx 255 kms from Sydney, 52 kms from Bathurst, 48 kms from Orange and 264 kms from Wagga Wagga. In the class you will be provided with all the materials needed to start creating your very own modern brush calligraphy masterpieces. You will be surprised by how easy, fun and completely addictive hand lettering can be. Belinda from Tomolly is going to provide a delicious afternoon tea and bubbles. It’s going to be such a great day, I really can’t wait #carcoar #bathurst #orangensw #cowransw #visitnsw #brushlettering #creativeworkshops #regionalaustralia #getcreativeincarcoar #mrsflannelette #rhysandkateroadtrip #tombowdualbrushpens #karinmarkers
I was led by curiosity and mustered up the courage to follow that lead to Bunnings, where I got myself a laser level. This has been a life changing purchase. Bunnings has never before brought so much joy. Straight lines are now just a flick of a switch away! #laserlevel #strokeofgenious #pentelaquash #drphmartinsink #brushlettering
I have been teaming up with @windeyer_micro_flower_farm to do random acts of kindness in the Wagga area. She donates the gorgeous flowers and I create quotes to go with them. I have these three gorgeous arrangements to give away as random acts of kindness today. Do you know someone who is either sad/sick or lonely? Or perhaps someone who is doing a great job and deserves recognition? If so, send me a message with your nomination. I’ll select the names out of a hat in order to make it fair. Let me know if you have a personalised message or quote that you would like me to write out for you. Unfortunately I can only deliver in the Wagga area, so this is for Wagga people only #waggawagga #randomactsofkindness #lettersandflowers #makeadifference
It’s not every day you see a chandelier in a woolshed! We had another fabulous day at @tambeakitchengarden today. We covered so much material and there were so many beautiful moments of complete mindful silence combined with heaps of laughter and joy. Growing up I sometimes worked as a roustabout in the shearing shed. Back then if you told me I would one day teach a lettering class in the very location sheep are shorn, I would have found the idea completely preposterous and hilarious. But I am SO happy this is the path life has chosen to take me on. I must say though - the Tambea woolshed is FAR nicer than any woolsheds I ever spent time in! Not to mention the smoko!#handlettering #waggaworkshops #tambeakitchengarden #woolshedworkshop #waggawagga #brushlettering #mrsflannelette
There are no words to adequately describe the devastation left behind after the atrocities of last Friday in Christchurch. The horror is unfathomable. @chchletterwriterssociety is accepting letters of support and love that they will pass on to those who have been affected. If you have a spare few minutes, it might be nice to write a message of solidarity and support. You don’t even need to use fancy handwriting, it’s the words and thoughts that matter. #christchurch #unity #solidarityandstrength #snailmail #sendloveandsupport #languageoflove #writemoreletters #mrsflannelettersoflove #fromwaggatochristchurchwithlove #waggawagga
How exciting is this! Head over to @thewiredlab and tag some friends for your chance to win a spot at my Mothers Day lettering class in Harden on May 11 #Repost @thewiredlab with @get_repost
ITS TIME TO BE A WIRED LAB WINNER
WIN a 🎟 GOLDEN TICKET 🎟 to attend our Brush Lettering Workshop with the marvellous @mrsflannelette at the Harden Murrumburrah Arts Council on Saturday 11th May.
Simply: INCLUDE 3 or more friends on this post thread & ask them to 'like' our page.
Winner will be announced Sunday 24th March 2019.
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- Promo winner selected by the Chairperson of @thewiredlab & his decision is final.
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Shine bright! #randomactsofkindness #handlettering #modernlettering #brushlettering #moderncalligraphy #lovenote #mrsflannelettersforbetter
It’s all about the mothers today. It can be such an isolating and thankless job. A little note of recognition can really go a long way. A dear friend lost her Mum to cancer this morning. She was such a vibrant person who was quirky and funny and loved a glass of champagne. Here’s to all the mums and an extra big cheers for Barb #motherhood #handlettering #brushlettering #moderncalligraphy #thankyoumum #havesomebubblesforbarb #spotthecatpaw
Look at my little flannelette clad hand model! I was completely blown away by all the beautiful people that nominated someone over on Facebook for the random act of kindness flowers and cards donated by @windeyer_micro_flower_farm and myself yesterday. Some stories made me cry, some made me smile and they all made me feel incredibly lucky to be part of such a thoughtful community. I didn’t want anyone to miss out, so I’ve been beavering away today making up random acts of kindness cards to deliver around town. Raffy was a wonderful help, especially when he decided to use my very favourite (and almost dried up) zebra brush pen to draw a moustache on himself. I haven’t quite finished all the cards yet, but fingers crossed all deliveries will be complete within the next couple of days #randomactsofkindness #handlettering #quotesforspecialpeople #handmodel #waggawagga
There were many reasons to be happy and excited to be a guest at Sam and Lauren Miles wedding on Friday, and one of them was the fact that I got to see one of my wedding signs in its natural habitat. Wedding season seems to be drawing to a close, and I feel a bit sad at the thought of having a break from making boards and placecards etc. I seriously can’t get enough of the joy that comes with being part of someone’s wedding day. Bring on next spring! #findyourseat #samandlaurensayido #mrsflannelette #weddinglettering #waggawagga #millwoodlane #coolamon