To the land of OZ

 I haven't announce here, or anywhere really, just whisperings, but come December 24th, my family and I will be heading home to the land of OZ. We've spent 2 1/2 years here in Queenstown NZ - there is too much to say so I'm going to say it in pictures but that will be a post for another day.

Ceramic mantra bowls by Galia Alena

In the meantime today I sent out the last of the custom made bowls until I set my family up again and find access to a new kiln. I'm really hoping there will be one in my future. This was such a special batch to make and a privilege to make for such soulful women, filled with love for family or gifts for sisters. 

Ceramic mantra bowls by Galia Alena

By Monday I will be putting my Etsy shop into holiday mode for a few months while all my beloved art supplies bob there way across the ocean. I'm hoping to re-open it as soon as I can with new creations. In the meantime, if there is something calling you then you have until Monday to put your name on- there are still a few bowls left.
Then I will be taking in some of this exquisite place while I still can- in between walks up the mountain and around the lake my daughter is dragging me to fear factory and there will be a girls road trip down to the bottom of the island to visit the dolphins. Trying to breath it all in while I can. I am going to miss the mountains and the lake but am looking forward to the heady sweetness of Gardenias and trays of mangoes and my friends!! Looking forward to my friends. Xx

Ceramic mantra bowls by Galia Alena

Miss Match- Week One: Domestic

"Housework is a mistake" Quentin Crisp
I have been playing along with  a group of female photographers from Etsy and we have started a diptych project called Miss Match. This week's theme was domestic and I was paired with Katie from A Sense of Place Photography. Both us of giggled when we saw our theme as neither of can claim to be domestic goddesses, maybe goddesses but certainly not domestic ones. So our take on domestic was a bit of reality: a messy kitchen sink and burnt cookies, none on this Martha Stewart stuff for us. Below is my other sink photo:
Who ever said that the camera doesn't lie obviously doesn't know what he was talking about (and hadn't met photoshop- but that's another story). Here is the proof of the pudding that the camera does lie. My daughter got all Nigella on me and here is the results shot as runner ups for the Domestic Project:

Next week I am paired up with Mandy Byrant on the theme of Joy. So many options, check back to see what we come up with.