Monday, August 30, 2010

Day 2

Day 02- The meaning behind your Blogger/Tumblr name.

Shelkybean...I was thinking about this this morning...and it took me ages to remember where it even came from, nevermind what it means.
I never had a nick name growing America where everything is shortened...people's names sometimes get shortened down to their first letter, like my mum's from Bernadette to B in the space of working in a school reception for a couple of days.

Mam named me Richael, because she figured it wouldnt be easy for people to shortened it...and she was right.
I had a difficult enough time getting people to say and spell it right, by the time they had mastered it, a nick name was the last thing on their minds.

But I always wanted a nick name

When I went to Kylemore, Siobhan took to calling me shelly...which then morphed into shelly belly...
Which actually stuck, amazingly enough.

And I think shelly belly then transformed into shelky bean through Alex.
She has always liked the word bean...its one of those words that she thinks sounds and then therefore is, *cute*

And shelky...well Id have to ask her where that came from.
But I think, its much the same...she thinks it sounds cute...

Shelkybean...I think its cute...
And its not just my blogger name.
She calls me Shelkybean all the time 

: )

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I really didn't think there would be 15...but here they are

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

1. I firmly believe that when you mix yellow paint with home made purple, it makes the nicest greys.
2. I wear one pair of shoes every day until I've worn away the soles, except good shoes when I have to get dressed up, and even then sometimes I wear my usual shoes...I've worn these new chucks every day since I got them in June.
3. Sometimes I regret going to art college, and wish I had done something useful instead.
4. I get really obsessed with things...I go through phases. When I was about 3 or 4 I went through a phase of eating mushrooms all the time...then I couldnt eat mushrooms for years after that.
5. I always ready the last page of the book first. And most of the time I read magazines and newspapers backwards too.
6. I never ever used to wear pink until my dad went through a phase of buying me pink converse, pink jackets, hoodys...when I was around 18/19...He would bring them back from America for me. Now I wear pink quite often, off my own bat.
7. I am at the moment stretching my ears. Ive been putting it off since I was about 12 or 13...but now that Im 23, I think its about time. 
8. I have 3 tattoos...a heart/star on my ankle, two little girls on my lower back, and a tree on my left arm. I forget that I have them all the time...its so bad.
9. I used to talk to myself alot, but not so much anymore...prolie cuz theres alot more people knocking about these days.
10. I think eggs are the best thing to have for breakfast.
11. Some people think that there's a hidden mystery to me...but really, its just that Im really really quiet...and I usually make a fool of myself once I open my mouth, so I dont bother.
12. My eyes change colour from hazel to yellow...if its sunny
13. I love mountains, trees and bodies of water, more then I can put into words.
14. When I was 14, I was on Nick News.
15. I broke my hand when I was 14...and when I type, write, sew or draw for any length of time now, it still really hurts.

Got this off Lauren's tumblr

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Tumblr name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Tumblr and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Who are you?

Some of my favorite things...

Clothes out on the line on a sunny day...

Home made ice lollies

Gwyn and Reilly, my dogs

Growing our own vegetables...

Friday, August 27, 2010

The mother load

Yes, jackpot...
I just found an obscene amount of Tegan and Sara photos on this website.

Im now a very happy bunny :)

Go Slow

Some days are just more difficult to get into then others.
It didnt matter what I did this morning, my body wouldn't move any faster, despite it being a beautiful day...
Now the dark grey clouds have rolled in, and I'm thankful that I walked to Janes this morning. I needed that half hour of warmth and sunshine :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dogsitting=pretty photos

I think the easiest way of getting back into the swing of things is by taking photos. I've never thought of myself as a very good photographer...I can take alright pictures...I'm a dab hand at photoshop...but I've never had much of a nack or skill for developing my own or any of that suff...The dark scares me and the chemicals used make me feel a little sick. But I do like taking pictures, especially off the cuff, as they happen pictures. I like documenting a day...I can often remember a day better from looking at pictures, then reading a diary entry.

So, this week, or these next couple of months, I'm gathering, documenting and compiling my day to day comings and goings. At the moment I'm dogsitting for dear friend and fellow artist Jane while she and she family are off holidaying. The dogs are great, so well behaved and gentle. They have been a joy so far, which I'm delighted about, and their keeping me busy...Well keeping my mind off other things.

So here's some pics from my adventures so far. The first is of an artificial rose in Jane's wood...
The second, Reilly, my doggie who wasn't too happy when I left him the other morning :(
Me in the mirror, a devil's bit scabbia and Towser, looking handsome :)

Thats all for now :)

Is it winter already?

Last time I checked, August was included in the list for summer months, this country included.
It seems that nature has a different plan for today.

Its one of those days where there's just one massive cloud covering everything...and just when you think the worst is the wind dies down and it stops pissing from the picks up and is worse then ever.

On the plus side, its the perfect type of day for drawing, reading and researching.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Rest over, back to work!

Ive been taking it really easy since I got back from London...well not that easy actually!
Eoghain's 21st has happened since I got back, and that took alot of prep, and aftercare...
plus that garden has been a bit of a nightmare to get back into shape, but I think its under control right about now :)

So now that Ive had a few weeks to recoup, and the house is back to normal, I can get back to work!
I work up this morning in a daydream, which hasnt happened to me in a long time...but in the daydream, I was painting something. So as soon as I could get my hand onto a piece of paper, and a pen, I quickly scribbled down what I was painting in the dream...

Now Im really excited to go and get started...

I know its late, but I do my best work at night :)

Oh, also, Im separating my all writing etc, will go on one, and this one will just be for art stuff... :)
Watch this space :)