Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Colour Blast Wednesday....Blue

Every so often I choose a colour to "COLOUR BLAST" and today the lucky choice is BLUE. It's possible you might see a single photo or part of a photo that gets you (and me) thinking outside the box....and we could all use a little more of that, right?

Meaning of the Color Blue

Meaning, symbolism and psychology of color: All About the Color BLUEBlue is the overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color of sky and the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming; however not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration.

Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring. Blue is the least "gender specific" color, having equal appeal to both men and women.

How the color blue affects us physically and mentally
* Calming and sedate
* Cooling
* Aids intuition

Wanna' Know More About Beautiful Blue?


A blue frog with black spots sits on a green leaf.image of a bush on tile; the background is blueImage of a pier extending out in to a lake, with a clear sky above and mountains in the distance.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Comic Book Jewellery....What Fun!

I was on my way to a meeting a few days ago, and just before leaving the house I sort of said/sort of ask my husband …”Do I look too suburbane?” …poor guy looked at me and said: “I don’t know what the right answer to that is… We both cracked up.

With this in mind I feature Comic Book Jewellery-Not what your typical suburban housewife would wear. (Now, even I know I’ll never fit into that category!)

BTW…I used to LOVE Archie Comics and read them over and over again. I come from a family of travelers and “in the day” comic books were the traveling family’s saving grace.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Available now...from Renee Blackwell Design

Stunning Enamel Butterfly Pendant by Renee Blackwell Design. Special offer for my blog followers: Order this one of a kind pendant and receive the “V” cuff/choker FREE

(Sterling silver cuff/chokers are usually $90.00)

Pendant $225.00….includes FREE postage anywhere in the world.

Contact Renee at: hazelwildretreat@yahoo.com.au

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Geisha Girls...

Hong Kong Market place....above

A few years back while we were traveling in Hong Kong, I found a small box of exquisite miniature block paintings in small frames-actually pendants of sorts.

Every so often I am inspired to bead a necklace around one of these….Here are a few examples of the “Geisha Girl Series” by Renee Blackwell Design.

Although the pendants/necklaces shown have actually sold, I do have several more to work with…Interested? Let me know here: hazelwildretreat@yahoo.com.au

(Note: Each side is a totally unique painting, which makes the necklace reversible and very versatile…)

These two shots are actually

of the same pendant..different image
on each side...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Meet Tarren Otte...Synchronised swimming for Australia

I meet lots and lots of people through my jewellery business and my endless travel. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I try and share some of these interesting people with you. This is one of my favorites!

Meet Tarren Otte-Synchronised Swimmer.

Tarren will be flying to India in October for the CommonWealth games....Go-Baby-Go!


1.How, when and where did you become involved in Synchronised swimming? I started doing synchronized swimming 17 years ago. I had school swimming lessons and was invited to attend a training session by my swimming teacher. I have never looked back.

2.How often and where do you train? Do you have a coach? I train in the water 5 mornings a week. 2 of the mornings I do squad swimming before my synchro training. My coach is the National Head Coach - Anna Nepotacheva and I train at the Victoria University aquatic and Fitness Centre.

3.What do you like the most about your sport? What do you find challenging about it? I love that Synchronized swimming is so different. It is a bit of everything rolled in to one sport.
Synchronized Swimming is not only physically challenging but also mentally tough.

4.Where did you grow up and where do you currently live? For most of my childhood I grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I lived in Mooroolbark until I was 14 then moved to Port Melbourne with my mum and step dad. Although moving to Port Melbourne I stayed at Lilydale High School to finish my VCE as I could not bare changing schools and leaving my friends.
I currently live in Middle Park with my boyfriend, Devinda and our two dogs, Axl Rose & Marli.

5.What is your next event? I am off to China in September for the World Cup where I will compete in the Team and Solo events. From there I head home for one week then off to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games where I will compete in the solo event.

6.How are you funded? Funded??? What is this (haha)... I currently fund my own training, competition and travel costs through the help of fundraising. But I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for my mum, she helped a lot previously.

7.What is your favourite colour, food, smell and place to visit? My favourite colour is Pink, food is Pizza, smell is frangipani and place to visit is Spain but this is only one of many.

8.Anything else you would like to comment on or say? After 17 years in the sport, 11 years competing for my country and 1000's of hours training, The Commonwealth Games will be my final competition. I have made this decision as Synchronized Swimming receives no funding and I can no longer afford it. As I am a qualified PE teacher it is time to work full time, earn a living and become a normal person (whatever that means).

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past 17 years!!!