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The First Twelve

A short while ago I wrote about a Project to create Good Fortune Cards, see link here.

In the latter part of 2014 I created several Lenormand card decks (of which more in a later blog), utilising my skills as a digital mobile photography artist.

One day, The Kid and I were at our local thrift stores and I hit upon the idea of buying up some inspirational books, wrapping them up in plain brown paper, sticking on an Art Abandonment sticker, and of us both doing our 2nd Art Abandonment exercise, this time along the Rockingham foreshore close to home. I’m hoping that these little gifts will find their way into the right hands, to people who may need a spiritual boost or some positivity in their lives. We did this on the Australia Day long weekend just gone; you can read about the exercise here.

During one of our thrift store forays, The Kid (he never ceases to amaze me with his bright ideas) said “Mum, why don’t you abandon some of your Lenormand cards too?” I thought about that, and decided that as Lenormand cartomancy isn’t straightforward and needs a degree of research and study to understand, it would not carry as much meaning to someone, as would cards with clear, written text on them.

That off-the-cuff remark by my 12-year-old has since kickstarted me on my “Inspiration Deck” Project. I already know that the 2 printers that I use for printing my Lenormand decks would be able to print me extra large cards, suitable for my purpose.

Here are the websites of the 2 Print On Demand printers I’ve used for my Lenormand fortune telling card projects:

PrinterStudio

MakePlayingCards

Since then, my project has now grown to 12 artworks created using only my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with more in the pipeline. My intention now is to do a test run, by ordering a deck with multiple image repeats (to fit their 54 card template and save money). Then, for our 3rd Art Abandonment caper, The Kid and I can put a card in an envelope with the Art Abandonment tag on it, and perhaps this time cycle around our surrounding neighbourhood and pop one in random letterboxes. Hopefully they make someone’s day. We’d do 12 cards at one time.

Anyway, here are The First Twelve.

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Australia Day On The Beach

Today, 26th January 2015, is Australia Day. For those who don’t know much about this historic and controversial day, read Wikipedia’a entry about it here.

For most Australians, this day means taking the family on a picnic, or firing up the BBQ by the pool at home and inviting friends and family over. It’s perhaps a little unfortunate that this day always falls during the school holidays, so there are no school excursions to historical monuments or patriotic events to commemorate the event.

Today also sees the making of thousands of new Australian citizens, at ceremonies in state capitals across the country. You can of course become a citizen at other times during the year, but many new citizens like the idea of becoming Australians on Australia Day itself.

While it’s all and good that most Aussies are taking advantage of the day (especially this year, when it falls on a Monday, and therefore makes a long weekend) by revelry, drinking and general merrymaking, we need to remember also that today is also considered by many to be a Day of Mourning.

The Indigenous People of Australia call this day “Invasion Day”, as, give or take a few weeks’ discrepancy in dates, this is the day in 1788 that the British first landed on their Aboriginal homeland and, without so much as a “Do you mind?”, invaded and took over their country in the name of the King.

Much has been written about the English invasion of Australia, which bears great similarities to what they did to the Native Americans of America. Today, some Australians are acutely aware of the injustice dealt to the original inhabitants of Australia, and the Government even has a specific term for their policy to make amends. It’s called “The Reconciliation”. You can read more about it here.

Today, The Kid and I cycled down to the Rockingham foreshore to see how the Australia Day revelry was going. The Kid wanted to go on the bumper cars ride, and I needed doughnuts ahem! photos for this blog.

So, here are said photos.

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image(Troll’d pony LOL)

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image (It was so warm, even the seagulls were out swimming)

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imageET was an Australian for the day.

Art Abandonment : Rockingham Part II

So, yesterday The Kid and I went to the Rockingham foreshore and surreptitiously left some book and card packages around for people to find.

What we hadn’t counted on was that this was the long weekend of Australia Day (26th January), and, it being Summer, the foreshore would be FULL of people. It’s a popular destination for families, there are free BBQ stations dotted around the grassy park, and toilet facilities, cafés, bistros, fast food outlets, ice cream parlours, souvenir shops etc.

It was hard trying to blend into the crowd and not call attention to ourselves, pushing our bicycles through the park and leaving packages in the crooks of trees, on park benches and under public sculptures. But we did it, and celebrated afterwards with an ice cream (a Coke float or “Spider” for me) at Baskin Robbins.

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These Maori guys found the one we left on the bench behind where they were picnicking. It’s great to see people’s faces lighting up when they find out they’ve just found a free gift. Makes MY day! Actually, I think this is one with a deck of Lenormand cards attached, so they’d have had 2 pressies for their wife/girlfriend for Australia Day.

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Here’s one we left under a dolphin sculpture at the entrance of the foreshore.

I didn’t get to photograph all the drop-offs. Although most people were oblivious to our activities, there were others who looked at us curiously. (It’s very hard to be inconspicuous when you’re pushing 2 bicycles through a park and trying to avoid running over people on the grass!). The Kid said to me a couple of times “Just Drop and Run, Mum!” And so we did. Can’t help being shy!

I was glad I was able to tweak those Lenormand cards with the uneven borders. There was no way I could’ve sold them the way they were, or even after my “borderectomy” on them. So, by giving them away instead, I hope someone else gets to enjoy them for free. Hmmm…I think I’ll get some large sized cards printed next, with inspirational sayings on them, and maybe do an Easter Art Abandonment on the Rockingham Foreshore. Yes!

Art Abandonment : Rockingham Part I

Okay, this is not strictly the abandonment of Art. My 2 printers are currently in hibernation…oh alright, they’re both being perfectly beastly and won’t print true colours but rather just reds and blues. And there’s nothing wrong with the ink cartridges or nozzles, I’ve checked. I was going to print off some of my artwork, to abandon on our foreshore, but I can’t now, as I really don’t specialise in just reds and blues.

So, instead, I’ve decided to recycle some inspirational books that I’d previously bought from our local thrift stores. Someone else can benefit from reading them now. And who knows, it just might brighten up someone’s day, to find a nice little gift on a park bench.

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I just decided to wrap each book up in brown paper, stick on an Art Abandonment label, tie it up with some twine, and Bob’s your uncle. Yes, alright, I ran out of twine halfway. ;)

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I posted about this on Facebook’s Art Abandonment page. Got quite a lot of interest and encouraging comments too. Then, as is usually the case, someone, a Mod from the Group, I think, pointed out that if I wasn’t Abandoning Art but rather books, my post would have to be removed from their wall.

I didn’t reply to that comment, as it was past midnight by then and I needed my beauty sleep. But just before I drifted off, it occurred to me that I could add some of my Lenormand cards to the packages, and that would count as Art, for the sake of conforming to the group’s requirements. I have a couple of decks where the printer’s cutter did not align properly and left uneven borders. I would perform a “borderectomy” on those cards first thing in the morning, and include them with the books.

That would then be Art Abandonment AND Random Acts of Kindness.

However, when I woke up this morning, my post had already been removed by the Mod of the group. Without even waiting for my response grrr. Maybe they’re in America and didn’t realise the vast time difference between Australia and their country?

No worries, I’ll just do the borderectomy, include the cards with my packages, take more photos, then re-post to the Art Abandonment group page.

Commencing Borderectomy…

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Ready to rock-n-roll! Tomorrow The Kid and I will cycle down to the Rockingham foreshore and leave these babies here and there, for people to find.

Free eBook : How To Change The World

No, I did not write this book, but I sure wish I did. I’m sharing it here with you now because it is a book that everyone in the process of waking up needs to read and then share with their circles. Spread the truth about how our world REALLY works, who REALLY controls us and tells us how to think, what to read, what the wear, what to eat, how to behave in society etc. Read for yourself the facts about how we are being manipulated, day in day out, to conform to what “Society” tells us is “normal”. How we must all live a life of consumerism and capitalism, because, as the saying goes, “Money makes the world go round”.

Then do what it takes to change the world. We’ve lost our way in the past, now this eBook will help guide us back to the true purpose of our lives (no, it’s not so we can pay bills and then die), and if we ALL paused to see the truth of what’s happening around us today, we CAN and WILL make a change for the better. We all need to BE the Change we want to see.

Here’s the link to the Facebook page, where you can find more information and download the free eBook:

https://m.facebook.com/HTCTW.book

Here’s what the author, Elina St.Onge says about her book: (excerpt taken from the link above)

When we take an observer perspective, we do not look at the world and think to ourselves “that’s just the way it is.” We instead ask, “why is it this way?” This is the approach taken throughout this book. It depicts in an easy-to-read, clear and simple way, the most basic concepts that make up our human society all while examining whether or not we can do things differently. In the final chapters, dots are connected between mind-bending scientific discoveries which altogether shed light on our true nature and purpose on this planet. If you want to understand why our human society is the way it is, if you want to know what other possibilities exist outside of our current system and if you often wonder about who we are and what we are here for – yet are not satisfied with conventional belief systems – you will enjoy the perspectives shared in this book. Its aim is to assist humanity in seeing the world with a fresh pair of eyes, which will greatly help open our minds enough to create meaningful change in our world.

Elina also has a web presence, via this link. You can also download her eBook there, and why not make a donation too, she’s done such a pretty darn good job collecting her facts and presenting them to you.

Namasté.
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Some of my Favourite Things : Mixed Media

I find this type of art hard to classify. Here are some designations I can think of, however many of the artworks fall between the cracks and defy classification.

Mixed Media Art
Digital Mixed Media
Mixed Media Photography Art
Digital Mixed Media Photography Art
Digital Collage
Digital Mixed Media Collage
New Media
Mixed New Media

…you get my drift? Or, simply take the words Mixed Media, Digital, Art, Photography, Collage, New, and mix to match.

But wait…it gets even muddier if you throw in Altered Art, Altered Books and 3D Collage.

Anyway, here are just a few of my favourite genre-bending pieces of artwork and illustration, by various different artists. If you want further information on any artist, please look for them on my Pinterest Boards “Assemblage, Altered Art, Steampunk” and “Digital Photography Art”. See, I told you they were hard to classify ;).

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Gazillion Bubble Show

Bubbles bubbles bubbles! This family sure knows how to control this most ethereal of substances!

Watch the extraordinary talents of the Yang family as they blow their way into the Guinness Book of World Records, winning awards and accolades galore and entertainimg audiences young and old across the world.

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The Yang family are Fan, his wife Ana, their children Deni and Melody, and Jano, Fan’s brother. All are equally accomplished in blowing, sculpting, manipulating bubbles.

http://gazillionbubbleshow.com/nyc/artists.html

Watch Fan Yang in action:
http://youtu.be/bWuhMEhfyg4

Watch Ana Yang in action:
http://youtu.be/dZtdrbdaX3E

Watch Jano Yang in action:
http://youtu.be/Vy6_bBGEi0A

Watch Deni Yang in action:
http://youtu.be/KYX1nMn6vGs

Watch Melody Yang in action:
http://youtu.be/wdCiybJeP2w

YouTube has lots more videos of this amazing family in action.

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If they ever come to Australia, I’m making sure I catch their act!

WordPress Sent Me This

This is WordPress’s Yearly Report which was emailed to me on New Year’s Day. Click on the link below and be transported to a magical wonderland! 😄

http://alyzenmoonshadow.com/2014/annual-report/

Interesting reading, and good to know which posts were the most popular, and which days were the best for capturing viewers. (I let them go again, of course, after capturing them, poor little hummingbirds). After a solid 365 days of continuous blogging every single day, (give or take a few mishaps with time zones and accidental deletions), here’s what I’ve learnt:

1) it takes months to raise your profile. My viewer stats jumped from the low dozens to over 100 after 6 months of consistent blogging. It’s levelled off now at around 80 a day. I must be making the coffee right. I need to work on my cupcakes, I think…then perhaps my blog will get read daily by thousands of people around the world, not just a hundred. If that happens, I shall blame my mouthwateringly delicious, yummy, moreish cupcakes. And run out to the shops for more eggs, milk, sugar and flour.

2) don’t ask me how some bloggers can post up one simple photo without even a caption, and get viewed over 30000 times immediately. I don’t know how and that has never happened to me. I think I would faint if it did. Besides, a good image always deserves a good caption, the punnier the better.

3) also, don’t ask me how bloggers get into the golden circle of Blog Awards. I have never been invited and I don’t think I swim in the same ocean as these super bloggers. I’m a squid. I write with ink.

4) blog readers have busy lives too, so on weekends and public holidays, expect to see your viewer stats take a nosedive. Unless you’re Santa Claus writing from the North Pole, of course. Then I’m afraid your busiest times will be from September to December, but you might as well go surfing the rest of the year. I hear Western Australia has excellent beaches.

5) it’s always fun to plunder Google Images and Pinterest for a compilation of cute, artistic, unusual or funny images that you can curate and present on a different platter. YouTube throws up some video gems too, sometimes. Other times it just throws up.

6) try to link up your Social Media sites to automatically share your award-winning writing with everyone you can think of. But be careful when connecting the dots, don’t overdo it. One mistake I made was linking up too many sites so that my posts ended up pinging off each other and triplicating all over the place, like Triffids. I was never good at programming electronic circuitry.

7) always try to have an image or more in your blog posts. This really helps when sharing your post to other sites, as many Social Media sites like to use images to pull in the punters, so to speak. A hook to hang your hat on, in other words.

8) I seem to have picked up a penchant for making lists. Yay, me!

And here is today’s token image, courtesy of Google Images:
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The World Is Coming To An End

I must admit I’ve never been a great fan of rap. Eminem spoiled it for me, with his messages of crime, violence and drugs. But having said that, I guess I haven’t heard enough rap to really form an opinion. Because now, after watching this video, I realise rap can be a powerful way to convey positive messages of Hope and Love too. I stand happily corrected.

Please take the time to watch this very powerful video by rapper and activist Richard Williams aka Prince Ea. Listen to the words, and Be The Change. Share it! Namasté.🙇

http://youtu.be/BzV1FzixSmw

And even if you haven’t got time to watch the video, at least pay heed to the very meaningful words. Here’s the transcript of the lyrics, from Prince Ea’s website:

The world is coming to an end
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated
The animals are going extinct, the economy’s collapsed
Education is shot, police are corrupt
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded
The people are depressed and angry
We can’t live with each other and we can’t live with ourselves
So everyone’s medicated
We pass each other on the streets
And if we do speak it’s meaningless robotic communication
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth
Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools
It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple
And when you find the apple
It’s been genetically processed and modified
Presidents lie, politicians trick us
Race is still an issue and so is religion
Your God doesn’t exist, my God does and he is All-Loving
If you disagree with me I’ll kill you
Or even worse argue you to death
92% of songs on the radio are about sex
Kids don’t play tag, they play twerk videos
The average person watches 5 hours of television a day
And it’s more violence on the screen than ever before
Technology has given us everything we could ever want
And at the same time stolen everything we really need
Pride is at an all time high, humility, an all time low
Everybody knows everything, everybody’s going somewhere
Ignoring someone, blaming somebody
Not many human beings left anymore, a lot of human doings
Plenty of human lingerings in the past, not many human beings
Money is still the root of all evil
Yet we tell our kids don’t get that degree
The jobs don’t pay enough
Good deeds are only done when there’s a profit margin
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral
We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us
Our role models today
60 years ago would have been examples of what not to be
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against Because they were born a certain way
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make Little girls feel like they need “make up” to be beautiful Permanently lowering their self esteem
Because they will never be pretty enough
To meet those impossible standards
Corporations tell us buy, buy, buy, get this, get that
You must keep up, you must fit in
This will make you happy, but it never does for long
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos?
What is the solution? We can love
Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio
I mean real love, true love, boundless love
You can love, love each other
From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed
Perform an act of kindness because that is contagious
We can be mindful during every interaction
Planting seeds of goodness
Showing a little more compassion than usual
We can forgive
Because 300 years from now will that grudge you hold against Your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves
We can change our hearts
We have been sold lies
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust
To not recognize our brothers and sisters
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty
But once we truly love we will meet anger with sympathy
Hatred with compassion, cruelty with kindness
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth
Robert Kennedy once said that
Few will have the greatness to bend history
But each of us can work to change a small portion of events
And in the total of all those acts
Will be written in the history of a generation
So yes, the world is coming to an end
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you

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Nightcrawlers, Ambulance chasers, Storm Chasers…

…and me and my kid. We interrupt our regular programme to bring you the latest excitement to hit our sleepy town of Rockingham, Western Australia.

It was the sound of helicopters flying over our house that first alerted me that something was afoot. On looking to the skies, I saw not just 1 but 2 helicopters circling about. Then I saw a big yellow helicopter, the type with a large snorkel and water bucket (“Bambi Bucket”) attached. And another. And I realised there must be a bushfire nearby.

So when the Kid came home from school we saddled up yeehah! got on our bikes and headed in the general direction of where the water-bombing helicopters seemed to be dumping their loads. It was only a 5 minute ride, then we came to The Anchorage Estate (a new housing estate worth further investigation, note to self). And 2 manmade lakes, where the 2 water-bombing helicopters were busy at work. At this stage we could only see dark smoke nearby and didn’t know how close the bushfire was.

As luck would have it, yours truly was able to video helicopter No.1 at work. Video follows hot off the press. I must apologise in advance for the shoddy camerawork after the helicopter takes off after filling. The spray from the helicopter went everywhere – my camera lens was splashed, my shirt and shorts got drenched. My glasses were completely covered, leaving me essentially blind. Hence you’ll see the camera struggling to even find, much less track, the movements of the helicopter. Incidentally, this is my Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s virgin video – a baptism of water, fire and wind, if you like. The wind churned up by the helicopter was like a mini tornado.

Anyhow, here is said video. Try not to laugh too much.

http://youtu.be/Pgm4aD3-FlU

Afterwards, we realised that the bushfire was literally only 1 street away. So here are some photos of the scene, taken before someone noticed and waved us away.

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