Monday, 29 April 2013

LadyFest Art Exhibition, Lust For Life Tattoo, Gallery and Espresso Bar, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

I am excited to announce that my artwork Luna II has been accepted into this years LadyFest!

What is LadyFest you ask? 
"LadyFest Brisbane is a part of an international movement that commenced in the United States in 2000. Ladyfest is a non-profit, community-based event designed by and for women to showcase, celebrate and encourage the artistic, organisational and political work and talents of women. The events are are organised and run by women, but all are welcome to attend."
  The opening night is this Thursday, at Lust For Life Gallery in Fortitude Valley from 7pm.

Lust For Life tattoo, gallery and espresso bar is located at 176 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia.

I hope I see you there!
Sandi D

ANZAC Day With A Toddler.

This year we celebrated ANZAC Day by watching the Brisbane City ANZAC Day March. We stayed there until the last of the Air Force Squadrons had completed their march, and then we stopped in to Southside Tea Room for a quick pint before heading home.
How did we get through three hours of public time with a toddler? 
Snacks- he ate an entire banana, a handful of Tiny Teddy biscuits and then had a couple of hot chips with me. 
Drinks- I had a bottle and a sippy cup and gave him whatever he wanted whenever he pleased. He usually only gets water or milk but on this day he also had some apple juice. 
Freedom- I let him have some time to run around. A bit of personal freedom for Hunter not only helped him let off steam, it also tuckered him out so he was happy to sit back in his pram

Hunter was most fascinated by the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop and Canine Squadrons. He also loved the marching bands, showing everyone how his KissCat had a camouflage uniform on; and running at full speed into crowds and disappearing down alleyways. It was exhausting and made me very grateful for my friend and neighbour Rebecca's presence, but mostly it was fun.

Next year I will check out the ANZAC March Brisbane website before planning our day. Through the website I can get a copy of the run order so I know when Daddy is walking past. This will give me time to get Hunter in a position to see him, and point him out in the crowd.

As a side note, I also find it weird that I am such a bleeding heart peacenik and my husband is in the Defense Force. All I can say is that Australia is a peace keeping force, and I can reconcile this goal with my own because truly all those men and women and children who died in war will rest in peace when we live in peace.

Sandi D

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Peace Sign Made Of Guns

Check out this rad peace sign made of guns my best friend made for me after he was inspired by one of our conversations.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

I'm Feeling Cute Overload: Hunter Dressed As a Bee

So ages ago I put Hunter in some bee wings and let him play. And then I very creepily took about ten photos in a row (at times pretending to sneeze so he would roar with laughter- a trick that has not worked since this day) that have just now been discovered in the poorly filed mess that is my PC.

They made me giggle, hopefully they remind you to have a bee- utiful day.

Lets always bee this cute,
Sandi D

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Cool Punky Hair Styles and Cuts for Toddler Boys

ricky martins sons hair

To cut Hunter's Hair or not to cut Hunter's hair. I've been searching tumblr for inspiration and found these cute cool guy hairstyles and haircuts for little boys (but no originating details- if you own these pictures please let me know so I can tag back). Which style do you think is the coolest?

Snip, snip
Sandi D

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Mum Club For Alternative Mums in Brisbane.

Hunter loves to play. Sometimes he prefers kitchen utensils over actual toys - there is no accounting for taste I guess. If your kid also likes to play and you like hanging out with other cool parents, come along to Mum Club from 10am on Monday April 8th at Southside Tea Room. We would both love to see you there!

Think of it as the mother's group you secretly hoped for, but doubted you'd ever find.

Cool Parents Unite and Take Over,

Sandi D

Southside Tea Room
639 Wynnum Rd Morningside Brisbane. 4170.
PH 3899 5859

Thursday, 4 April 2013

I am Australian and I support gay marriage.

I am Australian and I support gay marriage.

I support gay marriage because I support authentic love.

I support gay marriage because I support my friends, some of whom are gay.

I support gay marriage because I honestly feel that same-sex couples should have the same legal rights and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

I support gay marriage because I feel in my heart that if there is a God, S/He would want all of His/Her creations to experience the happiness that being in love creates- and also know that S/He would never have created homosexuality and sprinkled it so liberally throughout our population if it weren't as pure a manifestation of love as heterosexuality.

I support gay marriage because I believe in the institution of marriage despite my parents failing miserably at their own attempts. In fact, it is because of their failure that I understand a bit of the spectrum of personal actions that make up the concept of 'true commitment', and because of this understanding I have seen the fidelity of gay relationships and know them to be as strong as any other. For two people to be so adamant in their love that they would stick by each other in a world which actively seeks to pull them apart, for two people to take it all by each others side- that to me shows a level and understanding of true commitment that is deserving of legal and social recognition.  

I support same sex marriage because I know that people are 'born this way'. My son could be gay. It wont change a damn thing about the love I have for him, and hopefully by the time he is old enough to fall in love he will have the privilege of being in love and knowing that the law is on his side.

I support gay marriage because I support equality. I have to- I can't not. Equality is the soul of liberty, and as a woman in this beautiful country I am still subjected to the most ridiculous restraints on my personal liberties. Race rights, women's rights, gay rights- it is all the same battle, and we will win. In my life we will win.

“Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government 

“As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal.”
Harper Lee

"There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with."
Woodrow Wilson
“Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”

“I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
Paul Newman 
“I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.”
Langston Hughes

“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”
Malcolm X
same love,
Sandi D
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