Monthly Archives: May 2012

And the winner is…

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Thanks to the lovely people who entered my draw and to all the others who didn’t enter but came over for a visit and had a listen to the music. It was a lot of fun!

And now for the winner, I used random.org to choose the winner and it came out as Liz Humphreys! Congrats Liz and I will be emailing you the tracks asap.

Broken Man – and my first ever giveaway!

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This is our latest song. It’s called Broken Man and it’s essentially a song about disappointment, although I always like it when people read into songs their own meaning, so find in it what you will.

For those of you that are interested in the process, my better half comes up with musical ideas, I write the lyrics and the melody. He arranges, mixes and produces the final effort and usually at some point we drive each other a bit crazy with *unsolicited feedback* along the way!

We record in the lounge of our 55m2 apartment trying to avoid the sound of planes landing at Schipol Airport which we are under the flight path of. We use (and when I say “we” I mean my husband!) a Zoom H4N, a Shure Beta58A, a Nord Stage, Reaper and Reason and a truck load of creative thinking 😉

We make our super high-budget videos using a Canon digital camera (photographic not video), free footage we find on the net and a really bad editing programme Windows Movie Maker – much pulling out of hair and sighing!

And now for the giveaway! So exciting.

I am giving away a digital copy of our EP which at present contains 7 tracks including Broken Man.

You can enter a whole lot of ways:

  1. Go to our Bandcamp page, listen to the tracks and comment back here telling me which is your favourite.
  2. *like* our FB page and then comment back here to tell me you did.
  3. Share the Broken Man video on FB, Twitter or your blog and comment back here to tell me you did
  4. Comment on one of our YouTube videos here and then comment back here to tell me you did.

Every comment you make below telling me about one of these actions will get you a entry and for every 20 comments below I’ll give away another copy of the EP.

I’ll announce the winner(s) next Monday (May 28) so check back here on Monday to see if you got lucky.

Linking in with lots of other very creative types here.
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Fabric heaven!

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Today felt like Christmas day.

A friendly neighbour around the corner owns a building which he rents out to several businesses, one of which is owned by a man who sells wholesale fabric to retail stores. I asked what they do with the off-cuts and our neighbour said he has loads and that they just “throw them away” – insert horrified scream! So I asked if I could have them (people don’t think that kind of question is at all cheeky here in Holland) and he said he would ask for me.

Today he dropped off 6 garbage bags of fabric. I was expecting mainly small pieces of furnishing fabric, but there were at least two bags of pieces of over 2 metres (both stretch and weave), not to mention some clothing samples. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!(Oh and wearing the top I just finished making in the weekend in this photo too.)

The only downside is there is no reason to buy fabric again for the next year – maybe even the rest of my life. Thank the Lord I can still buy notions!

What I’ve been up to…

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy doing lots of creative things – they just aren’t that easy to photograph!

So here’s what I’ve been doing:

Made a few more bags and purses, and a new skirt. I’m trying to make an article of clothing per week at the moment especially as I’ve now found a really great fabric market!

Finished a first draft of a show I’ve been working on for about three quarters of a year now. Finishing a first draft is both good and bad – YAY I’ve finished, and now wait for feedback, pray that it’s not awful, and then start re-writing the entire thing! Now I get to choose whether to go back to a first draft of a short story I need to re-write or start working on the next piece…

Made some delicious food including mayonnaise from scratch for the first time, and a lovely Mediterranean tomato soup (but ate it all before it had a chance to pose for a photo) and finally working on finishing April’s song – watch this space. It’s called Broken Man.