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Greetings mes amis!

I have recently been fortunate enough to have had some creative opportunities pretty much fall into my lap. I take this as a sign I am on the right track. Finally. I won’t go into detail yet as from experience I have learned that this is a surefire way to shoot myself in the foot!

What I will say though, is that great opportunities don’t always come cheap. So to this end I have decided to reanimate Paperdoll Cabaret, my Etsy shop (It Lives!). It will be a little different this time than before since my focus has shifted (as far as my need to make stuff goes) from making jewellery to painting. I am currently in the midst of a little flurry of activity designing what I hope will become cool items to put up. I’ll let y’all know when I’m up and running again. I’m going away on Friday for a few days and while this won’t really interrupt the design process, it will definitely cause a bit of a delay in actual production. But hopefully it won’t be too long…. to be honest I can’t afford it to be. I’m not going to miss the boat this time 😉

On a different note, we had great fun last Wednesday (our 31st) dressing up and giving out candy to the local trick or treaters. In Australia (being in the Southern Hemisphere), and in the context it’s celebrated here, it is not a serious celebration. That, I believe would be the 2nd May here. However kids these days are really getting into it and it was so much fun to watch their little faces (and not so little, there were quite a few older kids in the mix) light up when I opened the door in my pointy hat with my “pet spider” dangling from my finger. It was though the chocolate bars I handed them were priceless. It was wonderful! And it’s all harmless, healthy fun. However, and there always seems to be a however, there are a lot of people around here who don’t agree and get quite upset about the whole thing. Even some people who work in shops that sell Halloween-related stuff. They can get quite snotty when you buy fake spiders etc. Go figure! I was told by some of the parents who were walking around with their children that they had received a frosty reception and worse from “Halloween Haters”. To all those people I blow a big, fat RASPBERRY! Don’t take it all so seriously! We put a spider on the gate to show that we were “Halloween friendly” and will continue to do something along these lines each year. Viva Halloween Australian style!!!

I am still unable to post any of my own photos here. I think there must be something wrong with my account settings. I can’t believe I am quite this hopeless. Then again….. 🙂 I will contact support through the week and see if they can help me sort this out. I’m not a great photographer but there have been a few photos I would’ve liked to share with you.

Oh yeah. A few days ago I purchased my first piece of jewellery from Shalottlilly. It’s currently away being photographed and it has to travel all the way from Texas so I’m not sure when it will arrive, but I can’t wait! This lady’s work is beautiful. Check out the Shalottlilly Facebook page to see for yourself.

And last, but certainly not least I hope anyone who has been affected by hurricane Sandy is ok now. I really hope you all stayed safe.

Take care.

Until next time

V ❤


It All Started With Tom Cruise.

Published July 24, 2012 by Robyn
Tom Cruise at a press conference featuring the...

Tom Cruise at a press conference featuring the movie “Mission Impossible 1” at the Kempinski Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg/Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Madonna at her 'Confessions' Tour at Wembley A...

Madonna at her ‘Confessions’ Tour at Wembley Arena. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s with some trepidation that I write this, lest my little blog descends into being another little whingefest. HOWEVER, over the last few weeks this issue has been shoved in my face again & again. I’ve started to write about it a few times and then withdrawn, but I think the time has come to get it off my chest. I’ll let the fragments tell the story.

Yesterday I became so angry I wrote a couple of sentences and posted them on Facebook. It was an angry little lash out and I should’ve bitten my tongue (keyboard?), but the issue keeps coming up. This is what I wrote:

“The “Young”, not the meek shall inherit the earth. Problem is, there’s always gonna be some younger, brighter thing ready and only too happy to take your place – or put you in your place. An everchanging display of puffed up little peacocks strutting around in their fake finery and fake grown-uppery.
They too will know this one day.”

Hmmm, maybe a bit too much….anywayz.

The whole thing started building a few weeks back. I saw some footage on TV of Tom Cruise in Rock Of Ages. The commentators were excitedly saying things like “Is there nothing this man can’t do?” “Wonderful performance”, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

Flash forward a few days, again TV footage (maybe I should just avoid TV). Madonna is in trouble over her new video. This is what I wrote at the time- well a day or so later. Even then I was worried about tackling this:

“OK. So this has been buzzing round angrily for awhile now, and it’s starting to shit me so much I have to say something.

It came to a head the other night when I saw some footage of Madonna on a news-based comedy show. It was about the shock generated by placing a swastika on someone’s face in her new video. It has to be said, I am not a Madonna fan, so I didn’t take too much notice of it at first. THEN I noticed that the focus of the piece had moved from “shock over the swastika” to how vomit-inducing (mimed by finger-down-the-throat) it was to see Madonna flashing a tittie and otherwise bumping and grinding. The presenter’s comments revolved around “She’s a 53 year old woman!” and how disgusting that was.

I guess the reason that this issue has floored me a bit is that I am around Madonna’s age and have recently been subjected to some of the same things for the same reason. eg Someone excitedly deciding I’m perfect for their new “project” until they find out my age. Then you get to see quite a bit of embarrassed backtracking.

I’m here. I’m not going to spontaneously combust in a crackle of dried up, scrawny limbs, even if some of you wish that myself and others like me would.


How come when you hear about Tom Cruise et al they are always great-“he’s still got it!”

Yet society has decided somehow that woman of that ilk should be home knitting and baking and being a little old lady, cos anything else would be inappropriate, shocking and selfish.

This hurts.


V ❤


Miz V Reporting For Duty Ma’am!

Published July 12, 2012 by Robyn

I can do this. Dragged my creaky, spluttering body out of bed and put myself through my paces.

I did some exercises- it’s been quite awhile so I had to resort to a very abridged set. The exercises I do I have been doing for years. They’re a patchwork collection of exercises I’ve tried out and found useful over the years. From time to time things get chopped and changed but it’s basically the same. I’m so familiar with this I can easily do a short, medium or long exercise section. (I did a short one).

Wrote some lyrics – this came from way out of left field. You may remember me talking about my current musical disconnect so I was very surprised to find this little posy of a few lines tickling the edges of my brain this morning. That makes me happy.

Got some washing in to soak. I handwash most of my stuff and since I’ve been ill not much has been happening on the homefront and the washing has been piling up in the corner. I swear it spoke to me this morning!

Made some beaded dragonscale to use in a belly chain. I don’t know the proper name for this. It’s just french knitted thin wire which you can pull and press to flatten. Dragonscale is what it looks like to me so that’s what I call it.

Have spent a little too much time trawling the interwebby, but it’s for inpiration and ideas purposes. Getting really interested in setting up my boards on Pinterest. I’m finding it extraordinarily useful! I have cut outs and quotes all over the place in the physical world and I can never find what I’m looking for, so this is like putting together a scrapbook online. I need to do this sort of thing to stop myself from just floating away.

I’m going to spend the rest of the day making jewellery, catching up on some reading. I read A LOT, but since I’ve been ill this time I haven’t read for weeks.

I would like to say I’m gonna get in some vocal practice, but I still can’t even talk without sending myself into coughing spasms, so singing is still out for now 😦

Might even watch a movie.

Or something.

Enjoy your day


Quick Update

Published July 3, 2012 by Robyn

Hi! this is as the title says just a quick update on what I’ve been doing since my last post.

First of all, been working on a couple of posts, one about violets and one about mermaids, but neither are ready to post yet.

What has been taking up a lot of my time is designing and making jewellery and wearable art for my soon-to-be-up-and-running Etsy store, Ice and Obsidian. Friday is my deadline for this. On track so far-just. Will let you know as soon as it is opened.

The second main project in my life is my cabaret show which I am writing- wayz far to go yet. I’m doing it in  what I call “paperdoll style” so that it can be stripped back or added to depending on funds, venues etc. I’ve been “gonna” do this for years. (I’m afraid “gonna” is often my middle name), but I have it well under way now.

If anybody is out there, let me know what sort of things you would like to see here, what topics you would like to see explored. I would love to hear what others are currently interested in and doing.


Miz V xx