Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hints + Tips - Saving Money



1. Coins!
Purchase things only with notes where possible and save all the coins in a jar, then every few months empty it out and deposit it all into your saving account. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get to $50. Over a 2 month period I can easily have up to $100 in the jar.

2. Put some aside
When your pay comes in try to save at least 5% but aim for 10% to be put aside into your savings. This can be hard sometimes but if you keep a routine after awhile you’ll hopefully not notice the difference. Start at maybe even 2% and over time build it up.

3. BYO
Make your own coffees/teas. When I was working in the city I use to have 3 coffees a day @ $3.20 each = $9.60 per day x 5 working days = $45 per week
Now I use instant coffee and tea bags at work now, my coffees may not taste as good as a great latte but they taste better than the worse lattes I’ve had. Why not jazz it up, with a nice mug/cup the represents you. Even use the money you’ve saved and get your self a little plunger.

4. Where does it go?
Have a look at where you money goes. Where can you make small changes? What can I save on by planning before hand? I realised that I was spending any between $25 - $60 per week on lunch now, I’m making a conscious effort to only buy my lunch once a week and bring my own in (usually left overs) on the other 4 days. I buy my canvases in one big trip generally I get a dicount, save time and reduce the amount of fuel I use.

5. Speak to your bank!
Most banks are happy to speak to you free about your financial goals. They maybe able to offer a product or service you didn’t know about that could be a useful tool for you. Also it’s a good way of doing a bit of a check up on your accounts and making sure your money is working hard for you.

Shopping - Clean Out Art Sale On E-bay

Let's Go Shopping by wackystuff

The little artwork clean out sale on E-bay is all over. I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who visited, watched, placed bids and won. It will be a few months until I do another cull of the artworks I have lying around.

However don’t forget that you can still pick-up pieces of my artwork online either at:
• Red Bubble: prints and cards at www.redbubble.com/people/nicoletattersall
• Online Shop (via paypal): badges, artworks and other bits and pieces at www.nicoletattersall.blogspot.com/2008/01/shop.html

Semi-Permanenet - Side-Event

Group exhibition featuring Queensland emerging artists, including Mel Stringer, Courntey Brimms, Jesse Sullivan, Nick Chalmers, Trent Evans, Hannah Smith, Nic Plowman + Abigael Whittaker.

Held in collaboration with Semi-Permanent Design Conference, Brisbane and Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane.

Gold Coast
19 Karen
19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
Opening Night: Friday 3 April, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: Friday 3 - Saturday 4 April
Website: www.19karen.com.au

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jim Beam PRESENTS Australian Surf Movie Festival By Director Tim Bonython

Are you interested in surfing? Do you like surf movies? Do you just like the lifestyle of it? Are you into huge waves and even bigger wows?

If you’ve not been to a ASMF (Australian Surfing Movie Festival) before where have you been. It’s been touring for the past 6 years, starting in low key pubs and clubs, now showing in venues such as the Astor Theater on Chapel Street.

I’ve ventured down to previous ones held at the Espy in St Kilda and loved every minute of it, though some of the highlights for me was watching the scene from May Dayz II where at Teahupoo a Jet Ski goes over the falls near missing the surfer below and seeing snippets of Taj Barrows ‘Fair Bits’, one of the most artistic and jaw dropping surfing film I’ve seen.

2009 is the seventh year for ASMF and they promise to bring some of biggest and heaviest waves from around Australia and Indonesia, whilst featuring some of the biggest names in big wave surfing such as Mark Mathews, Koby Abberton and Ryan Hipwood.

The tour has already covered NSW and QLD, it will be coming to VIC, TAS, SA and WA real soon! To check out more information and tour dates visit www.volatile.com.au/asmf2009web

Idiot Box - 5 Year Anniversary of G1988: LA

To celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of G1988: LA, 100 artists take aim at television’s guilty pleasurers and celebrate the 20th Aniversary of ‘Saved By The Bell’ with the host of the night being Dennis Haskins who played ‘Mr Belding’

LA, USA
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave (At LA Brea)
LA, California, USA
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 2 April, 7pm - 11pm
Exhibition: Thursday 2 - Thursday 23 April
Website: www.gallery1988.com or www.88point5.com

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Watcher in the Woods

Featuring artworks by Daniel Danger and Dan McCarthy

San Fancisco, USA
Gallery 1988
1172 Stutter Street (at Polk)
San Fancisco, California, USA
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 4 April, 7pm - 10pm
Exhibition: Saturday 4 to Saturday 25 April
Website: www.gallery1988.com or www.88point5.com

Introducing 3...


Lately I've been a little twitter happy and hence it's only fitting I share with you three of those I love following and hearing from on twitter...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pause


Webiste: www.elroyapparel.com

Angelique Kidjo

“African rhythms, a bit of funk, a bit of rhythm’n’blues, a splash of jazz and a touch of Latino and French and suddenly we’re talking the music of Angelique Kidjo.” - The Arts Center
Angelique Kidjo’s music never fails to excite and embrace audiences. She is an African-born singer-songwriter who reminds us all through her unique sound that we can be drawn together, no matter how different or far flung we are. She even sings in four languages - Fon, the tongue of her father’s people of Ouidah, French the language of her adopted home, Yoruba from her mother, and English. Her latest album “Djin Djin” has recently won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album and an Naacp Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album. Come and be uplifted by this multi-talented UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Melbourne
Hammer Hall, Melbourne Arts Center
(Hamer Hall is located adjacent to the Yarra River; between Theatres Building [under the Spire] and Princes Street bridge)
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Monday 6 April
Cost: $84/$75
Website: www.theartscentre.com.au/whats-on/event.aspx?id=1478

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Melbourne Street Art Tours

Melbourne street art tours is run by local street artists, who will over an in depth overview of the Melbourne underground street art scene. You will be introduced to some of Melbourne’s hidden underground treasures, where you will discover some of the most interesting street art and galleries that Melbourne has to offer.

The tour starts at federation Square and weaves it’s way through hidden lane ways and arcades, finishing at the famous Blender Studios where you will be greeted with your choice of beer or a wine and chat with artists like the infamous HA-HA and Drewster.

For more information visit www.melbournestreettours.com

Wes Snelling, The Hounds and Damian Callinan

“Laugh out loud as FULL TILT gets full-on funny as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a season of comedy that’s anything but stand-up!” - The Arts Center
Wes Snelling in KIOSK 7pm - A comedy and music adventure into the life of a caravan park.

The Hounds in The Last Bucket of Water 8.30pm - The team that brought you Every Film Ever Made are back. Adam, Robby and Tegan have a new mission: Protect Australia’s last bucket of water.

Damian Callinan in Is This Thing On?... The Dave Berry Story 10pm - Aakes you backstage to meet Dave Berry - a 9 year veteran of the try-out comedy circuit.

All three shows performed in the intimate cabaret-styled-comedy-cave of the Arts Center, Blackbox - tickets are limited so don’t miss out! See one, two or all three shows in one night - or pick & mix throughout the season!

Melbourne
Black Box, Melbourne Arts Center
(BlackBox is located at the Southgate end of Hamer Hall; entry next to EQ Cafébar)
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Wednesday 1 - Saturday 25 April
Website: www.theartscentre.com.au/whats-on/event.aspx?id=1631

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shop Till You Drop

I've found it! A solution to not being on Etsy or other similar sites and still sell items online! It was under my nose the whole time I just had to look, it's via Pay Pal.

I've been able to set up a shop right here on my humble blog, to visit it click here.

Over the next week or so, do keep checking and if there is anything in particular you want to see feel free to comment.

‘Circle of Eagles’ - Amber Wallace

“Circle of Eagles is Wallis’ recent musing on time spent in Canada and Melbourne. Wallis is a collector of personal stories and rescued moments, threading them together in visual narratives. In this show triptychs, diptyches and large collages create a sense of narrative, there is a story being told. Imagery seems to ‘know each other’ and exude a comfortable closeness - confidantes perhaps.

Wallis’ work is deeply personal yet the abstract imagery and figurative forms allow the viewer to turn it into their own story Works are evocative of place, sex, loss and grief. Words and art are aching memories to be caught like a fish in a net.

Wallis’ loose, almost abstract renditions of figurative forms have featured in numerous publications in Australia, Canada and the USA. She has exhibited across Melbourne, Canberra, Canada and the USA. The artist completed a BA in Visual Photomedia at the Canberra School of Art and participated in an exchange program with Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada in 2002. Wallis completed her Master of Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and was the winner of the tenth Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2008. Selected group exhibitions include ‘Thank God We Died Together’, TCB Art Inc, 2008, ‘Con.ceit’08’, Corangamarah Art Prize finalist exhibition, 2008, ‘Autumn 2008’, Moving Galleries, Melbourne, 2008, ‘Swans & Ammo’ with Lizzie Hall, Utopian Slumps, 2007 and ‘sepia hell’ with Alana Di Giacomo, Ballan and Pannan Galleries, 2006.

Circle of Eagles will be Wallis’ first solo exhibition, presenting a new major body of work.” - Utopian Slumps
Melbourne
Utopian Slumps
25 Easey St Collingwood
Opening Night: Friday 27 March, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition:Friday 27 March - Saturday 11 April
Website: www.utopianslumps.org

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Melissa McDougall - Dark Belles

“Dark Belles is a body of work concerned with the idea of a heroine who inhabits a dark city scape. The women who characterise this idea appear alone, waif-like, raven haired and almost abandoned to the sweeping skies of the city.” - Melissa McDougall
Wellington, NZ
Pixel Ink Gallery
12 Constable Street, Newtown, NZ
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 25 March 2009, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Exhibition: Wednesday 25 March to Sunday 5 April 2009
Opening Times: Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3:30pm
Website: www.pixelink.co.nz

Putting a stamp on Earth Hour

These stamps a just too cute not too tell people about and they are in support of this year’s Earth Hour.

Australia Post anticipate that thousands of letters, cards and invitations will be arriving in mail boxes across Australia with these gorgoeus stamps to promote this year’s Earth Hour. Each stamp features an animal and the messages “Lights Out”, “Switch Off” and “Save Energy”.

The artwork on the Australia Post stamps is driven by the concept of protection, with the presence of wildlife in the designs emphasising the need to protect the planet and all life it sustains by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

I just adore the striking designs of the owl, possum and orangutan that are represented. They were designed to appeal to all Australians and particularly young people, I think they’ve achived this as I want one of each!

Other collectable products in this issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, postmark, booklet of 20 x 55c stamps, stamp and medallion cover, prestige cover and maxicard Set. The issue is available at selected Australia Post outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or online at www.auspost.com.au/stamps until stocks last.

For more information visit www.wwf.org.au/news/australia-post-puts-its-stamp-on-earth-hour

I also have some to giveaway, click here on how to enter to WIN!

Hint + Tips - Helping the Environment Everyday


1. One coffee cup at a time
Bring your own coffee cup or travel mug when going to the coffee shop for a take-away coffee. Some may even offer a discount for doing so. A friend of mine who has been working at markets was telling me the other day that him and his partner do this, and over the last year they’ve prevented a minimum of 100 take away cups becoming landfill. To think also that most of these cups are made of polystyrene.
You can even apply this to take away foods, bring your own container and cutlery that you can wash and re-use.


2. Keep your kitty in doors at night
At night keep your cat indoors, put a cute little bell on their collar and have them desexed. At night most of Australia’s native animals do their feeding and can be easy prey for cats. By desexing your cat you’ll also prevent having a pile of little kittens. As cute as they maybe, many are born away from home and become feral cats who cause havoc to native wildlife.

3. Can I have less packaging with that?
Did you know that one third of domestic waste that Australians produce is made up of packaging materials? Yikes, that’s a lot! We are bombarded with what to think about when buying a product; Australian made, tested on animals, organic, price, brand, quality, and now packaging.
It can be quite easy though, if your are buying a lipstick for instance, is it just wrapped in a light plastic film or is it in a box with a plastic wrap around it? Go for the first one. If the brand you are buying is not offering a lower amount of packaging try a different brand as it’s more than likely you as the consumer are paying for that extra packaging and not the product it self.
If you do have to buy something with additional packaging, is it
recyclable or can you re-use it? I buy coffee in sealed jars that I re-use for mixing paints and keeping odds and ends in.

4. Do you drive a car?
If your like me and there is no real alternative to getting from point A to point B here are some ways to reduce your environmental impact and save some money at the same time:
• take out all the junk in your car that you don’t need (this is also good for if your car gets stolen at least it’s less things they take with them) and remove roof racks when not required
• drive smoothly instead of braking at high speed
• ensure your tyres are filled to the maximum recommended air pressure
• have your car serviced regularly
• give yourself a car free day or think before you get in the car, can I walk or ride to the local shops?


5. Save paper
Can the document be saved onto a computer. If it needs to be distributed can it be done by e-mail or via the internet instead of being printed. Editing can be done using the word processor or through programs such as Abode Acrobat (PDF) on the screen.
Should you need to print or copy use quality recycled paper, where possible print both sides.
If you no longer need the paper recycle it. Some animal shelters need clean office paper for bedding too.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Earth Hour - Saturday March 28, 8.30pm - 9.30pm

Earth Hour is a worldwide campaign that aims to educate the community about the threats of climate change, informing individuals and businesses about the difference they can make by reducing their emissions at home and in the workplace.

Earth Hour and climate change
• Climate change is the most significant threat to life on Earth.
• Greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to the world’s warming. Australia emits around
• 560 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year – 20 per cent of this comes from households.
• As the Australian climate warms, average annual heat related deaths in older Australians may increase, mosquito-borne disease may spread, agricultural production will be affected by changing rainfall patterns and sea levels will rise.
• Collectively, simple activities like leaving lights on when you leave a room or leaving appliances on standby are direct, unnecessary contributors to climate change.

Earth Hour’s origins and achievements
• Earth Hour is an Australian initiative that began in Sydney in 2007. Approximately 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses took part in the first year.
• In 2008 Earth Hour was held on Saturday 29 March, 2008 and involved between 50 and 100 million people in 370 cities and towns around the world, including Chicago, Toronto,
• Copenhagen, Dublin, Atlanta and Bangkok took part.
• An independent survey found that in 2008 58 per cent of people in Australian capital cities joined in by switching off their lights.

For more information visit www.earthhour.org/australia

Paperhorse Studios Turns 1 - ‘Days in the Making’

Paperhorse Studios turns 1 year on Thursday 26th March. One year ago they were celebrating their grand opening show and now they are celebrating again with an event that smiles at creative initiative, location and visual art and design, this comes in the form of ‘Days in the Making’

This event will feature :
Kab 101
Jeremy Piert
Joel Van Der knaap
Matt Stuckey
Dan Withey
Danica Wells’Heitmann
Egija Mitenberga
James Dean
Lisa King
Billie Thomson
Jade Buckley (Fashion Design)

There will be Lindes Lane Garden Lounge, Dj’s and much much more.

Adelaide
Paperhorse Studio, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall
Event Night: Thursday 26 March, 6pm - 10pm

Exhibitions at Karen 19 - Gold Coast

Abigael Whittaker works are a exploration into lifes colouful journey.

Laura Jones, her pieces are about youth and the uncertin future.

Guy L. Warren, produces works that are a hybrid of trational and contemporary Japanese pop culture.

Gold Coast
19 Karen
19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
Opening Night: Saturday 28 March, 6pm - 8pm
RSVP: Via Email or Phone by Wednesday 25 March
Exhibition: Saturday 28 March - Saturday 25 April
Website: www.19karen.com.au

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Art Work For Sale

I'm doing a little Autumn cleaning of my art space and I found some paintings that I thought I'll try to sell via e-bay. No, I'm not selling out, I'm just selling some pieces that simply are cluttering my creative space and require a loving and caring home. Bids are starting at around $10 and I've 8 works available. If interested the works are available at http://shop.ebay.com.au/merchant/nictatt

Rather than paint over them I thought I'll try to find them a home first, this way I also create space to create some new works too!

Here are some of the works available...

Introducing 3...


This week I bring to you three illustrators who all showcase their work on Red Bubble; Bec Winnel, Scarlettcat and Skaffs.
If your looking for a unique gift, card or calendar, it is worth your time to visit Red Bubble and even more so to browse through the works by these talented people.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Earth Hour Giveaway


I've one set of the stamps recently brought out by Australia Post and WWF-Australia. These stamps are just so cute that I had to give them to someone. They are designed to encourage people to take part in this year's Earth Hour - Saturday March 28 at 8.30pm. Each one features an animal and a little message "Lights Out", "Switch Off" and "Save Energy".

The Orangutan one is a lick and stick stamp and the Owl and Possum are the sticker like stamps.

For more info on these gorgeous stamps visit www.wwf.org.au/news/australia-post-puts-its-stamp-on-earth-hour

Here's how you can enter:
- Send me an email at nicole_a_tattersall@yahoo.com.au and tell me what are your five top tips in reducing your impact on the environment. I'll also share some of these tips in Hints + Tips over the next few weeks, crediting the submitter.
- The best entry will win!
- All entries are to be received by Friday 27 March 2009, 10pm
- Winners will be announced on Saturday 28 March 2009

Surprise - Giveaway - Winner!


Congratulations Chrisse you've won the surprise winter giveaway that will warm you up during the winter months!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Animals are being robbed!

Animals are being robbed! But this duo won't take it lying down. Watch as one loveable alligator and one feisty rabbit confront the fashion violators who stole their skins in "Stolen for Fashion," featuring the voices of Pink and Ricky Gervais!

Warning: May be distressing to watch


"Stolen for Fashion"—Learn More at PETA.org.

‘Vous Avez Eté Juste Servi’

‘Vous Avez Eté Juste Servi’ features Yoskay Yamamoto (Japan), Meryl Donoghue (UK), Tessar Lo (Indonesia), Koralie (France), Melissa Haslam (Australia), Brian Donnelly (Canada), Ryuichi Ogino (Japan), Lisa Alisa (Russia), Nate Frizzell, Edwin Ushiro, Amanda Visell, Eric Fortune, Jason Redwood, Scott Belcastro, Alicia Ross and more to be announced.

Culver City, California
Cerasoli : LeBasse
8530-b Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA, USA
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 21 March, 7pm – 11pm
Exhibition: Saturday 21 March - Saturday 4 April
Website: www.cerasoli-lebasse.com

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