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Reverse that Garbage!


Well, if you are short of ideas to keep the kids busy in the school holidays, and you happen to live in Brisbane, Reverse Garbage is the place to go.
Reverse garbage is a not for profit agency that accepts donations of offcuts and excess items from industry, and then sells these for a very reasonable price to the public for art and craft work and I’m sure lots of other uses as well.
We had so much fun when we went there, after the initial stress of finding the place and then finding a park in the very crowded very skinny back street.
There are so many goodies – tiles, plastic offcuts, acrylic letters, wood, leather, fabric, bottles, lino samples, even Egyptian Artefacts!

It was great for me because I was looking for some bits and pieces for an art project I am working on. I came home with leather scraps, glass pipettes, a very solid cardboard box and 6 of these really cool small plastic storage containers. Zac came home with all the supplies he needed to make a whip and a staff, Bianca had a bag of elastic and Axel had an Egyptian Sarcophagus!




Lots of creative fun to be had here.


So, this is me


Believe it or not, I have only just discovered blogs! My friend Kathryn introduced me to them and now I am hooked. I think a blog is a bit like a magazine, lots of short little snippets of information to read that you can go into in more depth if it catches your interest, and of course all the great photos to be inspired by. Just the thing for us busy creative people.
Ok, so now it is time for me to finally start a blog of my own. I think this is something I will be quite good at as I have lots of ideas to share -if only I can keep up a writing schedule. I hope you will enjoy it.

So, I thought I should start with a little bit about me. My name is Sharee and I am 40 something. I have always lived in country South Australia, but our lives are heading down a different path now, as we begin a new life in the city of Brisbane. More about that later.

I have two main passions in my life. The first is homeschooling. My husband Greg and I have 4 beautiful children and I have homeschooled them all using a natural learning approach, with just a little bit of book work thrown in. My oldest son is 19 now and off at Uni, and my daughter at 17 will start Uni next year. That leaves my two youngest, Zac who will be 12 next week and Axel who is 8. I know there are a lot of homeschooling blogs out there with cute little tackers, but this one will have a bit of a different focus with the older children. We love the homeschooling lifestyle, and with our move to Brisbane, I really want to try and devote more of my time and energy to it.

My second passion is my art, and being creative. I am a real ‘Jill of all trades’ when it comes to craft – everything from jewellery making, glass beads, and mosaics to silk painting, knitting and cross stitch, you name it, I’ve probably done it. When I was a student I used to collect a magazine called Creative Hands, and I liked nothing better than pulling out my folder of these magazines and flicking through until I found a new thing to try. Now that I am older, I am trying to move away from the crafty stuff and to create some more unique artistic works. I am leaning towards Printmaking, Artist’s books, and Wearable art as my areas of expertise now (although I would still love to get my hands in some clay as well).
I have decided that in my new life in Brisbane art is going to be a priority for me. I really want to try to make it my job, programming some working hours into my day, and hopefully making a little bit of money to help keep the household budget ticking away. Stay tuned here to see how I go with that won’t you?

So that is what this blog is going to be about I guess. A lot of sharing of our homeschool activities and ideas and just our everyday life. A lot of art and creative stuff and hopefully the story of how I juggle a busy family life with becoming a professional artist. And thrown in with all that I think you will get a little bit of cooking, a little about our adventures exploring Brisbane, and probably a bit about my ongoing struggle to exercise and eat healthy too. I think writing this blog is going to help me be motivated to keep thinking of good ideas and to keep doing fun stuff with my kids. I hope you will join me in this creative journey we call life.
All the best, Sharee.