Saturday, July 26, 2008

Another year older!

Firstly, thank you to everyone that took the time to wish me a happy birthday. It meant heaps to receive messages from you all - but what was more amazing was the number of people that contacted me and wished me a happy birthday through facebook... blew me away!
No doubt you are wondering what sort of a day I had - well, it started off ok - Allison had to leave home early for work so she wished me a happy birthday in the morning and I got ready for the first clients of the day. I ended up working from 9.30am through till Evette finished at 6pm, then it was a mad rush to get the dogs and goats fed before Allison came home with dinner. We have this amazing restaurant not too far (nothing is close when you live in Jimboomba - lol) called the Magic Wok. It is a vegan chinese restaurant and if you didnt know the meat wasnt meat ... well, I am sure you get the idea. We had satay "chicken", bbq buns and curry puffs for entree then lemon "chicken", mongolian "beef" and crispy salt and pepper tofu for mains - very scrummy!!

I did get to open my pressies before we ate though.... and how spoilt am I.

My first present was from my furry kiddies (many thanks to Allison for going to the effort). I have been wanting a copy of each of the posters in a series that supports and advertises Greyhound Adoption. She spent ages ringing around finding out exactly who distributes the posters as we have seen them at the RSPCA superstore, our vets as well as a few other various places. As it turned out one of the representatives lives just over the highway from us!! So I have 2 posters to go in my studio waiting room - not at all figure orientated but they will hopefully make someone consider a greyhound for a pet!

My second and third pressies where cool - a letter saying my car is booked in at WOW on Tuesday morning to have new stereo speakers installed, the third pressie takes us up to Southbank on Tuesday (after the car has been dropped off) to see the Picasso Collection!! I cant wait now for Tueday to come around. I have been wanting to go to view these masters for ages now!

Allison purchased my next present on a whim - mainly because it was pink than any other reason.... for what other colour is there to have for a coffee machine?? Anyway we have decided to return my Delonghi 'Nespresso' machine on Tuesday for something a little more mainstream and practical. My biggest concern with appliances like this that use 'pods'or other gimmicks is that it becomes obsolete when the little pods are no longer produced - and if i am going to get a coffee machine I want to use the coffee of my choice - and not be limited to set flavours or types!

So - it comes to my main present (and most of you may already be saying "gee, isnt that enough!) - specially boxed and handed to me very carefully........ inside layers of newspaper, bubblewrap and wadding are two of the most exquisite OOAK faeries you have ever seen. Now, those of you that know me well know I have a passion (some would say more of an obsession) with fairies and such and will understand how precious these two additions to my family are (and I know Lia will be absolutely green!!) but they are truly two of the most beautiful things, absolutely unique and made with so much love and tenderness. The photo doesnt do them justice but you might get an idea.

So to finish the night we ate our lovely dinner, sat together and watched a little TV before one tired, old 43 year old had to go to bed! With 10 hours of One on One posing booked in for the following day I couldn't stay up any longer.

I had a wonderful day and feel very loved with all my online friends thinking of me - so thank you for making my special day so special!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Just a few minutes.......

....and it will be my birthday.

Pretty sad that I am sitting at my notebook blogging and decorating bikinis - oh and watching the last episode of season 1 of Las Vegas - its nearly midnight which means I will be officially a year older and wiser (?).

I have just received the artwork for the 2008 INBA All Female Classic and I am sure there are a few girls out there in blogland that are keen to see themselves!! It's not bad going when 5 of the 9 bikinis on the cover were made by me!! See, I still get a kick out of after all these years - lol

anyway - without further ado, I present to you the latest IAP dvd cover...

To purchase your copy please email me at


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Not the best start to my blogging world!

Mmmmm, I honestly dont know how you guys all do it!!

I have been wanting to find the time to post something since I arrived back from Melbourne a week ago but I swear the clocks have been on fast forward. It took me over 3 days just to get on top of the emails that had accumulated over the 5 days I was away and then there were the hours of one on one clients booked in with me, the costumes, orders, music, food, sleep, work, animals, blah, blah, blah....... I think you get the picture.

Speak of pictures, would you believe I hardly got any from my trip away. I do tend to forget to use the camera that lives in my pocket when at shows. I am more worried about making sure the girls are all dressed properly and networking with everyone that I forget to take my happy snaps!! How slack am I ?? So - if anyone (and yes Lia, that includes you) has any shots they would like me to include in my new gallery pages of the new and soon to be published "Style on Stage" website I would be very grateful!

On the home and studio front, I got a phone call from the company that are custom making my studio's waiting room chairs. They are all finished and ready to pick up. Since the shop fittings arent quite ready to be installed I have decided to leave the chairs until our new lounge in finished. Would you believe I am 2 days off my 43rd birthday and this is the first lounge suite I have ever purchased. I am deadly serious!! In probably around 2 weeks time we will have a brand new couch to go with our brand new TV (which I have managed to sit and watch something on maybe three times in the past 2 months) - how very very exciting!! We are slowly getting our house where we want it. Once the new studio is completely finished and my sewing moves into the front room we will then have 2 entire rooms to use as our formal lounge and another off the kitchen which will be our sun room/informal eating area.

The newest addition to our family is settling in nicely. We bought an old goat the other week to keep Anna (our angora goat) company. Anna has been living on our acreage for at least 7-8 years, maybe longer for all we know, and most of that time she has been alone. So here we are, the worlds biggest suckers, putting ads in the local paper for a friend for our old goat... and we got replies!! So Claire is the latest additon - she is a bit skittish but totally food orientated (most of us can relate to that - lol) but we will have her tamed in no time!

Now ladies, if you are still pondering over ordering a suit from me for the shows at the end of this year you had better get a move on. The first shows of the new season are starting up at the end of August/ beginning of September and I am getting close to booked out. I am getting 2-3 orders for bikinis every day at the moment, bringing numbers up to well over 50+. Now can someone please let me know why I keep telling girls i can come up with a new design for them..... talk about pressure!! But seriously, that is what i love doing most and thrive with the challenge to come up with bigger and better designs every week! Makes for a few sleepless nights - but hey, I have worked out that sleep is highly overrated and you can survive on 3 hours a night (mind you, at some stage you come crashing back to earth with an almighty thud).

There will be a brand new Natural Bodybuilding Magazine coming out shortly - and guess how has been approached to submit articles - yep.. that would be me!! So if anyone has any news or candid shots they would like considered then please by all means send them through to me!! I will keep you posted as to the title of the mag and when the first issue will be available.

The INBA All Female DVD is nearly ready for purchase. If anyone is interested in ordering a copy please email me at . The dvd will be posted out as soon as editing and post production has been completed!

I am sure I have forgotten all the important things to include in this post - but it is getting late and I have a pile of bikinis to work on this evening. To all the girls that competed at the All Female show I would like to say 'congratulations' regardless of placings. I was so proud of all my clients, and feel very special seeing everyone up on stage in my Style on Stage creations. Thank you for trusting in me!

Have an awesome night guys and I will try (very hard) to blog a little more regularly !!

Friday, July 4, 2008

INBA All Female Classic

Well Ladies,

It is literally just days to go now before many of you compete at the INBA All Female Classic in Melbourne next Saturday.

I will be flying into Melbourne on Thursday morning and working with clients on posing and choreography as well as doing bikini fittings on both Thursday and Friday then spending Saturday (of course) at the show. Saturday evening I will be driving down to Anglesea with Caryn Jones to spend a few days there with her and other competitors that live down that way!

If anyone is interested in catching up with me while I am in Victoria please email me at to arrange a time to meet. There is only a little time left at the moment so get in quick so you don't miss out!

I am so excited too cause I get to see so many of the girls I have done work for at the show. Lets see if I can remember everyone...
  • Stef Williams

  • Shar Twyman

  • Ursula Beck

  • Jo Morgan

  • Fiona Sultana

  • Erica Green

  • Noela Laggan

  • Karen Flaherty

  • Roslyn Rowles

  • Simone Leembruggen

  • Jenny Madders

And these are just the ones that I know are competing - I am sure there are a few others that I dont know are doing the show, and what a great surprise it will be to see them there!

And to say I am looking forward to catching up with everyone is an understatement. There are so many wonderful girls I have met or done work for over the years that I know I will have a chance to say hello to at the show!

Anyway - its the beginning of another busy day so I had better get a move on - one day a client is going to catch me in my pyjamas - what a treat!