Saturday, March 12, 2011

Introducing Sweets Workshop...

After our family moved last year to the Central Coast we never expected to be back in our old stomping ground so soon. But here we are enjoying what Sydney has to offer us and boy has she been busy.

On one of my trips back to Sydney I strolled past my local coffee shop and discovered a lovely new shop in the same block. There were bright red doors with a stunning window display which included a mixtape zine. The window read 'Sweets Workshop'

My heart was in overdrive until I realised that the shop had not officially opened and wouldn't for a few more days. I wanted to know more about this little shop and stumbled across their website where I quickly fed my hunger for creative ingenuity and read up on some of the early featured artists. I also totally liked their facebook page as it was the only way I could check out the opening night photos.

For the last 2 weeks I have walked past Emma and Johns shop countless times. Their window display would beacon me every time but alas, we were on a mission and I really wanted to devote some quality time in the sweet shop.

Today I could take it no longer...

With all 3 kids in toe I stopped to show them works from the current exhibition Pencil and Paper. Bear stood still and intricately observed the hand drawn works of art on about 100 white swing tags which where all lined up one after the other in a massive glass frame about the size of a large coffee table.

Today was a great day indeed.

I had spotted these cuties last week.

Emma had noticed my GemmaJoy ceramic scissor brooch and I had noticed her Genna Johnson wood burnt scissor earrings. I asked Bear to help me pick them out and the crazy little guy almost purchased a ring with a rock in it! I love him to pieces but the earrings were more my style...

I shall be heading back there with the children... this time only one child at a time to check out the exhibition which they all wanted to stay and check out today.

I shall take along my Frankie for both Emma and John to sign next time too.

Congrats guys and keep showcasing the indie artists who provide an addictive mix of creativity!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Homeless but standing strong....

I haven't blogged in almost a month. Unfortunately when life happens something has to give and at this point in our lives a lot more has caved in than we ever expected to.

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word homeless?

- Smelly drunk guy who lives in the park
- Old woman walking around pushing her trolly
- Families sleeping in cars
- Young run aways
- Broken families torn apart by violence

Our family is none of the above and yet we are homeless. Homelessness effects over 105,000 people in Australia and of those 1/3 are families.

Carlos and I are stronger than ever.

We have had to jump through hoops since being officially homeless on Monday 28th Feb. We are now in temporary accommodation, which coincidentally turned out to be in a hotel one street away from where we use to live in Sydney.

All our belongs are sitting in storage waiting to be moved into a new home and re opened. But alas there is no new home yet. The emotional roller coaster of the uncertainty, lack of support from the system and pure frustration of no one being able to do anything until we were officially homeless has been mind numbing to say the least. Not to mention having to care and help our 3 children understand the current situation we were now in.

Getting Moo and Bear back into school seemed nearly impossible but we never gave up and today they both started back today with friends and surroundings they grew up in. They both deserve some normality their lives.

Homelessness can all to often be invisible.

Out of our frustration we contacted the media.

The Express Advocate on the Central Coast ran a story HERE on page 3.
The Inner West Courier featured our story HERE on page 7.

We are not invisible and we refuse to let this defeat us. We want change within the system and more support and understanding for people who are going through this every day.

Together we have a voice that will be heard and will not be ignored.