A sensory feast – LUSH Adelaide’s grand re-opening

A little note: We are fast forwarding a bit here, as this post may help you with your Christmas shopping! 🙂 I have been slow in updating the site the past couple of weeks as I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms. 😦 I will be OK but have been told it will take up to 6 weeks for me to recover; I need to avoid computer and smartphone use as much as possible during that time (all the typing and contorting of my hands and arms that is involved!).

Any LUSHies (LUSH fans) reading???

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LUSH is a long-standing bath and body product brand. They were established in the UK in 1995 and pride themselves on producing high quality products that are not tested on animals. They also ethically source their ingredients.

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I have been a LUSHie for many years (my favourite product is their The Comforter bubble bar – you can enjoy up to 4 luxurious baths out of one Bar if you slice it up and store in a snaplock bag!) and was super excited to be able to check out the refurbished Adelaide store.

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This photo and all uncaptioned (i.e. uncredited) ones were taken by me 🙂

To say it is bigger and better is an understatement. It is completely different to the original store, with more product to explore and try, and even a consultation area. With plenty of space to browse, and multiple levels, you can now take your time shopping, and find what you are looking for more easily.

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Mmm I love their rose stuff the most!

What does all this have to do with art therapy?

Art therapy involves the creative use of a variety of materials, including but not limited to traditional arts media, to help engage a client’s senses to stimulate the unconscious to uncover insights about their presenting difficulties. By gaining new insight, new opportunities and strategies for change can then be developed. Use of (traditional and novel) arts media also offer an opportunity to engage in mindful awareness and reconnect to our body and sense of self.

Bath and body items such as those at LUSH stimulate a multitude of senses. Automatically we may think of fragrance – smell, but there is also the visual element when considering the way bath bombs dissolve and dissipate their varied colours across the water.

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I made this one on the night with the help of the LUSH team… it smells amazing! It is part of the Xmas range, ask for the Shoot for the Stars bath bomb!

 

Using a bath bomb next time you take a bath is a perfect opportunity to practice some mindfulness skills. (Mindfulness is about being fully present and aware in the current moment. You can read more about it here.)

 

Hold the bath bomb in your hand. Notice its texture, colours, and smell. How could you describe it? What is its shape like? How about its weight? Take a moment to take it all in. As you start running the water, notice the sound of the water as it flows into the bath tub, and then watch the journey the bath bomb takes as it lands in the water and begins to dissolve. What patterns do you notice in the water? Has the fragrance changed in any way? Have the colours changed in any way? How do the colours interact?

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Shoot for the Stars in action 🙂

Taking the time to tune in and notice each the elements involved in preparing your bath with a LUSH bath bomb can provide you with some valuable mindful time, quiet time for your mind and spirit.

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LUSH’s Xmas range

The re-opening was just in time for the release of LUSH’s annual Christmas range. They have delivered the goods again and I have been lucky to try some of this year’s range.

Special mention to Rose Jam, which is a delectable limited edition shower gel released for this time of year:

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Here tis, sitting with its equally yummy neighbour the comforter shower gel! 😛

I stock up on this shower gel each year; a 500ml bottle will last me a couple of months, as a little squeezed onto a shower puff goes a long way. The fragrance is soothing and rosy without being old fashioned.

I look forward to trying out this little fella on Xmas Eve:

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((((HEADS UP!!! If you are in Australia, LUSH is currently running a 12 days of Christmas giveaway on their Facebook page.))))

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Have you ever tried LUSH products? Which is your favourite?

If you celebrate Christmas, how are you going with your preparations? 

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Disclosure: I was invited to this event as a local blogger and received complementary LUSH items during my visit. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my visit or blog post. All views and opinions expressed in this blog post are genuine and my own.

June + July = Wedding + AVCon!

Hi everyone,

How are you going? I cannot believe how quickly 2016 has passed!

Time for some recapping, re June and July…

In June, I got married! 😀

Hubby and I had a bit of an alternative theme going on – no “white dress” for me!

 

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Mega thanks to our photographer, Phong @ unscripted.com.au

We surprised extended family and friends by inviting them to our “engagement party”, and announcing at the party that we had already married the fortnight prior.

I think that celebrations of any kind are a great opportunity to apply your creativity. We customised our battle jackets (denim vests) and decorated them ourselves, and I made my bouquet. I also made the table decorations for our party:

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I am fortunate to have a colleague who is a talented cake decorator; his creativity really shone through! 🙂

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Thank you also to Andrew at Adelaide Cake & Cheesecake Company – facebook.com/Adelaidecakecompany

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In July I volunteered for AVCon, Adelaide’s Anime and Videogames Convention. I have been attending the convention for some years but had not volunteered for a long time. It was a lot of fun to help out and meet new people, as well as explore Artist Alley and catch up on some new anime. Here are some of the artworks submitted for judging this year as well as only a small selection of the board games available for free-play within the venue (I love board games!). 🙂

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One of my volunteer shifts was in the ReachOut Room. This room is a chill out space sponsored by youth mental health organisation ReachOut (you can read more about them here, and check out their free apps too!)… Guess who is reading about WorryTime?! 😛

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The ReachOut room was also staffed by the founders of a new not for profit mental health organisation known as CheckPoint. CheckPoint are unique in that they are delivering psychoeducational programs and support services to “gamers” (aka those who play video or computer games). You can read more about them here.

I hope to get an opportunity to volunteer with CheckPoint again as they target a broader age group than ReachOut, and focus on a niche area that has previously been neglected.

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So, as you can see, a lot what happening mid-year!

Now, onwards to recapping August through September… 🙂

busy busy bee

Hi everyone,

Well, school is back in session! It is challenging, there is a lot covered in each class, but I am really enjoying my studies. This year I am juggling 1.5 days/week of face to face classes with 4 days/week work… I am not sure how successful I will be in maintaining the balance but I am determined to give it my best shot!

(I am studying a Graduate Diploma of Arts Psychotherapy.)

Today I have been working on an assigned essay about “why” humans engage in art making, and have completed a list of the materials I will need to get started on a journal project. The results of the project will be shared with my class in a group exhibition format.

As you have probably gathered from all this, the pressure is ON! 😛

I have not been doing any unassigned art projects this week, but here are a few snaps of some of my stuff from class so far… Remember the purpose of Arts Therapy is not to create “great art” but rather to use the art to help you work through an internal and psychological process.

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A classmate has suggested some drawing apps for use on my Samsung tablet, and I think I will try doing my next image in the RAWWWK! series with that. It will be a first for me!

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On Sunday I attended a blogger networking event hosted by Bloggers United AU. It took place at the beautiful Seawall Apartments and I had a great time! 🙂 If you follow me on instagram you would’ve seen this shot of me – too bad I wasn’t looking at the right camera! 😛

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Thank you to the Bloggers United AU national and SA team for delivering an awesome event, and to all of the brands and speakers who participated. 🙂 From time to time you will see products from the day on my Instagram, as I gradually go through them and test those which are relevant to me and to you, my readers!

I hope you all have a great week ahead, and if you are in Adelaide, please consider checking out some of the many wonderful arts festivals and exhibitions that we have going on at the moment, including:

Locals don’t call this time of year “Mad March” for nothing! 😉

I want to devote an upcoming blog post to a Fringe exhibition that I am keen to see… Here’s hoping that my plan to schedule in a visit works!

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How has your week been?
Have you attended the Biennial, Fringe, or other festival events yet? 

d’ya think I can find a (lead) pencil in this place?!

Status: lack of art supply frustration level 2000! 😉

I want to draw something for Valentine’s Day. I have known what I want to draw for 2 days but need a pencil to get the initial sketches and proportions going, ready for my Sharpie overlay.

Hang on a minute.

It’s a “need” not a requirement. I’ll just have to make do.

Or go to the shops. However it’s hot and I have lots of excuses up my sleeve… Best to just get started I think.

Stay tuned!

my temporary absence + some femspiration

Apologies for the lack of updates recently!

Life has been whizzing along, and I’ve been working longer hours, in preparation for my trip to Japan.

I’m really excited about this trip, as it will be my first visit to the Land of the Rising Sun. Sugoi, ne? 🙂

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I’ve started on a colouring book – the theme is a coincidence! – but am unsure how I feel about adult colouring in books at this time. Personally I would prefer to draw and work from my own images, get things out onto paper from my own mind, but I can see how it could be a good starting point and a way of shifting focus.

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On Sunday I had the opportunity to watch a documentary about the history of women in the comic book industry – She Makes Comics. It was fascinating and worth a watch if you are interested in art, women in the arts, the Western comic book and graphic novel industry, or all three! You can read more about it here.

Dewa, ja mata – see you later!

I’m hoping to find some fab & inexpensive art supplies on my travels. 🙂

 

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I hope you enjoy the site! 🙂

I will be posting approximately once a week, featuring my scribbles as well as happenings relating to the arts and the benefits of engaging in the process of art making = art as “therapy”.

If you would like to get in touch, or book a consultation, please head to the Contact tab. I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂