Saturday, April 18, 2009

Like, 40%

Hey everyone, long time no write.
Check out my brand new blog, Like 40%, for all your top 5 need to knows, rubbish gossip, things I've learnt from movies, sketches, scribbles, upddates and genereal rubbish.
Hope you're all well,
Ellie x

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Craft-date! (as in Update, except Craft instead of Up)

Hot water bottle cover. To me it looks more like a hot water bottle jumper. It reminds me of that angry hot ware bottle guy from Jhonson and Friends. You can see on the close up the fancy jumper collar detail.

Hair facinators. I was planning to wear these to my friend Catherine's wedding on Sunday- But alas, I forgot and left them at home.
But I did make them, out of feathers, wire, hair combs and beads. I am quite proud.

Luna Lovegood Radish earings, mark III. My dog ate the other 2 pairs. No Joke.

Another Wash Your Damn Hands, but this time, on a face washer.

Luna Lovegood "Butter Beer" cork necklace.

The biginings of what will be a really pretty pillow. The end result is that picture there, and the 3 rows on the purple needle- that's the start I've made. I'm happy so far :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

recent projects

So I've been beading quite a bit lately. This is just the tiniest bit of stuff that I've done- I give alot (the best stuff) away. My favourite is the bottom most one, just 'cause it actually looks profesh.

So, this set of bracelet, mecklace and earings is going to be sent to scotland for my friend Liisa's birthday. I thought I'd make her something special instaed of buying something very similar.

Ok, I've also done some embroidery. This is the only remaining piece I've got hanging around- the rest have again been given away. This is a hand towel, and for those who can't quite make it out the embroidered text is "Wash Your Damn Hands". I did a hankie for my firend Hugh with a germ on it, which I hope to one day get a picture of and post it. That's some of my best work.
I've also done a patchwork quilt for Kiran recently, made out of dresses I wore alot when we first started dating. And some other wikked patterns, so hopefully I'll get a pic of that sometime too.

As usual, I've been knitting. This is a hot waterbottle cover in the making.

I've also doing some socks for Kiran. The green one's completely done, but the blue one's not there at all.

I've also done a whole heap of knitted cup cakes for various people, all different patterned and decorated with beads and wool.

I want to start some tea cosies soon, as well as some different kinds of beanies and maybe some real mittens, not the cheating cut off ones.

Over the holidays I plan to get all this crap out of my system so I can start back at tafe nice and fresh :) Kiran and I are going to melbourne on Sunday morning, so that'll be a really nice break from everything for a while.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


hey everyone, sorry I haven't been around lately, I've been going throguh some stuff. But soon as of next week I'll be back in action yo. And I'll update with all the wikked craft I've done (yay. I know you guys love it.)
write soon,

Thursday, March 27, 2008

page 2

page 2 is done! Hoorah.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

comic, page 1

Page 1 of my b&w autobiographical comic for Terry, cleaned up, shaded and texted.
Feedback is good, but only if its along the lines of "Wow Ellie, You're AMAZING!"

top 10 best most favourite songs of all time

Inspired by Dan (, I have decided to create my own Top 10 Ellie's Best And Most Favourite Songs Of All Time.


Number 10 (but only number 10 because its a recent discovery): All I Want Is You- Barry Louis Polisar
This beautifully crafted acoustic song has clever, rhyming lyrics that are sweet and enjoyable. I discovered this song when watching Juno, its the animated opening credits song. The verse that caught my attention firstly was "If were a wink, well I'd be a nod, if you were a seed, I'd be the pod. If You were the floor I'd wanna be the rug and if you were a kiss I know I'd be a hug."

Number 9: Close To Me- The Cure

This is my all time favourite Cure song, which is crazy because there are some wicked good The Cure songs out there. But I love how Robert Smith is all like "bah bah bahhh" along with the trumpets. The song's so full of anitcipation. I love it.

Number 8: Deceptecon- Le Tigre
This song has hilarious and very fond memories. For further reference, look up the film clip on you tube. They're angry, They're crazy, They're the only fem rock girl band I know with a male member. Othersongs worth checking out of Le Tigre's are TKO and Get Off The Internet.

Number 7: The Shins- Red Rabbits

The bass in this song has been so distorted and played with that it sounds like an underwater dripping piano. The Shins are amazing.

Number 6: The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!- Sufjan Stevens

The escalation of voices and instruments in this song gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. I adore all of Sufjan's work, but this is like the shiniest of all the shiny jems in his music artillary.

Number 5 (are you still interested, or have you given up?): Autumn Sweater- Yo La Tengo

This chilled tune is nostalgic and calming, and kinda hopeful all at once.

"We could slip away/ wouldn't that be better? Me with nothing to say/ You in your Autumn Sweater."

Number 4: Green Gloves- The National

The Lyrical GENIUS of The National strike again with their most recent album Boxer. Green Gloves is a lovely melody, paired with amazing lyrics. Pretty much all you're looking for in a song.

Number 3: Missed The Boat- Modest Mouse

This song is all about missing out on things, and just having to think, "Oh well, my turn will come." Its hopefull and heart warming. "Oh, And we carried it all so well, as if we got a new promotion..."

Number 2: You Were The Last High- The Dandy Warhols

What's a top 10 list without your favourite Dandy's song? I love this particular Dandy Warhols song because its so laid back and carefree. Where as some of their stuff (Godless, Boys Better, Be In, that kind of thing) is much more serious, the lyrics to this are so playful.

Number 1: Such Great Heights- The Postal Service

This is my all time nuber one best favourite song of all time for a reason. One real reason really. Layers. This song is so amazing with its layer work that every time I listen to it I find something new within the song-sewn folds of music. Each element comes in at different times, and they all come together to build up amazing, fanastical and beautiful patterns.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter Everyone!

So, happy easter and all that, but what I'm really here to talk about is not eggs, chocolate, bunnies, jesus or those little chickens made out of bits of yellow pipe cleaners that you get at the newsagents.

No, I'm here to talk about my addiction to ABC kids. Namely two shows: Pocoyo and Oswald.

Pocoyo is so cute and narrated by Stephen Fry, which makes it actually really hilarious, and I personally, don't feel demened like I do when watching shows like Poko or Thomas the Tank Engine (new season of Thomas is out byw, can anyone tell me if its still narrated by Ringo? Can't bring myself to watch it.). Pocoyo is done on 3D software. Its rapid, excitable movement is perfect for kids, I think, and contrasts with something like Franny's Feet in which it takes Franny about 1/2 the show to get to Grandpa's Fix It Box.
Here's a Pocoyo sample:

Oswald is a georgeous American cartoon, I think its done in flash, but I'm none too sure. Oswald is an octopus and with his dog, Weenie the hotdog, his friends Daisy the Flower and Henry the Penguin, he gets up to lots of adventures. I love the fluidity of movement, the simple storylines, and the uniqueness of the character designs.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

window paints

I don't know if anyone else got to play with window paint when they were younger, but I found a set at work today. On sale. Fuck yeah.

So I bought it, and I'm having a play with it.

The basic idea is you get a sheet of acetate, and you put it over a design you want. You then go over it in black, and then fill in the colour. After about 24 hours the paint goes all clear and you peel it off the acetate and you put it on your window/mirror/tile of your choosing.

This is my window painting about 10 minutes after completion:
My webcam screwed up the colours. The blue bits should be green, the light purple should be blue and the green bits should be yellow. The purple is more blue, and the orange/red/pink in the middle is more pink.
I'll update you with the finished product soon.
Love, Ellie!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seasonal Knits

As some of you may know, I love the needles. I work the sticks. I twist the thread.

Alright I can't actually make it sound as cool as I thought: I knit. I've knitted scarves, hats, and fingerless mittens, and hope to go onto this year, tea cosies, cardigans and socks.
So, I thought I might share some pictures with you! Thats right, you!

I've just finnished this pair of looovely gloves for winter. This is my latest pattern triumph, and I'm quite quite proud of them.

This "Twizzle Hat" (??? Its American. They're crazy) was from last year before I got sick. I look like a Gumnut Baby.

Scarves were the year before last, and the year beofre that. So many people wanted them. If YOU'RE interested, aproach me with a ball of wool of your choosing and a smile. I'm more than happy to knit anyone one. If you want an extra long/fat one, 2 ball of wool are needed though.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

For those of you who don't know him, this is Lupe Fiasco. He is way cooler than Kanye: he skates, wears glasses and hoodies. Look up "Kick Push" on YouTube for further reference. Where as Kanye is cocky and full of himself, Lupe comes across so much, well… cooler. His music is awesome, and he’s quite good looking. Everything I need in a singer.
On the same topic of black, awesome singers, N.E.R.D has released another album. And I admit, I am bandist. Because I did hate their first release off the album, until I got told it was N.E.R.D. Anyway, their new album is called N3RD. Which I really do approve of.
Ok, that’s it for the ramble.

Monday, March 10, 2008

just for the record....


Dr. Who rulz.


I've recently started work at Riot Arts & Crafts at Indro, y'know, its downstairs, next to medicare? Well anyway, they have a bead sale on at the moment- 49c a packet. Now THAT'S value.
So, as a direct consequence, I've been beading a helluva lot lately. I'm pretty happy about the things I've made so far, but I really want to buy crimps and clasps (not on sale) so I can make things with my tigertail.
I'll post some pictures later when I feel that my repertoire is substantial.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Natalie Dee

I don't know if anyone's heard of Natalie Dee, but she rulz, pretty much.

Omgz I hear possums! TWO possums!

Omgz Possums from Ellie Stone on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Ok, I don't know about you, but I love procrastination tools. One of these marvolus things was recently discovered by a fiend of mine, and sent to me in a lovely little email package.
It is StumbleUpon.
I don't know how many other people use StumbleUpon, but I feel that this site is the Ultimate Procrastination Tool.
You see, when you sign up, you download a toolbar. And this tool bar is ever present on you internet browser window. All you have to do is click a simple button, and you get completely thrown into completely random sites, which you can then rate.
Anyway, that's only half the story.
If you'll click , you'll see a Flash animation that I found while using StumbleUpon. I really like this, mainly because of how the animator represents the passing of time and space. Its very arty and bends the rules of our conventional space-time relationship. And I like that.
So knock yourselves out.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


In Terry's Thursday morning class, I just finished reading Blankets by Craig Thompson. This Illustrated Novel is the best set of comics I've ever read. The Illustration completely melted my heart- Terry was saying Craig mainly used brush and ink- and it completely pays off. The pictures have the fluidity that can only be achieved with a brush.
The storyline is beautiful, and slightly haunting- the illustration does well to complement this. It feels like Thompson has almost exposed himself with the close and personal stories he reveals, and added with the pictures, I feel like Craig and I are now the closest of friends. The plot cuts between Thompson and his younger brother when they were kids, and Thompson as a teenager, the most vulnerable years of his life. It adds another dimension to the comic just to know that these things actually happened in the writer/artist's life. I feel privileged to have shared in these stories with him.
I recommend highly (If you are a sucker for a bit of teenage- real life romance in your comics) that you read this beautiful novel.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


So, just before, I was thinking about the presence of mobile phones in modern movies. And I realised, that in Fox Searchlight's new MASTERPIECE Juno, not one mobile phone features what-so-ever. And that fact has hightened my respect for the people involved in that movie twofold.
I loved the movie as soon as the poening credits were all animated, and alot of the backgrounds look like texta has been used! I was very impressed.
I know its not such a great storyline, its not really unique, but the characters are, and that waht makes a film worth watching, in my opinion.
If you haven't seen it, go, even if its just for the opening credits. And the music (if you like indie folk music, and/or Kimya Dawson).

Monday, February 11, 2008

Google Reader

Ok, so I'm really getting the hang of this Google Reader thing, and I'm liking it much more than any blog site (/thing... whatever the heck Google Reader actually is) I've ever been a member of.
I like the combination of Blogger and Google Reader, mainly because, in the past, when I've tried to get inot Blogger, its been pretty difficult due to the fact that you can't actually "friend" anyone, like on MySpace/LiveJournal.
Google Reader, however, makes this problem completely go away, which is always a fabo thing for problems to do.

I like Blogger alot too, just because so many more (and by "more" I really mean "professional" or "better") people use Blogger than they do LiveJournal- you just need to know how/where to find them.

So the point of this post, really, is to kudos Ian on intro-ing me to Blogger, the Propper Way.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

First Post

Hi Everyone,
thought I'd just get this going early so my blog wouldn't be so bare.
see you Monday!