Day 19: Creative Challenge

I wouldn't have thought it was possible to out-sequin opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen. But tonight, I have to tell you, it's been done. Georgia Bennett, as Mayzie, in Zeussical the Musical was a blindingly gorgeous vision in gold with a silken voice to match. For some strange reason, she was hanging out with a dashingly handsome elephant with a tendency to burst into song, showcasing his impressively resonant bass. Nice work, Henry Bennett.

Georgia Bennett as Mayzie

Georgia Bennett as Mayzie

Having said that, Kanen Breen is not so easily outdone. His glitzy silver shoes of day 17 were just not glitzy enough for him. With a free afternoon, he took the opportunity to gild the lily even further, resulting in these fit-for-Bollywood creations. He's still not convinced he likes them enough to pack them in his suitcase when he returns to Sydney, but he prefers the new improved version. An afternoon spent sewing sequins through rubber and canvas has toughened his tender fingers considerably - I shudder to think - but he still has a dilemma to resolve. Should he thread the laces back in or not? Your views?

Kanen's shoes. First and second draft. Will there be a third draft, I wonder?

Kanen's shoes. First and second draft. Will there be a third draft, I wonder?

Stephen Bennett has had another mixed media day. He's almost finished the bookshelf he submitted on day 17 - he put a couple of coats of paint on the shelves today - and he's also been doing some portrait photography. He took a lovely portrait of our new miniature labradoodle, Poppy, as a welcome-to-the-family memento. This golden haired princess is really very special. It was love at first sight for me, at least.

Steve: Poppy's portrait

Steve: Poppy's portrait

I spent some time in my jewellery studio today. I've had some large lapis lazuli stones begging for attention, and this creative challenge has bumped them up in my 'to do' list queue. This ring is big. The stone is 30mm by about 23mm, which is my favourite size, but this ring looks bigger somehow - both on and off my finger. The stone is truly beautiful and I did a good enough job of the setting to feel as if I've done it justice. This ring is going to be seeing the sights in Canberra on a very regular basis.

Scarlet's lapis lazuli and sterling silver ring

Scarlet's lapis lazuli and sterling silver ring