Wednesday 20 August 2014


Dear Lovelies

It has been many moons since I blogged and I know some of you have wondered if I fell off the edge of the world. Some days it feels like I did, but for happy reasons not sad. I have been painting and making things out of clay. I have made a quick Facebook page to document what I have been up to and would love for you to visit Kim Longhurst - The Painted Blackbird. Otherwise follow me on Instagram at blackbirdkim.

Bye Now

Wednesday 15 January 2014


Hello Lovelies! Hope you all had a rest, a spring clean, some sun, some cake and a whole lot of love these holidays. Back to school for the Little, who is getting big, today - so officially back to work for me although I have already been glued to my machine over the last week, putting together a very exciting project. I love my blog and having been doing it for a while now and it needs a facelift, like desperado. So I will be posting sporadically while putting together a blog makeover behind the scenes. Who knows how long it will take? I am determined to spend more time making real stuff this year, less digital, more hands and heart so may take a while. If you miss me you can keep me in your thoughts on Instagram @blackbirdkim
Stay Gold and catch you later

Friday 20 December 2013


To all my Lovelies

Thank you so much for keeping me company through this year and for following our MESSY STUDIO journey so avidly. It has been a tough year not just for us but for many people but (and someone famous once said that anything after a BUT cancels out what came before) we have learnt amazing things! I have made some plans and let some plans rest. 

So wishing you all a very splendid, prosperous 2014 full of new adventures.

I will be back in the second week of January. Toodaloo!

Big love

Thursday 19 December 2013


SASHA VINOGRADOVA is a digital artist, I wish these beautiful skulls she rendered were real! Russian patterns are my fave.

Wednesday 18 December 2013


I have been chained to my desk with burning brain doing tax admin for days and finally finished yesterday. Took some Google medicine and found this amazing site, MORBID ANATOMY. It is as if someone scooped out my heart and laid it on a plate, yours too Juzee!

Thursday 12 December 2013


In between the wonderful bitter sweet lightning visit by my parents (who leave this evening - sad face), being audited by SARS and relentless rain we managed to lay the new grass in the back yard. No more building site! Waiting for the victorian bath to come back from the enamelers, finishing the planter with topiary frames and lavender, then the outside will be done and dusted.

Monday 9 December 2013


We got the best surprise early Christmas present, my Mom and Dad here from Perth for a very short week to attend a friends big birthday festivities. I had 5 days to convert the MESSY STUDIO into a habitable room for them, the big spanner in the works being the flood last Tuesday. One inflatable mattress and some rearranging of the cubbies and work table and Hey Presto! the MESSY STUDIO B&B. It is one heck of a tight squeeze but has done the trick. How awesome is the brass clothes rail/picture drying rail that I had made by PROJECT ROOM.