Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's that day


It is ANZAC day today which remembers the men & women who went to war on our country's behalf
Many didn't come home & some of my blood relatives are buried in the French soil...
My father lay face down as the Japanese flew over him on their bombing raids in Darwin
He sort of came home 
I had a boyfriend who was conscripted to Vietnam war....& we lost that happy time forever.
I do not like war... I do not wish to engage in celebrations ... as the memories are raw...unkind .. & so cruel for those who went...& those who waited...

I do believe in the service personnel getting together...I recall those days when Dad's mate would arrive from Nhill or was it Nyah West  & they'd be very drunk but happy to share those times with each other...the secrecy acts stopped most from ever unloading all that happened to them as they tried to regain a "normal Life "

So I turn my face towards the sun 
&  
return to a much more peaceful & happier place 
Gardens full of flowers...
Little buttons to paint...
&
Hope to heck we never experience more of what has gone before us....



Monday, April 24, 2017

Bright Animals

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Here are some bright cheery animals & birdies & a little coffee cup
Some are limited in numbers for the present time
On the website now ...
Love the RED ELEPHANT.....
the best ( maybe)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ready for another show

More for Anni....
For her next show....
All painted today

Not a Santa in sight !!!!!
Angels & deers & tulips, & houses, Elephants..pink giraffes..
Such fun & such colour...on a dreary day.

Nice to be snug....

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nearly finished

Nearly finished my stocking feast...
So simple 
They make a statement...
Perfect for preparation for Christmas in July Projects...
These will be included in the new package ways I was referring to last blog....

What I love is the flexibility one stocking layout can bring....to the decorations.
Add stitches, use plain red or off white fabric ( or felt) use a pattern fabric or spots...
There is that possibility of using a very busy fabric & in between the stocking & decoration one adds a calming off white say linen piece of fabric or felt...
They can all be different ....
Just look at the variety of ribbons,... the ric rac... pompoms...rusty bells...glass beads...
You with me now ? LOL


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Waiting for POST today


I was waiting for a delayed parcel today to be able to paint stars for the Advent Stocking orders....
In the box I found my new resized bells & the English Bunny
Both are a really great 35mm size ....
 we bit less to buy in...so that has been passed on in the website already...
The bells look so divine in this size ..the design is all neat & compact...
and that rabbit...
It was so excited I have painted it is soft blue & gingersnap pink shade..
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The AQC begins on Thursday 
Carlton  Exhibition Grounds ...
It will be a lovely show as usual...
See Marg Low designs & some of my buttons will be going as well
I will have a visit too.
I was talking to Lisa from Max & Louise Pattern Company today...
Wow she is machine quilting for quilters now  
&
Off to USA very soon to look over the Spring Wholesale Market 
&
She & Lou are working on their deadline for their book by Quilt Mania ...
Such wonderful news & Lenore will have their patters & some of their quilts at the AQC...
See just another reason to go !!!!      




These were such fun


I had some time in the easter break to do this idea & I had for some time...to test it out.
These are made with the Christmas decorations
with a few stitches or ric rac or ribbon etc to embellish
They are ready to be in Christmas in July festivities !!

Keep a look out as there will be a deal going on the website soon in regards to these .....





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Saturday


I am making stockings.....
12 of them have been sewn....
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On Pinterest I have put some free stitcheries....so if you wish to continue gardening with the needle & thread....you can with these designs.
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Today I nipped out to visit the Antique show that was in some place I had not been to before...
Lovely array of small pieces & jewellery
I enjoy looking at the creativity of many artists...in what they make..
A few stunning happy pieces of Clarice Cliff ...
some gorgeous  Moorcroft
& those delightfully painted scenes on china.... as well as some interesting jewellery.
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I didn't take the camera today it would not be permitted I would imagine...
But still I have many from my wanderings yesterday

 I found Lyn designer & quit shop owner of Li'l Blokes 


She has created this wonderful address book cover using my 3 houses together button


This booth was in the Bridge St market, just off the High St in Bendigo....
It was so colourful


I was walking back to my car from a street where the quilt show was & this church is over the way from Coles...
I have taken lots of pics but I looked up a lot 
&
Spied this..
Love taking pictures like this with my handy little camera....
there was no touch up needed !!!
Great Grandfather Cleave may well have been impressed....he used to take photos using some glass slides & some are in the Vic Library of places...
I just look & point & often the light obscures my view ....but most times it works...& I get super thrilled when it does....
it shows I know !!!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter IN Bendigo

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I adore the Lion Dancers ....
In Bendigo the Chinese heritage from the gold rush days has left us with a delightful colourful show 
Tomorrow they wake the largest dragon in the southern hemisphere....& it will be parading the streets int he Easter Parade....
Along with these amazing dancers.
This yellow one in youth dancers
Amazing skills, ...
   




Interesting Read

A colleague sent me this link last week & I have just read in through now.

This is an excellent read & guiding light for those in the industry or thinking of dippings one's toes into it....
The designer Sue Blei Weiss has some really great modules for coaching & learning about designing on her website....
I see her blog has more I wish to read over the next few days.


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Just some pictures of designs for browsing






Easter Collections

Over the years I have collected a few sweet Easter decorations...
&
one of my 3 bunny family designs has wandered into the photograph as well

The stamp on the centre tag of that gorgeous rabbit is so loveable 
The Easter Yellow plate I love....
Somethings become things we keep forever....

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Red & some white stockings

I finished these all the other day...
Then needed to go to the city to see my dentist....
&
I did some serious shopping for colour pencils & pens..
For me going into the stores & I smell the pencils it is back to day one at school !!!
Hooked !!

The Advent Stocking Calendars are now on line & also I have finished 3 of the white look  felt stockings...
I love them both...
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My photo fixer to crop is doing something on it's own & I waste so much time as the cropping I am used to doing is not being cooperative !!! GRRRRRR
I caught up with family yesterday in the city before heading back out onto the freeways  
Great few hours.

This is a little look at the 2 sets of versions...

These are now done as a club in that it has been broken down to 6 separate payments & will be monthly  for 6 months.
Now I have some other ideas...
But today....
I need to centre myself...
Breathe ..deeply... turn around ...& see which way to go now LOL

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Eaglehawk..a walk in the park

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When a friend mention she often went to the park in Eaglehawk ( Bendigo Suburb with gold mining history ) it reminded me of my very first tram ride.
My mother & I ( circa 4) had come in from the country to visit her parents..
This day  was special we took a tram ride out to Eaglehawk & walked in this park...
It was a most magical time 

So I walked again... alas no trams today.
but I took my camera along...

This is a vacant shop & I wonder who built it & for what purpose..
It is my little piece of Paris ..
I look at it & see buckets of flowers on the pavement...
Interesting giftware inside....maybe it serves tea & coffee...
The charm ! 

Just looking to my right is the Star Theatre which has been running movies & events for some years..
It is a most stunning piece of work..


Star Theatre again
I have just been looking at some pinterest spots around the world ...
these equal that beauty I see in Europe..
Many of these architects who developed part of Bendigo were European..
How lucky that gold was !!!



Star Theatre

I have wandered into the gardens now ...
I was hoping to find a fountain
It is working !!!
So beautiful
 


These lights are probably from the times the gardens were formed...many are dotted in Bendigo central


What an amazing find a gingko tree !!!

Holly with a couple of pale berries on it ...
How could I resist this picture ...Christmas is in my DNA