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Friday, December 9, 2016

Taking you back into my past....

The older button stories...
I spotted the bottom picture of the Fence Cats I did so many of & more later with the Danish distributor at the time....& eevry so often I would glimpse how they had become...
recently I came across this again & did a cringe...the embroidery kit it was worked into is lovely..
Then I wandered down the hall to get breakfast & start to pick up stuff I had plonked on the table when I am working on orders many things have to be set aside to work on the orders....
so I have things pending
In the middle of a plastic box of raw older buttons was a plastic bag containg the belwo button stories.
The songbirds of robins in berries I still love  I would say it was one of the first ...like 2006 or 7
&
I really got weary of painting the robin bird....mmm maybe ???? 
The house with birdies was just buttons I quickly added to what was a house & 3 weeny sheep ..
but see many themes of buttons work..
So if any of these you have ..and you have some button stashes loitering about...see what fits...
I am now quite enthused to get into somemore of this work for next year now...




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Larger Christmas ....


The days are moving fast & posting to reach International destinations are not guaranteed to reach you before Santa does...
Australia has about a week's grace unless something can be express posted & me paint ( LOL )
Yesterday I posted off an order & began to "tidy up" my paint table...
It didn't last long I soon found the bigger decorations waiting to find a storage home..
So I painted some....
This isn't the angel I did yesterday but same size....I didn't get a good photo of it yesterday...
I often think
Why reinvent the wheel as I do think with why copy, be an original as often as you can....


Here is the rest of yesterdays little painting spree....
The Santas are 23cm tall & other pair are 12 cm...
It has been so long since I have done bigger Christmas ornaments..
Bit of a contrast from a tiny button of 3cm or 5cm !!!
As I sign off the rain is a little heavier... sounds so lovely.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

In this Beautiful Quilt are some of my stitchery designs LOVE IT

I was looking thru some quilts this morning on pinterest email as I keep a quilts I admire page there..
I surely did admire this quilt & went in for a closer look as suddenly I saw what I thought was one of my lady designs from Bless Them  Stitchers book...there she was sitting under that apple tree in the most glamorous of settings...
I look up & the cats are there too...Simple Stitchings my very first book under Woodcutter's Daughter label....well we all know that cats enjoy quilts & pretty things & these 3 are no exception.
I love how these few stitching blocks have been worked into a most divine quilt ....
If my dim memory serves me correct this was done by an UK beautiful quilter some years ago...
If you pop over to my pinterest page you can follow on a little...
But see how you can use the stitcheries... I don't need to give you some quilt ( you would be waiting a while ) being creative is incorporating some of your needlework with some glamorous blocks
Wow !!!  
ANYONE ELSE WANT TO SHARE GEMS THEY HAVE CREATED USING MY DESIGNS...& BUTTONS ... I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM ....
MESSAGE ME THROUGH THE WEBSITE  & I'LL EMAIL YOU BACK WHERE TO SEND TO 



Into today... in the post arrive 2 more very BIG santas...so all 3 are now at 23cm tall
& I think they do look very charming & hang from a small Christmas tree
I have only 4 of each except the Call Me Santa at the back I have got more in...
I will certainly take a few of these jolly chaps now to the Quilt Show in July in Melbourne..
But you know you can get them now ( when I put the others on web)

Does anyone recall the bag of buttons I sold last year before I left Canberra ???
Well I have more just freshly bagged to scan etc for the website..
Each bag is a mix of painted buttons &/ or decorations 
for $15 per bag.....for from 15 to 20 ish gorgeous things..surprises.
 I need to check the post box so they can fit snuggly into the most economical of painting..
You know the good thing is no waiting for me to paint these ..all painted  
They will go on web tonight ..or that will start ..
Today I MUST paint & paint...while the light is up !

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas it says



Marg Low designs has released a new Christmas decoration using my large Merry Christmas Star santa decoration...
I love it !!!!
for the pattern.

Been a different week & today I have a lot of painting to do...
Window clean on Wednesday became a disaster zone getting screens back on 
&
as I walked out the back sliding door...it slipped off & kept doing that..
2 runners are missing & the door is like a very drunk person... all over the place.
Another screen was discovered bent into submission 
&
I paid for this ...
so it is now costing me more that it did to get the windows cleaned....
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Been away to visit a friend for the day which was nice & my weekend day...
long drive back home...
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Yesterday a raid happened nearby....I spot a police man across the road in a flap jacket & a huge gun strapped to his calf...
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Now get back to NORMAL....
it is hard.... as when I paint I need a huge amount of concentration & a steady internal mechanism keep my painting hand steady...
You may now know why artist are a laid back looking lot....
We are not able to create well in a chaos environment.
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Often some of us speak of this as we grew up in domestic violent households
&
left as soon as we were able to support ourselves....
our resting place in adult life is one of internal peace...
So I cannot buy it.... I must now make it again LOL !!!
&
settle with that paint brush & pretty coloured paints & dream of where these are going to...France & Italy & NSW....isn't that a nice peaceful result to life's start !!!
Better see what this cat is up to I hear noises !!!     


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas once more

It is nice & cool now & I caught myself staring .....danger of dozing off !
Today the Stardust Angel decoration of 12 cm arrived today & was quickly painted...
The Christmas tag also looks divine 
The Red Birdy is a special price & looks fab on the tree ...
Gingerbread ...... small button type & larger 5cm  each can be stranded as they have hanging holes in their hands & button holes in the tummies..
These have been on the books for a long time now...









Monday, November 21, 2016

A Great weekend


A great sleepover Marg  ( Marg Low designs ) & I had ...on Saturday ...
After a quick meal at one of the pubs nearby...
we sat at my table...
Bits of paper with scribblings on it as we explained what we were saying or thinking...
some found painted bits & some raw stock were pulled for further brainstorming ideas...
It went on until we decided it was bedtime at a sensible hour of 10.30.

Sunday after breakfast we ambled about the Trove Market in Bendigo,
Which is petite but lovely....
we saw many things that took our interest.
Then into Bath Lane to explore Organise My & Oliver Birch.
Then a drive to Provincial Decor Living & Early Settler...
Time to eat...
Home for a nourishing salad 
Marg packed the car & was gone...
Oscar was sad too...that she has gone..
Funny he was sooooooo excited when he realised she was sleeping here...
His eyes went like saucers & he whizzed about the townhouse being stupid for a second !!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This Christmas Scene


Here it is ...vintage now ??? LOL
I always love these sampler layouts....
You are welcome to stitch it ....
Maybe I will try & draw it today...
I think this would have been on a newsletter...
I illustrated a lot on the old ones...that I recall fondly.
I loved that process each 1/4 to sit & write the newsletter & draw little things...
This was before the days of digital cameras,  actually scanning was only done at a printing service ..& so was printing...I used a typing service for patterns & this newsletter thing....


Memories & the last stitchery


Last night I got to move the bookcase around another way...
it holds my magazines...favourite ones...
anyway a few folders slipped away from the magazines as I piled them on the floor...
I kept them aside until I had time to see what was in them...
One had the Santa Patterns !!! So I have found those..
This was in the old profile folder...
&
Another interesting designs & things ...
one I will share in a separate blog post.

This was 1996...
Much has changed since then...
It was the very first show we did & it was in Sydney at the Quilt Show
I can see so many cloth dolls & some santas...( 2 went to have a full page in the very first craft magazine publication I had.
Some large wood pieces....
It all looks clumsy now...


The final in this series of giveaway stitchery illustrations...


Friday, November 18, 2016

Sparkling by the close of my day

I decided I needed to make a better effort with this tree...
I had been adding sparkly blue decorations 
&
this season I have fallen in love with snowflakes...
&
The sweet little lights !!!
I also had a roll of fine tinsel from a pack I collected recently
All useful 



The Heat of the Night


Wow was it a hot night !!!  This hot spell has begun & I think Monday is to be in the low 30's
I was enjoying the slow spring !

Sweet Company is #8 in the Giveaway stitcheries  
one more to go ....


Yesterday I sat down after lunch & decided to quickly draw some ideas onto paper....
illustrations to convert into decorations...
I need another "sit down" & draw....
to clean them up.
Enjoy the sweet company...

Thank you Kate for making the effort to thank me for these designs each time I popped one on here...it is a lovely thought...to transfer to a thank you.
I try to say thank you ....
You know along this vein of thought...when I first moved to Melbourne
&
driving....on heavy traffic streets & you'd let some one into the traffic 
the majority of times
the wave of thank you ...
Gosh it made me feel so good...
this worked for me as I'd be waved into traffic..
It works ...& you wave a thankyou..
It is such a feel good thing.

It says something about the general population....
I'd not long come from Canberra where a certain aggression to beat you to the spot in the traffic & tail gating was a sport...
Such a contrast...
In Canberra those road to get from one side of town to another was quick....
So thank you comes in many flavours I guess.....
It often just makes the world softer...
So thanks again Kate !

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Another of these stitching series


On a Sunny Day...just like today has begun ...walking around a garden with one's cat can be very peaceful.....

For NEWSLETTER people only a couple more days left to take advantage of that offer.....the code was a nice try but it only worked the once LOL
As I said on the last email send me that message.
This is a special treat for my newsletter folk....
Giving back some more as I embark on my 21st year in designing...
*****
These are the 12 cm size angels....which I only now have a few...
I tried them in grey as well as my standard off white...
Love this colour...it fits !!
They are at a great price $10

I originally did these large ones last year for  window decorating....stringing them at different lengths

 ***** 
 Off into collect my copy of Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London...
at
Organise My
in Bath Lane !!!

UPDATE...
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London is now mine & it is looking as lovely as the last 2 of Kate Knapp books 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another thing to stitch #6


Today's giveaway stitchery to right click is
the Book Club..
I am not sure a lot of reading gets done ....
but it is the meeting that is important.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Number 5 give away stitchery

Another of my giveaway designs...to right click to save...
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I have spotted some extra icons on the blog...
so much change ..can I cope LOL
There is a video symbol & one for other symbols...
I will go & explore....


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday ???


I do recall this Santa...Rustic Santa ...
He kind of comes from another era !!!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bravo Vic Govt !!!

It is not often I get this excited & post so much in one day ..but this needs airing....I have an inherited feel against social injustice  & how so many minority groups are targeted ....but this is agovt that has shown more than once it has a humanity nerve....many only critise  but this can be praised !!!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-12/victorian-homelessness-government-to-spend-109m-on-new-plan/8020244


It is ALL FIXED


WHEW !!!!
What a blessing the website is now doing what a good website should do..
Working..
Thanks to the wonderful Jocelyn at Pappa Shop... what a gem ..
I am so relieved.

And another gratitude goes to the man on the tractor cutting the paddocks over the road....the vegetation was so tall & about to dry out & become this huge fire risk..
Now it is being fashioned into a mown field 

I need a lottery ticket now
No I am so grateful for both these miracles today ...
serenity comes to us all !!!
This was Oscar late yesterday, enjoying the warm day but likes to be close to something & the cat flap....he was close to both..in case..
But he was looking very serene & I will in a minute !!!

Update on the Web page


I have thanks to the lovely person at Pappa shop installed a new template...
That was the easy bit,
my errand old buttons came across with the update & I was happily deleting what had nothing in that category & leaving my stock ones
Then I look at the front of my website 
& it says 
"opps no categories"

I thought HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
But I have no answers as I was checking the deletions but not at front head quarters...

So I am nagging for assistance again ....

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I need to sit down & paint...but a wee bit twitchy for that right now...
This was part of yesterday's lot..
A few red everyday angels...
Maybe they can help me ? 
I am now spent 


TRYING TIME .. WEBSITE is HAVING UPGRADE Issues !!!!


Ohh what a time it is...
I log into my website to do an update on an order & things are looking different.

I am groping about...in the back end of it..
I open up the actual website & OH MY GOSH ( that is polite speak for something else )
Buttons on side bar are not looking so regular...some I cannot get into...all products have gone single file...
So I do an order & I get a tiny bit of the page....I can arrow along & see the rest but not as full page...
This being my busiest time
The server has an upgrade ...
& when servers do upgrades things do happen.
I recall many years ago now some upgrades a dept I work for had some doozy errors..
&
a website I used first stopped the coding for our lovely simply easy websites & we were all transferred to another company
it was a dreadful experience
So I went to another
my brother & I spent days trying to get it operational..
Then I found Hope from Paper Relics & she did all the current website setup for me at Pappa Shop & then I run from their server & it has been fantastic for years ...
So now it is trying to be repaired...
Meanwhile...
I will need food packages soon ....
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Now some pretty pictures I took yesterday..

These guys I had sized up & made into decorations...12cm tall now
  I reckon these stocking & sock ones could even get to a bigger size...cute though ?

Call Me Santa
He is here 23cm tall & loving the height !!!!
He may well be a fun guy to have on a tree
( when website is better )

I was testing how this looks as a display piece for the quilt show...
So popped the Santa & deer in sock over there...just to photograph...
he is 12 cm tall too...
I see some add ons coming to take a selected few to the show...

Mind has leapt forward ...love that creative thinking.!!!

Sue Mc & I were discussing that on the phone yesterday..

.It is an endless flight of internal lift up..
Maybe this would rehabilitate many who are addicted  to some chemical junk...
Creativity, not art as such... it is that process of achievement & that ability we are wired to use ..
I figured out many of us are hardwired along the generations to be just as we are...we can work in a logical world but it is not our preferred one...
we flourish amongst other creative people....
we are never failing ..it takes us to another process that can be unexpected & aha moments..
Also isk taking but it is considered risk...then oh heck see what happens..
In saying that it prepares us constantly for some flops....so we are never that disappointed..we tried & will try to resolve that or drop it...depends LOL
But it is SO EXCITING !!!