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Saturday, September 24, 2016

That design table has a lot to answer for !


It has taken me more than a month of Sundays to get this on the web....
But today it has been uploaded....as a
BUTTON STORY. 
which is a button or decoration & a snowflake button
with the pattern layout. See Below...as in the single stocking pictures
This fits the big decoration ....& the layout is an A4 stocking.

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Le Jardin Cat 
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 The big deer
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Take me Santa

Friday, September 23, 2016

Having fun


This tidy up takes such a LONGGGGGGGG time....
I have had things here & there on my design table....
&
As I see something...I think might as well try this now...
These are Noodle Boxes from the Bendigo Super Variety store....
There are so many things one can experiment with in there.
I think it is open on Sundays too.. so drive in to Strath Village in Bendigo which you can turn off from Mc Ivor Hwy ...
I loved the colour combinations...
Just a different process.

Buttons ..these fit the larger decorations  & the big flake which I sparkled  ...
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COLD SCORE = I am fed up..today it is sneezing & ?  back the front way of doing things is this creepy germ

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Finally got this working


I have been at this tag, swag idea for a week or more & it was really getting at me.
It began with Merry Christmas on the tags...like the advent ...but it looked all flat & has been .....
So came to a dead end...
Until before, I needed a little extra cheering  up, so called into Spotlight for a second...
As I roamed I was looking for tags or ??? for these things.
Spotted the banners in a heavy weight paper....
Thought I have them at home....
DO NOT BUY MORE Barbara !!!!
So here I am happy as now...
this works nicely.
Unfortunately I won't be supplying the tags as I have no idea where to find these at wholesale price..
The Alphabet stamps I have seen some in Kmart...$10 really handy..
The tags come with some baker's twine in the pack
&
there is a black with gold edging pack also..

On saying all of that....
You can cut fabric & lay a ribbon across the top & stitch all together....
Lots to experiment.... 
Cut you own banners from strong brown cardboard etc etc...

What I will offer is 
A special pack price of Merry Buttons 
&
Another lot will be Merry & Christmas....
Joy
Jolly
These are the 20 year celebrations 
so the price is to go for LOL

My stupid cold virus still drags about & I am sooooooooooooooooooooo off it today...
So have purchased Hivita multi vitamin 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I am trying to cheer myself up

I am trying to cheer myself up this morning....
this cold virus thing is now over it's use by date !!!!

The Italian triple milled soaps go some of the way....
I have used these daily for many years now 
A sense of luxury for one's self....
I walk into the bathroom during the day & the perfume of these clean soaps always greets me....

 I don't like overpowering perfumes as I have such a strong sense of smell...
( bonus but hindrance at times LOL )
This says something each day to me, that I am worth it.
The soaps are not inexpensive but they last for a long time...
So I reckon it averages out.
The money I spend on this is also I hope supporting a very old company who takes much pride in their production & ingredients..
This may not be about how many items can it sell for small cheap production costs...
it maintains it's intregity

When I opened this pack yesterday in preparation for today...
The imprint so strong I had not seen on the soap before
It just said it all really.

As I wrote on facebook before...
This love I share with my friend Suse who is in hospital after some serious heart surgery....& then some extras.....
Suse gets this with me....
I'd open the pack & say ..Oh isn't this divine...
She would close her eyes & go ohhhh or ummm
&
we'd talk on some topic that excited us about how this soap was made & also how it made us feel.
I was wondering what to gift to her in this time of healing....
I know now..

I also have to start some really serious writing as I promised Suse this is what I would send to her on a regular basis...
I have begun....but now have different thoughts on the how too

BE WELL SUSE.......!!!!

See what was I whinging about..oh my cold...
well I will still have a grizzle..therapy it is...
I also say to people who want to diminish what is bothering them with the world stage events, or another's etc etc..
Each person is as important as the next & what is bothering or ailing them is as important as the next....
It is called caring ! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

The guys in red

The guys in red are getting ready for that special time.
I have a cold, came on me suddenly on Saturday ....hot & ???
Just inconvenient, I did paint but lost my mo jo to package anything !
So I am now a bit more behind LOL

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I was trying to tidy up !


The evening began with great effort...
Tidying stuff....
Then..tags & buttons started to be replaced on the wire tree...
so it went on !
The long red & white stripe socks are waiting for an experiment to begin LOL
The candle looks great in a lovely glass bowl that Julie gave me this week...
So today I bought a glass cake plate on a stand & a dear glass sandwich plate...
For display..sssss!!!


The Advent Calendar & Noel Tag buttons are all half priced ..& will be that way until the close of October....part of my 20 years in design celebration...!!!
Fantastic  prices... not necessary to make an advent calendar 
Hint !!!!

Oscar popped in around this time of tidying up ...
as is his way..
Loves to roll about on the floor...
pause...
Last one is he is cat napping ..... 


 Well he is just having a spell.....bit of self hypnosis !!!



Friday, September 16, 2016

A Little Bag

This is yet another idea for making Advent Calendars...
I found this small bag at a store where they have lots of interesting party supplies & paper bags & things....
These for my thinking are cheaper to buy @ $3 for 4 bags ...
All I had to do was try a button & smaller buttons fit, stamp... pop a treat inside ..
These bags could be great without any thoughts of advents... just little gift bags ..
Add some threads or a small piece of fabric inside ...
BUT
Then image sewing these in felt....
Marg has a little bag with the Christmas round decorations on it...
which I have now in my hot hands ...
I have still got those to load into the site...
Bit of a different day yesterday... & packaging etc takes it's sweet time LOL...really what I am saying is I am a tad disorganised ...goes with the creative job at times..


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just Buttons !

I have changed the threads for the Advent Calendar Buttons 
Nice...both are... but gold thread is always a bit uncertain for supplies when doing lots....
I adore the bakers twine...
The NOEL tags are now inserted in a frame, very simple but just stands alone those tags...



I am rather excited to have a selection  of Marg Low designs where she has used my buttons or decorations...
&
Will have them on the web soon as...with the buttons/ decorations included..

Monday, September 12, 2016

Deers for Anni Downes


It has been a while since I have moved this fast....
I was more surprised than Anni I think.
I read her email at lunchtime...desperate call for the deers by Thursday.
I Painted the deers, drove into town for copies....
& whizzed around to the PO for an Express post bag.
Back home 
Packaged the lot
Into a box
into the bag...
Into my car & off to the nearest PO  for it to be scanned in & it will be on it's way tonight ..

Their travels will see them in Bathurst at Hatched & Patched
&
then all are off to Dubbo for the Craft Alive show this weekend...
So go see Anni Downes there if you are in the area....
I think you will find the deers sleeping with a bag of Anni's design 





Friday, September 9, 2016

HOPE

HOPE
It is a special word with a special meaning to each of us...
When people lose hope they sink into depression & lose that will to be able to come back..
I think of the Homeless ... it so bothers me, that, in our society...
It is raining today...

I turned the radio on yesterday as I started to paint & the politicians ( all ) were carrying on & on about one man... who had done some mistake....
None of them were appearing to get along with improving our country....too easy isn't it to ... what is the word I am seeking...
to seek this sort of attention, perhaps...?

Maybe we should all begin to shift out thinking to ...
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It is every Australian's right to have a safe home....
Give people HOPE...
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Hope is also for people who are ill & becoming well again.
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Hope springs in everything doesn't it ?
Hope it rains, hope the sun shines, hope I ????

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Now as she steps off her soap box....
( I used to be taken for a stroll in Brisbane  in the 60's to see the people speaking on their soap boxes.)

Anyway...
these tags arrived yesterday in my tag order ...
Willing to see how I could work them to my advantage....I tried a few things....in the tag stage of my creating ......
But nothing worked as I had imagined.. I put them aside & got on with packaging an order.

Then I was going to bed ( late ) when I thought "oh I will try dots"
I had already painted white on these 4 stars.....
I cast my eyes about the room looking for painted buttons...
Did find one blue one & hence it began....
What word would fit I thought.....
So some stamping & then found the silver glitter pot...dots ! & some silver ribbon
I am still not sure it all works the best....
But
I have HOPE I will find more to do with the stars...
wish on them perhaps....
now there is an idea ! 
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

OZIER BANK

Her she is 
Ozier Bank
I was talking about her in my newsletter yesterday
This is part of my history...
I was saying in the letter, that she is maybe 18, 19 or even 20 years old !
Her design also became brooch & a wall hanging wood piece & I think later she was used in her modelling for a project in a magazine....as an applique.
She certainly was part of the Woodcutter's Daughter as Ozier Bank was the brass plate over the front of our verandah when I was a little girl..
Ozier means willow & we had the willow beside the house..
History showed us later that this land was subdivided from a larger farm ...
my guess is this willow was there in the beginning....
Anyway..she was a very favourite doll I designed in the early stages of my designing... 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Merry Christmas Button Tags


Merry Christmas ....not sure about the buttons I have selected for this..
I will have another look tomorrow

Thanks to Meredith


Thanks Meredith for reminding me to pop this on the website ...
All done now 
Price for this gorgeous little tag is again in the wholesale range for celebrations of my 20th designing year ...
$15.00 + postage.....
Barb xxx

Is it too early for pudding ?

I was in a box of surprises last week....looking to see what I could perhaps take away with me to sew..
Found these stockings....
Small..the first was in a little booklet Theodora's Studio I did but has all sold out now...the maybe the same stocking ???
Anyway I can draw another small stocking for a sampler pack 
The simplicity is all you will ever get from me in design work....it is that part of me that comes through....good job the analytical ...complex bit doesn't LOL 

Isn't it fun....I love layers with buttons ob the top... 
the stockings are quickly hand stitched together after 
some stitching embellishing

The white stocking is stuffed....
here I love using the pale blue & the red...
Buttons can change ....& one just could sew an Advent Calendar.

Marg had some tips on the Advent Calendar yesterday as we chatted on the phone... must see where I scribbled them & we can all share


Monday, September 5, 2016

NOEL Tag

Well ...been mucking about with some tags & buttons...


Nearly falling asleep.
Had another couple of days in city....
well in the suburbs...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Celebrations are beginning with the Advent Calendar

CELEBRATIONS 
are 
BEGINNING
with the Advent Calendar pricing is well .....fantastic !!!!
This is to start the ball rolling for 
celebrating my 20th year in designing
 sale...at $55
}This is 24 buttons on natural tags that have been painted, stamped & have double sided tape on the backs to peel & adhere to a canvas paint board 
( which you need to buy at a craft supply store ( spotlight  etc )
or 
you could apply this concept to fabric/ felt/ hessian / frame 
I have given the challenge of coming up with a look see to my cousin Norma ( who does amazing work ) but this will be for inspiring you further ..
I love the canvas boards & I use the boards as decoration for Christmas...
pure visual am I LOL
But they can sure make a statement in decorating a home for the Christmas  season  



Friday, September 2, 2016

ADVENT CALENDARS

 I Love Advent Calendars !!!!
I did this one today...using a canvas paint board whaich I sprayed with ink & a star stencil
The tags are all natural with a dry bit of off white paint & written stamping & number stamps also..
Gold bows for each this time.....

I will do up a pack in a day or so that will give you 24 buttons at exceptional price to enable you to make one yourself.....  



This was an Advent Calendar I did a few years ago & all the buttons are painted off white & written stamp overlay.....tied with red & white bordeau baker's twine
 Using  small mache boxes with lids roughly dry painted in off white & written stamped overlay ...
add bows or twine or leave with just a button double sided taped onto the lid..
Make these also into an Advent Calendar