Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Postman came from France today

Today's post brought a beautiful surprise from Claudie in France....
one of the lovely customers I get to meet on the daily rounds from my office 
It is such a delicate piece ....this would take me a lifetime to stitch & then it would never be perfect..
It is a wall hanger !
Great hey ?

Another nice event happened today too to do a trunk show & sale at Bacchus March embroiders group at the end of July ....
I have been intending to travel to look at Bacchus Marsh as I do not ever think I have been there..

Now I have some new things to scan in for making into thread holders...
&
I wait a quote for some work !!!    

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Felt It !!!


Finally got some felt happening, this goes on & on around here...
I usually get side tracked with painting orders so put them down & they go stale LOL
I needed to work on them for one workshop so after moving stuff around & I finally painted the pieces & plied the needle & thread.
Had such a great time I revisited it this morning...
& it'll be in plague proportions soon ......
www.theodoracleave.com
Copyright Barbara Smith
Met a new family member on Friday...
It was fabulous....
I was amazed that the genetic traits other than looks come through...
as we poured over the documents of our grandparents & further back ...things came to light that I had not seen...including our elusive Grandmother's history before she married....
maiden name Smith ...that was it until Friday & I got the names ...from her marriage certificate drrr !!!
being William Smith well I thought this will just be straws..
BUT I have found her ....well maybe she was adopted in one of those early quasi legal systems..
So I can buy copies of the files ..it is all very amazing & exciting.
Things fall into place....



Friday, January 23, 2015

Embroidery Hoop


This is some of the fabric painted & overlayed ...that we do in the workshops
pop into a hoop...
How simply wonderful is that.
Add a couple of gorgeous buttons ...
I have added Freda & one shoe...
She is at her designer for a try on of the dresses on the mannequins.

Must dash I have a very special visitor due soon



Thursday, January 22, 2015

workshopping.....

Bunny Family Button ......copyright is Barb Smith.
Might be doing more workshops with Mrs Martin this year....
It is a different year as was it's start of this last year....
where I made space to do some more exciting things for me..to get out more.....& I love engaging with people so it isn't hard for me...
When I moved back to Victoria 13 years ago I did many small classes in quilt shops & a few trade events.....driving was one of the things that gave me a grace in my life...

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Previous in my Canberra life my craft world began with markets once a month & meeting all sorts of interesting people.... creative friends I made then....
Then when the Gatherings  began we created a lot of interest & as you now see...they became like mushrooms after rain.
I chose to do my workshops this time around in a different spirit... moving into new ground....
because these sort of things challenge me......
I love the coming together of people who are connected in the craft world.....I want always to inspire each person to find their own measure & have I seen some surprised people at the end of a day....
faces beaming & souls almost bursting out of their skins...
that is my measure of a good day !!!

Watching Max & Louise  Pattern Company ( Lisa & Lou) work I have also found some kindred spirits in that same easy process of creative workshops...
So ...what was I saying LOL
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I also think I will start a 29 Giving one thing a day.....I need to tidy up my spaces first & start planning for this business year & once I get some start I can reward me by doing this...
Barb...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

STOP PRESS !!!!! MAGAZINE is DUE OUT

Marie-Claude is in Japan right now at their Quilt show 
has sent through the amazing revamp magazine cover for the French publication 
QUILT COUNTRY
by Edi-Saxe magazines & books.

You see on the cover is moi !!!!
Also another Australian Colleague Gail Pan
Now I am eager for the printed magazine to roll off the press & be delivered to my door
CONGRATULATIONS Marie-Claude ....!!!!
I know how hard you have worked....you deserve the best of success !!!
Don't you love the felt basket quilt too.... ???
I am so excited !!!

Little painted pieces

I am about to put these on the web ....
UPDATE...I put these on the web & in a few moments 2 have been sold to France...
I will be doing some more later today..!!!

They are smaller painted fabric pieces on a thicker linen cotton fabric..
Equally as much fun...
The size is approximately 100mm x130mm 


I was in the city open mall spot yesterday ...doing a photocopy experiment...& later walked through the arcade into the Pall Mall..to Typo.
I love this little shop & I find some amazingly interesting stuff in there including stamps, stencils, pens , journals, notebooks etc etc..
The young woman who runs the store I guess was so excited to win an in house Typo store competition & she is going to France for 10 days for her store's efforts...only 4 from their 150 global stores..!
I am very happy for her, as the store is lovely, music makes me stay a while longer & the service & the staff are great.
Well Done TYPO in BENDIGO !!!!

I popped into see the Provincial Decor Living store in full sale mode...always a treat to stroll in the vast building & converse with the lovely people who run this store too.

I was reading an article in a magazine I love to buy when I spot it called FLOW it is a Danish production I think...always has really good articles as visual & it feels good.
Liz Marklund a writer from Sweden was telling her story  ..& this quote resonated so much with me... at the top Government levels to our own backyard 
" WHEN YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE
YOU GET A GREAT RETURN
IN THE FUTURE "
How true can that be !!!!
There are many instances today we forget to just do that !
Investing in our youth, the troubled souls, the ones where circumstances have not been so good...or just on a particular day.

This reminds me also in a different way of a story I was told at the Summer School.
One always has meaningful conversations & this was not the only one.

A lady had gone to a Gathering type affair where she knew no one.
She sat at a table with a group who all knew each other.
They ignored her all day.

Now, how would that make you feel & how bad mannered is that....
She didn't ever want to go to one of these events again...
Mrs Martin said "Come to our events I will make sure you are looked after."
She was placed with a group who also knew no one else there
it was a lovely day.
This lady of course has now returned to an event run by Mrs Martin....
Both times she has enjoyed the day....& this is how it should be.
As hostesses & tutors & designers & traders & helpers & fellow class mates on the day...
one needs to be mindful of this most critical element.

I was so pleased to hear the happy ending.
Time I did something else.....I do like to write LOL


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rabbits..painted panels

French Rabbit..
copyright Barb Smith

Bunny Family
copyright Barb Smith

The rabbits are loving the painted fabric they are finding themselves attached to..











I  have a couple of larger painted panels to show you later.
The main one I did late yesterday was the donkey & goose in a field...
&
the other was a cat in a garden.


Trialing the size for them to fit in frames & had nipped out to Spotlight & bought a set of 3 frames for $15....white... so I tried the look...
 I am not going to frame these panels I will paint for sale but I did want to be sure they would be  size ...
There were very great comments for these panels to be sold on the weekend...
so I guess I'll do some. LOL & I love doing them !!!
 I want to do some small stuff like how these rabbits are sitting on a little piece of painted fabric...too 


Ideas were forth coming on what would be wonderful , cushions, quilt centre panel, bags, as well as framing.... 
Watching the inspiration flowing on what each one who was so wanting one of the 2 panels I had to show ....
This inspired me to do some more hand painted fabric scenes...
set up may routine for painting to sell....

and you know what else excited me... people are thinking creatively.....it is so wonderful to see this happening again in our industry.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer School is now out....

Summer School On Saturday (where I traded ) but was able to absorbed all the wonderful relaxed creativity of the day...
Max & Lousie Pattern Company are hosted by Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop for the Summer school day.
A wonderful day !!!!
The picture of those smiling faces was the tone all day...
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We see Louise & Lisa doing their open greeting...
Louise busy working the kits
Karen as she opened the school... always busy, always happy...
We have a group picture or 2 with people I have met at several workshops....

Max & Lousie Pattern Company quilts....
Each quilt design is made by each of the designers in different colourways...
See the top right hand side quilts are the same design.....
This is so part of their creative quilt designing...
&
it enlightens us to look at designs in patterns differently...
 During the day I roamed around each table to see what was happening.
I am in my element watching the creative process of each person.....
These were some of the processes going on or completed....
Some were doing hand piecing so a lot of their time was spent in the preparation .
Tables were busy...talking ,laughing.... strolling about...
It was such a fantastic   day
 And as we see here this was in the mid afternoon...happy people !

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Paint brush in hand

I really enjoy painting on this fabric.....it is a little rough on surface so the paint applies differently to a smooth hard surface like a wood button.
This was a free hand piece I did... I had recently worked on a button story with a similar theme....
You know I really think these would translate into an amazing quilt....it's the borders that would make or break it though...
Copyright Barb Smith 2015 
 This one was scanned in at a higher resolution for the size so it looks a bit scruffy...but again I like this style ..here the fabric weave shows more
 See by the time I got to this piece of fabric I was running out of ideas...
They come from inside..I store scenes, cats.... as I drive thru the countryside or the city.
One of my traits is I observe people as well LOL then I analyse things...
Obviously sort it all for filing
Anyhow.... this cat & sunflower subject maybe a bit familiar to some who either bought an old stitchery cushion pattern I think under Woodcutter's Daughter label or did it in some fabric painting class I did 12 years or so ago..
I kept looking at it & something bothered me....then it came to me...
I am not so keen on this topic ... but I was getting spent obviously  LOL
Time to get all my stuff ready to pack for the Summer School time away....
I always start a dawdle episode about now !
Once I had a bag that was for taking off to a class or some city destination...
now.....
I took a break from all of that for some years & now I have this mental dah te dah antic !!!
drives me crazy .... only a bit though.
Ciao

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

French Magazine soon

Soon..soon I will be able to tell you some more on the French magazine these buttons will appear in...


On the media subject... it is just so terrible the killings in Paris & nearby ...for what gain ???
This is a style of terror that domestic violence fosters...except it is on a public stage.
It is unpredictable, it creates fear & it controls with unmeasurable violence to it's victims & those who witness it.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Working on Workshop for April


Yesterday I needed to get together a board to give a look at what the next workshop with Mrs Martin's Quilt shop in April 2015 at Moonie Ponds
As I am trading on Saturday with Mrs Martins Quilt shop & Max & Louise pattern company at their Summer School on Saturday 17th Jan 2015....
Needed a board to show  

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I was mucking about with some fabric to paint & stamp & stencil
but
had to try a freehand painted rabbit on the fabric...
I am really thrilled at the way it has shaped up...
The effect is great & took me no time at all !
I won't teach it yet..but it can be on the cards at a later time I think ??????
And ....I also bought a couple of small embroidery hoops during the week to have about in case I wanted to test a look.
Well there was the bunny family just waiting to try that out
Looks awesome & I need some bigger ones now to explore another little button story sort of thing...
Pictures below which are copyright & leave where they are thanks.
Barb xxx




Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Cat rescue



Watch the latest video from the animal rescue absolute kindness & dedication people & place.
Little kittens rescued...& then the mother cat is rescued later & all are reunited.
The kittens eyes were in a sad state, but I loved the little spirit of one tiny weee kitten licking it's Mum when they were reunited...was it so pleased.

It isn't far from the way we in Australia treat many of our fellow citizens ..neglect really, lack of care... everything does have some feeling.  You know if every company paid it's fair share of taxes....& the governments of whatever day focussed on it's people we'd all live a better life.
It shouldn't just be left to a few who have such an abundance of love & caring nature to scoop up the neglect of others.... 

I watch this video & I am happy sad as tears stream down my face....I don't have a tissue in my pocket & I just have to stay watching.....it is such a bigger lesson in humanity.
I will step off my soap box now !

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This Is the Paris Stitchery from the pattern designs a few posts ago

 And the 2000 way of stitching sample of the other design layout given a few more posts back
 Some new small quick button stories I did last week...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Once there was one button

Once there was one button.... well actually I think the first batch had to be 10 buttons.....
They grew into little stories which changed my way of designing stitcheries to some extent.
I love the button stories as they are quick to stitch, the button is already been done by me...
add some scenery or words...
use on things like
framed 
or 
on or in canvas frames
needlecases
bags from small to large
quilts
table runners
decorations
door hangers
hearts
boxes
pin cushions
Some stories are now being produced in a French magazine ....stitched by.....
I can tell you more later.....
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In this picture are some new but simple button stories which went onto the www.theodoracleave.com yesterday...


I have done a version of the painted stuff in a little fabric story with the running rabbit...I must check he has gone back onto the www.theodoracleave.com

also... in this picture is a representation of the happenings that have gone on this month & it is only day 9 !!!
I also popped into this collage more of the button stories ...with Zac the donkey....cats..dogs..snail...animals at circus sampler.....
Copyright 
Barb Smith

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Snippets of coming things

Oh la la....
Buttons with their stories have gone to France...!!!
A story or 3 of buttons in gardens....
stitched with Aurifil Lana wool threads

 That are featuring in a  French magazine.....
Due for release soon in it's new image as a magazine...
I will tell you more soon.
Exciting.....for me & the start of this year !!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What day is it ????

I like the holidays when I can dawdle about like now, but I really do lose track of the days...nice for a time though.
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I want to express my thoughts to the people in SA & Victoria who are experiencing such horrible bush fires, who are watching their farms, animals, homes burn, who have been disrupted to move from their homes to be safe.
To the fire fighters & service personnel who are such a magnificent bunch of the best we in Australia have...many many volunteer & their families hope they all come home again too.
We are so lucky to have you all, risking your lives to keep many safe....
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After thinking of that all this seems so insignificant....
But maybe it brings us a little relief from what surrounds us...that is ugly.
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My buttons & I are off to the Summer School, Mrs Martin hosts with the quilt pattern company Max & Louise in a weekend very soon in Melbourne.
I will be staying with a friend... so much to look forward to !

I do need to "apply myself"
I have been slowly painting for this & I think today 3 new christmas designs will arrive & maybe the few I will have can come along...to the Summer School as well as the Running Rabbit button which had been lolling about in the pasture for some time now, but I have called him back into work now & he will be in his usual small size & also a BIG Button...so today I think all should arrive in....
This running rabbit  was recently seen in the boxes, frames & goodness knows what else I painted in this summer break....
Loved it all so much......
the running rabbit was ideal one for some of the boxes etc...
I love my donkey.....& this picture was clicked, by chance & there
he was waiting for a friend in the garden....
on the other cloth donkey from the same drawing..
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Zac the cloth doll pattern went to a school fair this year made by one of the students & he was quite popular made in different cloths... one also is a young boy's pram companion in a soft soft fabric 
  
Update !!!!!
The new Christmas buttons & big running rabbit arrived today & all are painted & a glimpse of the new buttons are on the studio blog
www.onabranchabirdsings.blogspot.com