Monday, March 30, 2015

Button Postcard Packaging soon...

I set out to just do these buttons plain & simple for carding...
Pen close by...well looked very barren without some sort of scribble ...
These will be some of the buttons with a little theme 
&
Christmas is also planned.
These are really displaying the buttons but it has that extra bonus of a layout to stitch ...
Another neat way would be to lay gorgeous wool felt down & stitch the little flowers etc & buttons for making into things .... you know those needle cases, scissor holders... mini cushions etc etc
I might pop them on the web now for pending release in mid April 

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Please don't put them on pinterest..etc..these are copyright & need to ask me if you can do such actions.
I have seen a lot taken from the blog side bar on pinterest & now I have gone into magazine production with some or most of them....it is a magazine you may also deal with copyright breaches...
It is quite distressing for me I can assure you I would not keep going on about it otherwise.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Most Interesting Book due out


I was toying up whether to buy this book written by Australians for the creative industry I think on copyright, trademarks, photography, bloggers etc etc..
so from what I can see it is tailor made for us creative folk.
&
 will be a wonderful legal reference book
It is $75  plus postage 
but you know sometimes that is small price to pay for knowing what we all need to be aware of.
It is on pre order due for release on April 9th 2015




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The Birthday cake, jug, teapot & cup with saucer 
are in this month's Country Quilt magazine from France
Worked into  delightful teapot & cup mats.
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Soon I will light candles for my birthday again.....
needs to be a huge cake now....LOL
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When I arrived in from Melbourne..
my friend greeted me ....
We call him rent a cat.....he is not mine....but he calls by...& chatters... he is a smart cat & he told me things of importance with concentrated looks down to where the bins were & had been put by his boy..
Until I acknowledged all of that, he kept up the different meows...repeats it all.

Anyone who has lived with oriental cat breeds will know exactly what I am talking about.
They do like to talk & have a large range of words & are always interested in what is going on
This one has some past breeding in him....
doesn't have the look except the eyes are different & what ticks behind them is so amazing.
He isn't Millie cat but he is lovely to have as a friend.

He often gets just tired of waiting for something to happen & flops on the floor & tucks his paws up under his chin for a short nap

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I did these a few weeks ago..some more painting on the fabric.
such fun but I wouldn't want to do it everyday.....these will go on the web today perhaps ?

I found them when I decided to change paint tables yesterday & then well most of the room was
moved about.
I still have much fine tuning to do....
not sure that it all looks ok...?

It is staying that way for a little while...
It was fun to clear the design work space 
find these fabric painted pieces


 and these button stories were done for a button club in the past.what 2 years ago...
The file was being moved as they are stored with other work either in progress or stored for one day soon to work on again

Time flies by & this month seemed as if it has just begun & now it is at it's end...

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Off to make that book purchase now...and then enjoy this superb autumn day that is just beginning

Friday, March 27, 2015

Been for a short stay in Melbourne

I was gone......up the highway....
Into Melbourne....to Auburn Road in a slightly dazed state...
to browse & find a gorgeous book 
"Running Away From Home"
So I am happy then
go in search of a cup of tea..
There is  sweet cafe & larder store across the road from EST...
Nice person in the shop..I shall go back..it felt good.
Maling Road was going to be next....
but I said tomorrow
drove on right past the street 
to my destination 
to sleep over at a friend's house...

Today I came back..happy to set off early
&
dawdle along the highway..
Woodend for some veges
taking the back way to Kyneton via Central Springs Road...near ..close by somewhere there..the Cleave's had settled there in 1800's
Into Piper Street..
yet more wanderings..
Nice time & been a long time since I have done all of this..
the weather changes & I stare off  into the distance.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Winner of Giveaway

There is a winner for the Giveaway see last posting of what was in Giveaway !!
Radka Congratulations.....!!!!
Isn't it exciting !

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Give Away coming together

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ONE DAY LEFT FOR GIVEAWAY DRAW
You can email me or go in via the website if you don't want to be doing on the blog...
I have had a great time....
finding the extra giveaway things for the parcel



 All sorts of my treasures...to experiment with...



Been interesting

This weather is fabulous....
slumber is deep & fitful...
the menu changes....
a jumper is yanked from the depths of a shelf...

This past week I have made decisions....
not to continue along certain avenues for the moment..
I always review the world I work in ..
&
there are times that many many things are happening behind the scenes..
If I commit to something I like to see it through, however at times this is not always in my best interest...and often it is an exceptionally extra workload I take on
&
behind the scenes are many balls up in the air at one time... travel is often involved..so these journeys can be very long & need to be well organised from every angle by everyone involved.

I have such a passion for what I create 
be it a stitchery, a brooch, button, decoration , booklet to get people thinking instead of just following what a designer says...that is sharing on the next level....
we are a fairly selfish lot when it comes to how we get a buzz from our work...
but one of the best buzzes is when a workshop full of people are eased from their comfort zones & stretched beyond what they had previously thought possible of themselves...
They didn't follow a ruled line.... they followed their hearts & smiled a lot.

I also enjoy speaking with people at events like trading shows ...where I get to stand beside my work ..& watch, listen & converse to many..this is another uplifting experience 
Again where we share moments with others....
those random conversations.
That is the front line processes where passion reveals itself in a different way.
Behind that display were many long hours of painting,organising, ordering ,drawing, packaging with mind on what can fit in cars... what is easiest to unload...what does not wreck a fragile back....what is quick to get the bones of a display working on a table...
Skills are honed as one does more of this & each time be it a setting up, stock display, workshop choice or event..reviewing how things panned out are also part of the creative process.

One of my friends said it again the other day
Barb you analyse too much...
Yes, I said I analyse... it is the way I am wired ..always been this way...so get over it !

But, when we were younger 
I was using those skills to keep safe in a family war zone ....
one had to know the layout of life each day one stepped into the house... 
If you are in this situation with children .....please consider how your children are processing this under the surface..you will not see it played out much ...
it's a shame & a secret to feel scared every day..from someone who "loves " you
I found peace before the age of 3
 in the hen house, 
the garden
 & 
a cat...
I created dream worlds later on until I was qualified 
able to move out...
So today what you see is lots of that cultivating ...which I just adore doing & being....
What  I dislike today is disharmony..... jealousy of another's position in life....rejoice in their ethical successes....reach out because I have found some delightful gems of human beings hidden in the shadows of life...
It has been a while since I gave one of my speeches ....it is part of my analytical mind  Now this spell check is not functioning nicely so we have a spelling error OK LOL
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cleaning up & Give away


I read this most beautiful blog posting of Carla Coulson's this morning
We are so lucky she blogs as her books a just wonderful stories & photographs...& this post is why I love her writing so much!!!

This post is about CHANGE...
 so spot on and I
 love her points of advice...


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This morning I was going to upload pictures from the older computer...
spend a good 2 hours deleting & cleaning up the files...

Painted orders this afternoon....santas, deers, sheep....bunnies....
Christmas is never so far away in my work.

The Santa in this collage is one I was preparing for a workshop which now I will not be doing.... 
So now he will come out for sale as a pattern .. all so simply hand sewn...he now has a frilly beard & the little snowman to keep him company....& he carries his Christmas Tree in his pocket.

Couple of variations from the 
Theodora,s Studio booklet 
with the heart & birdie & the running rabbit in square.....

GIVEAWAY
I am doing a giveaway of 
Theodora's Studio Booklet
some buttons to go with it...
Perhaps some other little things to make it a nice parcel.

To be in the draw
email me theodoracleave@hotmail.com by let's see 25th March 2015
I will personally send an email to the winner before I announce on the blog.
Good Luck....Bon Chance 

More of Quilts at Monbulk Quilt Show last saturday








Friday, March 20, 2015

Soaps

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My favourite soaps....
Triple dipped Italian Soaps with the most precise exquisite perfumes..
I have several spots where I can buy these....
However Much Ado at Maldon has lots..
Yesterday morning, before posting I decided that my yearning for a jaunt to Maldon was much needed...
Well I wanted the specific soap... & a check of newsagent......and some veges at the greengrocer & see what the gorgeous art shop held in enchanting things...

I spent about an hour....
dipping back into the world of strip shopping...
being greeted by now familiar faces...

Now back to the soaps...
I could not decided which one....
these perfumes transport my moods...soften the edges of each morning....
it is a luxury in any sort of day...
a mood lifter even I think...
as it always makes me feel good.


There is some other great news ...
I have been invited to be trading at the Gembrook Quilt Show in September ...
Excited to have this experience & to give back again in some way to the fire fighters..
where ever they are...
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Last night as I plucked the order for Amanda's shop in Stawell I counted the booklets that remained
in one week I was 2 shy of selling half the box I have....



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Notepad Cover & another Zac the Donkey

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Buttons and Christmas Decorations.....
I had a call late today to say those display boards at Stitch'n"Patch in Lilydale need some replenishment after huge sales of the buttons & christmas decorations in last 4 business days....
I was there on Friday delivering an order
Amazing.....Exciting.....Thrilled....
The displays always look fantastic....
Thank you Doreen....
You do make those buttons work !
Speaking of which
there has been the odd stitch done from the book & the Zac pattern

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The Paris Running Rabbit I made into a felt journal cover tonight
 from the booklet
Theodora's Studio

The Zac donkey has been made into a tan felt guy


Here is another from Theodora's Studio that is the front of the needle case cover....
The Blossom bird in blue

Santa was wafting about with his friendly little snowman on the board....
So his picture was included..

He is sporting his new fuzzy beard... 

More pics from MONBULK QUILT SHOW

The view as I walked through...

 More lovely things from Sew Jo
 Fabrics & fabrics !!
Quilt display..
Turn head on side ..loading is a bit of an issue with pictures 
 More to stroll by...love these colours

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Goodies & a Workshop Gone


At the Monbulk Quilt Show I got to meet the lady behind these threads...
Pam was telling me the amazing processes of hand PAINTING these threads to get the tones she wants in the thread variegated .
The threads are packaged & each length is cut ready to use..
No tangles like I have ....as I am impatient !!

Some purchases I made at Stitch'n"patch on Friday
One being an earlier button story of mine with the cows
for a special lady in Quebec..
We were only discussing this the day before I left
Look at that resin button ..it is exquisite !
  
The 11th APRIL WORKSHOP has been cancelled
It was really way too close to Easter....with the mix of school holidays in there..... today I decided with Mrs Martin to cancel.




Monday, March 16, 2015

Monbulk Quilt Show

Saturday arrived & I drove up the mountain early to arrive at the venue just on 8am..to set up & see many already busy with displays....
The first to see are flowers...
bright & happy cyclamens
grown locally...
Then the girl arrived with those divine bunches of flowers...
It was such a lovely entry to a showing of beautiful quilts
&
equally colourful traders...

Setting up is always new
as 
we see the table & space etc
& distractions as other things are all around needing some glance at..as they look so pretty.
The room is  a buzz as I unpack clothes... the display boards...
baskets with buttons in plastic bags inside them for simple setting up.
Tweak a bit....
then the doors were flung open at 9.30 & the first 100 visitors got a sample bag of goodies..
 These roses were so divine..
 This is later in the day as things were settling down to the near closing & I got the camera out again
 Love this display....Paddy's lot & as beautiful as the quilts on display
The Threads ,turn your head on the side..as this insists on loading like this !!!
Pam hand paints all these threads to get the variations in colours..
Just beautiful.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Zac & Lilydale today

I finally got Zac together in blue wool felt....  a different look
We all packed into the little red car...
baskets of buttons, 
display boards 
a few clothes 
& food 
&
 Lilydale Stitch'N"Patch shop order

Doreen was unpacking the box as we talked & ate some lunch....
This is the twig bird thread keeper which on web at moment is blue but I love this red...

 As you step into the shop this gorgeous display of all sorts of amazing creations & trims & fabric greet you....
See that bird thing on the mannequin it is a divine resin button....
&
Those rabbits were looking very huggable  by Bunny Hill Design


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Busy Day....


I was given the Facebook for Quilt Country French magazine...
You know the one LOL
I was thrilled "to be at the recent Paris fair" just by looking I was there !!!
The relaunch of this magazine was one of the topics Edi-Saxe publishers were promoting.

Pictures of the Japanese Quilt Show this year
How special is that & to see the exquisite work...ahhhhh
So I thought some of you might like to have a little look too.
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The BOOKLET 
THEODORA'S STUDIO
is home with me ...!
I was rung this afternoon, a day early to say it was ready...so I rushed out to pick it up.
I had not seen it in the flesh...
I am pleased....
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Getting more stuff ready for the Monbulk Quilt Show on Saturday






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