Friday, December 19, 2014

Holly


I wanted to try this simple decoration ....
Rather thrilled that it works so quickly..
The vellum paper I had collected in Spotlight recently...
the dye cutter I have from stampit up
the stamps I found last week at Riot
Hole punch that is part of the desk requirements

it works really well & can be used as tags .....tie some coloured twine  ....
Decorate the tree..without a stamp looks as good....
they would also be great on bob bons...
Add a button to them ...



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For Dee & the girls

Another little tree is taking it's place on the corner cabinet....
Filled with my painted designs this time ...
&
I have been into a box of store Christmas things
Found the green trees..
www.theodoracleave.com


 and the Rustic santa from the Woodcutter's Daughter design days

My friend Dee likes to see what is happening with decorating....
it's a long stride from the gum tree twig in bucket..with some tinsel & paper chains & maybe a fold out bell....
But the excitement we thought back then of Santa flying through the night & coming down our chimney with presents is never quite matched now...
But we try...

A Tree that shines

The tree shines with all the blingy stuff...
It is magnified in the mirror.

This lot I do like really over crowded....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Book The Gift of Kindness

Oh this tugs at my heart strings...
The kindness of the creator of this special kind of animal rescuers is amazing & it comes with the message on animal care practices...
The discarded animals are given the gift of kindness in the stories told.
I was in Lancefield & Romsey today & nipped into a little gift shop in Romsey for last minute gift shopping.
This book took me back to it more than once & it won over a bottle of relish..
it is heart warming to know such kind caring & loving people are here...
This farm is near where I was ....little did I know until I came home & was reading stories with tears being wiped away ...my eyes brim now as I write....it is so beautiful in the truth of loving.
The royalities of the book go to the mission..how wonderful of penguin publishing ..
I see on the website the van with some of the animals will be at 
Lancefield Farmers Market this weekend 20th December 2014.
You can buy the book online at the website ....

  

It is a hard call for words

The siege tragedy that unfolded in the centre of Sydney yesterday morning and ended in deaths of innocents & trauma for the other hostages in the Lindt Chocolate cafe....this morning
is so difficult to contemplate ... 
it alters one's perspective in many ways....
*
Anger in a society is never a solution, anger with in the home is never a solution.
Competitiveness at the expense of another person as a collective is a disgrace ........
We are bombarded by it on media at all levels, even called entertainment now, political parties expose so much bad behaviour also & multi national companies call it doing business 
& all of that seeps into the behaviour of each of us at a small level...and alters our culture..
Add a dose of extreme fear....
*
Now we can change things right at the bottom...
By being kinder to each person..
No I don't mean the over abundance of hugging..
but hug of course but with sincerity...
*
Being mindful of the other person... not acting out something to score a point...
Turn off the dreaded phones when you are with company & talk to the person in front of you...
*
Just little small things.... we need our gifts that care for each of the people in our lives....
and if that cannot be, walk away....don't stick about for a little sugar  hit of revenge..
*
Let's clean up our society as this morning's events 
leave many many traumatised 
& they need a loving nation to cling to...to believe in
 so we help them by helping each other...smile, say hello to a person you pass by in the street...
Barb

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Little Decorating has Begun !!!!!

I have begun to decorate...
This is just one small table...
which 
I tried to be restrained...
Many things come in to my decorating...
some mine... some other folks ....
You see I love Christmas.
Check out the Flea52 on my sidebar...this house is always  treat each year... 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Still painting

copyright Barb Smith
I have not long put down the paint brush for today...
It is critical to paint as much as I can each day..
I think we will be edging very close to overseas closing off
Some of these are destined for a shop in France
&
some are Melbourne...
 Birds..that are not on the website at the moment
but a special request...
Rather fun to paint them now...
 As I was painting the red & white simple birds I figured out they are 12 years old....
they came with the felt stuff & crows..
Remember anyone they were packaged in a cube box...
with a white corrugated heart tied on the box & one button stuck to the heart ???
  Now this below was the other day...
I had picked up 3 new stamps at Riot for a song of a price..
So in the evening I was circling looking for something to try the stamps on...
Calico bag was handy & looks just so fun
 Add a little red paint for the holly berries 
&
some silver bling...
we are away !!!
Now I must rest my back is aching...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Art Gallery Bendigo

Yesterday I met a school friend for lunch at the Bendigo Art Gallery Cafe....nice atmosphere there & looking out down into the park below....
We walk thru the gallery to arrive at the cafe....
There is an amazing huge art work in the gallery that was commissioned by a bank some years ago.
It is enormous...enamel & gold leaf on hessian or something as exotic....it shines, the colours ....the abstract seasons of the year.........I am drawn to it for the colour & the niave drawings....

It takes me back to Cheri when she traded as Cute as a Button in USA & was a folk artist & later began to quilt the magic borders she had on her work......

Anyway...after lunch  we then strolled over the road to the antique shops & this is a book binding shop window that I first saw as I drove up the street one day recently....it is so effective ....
The other shop shines with lights & glitter & beautifully decorated....

Later we pottered about at my place for a couple more hours...
In the evening I had a Christmas do to be at ..right next door...
Today... no play LOL 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

bright & happy buttons

I finished these 2 trays late this afternoon...
Doesn't look much ..now I look at it !
However the santas to paint are detailed..so are the puddings & angels....
I went to move the trays before & I thought they look so colourful & happy..
It's called show & Tell  LOL



copyright Barbara Smith

Friday, December 5, 2014

The deers....

So here we have a little herd of deer happening now !
I did the middle size for the recent event....
4cm ish....
These are in a set or as individuals & also in tan as well..

I have a giveaway  going through the newsletter....
It is a $50 gift of buttons & decos ....
I wonder now why I never thought of doing this before.
Thanks to all who have entered thus far....got you all despite that email error ...

So what would I do with 3 deers ???
Oh sorry no idea !!!!

I best say something about holidays...
I'll be having a nice break in mid January....
How lovely that sounds LOL
In that time I will be going to trade with Max & Lousie & Mrs Martin's at her Summer school..

copyright Barbara Smith

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Some Christmas Spirit

No not the sort of Christmas spirit you drink from a glass
Just the ordinary buzz one can get from
decorating...
or making things to decorate...

The white tree I found as a kit, glued the slats to the stems, let it dry & white washed quickly with acrylic paint ..
for these sort of painting jobs ..
if you don't have a brush, just use a sponge from the kitchen & wipe paint on..
My snowman & santa are simple designs of mine in felt..
and
the hand painted wood decorations 
I painted to decorate this wire Tilda tree...

I have had this simple stocking design kicking around for a few moves now
Using the wool felts of today...it has stability..but is soft.
Add a cuff on the top.... use scalloped or pinking shears for edges..
sew some of my reindeer on the cuff....
If you do a small size use the smallest deer button... 
mid size deer for not as big 
the the BIG deer for  big stocking

The length of the stocking can look a bit bare..
add a little circle, oval..square in the  length of stocking
sew on in felt
a
circle
or a square
or 
an oblong.
Do a scene with 2 winter trees & a small deer.
How simple is that !! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Creative ..they were amazing

Some of the works from the workshop at the weekend.....
Thank you all for being in the creative spirit....
Thanks Karen for letting me come to play again....

When I do these workshops what I love is the individual creative production...
It all began with a simple tag..or 5 or was that 10 ????
a frame...
a mache box..
a round cylinder..
a few paints... a brush...
table full of stamps...
stencils 
spray mist style inks...
washi tapes...
dye cutters...
fabric in linen & cotton weave...
buttons...
twines...
????
as the day progressed ....I watched with interest....
as the individual creations began to take shape...
It's a technique ....
that can be applied to many mediums....
it was at the very beginning out of the comfort zone of many...
but
it is fun to know one can explore now....
dip a toe in another pond...
Sorry it is what I have been doing with my life for the last 13 years...
but
I still get nervous...but more times I am excited... as I set off to explore something
Thank you all for joining in the creative spirit  !!!!!!


UPDATE
Read Shez's post today where she tells her wonderful story
&
she has more lovely photos from the workshop.
See http://shez-enjoyinglife.blogspot.com/



Monday, December 1, 2014

Creating snapshots of the workshop

Snapshots of the creativity....at the workshop on Saturday
Check out Farmgate Creations & Kiwikids & Enjoying Life blogs on my side bar for some really great photos from the workshop...
Makes me laugh with pleasure just to be reminded of the dizzy day..
Thanks again everyone...
Thanks Karen as always a really great working day xxxx

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Workshop is now Over

I'll be brief....talked a lot yesterday ...
Thank you all for coming along
joining in the creative process !!!
Great to see many faces from the last workshop step up for more...

I really did see so many creative pieces....
This style of workshop continually thrills me to watch each person create beautiful pieces...
simple things... 
simply quick things....
simply creative ....
with the help of the paint brush, couple of paints, stamps...stencils bits of stuff to decorate further.
What I enjoy the most is at the end of the day...
the gorgeous people who seek me out to tell me what a great day they have had...
their faces just beaming ...
a glow...
Then I know I have given them that spirit of creativity...
shared with them in my world...
I get to do this most days...
in one way or another. and it is so great to share that..

Some told me at the beginning they had that panic...
out of their comfort zone....
pulse beating...but gosh one is alive then..don't you think...
Along the day I heard many stories...
I saw best friends take all the extra tid bits to show their friend undergoing treatment & not well enough to come...my thoughts are with you....be well soon.
I offered to your friends a special treat... it is there if you wish to do this at some stage....
Shez told me her blog story which is just wonderful...and maybe she will tell it to all who read her blog.....
I also have an invite to be at YarraValley in October...

Finally  Karen & I were so overwhelmed with all the help many many of you gave to clearing the messy bits and packing down...
especially to the 2 Essendon gorgeous girls for helping pack our cars & folding down tables etc...  
Magic all of you.

Pictures are my samples for inspiration
copyright. BarbSmith.
PS The folk who came have had permission to take photographs ....so you may see them on their blogs......it is part of their memory too



Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Day of Play Workshop is packed

Well it is nearly arrived....
the Day of Play
at Baxter on Saturday
I have been organising myself for days....
The last stretch was placing it all in the little car....
See you all who are coming to the workshop on Saturday

Now check out Flea52 blog on my sidebar for some wonderful Christmas treats of a shop...
It is DIVINE