Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sparkling extreme now !!


Sparkling December Santa 
with 
sparkling snow flakes..
This is a decoration santa or can be attached to a design with a stitch in the hanging spot.
He is on the web for $25.00

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December Santa is doing some crazy dance around the studio..
As this santa design in 12cm 
is in 
Red.
White with overlay
Grey & sparkle
and now this the flakey one....!!
& buttons as well ...



Bit thrilled with this sparkle

Something caught my attention as I reached over the table for a piece of wood...
Ummm I thought ..I wonder how that bit of plain fabric I had stamped over & over would go with silver sparkle..??
Guess it would adhere, well try it !!!!
This was going about in my mind each time this piece of fabric came into my view.
 After Lunch I did just that .....try it...
It worked 
I love the look, 
..it was what I was aiming for.
It is a bit of a stretch to see the sparkling here ....
But it's just as I like, 
doesn't do any in your face thing, 
it makes a statement though 
it is versatile.


So... 
I was on a bit of a sparkle for 
an hour or so...
Lastly, I had the canvas banners I had dragged out last week from a storage box
that had been painted etc
 & 
I was going to join them with red big ric rac & add some buttons / decorations
 for the workshop ...
"look what You can do stuff."
They got the bling treatment too.!!!!
 It satisfies my soul when I move forward.....
Just extending stuff...
I love the things I do already, but always a longing....
to move myself out of the comfort zone
( why I have no idea why !!!! another trait in the genetics or a learned behaviour !! ???  ) 
When this works it is just so satisfying to me personally..
The mind of a risk taker ???
It takes me off along another pathway...
You know what I have seen in this in the past is that I undergo a psychological shift well before it appears to me.....
As I do something with more colour 
or a theme  of colour 
do a different design theme...(it is the way it is formatted not drawn)
Something else is afoot
Now I wait with excitement....
a sparkly year or phase ....?
I could handle that...
Everyday shines 
I want..I hope... LOL  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grey Christmas Time Santa with sparkles


Sometimes painting a LOT of  one coloured santa brings unexpected results.
Many Pere Noels were on the table being clothed in grey coats...
To amuse my mind as I painted the same thing over & over...
I wondered what these guys above would look like in a grey coat....
with sparkles in silver.
The Results : I am thrilled it has a great look with grey coat & cap & black tights & mittens with twinkles of silver.
A star sat on the table so tried this also.
I love it when a thought travels to a success....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Things do

copyright Barbara Smith

What day was it..now ????.. Wednesday...
I decided it was time to go seriously look at a new car.
I rang to check if I needed to book a test drive & if it was what I was wanting to drive.
2 red ones.....I thought time for change of colour as well as car type....

One I was going to test drive & while at the curb changing into first gear 
I was rear ended 
by one of the mechanics in his car !!!


I am fine but it does not take much to jolt my stiff old injury sites...
and may I say the memory is triggered & I get more hyper vigilant than I have been for many years..
I was lucky the physio's I  go to squeezed me in for a nice check & rub & tomorrow I return again....


So I am nervous about picking up the car next Wednesday....& driving it home 
Loads of self chatter going on here !!!
It will be rather wonderful to explore this new travelling companion .

I thought in some perverse way that this was a jolt I may well have needed to shuffle me along..
Who knows where it will take me.....
I was slightly restless being such a dull winter & all ...


You may gather from the collage above I am well into Christmas mode....never leaves, it seems...
Today I paint holly & snowmen...lots of snowmen..
tomorrow santas & lots & lots of them...
& so it meanders on


I am so pleased with myself that I have painted the Christmas Club second posting early...
I now have the delight of squeezing that into posting boxes....
& the holding my breath at the PO counter as they get weighed....
it never equates to my kitchen scales at home !!!! 

SPEAKING of Posting ..well magazines from www.stampington.com arrived yesterday with a new posting services from them saw this arrive in 14 work days ....it has been slower like a month...& I think the precious magazines are lost...
So now things are back to good posting it is tempting to buy more .
I bought 
Where Women Create
&
Where Women Create Business
This latter one is not exempting possible business thinkers & in creative businesses we are often marginalised so it is fantastic to read of things we need to think about, consider or learn if taking new steps etc etc.....

I always find interesting things I have been wondering about & reading inspiring creative business people's stories is the food I need always !

Where Women Create has this strong ingredient too 
Where Women Cook is also fab magazine because it builds on dreams...


I know I am forever banging on about being a unique creator if you go wandering off to design or to set up shop...
But this sets these people apart...
they  follow their bliss not skim in on the coat tails of another's dream.
It takes courage & being niave to the market force at the time can be an absolute blessing....because you just try....
I rarely view other's works in direct line of mine 
( except to do a watching brief on copyright breaches)
I don't use much fabric today, & so I don't stop at every quilt shop to see what is happening, but I do enjoy a quick browse & a touch of the fabric, it is a tactile thing for me in these later days of nearly 20 years of following my bliss or lets say try to !!!
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I do wander into gift stores, decor stores & colour jumps out & so does more of same... I know then it is time to try something else that I've been seeding in the back of my mind...
Ability stymies me sometimes such a bother that is!!!
but .....
there are some tips I guess..
from someone who tries to be 
independent of anything....
I was born with that defect,
sometimes it is great 
other times it is not as great LOL
Stay true to your bliss.... read these stories broaden the mind...to things you may not think are relevant.
Love a great shop window display not for what it displays but for the patterns it makes..



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buttons To Wear in a different way

I was playing with felt the other evening & had these left over bits..that just happened to look really interesting..
So off to get some  painted dog & cat buttons  and made some little wearables...
Sew a brooch clip on the back ...
These can be ideal if doing a market stall...
The other christmas snowman affair is a hanging bag waiting to be stitched & made even...the camera flashed on this a bit too much but it really is a fab combination...
When time comes back to me I'll finish it off & retake the photo...
Barb
Barbara Smith copyright

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BUTTONS I HAVE

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In this reload to the web I have added back a cat....now called Oscar...
The donkey is going in beige as well as brown
The icecream is years old in design...used in a designers pattern in recent years...
original  but the recipe remains the same ! Yummy !
The newest is the umbrella..... when I drew the French ladies this was part of the drawings...
The garden ...well flowers stay around forever if one tends them...
Some grow all year some are annuals & some are moved to another spot in the garden...sometimes that is my private garden.... sometimes it is the sale item ....
bunches of flowers in barrows... trees clipped into topiaries & a bird settles on top..
Flowers picked & bought inside for a vase full of bliss.


Friday, July 18, 2014

I was putting these away

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I was cleaning up & the rabbits nearly all toppled over...
I had done these last week when having one of my culls 
Thought I'd paint all these ready for workshop sales...
As they tumbled this morning they looked a sight..
So thought I shall put the on the blog
These are bigger versions of the buttons Bunny Love & Bunny family.
In times past I have placed these 9cm rabbits on some linen fabric... a little wadding behind... maybe a stap or 2 partially placed on the fabric
FRAMED !!
I did come across the framed guys last week as I got the samples sorted to take to this workshop..
I will put a couple back on the web as quite a few here...
If...  anyone coming to the workshop wants me 
to save them one speak now LOL


Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT


Yesterday, being Saturday & it was chilly but the sun shone...!!!
I kind of sat long after I had finished breakfast...
Soon, I grabbed some blank paper close by & some buttons on a tray in front of me...grinning... tempting me... distracting me
It was all I needed
Some of those results are in this collage 
 and this one...
I got to play with tape, pom poms... ribbon & ric rac...
So I have embarked on a Christmas I haven't done for some years..
Things I have fiddled with.....


Been for a walk.... up the back in the bush...pass the sheep & 3 new maybe dorphers or goats...???
The old sheep know me & look..to be sure
The 3 little ones call out & come towards the fence..
I call out hello to them...
I love to connect with the animals ....
 I head into the bush.... for a short walk 
Some wattles are in bloom...
It is a welcome time to walk & in sunshine no matter how weak the sun  feels
I have been cooped up for way too many days while it rained...



Thursday, July 10, 2014

ATTIC SANTA & THE TWEENY SNOWMAN

Attic Santa & a Tweeny Snowman
I have not done a load of this style of design work or remakes in years....
I have been having the fun time.

The felt is stronger & wool & the hand stitches are just as much fun as they used to be...
The little snowman was a thing I wanted to do for these pots of tiny nature that I bought a few seasons ago & each time I packed houses up or dusted.... those pots stirred in me the felt snowman idea.


Well one is done...!!!
This is a little guy who you could make over & over & park in pots.... use crunched up paper to elevate...place a twiggy thing at the back for a tree....
Perch on a wooden spool, tie on a gift, make lots to tie on a big pine Christmas tree
Yes I do need to get these patterns onto the web...but I am having lots of fun first LOL.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Roosters for Sale !

ROOSTER BUTTONS in 2 sizes on SPECIAL

I had doubled ordered & they are fighting amongst each other for space in the storage box
Both wholesale & retail are on special...
Pop over to the website & participate in my cull !!!

I am about to get into a serious culling episode in my large storage boxes that have fabric, felt, paper stuff, samples... each time I go to do something I leave the boxes out & really it says 
Get in there & take a serious look at what you need !!!!

I began this style of culling quite a few years ago now when I had a house up for sale & I was moving t the beach......
I had much... that I transported to my garage & then along came the quilters & then a town garage sale..
Wow did I cull down
What  I found was the ease in which I could then tidy the house.....
So as I have meandered to different places since then....
I am often culling......
When I get into this mode it is so empowering...
I try to do it in all places of my life now...
Bathroom
Kitchen
Magazines
Books
Clothes
Stock & samples are a bit trickier.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Puss cats

These buttons made a sweet little needle keep..which was featured in one of the button story booklets...these were run as clubs first...
It takes just 3 gorgeous buttons of mine ( of course !! ) 
The bee, Meow cat & bird on topiary tree...
A little circle stitched some sort of twiggy flowers 
& the cover is done.

Yesterday when I posted the cards, I was reflecting on the change that is sometimes imposed on us.  
How times challenge us to change what we are doing 
& often as was in my case, 
loved what I was doing !


I had written to some friends yesterday who were moving through their creative ways & pondering on what was to come & they were  critical or comparing.
I look back at how I fumbled my way into the creative side of life..
Like all the lights had gone out & finding paper & pencil worked but nothing else did back when !
Ink was my friend & still is...I love an ink pen ..!


Paints came several years later & 3 lots of beginner's classes & loads of books I learnt & found techniques I aspired to...not all of that worked either!  
I was not a naturally taught painter but over time the brushes I chose & the paints..we became friends...
I developed a technique for me that worked ( still does today & that is over 20 years at least....)
I practiced over & over those blended rose petals ....each time I sat to paint a large piece with flowers was a challenge...
Holding the brush, the pressure applied to the wood with the brush paint, the weather as paint dries differently in each climate...& internal air controls, the daylight in different times of the year changes ....
it's all there.

I never take it all for granted but I have such gratitude today
that I can...
 draw much easier....
I paint with much precision & certainity....
It takes time to be detailed.... precision .... 
a calmness is required to be centred in myself & I sink into the world of an alpha state....
you see I get to meditate as I paint orders !!!
I am a teen of 1960... for me it all makes perfect sense.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Cards

These were cards I drew & had printed way way back as I began to shift from having a market stall fulll of hand made things to designing cloth dolls & these cards.
I had developed a frozen shoulder & it was really ouch !!!
I could not continue to sew & paint every day & night as I had for 5 years,...
When I drew these I could only draw..not stitch.... or paint or sleep thru the night or pull my jumper off over my head... just waiting for the pain to go & the physiotherapy to work it's way to mobility.
I still love these drawings & this is about 1995. 
The one on the right lower became a stitchery called 
A Bend In the River
Beginnings ..another one where I began again....
Who knows where that path takes one ....

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ATTIC SANTA

ATTIC SANTA Design
It has certainly been some time since I have made a cloth Santa... well this one is made from felt....
It is a design I did under Woodcutter's Daughter label & plan to reintroduce again.
He is so lovely & so easy to make, it takes so little time...
The felt is that suburb wool felt I purchased last week & which inspired me to grab my santa design file & get the patterns out to see ... 
He is ready for eyes & another look at other beards....not sure ... I love fluffy big beards on santas....
So maybe just give him sight & he'll be happy

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some of the things I found at the Quilt/Craft show

The fabric I bought some gorgeous sample pack bundles from Maze & Vale
Then a collection of things followed
I was rather thrilled as I tipped out the bags when I arrived back home.
So today..the sun has shone for half it's awake time & fading now...
But I have washed floors, posted stuff, painted a styling display tree for Christmas stuff and half painted a chair....paint ran out LOL
Now I am going to do stuff ??????????
All afternoon !!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Boxed Button Packages


I am packaging the Button Packs in little frosted boxes...with a tiny picture of the buttons they house inside the box.
To post in retail I will collapse the pack down so the posting is much more reasonable .....& are easy to just assemble. If you want the complete box assembled the postage for one rises to Aust Regular parcel rate.  
Wholesale can have all packed as the orders usually carry a higher posting cost. & sit in larger boxes.
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All that detail out of the way..they are looking rather lovely.
& ....
do you know... ? 
I have returned to some of my original button packaging..when I did this in around 2003 !
blue boxes with corrugated star tag tied on ...