Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thank You all ..many angels


Many angels have responded to my Stitcher's Required plea....
Thank you all...
I have enough names just now...so we will close it off.
But always watch out.... 

Barb xxx

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stitchers I need You !!!!

UPDATE 24/5/15  I have had an amazing response to my ad below & thank you all..for now I have lots of stitching friends to assist me  & I am totally delighted 
An Unusual looking post ....
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I am needing some stitchers to work some samples for me. 
If anyone is interested ....
please email via the website
with some details  ...location mostly.
Thanks Barb




This is the same building about an hour later than first photo..
on my way back to the car..
I didn't realise when I took the shot how quickly a lot of the building had been placed in shadow
Winter sun is so scarce & when towering buildings come into an area this is one of the complaints blocking out natural light...I get it completely now.
I absolutely hate dark houses.....
I grew up in a federation house that is 100 this year...
the windows & the tall ceilings made it for a cold dark house in winter...
So now I always look for the light in a house.
I would not possibly want to live over the lane from this lovely white wall either....





Friday, May 22, 2015

Look what I found !!!

Yesterday I was walking to the photocopier's the long way.....sometimes I do this. 

I walk different ways...or take a slight diversion
I needed a small chocolate on my way back & via 
Organise My shop in Bath Lane.
Thought I'd check out the clothing shop in a little walk through area next door....
as chance would have it it was closed for lunch..
BUT
 the Belgian chocolate shop next door was not !!!!
Indulge in Bendigo
It is near the hwy in the centre of the city..just park up near the fountain & walk towards the shops in Mitchell st but turn right into Bath Lane...you'll find it !
 Today I came back to collect my copying via the long way with attractions & my camera ..
as on one corner I saw this building had been kind of whitewashed & 
a naked tree was silhoutted  against the building 
this stencilled sign on the corner... 

This is the building.....I touched this one up to a warm black & white shot
 This is the original colour....

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Heading North


I am packaging some buttons of same sort of category together...
Such an original "Buttons in a Bag"
These began with Christmas, but I have warmed up on the idea now...
I could have had lots of squiggles on the label 
but part of me is adverse to fussy things...
Love it for other people but for me...clean lines ???
Anyway I like these ..hope you do.


Last evening I settled to warm up & watch TV... 
had to get a DVD from my collection & watched Black Swan, which was interesting & I will need to watch it again.....

Anyway I digress, I was sewing the raw big bunnies in garden button onto something which I made into a little bag, which I thought could be lovely for my lipsticks & mirror ...when I wander.

The other is the new Christmas Street scene ....it works well !!!! 
had lots of button holes 


Yesterday I found the Victoria Magazine  May/June issue just in Australia...
I usually do buy it & it still takes me to a softer side of life 
&
it is different.
I have been a fan of this magazine for decades & missed it awfully when it went out of print...


The Writer in Residence ...Phyllis Theroux 
wrote a defining piece about her mother.
"When Mother Ventured Forth Alone"

Gosh so much of this I identified with...
I felt I had found another kindred spirit...
This Mother at 68  wandered off to the South of France...no real destination plans or plans to really speak of... to set herself free.
I hope this becomes a wonderfully real interesting story.....

Some of my friends wander about alone with vague destinations 
but soon we discover we are a handful.....
we fly by the seats of our pants as we take off..
be it just down the road on a different road....
alone....
singing loudly to the music..
.or silent as our minds unpack...
to give room to think...

My mother of a different generation after my father died had plans like the bucket list of what she wanted to do.....hers were smaller jaunts..and things to try 
 she went & tried each & anything else that came her way
 &
 she also swam with 2 other 70 year olds each summer's day.........
Looking at that ..what chance did I have ?????
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When I was in my late teens, 
still in my hairdressing apprenticeship....
in the small country town...
When it was my week to do the floors in the salon
I swept the street in front of the salon each morning.
Kombie vans with weird paint jobs & loaded to the hilt, 
or an old bus  would go past...
the tourist buses had also began to criss cross our country in the 1960's
It seemed some days that everyone young ...was going somewhere except me...
I so longed to be free.....
&
 one month after I qualified I caught the bus north ! 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New wood ..oranges & a Christmas street

Barb smith copyright streets.
The oranges.... are a delight... little tiny engraved dots for the pores on the skin & A leaf that curls over the orange & little etched lines at the stem.


The Christmas House Street 
At last I have got this done,instead of running around in my mind as I paint at Christmas

2 Christmas trees ...the middle house has a star cut out & a small wreath engraved on it's door...
The  first house has 3 sets of windows ...all cutout
Last one from left to right  the start is smaller & a cut out too.
Love it ! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Great Service at Mitsubishi today & it's Tea Time

Before I go on with my work...
This morning I went to have my car's 15,000 km service
It was raining heavily as I waited for the service to be done 
& I was drawing in a small sketch book..
I always take along things to do..to think  & to read....
I work where ever LOL

When the service was done ...
I was so bowled over by the offer of this business 
to check my tyres whenever I wanted them checked....
At last someone has a vision to our needs !!!!
Mitsubishi in  Bendigo Thank You

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I am a tea drinker...
Sometimes today I feel a little out of place as my friends order up all sorts of coffee drinks...
Occasionally I once had beautiful Italian coffee ...
but today ...I get too buzzy that it is not worth it LOL

So I really do love tea made from the leaves of black tea, strong & in a small pot
There a confession why I do favour teapots & cups
These designs except for the jug which I added for a French designer request have been about for many years....the cup also had a saucer added at the time of the jug
Birthday cake has been in my collection also for some years & I threaten it with retirement many times...but it seems to find it's way about in the world so I keep it & now am happy to leave it there.



These are on the web as a set to fit in with the little tag & cup mat that Marie-Claude did for her  magazine she is editing Country Quilts in France

The other teatime with the strawberry sponge was also added...& now you see a little story in stitchery & buttons has emerged...

I have put the petite 4 new Button story stitcheries on the web now !!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Carrots

Barb Smith Copyright

The other 2 stitchery button stories are here...


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Button Stitchery Stories

Barb Smith copyright
These little ones are the newest Button Stitchery Stories
They are so sweet & so simple  to stitch...
They are now on the website...well I need to add the Paris Design Studio later...scans not photos are best for the web.
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I see a batch of my pictures have been taken to pinterest via Italy again without any permission from me..
The Good NEWS is SOON I will do my own Pinterest Pages & I will go back also onto Facebook
I do have accounts on them both.... so just need to spend  time there.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Paris theme

Copyright buttons & design layout Barb Smith

PS check out the stencil stuff on
www.onabranchabirdsings.blogspot.com

Last night, I was wondering what to sort through next 
grabbed a small box with the promise of mysteries ...


Under the fabric I had stencilled previously...weeks ago,
I had laid all the things I'd been working on aside to attend to painting orders...
&
 there were my 
Button stitchery stories drawn up ready to be told.
This is a version of the one I had drawn up...
Simple really...
&
This could become a needle case cover or
the cover of your journal of what stories you write 
or a projects idea book....
I was thinking a pin cushion..mini pillow thing...
On top of a Mache box to hold special things
...
It would look rather interesting framed... 
as the centre piece of a broader piece ...
see where it lays in the photograph... 
make an interesting collage for your sewing room....
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You only need 3 of my buttons, the sewing machine, french mini scissors & the Mannequin.
I added a stamped piece of fabric that has a few mixtures of stamps to bring out the heavier Paris stamp
&
A stone heart button I found at the bottom of my sewing tin...

This I smiled as I spotted it had come from the country decorating days...I bought it at Berrima Patchwork shop when I used to live in Canberra & excursions to Berrima were so divine & when Lyn Wilson owned the shop it was my paradise..she always brought interesting things back from American trips.
This button has survived !!!
It would be 15 years ago 

Anyway enough of the history of such a small button
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I anchored the design down with some gorgeous ric rac..& a few running stitches
Be Inspired !!!

I used the spray inks on this below & the above pieces... this white was a cotton serviette & really this pure lovely fabric is too fine as the ink bleeds....it would be better with acrylic paint & fabric medium mixed to keep it washable

 As you can see we had a bit of an experiment yesterday with the finer linen & cotton mix fabric & a bit of the thicker linen fabric
I think maybe it could be the colder  weather in that the inks are slower to dry & hence bleeding occurs...
or it is the defining of the words ..needs paint & brush to look stronger...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Close Ups

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I came out this morning to see the uplifting fabric stencilled laying where I left them to dry...
I have a couple on one piece of fabric at the moment..so looks much better than these pics...
I will take some more later maybe...bore you senseless then LOL

So where could these be ....cushions of course, table runners ,,framed ..you could start this as a quilt..
how ? not sure of the layout because it could be too much or too sparse....but a collage sort of stuff would work......but really I love the statement as is .

My TV table can get a chalk paint makeover & a stencil on top....nothing is safe now as my eyes cast about a room for what to paint & stencil ....
You see....not much hope is there ?  LOL 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

STENCILS & Chalky Paint

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I love a good looking stencil....
Imagine how amazing it was to get a box containing many divine signs in French Provence
These are A4  size stencils....& I am casting my gaze around late this arvo when I finished the big order & my treat was to play with these stencils & try out the chalky paint.
Paint will be fab for a couple of pieces of furniture & maybe for some of the larger all in one coloured things

I actually had a large soft stencil brush that glided over the stencil & onto the linen fabric.
I was in PARIS  in some studio..trying each stencil.
I found a small mache box & all worked well there too.
The side of a box I chalky painted & then stenciled 

Ran out of things to stencil on LOL



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Collages I love

copyright Barb Smith


Oh the wind was so icy this morning as I walked the lake,
Nicole I had your gorgeous blue fluffy scarf on & was helping...
I think I need to dig out my cap & something thicker in the jumper department
Once I walked out of the protection of those gorgeous trees ...it was bitter.
Snow has fallen not too far off..

I am snug now with pea & ham soup cooking in the huge pot....
&
painting.... 
a big batch of white deer have been completed..so having a little break.

I hope the budget was ok, I just refused to listen anymore ....all too harsh for my soft shell !

Now the collages....
I love this style, & it is a matter of how you like to work it....
Some of the UK craft's women are doing amazingly different & light me up work.
Gentle Art on my blog is one.
It is funny often we meander off the path never knowing where it will be leading us too,
we wonder if we have gone to far... will other's like this ...I love it....
keep going....
This is just how this began.....
Imagine some stitching in this also...pops of colour or white on white ??? both would create their own magic. Oh look I have done some large X stitches !!!
I best go back to the other stuff now...lol

Monday, May 11, 2015

all in a couple of day's work


The weather has become very wintery & raining & windy ....
Except that the natural light fades so early, especially on these sort of days......
it is a good place to be at work

Most of these have gone to De Mere En Fille 
It is Noemie's shop's first anniversary !!! http://www.mereenfille.fr/

The remainder are off to Spain....
Much painting is happening now...

Over the weekend I saw a cousin who lives interstate, 
Lunch, art gallery & a real treat was having coffee in what used to be where our Great Grandfather had his grocery store during the gold rush era & after of course...
I didn't take my camera, as some of the original things still are there...a huge coloured glass window inside the building & a little brass sign that said stairs ....

I am rather excited to have been able to order some chalky paint that the wholesaler has just got in & provincial stencils as well....
I was nearly beside myself with that array....
We'll see what experimenting comes up with.

Time to go package an order to post in the morning.....
I work the split shift LOL

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Autumn walking

I try to walk the lake each morning
At this time of the year it is amazingly beautiful
I took the camera the other day & did a fast shorter half lake walk & stopped to photograph what I had been looking at each day.
Except this little galah was a bonus...
As I focus there it was perched out of it's nest I guess....
silent , still, watching
He looks a lot better than some of his cousins cocktoos or cockateels  smuggled out of our country to another I saw on a news clip yesterday  stuffed alive inside plastic soft drink bottles !!!

How gorgeous is this with the lamp looping down through the leaves

This , is my favourite autumn tree...
Golden leaves of a popular 
The tree spreads wide 
& now it is shedding the gold very quickly.... the top of the tree has gone bare


Autumn making a real statement 

There are several big old olive trees...
I spotted they are fruiting....amazing

My duck friends.... there are several living here...
The one with his head in feathers just wasn't prepared to have his picture taken...
Or he was taking far too long to preen the feathers...
But the speckled one was keen to see what I was doing & kept coming closer...
They will come up to you & small children in prams eating a a bit of a focus for the ducks ...LOL 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Button Rabbits arrived


Yesterday the final Rabbit designs for buttons arrived 
&
 I got out the paints late in the afternoon.
As you can see I did a few colours...
My sample cuts of 10 go nowhere these days when I paint in many colours...
But who cares more are on the way....
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Bunny is the fat soft one... I don't think he is French 
&
The Rabbit Rabbit is French ... 
possibly after a fright, ears back... 
waiting for a lecture for being in the vege patch perhaps.
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I'll have to get another picture to show the pastel deers....
I was thinking of trying pastels in pink & lemon for a while to add to the blue & off white.....& a big herd arrived in yesterday so I ahd a couple to play with ....
As pastels move into the centre of the decor in some ways...
A Christmas soft thing could happen ???

Here they are 

I also had a couple of other things I wanted to muck around with
Mache box & a tiny canvas frame
You know try a little paint ..but stamp first...
i love them !!


It is pure uncertainity when I start these things...
no guarantee of any success
a mess could be happening as I add the next thing....
My risk taking spirit is often so silent 
I never get to hear it....
But in these things 
I come alive in a different way..


I used my rabbit stamps that I have made 
& a dear dandelion stamp I bought at 
Organise My shop last week..
thought it might be handy .... 

I painted the canvas after I stamped as I have a new stamp pad for all things & that was also getting a try out.
With the mache box I painted the surface first & roughly...then painted inside the stamp after stamping etc 


It is fun to use the same tools but mix up the process.
More and more of this style is moving through...
There are a few interesting online painting classes from America just happening.
But it is using stencils, paints, stamps, pens & buttons & any stuff really
off one goes....LOL

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For one I love this creativity....it is unpredictable ....but so satisfying.....
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I will place all on the website later today from these pictures...


First though I need to get dressed !!! eat a good breakfast & go to walk about the lake & stop being a sook about the weather...then paint for Debbie & start for France also
I need a chef tonight....