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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Inspiring ?


My tidy up continues....
Happy to say much furniture  has been found under trays, frames, magazines, tags, ribbons ,hoops
&
of course BUTTONS !!!!
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I have even painted the remainder of the order that will go up for Marg Low Designs workshopping in Canberra at Belconnen Hobby sew ...
Which I so enjoyed visiting when I briefly returned to Canberra...
Christmas is the fare for me in all this with santas..in red, blue & white...
.reindeers in tan & white & blue...
what fun this has been....

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Now...I have these canvas boards in the making..as well as wanting to remain working in that Paris feel.
It is, for me, a lovely spacious soft spot to dwell
Goodness maybe because it has an order....!!!!
BALANCED 
..that is a necessity for me..
Balance does not mean lined up...
it means being in Harmony with each object..

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I was hoping to find where in the heck I have put the rest of my Button Brooch samples...????
Put them in some "safe spot"

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....but 
....look in the collage picture & see what I have to play with for the remainder of my day
Tres bein....Au revoir...mon amis 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tags


There I was going to clear the table...
It all began quickly with the glass cloche that fits inside the wire lantern thing..
Tags were in the wire thing & not working at all...
So a few ideas wandered across the table 
From setting santas, bell decoration another try inside the glass cloche 
I abandoned that & went to find s little white bucket ...
&
Eventually this is what worked...
Speaking with our work as designers can be quite a journey...
In my mind's eye I see a fabulous look...
&
It is a flop....
But having props about ....different things just work if you keep at it. 



Must say I LOVE THESE MUGS...
These are new colours this season in
Provincial Decor Living stores...
Just love their stores...
the ambience is always soothing
&
I want list....
Staff are welcoming.....& let one wander to think....
The rabbit is in the store next door at Bed & Bath.....so cute a shape in china ...

Now back to tidying the rooms where all sorts of creation has been on the go most of this week 
The floors have been vacuumed .... so feel pretty good about that
Might be about time for a cup of tea....!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tres bein....

One little picture has been worked out....
In this package there will be 3 words.... Paris, Linen & Tres Bein 
Small fabric piece stamped & a small tag painted with the twine tie.
The background & ribbons will not be included.... it will depend if one would sew this onto a small bag, a special diary or something or the frame is larger...
What a hunt you can go on for ric rac... ribbons ..& background fabric ...
I am partial to linen & linen blends ....

So look out for this on the website very sooni


Thursday, February 23, 2017

They are just words ..... merci, mon ami ....


 The words arrived yesterday
NOW WHAT I wondered ????

A few ideas have been forming over breakfast 




Switching from one style to another takes some time to "settle in"
I have learnt their is an ambience to my creating....
I kind of have to switch into the French style I have in my head...
you know 
from Gardening...or Christmas ....
This is a more spacious style 
But I LOVE IT ....

 I was discussing some of this over a cuppa in a cafe in Cohuna on Monday....
When I hankered towards crafts 
the era was perfect seams & lovely gorgeous doorstop mice !!! and cushions with frills ..
I did some classes but wasn't at all leaning to the perfection style...
it simply is missing in my DNA ( LOL )
Quilting was happening with wives coming back to Canberra from postings overseas with their husband's work...
To tutor in quilting one needed to go through an accreditaion process....
All sorts of strong rules to creating.
The same was applied to folk art painting which  was mostly flowers & strawberries & some house scenes...in my world....
Floating was perfected, round brushes were the skill for the C 's  I didn't fit in there either I could not perfect them...
But I worked out a style ...
just as the Country Style boomed into my life....
painting cows, dolls with wool hair hanging on rope etc etc signs ..
Cloth dolls arrived with ripping aprons & wonky stitches & buttons 
and the likes of Cheri ..Cute as a button designs and first time quilts that gave me an excitement..
it was my place to be.....
Tea staining became an art form... we sprayed with tea, coffee, parisian essence , baked it, hung it to dry in the sun...scrunched it .....ironed it flat

The French have embraced a lot of that era today & i see my favourites from that era now alive again.....so lovely .
So this also gave many who are just plain messy but creative a voice...
I've been talking ever since...
It is not the actual items or the actual style it is the approach to it & how it makes sense in our life...
Quilts that are just put together....not cut precisely & pieced in the same way ...can be extremely individual & exciting....but it cannot be made easily into a formatted tutoring pattern or class..
It's called breaking the rules !!!
will I ???? I hope so
Tres Bein ...Merci,
Au revoir...mon ami.. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Display Boards


As I went to put some of the things I'd had laid out on canvas boards to make displays for the show...
I thought oh I can have fun now as I am not preparing the boards to display actual packages I would be selling on a stall table..
I can just plain display !!!

I was using what I had painted ...
&
that restriction seems to work in a different way for me & surprises me..

The berry strand was shortened
then I remembered the lights were close by as I had deliberately kept them out
So fun


I love this border....
happiest little scene  and you know with this style of decorating  you don't need to know how to sew !!!


Last night I thought I'd tidy up a bit LOL
Well I did I put these santa button swags on the board & added some Father Christmas decorations I had painted .... I need to get a supply up to allow the creativity to expand... or maybe diversify ???


Here are the 2 boards I have now completed...
As I create like this ...I am thinking, analysing thoughts...
would this be a fun Christmas club.....
Look wonderful in fabric on fabric...
Mulling now to gather more thoughts.

Which reminds me some French words are due in today....more thinking to do


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Giraffes & hens

The coage are things I have added to the web today or a few days ago

Including these bright cheery giraffes which are just what you see in this size only...


ZAC the donkey & Basil the sheep are in a new field in Pyramid Hill 
& he seems very happy there... 
getting on he is now I think the sign says 1985.
He was busy feeding & I called out 
It was not until I raised the camera was he interested .....
Dear soul .....

I was on my way back from a funeral in Kerang farewelling a sweet elderly neighbour who was one of my Mum's friends 
 & then lunch with a friend in Cohuna & visited another.....
&
time to head back....

Stopped in at the butcher's in Pyramid as sign said 
Local Organic Apples & Saltbush lamb.
Amazing little hub that is.
I wasn't equipped to carry any meat back..but next time I go to Cohuna to Factory & Field I can add to my interesting day.
   


Sunday, February 19, 2017

On the paint table from yesterday

They are happy colours & will scan them onto the web later......

Some bunnies & flowers & a pastel pink giraffe 

Some new ... some French ....

Sewing & dare I say ..eating !

Baskets of flowers ...I will put some on the website later today

So pretty

All the giraffes in different colours...I love the bright colours & then pastels I like too

Spotted chooks & roosters....
No sense in wasting the black paint I figured

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Waiting Yesterday

I had my car in for a service & repairs yesterday...
So was house bound !!!
I sat painting the rabbits & baskets of flowers & giraffes buttons for a good part of the day
Then done I thought...
An hour before I was due to be picked up to collect my car..
I thought I'll just do a story....with the rabbits.
They say rabbits multiply quicky !!!

WE ARE THE EASTER BUNNIES
Big leaping rabbit with some of my first bunny designs...sitting there from a stitchery I designed in Woodcutter Daughter days...but these bunnies always are in a box...
Not anymore they are now on the page ...being dear Little Easter Bunnies

EASTER TIME
This took me back to a birthday time where I received a beautiful tin with handle & patterned Easter bunnies & eggs & this followed to how I loved to draw the patterns from the Easter Egg wrappings..
As I drew I saw this stitched in pastel shades .....

I love the giraffes...& as Id pass a box of bits the giraffe shape would catch my eye & I'd see it painted all in pale blue with spots .....
This maybe suited more to stitch & frame for a children's room...
Anyone recognise that cat ???? I think it's maybe same age as the sitting bunny...Nice & plain 


Loving the border of tweeny bunnies

This is where it began yesterday
The Tweeny rabbits watching the big leaping rabbit & wanting to be able to do this one day...
 They have all been placed on the www.theodoracleave.com & all are one onlys

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Things ....for show & tell

Some Brooches in pastel patches ....hearts & scalloped circle....
I have not done brooches or as we so fondly called them back when WEARABLES   which I like that description 
You will find on the web under brooches some more button brooches with the angel & tulips & yummo ...I am loving these ( being modest again LOL )

Two flower pots in a limited number ...they are modified designs with bird missing & heart missing... so good for stitchery designs .....
The black dog, has been in the kennel for a while & is now well trained to be in the collection again...he has some attitude !
Tags ...well I just LOVE making tags... I never know which way it will go...these ones are wood tags & great to tie on wire baskets, cane baskets, glass jars ...door knobs whatever ...
The SEWING MACHINE Button is a match to the Thread Winder ... & I think I like the blue better..
This is a new sewing machine design, the 3rd design I have done in the years...
NOW theses 2 FLEUR BIRDS ....I removed them from my Fleur sign button & I am not sure these
will be set free to fly off.  or maybe they can be best in sepia ... no painting...although the Robin needs a little experimenting with holly & wreaths & the like ....

Black chook & the rooster with white spots I adore these !!!!
I have a good batch I had pulled out maybe a year ago as I got so worn painting them brown or black etc but why didn't I ever do them like this ...they bring me happiness when I paint & when I look at the batch I have to pop away as I have already painted them.
The French Houses somehow I cleaned them off the website accidently....so they have come back.

NOW I am off to paint rabbits I found in the retired collection box ....
You do realise nothing is totally retired & that includes moi !!!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Garden Buttons

Gardens have flowers & birds & other sweet things....
I was making a display board on Sunday ...
for the quilt show I was going to in July...however I have decided not to do that now...
So we can play more at home...
How exciting !!!


I love the canvas boards......some stencils & spray inks..
That is the start of a journey..




Do these on fabric .... maybe a plain quilted piece becomes the canvas.... adding circles or crimped pieces..to set a small button picture....then add little things you may have ...in that box over there ?  or what is in that jar I could use..


I best get a move along...I have been dawdling for the last hour !!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Inspire


The felt swags are like any of the Button swags .....2 colours of felt, sew with machine or by hand ..add ric rac or ribbon across the top of the pennants and sew all together.

Add Easter themes buttons ..eg Rabbits 
or
make this a lovely Garden theme with lots of flowery buttons 

So much good fun !!!

Hang somewhere.....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SO LOVELY A COOL CHANGE !!!!

In the heatwave yesterday ..I decided to clear the table.....
&
was distracted by it half way along
&
I did these things instead....Little brooches ...
some spraying of a small sign that had been wandering about looking for a purpose for a long while !
Sprayed it on a small canvas board & then sprayed it on other things...
The little word was in a  pack from Reject shop ..
Fun stuff using the spray mists & a word ...









Saturday, February 11, 2017

In the heat of these days


I have cabin fever because of the excessive heatwave & everything including me needs to be shut up...

So to try & distract myself 

As the sun faded but it remained light..
I painted sets of tulips and birds swishing in bird baths & bowls
& watering cans
They are on the website..
I have made these a value pack ...

Each design is defined with much cutting or etching....

The bird in the bowl is typical of what we get to see sometimes in our gardens

A little garden has been made ...always with many of my designs a few little stems with French  knots on top ..just anchor in buttons to a scene...


These I love, they are so delicate in design & cutting with an etch in the leaves 
Handy little flowers for all sorts of creating 

Millie cat found her way onto the new cards I received this week ..so some cats have been painted & rescanned onto website

Selected Wood tags are on the web under Other Temptations
Each has been chalk painted....stamped & sometimes lightly stencilled as well...a little word has been added & tied with different ribbons I love !!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Swaggering along


I found this a little addictive...
Most if not all of my buttons will work with the swags...
So you could have a little Easter swag..... something for the Baby's room...I am thinking elephants, giraffes, bunnies, 
 cats & dogs  of course  
garden themes 
hearts... stars..cakes..cups of tea perhaps 
as well as Christmas....
stars,  santas, deers,bells,etc....
& I am going to try a button story swag...
No guarantees it'll work
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Love the angels & in this one I have placed 2 of the red bells..

Just adding a different button in the centres can make these swags even more gorgeous...
Loads of diversions here...
Now what about an excuse to buy that beautiful ribbon ...or the ric rac....NOW it has PURPOSE !! 
Excuse this numbering that is persisting because I accidently pressed the wrong button...
grrrr 


  1. Gingerbreads with some natural snowflakes in the centres ....


Twig angels ....

Shade houses

Pere Noel