Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Took Heart Templates

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Early today I was surrounded by buttons ...felt..
templates of hearts & small stockings... larger stockings... a bird...some loopy bags...

My intentions for many months was to do a couple of pages of layouts for those who might be in need of that instant buzz of inspiration.
I find them really handy & tend to use 
lose the same ones over & over... !
When I am inspired to try something I need to have things just at hand... & I have a tendency to gather more & more things as I start the process
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Today was no exception... 
oddly I didn't find some creative neat gene..
but I had a lovely 30 mins.... oh maybe the time did move on more....who cares...it was a such a dull day.....
With felt ( Marg Low Designs sells a really nice felt to work with)
scalloped scissors... heart templates ...the new buttons...& other mini decorations...
The mini stocking takes some of the new buttons & also the mini decorations in scalloped circle...
Now what will fit into the hearts... & so it went on & on....
UNTIL 
time out to get some of these templates onto workable paper so you might like what I have for a very reasonable price....
These templates can be used too for my stitchery designs...in the Christmas mode or add flower button to the hearts & stitch some sort of circular border..
I am going to include a larger stocking layout... also...
So hopefully in the next day or so I will have worked it all into perhaps just a paper bag...

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 See in the pictures below the heart on heart with santa holding the wreath etc & the small star deer & a tree...
Next is the small stocking with the mini decoration  on the left side more of mini stocking with santa & the deer..
Instructions over... you have really just listen to me drone on as if I was there talking to you...
Now all I do is observe....( only part that is missing )
Barb

Monday, May 21, 2018

Working in Stockings

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 I have left such a mess of felt bits & threads & buttons & decorations in the other room !!!!
I applied myself to some felt stockings firstly with the new decorations 
&
Then with the buttons...
The new santa buttons with other buttons in my current collections 

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These are the mostly decorations
Same stocking template & same size...
add different borders to the top with felt leaves & berries or some stitching or cutting a little top cuff in different patterns...
Once I start ...I have a hard time just stopping at one...
Stitches around the base of the decoration works well too..
Stitch a word Santa... or Merry Christmas... you know...
Child's Name & what better than writing in your hand...
makes it very personal

Some of the NEW SANTA BUTTONS

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These SaNTAS & one more are now on the website...
I have one of each to sell now & reordered stock will be due in mid June ...so you can preorder...now.

These guys have extras so they are more than one button...
They are the statement piece for a project...
Whether that be 
a tag....
Framed...
Stocking
Bunting...
Only need one santa of this sort & some of the buntings can have a few simple stitches,.....
Gift Bags....
Cards...
Book marks...
Sit on a Journal cover etc...
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I have these 5 designs in decorations that are 12 cm tall....
They look very grand ....

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I am off now to make some decoration stuff using stockings, frames ...buntings ...
Good day for it as it is overcast & sort of damp...



Friday, May 18, 2018

Another little picture


Happy Flowers !!!©

I have had word today the new Santa designs in buttons & decorations are arriving....

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Discovered an interesting Collage spot


I wanted some more excitement in my life....
This is a great little program....
I must admit it went down hill from this one...
Tomorrow I shall show another one.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SIMPLY CREATIVE

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Some  quick ideas....
I am intending to paint more of the tag buttons with Merry & etc on them soon....
Grab those buttons & thread your needle .....
Enjoy


Swags I have loved from the days I painted chunkier designs from USA for my market stall & when we finally were able to buy black thin wire swags of Christmas wood stuff were part of the deal.....
These are quick fabric or use felt... layer & hand or as I do machine stitch them with no effort but looks great..BECAuSE... you are not going to stare close up to this style of decorating ....& if others do in your home..it is rude !!!




The Deer Duet button with Santa with his tree work well together
Write & stitch a MERRY CHRISTMAS above the scene...

The star deers facing each other
with a painted star in between ... add ric rack or border some stitches top & bottom ..add words etc.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In My Room...

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IN MY ROOM...
The new Santas have been cleared for their first cutting in wood...
Always ..always .. an exciting time..
The wait....
The poising of the brush filled with paint over the wood ....
Now this time I can do a few extra things if I want... as the wholesale trading held me into what I could manage & cost out...
Now ...this new batch have deers...cat....wreath....tree..stars..a bird.. and a bag of toys in the designs...
OH my gosh as I wrote that... something else has whizzed into my mind...
A decoration....I must rush now to go try it on paper with my trusty pencil
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It's always a fun place when I scatter painted buttons across my working table....
To see what will tell a story with the buttons & very small extra work if desired.
This has a few buttons on the hoop... 



Changing the deers using the same santa...
& a totally new scene emerges...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stained Tags


The weather has turned at last and the rain has arrived.
Time to cosy up ....
What will I do today ???
Stain & Stamp Tags or fabric ....
Stitch....
Illustrate ...
Maybe I could hem that top up with the sewing machine ?

I need to do something other than waste a day so perfect....to be indoors
These tags below are bagged in 5 mixed & on the website...
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Other.... NEWS
5 New Santa designs have been sent to be machined in wood...
I am excited 
as well as uncertain 
what sizes these will be 
IF they will be only decorations 
or 
can be painted easily at a smaller size for buttons...
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So when they arrive I will have a couple of each of 3 sizes.

These have more detail...add ons ...friends even LOL




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

More......

I found some of that cheery coloured paints & dabbled to have that green spotted chook in the tulip garden .....Red cups
& pale blues...
The ones I added to the website have mostly been sold !
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I have added some more sale items ....even a santa or 2 ....
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Last night I drew 5 decent santas with additional things...
I am wondering how to market these.
What I set out to draw was about 3 special decoration pieces to get cut in wood..
5 have turned up !!! and I think most are too detailed for buttons.

Today as I gaze at these inked in first drafts I think wow as Stitcheries these would make a magic quilt....
Now I wonder do I do them in both stitching & wood decorations which would be coming in on the more expensive side...
I'll think...
You can happily email me if you have a thought on them 

Layouts with some of the specially prized buttons ...
Give you some ideas on how to get those buttons working easily & looking great in small projects....

Monday, May 7, 2018

Collecting

This gorgeous mould I found in Maldon the other week at a lovely little store called whisk & ??? the rest escapes me.
Imagine white washed walls with some spacious displays of old wares... through small rooms of the old building & step into a walled courtyard...
Treasures like this tin mould reside there & now I have my treasures in a treasure



 Some little stitchery stories to go with the buttons in the mould...
There are some more of these buttons to be on web.

Very soon I am wanting to start writing in my other blogs... checkout the side bar where they are accessable from.
On A BRANCH A BIRD SINGS...I am tossing up on which ways to take this journey....
will it me the history of the wanderings in my creative worlds...
Or
 just meanderings thru the countryside..in & out of places ....or a mix of that as that is part of my days.. we'll see

Friday, May 4, 2018

Theodora's Sale Buttons

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BUTTON SALE
I am having a clear out of those odds that are left wandering about over here..
Cups & Teapots....
You know how it gets nothing rarely matches now ...
There are some outdoor settings for your garden also..
They are in batches and are $1 per button starting with 3 buttons for $3...
plus the postage