Saturday, April 18, 2015

You Tube !!


Imagine my surprise when I did a google search on my tradename....I like to see what is where..

I found a YOU TUBE well 2 videos of my work done by my lovely customer  Moscow shop...
Thank you Taty....
Now I hope these links work....I need to test them ..Done tested & they work fine !
You will see on the side bar of You Tube one of Sara Guermani's gorgeous cross stitch designs..




Today I read & viewed some of the quilts on ABC news, 
the AQC is currently on in Melbourne ....

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Some magic moves going on tonight

    You know that there are times everything seems to have a mind of it's own..pictures don't cancel etc etc
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I did some work today...some things I was doing are longer term & another little batch have gone to be made into my experiment !
Maybe Monday you will see what that is about.
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Painting is in order ..lovely barrows of flowers & soft baskets of flowers & tweeny birds & blue cats..were today's lot along with the French Street in those soft lovely colours 
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My body still creaks....not been a great day....I have had an amazing reaction to the treatment which when it all stops reverberating should be magic...
Some has shown interesting & surprising results....
the rest I hope follows...
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Newsletter last night announcing an exhibition of Brian William's divine beach themed paintings..I hope to get to see this ....

Brian Williams is Exhibiting from Wednesday 15th April until Wednesday 13th May at
Sandy Beach HQ

Sandy Beach HQ a thriving kiosk right on the beach at Sandringham.

36 Jetty Road, Sandringham. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. Phone 9598 2912. (Melways ref: 76E-8)
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Some more samples that are ideas for the painted. or sprayed or stamped fabric pieces 
Great creative workshops these were last year...
As you may tell I am yearning to get back to doing some of this style of work again...in a few days perhaps.





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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Went away again.....



Into the city again, this time for some chiropractic treatment.
Two days worth....no don't ask today how things are....thanks ...LOL
Found out some new things about the old injury sites....& it didn't surprise me...
Feels freer, just a bit shell shocked in body & a 3 hour drive yesterday isn't so good for that...

Home now & back into painting later today 
& it has rained a little 
& thundered even more so..
Cosy day.
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I called into Stitch'n'Patch on Monday on my way around to drop off a couple of things..
Now I could hardly believe this little 
boxed screen printed stitcheries.... 
I did a while ago now...
These were done when I traded as Woodcutter's Daughter ....
Collector's Items now !!!!




I was lucky enough to be given a metre of this most divine ribbon 
that had only arrived in from UK to Stitch'n'Patch
Home Grown ...
says lots don't you think ?
I have it to add to my play things.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting some more samples done


Having a great lot of fun.... yesterday the buttons were pulled out after I cut some mini cones & stocking & bags from the booklet layouts 
and
well I don't think I am finished yet...
Lol


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Things just keep being coloured in ....

The December 25th Button is now also in grey...
with red stripes on the shirt.
 and ....
These are the Primitive Angels...all dancing & singing in off white.


I never go far from the Christmas spirit....
as you can see...

I love the grey santas... and they are really very popular for Christmas projects...
&
3 primitive angels are so useful for standing together on a table runner....top of stocking...
Little bag...quilt....

Gosh if only I could be clever enough to draw on here with pencil...
I'd show you quickly...lol

I have been talking about felt & Christmas on the studio blog www.onabranchabirdsings.blogspot.com 
as I explore more simple Christmas things using felt & the buttons & decorations.....


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Perhaps I could go & mow the lawn


Mowing the lawn is not half the fun as spraying inks on fabric using stencils 

I bought these 4 sets of stencils yesterday at Spotlight
&
Often I just stash them away for later.....
But thought today I will grab some fabric & go outdoors 
the ink in one hand stencils & fabric in the other..

I nearly rolled in the fabric as the effect is just magic...
The linen I used is a mix of cotton & linen & is a biggish weave...
Tried a pure French linen napkin as you do..the inks ran a bit in the weave..still a good look & lastly some plain tea stained French General fabric got a hit on ink too.

So had to come & tell....
Again the people who did my workshops recently were shown this & had a bit of a play...
So you all know how simple it is....
Some then I stamped on ...just to see....








Finally I have got to these


Some stitching over the last 2 nights have been things I have been GONNA do for a year or more, but with one thing & another that moment of action just never made it.

Now though..... it has 
& as usual 
I have been having some absolute pleasure with my felt stash & my Christmas designs
They will be seeing you soon...


For July I have been invited to 
trade at Cowes 
with the Pakenham Quilter's retreat 
Lovely place to retreat too !


Thursday, April 9, 2015

This is more of the same

I forgot to take the photo of this when I was doing the blog yesterday....
my favourite...I think.!
This had been  in sprayed on a writing stencil...which was a faded look..
which at the time I didn't think much of it..
but of course now it is so soft & allows other fabric to stand out...


 My friend Napping !!
Again.
He has to WAIT for her .....
so might as well catch a little shut eye.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A little workshop experiment

I have been wanting to experiment more with the workshop pieces I had done ..
The ones I'd kept for myself kept being sighted as I moved boxes of stuff about..
Today I thought just put that sewing machine out, grab some of the pieces 
and get to it...
So I did
then..
The bobbin ran out....
So I have stopped .LOL
This is so much fun....
sewing different sized pieces together....sewing a painted piece onto a plain piece of linen or something equally as lovely....
adding a little pop coloured fabric in the hearts....

  

Love this look with the red heart....primed for a button maybe...
even a mother of pearl button /s would set this off well.
I know the thread is there....it will be cut ..later LOL 


This has a background fabric of the Japanese fabric..name escapes me 
it is the look that is what it's about....
That touch as you run your hand softly over the fabrics.... 

Maybe some of you from those 2 workshops can now really have a wow time with the painted & the stencilled fabrics....

Monday, April 6, 2015

Just popped in

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PS ..before we go on....check out the studio blog
www.onabranchabirdsings.blogspot.com

Love the Colours 
I took these photos of the thread stash
 at 
Stitch'N'Patch in Lilydale Melbourne Victoria 
On a recent visit..
I Just loved that impact these colours do....

in this collage are again many of my buttons...
scattered on various boards around the shop.
It is one of those places....
Enchanting.....
give yourself a good hour to just explore it all
&
be inspired....
by 
fabrics, 
threads, 
patterns, 
books..lots of books 
& lots of Buttons 
& little collector trinkets 
oh 
&
 ribbons & braids....

Look at all that amazing colour !!!!

It reaches the soul  

Friday, April 3, 2015

it has a Rabbit....

It has a Rabbit..... sometimes this French Rabbit is Easter Bunny as well as arriving at Christmas in now the 
BIG DECORATION size 12cm
This is when that French rabbit arrived... as I once said in a prior blog..he was so strong in my mind I had to stop that frantic pace of Christmas Painting to get him out on paper...
Then he didn't stop...as I drew him with Santa's & snowmen he started telling his own story.


All I can describe that as when you write a children's story....
pure invention...but loosely based on real life ....
with things to say....
I had not experienced that so strongly before in my work..


I can make up little tales of a day & weave it along verbally as my Father did to each of us children...
& it turns out as his parent did too...
with Khaki the Goanna... 
like the Easter Bunny this goanna was so real but I knew he was not...
Father would weave his day's story of work in the bush & delivering wood to people...
Now for me ...that story telling has grown stronger...
I hover over that ..wanting to really experience it 
but leaving a trail of excuses....
where I start...then oh something needs to be done....



Now this picture below I was pulling the Button Postcard loosely into as little felt affair last night..
You know ...it is fun...
a little stitch, a pop of colour... some linen..bits of felt...the bird got a bit squashed due to felt flowers I put in first & the the barrow was a bit tight...just say 1cm more but it was late & I was finishing off when I got to that...see when one doesn't measure .....
But
it can be made into 2 pictures using buttons & tidbits....
or
one button ..see the pot of flowers ...sit that onto a small note book cover, needle holder...
lots of things ..you all get it ....   

Everyday Angel decorations in 7cm size I tried out in the blue & pink
I am not sure these colours fit my dear angels...
I have a bias to the off white & the red....
maybe ???

Time to go roaming...I have to walk.....& the park is full of Easter tents...so someplace else needs to be chosen...
or 
I will delay that too !

Monday, March 30, 2015

Button Postcard Packaging soon...

I set out to just do these buttons plain & simple for carding...
Pen close by...well looked very barren without some sort of scribble ...
These will be some of the buttons with a little theme 
&
Christmas is also planned.
These are really displaying the buttons but it has that extra bonus of a layout to stitch ...
Another neat way would be to lay gorgeous wool felt down & stitch the little flowers etc & buttons for making into things .... you know those needle cases, scissor holders... mini cushions etc etc
I might pop them on the web now for pending release in mid April 

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Please don't put them on pinterest..etc..these are copyright & need to ask me if you can do such actions.
I have seen a lot taken from the blog side bar on pinterest & now I have gone into magazine production with some or most of them....it is a magazine you may also deal with copyright breaches...
It is quite distressing for me I can assure you I would not keep going on about it otherwise.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Most Interesting Book due out


I was toying up whether to buy this book written by Australians for the creative industry I think on copyright, trademarks, photography, bloggers etc etc..
so from what I can see it is tailor made for us creative folk.
&
 will be a wonderful legal reference book
It is $75  plus postage 
but you know sometimes that is small price to pay for knowing what we all need to be aware of.
It is on pre order due for release on April 9th 2015




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The Birthday cake, jug, teapot & cup with saucer 
are in this month's Country Quilt magazine from France
Worked into  delightful teapot & cup mats.
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Soon I will light candles for my birthday again.....
needs to be a huge cake now....LOL
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When I arrived in from Melbourne..
my friend greeted me ....
We call him rent a cat.....he is not mine....but he calls by...& chatters... he is a smart cat & he told me things of importance with concentrated looks down to where the bins were & had been put by his boy..
Until I acknowledged all of that, he kept up the different meows...repeats it all.

Anyone who has lived with oriental cat breeds will know exactly what I am talking about.
They do like to talk & have a large range of words & are always interested in what is going on
This one has some past breeding in him....
doesn't have the look except the eyes are different & what ticks behind them is so amazing.
He isn't Millie cat but he is lovely to have as a friend.

He often gets just tired of waiting for something to happen & flops on the floor & tucks his paws up under his chin for a short nap

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I did these a few weeks ago..some more painting on the fabric.
such fun but I wouldn't want to do it everyday.....these will go on the web today perhaps ?

I found them when I decided to change paint tables yesterday & then well most of the room was
moved about.
I still have much fine tuning to do....
not sure that it all looks ok...?

It is staying that way for a little while...
It was fun to clear the design work space 
find these fabric painted pieces


 and these button stories were done for a button club in the past.what 2 years ago...
The file was being moved as they are stored with other work either in progress or stored for one day soon to work on again

Time flies by & this month seemed as if it has just begun & now it is at it's end...

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Off to make that book purchase now...and then enjoy this superb autumn day that is just beginning

Friday, March 27, 2015

Been for a short stay in Melbourne

I was gone......up the highway....
Into Melbourne....to Auburn Road in a slightly dazed state...
to browse & find a gorgeous book 
"Running Away From Home"
So I am happy then
go in search of a cup of tea..
There is  sweet cafe & larder store across the road from EST...
Nice person in the shop..I shall go back..it felt good.
Maling Road was going to be next....
but I said tomorrow
drove on right past the street 
to my destination 
to sleep over at a friend's house...

Today I came back..happy to set off early
&
dawdle along the highway..
Woodend for some veges
taking the back way to Kyneton via Central Springs Road...near ..close by somewhere there..the Cleave's had settled there in 1800's
Into Piper Street..
yet more wanderings..
Nice time & been a long time since I have done all of this..
the weather changes & I stare off  into the distance.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Winner of Giveaway

There is a winner for the Giveaway see last posting of what was in Giveaway !!
Radka Congratulations.....!!!!
Isn't it exciting !