Sunday, February 7, 2016

Taking a mini break from this weekend's work

I had a request to paint strawberries other than red....
I quite like them mixed or sitting in a clump of their colours...


In our Canberra house strawberries were planted everywhere there was a gap where the weeds would grow & as I pinched the runners off the first few years plants & I did plant in abundance..
My little neighbour Benjamin would pop in & say as I answered the door
"Barb do you think there are any ripe strawberries"
Often there were & we'd grab a bowl 
& head out into the big back garden 
& meander through the flowers & shrubs to find the ripe strawberries
all the while chattering as only young kids do ...
Then we'd head out the side garden gate & deliver him home with a bowl of strawberries.


Years before our father planted a boxed bordered in strawberry patch again in a big back garden ...in built up rows. 
Next door to the same sized asparagus patch
My brother & I had the boring job of pinching the strawberry runners...but learning a valuable lesson along the way.
The strawberries certainly grew big & sweet & finally after waiting some years the asparagus were ready to pick ..


See what happens when I paint a big batch of something  !!!!


This is the painting that was started on Friday up until I took this break...last painted were the Fleurs Signs in pastels
Those neat little batches are to be packaged tonight ready for posting tomorrow...
I need good TV shows to package like picking the runners from the strawberries it needs to be done LOL

Friday, February 5, 2016

Specially For Easter


SPECIALS
In a different format to last week's special buttons...
These are hand drawing ONE only little story..I thought this would be fun !
They are found in the Buttons specials on the www.theodoracleave.com


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Business Card

My new business card....which is also my packaging button card....
I received these back yesterday


I walked by Marilyn Monroe again this morning....
what a treat it is to stroll in the park under a vast canopy of leaves
&
then get to the top of the park...& see this glamorous lady ....
Today I noted the shoes ....the size and proportion of this statue is wonderful.
I read in the Bendigo art gallery promo on the web this is her first international visit....
from hometowm USA
I did buy my ticket for the exhibition yesterday ...so I eagerly await seeing all that will be on display..in March...

After my walk I met 2 friends for a cafe stop before one embarked on the journey back home...
From then on I fiddled something awful...
But happy to say some painting is done now..

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Statue

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She is something like 8 metres tall.....
 Rosalind Park Bendigo has become her home until  I guess after the exhibition at the Bendigo art Gallery starting on 5th March 

It is an amazing sight so lovely so full of life ....
I drove in about 3.15ish today to see....& the men were just finishing her assembly & she was being seen by anyone who drove near the fountain & park.
I walked around the block via the tourist centre & into the park & the view is seen there too.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bee on flower New Button


These new flowers with a bee on the flower are just 4.5cm tall....do I need to say anything else.
They will be very handy for all sorts of places decorative buttons just need to be !!!

I think I missed reordering more of the new cats..& doggy which will mean a gap until Middle to late Feb.....machinist is on holidays...
So any slip ups are me getting too confident in what will sell & not.

Must leave you now & send this cat out the door & to his house !!!  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Specials in cats & dogs today

I woke to hear the wonderful sound of rain on my roof....
steady rain..& it is still raining.
A blessing as the small dams dry quickly here 
the paddocks over the road where the lovely kangaroos come each evening & morning are brown & nearly dirt... so they cross the road to try & find some green grass on our nature strips...now some grass grow again.
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CATS & DOGS

This is the new batch of weekend specials in cats & now one set of dog buttons  at the super special prices....
Yesterday I replaced the first batch with another 2 & happily to say they have all gone to new homes
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I love these bright happy cats.... pink, some yellow for sunshine, big aqua puss & a red meow  & so it goes on to find a cat in the flower pot..

Then softer colours .... 

The dogs... 
some pale & tan, black & grey
I have a real live vocal cat friend meowing at full volume in my ear...
Something he has to say ..
so many words he has....
he visits me ...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Painted pots of Flowers

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PS....
I have just added this to web as a one only cat special....
$18.00



It still amazes me when I take the same button design and change the colours.
The Fleur sign has been posted on my website as a robin & red flowers, 
I was waiting for the moment to arrive to try other shades
I like the pastel shades & a blue bird...

The little pot of flowers with the heart 
I originally painted with bright tones 
&
yesterday 
I did one all red...sort of Valentine look 
& the other in pastel 


Friday, January 29, 2016

I Love Jars

I have a real weakness for jars to store things in...
Not so much for the practical sense of seeing what is in there
but
because it looks visually pleasing..
Baskets are a bit the same 

 Along with ribbons I store tags.... 
I saw that recently in a magazine or website of the perfect craft room 
thought this is always a problem for me....
 a big jar from Provincial Decor Living is perfect for this 
now all I need to do is locate all these stashes of tags 
put them into jars.


 Perfect for the overflowing stash of tiny paper flowers     
A jar just full of happiness !


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Brightly Colour Animals


A riot of colour...
Oscar the cat
Elephants
Giraffes

They are happy colours ....
see them on the web....
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Thank you all who joined in the give away....
They are on their way to a good home....
When I do a giveaway I always wish I could give each person a prize....
But I am planning to do a monthly special
which will be themed, limited numbers & short time to buy...
I think the first will be 
cats 
these are likely to be every cat in my current collection
&
then dogs....
I will 
blog, facebook, newsletter it about the same time !
I know now different people follow different things....

Oh Maria asked how she joins my face book friends now you are probably asking the wrong person Maria as I know so little.
If you havea face book page account whatever it is called you can go to www.facebook.com/theodoracleave & ask to be a friend...then I do a confirming at my end
But you need to have facebook  ... if you have kids they'll do better at explaining this than me....
Barb


Give away winner is ...


The winner of the Giveaway is

Simple Stitchings !!!
from the blog entry...
CONGRATULATIONS
Can you email me via the contact at www.theodoracleave.com with your posting details



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GIVE AWAY of Buttons


This is the 
GIVEAWAY
a lovely sample of buttons
My little celebration for Australia Day
Open to all....
I'll draw this in a couple of days 

I'll pop it on face book too

Sunday, January 24, 2016

French Sampler Instruction


This is the French Sampler in collage !
As I did this I decided to write the approach I take to this sort of creativity....
bit Free Range...
which reminds me... 
I explained to an old friend the other day how I live life 
....like... well free range...
Comment back was
They cost more to feed and are hard to handle
I laughed 
You have got it in one  

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So there is not much to doing samplers ...
just a matter of balance what you do.... having enough but not over done..
but again
that is about who you are.

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Last year when I did workshops 
where we painted on fabric, tags & frames , stamped & embellished a few things
I observed 
but didn't interfere in each person's creating

As 
I saw many things that excited me....
How one selected the bits from a base starting point & arranges them...

 THE FRENCH SAMPLER

as a PS ...
 I will paint some red shoes for the website....
the ladies some are in stock & rest are arriving in the next week.....
I will package in small samplers... so one can by a small amount to start off...
The stencilled fabric ...I could do some...just trying to think where those large stencils have been put after my move ?????  I will not guarantee the ink is waterproof ... I think it is but ???
I can do a workshop or 2 on this sort of things .....

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Just one more time,,,,,,


These are new santas & deer etc....packaged together..
add a little border...to use as
 a stocking cuff
bag
frame
wall hanging
Perhaps  stitch a Merry christmas arching over the top
&*&*&*&




Selected ready to sew into making a little stitchery for your own...add some stitched borders....little grass ,perhaps a word or 2...

Use this on bags, framed, wall hangings,
purses ....journal covers 
This lady will keep your dreams alive....& that cat is involved in  it all .... 

Another Sampler the French Sampler

The French Sampler
has begun...
The linen /cotton fabric has been stencilled
&
a perfect back drop for the buttons to be placed on...
I have since painted a pair of red shoes for this & found the sewing machine to hang out with the scissors.
Also as I stroll about I have collections of things that are often pretty they can sit out without saying what their real purpose is....
lace on bobbins & antique buttons on a small card.
to work into this one somewhere...maybe
For a moment I had a flash back to the quilt stitchery I did years ago called a Day in Paris...
this  was stitched & I embellished with gorgeous glass beads & stuff...
Maybe this time... 



This snippet here  shows the story in what could be made into a smaller version.... 
dog, a lady or 2..umbrellas
Bit of stitching....or a stamp to say Paris....or something meaningful LOL to you...
I'd leave the shoes & bag for another little snippet...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Rabbits & Felt Sampler


Making a little felt sampler with the rabbits.....
It needs a bit of stitching to pull it together I think ?
Great as a display board of my buttons though.....

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Buttons are here

Of course some Christmas....these double as buttons & decorations except for the tree & the snowman & santa
There is one santa with Merry Christmas etched on his coat & a star cut out on his coat also...
the other guy has a cap... & patchwork trim on his jacket with stars & tree & heart cut outs...
these are on the buttons also...dear little things they are
As is the deer with a star cut away & the star Christmas tree...they are perfect sizes for playing with
The Us which is the santa & snowman this would be lovely on the tag that Marg Low Designs does & the one that Designs by fee added the other Take me santa button 
so now you can play again ! with another button that should fit snuggly in it.


Flowers....I need garden with flowers & bees & birds to visit
Recently I have added pots of lavender & now the bees come & are quite possessive with who gets close to the lavender now..
geraniums that have huge flowers....petunia & daphne  ....some herbs & ????
But I have also made a garden here .... a bee that I once had in Woodcutter's Daughter times has arrived back ( rare species ) LOL
Bits sit in flowers ...
 Wheel barrows 
with huge flowers & another a little cat sits in the flowers..the wheels are spoked .which is a lovely look....
watering can  
fleur sign with fat little robin & some flowers 
heart poking out from flowers in a pot which might be great in red for Valentine's day ( if I hurry up )

Tiny cats & a dog...these are a magically small size for little stitchery embellishments ..they tuck beside the flowers .....just kind of cute...they give me a reason to smile when I see them
The lamb has a blackbird on it's back
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History with lambs....
would you believe my great great Scottish grandmother maiden name was Mary Lamb
then one of my other Irish Great Great grandparents farmed sheep
 & 
took them from Mt Mercer to Pyramid Hill  

Another Great Great Grandparent brought some on the ship when he came out to Australia...

I love seeing baby lambs in paddocks ....& love to watch ( nothing else You can do ) when a mob of sheep are being moved along a road...
I like cows too...
Not up close but Clara cow button represents that as does another  cow with  Cohuna written across them....
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Anyway I have wasted far too long this morning....well not wasted just done things upside down
All the new things except one flower stem with a bee on top ( being upsized now )
are on the website

I said on Facebook before I may just do a little small giveaway later.... so it will be on here too