Saturday, June 16, 2018

Craft Alive Bendigo Yesterday


Craft Alive began in Bendigo yesterday
And I went in the freezing cold morning....
This is some of what I saw....




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Now where are these off too ?

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Before I take you off to where this batch of buttons are going...
I have painted an assortment of wood tags & some big flakes
Some are now on the web.
The scanner connection & NBN & Computer & I did have an assortment of stupid things ... the scanner is always being knocked out when NBN has a hiccup
Anyway I have some there
more will go on soon as 😃

I love the little looped tags ...I have saved them for a while ..for experimenting with so one set of each is all there is .....
These are mostly individuals ....check out Buttons for Christmas & also Christmas Decorations







This batch of Christmas cheer are heading over to
 Marg Low Designs when some more deer friends are painted in blue....

Marg has her POP UP show in ALBURY this Saturday
Nip over to her blog & see the dates & the address to see all her wonderful creations..
Be inspired on our winters days



This is some of Marg's display & see on the tree are the snow friends decoration & other designs where my buttons are used & look rather delicious Look at the felt !!! Marg has a very manageable wool blend felt at an excellent price too

Look at all these most inspiring samples of patterns to make up in a stitch group with Marg or at her classes or see it all at Craft Alive in Wodonga very soon or go to the pop up shop on Saturday..
Squeeze in a few moments to do this

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Follow Us.....to the Sydney Quilt Show...

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These are some of the buttons going to the
 Sydney Quilt & Craft show in June... 

Find them 
at 
ANNI DOWNES
THE HOME PATCH 


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Something Different

While I was talking on the phone & then to one of my family who had arrived..
I began to draw  this perfume bottle...may olive oil bottle...
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Barb Smith

Then the flowers started to form on this bit of copy paper...
Rather like both, so thought I'd share the images with you.
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Barb Smith

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Little Bits


It's Sunday...
Somehow I have found myself working ....???
On the tail run for now....

I have added more buttons onto the website
This mostly is the Noel, Merry, Joy, tags...
There is another round lot to go up on the web ...with these word themes...
The Merry is a plain tree with hole in top for hanging or stitching  Each tag is 35mm in size....
The banner style tag has button hole at the top so that one is for stitching...
I love the star ..and ...you know I love them all...
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These will be so handy for the Layouts that I am "working" on
Just shapes ..some are derived from the Christmas round scallopy decorations..
others are a couple of birds..... 
stockings are what is in need of a page & then they will go on sale for a very low price...so you can put them into many grand uses.....
with felt, fabric....
to applique,
 put some of my illustration stitcheries on them....
sew buttons, decorations ..add a word or a few random stitches here & there..
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I have plans..loose ones I might say. to get some of the Christmas Santa decorations in illustrations back into circulation for this year.....


Saturday, June 2, 2018

It is Winter....

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I am quite cranky with myself....I just wrote a blog for this post & put it in my age blog....BOY does that say something !!!!

So...
I will be brief.
Tidying the website up..which entails much painting to card & then scan..resize & load up to the website...
So I have a lot of the work available to collage....
So here we have a lot of deers being herded for the winter check & making sure they know what to do for both Christmas in July & Santa Time in December..
Then comes all things Christmas...making sure the clothes fit etc,,,


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....