Thursday, July 20, 2017

As Usual I take a side track

Barb Smith designs©

I was asked a ? this morning by a customer....and nothing is simple in the creative possibilities... for me....
I was handling the samples to work some things out & thought as I did go on ....about could do this or that or combine...
Camera !!!
Collage it !!!!
Email across the oceans!!!!

and voila ...it is Advents with ideas buzzing about..
 &
It is freezing up here today....really dull & miserable & dreary...LOL





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Road Map Stitcheries

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In the centre of this collage are the layout illustrations for the new Road Map Stitcheries
Based on many many of my designs that for some years now I have worked in painting...
I can do both ... LOL
Always have way back as Woodcutter's Daughter design days this was my way of creating...

These will be simple maps...stitchery designs.... 
that many of you can convert quite simply to some applique or work in felt.....
Stitch in redwork, varigated threads... traditional colours...perhaps white on a dark grey....
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Showing you destinations & ways to travel...
perhaps there are back roads you can take.....other times could stop & ponder the views...
We can go exploring ....

© Barb Smith

© Barb Smith
 ©Barb Smith
 © Barb Smith

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stars


The latest decorations in 6cm size on a little card star that has been painted & stamped & had dots of 
sparkly silver applied.
These can be hung for decoration... used as gift tags.....framed would look great too
Maybe even machine stitch the star onto fabric ....?
These are found on my web as one off's in Christmas Decoartions 
 
I haven't put this one on the web yet...but it sparkles


Monday, July 17, 2017

BUTTON STITCHERIES



Four small Button stitcheries have just gone onto the website for sale...
Each are one off designs...
All are so soft & sweet...


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Painting ...



Yesterday painting puddings, trees & many things Christmas for an order....& a blue dog which will be on the website very soon...along with a le Jardin cat with B&W face & the Bebe Bunny with blue jacket...

In the centre picture is 5 of the mini decorations from last year's collection..
SHRUNK
to 40mm
& ever so cute...
The Everyday Angel is divine in such small detail
Some of these smaller sizes are tricky to paint but I am loving them...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Bunnies ...


The Bunnies....leaping, sitting, kissing ..or just holding threads...
Once the word was out that the Bunny Loves had jackets...it was a restless box of rabbits..all screaming how cold they were & how dull brown looked & they too needed jackets..
The French Rabbit was in 2 sizes and became a family of blue, pink & yellow jackets with little spots or stripes...

The Bebe Bunny has only got a pink coat for the moment....& she does look sweet

 Bebe Bunnies also sit on a thread keeper....
&
There is a pink & a blue...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Collage

Not for copying
A collection of some of the work I have done in June....
in my studio....


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Few Things

These are not for copying ...

Today's newsletter features these new bits & pieces.
The 4 decorations ( see on www.theodoracleave.com )
are larger sizes & are being wholesaled, where as the mini decorations are not included in my wholesale for stores collection & are priced well because of this decision...

The robin in bird bath with a little motif hand painted on rim of the bath

&
Bunny Loves in their new clothes.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bunny Loves


The Bunny Loves have lived here for several years & have even gone off to play in Marg Low's Design in her gorgeous project...
They grew much larger for a time & were stamped with overlay on white to sit beautifully in a frame..
BUT
They have never had a coat to keep them warm
So as they were drawn to be together... I have given them a red & a pastel blue coat.


And ...here is the flip... can you spot the difference now ???
They have also been made as separate bunnies  & both are quite different their body shapes do not match.
Together they think they can keep themselves safe & warm from marauding brown foxes
 (I saw one in the field on Saturday where my white rabbit & his brown brothers & sisters once lived)
Now fog lays on the ground where the rabbits once lived...& were killed ...

 Bunny Loves keep warm beside the warm fire. and ..in your hearts

I nearly forgot these were also stitched & felt images on gorgeous fabric I have here that Jenny did for me some years ago....
Now the Rabbits with some friends will be in a Brown Bag stitchery very soon 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stitcheries

The brown bag stitcheries that Val has stitched so wonderfully for me...
HO HO HO Santa
PLUM PUDDING 
HAPPY SANTA 

The plum pudding is stitched in the varigated threads from Country Cottage Threads



A mixture in this picture of the stitcheries as above &&& some from the Advent Stitcherie
& a story or 2...with buttons..
The Santa in the sleigh has also been reduced to the size for the smaller deers...
Just perfect for Christmas story telling !

The Brown Paper Bag Stitcheries featured in the stitchings above...all come with the mini decoration..


Sunday, July 2, 2017

How Cute these are


These are one off kits at the present time... using mini decorations 4cm that I have painted & in the kit bag is a little premade bag & red saying tags
All you need to do is stitch the decoration onto the bag & add the tag...
$7.50 each

These tags are earlier designs which I am deciding to make available as mini decorations ...
This scalloped edge makes a nice look too.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Running Rabbits are back

Barb Smith designs
The Running Rabbit is back in stock.....

These Cup & Saucer I designed a little time ago but I was thinking about them 
now I have thought & here they are....
I love them
Little heart etched out on the cup



And
I shrunk the sewing machine size..... !!!
The etched vine leaves & hearts looks really sweet in this smaller size

Leaping Bunnies ......in a field...
A story...
Apple trees are small & fit with these bunnies so well....
All will be on the web later.....


This guy & his kittens & Christmas Tree are on the website as a single Mini decorations
4 cm of absolute cuteness with the 2 kittens & Santa is always cute !!!!
I am loving it all...

On the website is a full set of 24 of the mini decoration designs great for Advent calendars or just doing a lot of simple Christmas projects or for your tree...price at $120.00 or this guy is $5.00 & he has friends on the page...
Off to places & see some extra space...