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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Was she always a Christmas Junkie ????


In the days this was seen in my home in Canberra,
It was the height of Country Decorating 
&
a large group were often about & some of the market collecting was full on 
This display was done for Country Collections magazine....small pieces of it would have been taken to photograph.
I see things from various friends at the time 
Santa with goose was from Country Friends ...Sue Mc owned the long santa heads, cinnamon buttons my brother was making for me....I loved cinnamon buttons
The brown coated santa was my Bush Santa design
others I cannot recall





The lounge....no where to sit LOL
This may have been another Christmas ..it went on each year from Sept I began...
I see some cloth santas were mine...a few wood hanging santas from My Christmas Journey book..
Other painted wood pieces from other folk artists at the time 

It makes me shudder now at the clutter it was, but back when it was the seeds of Christmas sprouting everywhere & it was what was depicted in other magazines ..

Now .....
A bit more serenity !!!  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Modifications ....

Modifications....
I trialled 2 of the Christmas decorations with new borders...
When I began to do the oval Christmas Decorations...many years ago now
I had a nice tight scalloped border
Then into the larger round decorations
 & some other round thickish borders with often inside wavy borders...
then I did some & modify others to the thin border 
Now ....LOL
I am invigorated once again...with this modification

Which costs a little more to be cut & has increased the overall size....
I LOVE THEM .... !
more will now be modified


 I had assembled this white tree a few days ago to decorate ...
& so these do this beautifully

See my problem which colour ways do I offer.
I would like to have the 3 as a set....


Friday, May 27, 2016

It is Raining

 No I am not fed up with winter or this delightful rain & the green field over the road...
Kangaroos are loving it .....

These are some sweet seaside buttons I painted yesterday .....
Love the seagull & the crab the best & the light house ......

Takes me back to my days at Long Beach for that year ....
I really enjoyed my beach walks each day
& the magical Maria ....
the Italian Author I met on the beach early in my stay & we spent many an evening sipping a wine on her verandah high above the trees...
I still hear her voice, her excitement & occasionally her violin or piano playing..

.Today Julie & I whizzed down to Castlemaine to look at the Beanie Exhibition 
Julie has some beanies in, her debut in exhibiting ....
it is always great to see it all in the flesh...
I like to mentor her in advancing in her work not in the detail she is very very good & confident in her work, great to observe !
We all have that space where we just LIVE.

Rain is pouring .....I am all tucked in & warm ..
Time to go catch Tony Robertson walking in Brisbane see what i recognise. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A NEW WAY of Telling A BUTTON STORY is coming soon


The new style of Button Story is in it's final stages of production...
Kind of fun to change after my gosh must be 15 years of doing them the same way...
Snowman is off getting his picture developed 
4 buttons will come with the layout & some scant instructions of the different ways to play !
The other great thing is...different buttons will fit this pattern layout too...so you will be easily able to adapt for stars, snow flakes the ordinary reindeer, winter trees  etc...



These 2 photos are from Marg Low's permission at her finishing class at Avonleigh in Albury
where Kerry had made several of Marg's thread roll design & used stitcheries from one of my small books... they fitted perfectly Marg told me...
Thanks Kerry for using the stitcheries from this book again & for Marg's great design & permission
to share.



I have found one book..left to sell & will load it on the web in next few days....
It retails at $10 + postage

If you are wanting it so bad email me through the website.
It is all B&W drawings for stitching in A5 size

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It is But a RUMOUR I am not very ill


Well I am amazed that at a weekend retreat in Pakenham there was something told that was not true ...
That I was very sick ...
God Forbid such talk ....
.
I want to say right now ... as far as I know I am upright & talking & painting.

I have friends who have been very unwell....& I am also in business 
I say no more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I bet you are over this LOL

Ahhh ...there it was just sitting on the design table ....
I'd glimpse it every so often ....
as 
I finally worked on  my vision board...
Having images & other bits of magazines I'd kept ...
stimulated inspiration in unexpected places.
( Vision board is done )

I was doing a tidy upon this table ..
see, I found things...!
& I thought maybe ...
...that peg doll, that I cannot part with can sit on this...???
will it look stupid ??
No, looks ok..


Then on came a few other stray things..
Julie's beautiful crocheted circle she was going to toss...
No I had cried..
So she handed it to me & she is one fine crocheter....
Muslin bag...
there are a few about that are stamped ..
found one..
Some stamped fabrics with or without buttons..
Now do I think this is finished ? ???


NO...
It is now a memory board...
a place to put some things...
Collages are always such fun & personal .....
we move in different ways....
start with some base ...& wander off.....

I am thinking for the workshop in July it will be fun to explain all this & see what happens...


Now she found the Christmas lights & turned them on
Unravelling was a too long process just now hence the bunchy bit..
BUT 
this board style has great Christmas potential ..
Stencil in the background ...
then maybe a big stitched tree ....
then my decorations hanging from the tree...
or
maybe the Marg Low tags using the buttons etc on the frame on a tree in the frame.
So many themes are running in the background of my mind...
Change the background fabric though LOL

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Back so soon !!!!! So pleased


I create first 
&
hen try to measure up for something as an after thought..


After thoughts do not always fit......
& cutting down is not an option ...
 skills I don't have them all !


Anyway I whipped down to do some shopping this morning & get a new bowl for you know who...I dropped the fine porcelain tiny one in the sink a couple of days ago & it broke...
While I was roaming about in KMart ..
...like to see their decor items just in case ...I need something


Found this frame that I thought should fit this collage of  fabric painting & layered stamping & generally having a good time sort of thing
It all fits ..
VOILA



Thread keeper Specials

These little lot is going on specials this weekend...
Many will only be 2 of each design & colour or as with the Bunny winders there is one brown & one off white & the red bird winder there are 2...
All are on SPECIAL for $3.00 each
The button birds over there on the edge are going to be $1.00 each...in pastel shades of blue, pink, yellow & sage 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Share this little bit from today

PS I found a research & lobby website
http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/about-homelessness/doing-a-project-on-homelessness
I also googled on the web building houses for Homeless People & in USA lots of building of tiny houses.....some amazing You Tubes & ideas .....what are we waiting for .....


Housing

Background... An old friend of mine (an architect ) is starting to build his eco small sweet house in Tassie on a slightly rural block of land that looks rather lovely.
As he prepares to begin the process, he has a shipping container for tool storage etc.....
He knew nothing of my chatter on the homeless in Aust on blogs...pretty safe as men friends rarely look at my work blog LOL......I am kept up to date of the comings & goings of his life & of course the build.....which I really enjoy as often I get pictures as well.

Anyway out of the blue on the topic of a sense of residency arrives & I asked if I could share it. & I am allowed so....

"This morning I experienced my first sense of 'residency' at the land.
It was when I was walking in and out of the container.
It is amazing how the mind works!
Previously I only sensed 'visiting' the land. 
Now that there is a built environment shelter, 
I perceive 'residency' while on the land.

A couple of decades ago when visiting San Francisco, I was investigating social housing and was given some leads by an expert at the S F City Council.
Also I had noticed an elevated plywood box in a pocket park near where I was staying [house sitting an apartment].

It turned out to be a homeless person's shelter built by a neighbouring architect. 
A lovely story to it."

I am yet to hear the story that follows this.....but I like what I have heard.


Specials


A short time ago I added these big sepia buttons to my website on as specials $2 each.
The stock is factored in so when sold ...gone 



The walk in Bath Lane takes me past this building where the Brewhouse Coffee is at the front & on the first floor is 
Made IN Common hair salon & clothing & interesting things


The fountain... I was not sure my lens was strong enough but the view sure was looking good...
Sometimes today so much of today's worls & signs around the fountain it is hard to get a good picture

I love fountains.....something extraordinary about them


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yesterday I took the camera on my walk

www.theodoracleave.com


I had parked where Oliver Birch is & the way I looked at the store front as I walked 
I thought it looks enchanting 


 Into Bath Lane & I had noticed these trees doing their autumn colours & undress the day before..
So I often look up
to snap what I really see not what is in the rest of the scenery
Guess that means I select what i see !!


This one is strong colours & love this sort of thing



As I walked along looking into the distance at tops of buildings I spotted Marilyn Monroe  statue through a vista of the interesting City Family Hotel  & Bendigo Bank Building & the tiny little Bendigo Creek runs in the centre 

How amazing I thought usually one doesn't see this sort of thing...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WORKSHOP WITH BONNIE SULLIVAN AT BENDIGO CRAFT ALIVE

Newsletter arrived this morning  from Craft Alive before I went off to post some parcels...
I spotted a workshop advertisement for a
Bonnie Sullivan workshop at one of the shows...
Well I then see it is being held at Bendigo Craft Alive 
on Sunday 19th June 2016
11am to 5pm 
$120 
which includes 
craft show entry
lunch I think
all one needs for the class
USA designer who does just gorgeous things

I'll think 
I did by the time I posted my parcels & drove home
I was quick to book into the class !!  

How lucky ....
I am excited....
It has been a long time since I did an international designer's class...
Kindred Spirits both in Berrima & later in Yarragon
Always a real treat....
to learn something new or see it in a different way...
It is also an experience 
&
treat to look forward 






It took me ages to make a collage....
I miss Picasa collage maker...
things change...
Last night I started to sew the newest button stories .....
Sassy Snowman is one of the threads of this.......
More to follow in this one story....


Monday, May 16, 2016

New Christmas Buttons


I love a group of 3 of the snowman tag...


Here I was trying to decided if stripes or no stripe santa coat looks the best 
But they both work ...

In my lunch break & I was really exploring what was in those big plastic boxes in the garage ...
As I was beginning to move things indoors & file them ....
Found fabric & stuff & tags ....
Tossed some fabric aside because I wanted  to use it..
Simple things ....
When the sewing machine is put out I will make these into a little gift bags & mini cushion

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Report 22,789 homeless In Victoria

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/members-of-melbournes-homeless-community-issue-ultimatum-to-the-lord-mayor/ar-BBt2Go8?ocid=spartandhp

It would be so much simpler never to read these reports, look the other way...& etc.....

But 22,789 in Victoria are reported in this link as homeless out of the previous reported 150,000 for Australia is massive.

Short term housing is not the answer but long term is.....

Ill people need to be housed & kept safe also... we kind of dismantled all of that structure years ago but really never replaced it much.......???? Anyone know any different ?

Domestic Violence is not just directed at the partners but more often children grown in fear & in  teenage years when life could start to change  but it can be so hard to study as violence or the threat of it happening grows & swirls around the family home...breaking point often comes for safety ...

Jobs are so much harder to find as we manufacture most stuff off shore now, droughts stop all sorts of production & cash flow into society, I could keep banging on...& on...
But my belief is everyone should be able to be housed ...one of the human basic needs ...

I wonder what our society would be  like if we really cared for all our people ?

It is a conversation  that needs to be aired .....
if I was wealthy ...I'd buy big blocks of land & make homes for as many as... give medical assistance & give people hope....we have animal rescue & laws & I am not sure if we have a charity to help build this for people ????


Houses of Dreams perhaps ?










Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cat & Quilts

 How different these 2 buttons can look by painting if different colours
Who has a cat that loves to sit on the quilts...?  Most I bet.!
 I used to watch Millie be drawn to the colours of a quilt.....
strong colours & there she'd be taking a really intense interest in what was happening..



I was scanning both these in yesterday ... as I thought the santa looks more interesting in a plain red jacket...
Maybe as I do a lot of striped santas I wanted a change ????
I'll need to see how the santa looks on a stocking



Friday, May 13, 2016

something different

I have been looking for the big wall art for a while...
Found it in Bed & Bath this week
I love it
I have some sort of beach scene going on in my world of late ???
It has a serenity to it I guess...it appeals

My escapisms ....
Yesterday as I painted I selected my new DVD of Monty Don's Italian Gardens
The music & the descriptions & the occasional glimpse up from my work was really a peaceful time.
I can go back to watch this over & over 
I still have the French gardens to see yet ...




Thursday, May 12, 2016

hmmm I am thinking...


I am pondering all sorts of things today...
It began with a book I am working through...
I was at the segment on setting boundaries...
I do have a few bollards LOL
also
on setting new habits which are different sorts of boundaries...like no chocolate ....

Then I came back to read 
While She Naps Newsletter.

This was addressing if quilt shows were still relevant & how internet has changed the market ...
I thought back to my own experiences...& also what I do ...
&
well 
I LOVE ...

QUILT SHOWS....
SCRAPBOOK/PAPER SHOWS 
CREATIVE MARKETS
***
I adore the booth displays ....


I love the atmosphere of what is fundamentally my tribe we get each other in the passion we feel to be there.... 


I am ever grateful for the organisers who put these shows on... so I can indulge in what today is many shops & designers with booths under one roof...

I do recall the days where we had only a couple of shows ....in big cities...
Now how fortunate are we...
We also in those days saw things that were so  exciting & interesting & we met new shops.
Today 
we get to speak to our international  designers ...see all the samples of their designs & buy from them.
&
Maybe it gives us much to dream for ???

For me that always will beat the internet ...
but
on saying that 
I like both.