Saturday, October 25, 2014

Look what arrived in the post

The post box had a large envelope sticking out..I noted as I drove in from physio yesterday morning.
Oh what can that be ???
It is Mains & Merveilles magazine that has 2 of my painted designs in it !!!!
This is a gorgeous cross stitch magazine from France
&
do I feel honoured to have my work in the magazine.
Anyone who knows my stitching of old can chuckle !!!
I am in awe of these delicate embroidery & the projects they make...
Thanks Cecile......

The December santa decoration in grey looks so happy...
&
25th December Button is going to take things slowly with his hands behind his back observing things !

Now what an unusual week here...
Firstly pop over to the sister blog, where you'll find the behind the studio goings on....at this stage it is preparing for the workshop display boards today !!!
Progress 

One of the neighbours told me the news that a snake was tapping on the screen door of my direct neighbour's screen back door...not far from my lodgings.


The snake went to another house which backs onto mine...
There was a snake last year on the other side of us in the lady's potato open tank spot..
Townhouse areas... often share multiple neighbours behind high tin fences.
I think this  snake climbed over the fence...to escape & obviously to come in to his back yard...where dog lives.
So I was already on alert...but now I am on creepy alert !!!
Remember to look down!!!


Across the road the paddock is yellowing more each day & so needs it's safety mowing but we all think along the street we will once again start the complaint saga that goes on.


It was highlighted more last week as major back burning was in the bush behind this property & many houses abut this bush...
Smoke billowing & that is one saving action
except a couple of nights later there are flare ups & smoke, smell of it & fire trucks screaming past us on the road...
Somehow I thought Oh my Gosh is this summer omen....
There is still back burning at the bush behind me to come... I'm going away then 
The owners ( water company )of part of the bush land behind me came & slashed the wild barley that grows exceptionally high...    all this week LOL

Oh and the parcel that has santas & angels in it are having a rollicking time ...on their way back to me from a series of don't ask express posting mishaps.
By the time we'd actually located the parcel it had been turned around 
& funnily it was tracked quite exactly by the courier service DHL..but ...if only the postal systems had checked this sooner.
So I watched with amazement the tracking of this parcel from here to there & now these guys are really playing a santa run...
Italy to Germany to London to Sydney to Melbourne
they haven't quite been around the world but a month's journey...
I am excited to see them & off they go again !!!
They should know the way this time !!!!
& no vino this trip santas.

Bets news was new orthotics  ...late yesterday I placed my feet into these moulded ones that felt like bliss !!!! I had a pair made in 2013 but wrong support....so now I am poor but can walk happily !!!
It is magic !

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Friends of mine meet In Italy


When my friend Marie -Claude in France 
mentioned she was going to the show in Vicenza 
I asked her to say Hi to Sara Maria Guermani who was also going to the show  .... 
I have known Sara for some years now as she uses some of my buttons in her detailed cross stitch designs.....


And here are my 2 distant friends together... 
we complete the circle now..
Connected by our love of things we sew & paint by hand, 
across 3 Countries....
2 of us are dotty about cats...
I cannot speak for Sara..on that subject...
..

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Max & Louise Workshop Essendon today

Today I was invited by Max & Louise Pattern Company to come along to their workshop hosted by Essendon Quilters today.
Lisa & Louise who make up the quilt designers of Max & Louise Pattern Company
use some of my buttons & the painted fabric in some of the collage designs being in the workshop today.
Their quilts were on display also...
I had a very wonderful day....
Now I need a nap !!
PSSSSSS   see more on my other blog which is more a behind the scenes picture of Theodora Cleave studio etc ...
www.onabranchabirdsings.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Discovered in a box

I have written the story of these onto the collage...so oddly enough
I need not say anymore !!! LOL

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Decorating as I post the orders

Last week when I was at Hobbysew I found this very useful Christmas tree by Tilda products.
It is really grand for display...
For the top of the tree I blue tacked a little red birdie with white spots, the remainder of the big decorations I tied with string only because where have I put those wonderful little metal hooks ??


In the post this morning arrived the Quilted Crow pieces of woolen felt
which I had purchased from Mrs Martins Quilt Shop
13 x 10 " pieces @ I think it was $5.50 a piece.....
arrived in soft caressing wool & the colours are perfect..
Pity I must paint....
but I am too overwhelmed at the selection to do anything but pat them


 Onto another visual delight by an artist I have recently found & who is a old friend.
I adore the beach scenes......boats ... 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Giraffe big button..


The giraffe was trialed as a big button
&
I  had been keen to paint the giraffes in pink. blue & yellow...
Which all happened in a moment this morning...
Spots in the patches....
I went out for posting etc
&
Bed & Bath had their doors wide open & I found myself wandering about in there.
This jumped out at me for a sample frame for the giraffe's in colour...
So this was a little quick ideas session before lunch.


 How magical do they look on spotted stuff as well as the stripes above...
add a couple of stitched stems with dot flowers at each side of the giraffe's if you want.
But they are standing there in strong statement just on fabric or....

 Heart tags I bought..for Exactly this style of display 
 Then into a waiting frame...
 Those little calico bags I found already made are just the thing also
So I think ideas will now arrive using these beautiful giraffe buttons I designed..when i did the donkey.....button etc...
I will be ordering more stock in now I know they are fun....if you want some just email me to save you some...
Copyright Barb Smith

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kindred Stitches Magazine


Wow I have a U Tube for you to look at with the projects my buttons have been used in 
KINDRED STITCHES Magazine....


"We have published our Rustic Christmas issue of Kindred Stitches Magazine on the Apple Newsstand and also as an app on the Google Play Store."

Thank You Lenna & Janice who produce this magazine from Tasmania

The Apps stuff has by passed me in that learning phase yet..but I am sure many of you know what I am referring to here...

I am rather thrilled !!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I was heartened


I read this bit yesterday in The Age ....& was quite excited that someone ..a woman had been having similar thoughts to me

Denise Drysdale is having a big cull & wandering north.....not sure where she is aiming for.
Anyone else seriously consider this sort of adventure ???
For me there is something deliciously exciting doing this....
Courage is huge....& I did consider it seriously
but not sure I have that courage.....
But I love the idea completely.
Drifter at heart LOL 

The winds are high this afternoon, & the air has chilled.
Keeps me grounded today ..

Below are some samples I will bring to the workshop...
I intend to create some more "things"  so don't be too alarmed this is all there is...
But it's a magical fun bit of it...

Monday, September 29, 2014

I didn't get far today

Oh,,, sigh etc etc etc...LOL
Somehow today just mucked about before me...
I began early & was reasonably organised ..
Then I didn't begin to paint until late this arvo..
I think the club painting is all completed  !!!

This arvo I had to face the facts to go & buy a new laptop...
This one is still running but is having hot flushes....
I simply hate buying new gear I use most days...
Phones, mobiles, cameras,  cars & now computer...
Gadgets don't do it for me...
when I turn them on I expect them to work...
Digital alarm clocks have become challenges these days...things that I once mastered 
have all been tweaked by manufacturers for I don't doubt some competitive edge & copyright or trademark laws...

Anyway it will be another few hours of challenge ahead of me.....
These things seems to go on when I can least afford the time....
Anyway... 
I found a mix of pictures.... some new, some added to...some now in retiring mode...but maybe only for a season...

My painting days are remaining in the 12 day delays ...
but the weather is perfect !!!!!!! LOL

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Collecting stuff for the workshop or me !!?????


I wandered off this morning early..ish for me... 
to visit Hobbysew in Echuca.
I have been there before & the shop has an amazing array of scrapbook stuff...
stamps, stencils, paint stuff...believe me I was there for a while...
Then down into the fabric section..
Found some spotted linen down there...
I added it to the things I am working with..about to work with for the workshop in November
as well is a batch of buttons I have finished for an order 
and here we have a delicious lot of things !!!
I am eager to get into the workshop samples ...I do think I have collected enough bits now...

Driving back I  stopped at Rochester... 
as that road the Murray Valley Hwy is a real bother to drive on...
it was like bumper to bumper traffic in a city street at 100km..
Always risky drivers...on that road..I hate travelling it...
Anyway in Rochester there was a little market in progress
then around to the quilt shop....
Felt was collected ???? why ???? must be gonna do something one day LOL !!!

The workshop in November 
as of yesterday has 
4 spaces left....
Woo hoo !!!!!
Email Karen for the last update on the bookings..... 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

I took my break in Maldon

Yesterday I took my lunch break in Maldon
It is a little out in the country drive...
a village
some shops I frequent
&
the visual for my camera...


It is always inspiring in one sense or another...
Depends where my focus dwells I guess.
Yesterday....was checking for rubber stamps for the workshop...
magazines at the best newsagent for miles
the divine gallery
bookshop
vege shop ...
As I walked from my car towards the little lane way the elms are in flower everywhere
These are the most beautiful flowers up close.


 Into the side street, this hibiscus was hanging over someone's fence...
I am rather thrilled with the image
That flower is a most amazing piece of nature's work
 In the lane way now as I look down towards the main street...
I see edges, borders of craftsmanship from a bygone era
This was just look & click & I didn't realise it was an original Art Gallery..until I uploaded the pictures this morning
Look at the sun partial image on both sides of the gallery building
The iron edging of the building in the foreground 
is 
amazing
Also in the laneway is a large fig tree...I never realised before as they fig sends out it's leaves the actual fig fruit is also on the mostly naked branch..

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Some one tell me when it is Christmas


Something tells me I love Christmas preparation time....
Ideas keep whizzing by me as I paint for the 
Day of Play in November
at Baxter...
It will be so so much buzz....
I decided that a few more lovely people will be absolutely right to share this time I can give
&
Luckily Karen thinks along the same lines...
That it is Christmas & we create & we walk back to the first workshop we did in August
 & 
move a bit more into some Christmas..
Won't saturate you ...with Christmas
But it will be very much about...
So I think Karen said we still have some space left in the newly allocated spots..
Just come... book in with Karen at Mrs Martins Quilt shop...
scroll back a few posts for the email address.
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Now the picture is a few of the things I have been working on this week...
Including some photographs that are going to put into the 
French Magazine for October release...
I love those emails that just cruise in from an unexpected place....
just send me again soaring with delight...
Anyway..going to do a little blog on the other blog of mine
& then
I paint some more....
  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

newish stuff

Batch of Cats have new colours..
I was pulling some shape out to work on for an order & these were in the same stock box...meowing loudly..
So these were the first things for that day
&
I love them
I will place them on the website when I have my next paint break
copyright Barbara Smith
 Pere Noel


I like to strand santas...for decorating

 I was packaging this order late last week & could not figure out why they looked so great.
I had painted the stockings red & this package now takes on a stronger look
Love IT !!!!
They got changed on the web straight away... 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Colours

In a recent post I was talking about these stronger colours I wanted to try
&
If there was any fabric in this sort of colouring.
I had the paints
so
I tried them on these bird shapes...
Then a little on some taupe linen/cotton mix 
It all works!!
The fabric I found on Sunday while 
out & about
Vibrant but not glitzy...
Strength in the colour 
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I had the new stamp from Mornington on the taupe fabric
& star was on top of tree...
just thinking for the Christmas workshop at Baxter thoughts
The other buttons landed there by chance 
it all works !!!
It is exciting when one colour or thing leads me along to many other ways of looking at stuff.
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Now I mentioned re 
the workshop in Novemeber in Baxter
We are taking some more for the class... 
I had a think
On the drive on Sunday...
It is Christmas 
we will share with some more 
& have a grander day than planned...

I spoke with Karen yesterday
&
we are all good for it!!!
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So email Karen ( see last post )
If you want to join us....
all the loveliest people are coming...
If you want to come by yourself, please do, it will be a warm  embracing feel...
this is part of what I believe 
we can all arrive alone & leave as friends.
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