Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gifts of generosity

These are basically bundles of buttons that would suit a small tree skirt or candle mat ,,,
There are many layouts for a circle for making these up and buying a felt embroidered or appliqued one can have more than one use....
Felt is so friendly to use …..
The buttons are matched for these projects or anything else you make for Christmas.
Yes I am aware it is Easter eve LOL
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Such excitement here yesterday my neighbour moved my bed which meant undoing it all & reassembling with his relative's help.
I have slept in a single bed in a single room for 5 months because of some awful odour in the main room,,
I used to sweat profusely during the night more than once a night
while I slept in that room.
So happily to say I now am ensconced in the living area & stretching in my double bed on my wonderful better mattress was an amazing experience.
However this unit now we have noticed is sitting a hole under the side verandah ...a decent hole perhaps
Oh it never seems to end   …..for a lovely 10 yr old unit.....
our family home of 105 yrs old stands better than this has ...
So …..
Come September ………….



Saturday, April 13, 2019

The gypsy in my genes

 I do think I should get the DNA genes tested ... to confirm if the story of 
a Romany in this family line ...
around Devon.....
This love of bright, strong colours has emerged and the moving, wandering was already well established.....
the want to be near a beach keeps emerging...
The need for freedom ....

I just LOVE these colours....
when I paint delicate pastels now they don't seem as "alive" 
Could just be a phase ....

Now I long for these colours in a top to wear .....
It'll be a searching sort of thing I guess...



Thursday, April 11, 2019

Birds & Flower Buttons

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blue baskets of flowers 
Barrows of flowers & one has a bird
The oldest but most favoured birdie in my collection in blue & orange

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Flowers to Create with

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Hollyhocks
Pots of Flowers
Strawberries 
I am going to create this in a frame I think.....

Monday, April 8, 2019

AQC

The AQC starts on Thursday 11th April.....
Check out 
Marg Low Designs
&
Anni Downes
Booths for my buttons

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Day Saving is finished


Today I want to honour the Life of Colleen Bender...
who passed away yesterday.

Colleen was 
COLLEEN'S COTTAGE 
Melbourne

She supplied so many divine creations imported from USA in 1990's when for most of us we could only dream of buying this sort of thing in Australia.

Colleen & I shared so many moments & long conversations on creative … 
we bounced idea & the enthusiasm grew & grew.
She was one wonderful lady & helped me in my early journey in so many ways.
Bless you Colleen xxx

Monday, April 1, 2019

Birdy Buttons with Ideas !


 Instagram@theodoradesigns

I was trialling some new colours & combinations yesterday with the birdy buttons

Distractions set in 
I was trying all sorts of projects....with what I had close by !

Fabric cut banners & hearts
Ric Rac in different widths & colours
Ribbon
Stitched fabric
How simple ...
How stunning 
by using some buttons, ric rac & ribbon & maybe a stitch or 2 !!!
 A swag / banner of triangles....
Hearts ... stuffed & loved !
Gift bags....
Frames...
Stockings...
Little bags....
hoops.



It doesn't have to be the linen/cotton I use 
Felt with some wool mix in it will be firm & soft at the same time & 
will do a different look..
Fabric
if the fabric is patterned & busy for buttons buffer that with a little strip....



For fabric & felt & ric rac I go to 
Marg Low designs as she has a great selection of stuff !


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Simply being Polite

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Simply put teacups and a bright orange flower....sitting on a bright happy coloured strip of fabric over a linen?cotton mix heart shape.
I have been doing a few of these with bright birdies and whatever floats by me on the table.


 Today in my post a book arrived that I had ordered
GOING BACK 
The second book of
Munjed Al Muderis
who was a former refugee from Iraq and was treated very poorly in our detention system to become an amazing orthopedic surgeon who uses implants through osseointegration .

I first saw his story on Ahn Doh a brilliant man also with many talents who arrived also as a refuge from Vietnam....
then on my Instagram followers the other day came a fake site with came Mudjed's photos but a different "Dr's name   
I was a little curious 

Funny though the following afternoon I sat to paint & listen to Conversations on Radio National ABC
the interview was with 
Munjed Al Muderis

We are so fortunate …..
Sadden he was treated so badly by our own...
I listened to his journey back in Baghdad to help many amputees in the country that he fled.
In the conversation I learnt of this book and also a previous book
I ordered Going Back that afternoon & it has arrived.

This melted in with Insight this week Tv program on SBS in regards to loneliness & how this has affected many,,,, this was all after the killings in Christchurch.
3 stories where bigoted antics are played out & in many sources today encouraged

Does it take that much to be polite, to smile & accept others and to value human nature
just plainly for how you treat them when presented to them in the street, perhaps out shopping, on social media, in your groups.

One thing I am really proud of is when Country Friends & Woodcutter's Daughter set the first
GATHERING OF HEARTS AND HANDS in 2001 September 
We made a very conscious decision that everyone was greeted and if arriving alone we escorted them to a table & got some welcoming happening...….to feel included.
We made sure that we connected the 80+ people.... 
Many formed new friends from other parts of Australia & who met back up the following year.

Plus we had the best weekend ….
That is what it should be about....

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy Colours bring serenity


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I love the blue colour.....
it brings other happy colours along with it....

A pleasant way to bring cheerfulness into our lives...

For me it is like being in the garden, 
with flowers blooming in every corner of the garden....
it brings a serenity... 
takes away the harshness of the world



Simple sewing projects, add one happy button...
 if you please some small coloured stitches...
This is a great little bag to also do in felt...



Add to a frame.... needs only some glue !!!
I love the clarity of the button colours that sit there just in such simplicity .