Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It Feels good this 50% Christmas


Yes I decided this morning to have a 50% sale on all my Christmas & Santa Buttons as well as the Christmas Decorations......

I sent a postcard to my NEWSLETTER  customers 
went off into the wilderness.
So I didn't get to post here sooner....
but if you want to have unique art work at a very excellent price....
pop over to the website & place an order.
I have not put a time limit on it but some things are disappearing already today....!!!!
I am trying to keep a very tight stock control on the web....but I may have found a few in another box just stuff I pull out to paint to do things with & then I get orders so the box is left on my paint table  so could find a sold out has an extended life LOL
Not much but ....
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I have been talking of something different for next year...
No idea what I have in mind ....
but as my artist friend, Nell & I often talk of these changes & we do things out of left field....
We were talking this week & she gets when I say I need to clear the decks before I can give my thinking a proper airing...
She does something no where near what I do but along those similiar lines....
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Whatever & if it works ...???? 
But we can all get on board for the next journey...it may only shunt up the line & come back or we could just take a scenic route to somewhere
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Meredith I will have some bigger snowflakes ready which will also be on sale...I'll email you .. before I put them on the web...

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas is near

Today is cool & clear & calm
It can stay that way !

Last evening as i had settled down to watch TV, the bell rings & I find the 2 neighbourhood young boys carrying a little old blonde dog that is blind.
They ask if I'd know who owns the dog.  Alas I had no idea.

They had found it on their lawn when they had come home with their Mum & they didn't want it to be run over like the dog they saw that happen to last week.
Compassionate young man of maybe 11 or 12yrs ...he obviously loved dogs.
I commented as I patted the dog that someone must love it dearly.
"Yes" he says, "who wouldn't love it"

I offered to house the dog overnight if they failed to find the owner as they had 2 dogs of their own & this would have to stay outside...
"That would help says the young boy"
Off they went to enquire some more...& didn't return so my hope is all's well.
It was a lovely touch to the end of the day after the fire...
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The larger decorations here are getting going down in the stock



I love the rabbits ....
Giving the snowman some holly to decorate with
This decoration was in a past collection..
I have some as they are some favourites ...
They all are !

These are available.... some are in shorter supply....
Depends on how I use them on the website...

 Here they are tag to tree
I do love the look of the tags with buttons & tied to the trees...
Or
to gifts...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fire across the road at lunchtime

I went to get some lunch about 12.30 ??? loom out at this eyesore at best of days but today it was smoke beginning to come out of the house which is abandon & as you see 2 paddocks that it sits on is full of lovely blonde barley grass....
I reach for the phone & ring 000..... then wait as the smoke increases.
I start to warn the neighbours & move my car out .......a man & his son stop as I had walked out & they had seen flames coming from the side of the house on the left of this picture....
A few other cars pull up.... interesting how people react.
Fire truck is heard coming way up the road & they try to find the road in & cannot..the fire hydrant is next door to me... so the hose has a long way to go...trucks 2 & 3 arrive & all these gorgeous people disgorge from the trucks... another vehicle arrives that is part of this & then 2 police cars arrive...
The road is blocked in both ways & we are all out in the street....
Some had heard things.....
The owner of the house right next door arrives & he looks no more pleased than we all do on this side of the road.
Many people with cameras as well as one set up on a tripod closer to the scene.

The investigation was thorough........even trying fence posts in the paddock ???
Grateful for the fire services  ......
But really annoyed re the grass had not been mowed weeks ago yet again we have faced this scene most years....dry tall grass un kept...

This is a record ...














Oh My word the rain


Here I sit feeling quite snug this morning...feet are dry ..great sleep...nice dreams as well !
I was eager to read what happened with the rain overnight in Victoria..
I see the people of Myrtleford to Wangaratta have taken some flooding overnight.

Creeks are now starting to flow over their banks...
Sorry for the people who have had floods in their homes...everyone stay safe.
There are times have car says no travel ! That is the hardest thing today..we are so used to basically doing as we please...but nature can get in the way...
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Now why not get into the house decorating ...   
I am painting for a family member as well as orders today...
Simply wrap...use plain colours and some of my Christmas decorations as tags...
Add to little calico bags...make yourself or buy a small pack ..as I do !
I drag out the stamps as well....

Some printer paper is great for wrapping a gift & using some gorgeous ribbon & a tag or a button on a tag can be the statement.
Or
with the printer paper use stamps to decorate...cut out tags from this too...add a mini deco or a button..
twine...I love twine...always tripping over it around here LOL

Wrap empty boxes to use as Christmas Display...around the tree..in a low cane basket or wire ...
Have fun.






Friday, December 1, 2017

Poised ,,the rain has begun


 While it darkens here...a distant ( thus far) rumble of thunder & some showers come in suddenly & heavy and move on...
I felt like averting the unknown of what this severe storm warning brings to our state & others today and over the weekend... 

So colour & parcel wrapping and Christmas decorating ....will occupy a wet day I hope.

I decided not to go to the city & surrounds this weekend ...
Have driven through flood waters once in a small car as the water was running over the hwy...
&
in Western Qld I came in from Roma to Brisbane on a bus after Christmas ..
There was a bus travelling empty as it had been previously stranded in Longreach.
So all of our luggage was put  into this empty bus & the bus all us passengers were in had the luggage flaps opened so the water could pass thru...
&
over the flooded bridge we went somewhere near Dalby I think..
It was one of the spookiest rides I have had..
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So my decisions are based on prior experience ........
Just hope now it will be dry inside here LOL

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If there is no lightening today I will paint at the window....
But if not able to do that I shall tidy up !





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Printed some designs



I did a trial of some of my designs on a mug & some cards..
Turned out really well...I thought.

We have huge rains predicted & from all warnings I think I need to cancel my travel for the weekend.
Flash flooding is the real issue...who knows where & not sure little red cars float so well.
Such a nuisance but being caught in spooky floods would be a lot worse.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stuff today


This gorgeous sign I bought a couple of years ago at a small indoor market in Daylesford
One of my best finds !!!
I recall the maker is from Ballarat ..maybe someone can tell me so I can give her more credit & if she is still creating where one can buy ?
I love it & it adds to my Christmas decorating 


Been a little stress in my life this week, 
& you know when one bit of life goes out of balance it seems to signal to the universe for other things to come in to test one ...
Small tests but so many !!!
We all get it...but it always is when one is dealing with bigger personal issues isn't it ?
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Anyway I need my breakfast....
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It is hot, was overnight too & a hot summer day is looming BLAH
The young guy who serves me sometimes at Woolies & he is such a gorgeous young man..he also hates the heat with a passion...always great to find someone who is on the same page as me with the heat.... 
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I have loved the stories you have shared with us about Christmas memories...
It struck me that we would be taking what has been passed onto us when very young as far as delightful traditions go.... 
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The Giveaways have been drawn & Linda, Cheryl & Lana have been notified.
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Now I thought I shall share the inside of my cupboard with those cute things on spoon, serviette ring & egg cup from Provincial Decor Living.....
Not the teapot...
Yes the mugs are from there also....
I enjoy many of their products....

Monday, November 27, 2017

Peeking Thru the Window

I love pinterest to see through many other folks windows
The universal sharing of 
home decorating
shop window displays
street displays
...........
I can make my own visions of Christmas !
I draw & have the decorations & buttons cut.....& then I paint 
&
Sometimes I play !!!
I have this frame maybe a year or 2 ago now & I have used to to show what a happy scene can be made with my buttons..on a bit of fabric ...no stitching..
I have just remembered I have another larger frame not rustic rubbed back but a frame with many little squares...
When the lull of FRiday sale quitens down...I am going to start that project.

Now where is this plate .... it was Julie's & I bought it when she moved just over a year ago.
It is much loved & it will be in the midst of some display ..
These decorations are 2 seasons ago ...the birds are & the deers well they love being here with me & next season I think I want new santas..I usually add one or 2 depending how the pencil flows LOL
He is always tucked up safe he was originally in my Christmas book of years ago.
  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I love Tags


I LOVE TAGS....
something about them..
Tags & My Buttons have had a few years of creating 
It began several years ago now when I was in my off white phase....& I love that look...
A few years go by & then last year I did the Noel & the Advent tags & the Merry Christmas
This is is a gap year I guess...

I have to change computers..again !!!
My Lenovo was fine except the plastic hinge split ages ago & then the frame around the screen lifted & yesterday morning the screen frame split.
So there has been a purchase but as yet I have no strength to set it up...
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Besides I have much Friday sale painting to complete....& package & post....
I have a smaller laptop which is great but has not slot for me to load pics & the sales guy said wifi can probably connect camera to computer...
wow ,, but as yet wow has not been found.
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No wonder I love playing with these tags ...simple, they don't ask much of me....

Storm playing overhead this morning....there is an interesting Craft Fair as Buda Gardens in Castlemaine today, shame if it is rained on...I am only a short drive from there but weather patterns do alter.....oh just looked to my right & clear blue sky !!! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

WE ARE HAVING A BLACK FRIDAY 50% OFF SALE

Well I just hate to miss out on this little BLACK FRIDAY event...
So until midnight Melbourne Time tonight 24 Nov 2017
We are doing the 50% off EVERYTHING...!!!

Order normally &( I don't process any payments over internet) 
 I will take 50% off when order & add postage on
 ( I know spoils some of the gloss but I have to eat) LOL 
&
Email you when all is done 
Happy Shopping today
Barb xxx 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Give Aways & Beyond

theodoracleave.com
To be included in the draw for  one of these 3 "Hamper" of my  creations leave me a comment on the blog 
BY Monday 27th dec 2017 
The first hamper is just fun & as I had enough in my box for 2 smaller hampers.....
open to international also.

 This is the view of the carded buttons in first hamper as is the one above
 This is one of the 2nd prizes
 as is this

This is Christmas & a time I give back to my customers and followers ......
The Hamper gave me that memory of the HUGE Christmas Stocking raffled in the street of my home town when I was a preschooler...
How I dreamt of winning that stocking...it filled many a hot night as I drifted off to sleep.
More Christmas memories 
again I was a pre schooler & I realised too late ...
I had not written my letter to Santa
 I was a bit distressed... Santa wouldn't know what I wanted & I may get nothing..
I had found my parents on the back verandah with a friend ....
quickly covering & making some story of the little doll's bed I spotted.

That Christmas I had this lovely handmade wooden bed.....with clothes lovingly knitted for my resident doll.
My mother used to knit this layette set in gorgeous design after I was in bed...
Mum was not a keen knitter... so this from I think from a magazine pattern.
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In times in later years I would have hand crafted  & bought toys....
Many years later in the early days of the Woodcutter's Daughter in the height of country decorating that was now leaning slightly to primitive more simplistic decorating...
My brother would make 100's of smooth perfect cinnamon buttons & dry orange slices for me & my customers...
I would open a box in Canberra sent from Cohuna & the smells were Christmas....
The house in Cohuna would be overwhelmed with the aromas of cinnamon & orange.

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Is it any wonder I still play Christmas decorating .....
from the paper chains.... made from was it newspaper & clag & the tinsel that came out each year & it was all so special...
Today .... not much has changed in that spirit of Christmas.

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Some families bake for weeks prior to a feasting day...
This was not the tradition of our family.& it has never been mine...
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My cousins & aunt arrived around this time to spend a month of long summer days under our huge willow tree.... during the day it was myself & my cousins playing & in the evening it was a more sedate time with the parents in charge.
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So my giveaways bring with it memories of that elusive Santa who rode the night sky with his reindeers on Christmas eve & I had the imagination then to see that in the night sky before I was 5 ....
They'd lock adults up for that nowadays .LOL ...but much of the imagination was fed with tales our parents wove & had, I guess, been passed down from their parents.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Painted Tags

I have wanted to explore this for some time...
Yesterday it all happened !

I had these tags cut from a previous thought explore that didn't quite work...
Yesterday I found their purpose.


Monday, November 20, 2017

So Slow


I could start whining.... but doubt I'd stop until sunset..
about technology we pay for & get half sorted ideals....
electricity threats to cut off in summer...
I grew up with the lights plunging in country Victoria but power was from our Butter Factory 
Which is where Factory & Field Christmas & gift shop is now...
Different sort of light now 

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More tags...
I did clear the table after I did another batch of tags...
Such fun... it must be like cooking biscuits & decorating them
Have you seen the amazing art work on those biscuits...????
I have a pinterest page for them....only because I admire the work it is so beautiful ahhh !
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More tags which I plan to load onto the website under tags later today...
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GIVEAWAY..... no not these tags ...
Just checking who reads way down here...
I want to make up a HAMPER to be my CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY...
I will be announcing it via my newsletter 
for my special friends 
I may do a smaller Giveaway thing from my FACBOOK
Theodora Cleave page... ( I haven't quite figured out that correct address but comes up on search ..sorry )
&
while we are in the Christmas Spirit 
I will do a smaller giveaway on here too...
to my loyal folk...
Give me a few days a I have painting to finish an order today 
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so keep watch..psst I have not told anyone except my blog yet !