Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Look at These Stitcheries

 Carol from WA sent me the pictures of my stitchery designs from the book
A YEAR IN THE COUNTRY
We "met" 12 years ago when her husband was ill in hospital & she stitched as she sat beside him.
I love the thread colours & colour matching fabrics for each bag ....
Thank you so much Carol for sharing this with us all 

Buttons Stitcheries


These are the latest in a batch of Button stitchery cards...

The buttons are the same price as if you bought the 3 or so in each card & at times rounded off for my convenience & for your benefit at a little lower price ...

Many of these buttons are not available to buy individually....
 many of these designs both in buttons & the layouts for you to stitch come with a certain uniqueness.
See the bue cat in the centre of the flower garden button scene...that cat is no where to be seen on the website except in these stitching cards...
Same with the pink pusscat below...  

and the tiny bunny..under the flowers beside the cart

All can be made into frames or on journal covers....
Who writes in daily journals ???
I love journals  for many reasons..
I came to journals many years ago when Sarah Ban Breathnach
 wrote the book SIMPLE ABUNDANCE
It is a daily journal book that transported me ... it begins with writing a Graditude journal 
Over the years it has been a lazy time but then I return to both Journals & find my life space the better for it....
Any of these little sets could be awesome on a journal cover....
Make a knitting needle holder & use the buttons stitchery to embellish it

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bit of real estate happening now


BUTTON STITCHERIES
I have just put these onto the website this morning...along with some gorgeous little garden style ones....
All are one only designs....
I think the Apple Orchard is my favourite... I can almost smell the apples on the trees on a summer's day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Home is ...

A BUTTON STITCHERY

This morning as I lolled about under the warmth of the doona....reluctant to start out on such a cold morning...
When I do start my day I have an order for the new little button stitchery....
I think 
I love so working this way...
&
 I am going to do much much more of this ..
Oh my gosh it is such a freeing revelation for me...

How much delight will be coming....
Buttons to be able to stitch little scenes that I illustrate .....
Like a story book....
.......
Surprises ... until I exhaust my creative illustrating...
in one only layout designs I create as I work with some buttons...
Available both for wholesale & from my website...

This is not a new layout, however I love it...& it is now for this one only Button Stitchery ...
As I have freed myself from the limited stories that I had printed over & over...these have a more personal touch.....
It's exciting & it's fun...
Are you going to come & play as I work towards this .....?

This one is $10 for the pattern with buttons + posting $2 in Australia & $2.95 internationally


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.