Friday, May 18, 2018

Another little picture


Happy Flowers !!!©

I have had word today the new Santa designs in buttons & decorations are arriving....

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Discovered an interesting Collage spot


I wanted some more excitement in my life....
This is a great little program....
I must admit it went down hill from this one...
Tomorrow I shall show another one.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SIMPLY CREATIVE

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Some  quick ideas....
I am intending to paint more of the tag buttons with Merry & etc on them soon....
Grab those buttons & thread your needle .....
Enjoy


Swags I have loved from the days I painted chunkier designs from USA for my market stall & when we finally were able to buy black thin wire swags of Christmas wood stuff were part of the deal.....
These are quick fabric or use felt... layer & hand or as I do machine stitch them with no effort but looks great..BECAuSE... you are not going to stare close up to this style of decorating ....& if others do in your home..it is rude !!!




The Deer Duet button with Santa with his tree work well together
Write & stitch a MERRY CHRISTMAS above the scene...

The star deers facing each other
with a painted star in between ... add ric rack or border some stitches top & bottom ..add words etc.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In My Room...

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IN MY ROOM...
The new Santas have been cleared for their first cutting in wood...
Always ..always .. an exciting time..
The wait....
The poising of the brush filled with paint over the wood ....
Now this time I can do a few extra things if I want... as the wholesale trading held me into what I could manage & cost out...
Now ...this new batch have deers...cat....wreath....tree..stars..a bird.. and a bag of toys in the designs...
OH my gosh as I wrote that... something else has whizzed into my mind...
A decoration....I must rush now to go try it on paper with my trusty pencil
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It's always a fun place when I scatter painted buttons across my working table....
To see what will tell a story with the buttons & very small extra work if desired.
This has a few buttons on the hoop... 



Changing the deers using the same santa...
& a totally new scene emerges...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stained Tags


The weather has turned at last and the rain has arrived.
Time to cosy up ....
What will I do today ???
Stain & Stamp Tags or fabric ....
Stitch....
Illustrate ...
Maybe I could hem that top up with the sewing machine ?

I need to do something other than waste a day so perfect....to be indoors
These tags below are bagged in 5 mixed & on the website...
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Other.... NEWS
5 New Santa designs have been sent to be machined in wood...
I am excited 
as well as uncertain 
what sizes these will be 
IF they will be only decorations 
or 
can be painted easily at a smaller size for buttons...
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So when they arrive I will have a couple of each of 3 sizes.

These have more detail...add ons ...friends even LOL




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

More......

I found some of that cheery coloured paints & dabbled to have that green spotted chook in the tulip garden .....Red cups
& pale blues...
The ones I added to the website have mostly been sold !
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And
I have added some more sale items ....even a santa or 2 ....
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Last night I drew 5 decent santas with additional things...
I am wondering how to market these.
What I set out to draw was about 3 special decoration pieces to get cut in wood..
5 have turned up !!! and I think most are too detailed for buttons.

Today as I gaze at these inked in first drafts I think wow as Stitcheries these would make a magic quilt....
Now I wonder do I do them in both stitching & wood decorations which would be coming in on the more expensive side...
I'll think...
You can happily email me if you have a thought on them 

Layouts with some of the specially prized buttons ...
Give you some ideas on how to get those buttons working easily & looking great in small projects....

Monday, May 7, 2018

Collecting

This gorgeous mould I found in Maldon the other week at a lovely little store called whisk & ??? the rest escapes me.
Imagine white washed walls with some spacious displays of old wares... through small rooms of the old building & step into a walled courtyard...
Treasures like this tin mould reside there & now I have my treasures in a treasure



 Some little stitchery stories to go with the buttons in the mould...
There are some more of these buttons to be on web.

Very soon I am wanting to start writing in my other blogs... checkout the side bar where they are accessable from.
On A BRANCH A BIRD SINGS...I am tossing up on which ways to take this journey....
will it me the history of the wanderings in my creative worlds...
Or
 just meanderings thru the countryside..in & out of places ....or a mix of that as that is part of my days.. we'll see

Friday, May 4, 2018

Theodora's Sale Buttons

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BUTTON SALE
I am having a clear out of those odds that are left wandering about over here..
Cups & Teapots....
You know how it gets nothing rarely matches now ...
There are some outdoor settings for your garden also..
They are in batches and are $1 per button starting with 3 buttons for $3...
plus the postage 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Blues & Traditional

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Yesterday I wanted to try a bit of a different technique with designs I had & if this technique would fit any designs..
Some I was happy with & some I kept for me !
There are a few on the website in Christmas I think 


These buttons etc were part of what was floating about on trays
So I finished one story but with a different santa button 
The second in my mind was going to be more in detail...but I realised that the decoration design is so strong  it needs very little extra activity around it...
This shows off the design detail in this decoration.
Both are on the website ..as one onlys

Monday, April 30, 2018

From My Studio


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I sometimes hate to make things tidy...
this is what greeted me this morning
on the work table...
Instantly I am drawn to what is there...
left from yesterday ..the previous day ...
last week....

The buttons I lay on a layout ...
to see ?...
Pencil is never far away...
nor are a pair of scissors...



 This was in yesterday's blog.... & newsletter..
It waits for those deers to be painted..it reminds me...to grab this as I paint orders this afternoon...they are due in the post today..the birds in blossoms & some angels...and santas.

The sample felt things from yesterday & see what happens...
Ah that oblong flower pot might fit..
Perfect...
Pudding on black felt..
The star on a larger angel decoration... 
mm that is an idea that needs more thinking through 


See the larger blue star deers ...they always jump out at me... the colour & mixed maybe with the reds about them they do more...
I need to see that in another setting..

The B&W fat cat..reminds me of dear sweet Millie who kept me company as I worked or worried where in the heck she has got to..for many years....

Just another view...
I can't leave it alone...
Alas I dare not start mucking about now as I have to meet Cynth soon...and then paint 100 robins in blossoms for an order..

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mini Decorations


These are the little gems... the mini wood decorations just 4 cm big
Find these in the Button Stories as the little template from the larger design is included to make small felt decorations for the trees, for stockings, gift bags, hoops ...
Simple 
Fun !!!!
I have painted this lot so sometimes more than one available Each are $5.50 plus post


Using the template as a stitchery guide  & set into a hoop..much more you can do with this 

Stocking in felt with a small circle of felt just to set your ideas....

This is a Button Story in progress..
The deers need a coat of paint...
It has a saying arched over the Santa & deers 
I love it on the stocking in linen & cotton fabric

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Button Stories



The day is finding me scanning these stories into my computer & then after a few frustrating moments wandering down to the kitchen table to load them onto the webpage....I have resized them so they fit onto the webpages they are small here & for the other reason which I won't mention ...LOL
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I adore designing as I go to make up stories as I have done here..
what I am saying is that the one offs are just part of me 
that freedom I did in business has allowed me
 to wander a little freely in how I sell the designs... .
UNIQUE in a different way than just the way I design my buttons & hand paint them...
EXCLUSIVE... won't be many I will do repeats for...
some layouts will be alike but with different buttons..

You will see me smiling...
As I do untangle my habits ....
I find myself with freedom to not hold this in stock ...
To draw & play with a batch of painted or unpainted buttons and not have to keep a check of what is needed for this story...
because I am telling you this story...once ...
it is ok..don't you think ?
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Now my stories ..

The 3 French ladies have come into Paris 
or 
have they stepped out of their apartments 
& met up close by ?  
They will or can take you on one lovely shopping experience as you stitch the words & the buttons...
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The cats in le jardin.... I originally did this as a French rabbit & a bird house .... some of the changes as I love the circles to have some stitched words enveloping my buttons or as in the Christmas designs I actually get that cut......
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Then there is Christmas.
My absolute favourite is the Noel pudding sampler it was a repeat but now it is just this one & if you miss this one there will be other variations of this.
And Christmas in a circle ...with a house & a cat !!!
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Each are priced a little less than individual buttons...
How lucky is that !!!! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

HOPE

 I am drawn to red & white stripes....
Mats are no exceptions...
This is a lovely little wall in my spot that says many things to me....
I love walking towards the kitchen in the mornings & seeing this red & white striped rug...



Today all guests have dispersed....
Lovely to see everyone....
The power was cut all day from 8.30 to 4.30 & it was kind of weird...
With NBN it is no phone, no internet, then no radio, no TV, no jug, no washing machine & no remote into  garage door.
I could paint until the shone glared in the window at me....
I pottered about in the little garden ....moving some pots & hanging my metal bird on a wall ...
it was rather nice to just potter....
Today as usual the HP gadgets & I are up here having difficulties as usual.
The printer has it's own agenda at times....when I need to print things !!!
then this laptop often drops out & restarts....
So my 10 minute job turns into an hour.
Momentum lost so thought might as well pop in here & publish a comment on an early post 
Thank you Maria !