Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deer Button Stitcheries


As I was saying in the previous blog....
The samples are below of deer little things...
They are so quick to create & add to little frames...? see them now on the wall...?
Stockings, gift bags, little U bags for the tree....
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Button up !


More Button Stitchery cards have been created.......
In the next day or so these will all get on to the website...
These are a set I laid on the scanner to scan individually...
Often I do a full page first..
I was struck by how these are linked by theme or colour....


Christmas .....
I have a little sample for these ....
Creating each one with some felt & pieces for snow etc & trees...
or stitched on linen....etc
This style is one of my very favourites
4 individual button stitcheries here & each is a one only...
I will always illustrate this way .... so you'll see the likenesses as day turns into night. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Show & Tell


This was to be a quick blog ..but where did I store these works by Val & Gudrun 
Found them ....finally.
This first photo is from Val stitched & to felt the brown paper bag stitchings I have designed...
Val has added them to Felt & detailed with rusty bells....gorgeous idea...



Gudrun is in Sweden & she wrote of making carry bags to replace the plastic bags polluting the Swedish waters .... we in Australia are talking about plastic bag free towns.
When I arrived in Cohuna about 15 years ago it was already plastic bag free town..
I had a tricky time adapting as the bags... I always forgot to take from my car boot for my replacement 
Gudrun has stitched one of my lady designs onto the bag & added a flowerpot button too.
How good is that for shopping !!!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Painted Designs


The Road map designs I have completed the 5 panels I drew up over a few weeks..
As I type these words I am now eager to draw some garden ones....it is a grotty cold day...
but I do need to go out to post....so it will depend on how my day flows...

Days that flow...reminds me how easily we can become very rigid in the way we live, the way we see things & the way we believe.....
it makes one feel secure I guess....

When I resigned from the public service 
I made an effort not to follow the clock again...
(unless I had an appointment which was showing up on time as a sign of respect for the service I had engaged)
I never wore a watch....
took pleasure in the daily rhythms of my life.....
I still try to maintain this ....

What appears to many on the surface to be an all out casual person...
I am alert & awake most of the time....
I have the good fortune to be blessed with keen observation of the human kind....

I find many things in my everyday...dawdling life to be so interesting...often engaging
no diary in sight....
I do track my world ...I have the to do list.....but I select from that at times not let a bit of paper with words on it run me....  

I love nothing more than people, they interest me....painting which gives me solitude to apply the paint in detail....& listen to the world reported via the ABC radio...
The light changes....I am aware of it.
I enjoy some technology I use that as a tool not as my dictator for living....
I love the science of discovery....especially how they read genetics
so the flow of life....continues..
Road Maps I guess !


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Glimpse the Road Map design packages


The 5 panels have now been painted for the 
Road Map Designs
Packaging has been decided
Notes are partially done .... for the "Directions"
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Which reminds me...
A movie is coming here on 18th August...
PARIS CAN WAIT
which is so what lights me up....!!!
taking detours... off main roads....meandering through the country side ( just not in France ..alas )
Letting life take one on a journey that is spontaneous...
I thought as I watched the trailer for this movie...
I love doing this & these new patterns will take journeys too into a new world of discovery...for those who want a journey of their own creativity...use the designs ..use the suggestions...
maybe just toss away the ruler.....LOL
feel the wind in your hair.....
stitch, applique ...work in felt...paint on fabric... let the magic take you.....
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It is raining steadily this morning & the day is icy....
I still feel for those people soggy & cold & yes I would think lonely on the streets...with no home...
I have much gratitude the power is still on !!!
The room is warm...
I feel cosy...
&
I will work on the finalising of the design notes & all can be set ...into the wind...
I will paint the orders first so they can be in the post tomorrow...
I am always conscious of that.... waiting for an order seems to take forever sometimes..
So many little button stitcheries & extra painted things will be posting tomorrow...
Today I will be snug & work....

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We NEED to DO SOMETHING !!!

WE SO NEED TO DO SOMETHING !

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To AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE
It is freezing cold here in Victoria today....
I am grateful I have a warm & dry home ...
BUT
Many do not...
It is not their choice to be homeless & cold, & marginalised all over Australia .

I feel helpless on where to help & I know what I have read & seen thus far, talking to these people & giving them food, and at times temp shelter....but that is not a home is it ?

My brothers & I have all discussed the broader requirements & to have a community behind this to change & bring each person in from the cold.

Goodness we do it with our pets or a stray dog or cat......it breaks our heart....to see the animals uncared for, hungry, wanting decent shelter,to be loved by another kind person... 
People are NO DIFFERENT
In a society we all need help at different times in our lives, none of us are bullet proof.
This is our country AUSTRALIA
These are our fellow people....
Sign the petition to add your support.

We did it with Domestic Violence ..raised the problem....& this is ongoing now....help at last...for these people who also suffered so badly.
We can now help homeless to have HOMES not shelter !!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

One of the Button Stitcheries


 Val kindly allowed me to show you this button stitchery she did from a pack she purchased from me earlier in the season. 
Looks fabulous framed.

I have changed the way the blog is formatted...
we'll see how it is LOL 



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More of yesterday

From my evening doing the display.....
The background there is the star deers, star boots, trees ....
in the foreground
are small star decorations...
These are just so cute ...
I did put some on the website ...one onlys is each design on the stars

Yesterday I finished painting on the fabric for the new release of Road Maps Stitcheries...
Looks rather wonderful in fabric painting....will be as beautiful stitched....or some applique or some felt...
you know that creative experience will take you on an amazing journey...
So we pack up the car & see what comes....
They are Christmas today I hope to start on another 2 I have traced off ready to paint on calico..
So if you are painters this is fitting for you also..
I am going to use the tiny red ric rac as borders....
I pulled out some printed ribbon also & had to be disciplined on what I thought looked best for this one.... 
The options are amazing.... sew some with felt & use a plain fabric as background & stitch also...
add little beads, rusty bells ...
Make this as a quilt...main panel ..with pieces of it ....as smaller versions

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas Shop Display


I was painting all the decorations 
to 
do a display ...
So you can get a glimpse of what much of  designs for Christmas looks like...


There is a large A3 size stitchery nearing it's release based on this display board..
I fabric painted the design today....well needs a few more paint strokes...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Thread Keepers


Thread Keepers.....
The Bird on the twig comes from the logo I had on my website for many years....
I love this thread keeper design & only 4 left at $5.00 + postage
The other 4 are from my little red stitchery book 
Travels with Millie

Millie my cat & I did travel & move house a bit in the last 6 of her 16 year old life...
My constant companion... pop her in the cat cage & strap in to the passenger seat & off we'd go...
She had such faith...in where I was taking her..
Each time we settled she would be a lovely companion in whatever I was doing
After she passed I drew stories when I was not too sad of our times together....
it took me 2 years to produce the story !
The books are sold now & these are in limited stock all at $5 + postage...
Check if the cat approves of them first ! 

On another grrrrrrrr note 
Facebook was tampered with
I am infuriated that that program cannot keep the details safe....
technology needs controls no matter how many jump to it's uses...
They got into the friends file...
I have deleted my pages & the account & I'll miss whatever on there...
I will still be here....in the newsletter ...on the web. & pinterest..
It is enough...
More time to draw LOL

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!