Friday, April 20, 2018

Birds

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 Little birdie which is about to be released as a Stitchery Society illustration for stitching or as shown here a mix of felt & stitching or painted.
Great size for journal covers, needle keep covers .....all those sweet little projects....
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Been a busy surprise week with connections with dear friends....
I have one staying this weekend after a flight in from Qld...
How exciting this will be.

Friends driving down from Melb on Wednesday who I have not seen for maybe 5 years?

Today was a lovely lunch with a friend & her father....
One of those spur of moment catch ups which I do love...
Another family lunch tomorrow
and ....
out of town on Friday to explore a couple of spots with a friend......and then the following week I meet up with another friend I grew up with..from age 0 !

Now I am off to relax....




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blake & Taylor Paddington Brisbane

I receive always an interesting newsletter from Blake & Taylor Paddington Brisbane
Just over the road from where I first lived in Brisbane in 1960's..
I often buy the Jeanne D'arc magazines from them...

Today they have sent a flyer in the news reaching out for a
not for profit group 
Street2work works for our Homeless Folks
There is a delicious HIGH TEA CHARITY FUNDRAISER
On APRIL 21st 2018
From 11am to 2pm
at 22 CAVELL TERRACE
ASHGROVE
QLD



Sunday, April 15, 2018

The View

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Some fantastic rain for us yesterday & the days are now snug & cool.
Summer was way too long...
Sorry for Sydney & just down the road for bushfires.

Buttons.
Happy colours I always enjoy....


Several people have asked if I am resting......
..depends what one means by resting.

Painting orders still continues with 
retail & the designers popping in

I do take a day here & there now 
to work on other paper stuff, 
bits of fabric & felt are returning to the table....
&
some reorganising & redecorating now gets my full attention.. 
not stop & start.
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When I resigned from the public service because of a nasty bullying persistant harassment that nearly took my life. 
I decided that when I embarked on the next journey it was one of passion
 I love what I do  .....
I really enjoy the journeys it has taken me on.....
I also realised from starting out with the monthly markets in the 1990's that it all became part of the way I lived & has done so ever since .
It became a very easy healing process meeting some happy, gorgeous .. gentle people...
Painting trays with pink roses ...cows & people....sewing cloth dolls & santas...they always soften the days... stories made with stitcheries & so it goes on....

Now I have travelled up there & down along the valley roads & rising up & down as the journey takes one....

I often enjoy conversing with colleagues now on their journey's... 
sometimes I quiz, 
sometimes I suggest 

sometimes I get so excited for their processes & their successes  ..
so where will this journey take me next ????
Right now I am happy to coast... 
foot off the pedal..... LOL
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I have just finished reading The French Perfumer which has now left a gap in my what to read next....
I enjoy Amanda Hampson's writing as I also read The Olive Sisters  before this French Perfumer.
I usually have a non fiction on the go also & have just started reading the Silent Invasion 

another from Kikki which is a work book to think & do things differently ( always hopeful) 



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sharing Sharyne's Idea

Sharyne is ready for the no plastic bags shopping experience 
She wizzed off early today to buy 2 baskets that will fit in her shopping trolley & that she can transfer to her car without to much fiddle at the check out.
Great idea !!!!!
Sharyne was happy to share this idea on my blog !!!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Provincial Decor Living Bendigo Renovated store

In the city this morning & took my camera ....
asking permission to photograph & show this divine shop renovation to you all.
If you are travelling thru !!!!
It is not far off the main road ( High St ) turn at the Shamrock Hotel thru one small roundabout then next turn left....on your right !!

The building is old & has wonderfully high ceilings 
The stylists are amazing...
Thanks for such a gorgeous store !!!
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This is what I saw as I walked into the main part of the building.... 

This is as you wander down a little room where some gorgeous rugs just were so desireable
Many are rolled up in a huge cane basket

Let you drool over this ....

This is the dining room at the front of the building...
So much inspiration 
The wish list is long

The fire place stacked with logs is such a piece of work !!!! Love it
The other thing that is used in a couple of spots are those magnolia buds...they really are temptations

I know i could relax in this room....



Feast your eyes on all this stuff !!! for one's kitchen
Just the sort of pieces I enjoy...
I buy ones of things ...bowls to wash my veges in... top shelf
white jugs are must haves ...
Chopping board..
spotted coffee mugs...
tea towels to dry something is never hard....
glasses for water..
I love getting a different glass out each day for my water consumption !


What is being worked on

COPYRIGHT

I am working on this small lady's purse/bag
It will arrive on www.theodoracleave.com in the pattern format as a Button Story
ie it will have layouts, simplistic instructions & the button..or will that be buttons ???? 
Add's to the base cost if I do 2 buttons...

Now that done... 
I have designed these using felt, soft soft divine felt....
Look at the difference the same item changes with different coloured felts & buttons .
I want to play with the button collection to change the view again..with perhaps the oblong flower pot ..a twig bird ....
Cats perhaps or that dog....???
When I gather some time later in this day I will see...what works.
I was going to make that grand statement "Not all the buttons will work" but I am thinking....with a different shape & size add on panel they just might ...
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You see this is always some of the behind scenes thinking & experimenting .... painting a different colour, finding more felt colours & things I prefer....
I learnt this fairly easily when I started out doing markets...when imported patterns & men with scroll saws were scarce...
I'd buy one precious cloth doll pattern at Berrima Patchwork & make it up in many different fabrics & hair...without apron..add a thing in hand etc... same with wood. I often could get my hands on one doll shape & same deal paint different colours ..different hair...
So now when I design anything I am always veering over to the lateral thinking....
These are exciting & just a lovely change & something I have been going to get to for a long time & this layout has been drawn for several years...
When I painted much more volume ...
there was not often time to go play...
Join me ?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Day is Young

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Buttons or Decorations 
that fit simply 
into hoops, frames, etc

The work is almost done....
Add  the painted decorations I design 
with scalloped edges of one style or another...
some with etched stars in the scalloped borders 
some with an extra lined etched circle
to a
small Hoop as all of these in the collage are...
Add a stitch like French Knots or running stitch.. or crosses if desired ...
Oh what about adding some small glass beads here & there..like snowflakes...
OR
writing words simple as Merry Christmas around the border....
Such fun....
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Now as you can see in this one collage Buttons are easily applied in the same manner
I love the 2 star deers facing each other & with a star or that little scalloped circle..


The star deers ..these are the 7cm size & with a star or a heart or a scalloped circle they do look amazing don't they..
Work into a heart..

 Lots of options ...
Like the pudding button
Perhaps this would be great with felt as the back ground, use a double layer of felt for strength..as buttons are heavier & would drag the decoration heart down & be floppy.
Look why not try the heart stitched on fabric add button & slot int a hoop or frame...
I have just had a thought as I was checking the post...
Use a felt heart... stitch onto fabric then pop into a frame or a hoop......


This collage was taken after I did a mixed  years of designs & collaged some of the results
The flat wider scalloped border from last year with the etched stars & twig angels sit on off white fabric in a hoop & on a frame
The santa is oh a few years ago now...& I found a couple in that box...
( that reminds me of the big trunk that sat in the hallway when I was little...full of sort of dress up stuff Nana Theodora had left...go to that box & find treasures to play with..my box ! )

Then the snowmen are in a fine frame which was again some years ago now...
then the tight scalloped edge which I like the best...what 2 years ago & I pulled back on the designs of last year ..they look best in the tighter scallop ...but I am critical as I stare at them a lot as I paint them !!!

But that said 
I love them all .... 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Little Blue Bird

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Another Illustration which I have painted & that will be available for stitching or this one can be felt or applique....
you may well recognise this bird with the branch as it was the motif on my website for many years..and then it fell into an etched thread keeper....gorgeous but heck to paint keeping between the lines

I have been assembling several surprise illustrations .....

...........
Updated some words ....
Car has had it's annual service....I waited. 
Took 1 1/2 hrs !!! Amazing.

To work..post first then back to paint



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Max & Louise have done fabrics !!!


See what my friends Lisa & Louise of Max & Louise Pattern Company  have been doing ......


Wonderful news !!!!



ODD SPOTS


Tags I did the other day .
I love doing stories...
Simple ones... BY The Sea....boats bobbing on the protected waters...painted in the blues, reds & whites all a little mix..
$5 per tag.... postage will probably hold 3 in small letter thing


These stamped tags were done some time ago..
But I happened apon them like treasures ...
So now all gone
At the moment I only have one on the web of these ...the one bottom left
Think it is $4.95

These Christmas ones I love love love !!! will be on web hopefully by Monday.
It is this later system I replaced laptops & then scanner & talk about a difficult lot....
So depending how it co operates as I go to load stuff & whatever else is bothering me in my private life....sometimes I just get over it & wander off.... LOL

Today I need a break now !!!
Had 2 lots of great news today, one sniffy snipe on email ... dreadful news I read...
&
I am going to paint & sip tea ..maybe stitch
Anyone wish to join me ?
Au Revoir

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cleaning. Tidying boxes

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Tidying up the storage boxes is always fraught with danger....that I will find things that I just want to go & paint NOW !
Here is a great fun selection of the ...
Santa Stocking with engraved holly on the stocking.
I painted 5 red & the token white one.....
Then out of the depths a robin sang in the frame with holly..sometimes when I retire a design or reduce the size I save one for me....but not this one...
There is a chocolate star deer 7cm size & the red cat who got so into the spirit of the paint table & I was so far gone in my painting world I thought why not...glad I did

The santa in the stockings go so well on many projects & mix with this robin .... sew some border or tuck the 3 into a tighter frame than the one i found handy
Loads of fun
I am going to add these to the website now & they are limited numbers....



Sunday, April 1, 2018

More Nectar for my Soul !


Taking advice from many advisors to celebrate one's achievements...
The Passages Of Time 
as 
we wander along our pathways & roads....
bumpy & smooth...
We have milestones.... 
how far we have come & where we are heading...

Now where would that be ????  I ask myself ....Where are you heading ???? LOL
These are the stores that will continue to sell my buttons & decorations.....and the 3 Designers ...
&
Moi ....
When I suggested they might like to  continue on....the responses were that nectar for my soul....
Anni Downes  at The Home Patch NSW
( who wept so loud I could hear her from Bathurst to Bendigo....)    
Janeene at Fabric Patch in QLD
Gail at Gail's Fabric Emporium VIC
Noemie at Boutique De Mere en Fille FRANCE
Marion at Handarbeiten Kab GERMANY
Anne at Minerva NZ
Rachel at Annies Country Quilt Store NZ
Sofia at Tucalico SPAIN
There maybe 2 more to come...I need to offer to...
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Designers who use my buttons in their designs that continue to have the same as the stores are
Marg  at Marg Low Designs AUSTRALIA online store 
Sara at Sara Guermani ITALY online store
UB-Stick Designs GERMANY
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& ME at www.theodoracleave.com 


I am excited about this change... this little path off that main road  in my journey in design...

From cloth dolls..santas etc 
to
stitcheries...
.brooches...
buttons...
painted wood decorations...
quilts...that odd one or 2...
applique....
books.....
 with distributers both in Australia & Internationally... doing major shows.... small shows.....trunk shows.....magazines in Australia & France
Mail order in the old sense & later the web site store.....
wholesale always....
Now wholesale to a few...
As the world changes... & life changes ....
our way of doing business can change too...
&
To the lady who gave me an opportunity to think differently....& bring not a sense of ending to this part of my life but a new beginning....



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sad ....

There in the centre is a decomposing kangaroo....
the stench for last few days has been almost unbearable.....
I also look onto this ..windows are all closed....hopefully tomorrow ...
This is the second roo that has decomposed over in the paddock in last 2 1/2 weeks ...you know when we had a quick 34 degress heat spell.
My air conditioner is about in line with this.

So you could say I am annoyed.....to be kept in.
No I do not live on a farm !
I love the roos & in between these 2 deaths was one hit on the road last week ....when police needed to come out & shoot it...
I am not so sure about the 2 in the paddock as I have never seen this happen before, on the side of road yes..it is odd & raises more ? than it answers for me.

The street lighting has been changed here recently & speed limit by law is 60 km but much is done at 80km or more.....
But it is dry & the roos come over each night to find green grass....
Land is up for sale 
Buy it someone & look after it all please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111