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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Loving a cool morning

Delightful cool start again to the summer's day that will follow.

I have been forgetting to show you Val's stitchings of some of my give away stitchings
She made into a quilt & used some buttons to embellish.
Great to see it stitched ...



I found these stencils yesterday made by 
I spent some time at their booth in a market place yesterday....in Life ??? in Strathdale Bendigo
So many stencils I love ...
the furniture chalk paint 
&
there was milk paint
furniture & signs


Came home with these 2
tried them on my canvas display boards last evening...
They work well for me...


Yesterday was a day of trying new things.
My palette of paints have to be changed as I cannot find anyone in Australia distributing the Americana Deco Art acrylic paints...
the distributor now only brings in selected stuff.
So I was having a bit of a tantrum with myself over the being forced to use another brand or for heavens sake different colours !!!!!
I paint for designers as well as my own work and some have a set colour match & now I cannot find that...
So was talking to myself as I drove from PO yesterday
Just go & try a few pots of the colours now on offer & see...
You know might be a good thing...
So there I was buying retail which was fine as a pot does go a long way.
There were 2 blues which do really work nicely & transistion will be easier...
I have mixed some of my other paints here...
I came back to pick up those yellowy colours as I remembered my new tea & coffee range to come in & it'd work for that !!!
It is not all what I am wanting though as many of the colours being imported are bright colours like what Sue used on her fishes...
Funny things we have to deal with at times...when working ...


Monday, January 9, 2017

I just wanted them All !!!

 These are my friend Sue Mc's creations .....
I LOVE THEM 
I have ordered a fish for pop colour to add in my white bathroom..who cares what one they are all divine !!!!
Sue had a market stall just down from Bawley Point (NSW) on Saturday 

Sue & I talk on phone a bit & when I was in Canberra last year she & I had best chats as she unwell for some of the time & now she is creating such colour & a sense of adventure in each piece ...
Seeing the photos & she has allowed me to show off her work
I have a magnet & a little canvas with boat & yellow fishes  coming my way soon.

If anyone feels the need to buy any contact me .....

 The 2 Sue's  & would get together to paint in Canberra many years ago now....
Now as we speak to each other we are always sharing this world 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

All finished now LOL

This all happened at breakfast...
I didn't have a book or magazine to read  ( I have plenty but getting up to gather one )
So started to look in the box of what was left of the buttons 
I then finished breakfast & thought I'll draw some designs for new buttons...well I'll see.
As I reached for the paper I grabbed this paper too & so it began.
The very last 9 are now done & 2 have been sold as soon as they were on the web.

I have now settled some design decisions & ideas while playing about with all these buttons & making pictures...
The box is cleaned up & woo  hoo !!!!


Having an ego....I do keep it in check most of the time...
But I was doing the above collage
 & then did a big collage of many of the button sets that have been happening over the break !!!!
 Not quite all of them 
Yesterday I sketched some tea stuff.... not sure how that happened .
I was planning to use cup & teapot for the show & I was a bit weary of my old set...
They have been the same except for slight modifications inside the shape & a saucer added to the cup.
There are many I see floating about with the same shape & that always irratates me ...I always think go draw your own ...
So now I have a lovely set & it will take me out of the quaint style too that I had for years & years.
Must get them scanned & queued up for their first cuts...
Off to work on more drawings I have roughed out this morning.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

I think I am at the end of the box

I think the box of buttons I had in excess....loitering is now about done !!!!
Some of you bought sets & more sets & I relished in the joy of that...
For all who have joined in this little special treat..
bargains were had, 
inspiration ignited some more....
Uses for buttons you have of mine just being idle.
As I wrote that I thought frames of buttons can look interesting....just to gaze apon LOL

These are on the website now at www.theodoracleave.com

I am off to find a cool climate  it is predicted to be 38 here today & that is BLAH weather...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Amusing myself as the weather heated up

More to choose from......all still $10.00 each plus postage...
Such fun for me ....


I find it so interesting...

Red !!!!
It is so interesting for me...that when I started out with red birds & little red strawberries  I had no idea if it would work together or how it would turn out...
Some of these with ovals could be so fab with an oval of different fabric for the oval or make them with felt...felt background & 3 ovals in another coloured felt stitched on....
The Joy one I would spread the buttons out for a stocking, table runner or framed even..oh how good would that be !

I have put these on the website & now I can have lunch !!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A few more Buttons


Well it is what I do .... buttons & stuff....

There are 4 more gone to be sold....
I like the deer in Snowfalls, it is a nice scene with the 3 different tree designs.


The rabbits in these top 2 pictures have hopped off already..so are no longer available
The Santa one & angels are on the web....
I have a few more larger cat stitcheries for later too !!
Starts off your year of creativity....


Monday, January 2, 2017

Cat Stitcheries

I did promise I'd search these designs out from my archives & I am hoping this collage will suffice to print off yourself & stitch....so I am going to publish & right click to copy to my file & print ....so will be back in a momento

While this is printing, these are gifts from me to you for your own use, not for commercially adapting & using for resale..in any medium.  
Copyright for consent use is for sale....if you wish to wander down that track 
I have given these separate as it is a better way to get the full picture ....
Have fun & someone show me what they make please...I love this part !!!
Barb








These are some prints of the finished stitchings in colours & I think you can make out the stitches..
Mostly back stitch, French Knots & satin stitch
A couple of the designs are missing from the layouts to the picture but don't be too concerned....they'll come when I get to them LOL

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Just sneaking these in.....

shhh I am not saying a word....

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!



The box is still giving up buttons...
today I wanted some nice photo to put on pages of all things ...
facebook, pinterest, blog & website.

I wish everyone a really Happy New Year
We shall move forward together....
in our world of creativity...


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Today's Buttons !


You would think this plastic box would be empty by now LOL
Lucky for many of you it is still half full..
Today I got into designing these after breakfast...
All will be $10 each set...
*****

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

More ...buttons !

I am so amazed at what I keep finding in that box of buttons...
they get to breathe new life now
Love the sampler layout..

I know Christmas is over but it is never far from my paint brush 


This has been an excellent lesson for me as I find a series of buttons or start with one...in this cae it was the blue Pere Noel
Now what I think...
then I move the buttons in the box with my hand....sifting...
oh a winter tree....now it needs to pull the design in a bit..I find the edge of a decoration
&
So it goes on.
Now I have 2 excellent layout packaging designs !

This sheet began with the everyday...cats, birds, gardens & farmland themes...
soon I was still wandering about in Christmas...LOL

I love them all ...

Friday, December 23, 2016

I am Tidying up ( still )


Well I couldn't quite let go of the box of mixed buttons...
you know pop them away..
without having a little play as my meal was cooking...

I have done another 8 button sets...one off's...
I am keen at the moment to maybe replicate this first one...
but it is about $36 in buttons ...
I love the look.

This  is what happens when one is restricted to what is at hand.......
A great designing exercise !!!

This one is $15
&
you can still order if you want to reserve one of these or anything else 
but I will not post until 6th Jan..2017

Look what I found in the box !
Some French ladies
&
 I had these Paris Purses wafting about that is a wonderful tag  for this set of buttons

Walk along a Paris street with me....
little houses & a big 7cm Paris house with mini apple trees
 &
 some flowers to stitch...

Admire the architecture..
the heart at the top of the houses....the windows ..

Just as I really do on walks in Bendigo...

Look up & at & you will see what I see !

Daphne in grey had also found her way in the box of goodies....
Here she is surrounded by flowers
 &
the little mini meow cat sits beside her as she admires the mini hollyhock... 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Closed for a little holiday !!!

 Today was my last day of work until 
January 6th 2017 
HOLIDAYS.....
Days that stretch before me with very little committment.

if you wish to order, all of that is still operational but nothing will go out until the 6th...Jan.

I will probably write blogs as this for me is relaxing stuff....

The angel & deer are 12 cm sizes & I added some taupe spots to them & rather like that look.!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Look what Lisa from Max & Louise Pattern company did !!!!

www.theodoracleave.com
I just love this !!!!

Some time ago I posted off a bunch of buttons & tags I'd promised Lisa when we'd been talking on the phone one day..
I just love this effect....
the tags attached with white buttons looks so fab !!!!
The signature hexagons from her & Lousie's pattern company Max & Louise

Thanks Lisa for letting me use the photo & share the inspiration as well as Christmas cheer a little further .


Friday, December 16, 2016

Factory and Field Gift store in COHUNA

www.theodoracleave.com

The photos do not do the Christmas Shop within this divine store justice.
As I turned to go into explore this  gave me this child like feeling
I thought I'd fallen into a pinterest dream store.
It is just a most exciting shop.
Factory & Field 
Cohuna - Leitchville Road 
 CohunaGift & Homewares & Coffee Shop
OPen Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am to 4pm & some public Holidays 


It is housed in part of the old Butter factory & don't be fooled by the entrance as a bit of industrial businesses in that area...
Industrial decor for the building is something too...
Spacious with a sense of harmony as one moves around all the beautiful gift ware...
I wanted so many things !!!
Then I turned into this Christmas Shop
I backed out to ask if I could take some pictures with my camera....
&
there would have more but the camera battery went flat LOL
Thank you Jenni for giving me permission to show more people this shop!!! 
  
There is so much to see !!!



 Now this is only part 2 of the gift store....Magic !!!!!!
You know what else, the wares are well priced .....