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Thursday, March 23, 2017

WORDS .... in Wood


The words I am enjoying as I let each word conjure up a scene...
Mon ` Ami... My Friend
Noel... Christmas !
Bonjour... Good day
By The Sea ... well all that surf rolling in... water soft transparent & sand 
You see what I mean !!!

Au revoir for now

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What a temptation ..


There was a sign as I logged in new templates...
So
I could not resist a little try...
See how it goes ...
Wasn't so sure so have returned to this format LOL
Buttons are being loaded to the website...
clean up is progressing ...slowly

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cooler this morning

i love shifting my focus.... to other things that create my world, that have shaped me in this way...
Flowers &  gardens on a 1/4 acre block 
over the short while I lived at home...
I sat amongst the brightly coloured calendula & shared their dirt....!
I learnt the perfumes of violets my Nana ( Theodora) wore in her lapel
I played way in a big square flower garden we once had with dahlias ..then zinneas, then balsams 
I used to find a way into the centre of this garden & sit with my imagination ...
The vegetable garden is what I see coming back into existence today...  
Rows of tomatoes, beans, radishes, lettuce & onions 
way down the vast back yard behind the chooks pen in summer grew pumpkins, rockmelons & marrows & occasionally watermelons... they wove their way over a huge piece of the land...
Back up towards the house was a huge square bed of asparagus & another of strawberries

So now you see a little of that influence..
That magic of gardens ...
in my drawings that in 
the last maybe now 15 years are buttons
before that stitcheries
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Today is cooler, a little rain...
perhaps a little walk around the lake...
then I feel the need for a little escape ...
to drive to peel layers of heat away
walk in one of my favourite villages nearby....

A part of me is reluctant to go....because I do not wish the village to disappoint me in what I usually gain from this....only way is to try....isn't it ?

In case anyone is curious I have closed my facebook accounts...
a sense of freedom for me now LOL 


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winners for Giveaways have been ...


The winners of the giveaways have been contacted & all accounted for !
Many thanks for all who joined in the fun.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Treasures to Find......


The give away closes late today so not too late to enter...
See a few posts down ...

These were a selection I scanned in last week that will or are on the web now...
I thought instead of putting them away in my holder..
I'd place them on a board that was idle & about to be put away...
Bit like a Paris Flea Market stall ....
treasures to find 

Of treasures these blue santas are an order that will find their way to the Australian Quilt Show in April in Melbourne in kits on Marg Low Designs stand
She is tutoring this weekend at Hobby Sew in Belconnen Canberra
The Star santa is tomorrow's project 


Stamps ...
I love stamps...
I can have such fun with them.
This is apiece of calico 
with the stamps I bought last weekend...
At the show in Bendigo & then one in Spotlight ...
I stamped at random ...
But doesn't it look  nice ? 

This is other "work" I do in my studio 
sometimes....
It will come to life soon...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Little NEWS


I have just updated the website with this 
little grey twig button 
Paris word
 +
tiny piece of fabric stamped my way ..
$7.50 + postage ....cheapest rate for this set Aus that is $2.00
All you will need to do to complete this gorgeous little project is buy a small hoop & place some plain fabric into hoop & sew the buttons & fabric..
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This is the little set on the web 
see Christmas Buttons or scroll down on home page for quick access



You can change the layout about & even add some stitches ...be inspired with what I have provided to start you on a little sweet journey

Buttons .....again !


These are the buttons I am carding to continue to tidy up the website...
Discovered something I can do on the collage edit website
It is what I use to make collages but I tend not to explore that often...

Don't forget the giveaway closes on Saturday...

It has rained a little this morning & our temp is due to rise only from 23 now to 27....YES !!!
I really endure summer...
Air conditioners are fantastic ..but we have to close up to keep that hot sun from heating the house more ...so for what seems months we live in darkened rooms..
Nothing like a cool breeze on a summer's night...




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Collage of Life.

The day began ordinary enough...well that is my world..
Often I have left buttons & papers & pens scattered on the large pine table....
So as I eat breakfast I often gaze apon things...objects...& suddenly something is decided or moved & 
my journey of the day begins.
Yesterday was quite a "normal" day
I went off to post a large batch of Christmas decorations for an order....& continued on to Mon Coeur & caught up with Jenny....& I found a new dear little friend in her shop
The felted rabbit..
He is so cute !!
Priced at $19.95 
So he is home with me now on the tray I had cleared LOL..

Then the words were brought out to find what I might use in some samplers ....
Oh because I had been inking in some rather large drawings for stitching 
So one of my last jobs in this 24hrs was to scan & load the words well some of them onto my website
just scroll down to words & samplers under the nice side bar buttons there is typing there !!
I love the words just such fun
Bonjour, By the Sea , Tres bein...etc  

I did the GIVEAWAY while at the table ....mucking about but working also on 2 Christmas samplers sets of buttons...

TODAY I thought I need to put some things away & opened the cupboard in here & space & I spied the 2 collages I'd placed with some other display boards...
So pulled them out
These are such fun.....spray ink & stencils & fabric & old lace & stuff & my buttons & etc ... 
These have been done in different eras...
The first one if you have the energy to scroll way way back maybe you'll see that with other display boards of buttons 
this other one is maybe 2 years ago
when the BIG gorgeous stencils arrived !!
It was more a Paris theme for my French influence buttons.
When I paint more santas for an order ...& do some floors  ..
I have some more ideas now for all this
You know if you scroll back a way you may find how I described doing the last collage.

I also chatted to a lost contact for 3 hrs....& made a couple of other calls....
& washed my clothes LOL






Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3 GIVEAWAYS start today....

There are 3 giveaways starting today & you can leave you name etc on comments here or pop over website & leave it in the comments might be simpler.
I will draw the names Saturday ...
It is open to international & Australia

The angle is a decoration but can so easily be stitched into some gorgeous project...\
The other 2 are small button mini stories ...
www.theodoracleave.com

Some more dusting is done

I have some way to go yet but...it's like dusting.....
These are reminding me spring & flowers
shifts my focus from this long summer...

Soon I will be doing a little giveaway so keep a look out...
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Cleaning the Shop !

No my shop is still only online...why would I give up my freedom to choose when to open LOL
I so needed to get everything looking as if it wasn't just plonked in there...
New cards & many of the button fit on these ...so my aim is to have a uniformed look
I painted & carded these part of yesterday & scanned some into the Gardens section...
I have a way to go as you will see if you pop over & have a stroll.....
  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Displays


Finally, this display want has worked....
The big white deer buttons in a lovely glass sweet dish from Provincial Decor Living
& an equally gorgeous small white open milk jug houses the Stardust angel decoration