Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interesting....

This is not about the picture...
Yesterday I did the beginnings of a Health Assessment thing...
which is wonderfully structured & inspiring...
It is like a Life Coaching structure which for me, makes perfect sense...
So for lunch yesterday there was much chopping & rinsing & packing up salad & veges...
&
getting some different foods in..
Not much else was done, but this is a great step into a new view...another journey...

It is like the varigated threads from Cottage Garden Threads .....I wander into Pam's "Garden"
when I look at her colours & the blendings & the stitchings that are worked in these colours & a new view opens up there too.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Craft Alive Bendigo 3

I stopped by the Turmerix booth.... as I am interested in this product but thinking ....
Interesting conversation & I am now more informed... 


Off to say farewell To Rosemary & Angelos  .... amongst the fabrics Rosemary has another passion
Jackson Hill Fine Foods
I was so lucky to be given a jar of this tasty marmalade..today....

Rosemary & I were discussing a simple technique of the banners.... & into this conversation arrives Priscilla.... she spies a santa button in my bag.... so now she has it !!
The conversation moved along, recently arrived from x to Y but originally from Rosemary's state of SA & it turned out Pricillia's Mum used to drive to one of Rosemary's quilt shops ( Stitch in Time ) in SA... to get her fix of fabric & thread.... and her best friend came from Cohuna.... the world is often small & 6 steps....
I loom forward to seeing Priscilla again soon !!! 

Cottage Garden Threads


I was really happy.... today I had a wonderful conversation with Pam from Cottage Garden Threads ..
We talked about any number of work topics ...
as 
she selected buttons for her shop...

We can understand the nature of our work....
As Pam delicately paints each strand of her varigated thread range....( It's a HUGE RANGE) of magical colours blended along thread..taking much fine motor skills, consistence, persistence ..& total passion & not to mention concentration...
For me I ply the paint onto wood in a similar style... with those same attributes...

We discussed where our businesses began .....from a kitchen table somewhere LOL

So as Pam's process began with immaculate packaging of each skein of thread & a You Tube shows that manufacturing process...magic !
To this that Katie Dawson has design & stitched in the thread...and her friend has applie dit to a most divine chair..... 



 I was very fortunate to have been given gifts today of these 4 packs of threads which are suitable for Christmas stitching....
I needed to educate myself I thought after 2 events came together...Val had suggested stitching some of the new little brown paper Christmas designs in varigated ....& being into red as I paint I was not sure, so suggested red for santas but ok for other Christmas ...
Last night I thought of the Cottage Garden Threads & explored the reds today with Pam's advice.
So now I am keen....
The mind ticks over LOL   

Katie is doing these from a book designer who asked if she would stitch the designs for her...
As Pam & Brenda & Katie said yesterday that opportunities just happen & we go with them...
This is an amazing gorgeous fix & the small stitchings encased in Liberty fabric...I adore the threads hanging above.......all part of this so interesting story......
Then I am leaving Via the tumeric guy & Rosemary & Angelos .....
More things happen...see next post

Craft Alive Show in Bendigo With Brenda Ryan & Cottage Garden Threads

It was a wonderful treat to meet up with Brenda Ryan and Cottage Garden Threads, Pam & Katie at Bendigo Craft Alive show this weekend..

The divine stitching Brenda had on display was just amazing, her work is one of creative talent & fine stitching...
using
Cottage Garden Threads
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I am now going to do a second post for Cottage Garden Threads





Friday, June 16, 2017

Visited Factory & Field in Cohuna

This shop is a gem.....
I went there in Nov I think & have been longing to be there again
  Tables & chairs are dotted through the large shop & this is a delightful alley made into a gorgeous setting

Jenni said the Christmas Shop opens in September ...
Book a day for this trip...
Friday, Saturday , Sunday the store i& coffee shop are open...
Take a weekend break !!!
Just shop here...it is amazing.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Little Decorations...


© Barb Smith designs
Here they are on the website....
and only available from my store...
at this exceptional price !!!
The small trees will love these hanging from them...
use as a tag for a gift...for a special friend.
Place as is into a frame  or even several small frames ...
Stockings & bags... & these fit wonderfully on the small calico bags I find several for $3
Just loads & loads of things these will be useful & happy for. 

6 set....$30.00

Sets of 3's  are $15.00 a set.

 Packs & numbers will change perhaps as I work my way along.....
New .... ways.... weaving a little path along a new spot...LOL
All of these will also be available as the bag stitchery....
Will work on the new 4 today...
  

The angel with twig wings looks amazing..... some are just absolute treasures in their new sizing...
All have my international copyright...
sold only by me....

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little Decorations happen....

© Barb Smith 

I have as you have seen on this blog 5 little stitcheries with a small decoration/button on the packaging & had some more cut for things like the bell, deer, twig angel & .......
well check out on the website later today....

I was finishing a batch to go on the stitchings for Anni Downes 
to take to the Sydney Craft & Quilt show near the end of this month....
Painted the remainder of newly shrunk decos that arrived in the order...
I am now doing these as small decorations....in sets of ...???? thinking still LOL
You know except for a few of the big favourites I may go tiny decorations this year...
I love them all of course ....
Nothing like an ego, but if I do not love them & how can others ????


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Painted ..sewed some today....


I was testing the instructions today & was left with this Santa traced on the fabric bag...
Painting later in the afternoon...those cute little moose & deer buttons & the snowman..
This was painted also...
Really enjoy fabric painting at times...
This is the stitchery in brown paper bag Happy Santa

 I had done these stitcheries a while ago now  some are from the advent calendar trials etc.....
So they needed assembling by machine ..
Finally they have been done...

Great to do when the day is true winter, cold & chill factor from snow up the road a bit & the house was snug & safe...
Lovely feel.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ADVENT CALENDAR STITCHERIES



24 Little Advent Calendar stitcheries 
are on the website...Only...
These come with a stocking, mitten & little tree bag layouts.
Fantastic for making the 24 stockings... or 24 Mittens ..or 24 little U bags....for Advent.
Yet these designs are also easily applied to a tag stitchery to add to gifts...or if you are sewing arger stockings one stitched can become the tag...
I would love the idea of these done into a frame.....no numbers needed.....

Also mix up your Advent creation by doing some stockings, some mittens & some U bags.....nothing to stop you doing small square bags either....

MOST of YOU KNOW MY Wood painted designs.... it is how I draw the world from where I stand.... 
these are now coming to you in stitcheries...
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Not quite where I began in this industry but by 1996  I was stitching....
or thanks to many stitching samples for me....
brooches followed ...& kits for painting 
& buttons arrived around 15 years ago...
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Now I am eager to play with all sorts of things including one off button stories & well who knows what else....
It all comes with my ©
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I love experiencing creativity ....
so here there are many options in a little cello bag for $7.50 + postage which I would hazard a guess that Mr Postie would only charge a large letter for this....

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Goodness Me


The stupid murders that are targeting innocent people in UK & elsewhere  in terror attacks.
Stay safe everyone....but also keep alert....
xxxxx

To give us all something lovely to distract our grief...

I have finally completed the packaging for these dear little stitchery designs...
Simple brown paper bags, & a little twine, layouts for the stitching that  you can easily applique some of the images.... or maybe work in felt ...or some felt, some fabric & stitching...
you get it ??? be creative....!!!
Layout also for a stocking & a Christmas tree little bag......
There is a gorgeous treat for the first 5 I have done....
A small version of the stitchery which is also my Christmas decorations .....
I added a little paint to each wood version...which can also be used in a project of yours..

These stitcheries are only available from my website......at $8.50 each plus postage ....which will be packaged not boxed .... so need to check that with my postie people.....

They are already on the website under STITCHERIES  coming soon that can be pre - ordered !!!







Friday, June 2, 2017

Camera is broken


Yes the camera's little hard plastic lid where my STD card goes has snapped....
Something was coming unhinged in last couple of weeks .... so was a little warning.

I had taken these pics just before 
Happy things to look at while I go to search for  another camera ......
&
visit the butcher....love the meat I am buying from this butcher....

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bags of stuff

copyright Barb Smith

My package try outs last week went off on their own tangent...
distracted again....

It is the beginning of winter...
today...
I am going to enjoy it