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Thursday, November 27, 2014

When I appear Very calm be worried LOL


It has been a full on day....
Finally the car is packed except for my personal stuff for sleep/wear etc
Buttons are finally done....
A bit of preparation..as well as painting & packaging they all needed to be stock controlled 
 Sometimes I have a helper who visits 
it even got too much for him today...
I turned around from the computer to see it sprawled over the box lid..snoozing !
 But I was glad of the company as I fretted whether all this & more would fit in my car.
I am now almost ready to go for a drive tomorrow...
The beach!!!!
One day apart from the drive some browsing...
maybe a walk on the beach...
&
workshop on Saturday....
Very excited !!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Workshopping this morning

I am in between jobs.....
these I have done the layouts today or some I rejigged last night before I anchor them for travelling with moi.....
This first one happened this morning as I went to move what was perched on top of a flat small cane basket....
I had briefly sighted these boards last night, that I'd already painted .
And so... I had a little play.
This is me in my natural state & isn't it just scarey LOL  !!!
I love to make pictures, simple as that....
this has a sort of theme....
Paris ..design, the street, jardins..floaty sort of visions..
I will need to  paint the buttons now...
But get a look at these because next season.....
something is changing 
or 
I should say being added onto my stuff....
No it is not entirely settled yet...

don't copy thanks 
 This I pulled into a better arrangement last night
I had done some real real class samples looks
and of course nothing stays rigid....
I am forever adding bits....exploring...
finding another centre of self maybe

This one is more a display board ...as in look at ideas sort of board.
Bit of order in this one & sometimes I do need to reign myself in when I am trying to bring ideas....buttons you know that sort of thing.....
But it works...
It has the Christmas theme...
 Now.... these mache cone things were moved off the paint table
as I was starting to pack all this mess down .
Painted, & dry I had grabbed them with a weird confidence
as I had been indecisive if these would be cones or trees...
One of each was the plan.
I spotted the old page with washi tape on it...
it was decided...
Cones only..... maybe I will buy a couple more & do trees.
( Spotlight has them on & off )
They do look a wee bit over done in this photo...
But they will work well with red or even white berries inside....
How much fun is this !!!!
 Now this board was laid out this morning, then I took projects to place in something else..
Now it has no balance as I have laid other stockings I located over top..
Thinking one this is...
Off to pull sewing machine over
to centre stage & get these stitcheries anchored & slightly idea for showtime...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Experimenting, sampling & preparing for workshop


The behind the scenes
The painting for Christmas goes on in earnest...
It is santa's time...
It is a wonderful array on the trays at times...
reindeer browns..big reindeer in off whites, santas red & cheery...snowmen, gingerbread more this year.....bits of holly, little green trees....sometimes a surprise of flowers in a pot..
It depends on what is selected in an order....
The variation is amazing...which makes it all interesting as I paint.
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The workshop  preparing ...experimenting...making samples of idea
then pulling all the supplies together...
pack them
and....
find time to ???? cook tea perhaps LOL

These photos are some of the preparation & sample ideas I put up for the workshop 0n 29th Nov 2014



A little mess is created as I pull ideas together...
 Stencilling....with I think parisian essence & water
Just to see how the depth of colour is..
bit pale this one but it had potential..so some stamps came out & rather like it now 
Yes well....loved this part
painting in 2 colours & having a nice wide surface to ply the stamps on....
these go into the sale bit
 Now ..it is back to the painting....for me this week

Next week I have allocated time for my preparing & packing & painting for the workshop
I won't do any store order painting next week, retail orders I will do..
This allows me some really good space to explore, sample up... pack ..
paint masses of reindeer & stuff

Then I haven't felt as if I am stretched to my absolute limit...
Trying to satisfy many needs gets a bit tricky at times
Things are developing & changing
for me, selfish as you like
I am enjoying this process
I am surprised often at what comes up..
as this..another one of my journeys takes  shape 
This is all about finding my personal freedom & it is a life time's work LOL.
Events for the workshops ....& things are on the web www.theodoracleave.com
This has just been arranged
ESSENDON in APRIL 11th 2015 is My next workshop hosted by Mrs Martin's Quilt shop 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Workshop stuff

Working behind the scenes for 
information in regards to the workshop in 
Baxter on 29th November 2014........

I was prompted yesterday to say ...no need to bring any thing but your lunch & an apron 
or wear old clothes .....

The sample bag has the 
small canvas frame..
small paper mache box, 
painted buttons of mine,  
a bon bon, 
tags, 
a small piece of cotton/linen fabric to paint on 
& a bit of calico to play with the stencils....
some layouts just as a gift but of course you may use.....


I also supply for use on the day 
Brushes,
 paints, 
stamps,
stencils,
bits of stuff like twine, bling....???
washi tape 
& double sided tape 
& ?????????????? 
there is a lot behind me here in 
a very unglamorous  blob...
that I need to sort...... 
oh yes a everything will be in a calico bag 
( if they arrive they are en route now ) 
so you can play on that calico too.......
If you wish to bring another couple of frames
or mache boxes..fabric to paint on ...
do so ... as there will be some time to make use of what i supply for use on the day....
Mrs Martin ... Karen, will have a wonderful table full of stuff including fabric to buy for painting on or other thoughts you may just be sparked with the ideas on the day...
I will have more painted buttons for sale.....
Did I forget anything ????
Yes a pair of old scissors to cut stuff...
I have several & they all have legs....that is they always end up someplace else !!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Doing the packaging workshop buttons

This morning... I wandered about thinking what shall I do first.
The morning was crisp,
Garden had been watered,
ready to do some work...
I looked about at the several things I had laid out to work on....in next few days
Thought I need to bag those buttons & keep them safe from being covered over or broken.
As I began to set them out 
I was liking the colours as they sat there...
So I got more ideas.. for selling
Buttons went into bags & are all sealed ready to be kept safer in the mache boxes.
There will be a more formal picture of the buttons on www.theodoracleave.blogspot.com 

Copyright Barb Smith 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Blinging my way forward


I was supposed to be clearing up last evening...
but 
this is what happens..
I pick up a little scrap of stamped linen...& then another...to place in a basket for after !!!
Next minute out comes a frame...
I'll just see if this works..
Lay 2 scraps down 
Oh YES...
so over to stamp some more scraps
make a pattern...on the frame
Then adhere it all in place..
Bring out the bling
It sits in the middle of the display here...
with other blinged stuff
that happened in a second LOL

I have quite a lot of display boards now ready for the workshop
and
the clearing up has to happen now...!!!

Friends are catching the train from Melbourne to travel to meet up this morning..
I hope it will not be too hot to amble in the park in city & listen to music as some band festival thing is happening this weekend..


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Layouts for workshop

copyright theodoracleave.com

Today I have decided to do some of the layouts 
I was mentally working out to give as a Christmas treat at the workshop on 29th Nov 2014
I have 2 pages for each person....copyright bound of course .

Now I need to quickly run up a sample or 2....
but most are useful things...
Even a small stitchery ...

I am a bit excited & you know we won't have enough time in one day ...
but that is exactly what play is...
Welcome to my world...
where if I have that free reign
I drift from one thing to another....
You know when the creative energy is high...
or
it can also be relaxed as I stuff a thing...
hand sew it closed...
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I have painted 2 of the Christmas style buttons to be in everyone's little mache box for the workshop..
oh nice !!!   LOL
One is a new introduced size...
The other has red
No it is not a santa...
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I was pondering what to do for a workshop in another vein in July...
Now I know which direction to head off to.....
That was a couple of words in a comment...
voila....

I came into the office to scan the layouts through
that was done some time ago..
I am going to sew... for a minute now...
This arvo I have some orders to paint...
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