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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cleaning up old files last evening

I love to sort through old files & see what can be cleaned off...
You know those decorating pictures that back in 2003 looked pretty cool & now look awful LOL
I came across this picture of when I first did these designs & what were Christmas decorations
the photo is dated 2003..
I still paint the tree & the bird... the bird now has a heart cut out...
 Sometimes when I leave something out of the current painting collections I return to them...as sometimes I renew my love for them..

 Here is the birdy cut away with the heart...as it is on the web today 
 This was before the decorations & the colours reflect the country decorating style that was so strong at the time..
Then I took it to a white house 
then took it out of circulation for some time
now after painting one a few months ago
I like it again...
so it has returned to the houses collection...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What is happening in the studio???

What is happening in the studio ???  I wonder ??? 
anything ???? LOL

It is always a different time of the year for me....
there is space to do other things....
to be so absolutely lazy.... I am amazed !!!

But,... however..
in between I am thinking...
getting to design work for later in the year....
Playing with a new colour....
and
 the Vision Board 
Oh yes I am addicted to that style of board.
I look back over the previous 12 months with utter despair..
I didn't get that far
BUT, then I look again..
&
many things have changed or begun to change...

So today I feel I can move forward...
thinking of new things....
to give more attention to other personal things....

So I see now as I write ..
...that I have had to make some space in my life to do these other things..
Quite good actually how that just worked once I kind of pictured it on my board & did some sad examples of goal setting...
Powered up now 
LOL

I write to give myself some clarity...
I learnt that when I journalled much more than I do today...
as I wrote 
things would shift within 
& by the end of a page ....
I had understood it, got direction 
or 
knew how I should view something
****
I think I will try & do this each morning again....
I began that when Simple Abundance  book by Sarah Ban Breathnach was released & so much was spoken of on Oprah at the time of the gratitude journal...
I went to check out this book at bookshop
still recall how excited I was at reading some snippets..
I had to have it...
Things that turn us a little around & then much later one remembers how good it was 
can begin again...
so I will
On the main blog I have posted today that some buttons have returned to the collection...
pop over & have a look www.theodoracleave.blogspot.com 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Bit more to decorate

I had some bare trees !!!!
&
I needed to paint some decorations !!!!

I had wanted to strand the big gingerbread & the Pere Noel for ages..
So here they are stranded with a fine stiff paper twine...
&
they look so happy hanging across the metal tree
MERRY CHRISTMAS 
From the studio of
Theodora Cleave


Friday, December 19, 2014

Paper print swags by 3& 6 Designs

The paper printed swags
I decorated the mirror & table with...were a find at Daylesford Craft Market 
on my last visit... 
Inside the town hall I found this divine display...the stall looked amazing.... Sarah...
These are the creative works of 3&6 Designs from Ballarat  region 
can be found on Facebook
They really are fantastic for decorating
any time of the year !!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nearly Time off



It is rather lovely now as I have slowed right up...
No schedules to be following so ensure all is done in good time...
No packaging frantically until late into the night...
Just some last minute work that doesn't involve the brush just pen & pencil..
BUT 
Soon I miss miss the regular beat of the studio work.

Nice having a lunch out.... a catch up visit.... some time to just ponder what is next...
*****
This was one of the samples I was working with for the workshop in November...
Stencil, spray ink, canvas frame.tag I bought... a santa came along & sat on the heart..
Simply simple but it is what I just love... 
takes about 5 seconds & shines with the individual...who chooses the stencil... size frame & ???

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Little Gift Boxes.....

I packaged these gifts this morning...
Each has a wood decoration inside amongst shredded cellophane...
The tag is some of that stuff we workshop.... 
a little swipe of paint...
This time I used only one stamp 
( slipping or what ??? )
I collected it at Riot last week for $2 something & it is rather fine...
strong statement..
then out came the bottle of silver bling
just a daub here & there...

You know what I love ..it is using a few bits .. 
'noodle box, bakers bordeau or red twine...a tag..stamp...drop of paint & bling....

Friday, December 12, 2014

Clean up, organise ....

In my world now....!!!
This is a success of sorts..
As the year winds down for me...
I turn my gaze to more interesting things...
While it is fresh in my sights...
Packaging that needs to be close at hand....
easy to find it all & to know what is running low....
but 
an acceptable look if anyone arrives & casts their eye over my world...
Below is a success into a larger gorgeous box...
a little heavier & more awkward to store 
but quick to see it all ..keep tidy & carry it away from sight.
The other boxes were made now for different things...I just could not find anything & what squallor was in the woven box...!!!!
This is well before my Christmas decorating is started...
Christmas Spirit where did I put that now...?????
*****
Today I feel a bit depleted ...
it is a time to reflect... to celebrate ... to think forward..
I bought the inspiring planning books last week at Kikki when I was in the city..
Camberwell to be precise for a dental appointment...


In one book  it said to plan a meeting with oneself  & review the month..
 Rejoice the successes..
So I did that yesterday...
The last month has seen quite a lot go on..
some antics remain behind the scenes for now ...
but all so interesting....
many challenges for myself....
a design tinker here & there...
the massive painting effort I do at this time...


The last 2 days I have done 2 postings each day... the morning run... then come home & challenged myself to move the next batch out to be on their way...


Timing is so critical at this time...
with Christmas designs & work it needs to be in stores & for them to retail quickly also..and for my retail people they are making projects & need the orders as fast too..
Stock is always arriving from the cutting floor...
Quite a dance really
I think that needs a celebration too....!!!!

No wonder when I spot the light of that Christmas candle flickering brightly
I feel a little weary as it winds down... 
as the services shut down...
I get to organise, clean, tidy, poke about.....design new things...think a bit....
without a deadline...
It can be very seductive... 
i leave you to ponder the French Rabbit & his world at Christmas..
These are in small separate stitcheries in time for Christmas..but will be in a booklet in the New Year..
copyright Barbara Smith 2013 & 2014


Friday, December 5, 2014

Serenity is becoming Christmas in the studio

While I wait for the strong morning sun to shift away from where I can paint...
I have no post office run this morning...tell me it is Saturday ???LOL
So the washing machine whirrs..
I find myself behind the buzzing vacuum cleaner
&
Now I have come in here for a rest...


I look forward to my decorating...
It is the last thing on my list..
Next year I want to do this differently...do it first !!!


I am thinking of changing the design strategy as well....
as this coming year I will be free of having to maintain designs for other designers....
It means in some fashion I have more time to create & rethink instead of reacting....
I have some commitments in design for magazine & workshops.....
Not saying things will go completely to plan, but I am forming a plan....
soon it will find it;s way onto paper & perhaps a vision board again...

Today well this morning to be precise....
I have some time to clean up, tidy up & I am really in the mood to tossing stuff....
But
You know what that will do take me off track 
&
make another  mess.

Funny I woke after having a dream about my father, it was the anniversary of his death yesterday ...around late 1980's
He was lost, concerned... in Melbourne which he hated & didn't like any cities...he was partially 
infirmed as he was for a good part of his older life with gout & other things...
He didn't want to stay in the city with the rest of us...but wanted us to enjoy...
this was a problem for a while but I organised the taxi...to the bus..to Echuca & for something else to meet him & he was on his way...a little worried but we had the magic mobile phone now...
Funny my father is one I never dream of...or my mother much...seen them both now recently...in little messages...
I was taught years ago to analyse my dreams in the Jungian way.... useful at times..LOL

I take this dream of the chaos in the house at this time..conflicting needs .... wanting to have all happy & to do what they need.........& this time of year is unpredictable working ...& other things...
a need for organising ... yeah I get it !!!
&
maybe it is simple like the dream....
who knows we'll see....  
This is my aim ....the picture says a lot here...
The snowman hugs santa..he loves him to bits...
the French rabbit is excited as always & telling santa he is a French rabbit...the deer pulls at Santa begging to be taken on the night ride through the sky...
Snowman is just having the best time chatting to the little bird..
Stars shine to show us light...
cane & wire baskets & twig wreath...depicts that inner serenity...


I am off to finish more dusting..that is no joke around here... the dust comes in from the bush, up from the busy road down from the urban building sites above a bit  & lands always on my skirting boards...spiders will be charged rent in their window abodes....always always !!! 

No one will mow the yellow long grass in the paddock across from us...it is an annual thing... we all ring the council... they send a letter... that remains a high fire danger.... this time I need to pen a note with photos...see the other jobs that intrude....
see you maybe tomorrow or Sunday....
copyright Barbara Smith

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick decorating ideas..

copyright Barbara Smith buttons.

Some quick ideas for gifts or how to use the stash of buttons you have....
Decorating jars can become a little addictive
so many alternatives...
You know that divine ribbon that hides in the drawer...
wrap it around a jar...
add a button...
add whatever you like.
Fill the jar with ???? food....tea bags... herbs... more ribbons..buttons ..soaps.
 I love this flower stem button...
with this gorgeous lace & the obligatory piece of linen
 These bags are not needlework extraordinaire
but they do work a treat...
for treats...
For the gardener in your life... pop some seeds in the bag
****
Perhaps for a friend who love inspirational words ....maybe say something you need to say..
I learnt a lesson when my mother died so suddenly
we need to say what we need to say that is 
kind, 
generous of spirit, 
honest...
maybe even a bit out of the comfort box..
Don't say flowery meaningless stuff...
say the stuff that really matters....
I have seen many have stupid regrets...
It is a mindful thing you know...

 Ah my rabbits....love them all.
I began a long while ago now with Le Lapin that came from an early woodcutter's daughter stitchery....
The stamps are from dear Simone who to me is Stampit up.....
I find her usually at shows with the papers, bling, these divine stamps 
or I can go online & order any time ..
or we could even host a party...
Dream we always should have some dreams tucked away..
YES !!! this is what this bag could be for...
one's precious dreams...
the one's maybe not many know you even have ...
Secret little spot 
&
the rabbits will keep them snug for you !
 Angels on bags...
Surprise me ....
I am done with ideas....
I need to go move around & pack up an order to post today...
Enjoy being creative....
have good dreams for you.... 
say good honest kind words ..
smile 
XXXXXXXXXX
Barb in the studio of life ( lol )
 whoops we forgot the birdy
I really like this layout...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Winding down after an away workshop


I peer into boxes...
pull table cloths off...the tops of lids..
move the box of stamps into the studio
****
I stare at some of the samples wondering if I will hold them all for future times
I see the Pere Noel buttons & little stitchery pillows that Marie-Claude & I did for the first issue of Simply Vintage in France..in French & remember the excitement..
The trial magazine which sold out in 2 weeks...

But, orders are waiting.... that need to be done to go to far off places...
So i walk around the boxes...as I start to get the orders ready...
soon things are just as they were...before I left...
a bit of stuff here..the putting away jobs for the evening as my dinner cooks
the magazine I want to read at breakfast
the orders half done lay on trays
plastic boxes with finished orders ready to pack after dinner while I watch TV....
So it is off to PO... into a shop or 2 or the bank on the way home....
One day I say I will be organised.

Oh must fly, the cat has arrived for a chat....& he is being a bit under my feet here... ie demanding LOL