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Friday, January 30, 2015

Just a glimpse

This week & weeks before have been absolute fun....I got to play with my buttons !!!
Saying that may seem  odd, but it is rare that I get time to just play with buttons for an afternoon & then the next afternoon or morning or night etc.....

The vision board for business was kind of jotted down on paper early in the week & then other things just took over....I think it is part of the plan but I am never sure for a while.....
Over the years I get used to grabbing moments of space to create, sometimes as I wait at physio or other appointments...I stock up my bag as if it's an overnight stay....bit of stitching & notebook & pen....I write or I draw....my free time that is for waiting.

I have been tempted to go away over night for what I call my retreats with myself...it is selecting what I want clarity in, & that includes the tin shaker box with thread, needles scissors, notebook, some books I might need to polish the theory of being in business...I have been reading great newsletters by a Tara Gentle ...things like that or Jennifer Lee's Right side of Brain business books  innovative thinking by others like this helps ...

I need to be taken away from my surroundings ...to focus on what is important I guess ... I also need to go to spots where I can stroll in & out of interesting shops etc....discovery of things I am not with all the time.  However I am lazy to drive this time....we'll see LOL

I have nearly finished a lot of small samples of simple stories .....& need to do some more layouts of a different thing.....to complete this project..so hence only the little glimpse is seen here....it is the formation of a new little booklet.... I have done 2 in the summers previously & they are all sold now & may be reprinted soon too....one step at a time though .....

Once the latest designs for buttons & thread keepers arrive I will get distracted yet again....so as much as I am enjoying this time, ...I need to make the most of it....

Then before long I will be getting stock & display ready for the Monbulk Quilt Show in March


Saturday, January 10, 2015

workshop board

The workshop sample of ideas on what we will do on the day of 
11th April 2015
10am to 3pm
in Melbourne...
At Moonee Ponds  ( Close to the airport LOL )


This is what I am taking this board to the Summer School on Saturday for show & tell.


There will be in this workshop same things like painting, stamping , stenciling,
as well this time as 2 Button stories to stitch..
On the day you will have most things provided..
canvas frame, mache box, manilla tags, linen/cotton fabric, about 4 hand painted buttons of mine,
& the layouts for the 2 stitched items...
Use on the day of paint brush, paints, stamps, stencils, spray ink ,double sided tape....
It is BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH
Morning & Afternoon tea is provided.
Bring an apron or wear old clothes....because you may get paint or inks smudged on clothes.
( ah ha you say now I know why she always looks like a scruff ! )

I had the best time changing some of the project stuff...so that I do not get to stale on this adventure we are on.....
Book through Mrs Martins Quilt Shop

www.theodoracleave.com
Barb Smith copyright

Friday, January 9, 2015

Somedays it is like this

This was late this week as things were at the stage of not finding anything I was working on !!
Neat & tidy is a dream creative people have in the midst of a bout of severe creativity ..
You know if I had a huge room & dah dah... but it would not change.....
well I'd be the most surprised if it did.


On the table many things are going on in the course of one day.
Plastic box with painted fabric pieces & the like...
The postage things ready to be sent to France ....
The new christmas things to go inside the box...
Donkeys with the promise of transferring to applique in small size....
Sewing tins
Book I am reading in snippets 
What Makes People Tick by Hugh McKay a social researcher & fantastic book !


The post arrived & with it came the latest issue of
Where Women Create Business....
well ,had to stop & read some of that....
it's a frenzy of stimulating topics of interest  as always...this can be ordered from www.stampington.com in USA
Sewing Machine is ready when I sort what to do with the fabric painted bits as an idea keeps drifting about 
but 
when I got the box onto the table the ideas left LOL


Drawings in many sheets of paper....
So in creative mode.....this is often how it comes to be....
Then I need to tidy up 
or go out !!!
&
Rarely find all those things for ages LOL
  It is messy but to me it makes lots of sense.....


I suppose ( making excuses now ) creativity is undisciplined....
it is lack of rules, boundaries etc which allow risks to be taken
it is try & see...first if it works & a close first is also can I do it or do I need an expert in a field...
But heck it is fun & satisfying.... 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Yesterday part of my studio day was still .....

I know I know...Christmas is done...
This is when thoughts of the collections for next Christmas begin for me....
It is the time I have space in my days to draw much more ... 
proven by the large pine table that is smothered in paper & note books & jars of pens & pencils & bits of fabric  & ???? part of my bliss LOL

Seriously though, Christmas designing enters my world early in the year...
Not all happens in one batch as that is not how I work or who I am...
But things come in clumps..like a big garden where in different seasons a clump of daisies will flower then maybe a show of Iris' 
( funny that was exactly the garden which was large in Canberra)

Waffling about here...
Yesterday I did get these new buttons onto some fabric to see how manageable they were...
They make one statement, 
so need little in the way of buzyness to surround them.


They fit beautifully on these bags...which are a linen/cotton mix..a small stitch around the top
Now, doing that I know they will do well on many projects...
the 3 lined up for a table runner works well.. as will tags, hearts, ovals & round decorations on a little felt or fabric
Framed as 3 small wall guests or a 3 segmented frame....

Later I will get these in a decoration mode too without button holes ...but balance is the trick to hang with a hole...
the little things LOL
My favourite is the snowman...
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On a totally different subject 
as I work in here the blackbird family amuse me
They become bolder & bolder...from flying off when I looked at them
to now strutting like a parade to the lawn... like here I am !!!
I softly call to them
Hello Mr Blackbird or Mrs or the young ones
I am rewarded by watching them dig over the bits of earth so close by...
&
They also do this fly by to a neighbours huge pear tree...back & forth this goes on at low height...
I am rewarded  

This was one of the neighbours across the road...last night.
Oscar my cat friend & I stand on my verandah in the evenings & 
wait & then watch the kangaroos feeding
There are several young in this small mob...
cutest little things..

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Christmas that happens when it happens


The latest newest button designs arrive today
I have painted 2 sets....& I love the red
so they are in !!!
will go into the website www.theodoracleave.com today

I have a newer direction ...
these will be top of the range as they are detailed in painting but so gorgeous !
copyright Barb Smith 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Paris Flea Market board


Recently I have put this photo on the front of my website.....
It is a canvas display board that I first used last year at 
Monbulk Quilt Show in March 2014.
I had a new gorgeous stencil which I had sourced from
Blake & Taylor in Brisbane. online or shop !!!
Of course having stencil isn't using it....one cannot pat things forever...they need to be used LOL

So getting the displays ready & wanting to reflect some of the way I felt with my work etc..this board was already being used for display.
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Now to have this as useful
in your sewing/ studio area...
it is a display of showing you what you have stashed in a jar or box..
this way you may be inspired to pluck off a button to use in a project or to know what you have.
saying that I have a solution for me in this with the buttons & decorations in my current.
using double sided tape or dots allows you to remove them & sometimes they will drop off themselves....but that becomes  a new deal then LOL 
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Experiment with the spray inks used in scrapbooking....
( scrapbooking has the largest marketing stuff in this broad industry & it fascinates me to what I find & use in different ways....so wander into them & beautiful paper shops with pens & papers & journals & inks etc)
a customer had asked where these buttons were on my website...
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Most of these are in the garden spot with a bird & cat etc poking about.
What happened after this query for me was the idea that....you could just have some fun making boards yourself.
Using my buttons of course would be ideal LOL but not essential.
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The canvas board was sprayed & left to dry.
I gathered white luggage labels which I do have a huge box of....so available...email me
some double sided tape or glue dots
Buttons....
and there it is
As I have said on occasions I do make stories with my things & here is no exception...cat with tree etc...
In my pre school days I recall with fondness the absolute joy I had at the front on the neighbour's front fence where a vast cypress tree hedge dropped the little dry cypress needles..which I would kind of sweep clear & clean with a branch, then build my world of houses & possibly shops...
walls with gaps for doors & things inside representing stuff.....then a whole world would emerge..
So I think I have always made stories with things....& I still love making that work.