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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

this is like wearing in new shoes

This new laptop 
the updated programs etc  & my pictures where I dwell a bit I now understand
is like getting used to new shoes...
Start out doing fine & then ouch....
But I keep being mystified & maybe that is what should happen at my age...

These are some things collaged that have been worked on or are ready for release  or things still in progress....
in the studio
Which has evidence of activity over some time...
& I must paint orders now....
This is a wait for that darn summer sun to move away from my windows...so my days for this summer are upside down...
Copyright belongs to moi Barb Smith of Theodora Cleave

Speaking one word in French reminds me of how thrilled I am to see my stitching designs laid out in the BOM Mystery Quilt in the French Magazine Country Quilts at Edi-Saxe in France.
Next month some more of the blocks will be in the magazine & I 'll be surprised too as I am not sure what comes next....and there will be another of the button stories to sew....
Bonjour  


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Breakfast

This week has been a funny one ..well often they are that way...
Things show up
I
veer off course...
Funny that I was reading at breakfast Tara Gentle's tips and coming web workshop on 
"know where you are headed " the words go...."choose your target in your business"
So maybe soon as I work through her paper I will be focussed on target etc etce...
We shall all wait with baited breath.... LOL

These egg cup covers were the result of yesterday's breakfast....
I am an egg & egg cup person in the mornings
The felt was close by & i stare off into space...
Before the cup of tea is poured from the pot..
pencil & paper are out sketching the simplest of ideas..
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These I will make into a button story package..challenge for me is packaging.
I cannot these days chase pieces of documents around & ensure it is all at my finger tips
&
the storage it all takes...
That is why I publish small books with these style of things in them
I have one thing to store etc etc...
Ohha  do I hear that focus coming on ...?
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These pictures are small ...I have opened a new laptop
Now there is a challenge for me..always...much better these days...
In earlier days one of my brother's would assist me & teach me things that I am grateful for today...
So what I am trying to tell you is..I am missing that wonderful bit of photo editing I had on my other laptop..
I know I need to learn more & not get too set but gee does it have to be a constant adjusting again the focus !!!
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As I mentioned in a prior post & particularly on the main blog

The NEW FELT & BUTTON BOOKLET is progressing...
Well ...last I heard was the graphics were done & I cleared to print.
I have a pre release sale for the book & the buttons on the www.theodoracleave.com
So soon ....it will be ready to post off....

I have had a few things pending this week..... 
I guess I need to follow up again so I can set my target & focus ( those words again )right on track...isn't it that way sometimes... you can be just waiting...
of course one does not move forward much in this space........
You may know, I answer emails very quickly....because it is an old Cleave tradition in manners 
Theodora was drumming that one into me right from the cradle !!
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The other thing of significance in my world this week was 
I got a really sore leg & back...
Gee it was that old lady syndrome when I finally got up from sitting I would hobble from side to side as I walked...in pain.
This bit was knew...I developed sciatica at 19 after a car accident..
&
that will plague me occasionally now..

This must have been silently tightening & walking last week, doing much bare feet indoors & doing only 2 flights of stairs a few days...
I guess it stirred up the old site..

So some physio done...maybe more .. no tablets in date ( & I am always a reluctant one with those ..so down to buy soluble asprin yesterday & guess what???
 the edge has certainly been taken off the discomfort.

Great day to ponder one's target, focus & ????
as the air con has just been flicked on

Oh arrrrr I had to pop into add this bit....
My back pain & waiting for several things to slot into place ..
HOLDING PATTERN does spring to mind..
How amazing ..bye
And now everyone it is sooooooo hot.

Oh before I do go..
Queensland & Northern NSW what a horrid time you have experienced or are waiting for...stay safe.... 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

From THEODORA'S STUDIO


THEODORA'S STUDIO 
petite felt & button inspirational book
is coming soon !!!!
copyright Barb Smith  
To start is the key to any handcrafted adventure ...
we are often time poor today...
& much is ruled by being perfect in technique...
We lose the fun of creating...
But this booklet gets your fingers twitching & itching to play.
The wool felt is abundant today....& so many fantastic weaves 
and it lends itself to my kind of story telling....
Join the newsletter, 
watch the other blog 
& the web 
for the pre release special price 
&
release date will be in March...
There will be some button specials also I think....LOL

I won't stock the felt.... but as you see beautiful wool felt buy little pieces ....I will direct you to several spots later...
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In my studio over the summer break I have fiddled a bit
totally enjoyed myself...
Was also thrilled to hear that the BOM Mysterie Quilt in French Magazine Country Quilts is on display in Paris this week....oh la la.....
I also have some new BIG etched buttons & conversions of 2 things from book to buttons
and 
I have forgotten all that excites me for the moment...


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Days seem to roll on

www.theodoracleave.com
 The felt like it rabbit was happily stitched last evening in the blue felt....I am on a bit of a transistion ..in some ways.
Well when you get a wee bit older you can do that ...guess what you often have such little choice LOL









The wool story I wanted to experiment with felt & it is tiny but so sweet & so much fun to quickly sew....I thought this would be great to place on a knitting needle bag..maybe use as a tag....or like Cheryll did in the keyrings ( see www.theodoracleave.blogspot.com )





It all started what 2 seasons ago now with those first French rabbits
prancing about in the Christmas scenes with santa decorations......he has bounced his way into my life in such a way.....these were first modelled on our kangaroos when I first came to live here...I would watch them as I got my evening meal....coming into the paddock over the road.....the young, the old & the mothers in the mob...I still watch out for them each evening......



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bit pleased with myself


Somedays 
...it seems to take a simple thought
there we have the best use for this stand yet !!!
It now is taking a turn on my paint desk 
I originally bought it for a display stand when I was trading....
now it comes out of retirement to work each day...
It has given me space & lighter..