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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Studio Time


This morning & yesterday afternoon I have been poking about in the studio doing stuff.
I also read this morning about taking a focused approach
I think I have some way to go on that ??? 

Here I have spent about 40 minutes this morning drawing some stitched button things
Mostly on the French Christmas Rabbit 


This I found when cleaning up yesterday
I decided to try spraying it with ink & stencils before I tossed it...
It is an interesting effect
Now it needs something black in shape on it.....
Won't throw it just yet lol
 The French Rabbit stamps have worked really well & are all stitched ....
The French Rabbit star button has been trialled in white with bright red scarf & heart..
That is working ......& will go onto the website ( www.theodoracleave.com
in the following few days

This selection you see here is what pool of buttons I am currently working with in Button Stitchery designs...or some might also go into together packaging for Christmas things...maybe 

Today the weather is sharp after some wonderful rain yesterday....
It is more winter than autumn...
but it is nice to feel snug...indoors...
but 
I also need to embrace that  chill & go for my walk... around the water's edge

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I am having wonderful time

Once I am on a roll sometimes .....it is hard to put down.

Several more items have been cut this morning & buttons laid on top waiting for the stitching to be done....


Last night I got to stitch the small cone with winter snowman & bird ... 
and the 2 snowmen with the French rabbit went onto a heart...
These take so little time as I have painted up the centre piece ready for you to slot onto the chosen project.


Today I have cut out several cones from the booklet to be decorating a small tree with different buttons....I used red, white & pale blue felt.... 
then a stocking & small bag in felt also from the booklet....
and 
cut down sized bags ..
to use up the felt scraps....
Just having a great time as the sun shines in on me...
Check www.theodoracleave.com  for images.


Friday, April 10, 2015

A SATURDAY IN APRIL


A Saturday in April ..opens up all kinds of words for me....

The air has a chill to it after a long , hot & dry summer in the south.....

I sit thinking of which project to explore today .....
***
Yesterday, I sent off some of the new button & decoration designs I am working on to be cut....
These are some that have already been drawn into stitcheries ...near last Christmas...
&
as I was working on a little idea...this week.....
I was incorporating these images too 
when... that darn 
French rabbit nearly bounced off the page...
****
So they will be some more of the
 French rabbit......
with snowmen & 
oh yes there is a santa...
Buttons & decorations...
I will be excited once they arrive back in town 
I get to apply paint to them for the very first time.
>>>>>>.......>>>>>>

The set of tea time things have been placed on the web page...
these were used in a project in 
Country Quilts Magazine France.
with some wool felt mats.
*****

Someone commented in an email last week how they had looked back on my blogs to see an array of creations...
that I was not only a button creator & painter....
***
I started with 
CLOTH DOLLS & LOTS OF THEM & SANTAS... 
with some chunky pine wood designs for 
folk art painters to paint...
...then this went on to include stitcheries
which them transferred to 
4 self published books 
Bless Them Stitchers is now a free download on my other blog www.theodoracleave.blogspot.com
& it gets a good work out even today & that was done in the year 2000.


A little applique...couple of quilts...more of it all 
of course the lady brooches I did for many many years...
I have painted the first designs for 
Born to Quilt in France, 
when Vero first began those lovely Mystery Quilts...
Also 
Marg Low created many wonderful designs with the decorations & buttons 
as did 
Sara Guermani in Italy in her wonderful cross stitch detailed designs...

I have only so much in time ....
but 
I love to experiment at what is calling me ....
I adore the Christmas stuff in all it's mediums
I listen to what my heart & soul say .....
&
It's always a good day then 
XXX
Barb

Sunday, April 5, 2015

This Always Inspires me


I was organising the display boards into some style of unity for storage 
in the guest room...
Somethings I had left laying about in there since the last event.
maybe just one before...
as I didn't take this board in March.
***
What I love is the words...
from Katy Davis Designs..(USA)
I have them in a profile of her work in the magazine
Where Women Create Business
&
she has had them licensed into a book...
****

I was making this board for 
colour & reusing the board ...
where I had the sayings for her success on it...
As I unstuck them I read them 
thought these are so good ...

I had gaps in the display needing something simple & small
so I stitched them onto the fabric ..
pinned them right back on the board 
in a randomness 
just where my gaze would take me on a particular day...
So I decided this needed to be out there with me...
*the colour = vibrancy

*the words = motivation & keeping one on track
*the designs = well I can admire my own stuff sometimes LOL
*the fabric = another creative spirit who designed them.
*
This is one I read before
" Treat Others with respect & kindness "

It then anchors one back to the world in which I work....

Maybe at sometime we could do this as a workshop ???
I'd love say 4 hours of just finding words to inspire & create & be in a wonderful space.



Friday, April 3, 2015

What is some of the studio life over Easter !

I was wanting to have some pictures to do a post here....
Probably didn't have any because I was working scattered...

Bit of this..a trip there ... where are those drawings...a conversation with a colleague...a video link to a business coach's talk.. read of an article..


Everything just inspires me....
It is the pulling together of these inspired tid bits to bring some focus back into the daily round.
And you may see here some of that scatter.... as I have several "projects" going on at one time..
There are times an idea needs to be noted or roughly put onto paper with a drawing or series of them.

The one I had driving away from Daylesford the other day
I see the visual pop into my head... with linen ..twine & then it went a bit off on it's own...
Some of what I do when I drive ....
it is about energising ..
recharging....
analysing....
letting the stuff transform...
from my wanderings...

I guess as I say that it is what driving does...on a country road...
It gives space....no music ... as that sits in my creative thought space....
Sometimes by the time I stop driving..things have worn themselves out LOL
So below I am working on that idea...along with more buttons stories...for Christmas ....
&
some smaller ones for now...any time stitching using the buttons as part of that stitchery.
I want to do lots of these smaller ones as they are so much fun to draw ......

Maybe today I will take FOCUS......
get some darn stuff done..completed....!!!

Sorry I shrunk these too far, I miss my old computer photo thing....this gives me failures & it so annoys me...but change it happens so I need to rework I guess...grrrrrr
Pencils have been with me all my life....they are a constant...LOL

I'll see if I still have a large picture
This is good...
what I had was some photocopies of the last Button Postcards I worked on to see what they would look like in picture form..
The pictures were pretty but on ordinary paper....I was about to toss them when I thought 
How would these look dye cut..
So I did just that
they do look awesome..
little scalloped circles...tags now..you may just get one in your order as a thank you !
Actually these would be great in post parcels as it today for us in Aus the weight & costing of post in tricky....
These are lighter.... you could sew them into some collage thing with the postcard buttons....on some linen..just machine but don't wash them LOL
Place on a mache box sort of thing...
Wonder ....ing.... should I do a few bundles to put on the web ???
I close the studio door now....to get some breakfast & start a day of what was it ??? 
FOCUS

PS...The map of the world is from our Typo stores...these are folders...they are rather special..to store stuff in....