Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Aaah so then i had to make a matching card.. so out came the rubber, i carved out the koala. STAMPED. and theeeen i HAD to hand paint it... 'cos why stick to 2 steps when you can have 3?
After a wee walk around the neighbourhood - i carved out the pods + leaves on the right. This was then scanned in and coloured on the computer. SOOooooooo if you're getting a bit keen to try this stamping thing stay tuned for the good news...
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Speaking of which guess who will be there with me? Why, it's Shelbyville! Pop over and meet her here.
So i perservered with the clouds - to show you these postcards which arrived back from the printers last week. They are 'welcome baby', 'bon voyage' and 'get crafty'.. I love making up the little scenarios - it reminds me of the hours i spent on the floor in the attic, when i was little (Sussex, England).. organising my dolls and their rooms. It was never about the 'game' more about the setting up!
The softies were printed on parchment paper and their matching badges also arrived. Yipee...
How many days have i got to pack all this up?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This morning i did the 3 hour round trip to collect the kids from spending 3 days with their Nana. No doubt forming all those childhood school holiday memories... I remember cuddling up in in the mornings with my grandparents.. the tea making machine on grandad's bedside table steaming into action, while nans teeth sat in a glass on the other side...
Then i had to whip up some felt before dinner, will let you know how it turns out..
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Apparently Enid Gilchrist was an Australian fashion designer who became well-known for her numerous self-drafting pattern books which were popular in the 1950s to 1970s.
After studying dress design at Melbourne Technical College, during World War II she worked as a dressmaker for a pattern firm. She then made her own patterns, and later joined New Idea magazine, where she published sewing books showing clothes which people could make up from the pattern drafts.
Here's one I'd love to draft up:
The intro reads: "Nothing could be simpler to make than this little nightgown, but if you invest in some really exquisite lace motifs, it could be the most glamourous piece in your trousseau."
Hhmm, I will try and aim to work on my trousseau early Spring!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The last 2 days of last week i spent indoors... off work. Having to briefly go to hospital for some minor day surgery, i was looking forward to 'getting some things done'. Well my body was not willing to go with that plan. So i read, rested, watched Amelie and took it easy. Yesterday I felt much better. THEN i carved 16 rubber stamps!! Woo hoo! Here's how my garden series turned out. All my rubber stamp designs will be launched as pattern sheets at the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show. I'm excited..
After that stampede (der!) I'm off to rest my arm...
I'd love to hear any advice from those that have done the show or similar fairs.. It'll be at Rosehill 19-23 August. I will be sharing my corner with a creative pal.. but more on that in the next few days..
So if you're in Sydney - get out the diary now and circle those dates. THEN keep 'posted' for more on what Dudley will have to offer. WOO HOO!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Or, Keri Smith's 'Wreck this Journal' which was a truly wonderful gift from a friend. But. (yes there always is one). I seem to have a problem with the word WRECK. they SAY 'wreck' but what if i really do? Like stuff it up? So at the moment it stays empty. I must be brave enough to take it to Japan. YES! that's what i'll do. Anyway - my point was i find myself doing this instead:
Going through my magazines and randomly ripping and cutting out images. It's a great way to reclaim your bookshelf/benchtop/beside the bed.
At the end it's amazing what happens when you 'sort' them. The things that seem to occur, naturally.
THEN, taa daa! So what do you have? I dunno. I just like them. Sometimes i cans use the colour combinations in an artwork or in felting. Sometimes i just like to look at the combinations and textures. Sometimes i just like the idea of distilling my magazine pile to some neat pages. Do you like to cut and paste?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Anyway, the boy and i had a mother and son trip to IKEA. He wanted to get some 'stuff sorted.' I have to say it was more about the journey there (him telling me all about how he was studying the light on grass recently).. rather than the purchasing.. My main objective was more frames (tick, full assortment of RIBBA in stock. woo hoo!) Then i decided on a cute set of drawers on wheels. Soooooo yuh, 3 hours later and only one upside down slider... taaa daaa! MIKAEL is installed... Great. Now i can get on with the creating..
What was it i was doing?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Then i remembered i had been tagged, most of us have that's true. But these questions were new - so thought i'd just answer them.
What is your current obsession?
Making my own rubber stamps and researching a trip to Japan!
Coffee or tea?
Love to start the brain whirring with a coffee. Then quite partial to an afternoon tea + biscuit. Quite like an evening green tea. Always drink more cups of tea on self catered trips away.
Always have to leave a mouthful in the cup.
What’s for dinner?
Whatever the lovely Mr Redhead cooks Monday to Friday. Tuesday is usually tuna pasta. Whatever i feel like doing on the weekends.
What was the last thing you bought?
Some orange cardboard tags.
What are you listening to right now?
The latest Regina Spektor Album. Quirky. Fun.
What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
I’ve just discovered green tea. Yumbo.
What is your favorite colour?
Green. No. It's grey!
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
Impossible to decide. I love layers and get bored easily.
What is your dream job?
To work for myself on my own creative projects and not “have to” do anything.
Just ' do' because it feels right.
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up?
I don’t set an alarm. Once i realised you can just ask your own self to wake up when you need to. True.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Hope you all have a healthy week!
It's interesting to see how the new wave of crafters/designers/artists are emerging from their loungerooms/studios and how they are fitting in to the established markets/spaces. It seems as with Finders Keepers, that not only is there room for new markets, but that the public + market place is ready for them!
So pop along the first Sunday in August and show some support..
Oh.. so the altered book swap project.. that's where 5 of us (who have only really become friends through this project) - meet up, swap books - then alter them. See more here. I had the mini Spanish/English dictionary back this time. My chosen word being: dead.