To share the creative spark so it might one day see the light.

Friday, November 26, 2010

What a home coming!!!!

  Well we arrived back to Tassie and it was lovely to be back home but we had a lovely suprise waiting for us.
Glenn (our youngest) and his fiance Sarah did a garden make over for us and installed our fountain as well. Just to set the scene I have had the fountain as a feature in the entry with glass wishing stone as the water and glass tear drops as flowing water but we had recently talked about putting it outside, little did I know I was being secretly questioned mmm sneaking buggers. Also Sarah's mum had propagated plants for them. Richard and I would like to THANK everyone concerned especially Glenn and Sarah who suffered with sunburn to get it all finished Thank you guys.... Here are some photos
Fountian and all the planting out.
All blue metal, pinebarked and weeded
all pinebarked
This was all blue metaled pot and planted out

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

At the Dubbo Plains Zoo

   We ventured off mid morning to Dubbo, travelling thru Wellington, which has a lovely patchwork shop and from the laughing and chatting out the back a good quilt group as well. You can always tell cant you when women are enjoying themselves. :-)

Here are some photos
Our transport
White Rhino with a calf
The elusive hippos....
Bath time.. where's the bubbles
Yes this Elephant is also having a bath .....but he has a few bubbles
Sea Otters
Black Rhino...check out the armour
Tiger trying to hide
Lioness... she feels so close
Zebra as if you didn't know
Richard having a chat with a very old friend
Meerkats doing their thing
   Well I hope you enjoyed our photos, notice no wire cages to shoot thru they seem so close you could touch them. It was a great day except I still didn't see a Hippo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Oh I want one......

Check these little fellas out ain't they cute


   Well we sent off yesterday morning and flew into Sydney at 8.30am, collected our hire car (not the one I booked by the way not happy). Off we went driving thru to Orange to see Nick and Tegan. The weather was appalling and some drivers are lucky to still be driving.
  We stopped at Katoomba for lunch at the 3 sisters restaurant. The scenic view was hidden by low cloud and rain so off we went to Bathurst. Richard decided to take the Getz around Mount Panorama mmmmm. I didnt like it at all he had fun and we were only doing 60k and NO I'm not doing it again.
   We finally arrived in Orange about 2.30pm, met Tegan and went to their new home.
Today is Richards birthday so we are off to Parkes Telescope..  (from the movie The Dish).
     Hope you all have a good day as well

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Girls Day Out

              I have been doing Girls Day Out with two of my best friends and it has taken almost 2 years it is finally coming to an end. We all used different fabrics and the results where quite amazing. See for yourself....

I used muted pinks, greens and yellows and a touch of mauve.
Lisa is a few shades brighter again with a maroon touch.
Shelley used blues and whites with a touch of yellow 

                  They all look different but the same. They all need binding and the buttons sewn on but I wanted to share them with you. When they are truly finished I will post some close ups of the detail.

Hope you have a lovelly week

Dancing Daisey Workshop

       Well I attended a lovelly workshop today at Kempton, a small country town about 45mins from Hobart. It was a Helen Stubbings workshop with colouring techniques. It was a very relaxing but informative class. You dont expect colouring in to be too taxing do you???  Well I have been drawing for quite a few years and I still learnt a few different technique. Helen is a wonderful teacher, if you get the chance to do any of her classes you wont be sorry. Helen has her own varied techniques and a wealth of knowledge on products and tools.

Helen showing some detail work
Firstly I coloured in the leaves and add medium and left it to dry, 

This is my work I still have to do the stitching around the petals and leaves.
          While waiting for the leaves to dry we all went off and had a lovelly lunch of soup and sandwiches made by Vicki and Roxy. Also some lovelly butterfly cakes, scones and biscuits. We all were truly spoiled for choice. Then we returned to finish our colouring in. When all that is done you stitch around the edge with a matching thread.

          I used the Derwent Inktense pencils so mine is a bit brighter than some of the others. Every one used a variety on pencils from Artist to student pencils, any can be used but quality pencils are softer and give better results. I also found that using the Folkart Fabric Medium instead of Jo Sonja textile medium made the end result a lot softer and less plastic in the finish. Folkart medium does bleed slightly so testing on fabric first is a good idea but I used it on 100% cotton and it was okay . I was pleased with the results.
 Here are some of the other ladies daisies....

                      It is lovelly to see so many different colours  and the results were a rainbow of choice.
  So being an adult and colouring in is definitely okay with me, have a go you just might enjoy yourself  :-)

 Hope you enjoyed your day