Thursday, January 28, 2010

wearing a doily

I have finally stepped through the door of Ballyhoo Art in Ryrie street Geelong.  During this visit I saw their collection of reshaped plates and acrylic doily shape brooches.  At a 'good price' I purchased one of the Lightly white acrylic pieces with the idea of redecorating it.

From this

to this with the application of some K & Co rubons that have the look of folk art embroidery.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

where do you wear your zips?

These zips you wear on your heart.  I saw these clever zip brooches in the window of Twisted Threads* today.

These creations come from Canberra I am told.  Twisted Threads is full of balls of wonderfully coloured knitting yarns and embroidery threads, plus the odd trinket or two.  Last winter the front windows had a funny display of small knitted beanies on eggs. It was an exhibition of some serious knitting skills but I missed that photo opportunity.  I wonder what will come out this knitting season.

*Twisted Threads at 106 Ryrie Street Geelong 03 5221 0099  (web site under construction)

Monday, January 18, 2010

ribbons + roses

The unusual blue roses put with the pink and white Green Tara roses are a great match for the printed satin ribbon.  They are going to be on a card front soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

faded blue denim

Some faded blue denim has now joined the wardrobe.

My February card class is a boy card of a set of overalls with T-shirt.  There is no need to get the sewing machine out for this one.  The stitch lines are created with a Tombow # 946 pen that is on order for the class. There will be some tips on how to get your stitches running easily.

I think it would be fun to find a small dinosaur to tuck in the back pocket, maybe a miniaturised picture, folded and scuffed.

You can book a place during a visit to Chandon Craft, by emailing
or calling 03 5223 2003.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I am cured

A few nights ago after sitting out on the back patio for late night coffees I noticed the pale pink rose that grows at the edge of the patio.   I thought I would try to photograph it and its shadows in the reduced light.

Last night I stepped out to get some cool(er) air and started off on a walk around the garden thinking that perhaps there is another view to try to capture.

As I stepped from one paved area up to another and changed my focus I caught something out of the corner of my eye.  It was more that my unconscious saw it before I did and got me to stop moving.  Then I saw this.

The web went all the way across the paved area.  The detailed web was about 80 cm in diameter and the total web 2 metres high on the right, 1 metre on the left and 2 metres wide.  The spider is one I have not seen before and about 5 cm tip to tip.  Big enough to scare a human, if not to trap one!

This morning when I went back out only the top foundation strand of the web was still in place.  It was very strong.  Yes "was".

So what am I cured of?  Taking the kitchen compost bin out at night and walks around the backyard in the dark.

Friday, January 8, 2010

... adding to the wardrobe

The first card class for 2010 is Pretty Little Dress. The January 21 class has sold out and now we are taking bookings for a second session on Tuesday February 9 at 6:30 pm.

This design has so many possibilies. While writing the class instructions I keep thinking of other papers to use and embellishments to add.

You can book a place during a visit to Chandon Craft, by emailing or calling 5223 2003.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

...with some thread

There is much tidying up of my card making desk to be done but I thought it was time to make a new pincushion, just a small one that doesn't take up much space on the desk. Something to hold a few pins and the nozzle clearing spikes that came with the MM glue applicators.

The idea came about as I have finished off two glue sticks in the last few days. The tubes were thrown straight in the bin on the way to get another glue stick from the drawer but the lids were left on the table.

... and ready for use

Friday, January 1, 2010

no show

At 18 C and overcast the plant mentioned yesterday is not showing its colours today.