Thursday, July 15, 2010

have you heard of Mr Johnston?

If you want to visit his house museum in East Melbourne you book ahead, wait in the foyer of the Hilton on the Park and are then taken to the museum. That all comes about due to planning permits!

William Johnston was an antique dealer and collector. His home 'Fairhall', furniture and decorative items are now known as the Johnston Collection, a gift to the people of Victoria. Although the collection may be frozen in time the displays at the house change.  Throughout the year different persons of note are invited to decorate or arrange the house. Akira Isogawa has possession of the house at the moment.

Those with a penchant for partaking of hight tea should look out for the repeat of 'Over the Tea Cups: The Pomp and Style of Taking Tea' which is suppose to return in 2011.  Last Christmas the artists and craftspeople of Geelong were invited to create decorations.  

Much of that Geelong collection is on display at the National Wool Museum at the moment. We went along to see the Scarf Exhibition and also took in the Christmas Creations for Mr Johnston.  Some of the items seem simple and homely. The 3D patchwork stars from diamond shaped pieces were a marvel of maths and space. Other items such as the glass Christmas trees are just wonderful.

Now I wonder where I can find the pattern for those stars?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Say It With Flags

... is the August Card Class. This is a design for Father's Day or a birthday. I have designed the card using Basic Grey's Max & Whiskers collection, the flip side.  No cats and dogs will be seen! This is a flexible design, easy to change the greeting and papers to create a card to match other personalities.

To join the class please contact Chandon Craft by dropping in, emailing
or calling 03 5223 2003.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

taking the instructions and making more

It is great knowing card class participants have made other cards following a class.  After the last Tools and Techniques workshop Michelle showed me her creations based on the Pop into the Garden design and Judy shared her design from Preserving Flowers.  Judy used the heart shaped sweets bubble for a card to be given for an upcoming wedding.  I have also seen rabbits replace the cars in Red Cars Go Faster.

Last week Elaine sent me photos of her card she made after the Making and Preserving Flowers class . She used the spare shallow bubble everyone had left over in the class kit.

Where as it is easy to fill the domed bubble with 3D flowers, Elaine made a good selection of  flowers to suit the flat bubble.

Here is Elaine's card using Kaiser papers and paper flowers.  I have also noticed that the punched border co-ordinates with the flowers in the paper pattern.  A lovely card.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Basic Grey on the shelves

A couple of weekends ago we spent some time in the 'spa' country.  A day trip to Kyneton provided some new places to see.  In between rain storms we spent time in a book shop,an artist's studio and a patchwork shop. As there weren't any scrapbook paper shops to visit I played spot the Basic Grey fabric in Pick Up Stitches.   The designs were from the Figgy Pudding Range - an old Christmas paper range. 

The artist's studio gallery was Lauriston Press.   In progress was a lino cutting class.  It was a cold day and the students had pieces of art lino sitting near heaters to soften and make the cutting of the lino a bit easier and safer.   I have done rubber stamp carving and own a piece of lino but I haven't put a mark on it yet.