Thursday, 7 July 2016

Our Garden in Winter

We're very lucky where we live, our garden very rarely gets snow and just the occasional frost. We've had it quite cold, for us any way, and lots of rain so every thing is looking very lush. These are a few photos taken in our front garden. Our house is open plan so this is the view from the living and dining room.

I'm also doing lots of painting and stitching getting ready to teach in New Zealand in two weeks and Berry NSW in August.

the finished piece, it's all hand stitched

a close up detail, the roses around the door are very old electronic fuses.

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Catching up

I missed posting in April and May, I was away teaching most of the time, back home until July then I'm off to teach for a week in New Zealand. I'll be in Adelaide from the 16th to the 26th of September, so if anyone is interested in organising a workshop I'd be happy to teach. Just leave a comment or email me and we can sort something out. Meanwhile I have more papers and stamps in my Etsy shop.

I'll be teaching a collage canvas workshop above, and a bead and jewellery making workshop at Berry Quilting Retreat 
in NSW on the 27th, 28th and 29th of August, would love you to join me.

As always thank you for dropping by I will still continue to post on my blog, but I post most of my work on my Facebook Page, as it takes much less time
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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Collage Journal

Here's a before and after shot of one of my collage journal pages. I love this process, nothing is planned, I just let the colour and shapes go where they take me.


and after, I love using acrylic paint pens for this process

I was very proud to be invited by Roxanne Evans Stout to be a part of her new book 
Storytelling with Collage
it's a beautiful book full of inspiration and techniques, it's available on Amazon

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Bag Workshop

I've finally finished the bag sample that I'm creating for a workshop I'm teaching in Berry NSW in May. In the workshop we all paint on a piece of fabric, cut it up, then continue decorating it with paints, markers and stitching. Finally we turn it into a lined bag to carry art supplies, knitting or just as a fashion statement. If bright colours aren't your thing, you can use pastel or earth colours, whatever you feel comfortable with.

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Summer rain

We've had quite a few thunderstorms in the past couple of days, fortunately they brought rain and not just lightening strikes in the dry landscapes. We received 50mm of rain on Thursday which has made the garden very lush again. Our veggie patch has gone crazy, I can almost watch the beans growing.

the beans I'm waiting to see Jack emerge

the herb garden and the rhubarb

I can't not show some art, this is another page in my collage journal
I'm teaching this workshop from my home in Melbourne and still have a couple of places left in my Tuesday classes, if you're interested in attending just send me an email I'll send you details.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm hoping to post more often this year.
This is two in a week, I can't believe it.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy belated New Year. This year seems even busier than last, I missed posting in December and have only just made it for January. I'm busy working out classes and have decided to run some half day workshops from home, they will run over three to four weeks. The first one starts in two weeks on a Thursday. I'm also holding them on Tuesdays too.

these two photos are of my Collage Journal that I will be teaching in two weeks.
if you would like to attend please email me for details, the class is filling up fast.

I'm also teaching my Fabric Journal workshop at a fabulous resort in Coffs Harbour in NSW in May this year, again you can email me for details.

we had some very much needed rain just after Christmas after very hot temperatures.
that's my studio to the right.

my husband built this fabulous hand rail for our deck, just in time for our family Christmas gathering, we almost feel up in the trees now,
the mosaic pipe is another of my works in progress.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Textiles this time

I'm jumping from one thing to another at the moment, jewellery over the past two weeks, textiles this week. I made a piece of felt for a project I need for next year, as well as an art quilt I'm stitching. I'm also painting fabric that I'm turning into a bag for a class next year.

the art quilt

my new piece of felt that I made

the fabric that I'm painting

Not hard to tell I'm obsessed with colour and circles.

Back to jewellery next week.

Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comments, I really do try to post when I can. Facebook is so much quicker, but I don't want to give up my blog.
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