Saturday 1 February 2020

Back again, where did the year go

I thought I should make a blog post, I've missed a whole year. I post on my Facebook Page and Instagram, but have decided I still need to add things here from time to time.

I've done lots of teaching since my last post, travelling to Queensland, NSW and SA as well as teaching in Victoria and from home.

We've had terrible fires across Australia this summer as you've probably seen and we're only half way through summer. The volunteer fire fighters all deserve a medal and unfortunately we have lost a few, so sad. So many houses and animals destroyed. Drought, winds and high temperatures don't help the situation. 

Just a few photos of some of the things I've been making.

Fabric Art Quilt

Fabric Cards

Fabric Bags

and Necklaces

Thursday 27 September 2018


At last I have an on-line workshop
I was so happy to be invited to teach for 21 Secrets again.

Paper, Glue, Scissors

There are 21 teachers and 21 different workshops, videos and an E-book, such great value.
If you enrol before Friday September 28th you will receive a $10 discount, just use the code EARLYBIRD 

In my workshop I'll show you how to create amazing journal pages using images from magazines. You also get all of the other great workshops too to enjoy at your leisure.


to see what it's all about and to enrol

Here are more images from my journal

Would love you to join me
Thanks for visiting

Back soon

Saturday 1 September 2018

What I've been doing

It's been ages since I wrote a blog post, I thought it was about time I checked in again.
This is where I've been.

The magical, amazing Uluru in Central Australia. I took this photo from a helicopter, but we also explored the base

This is where we stayed at the beautiful Desert Gardens Hotel

One of the lovely indigenous art galleries 

My students waiting for the paint to dry so that they could continue, it didn't take long in the sunshine.

The fabulous group with their finished bags, all so different and gorgeous.

The town square is in the centre surrounded by the shops, apartments and hotels. The gardens are lovely, so tropical considering it's surrounded by desert.

The tutors. Caroline Sharkey, third from the right, organised the whole event and also taught a workshop. What an amazing time we all had, thanks to Caroline and her fantastic team of helpers.

I couldn't resist attending a workshop with indigenous artist Sarah, she was lovely and so shy. Her helper explains what the symbols mean and what her painting is about. It was a privilege to be able to learn from her. I bought one of her paintings knowing the money actually goes directly to her. I learnt so much about their culture, things I never knew before and have such a great respect for their way of life. If ever you get a chance to visit them you won't regret it.

I'll be back soon

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday 11 May 2018

Teaching in Uluru 2018

I'm so excited to be teaching this workshop in August at Uluru in Central Australia. Not only to you get to attend a great retreat and workshops, you also get to see the magnificence of the desert and our amazing country. To top it off you get to take home a free Bernina sewing machine. There are still a couple of places left, so would love you to join me. For details visit here:

Happy Creating


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Belated Happy New Year

It's almost February and my first post for the year. I hope everyone enjoyed their break. I've been busy creating mew things for my Etsy shop

I've also been working out classes for this year. I'm teaching 'Mosaic Madness' at Fibre Arts Australia. in Ballarat in July. This workshop is for five days, so you should be able to complete your project to take home. Details and enrolment are here: 

I will also be teaching at Uluru in Central Australia in August this year. Not only do you get chance to do a three day workshop, but you also get to visit the magical Uluru and partake in some wonderful outings. You also get to keep your own BERNINA sewing machine that's provided for the workshop. I'll be teaching painting your own fabric as a group, so that you don't need to worry about a blank piece of fabric, or panic because you don't paint. Then we turn the fabric into a very versatile, light weight bag, that you can wear or fold up and put inside another bag. It packs away into a small shape, no bigger than a small fold up umbrella. For details and enrolment visit this link:
Below are images for both workshops

FIBRE ARTS AUSTRALIA - Ballarat workshop

Typical finished piece of fabric that you can keep or frame if you don't want to make a bag

One of the bags using the group fabric

Another bag made from the painted fabric

If you don't want to make a large bag, I'll show you how to make a small one and an iPad or tablet cover.


Catch up again soon, thanks for dropping by.

Saturday 21 October 2017

I Don't Know Where The Past Few Months Went

The same old cliche, I don't know where the time went. The past few weeks and the next few coming up have and will have been the busiest I've had since I decided to retire and work for myself. I've been doing lots of teaching, planning new workshops and creating lots of paintings for my exhibition starting next weekend at Tog's Restaurant and Cafe in Castlemaine, in Victoria. The exhibition goes until the end of November. I will be teaching in Brisbane and the Gold Coast for eight days in November. After that I intend to slow down for a couple of months to experiment and hopefully get some on-line workshops  ready for next year. Famous last words.

Following are just a few of the paintings I'll be exhibiting.

Lots of layers of texture and paint on wooden panels. I've created quite a few of these.

These are hand painted acrylic paint on canvases that are framed.
I have six of these.

I'll have at least five of my large acrylic paintings on canvas on show.
This one's not quite finished.

This one is made from my painted papers then collaged onto canvas.
I have a few of these including my lollipop trees and sheep 

I also have some small collage canvases made from an eclectic arrangement of found objects and papers.

I'll try to catch up soon
Thanks for dropping by

Monday 15 May 2017

Teaching events

I'm slowly catching up with things. I have some fabulous teaching events coming up in the next two years starting with one on July the 14th to the 20th this year, at South Australian Quilt Encounter details here

This is a two day workshop where you take a photo or image and re create it using lots of scraps of fabric, you can be as accurate or as abstract as you like adding stitching and embellishments as you go. I like to add unusual objects to convey certain things. I've used press studs in the last photo to represent hay bales.

I will also be teaching a three day fabric journal workshop using recycled fabrics that we will over dye

old fabrics, recycled clothing, lace, doilies and threads are all dyed ready to use
some buttons can also be dyed too

we will make our own foam stamps that can be used time and time again, for printing on fabric or paper and can be used where ever you use commercial stamps

These are some of the fabrics waiting to be worked on now they are bound into the cover

one of the pages using lots of the dyed scraps

this page has been printed using two of my hand made foam stamps

I would love to meet you over in South Australia if you're there.
It's a great event with lots of inspiring tutors and students.

I'll be back with my August teaching event at Berry Quilting Retreat in the next post