Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The day after



Thank you for all the hundreds of birthday greetings - I had a lovely day but then we have had a lovely relaxing time with only one day to go. We must have been tired because we slept for 12 hours the first night.


Not many people here so have the pool almost to ourselves so pop in for dip, pop out to read and on and on.

We went to look for the dinosaur footprints but the tide is not low enough - try again next time.
We have eaten out a couple of times at Little India and 18 Degrees but decided to cook on the Weber Q - eventually we will buy ourselves one of these - brilliant says Ian. Plus Elderton's Sparkling Burgundy which I love while we enjoyed two great rugby games - the Chiefs won - a bit scarey - and go the Force - all those wins on the trot.

Ian gave me this for my birthday - I wasn't expecting anything first because I am here and second we are off to Nigel Kennedy on 29th.

I have done a minimal amount of work but loads of thinking - writing - planning. I have stitched this background of one of my stitched pieces.

Sprayed up a treat on a Broome newspaper.


Stitched started for an article due soon.

The view from our our outdoor bathroom. This morning we are off to discuss the idea of our Broome Artistic Retreat - yes - a a two or maybe three day retreat in 2016 or perhaps 2015 - if you want to be the first to know when we have details just email me - absolutely no commitment.

One more day and then back to work.













Monday, April 14, 2014

Mmmm

First time Blogspot has let me down - we are off back to Perth today and I will post back home. Severe reprimand to blogspot


- posted by Dale

Location:Murray Road,Cable Beach,Australia

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Off once again




Okay - it's time for an April break so tomorrow we are off to Broome for a few days - on one of the days there will be a dreaded birthday but as someone pointed out - it's better to have another birthday than for them to stop. I floated an idea on Facebook today which will give me something to work on while are there.


In the meantime I have been pottering - a little Paris page


Another Paris page - I am enjoying playing with different texture and different things with image and text.



Another Marrakesh page with text and image and combination of cloth and paper.


The start of a Marrakesh page - as you can see I do love my sprays - can you see the mica? Needs stitch and more but I am finding if I work up a few pages I can come back to them - they are like paintings.

Last week we went to A Streetcar Named Desire - fabulous it was. We couldn't work out when we saw it last but so pertinent for today. However having watched Blue Jasmine on the last plane trip I did think Woody Allen may have got most of his ideas from here.... Afterwards we went to Pleased to meet You - really love this little restaurant/bar on Roe Street

So - see you in Broome.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Black Lutradur - gelli plate - Opulence Paints - stencil


 Yes - I know I haven't blogged for some time - not that I have been doing nothing but in fact been very busy. I am working on quite a variety of things - lots for my workshops coming up but nothing resolved as yet. however I thought I would play with black Lutradur. There has been a bit of talk about Lutradur being discontinued - well this may be but we have plenty and our supplier tells me they have more than plenty so if you can't get it at your usual spot, you can get it from us. We have white in 4 weights and black in 70gsm.

Black is interesting - it takes metallic paints. I used my gelli plate and a stencil and red and gold Oppie paint. But I only worked through some parts of the stencil


 On a second piece I used the same paint and same stencil but afterwards I sprayed the surface with Glitz Spritz - one of the iridescent ones - both sides - one above and one below. the sprays add that extra special something.




Next I tried a different stencil but same paints and was thrilled with this result. I am thinking about printing over this and maybe stitching

and another one which for some reason looks to have a blue tinge but believe you me, it is black. Must be my camera

Basically I am thrilled with hoe the black lutradur looks - we are selling it by the metre.

Then, because I was playing with the gelli plate and paints and stencils, I worked on a sheet of deli paper which is now sitting at my printer waiting to be printed on. Very exciting.

Not just that but the Hurricanes have beaten the Crusaders in Christchurch so maybe they are on the up.
Ian is working hard on threads.In-fusion which , trust me, will be out in March. i have promised him a train trip outing to Fremantle for lunch the day after I email it out. It's going to be a great issue - There are some fabulous articles.  I think he just has my last article to go and of course all the contents and links etc. I will feed him well while he works.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Still in Sydney




There is a gallery in Double Bay full of lots of Gillie and Marc sculptures
And some wonderful ones outside


Not such a good photo of Marilyn Monroe being photographed by Bill Cunningham


Yachts going out for the final race. We have had a lovely time - not quite the result Grant was hoping for but it is always great to be on Sydney Harbour watching the racing


Looking out the window at the water from the club




I finished off another page for one if my journals


And some dry felting underway - rolling up in bubble wrap to get it going then things to add including stitch. I try to do as much as poss without wet felting and if it works - excellent

Off back to Perth later on today and back to work tomorrow - plenty of orders to keep us on our toes tomorrow for starters so yes - be busy this week

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Rocks




Today was a lay day for the yachting so part of our lazy day we tool ourselves into town for a relaxing wander around.


We went to The Rocks where on Fridays they have a Foodie Market where we bought some vinegars and had lunch. Lots of people around.

Then I did a bit of stitch.


Saw these red shoes in a shop and couldn't resist a photo.

Back to the sailing tomorrow.

Relaxing in Sydney




We are relaxing in Sydney after being so busy before we left home. An eventful flight with a diversion to Melbourne because Sydney had a spectacular storm and the airport was closed but we got there. Hannah and Pete had a lovely BBQ all whizzed up for us at Woolloomooloo and then we popped off to our hotel and slept like logs apart from the humidity


On our morning waned came across these wonderful dragon fruit - colour just like our new limited edition Cottage Garden. Nature and us thinking alike


Not such a good photo but a garment spotted in a Double Bay shop window




Fisher and Paykel on the water - not such a good result yesterday after a slightly messy start but while we were in the air they came. 7th. But it is great to be here and watching on the water and catching up with people.

Today is a lay day so we are off to relax - I think

Location:South Avenue,Double Bay,Australia

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

tweedledeedee and off we fly

 We are off to Sydney pretty soon - have lunch all ready for eating on the plane since airline food is not worth getting excited about - not Qantas though - Virgin had a better deal. The J J champs are on for the 18ft skiffs - things not going so well so far but more days to come.

We were flat out yesterday and sorry to say not quite finish all the orders or get all the clubs away - I did get started on them and will be back next Tuesday to carry on. I also did NOT get to tidy  my big desk so will try again next week. I have gathered stuff to stitch and maybe make a bit of felty stuff.


 A little Paris page underway - the image on the bottom are a couple of photos I took in Paris printed onto Tissutex which had been soaked in Bubblejetset - probably ages ago as i found it taped to a sheet of paper underneath a pile of stuff. After I printed it I sponged water on the surface to test and nothing moved.


 And a collage - sorry about the light - it isn't that yellow

Trying an idea thanks to Pokey Bolton but on Tissutex. When I get back....

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Welcome to Paris


 Not sure where the days go by - the heat does not help - all these days over 30 and tend to forget what rain might look like. I changed my theme to Paris so out came my lovely little Paris Shoes book and my large box of papers and fabrics and paper napkins and wool and thread and a bit more. I am pleased to see the printed plastic bags I brought back from Paris with me.

 A page at the ready. The overlay was in the box with my Paris shoes.


 A collection of some things I have done this week - I am afraid my desk is a bit of a mess - that is what happens when you have at least 6 projects on the go.


On Tuesday I went to the Kaffe Fasset lecture at Perth Mod - loads of wonderful colour - he has a great eye for colour I must say. I bought Glorious knitting way back when and made a few. And today I found the Needlepoint book. I must have stopped buying them after that. He sure has produced a few over the years. There are some wonderful people around with a good eye for colour. I love to pull the books out and think colour for a time.



Yesterday we went down to Safety Bay and had a lovely lunch with Val and Jim in their Peppermint Tree restaurant eating crabs and drinking wine. Very relaxing indeed.

Followed the yachting but 2 races and a number of false starts - all abandoned. Grant came third in the invitation race on Friday but today did not go to plan.  That's yachting.

Don't forget to check out the new Limited Edition at the top of this page - it's a beautiful colour and Jacinta is dyeing up some flimsies to match so I can use one.

We enjoyed some of the rugby but not all must say. The Blues beat the Crusaders and the Chiefs beat the Highlanders and the hurries just got done in the last two minutes and the Force redeemed themselves a wee tiny bit in the last part of their game.

Monday, February 24, 2014

by by wellie - for the wee while

 I have abandoned Wellie for a while - the colours were getting worse and worse - more into the winter and believe you me, it sure ain't here. So this was my last little play and everything is stacked up for another day. I think the final straw was that the green I sprayed my backing here wasn't green at all.....I have a new theme and about 4 days to work it. Watch this space.

Watched the rugby yesterday and The Force seemed to start where they left off. plust he Hurries lost over night - try again this coming week, boys.




Here is Fisher and Paykel on Sydney Harbour yesterday. The J J's start on Friday. Should be lots of good racing hopefully when we get there too.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

rugby - concerts - foodie - no Wellie


I have given myself a wee break from Wellie and tomorrow I shall be back with my play and exploration. In the meantime on Friday I took myself off to a new little group of nice people and spent my time doing some stitching and chatting. I enjoyed it. Then we went to St Martin in the Field at the Concert Hall - such brilliant playing but sadly marred by people being allowed in willy nilly in the first half. First time in my life this has happened. We have been late for a concert and had to sit outside for an appropriate break without any drama - this made me quite cross.

Then we went to check out the Chevron Festival Gardens - busy in Northbridge with the Fringe Festival and the Perth Festival both on so lots of people around.



We decided to check out a reasonably new eatery - Pleasure to Meet You - very friendly people - great food. I think they talked slowly and caringly to us because they thought we were old - kept explaining where we might go to order. But one of the staff recognized us from other places we frequent...

The Super Rugby season has begun - fab win to the Chiefs yesterday and to the Highlanders today. Now to see how the Hurries go tonight. Off to cook our bbq and enjoy the evening in our garden. Back to Wellie tomorrow.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where is Wellie today?





Disastrous day for Wellie today - just couldn't make anything work and I seem to have a pile of dirty coloured papers which I don't like so set them all aside and try again . I think my list of things to play and try is far to long and I should concentrate on one thing at a time instead of going for ten.

In the meantime I finished the ground for this little piece which I am going at handstitch - it looks really good sitting beside me so I shall concentrate before I add the next bit


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wonderful Wellie some more




Some newspaper deli play today on the dominion post - thought the weather page appropriate since it's always a discussion point when mentioning Wellie.

Having to work the words though - tomorrow - because they need to go in reverse

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wonderful Wellie cont




Not much to show today apart from some layering up or layering over


So thought I would share some of our new rollers - many big boxes appeared today - should be on the web tomorrow - cheap as and lots of fun

I am reading Keith Floyd's auto biography Stirred but not Shaken written not long before he died. I have always enjoyed him and have a few of his cookbooks well used. This auto bio cost me 61p
I suppose Keith went off the popularity polls when he died but tv cooking shows have a lot to thank him for - I bet he would hate those ghastly shows on these days which I never watch...

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