Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The front garden is looking lovely as things settle in and start to grow. The flowers haven't opened up yet but one kangaroo paw is in full bloom and the other is tempting us with a flower. All the brown stuff on the ground is the mulch and does it make it all look so good - makes the green stand out so much more. The birds are very happy indeed.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Should be back on track with all the orders by the end of tomorrow and I am ever hopeful of getting into the studio tomorrow. It isn't really that long until the show here in Perth when you come to think of it. I am trying to drag out my winter woolies but once we got the house warm we slept like babes last night and actually slept in until 7am...
I am also waiting patiently for my sketchbook to arrive for The Sketchbook Project. And today I received my copy of Carla Sonheim's book 52 Drawings. You may recall that I did an on-line workshop - The Art of Silliness - I haven't done every day yet but it is all ready for me to carry on when I have time. This is a wonderful book.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Amazing to come back to Perth and feel cold - I think it is so unusual that you don't expect it. The weather in Brisbane was lovely although lots of Queenslanders told me it was too cold - we haven't been there before at this time of the year and really enjoyed that part. We stayed not far from the centre and enjoyed our walk to and from the Convention Centre. We had a great time at the Textile Art Festival and especially having Jacinta come and play and work for us as well. I thought my idea of the Artists at Work went down very well - I think I got the prize for the messier of the two of us - sometimes I just cannot resist bringing everything because I know people will want to see as much as they can. We both loved having you all watch us at work!
Also - congrats to all of you who came with the right answer - of course it was the All Whites! And thanks to all of you who came to see us, buy from us, chat to us etc. It wasn't as busy as last year but the exhibits were all great and we did sell out of quite a few goodies. Try as hard as I might, it always happens.
We did manage to watch both rugby games on Saturday night although I slept soundly very soon afterwards. And we found last year's restaurant - Barolo (yes now we have 2 - one in Brisbane and one in Perth) and had a few very nice meals there. Last night we went to Southbank to Piaf - I would recommend that to anyone too.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
If you are coming to the Textile Art Festival, we look forward to seeing you, either at our stand no 62 or at the Artists Working Studio (either Jacinta or me at any given time) and do check out the Textile Tantrums.
For our wonderful newsletter readers who will be coming, your question is (change of sporting code here as an exception....)
What is the name of the New Zealand soccer team?
Remember - first two each day. ps - don't write the answer here - it gives it away!!!!! you have to come with it in person....
Cheers until Monday - I can say the big suitcase is packed but I can't say my stuff is even started but it will be by noon when we fly off towards the east.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
And the Magic won in the netball so NZ on a high this weekend for sport.
I have just got this die cutting and embossing toy and having fun. Off to dinner tonight to celebrate Val's birthday - never mind that it was a month ago...
Sunday, June 20, 2010
In between a variety of activities like making flowers, sampling for the next Gilding the Lily lesson, writing up a Holey Moley page or two, sorting all my stuff for the working artists studio in Brisbane and packaging last minute stuff for the show, and playing with the rust powder which has finally arrived (not on web yet), we watched a bit of sport.
The All Blacks had a wonderful win against Wales in Dunedin, sadly the Wallabies just missed out and then we watched some of the soccer but it was too much so we went to bed but we did see Harry Kewell get a red card. Wonder how the All Whites will go tonight and if we will last the distance.
I have been researching our family histories and have managed to get the Rollersons back about 8 generations - all very interesting. in my web wanderings I discovered Papers Past. Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1932 and includes 58 publications from all regions of New Zealand.no time for solitaire now - I have spent hours reading old newspapers - fascinating stuff indeed. I have printed out a few pages to add to the growing folders. I have been chasing the Dustins as well - only back about 5 generations there.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wasn't the soccer result for NZ brilliant? It is so boring that Ian was sound asleep and I woke him up to tell him the match was as good as over when the goal happened. It is like watching grass grow though. And the noise sure puts you off. Just as well I had a heap of threads to wind.
We have continued to have lovely rain just what the new garden needs and I am still making flowers. Wonder what will happen when I burn the kunin felt from the back after I have made a flower?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Talking of i-phones, Bruce told me the All Black app was worth collecting but I needed to upgrade my phone first - what chaos - it all went dead and no sort of coaxing would make it work. Spent hours on the phone this morning until the suggestion was to take it to i-phone hospital but I would lose all my data.It's back home now and I am pleased to say that most of the stuff is still there although I have lost my typetwister which is silly because it is the only app I have actually purchased, Much happier now though - I was lost last night without it.
We have a little limestone wall along our path - the garden is all finished and we are really thrilled with it. A bonus is that it has rained ever since it was all installed and we don't need to water. Loona next door is not at all sure about this lovely garden and has been standing around looking in. (she is a cat)
Tonight we are going to sit in front of the tv and watch the All Whites play soccer - can't be worse than the unspeakable game played yesterday morning!
I have just had a peep at the Ally Pally workshops and mine has only 6 places left - that was quick. We are going to have fun with the Moonglow Sprays and the flowers I can see.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Today was relaxing too - cleaned up more stuff and got working on my flowers - lots of variations and these are fun. The workshops for Ally Pally went up yesterday - and the bookings open tomorrow. I am doing a workshop on the Thursday using the Moonglow Sprays and micas - and making a flower power brooch. I am only doing the one workshop this year.
This afternoon we took ourselves off to the valley again for lunch - to Little River Winery again - very pleasant and relaxing.
Back into it tomorrow
Friday, June 11, 2010
I am busting to get into the studio tomorrow morning - I have had quite a few new ideas for making my flowers and I am off first to spray up some Tissutex Plus (the heavier one) so watch this space tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
This was our outside dining room in Broome - very private and relaxing,
Today we are running in circles here packaging for Brisbane - the show might be two weeks away but our stuff goes on Friday and as punishment for having a holiday in Broome I am running around a tad. With Qantas luggage changes what is heavy must go on the train and even light things add up in a suitcase. I guess we will get there - we usually do.
the entrance to our villa - they are all the same - open but private.
Downunder Textiles issue 2 arrived today so we are sending them out along with everything else - just a wee bit behind but these things are always worth waiting for. Our kitchen looks like a storm has been through but come Saturday I promise to have it pretty spic and span......
Monday, June 07, 2010
We watched a fairly boring game of rugby on Sat night - Australia vs Fiji - I almost fell asleep. Tomorrow night at our park is the England vs Aust Barbaraian game - we shall see if it is more exciting.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The first of our Iris flowers has appeared in what we call Barbara's bush - Barbara always used to sleep here although Bruce reckons we get far more flowers now she is dead - her legacy maybe?
Waiting for Godot was absolutely fantastic - Ian McKellen and Roger Rees were superb and in fact so were the others. So pleased we went. I have always wanted to go see it. I sat at the computer on the dot of 10am this morning to book for Leonard Cohen - he is performing at our stadium down at the corner in November so looking forward to it. Took me a few goes because I forgot my password, forgot which credit card I used and I kept being knocked off - each time the seats changed....