Saturday, March 31, 2012
This week has been spent counting, sorting and packaging. Actually I must admit that most weeks are spent this way but it is Saturday afternoon and the kitchen bench is free of fibre, fabric and other stuff much to Ian's delight. Watched rugby and used the time to package slushies and silk tops - sadly the Hurricanes lost but the first half was terrific and fast. four games today so skipping one because the Force are playing at the park. A few people have asked what team Ian is going for - at this stage - it is the Chiefs so of course he was delighted with their win. I have been up working on Romeo - nearly finsihed all that I am doing but this is for a book cover. Finish it tomorrow.
And this I stiole from Shelagh's blog - she said it reminded her of Provence and it does for me too - love the fleur-di-lys on the glass. Absolutely inspiring. Thanks Shelagh - it is fabulous and i wish it was nearby for me to see.
I have written my share of the newsletter so it should be ready tomorrow.
Off to see if the Force can win tonight....
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
So the day has flown by and nothing creative has happened apart from the satisfaction of ticking everything off on my today's list. Doesn't happen very often. Wondering if anyone else has a lazy postie? We get mail every day but lately we have been getting lots of other people's mail as well. Because we post parcels every day I put them in the bins with the parcels and write on them - 'lazy postie - please deliver to the address on the envelope' Now we can do this easily because Ian has to drive to the central posting every day but for others, I have seen people running around the streets doing the postie's job for him. Worrying times indeed.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
We had a lovely day yesterday for our Open Day - the weather was perfect - even clouded over and not humid. Many thanks to all the wonderful customers who came - we were really busy in the morning. Hope you all enjoy your goodies.
Kazuko pulled a lucky winner out of my new red shoes box and congratulations to Kerry Svenson who won the $50 voucher to spend at the Thread Studio anytime.
Today was supposed to rain but it didn't although it is humid and we have been slow and lazy about putting everything away. But we did stocktake lots of things which makes life so much easier - I have even been reordering on a Sunday. It is a chance for us to tidy things up inside the 'shop' as well.
I am back at my embellisher finishing a project and then I am planning to sit outside and read my book. I think I deserve it.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This gorgeous doll was made by Beth Beglin who brought it to show me at the Silk Stuff workshop last Saturday. She used the Venice Limited Edition and it is so gorgeous. Beth also brought us some wonderful goodies from her business - Pepper Tree Grove - this is from the web - I don't think they have a website but if you are going to York do visit - we have been indulging in chocolates - plum jam -olives and olive oil. Thanks so much Beth.
Pepper Tree Grove is a boutique family business producing and selling award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
We are also York's original producer of a delicious range of handmade chocolates, using only the finest quality Belgian chocolate.
Our other products which we make and sell are table olives, Tapenades, Dukkah, Jams and Chutneys.
We are situated on 5 acres of land, nestled under Mount Bakewell, with four acres of olives planted in 1998-99. There is also one acre of gardens surrounding our 100 year old + cottage, which is part of the Shire of York's heritage inventory.
We bought our lovely property in 2002, which included a badly neglected olive grove. The first 6 years saw us rebuilding the grove into the standard you will see today when you visit.
Improvements to our home and the establishment of a large garden have also kept us busy; the latter will soon be open for viewing by the public
Paragliders and hang gliders are an attraction to our area. If you visit us later in the afternoons on fine sunny days, you maybe lucky enough to see these brave enthusiasts flying over Mount Bakewell.
You are very welcome to wander through our grove and sample our wares.
Taste test our delicious products on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 10am and 5pm, or by appointment weekdays. We are only 2.5km (4 mins drive) from York Information Services and have plenty of signage on the main roads to guide you.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
I am preparing for our Open Day - it will be like us at the Perth show - I have been rolling up the lovely hand dyed Evolon - Jacinta is feeding them to me slowly. 50cm x 50cm approx for $6.
Now back to embellishing velvet and flimsies and sewing on more beads.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I had a lovely workshop today - hope they all enjoyed it too - lovely people. We played with lots of different silk fibres and Starburst Sprays - of course. I didn't realise it was going to be quite so warm today until someone mentioned it was 34 so at that point my feet felt tired and hot and I turned the air con on - as you would.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Actually the studio is almost ready - we are going to work with loads of different silk fibres and rods and cocoons etc - hopefully it will be a good day - and of course adding lots of colour. I am not so good with pristine white.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
No - what really excited me today was Sarah Lawrence's latest and sadly last book which arrived today - true Sarah style and I can hear her talking as I looked through.
The Stampington magazines are proving to be very popular with Artjournaling selling straight away so I hav ordered another round with a few requests.
Harley has helped herself to a ball of yarn and is having a field day. mmm....
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This parcel took nearly 3 weeks to come from Melbourne and quite a few people have emailed or phoned to say their goodies from us haven't arrived. I think the floods may have caused some of the problems - even though there were no floods from here to the east, sometimes things snowball, so hang in there - I did and my shoes turned up....
Little gripe for today - I hate it when I write an article for a magazine and don't get to see the final proof and then discover that there are errors when it is published. Things do need to make sense and read well. It isn't that I am perfect - far from it - but I don't like it.
Thanks to Kaz and Bruce I had a lovely round of reflexology this morning - my feet are all fired up once again. Tonight we are off to Planet Books to use our book vouchers.
Monday, March 12, 2012
What did arrive were the new Tee Juice pens. There are now 16 colours and in in fine, medium and thick. I have been waiting for some time for these. We have even been able to reduce the price on the thick ones. The new 8 are pastel which makes a great contrast with the original 8. Have a look at the website to see them all.
Ian is calling me for my glass of white so off I go
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Hardly the time to be outside in the sun with our 8th record heatwave since 1895 or something. 40 degrees today...
But - every year at Cottesloe they have a Sculpture by the Sea
This is the Indiana Teahouse - Cottesloe is a popular beach - although driving to the beach in weather like we are having seems silly as you get hot again driving back home.
It is a very popular installation and loads of people go to see it.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The weather is hot and staying that way so it will be indoors in air con this weekend. I have still not found my Paris book so a hunt is in order.
I have been dreaming - or been slack - and the POMs - product of the month - have only just started to go - half were posted last night and the rest will be on Monday. my apologies - I would say the heat has fried my brain.
When I have found my journal I shall start gathering everything for my Silk workshop on Saturday coming. There is a place left if anyone is interested. Making lots of silk paper in different forms. playing with various silk fibres, appyling colour, moulding and all of that. Hopefully it won't be too hot but my studio is air conditioned.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
The piece above is for Lynette - I have washed out my sampler and lain it on my precious piece of Ironbark Velvet so that you can see I have made no progress there whatsoever.
I went to the dentist today for my annual visit and as hard as he worked, he couldn't find anything wrong so after the usual 'you could have implants and crowns and whatever' (every time) he had to admit all was well. I told him I had spent all my money on new specs and replacement lens for broken ones.
Judy - the velvet for the Kimberley Dreaming piece - the flowers I embossed on with a stamp and some paint.
My Paris Shoes journal has been invited to be in a magazine but do you think i can find it to post it off? It has to be in the studio somewhere......
Finally tonight - we are having a limited time special of Angelina fibres - a 100gram pot luck of all varieties and colours for almost half price - $40. I am tackling the area in the warehouse where Angelina lives and tidying it up so I made a heap of these bags today and they will be available at his excellent price until they have gone. The area is looking tidier already!
Tonight Bruce and Kaz are taking us out for Ian's birthday to the Fat Dragon - very nice.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
The rest of the country is in flood and we are in dry and hot - that is silly. I spent yesterday putting together new Felt making kits
And this morning I made new Needle felting kits up
And then Jacinta sent me the first lot of Marrakesh in silk, wool and slushie - what do you think?
Saturday, March 03, 2012
We have had a good weekend of rugby watching - really enjoyed that the Chiefs and the Highlanders won and of course the Hurricanes. Had to get up early this morning to watch that one. Next week they are here to play the Force at our park.
It's a long weekend in Western Australia this weekend so it is quiet. I could say they have all gone to Margaret River but I think it is more like Bali. Much cheaper.
I have been honoured to be the guest on
The Sketchbook Challenge
today - I feel a bit of a fraud because I am not a sketcher so much as a player as you will know if you follow this blog. But I guess so long as it leads to filling my journals and turning stuff into stitch and enjoying it all - that is the main thing.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
And I love it placed over another surface. Have I said before how much I love layers?