Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Springtime

The first Lupins.

Apple Tree by the old chook shed.

Yellow Iris

Apple tree over the archway

Last week we had the best rain for years. A little bit every day. It was heaven. The grass in our valley is now beautifully green and the garden is beginning to pop with spring. I'm looking forward to visiting the gardens around Burra on the first week-end of November. I particularly enjoy the Paines Iris Garden, perched high on a hill overlooking the Burra Valley. It is spectacular and well worth the drive if you live around the Canberra Area.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Article in the Queensland Messenger

I met journalist Trish Goodfield at the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show and she asked if I would be interested in taking part in an interview for the Messenger - the local paper for the North Lakes area just north of Brisbane. Here is a link to the article. Thanks Trish for spreading the Paper Quilting word to a beautiful part of Queensland.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christmas Cards & Tags + Button Beauties

2009 Christmas Cards and Tags from Wren's Nest Studio

As promised - pictures of my Button Beaty Brooch Creations so far.

Christmas in October at Bredbo

Yesterday we drove to Bredbo, a little town on the way to the ski fields in Southern NSW. I was on a mission to find flat gold and silver Christmas decorations for a project I had in mind and The Christmas Barn was the place to go. After a delicious Devonshire Tea I hit the barn. It is a magical place. It is like walking through the Christmas caves which department stores used to set up when I was a child. Packed to the ceiling with every beautiful, sparkly ornament you could imagine.  I wasn't so lucky finding flat ornaments BUT how could I leave empty handed. I left with a whole flock of gold, silver and aqua Christmas birds which will be perfect for decorating my Wren's Nest Studio stall in the lead up to Christmas.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday at The Old Bus Depot Markets

Last Sunday I packed up my caravan of Paper Quilt wares and headed off to the Old Bus Depot Market at Kingston in Canberra. I was very pleased with the new colour scheme and less cluttered look (not easy still for me). I had a very busy morning but the afternoon turned very cold and windy which kept visitors away.

I was thrilled when one of my student s came to tell me that she had been making Paper Quilt cards to raise money for the Fistular Hospitals in Africa and had an order to fill. This just made my day and I was so proud of her.

This week I have been up in the shed making cards, cats in gardens, handbags and dancing butterfly pictures. I have also been experimenting with making some button brooches. I started out wanting to make a flower and embellished the centre with beads and buttons. The centre proved to be so lovely that I discarded the petals completely. I have worked on circles, hearts and ovals. They are turning out to be more and more lavish - how is that not a surprise. I love them but we'll see what the others think when they go on show. Just as well I have thousands of buttons and a growing collection of beads and embellishments. I hope that I can exhibit them at the Christmas Handmade Market in November at Yarralumla Wool Shed. Some pictures of these will follow when I take them.

At last I went to see The September Issue again and it was just as wonderful the second time around. I went with my daughter and she loved it too.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Let it Snow

I was dancing in the snow on Wednesday - which would have made a very funny photo but I was here by myself. It wasn't cold enough for the snow to settle in piles by the back door but it continued to float down in big flakes for a good hour which was lovely. All this loveliness has gone some way to make up for our miserable situation of NO RUNNING WATER. We had our old concrete water tank cleaned last week and the cracks repaired. Since that day the weather changed from beautiful spring days to very cold and wet days. The material used to repair the cracks is still setting so now one week on, we are still without running water. It is a reality check and makes us all realise how lucky we are that water usually runs from a tap and is not collected in buckets from far off places and lugged back. Hopefully the heaters will arrive over the weekend and we can have a delivery of water.

This week I have been getting ready for going to the Old Bus Depot Market on Sunday so I have been trying to spend as much time as possible up in the shed. I have gone back to printing my papers in 1 inch squares and stitching them for greeting cards. Today I will be working on an Australia paper and making some Paper Quilts cats. I taught a class yesterday and have another tomorrow.

Shock of the week was receiving the DVD of the workshop I gave at the National Gallery. Seeing and hearing the real you is always a bit of a nightmare - is that really me. Is that really how I look and sound!!!!!! I gradually looked from behind hands over my eyes to be slightly relieved to hear not to many um's and not to much waving arms and hands in the body movement department. It was still very hard to watch.