Monday, March 21, 2016

2016 - January February and March....

Oh my goodness, three months have already disappeared.  Almost.  School holidays took up most of January.  Summer has stretched all the way from December into March.  Autumn hasn't really started and the heat has been unbearable at times.  We have had lots of swims, lots of sunshine, coffees and walks.  We have been camping (and sleeping in tents!) eating hamburgers and icecreams, making smoothies, and trying to keep cool.  Painting and drawing seems to have overtaken stitching and sewing still.  I would like to be doing more stitching as I find it very relaxing, and I find painting very frustrating at times, but I am compelled to keep trying.   Here are some photos from the last three months...

A little embroidery I finished not long ago.

Above and below are some of the cards I drew and painted with watercolours for family Christmas cards

All of them have been painted from photos found on instagram, mostly on dogsofinstagram

Below is a photo of a camping ground we stayed at,  and a billabong filled up by recent rains with everyone camped around it...the smell of all those paperbark trees reminded me of camping when we were kids....

A very Australian bush scene.  
It was wonderful to see all the trees in the camping ground had been left there and not chopped down.  Everyone was camped in and around the trees so there was a lot more privacy.  No powered sites and no phone reception!!!  But there was the most wonderful little cafe in among the trees serving delicious healthy food and great coffee!

A huge storm threatened, but luckily did not eventuate.  I don't think my tent would have survived!  Below is my interpretation of the night time there among the trees and the stars and the campfires!

I would love to go back there soon.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

December 2015......catch up!

What a long time since I last posted!  I won't make excuses.  But I will post some photos of what I have been up to.

My tiny shop at bigcartel is alive and kicking.  A big thank you to everyone who has been purchasing patterns from me.  It really is lovely to be sending those patterns off into the wide world and to get lovely emails back from people telling me what they are embroidering.

My focus has been on painting lately, though I do wish I was embroidering more than I have been.  I joined a lovely art group and I go once a week, trying to improve.  I still don't think I have discovered my style and I like experimenting with lots of different mediums.  I'm trying to keep internet time to a minimum, but I am not so good when it comes to Instagram.  It is so easy to get lost in looking instead of actually doing, so getting into a habit of sitting down to paint or draw or embroider is important to me.  My table is covered in art supplies and embroidery pieces.

Wishing you all a happy, peaceful, healthy 2016!!!

I was making a Christmas embroidery pattern, but I got sidetracked somewhere along the way and haven't finished it.  It was supposed to be similar to my other embroidery which I did a while ago, but I wasn't sure how it was going to look all in black and I couldn't decide whether to put some red into it.  What do you think?

I continued to do the painting a day project - just a postcard size painting or drawing.  I missed days, but that's ok.  At least I tried!

I attempted to keep a little moleskine visual diary as well for quick sketches and paintings.

 Beginning the art group made me get out the acrylics again and start practising.

I visited my sisters and the family cats.  There was a new addition to the family - a little poodle/cavalier.  Then I had a visitor to the tree right outside my balcony.  He/she stayed all day then climbed down in the night and disappeared into the darkness. 

 I've had plenty of swims and beach walks and summery sunsets, well maybe not enough swims yet but summer has really only just begun.

I have just started trying to paint some very cute dogs from Instagram on postcard size watercolour paper and I've used pencil, colour pencil, white pen and watercolour.  I chose these gorgeous dogs from dogsofinstagram.


Now it must be time for a coffee.  

Monday, August 24, 2015


Google is telling me that European Union laws require me to inform European Union visitors to the blog about the use of cookies.  Google says it has put a notice about this on mine and everyone else's blog.  I can't see the notice though so I hope it is working.  I don't use AdSense and I don't use any other cookies that I know of.  So I hope that I am acting within the law and meeting these requirements.  I'm not overly tech savvy unfortunately :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Next project....wip

Finally I have time to post a few photos...I've been working on this for a while.  It's the same format as the other two I have embroidered.....a photo (taken by my daughter on Australia Day many years ago)  printed onto artist canvas, but with the colours not printing properly (accidentally)  and some areas printing in the negative.  Then I add stitches, usually just backstitch or running stitch in long and short stitches.  It's fun watching it come together.

Still a lot more stitches to add.