Sunday, August 31, 2008
You may have seen the new heading ...Holly's Handmade Buttons & Beads. This is an exciting little development that I am really pleased to promote. Holly is making licorice allsort buttons as I write, and my brain is going into overload deciding on a suitable project to showcase them on. She is always making something and particularly enjoys making small objects from polymer clay. The detail is amazing as well as the enthusiasim....just may not be able to pay the gas bill after all the firings. Can't stifle creativity though!
I am well underway with the Christmas wall hanging , using the 'Peace on Earth' range from Moda is a joy, the fabrics are so beautiful and the Charm pack is a great way to try them all. I don't have to cut my squares...all done for me. I'm working on the applique at present and will post a picture as soon as I can photograph it in good light.
First day of Spring in the morning here. The birds have been exceptionally active as one could expect. Even saw a small one building a nest ( or tending it) above the main entry door of our local shopping complex....right above the large 'C' for Centro. Pipi (cat) has also decided she would rather be outside 'to play', I wonder why! The weather is lovely too! (sorry Stephanie).
I have just finished packaging a really big order for Bohdana in Prague. She is starting up a Doll Club to introduce and encourage doll making in her country and I have had the pleasure of helping her in this endeavour. Pretty exciting stuff!
Well, I guess I should get a good night's sleep, it's been 1 am the last few nights getting patterns sorted, but everything that needs to be done is done....... maybe a little reading before shut eye.
Love to be able to show you a photo of my garden in full 'spring' mode, but it hasn't recovered, as yet, from the construction of the garage and all the big feet. So, I thought I'd show you the plum pudding that will be on 'special' for September. Hopefully I'll have the price changed on the website soon. It's a cutie and non fattening!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I've added the embroidery on her skirt and tacking around the heart. Then to writing up the pattern etc. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've decided to supply these projects as complete kits so that you can get in and make them ( no excuse for UFO's).
I will have some interesting news regarding classes in doll making featuring my patterns overseas soon. It's an exciting new development and will help to spread the enjoyment of doll making in areas that are new to this craft. Best wishes to B in this endeavour.
Another fishing weekend coming up for the boys...ahhhh! the peace & quiet!
Back to work and perhaps a hot mug of soup....ahhhh! soup!
Monday, August 18, 2008
The last of the Doll Club patterns for 2008 is on it's way to you as I write. Mixed emotions here; a tinge of sadness akin to sending your young out into the world; and also satisfaction & relief that it is complete for another year.
As a BIG thank you to all my wonderful Club members I made up a quick Christmas Santa pattern for you & have included a free ceramic button to complete the project. There is a small black & white photo of santa finished in the pack but he is shown here in colour so that you can refer to it also for a guide. As it was a last minute 'bright' idea, any clarification needed re: instructions happily given via email too. Should be fine though!
Stocking Santa is about 10-11 inches tall to tip of hat. You could sew a rusty bell to the tip or reduce the pattern (photocopier) and make a tiny one. I also forgot to mention in the materials required list that you will need some sand or something similar to weight the bottom. I had the buttons specially made and they are quite cute.
Information should be ready to pop on the website today for the Xmas Club. Looking forward to that. I will have completed photos to show also on the BLOG.
Wishing you a lovely day
ps. Stephanie Smith of Qld is the winner of the Doll Club $25.00 gift voucher...Congratulations Stephanie !
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Frills, plenty of detail & lots of fun. I'll be sending them all out by Monday so all Doll Club members will be receiving their copy of Daisy shortly.
Sadly, Xmas Club this year may be the last Doll Club for a little while, only temporarily though, as I will be studying and need to get settled into a regular routine. So unlike previous years I won't be starting off 2009 with the Doll Club. This new chapter is something I've wanted to do for quite a while and I guess all things in their own time. I will still be designing just as much as before and there will be plenty of new projects in the Wattlebee shop as well as regular Newsletters and this Blog. I'll be working just as hard so please keep popping in to see what's on offer.
Happy sewing and follow your dreams
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
This is over from the shops on the headland, looking out at the water...Fraser Is is to the left of the picture just out of view.
Back to work now, I have the last Doll Club project to photograph, another doll for Australian Country Threads, three Xmas Club dolls to complete and lots more goodies to come.
Take care & I hope you have your slice of paradise too!