Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Well school has finished for another year and Holly and I have taken advantage of our freedom and been busy in the studio making some new collectables for Christmas. I know it is last minute but we only just thought of them. Holly was madly drawing while in Melbourne and came up with these adorable "Christmas Beetles". Exams and all that goes with end of year meant we could only start making them now. Hope you think they are as cute as we do.
Melbourne was loads of fun. Met Helen and Lori from Pattern Press and was thrilled to see my quilts etc up there on display in Helen's beautiful stand. It was a really interesting day with lots of new fabrics ( OMG the new Michael Miller fabric) and lots of inspiration to take home. I picked up some beautiful felted wool fabric and can't wait to start using it....may be better in our winter as at the moment it is really humid and I'd rather be painting.
Some shots of Melbourne I'd like to share...This is a facinating design journal on display at ACMI and the dress Nicole Kidman wore in Moulin Rouge.....
and a costume that Cate Blanchet wore in Elizabeth 1st.
This beautiful gown was so delicate...it was in 100 years of fashion at Federation Square....Ian Potter Centre.
This is where we stayed (the dark grey building) Breakfree Hotel in Little Bourke St. Everything was booked out in Melbourne so we gave it a try. The room was much nicer than the reception area....such a lovely heritage building but a lot of the charm had been built over inside. Still, a comfortable and well appointed room and certainly a perfect location.
Busy, busy Melbourne...what a great image....bikes, taxis, trams, trains and feet.
Great shot Holly!!
Chicken soup for dinner. It's been raining all week and really humid when it's not so we took a chance tonight and yes, it stopped raining....but we do like soup.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The stress of preparation for Holly's semi formal, last weekend, is over. She had a wonderful time, looked lovely and danced all night......everyone happy.
Starting November with a fresh slate and a few new additions to my studio.....another great find at Ikea. I LOVE MY ROOM!
On friday afternoon I visited the Valentino Retrospective. Amazing!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
A lovely shelf ( ready and waiting) to display some treasures and gorgeous fabrics to colour my world.
Not the best shot, but you get an idea. Pattern writing and testing to complete and it's off to Helen.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Must get up early for a busy day tomorrow as I'm off to the Exhibition helping supervise a group of yr 10 students...then back to finish quilting my chocolate & pink quilt. It's coming along nicely and I'm really happy with it. Hopefully I'll have a picture of the finished quilt to share next post.
Wishing you a lovely day also.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The rain is pouring down tonight as it did most of the day. Tomorrow we have a public holiday for the Ekka (Exhibition) in Brisbane and then Thursday as well for school children..Yeah!! I'm hoping for a couple of lovely sewing days.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
No visit to Melbourne would be complete without seeing Pharlap.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Felt like I was being watched in the museum. An impressive display but also a little sad.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Outside Federation Square and the Tim Burton Exhibition. Lots to tell about the Titanic exhibition & more.
Almost forgot, while exploring I found a gorgeous Vintage Haberdashery shop at The Nicholas Building 205/37 Swanston St. The owner was lovely to talk with and I collected some wonderful items to use in decorating my studio. She also has a Blog www.luccello.blogspot.com . L'uccello is open Thursday-Friday 10-6 & sAT 10-4.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
June has been a miserable month....it's my birthday month so that part was great, but having the flu makes me wish for a new beginning....bring on July! The weather has been cool/cold and fairly wet. Well it is winter here so I can't really complain about that.
I feel a bit lost at the moment which doesn't help either as my youngest is in Japan on a fantastic school trip. She has been studying Japanese for 4 1/2 years & I'm so glad she is having a wonderful time...she says Japan is "awesome"!! Just miss her though.
Also finishing off my secret squirrel project for Homespun Magazine. Really happy with the result. Will have some pics soonish to show.
I promise to brighten up the blog posts with some photos soon as well. Hopefully some shots of Melbourne as we are leaving early in the morning for a few days R&R. I'm looking forward to seeing the Titanic Exhibition at the Museum. I've always been fascinated with the Titanic so should be great.
Still waiting on the Studio. Windows are in and the walls are partly painted. Lights are hooked up, so not much left to do. My old area is not very inspiring at the moment as STUFF is everywhere waiting on shelves being finished. Now that would be a lovely surprise on our return....will have to speak nicely to the resident pixies!
Off to finish packing, just wanted to say I am still here. Will have lots to share next week.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The excitement is building in my little corner of the world. My new studio is becoming a reality. Step by step it's coming together. The boys have been working hard and Holly has been sorting buttons! We might get some pretty new jars or some cute old ones to house the colours and they will brighten up a shelf. Decorating is in her DNA.
Looking through one of the windows to a pretty wild garden. Outside is an old, very big mandarin tree with the worst fruit in the world. It's absolutely laden with fruit too, of course! It's fate is often a topic of conversation but I'd hate to remove it as it looks so lovely.
Inside, boxes of tiles to lay. The floor will be lovely and cool in our hot climate and easy to clean. And the best inclusion ever...a store room.
This is the lovely old door I have been saving. Now to strip the paint, clean & sand.