Monday, January 2, 2012

The Mermaid's Dream fabric book/Charlie's baby

It's been a lovely start to the year. I have loads of ideas for future projects, and I am finding resources I'd either forgotten I had, or haven't looked at in a long while, and they seem fresh and inspiring. I just can't understand in our world with so many Resources, that people can say they aren't Creative, or don't know how to develop it. I sometimes feel there is so much stimulation available now, that being focussed can be a challenge.

Until something takes me off track again, I thought I'd try and finish some projects I started last year, but left them half way through. It does feel good to finish things.I have always though that is important.

It's been so Jolly Hot here, that working with cool blues and greens has been a nice change.

A bit more to my Sea-themed book

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 This fabric book project has been languishing on my UFO shelf for about a year now, and I thought it was time to finish it.I was going to be in a swap with pages for this book, but my partner got busy etc. so the book idea languished ,and I got terribly distracted-until now.

Until I began this book, I hardly ever worked in blue, but I have grown to like it a whole lot more.I seem to work in a different way too.

This flap(dark blue) opens forward to reveal a page beneath.There'll be a top flap overlapping as well

A mermaid waiting.You can see there was a lot less on the background page, and on the flap.

There's been a bit more work done on the seaweed flap and page beneath.I machine stitched over top of a silk scarf, and used watercolour pencils to accent some areas.

This is what the mermaid looked like on the silk scarf background with very little added.

She sank into the background a bit.What to do?

I used a tip from an early Quilting Arts dvd. and placed her on black felt to outline the figure and make it
stand out.Maybe the line in black is too thick, or perhaps dark blue or green felt might have been better?

Drawing Inspiration from Ocean Videos.

Here is the wonderful Ellen Ann Eddy and her new book.

Her magical Art Quilts are thrillingly inspirational!!

I have just ordered Ellen's new book.

Charlie has had a baby!

The other day we had a new little one visit along with Charlie and her mate.It's Charlie's new baby!! We were hoping she would bring it to us, and she did!!Charlie was the baby from last year's old regular visiting pair.She is the only baby to have stayed around.When the parents tried to chase Charlie off, she just wouldn't go!!Her little one is quite tame already, and Charlie's mate is tame now too.He used to be quite timid.

New baby bird

Mother and baby

Mum, Dad, and baby!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Something New for the New Year

Adelaide Zoo Favourite has gone

Adelaide Zoo has just lost(died of old age), a very popular bird at the zoo.Lyre birds have the ability to mimic an amazing number of sounds and calls.They can even mimic the sound of building works, like hammers, drills etc.Hope you enjoy this video!

Scrapbooking/Cards/ Craft supplies shop

Christmas decorations/cards

Things to entertain the children

Little seating area with coffee facilities, toys for children, mags etc.

Isn't this shop lovely!!And to think  I had passed it on the way to Mum's for nearly a year before I noticed it!!It used to be a big video store, but a year ago was made into two shops with the Scrapbooking Shop on the outside, nearest the road.I couldn't wait to see inside, so the other day, I had my first look. Oh my goodness!!What a pretty, and inspiring shop. They have two groups once a month on a Friday, so I'm off this Friday to find out if I'd like to do some paper craft. I'm also booked in to a class at the end of the month.

My Current Inspiration is coming from.....

This dvd is terrific.Well worth getting just for generating enthusiasm if for nothing else. However, I have got loads of project ideas from this dvd. 

In the meantime....some bowl making for gifts

Zigzag strips to make a coil

Turn coiled piece on side to begin bowl sides

completed bowl- already has a use!

I have been watching a dvd by Colouricious called Inspired-Recycled Reborn. One of the segments showed how to make bowls using old tight/pantyhose cut into strips, and zigzagged with decorative yarns, then the strips zigzagged together to make coasters, bowls etc.I already had a big bag of "cords" (zigzagged yarns), so I began with those.Here is the first bowl I made.

Here are the next lot

Here are three that I've nearly finished.

Well, that's it for now. There is just so much on this video it will keep me busy for quite some tiime exploring all the techniques. I love the Colouricious dvd's.The women all get on so well together, and make the projects seem very "do-able".

My(hot) darlings

Our New Year's Day was the hottest in 112 years.We have felt a bit dazed, and I think so have our little bird visitors. They have loved our bird baths and often fly into the bowls and flutter about a bit to get cool.I am amazed how few people have a bird bath especially in such hot weather.We made two more for them as they were lining up to use the one in the back garden at one stage.