Thursday, May 25, 2017

Walking that took in Bath & in Chancery Lanes


I love little spaces where unique stores bloom...
where the beauty & creativity is the people who run the businesses..
Chancery Lane
Bendigo
is full of vibrancy & flowers & artwork...
Magic space  

Coffee is a must along here or lunch...
a little shopping & a visit to the barber shop

If you are travellers... 
this clock tower is over the Bendigo Information centre 
& this is across the road from Chancery Lane

Just look at the design work that drips from this building ......

I started my walk in Bath Lane....& I love this building & it's tree
I have photographed it many a time....
Love the shadows the stark tree places on the white building...


I was waiting to cross the road at the lights to wander thru Hargreaves  open Mall..
( which needs some serious loving... I just despair at how it has allowed itself to get this way...)
HOPE !
Autumn leaves are everywhere at present... & these just lay there...for a moment before the wind moves them 

I found this little autumn scene as I stood taking photos of the City Family Hotel building.....interesting build is that & I love it
These leaves were blown about from little wind gusts...
& my small camera captured it !!!!
Shadows again 

I came home to work on 2 Christmas samplers..... they are on the website www.theodoracleave.com  


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Surprise !!!

Yesterday I went home to Cohuna.....
for a special farewell...
While there I nipped into the Information centre 
Just inside  was this beautiful girl...
She is a winner as you see by her ribbons ...
The little calf is a fibre glass one...
Something about a cow ....


 The Information Centre is situated on the Gunbower Creek which flows from the Murray River & returns to it a bit further along.
This spot is right across form the strip shops that line the Murray Valley Hwy ...if you squint & are a camper or caravaner there is the free camping site just at the tip of the willow switch hanging down.. 

Turn to the left & follow the creek on this most beautiful natural walk ...
it has not changed since I lived there...left there in 1968 

Another cow....!!!
This has been carved in red gum I will guess...
my father worked in the woods in the Gunbower forest but I cannot tell one from the other ...
Again she has that stance ... 
 Carbungi ??? was part of our water experiences as kids & a little still persists in the weir part ...
I met someone I knew fishing near here yesterday & he was telling me the Murray Cod are being caught here........at the moment.....

All this is just a stroll from the Gannawarra Information Centre & the local shops & cafes..

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cats, Dogs bees & flowers,


The cats , dogs, bees & cart of flowers are all now on the website 
under animals & bees & flowers go into the gardening section
These are kind of sampler packs & priced well at $7.50 
2 lots would make it into MR Post's $2 or ($2.75 international ) box ...  
It's the weight & every article I post  is weighed...

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I have the most frustrating time with my NBN  & Telstra..
The line will drop out every maybe 2 weeks..
I only activated it when I was sent the modem & phone  by Telstra  & now the phone help line tells me Madam you have BOUGHT the wrong modem ( I didn't buy any & it I had "faith" it would be correct type as a technician was also engaged to hook it up.)
Now I am totally over it.
Last night was another knock out & of course it could be interference says the guy on help line....
&
Most likely it is....as there is a hot spot close by & by the cars that pull into the bike rider's lane  to use there phone is becoming a pest.
I think there is a back spot just up the road....
***
What concerns me is the growing global unrest & we have a junk telephone system ! 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Batches on Decoration



Popover to my website for a look at some of the batches of decorations...Christmas & find the birds in with the bird buttons..
Great for all kinds of buntings, frames, hang from the tree, strand for a fireplace or window, make into Advent bags......

Friday, May 19, 2017

Blues



These were painted today ... some needed to get back on their website spots after I had accidently taken their pictures off

Couple more to go in the changes to colours & some more bundling.....


Monday, May 15, 2017

Those Calico Bags

The calico bags were worked on yesterday....& I was wondering if the mess I had surrounded myself with would ever make sense..
You know that idea that doesn't seem to be what you thought it would be..
Happy to say....
It worked rather well in the end.
These bags are from Kmart & very reasonably priced...
Great for starting Advent calendar or making gorgeous gift bags very quickly...
The decorations sit on these bags so well...stamping just lessens that starkness of the bag a bit...but I guess that is personal taste



I used one pack of the calico bags...
Found of course different decoration styles I had painted...just waiting for try outs in projects ( LOL )
And I adore certain ribbons....I have a couple of jars full...
tied them & the creativity was done...

here we have a mix of what has gone on in the last few weeks...
Stockings with decorations .... the little calico bags & some of thew white felt advent calendars I did..this season

This is the Advent Calendar stockings that are now being created by many....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mostly Cats


Totally aside from what these pictures say...
I have been thinking....
( I know of some friends who roll their eyes when I begin a sentence like that LOL )
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It began, as I drooled over the shop pictures on pinterest that I save on my board

All those shop fronts with awnings I adore...then there are the flowers & more flowers in tubs outside  shops....interesting cafes & cake shops..
So as I washed the dishes & I stared out over the green field I thought 
It is Mother's Day....
I thought of my mother who has now been gone a while 
 & 
really I was not at home often for occasions...I lived so far away..then.
I thought I have no children...
Then I thought of the program I caught on ABC TV last night of the
 Home for Unmarried Mothers in Ireland  
which was tragic even in the defining name.... 
you know there were a lot of unwed fathers missing from that story ...


So all these thoughts came together...
to take a Mother out for morning or afternoon tea or lunch.
*****
To a shop that was superb in decor....
I saw pinks...soft & feminine..
A pink & white awning over the shop door way..
with flowers in huge buckets at the doorway..
to take me in...
Pink & white huge  & not so huge pom poms floated on the walls...
To softest pink table cloths & fresh pink tulips & roses on tables ...all set beautifully..
I thought of my mother's face to take her to such a place...
***
Then I wondered in general now...
but come along this imaginery street with me ...
As I ask..( not the first time )
Why in our country do we not decor our shopping strips more ????
Imagine a street full of divine but individual shop fronts...
All with swept paths
 ( remember that weight loss exercise some of us were trained in to keep a good entry to our places of income & work ???) 
Planters out front.....or shop wares..delightfully decor 
( you know with thought & many do this & it is always pleasing to one's senses )
Windows are cleaned & shop displays are kept cleaned ( windows with floors !)
&
Displays are for taking me... the potential buyer ...on a journey... a shopping journey
Not rows that remind me I am in a supermarket spot...
with dreadful metal shelves floor to ceiling....row after row...until it gets tiring.
It also probably keeps many a purse closed...
Is it about love of retail...
A most interesting topic...
I could go on... quite passionate about it I now realise...
But these cats are calling....
Come meet these happy purring pusses
*** 

I had decided these  
cats all needed painting...
So with 10 Batches of blank cats sitting there..
I could not do all in pastels ...so brights came in as well
Not all are spotted some are striped & 2 I think have wiggly lines ..
Then the cat quartets were painted in pastels..

 Then as you see here...
The French flower barrow got treated to a brightish blue & yellow...which I loved but many won't so only the one will be on sale LOL
Pop over to the cats buttons area in the web www.theodoracleave.com....



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Envelopes

Well these were on the table ...
some work on these envelopes & some fall flat...
so took a little fiddling to get the best look...
kind of love these...
Inside these envelopes you could tuck some threads or fabric for a gift treat....



Advent Bags


I spent more time yesterday finishing off my bags.... to see how this all looked & worked.
Fine having the thoughts & gathering all the bits....but sometimes it doesn't work as one thinks...

This happens in our daily lives as well...
As if on cue  the Organised Housewife's 
daily message said it all
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"You are not in this world to live up to other people's expectations
Nor should you feel the world must live up to yours"
F Perls

I thought to myself it is well to remember this.
*****
Off to get myself organised for a DNA sample...
I am taking part in Depression research & the possible genetic links to depression
I think this is amazing to be able to assist in research of such a vital kind and to maybe help in the solutions  for future treatment... or even provide answers...
Genetic research done for the right reasons is such an amazing science. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Colouring the world today


Gosh I love paperbags, little party boxes and anything that I can play with to have more inspiration for the decorations & buttons.
I am working on another Advent Calendar.......
Using a mix of buttons & decorations....
Tags I had bought ????
But then there are theses small boxes... but I cannot find anymore in the small size....I'll keep searching though.
But these are so simple & could involve your children in the creation...



If you have my buttons or these latest decorations..they fit on these tags with more show off space around them....but you could cut fabric for the tags...or  felt...
Lots of interpretations....
The Boxes are just so much fun & I am eager to find a supply to make up 24 for advent...
But
one could make Merry or Joy instead of Advent numbers do stamped words...



See how much good fun in 5  mins... after i have painted these the work is done so creating can be your daily pleasure...
Decorating one bag or box  as a gift is really a lovely friendship thing ???
Pop inside a piece of fabric ....the button if adhered with double sided tape can be used !!!

Happy creating day I am going to have...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Last packs of sepia on web

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This will be it for some time....
Loaded this lot on today..
My best favourite layout is this one below with birdied in oval & 3 trees in oval 
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Some more sepia buttons carded...

This was the carded lot I did on & off yesterday
Always such fun 
&
I see things as I make the story from what is in front of me...
Bit like brain storming with buttons & paper !!! 

This collage was waiting to be put away in the cupboard & I have this urge to create one of these today using the sepia buttons...
so I am out of here to start the day ( late )



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Working through the Sepia Button stash


I enjoy carding my button designs.... random stock...
As I found a larger goose... I thought Christmas of course...
maybe have 3 ...then I search in the box for a piece of holly...
Now what ???/ A house etc....
I almost have the table set & the pudding made by the time I have finished.... 

I am nursing a sore something.... hip/ back/ old age
49 years ago I developed this arthritis after a car accident...
&
I had many many days like this in my earlier years & I was hairdressing ...& dancing the nights away
They were sometimes hard days...

It was 10 years before I got the diagnosis & luckily the specialist lifted one leg into the air & said 
I think you have ankylosing sponyidilitis ( probably cannot spell it either !!! )  
We'll do this & that & the genetic test....which was 1978 & they had that knowledge base then...
but even after the accident the surgeon knew the accident brought on an arthritis waiting in the wings..
Amazing stuff genetics....sometimes it answers nothing but knowing, but other times it guides us into different lifestyles.....because we know.

I know I need to keep fitter than I do & shed some weight...
Times like this it brings it way way too close for comfort...
So I need to keep mobile & to keep rested on & off...
More buttons to card now....