Monday, 14 July 2014

Madness hits........

.....and I have the evidence to prove this!!   My last post showed a be-ribboned baby basinette and since then I have been working on a baby sibling of the same.  This has taken me soooo long to do - weeks in fact.  First off, it took three attempts to get the base size just right!  And weaving with virtually sewing cotton thread just about drove me insane.




Like all my baskets, the item is finished with a woven border, not glued on.  I was ready for a straight jacket by the time I had finished but was determined to get it done.  I took a picture of the two baskets together, but the camera is so deceiving. 




The two baskets don't look too different in size here!  But the large one measures 60mm long, 40mm wide and 25mm high.  The small one measures 37mm long,  24mm wide and 16mm high.

I hope all visitors to this blog are having a wonderful summer season.  We are in the depths of winter, but it will soon be over - only another 6-8 weeks of cool weather and we'll be back to summer.  I can hardly wait!!

Take care everyone!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A couple of baskets..........

......just finished.


A fitched basinette


A wall basket - and I remembered the matchstick!!


 I have a new cradle I'm working on but will show and tell when I have finished it.




I thought I would add a pic of a stunning sunset - viewed from our back porch!

Our winter has now arrived - we have been forced to get our long sleeves out and rug up!
Enjoy your summer  everyone and take care!!


Sunday, 8 June 2014

I have been working...I have!!

It's been a good month since my last post, but I do have something to show.  A friend asked me to put together a Rik Pierce kit - the Mill - which I don't think Rik does anymore.  One of his earlier creations and stunning when complete - and I can understand why he did not continue running workshops on this one - it takes a long time to completion!!

Anyway, I won't bore you with too many photos of work in progress etc - but just a couple of the completed work - as far as I am required to do that is.  Friend is going to install his own lights and do his own landscaping, which gives me time to move on to my next project - which will be the English Thatched Cottage.

In amongst this, I am still weaving baskets!!

Clay work completed and painted



Detail of one side wall


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Sydney Miniatures Fair - May 2014

What a whirl-wind it has been for us - Sydney for 2 weekends in a row!!  I'm absolutely exhausted - but have had a most wonderful time.  The Sydney Fair was fun - as usual.  We were kept busy and it's always so nice to catch up with others of like mind!

Courtyard pics:
I promised pics of the courtyards worked on the previous weekend and here I will show you the ones that came to Sydney to be displayed.



On the left by Christine Kenny.  I'm sure she will send me pics when she finishes this!!  On the right, by Kaye Payne.  Well done Kaye!


On the left by Kay O'Connor and on the right by Yvonne McSwann.  Great work ladies!


By Elizabeth Barnes - who opted for the extended version!


Back view of Elizabeth's courtyard.  Great work for getting it all done Queen Lizzy!

I was so thrilled with the outcome of this workshop.  Every courtyard has a character all of it's own. Super work - everyone!!

Sydney Show 2014
Nambucca Valley Miniatures Group usually takes a display to the show and this year we did.....


Our sheds - so pleased - and they all turned out so differently!


Willunga was there - all lights working!!



My Apothecary room box.  I think it's been away from home for over 2 years, so I was very happy to see it again!!


The people you run into!!  Peter and Miriam from Ulmarra, who are members of the Nambucca Valley Miniatures Group!





Some general snaps taken at random!


Lorraine of Fairy Meadow Miniatures - having a good time!


Some of Margaret Crosswell's gorgeous work!


Lyn Wilson's lovely work!


Dianne Cottrell's lovely plants!


Nora-Lee manning theAMEA table!


Peter  - literally "manning" the stand!


Not much left - which means get back to work for me!!

Wow - I seem to have been going on and on here - but never mind.  I shall stop now and leave you all in peace.  I hope everyone is keeping well out there in blog land - take care all.























Monday, 5 May 2014

Italian Courtyard Workshop - Linnwood House - Anzac Weekend 2014

It certainly was a blast for me - I had such a good time, and I hope everyone attending did likewise!!


Linnwood house was the setting - and was it just beautiful!



Plenty of room to move around - here we have just set up ready to go!



As you can see - lunch was catered superbly by Nora-Lee and Thelma!  Thanks so much ladies - you did a wonderful job - the food was yummy!

Participants a bit tardy getting to the lunch table - too busy working!  hahaha!


Everyone working hard!



Christine (all the way from Mackay in North Queensland) working hard!



Yvonne McSwan's work in progress!  Doing well!


We were in such a rush at the end of it all - we didn't get a group photo!  Won't make that mistake ever again - group photo on the first day is the order of progress!!! 



Our dinner get-together on Saturday night - good food, excellent company!

My next posting will show the work done by all the wonderful participants.





Saturday, 19 April 2014

Reporting in - part two......

Showing some of the weaving work done recently - I've had so much fun with these!!!!



The hedgehogs are just gorgeous - made by Annie Willis, UK.  She makes some gorgeous animals!



Some old styles, some new styles!  I just love the hanging baskets - I surprised even myself!! hahaha!  I just wish I could weave faster.

I should take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy easter - hope your holiday weekend has been wonderful!



Friday, 18 April 2014

Reporting in........

I've been busy.  I'm off to Sydney on Thursday to run a little workshop working with paperclay - which I am so looking forward to.  The workshop itself will run over three days which gets us home again very late on Sunday night.  Then on Friday, we are off to the Sydney Miniatures Fair.  I shall definitely have lots to show and tell in the next couple of weeks!

In the meantime, I have been working on Willunga and here are a few pics.

Willunga front declared finished

Interior

Kitchen
The lights have yet to be installed - but that is a job for next week!  This is going to be exhibited at the Sydney Miniature Fair so it will be ready!  Hahahaha!


My shed!

This little shed was a project of our miniature club.  We were each given the supplies to build this - and they all look so different.  The club is exhibiting the sheds too - I will take pics of them all at the Fair.
The floor in this shed looks blue - but it isn't really!  It's a concrete floor and is grey-ish!!

I have also been working on baskets - maybe I'll get a chance to show them before the madness of the next 2 weeks starts - and maybe not!!  We shall see.

I hope everyone is keeping well.  The weather here is cooling down nicely - daytime temps are down to 23-24 degrees and nights are just great for sleeping now!  Which means that all you people in the northern hemisphere must be getting some warm weather happening - soon at least!  Take care everyone - and cheers!








Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Post script to my last posting.......

I could not upload these 2 photos and was determined that I would get these pics up as well!!  More baskets.....of course!  Main reason being to show the different borders I have been playing with.

A lidded storage basket finished with a simple trac border
measures 30mm high

Top view of basket


Storage basket finished with a rolled border


And that's it from me for now.  I hope you are all keeping well and busy.  All you people in the northern hemisphere must now be moving towards spring and hopefully some warmer weather - have fun in the sun!  Take care of yourselves and bye for now!




Some new baskets and other stuff!!


I have too many projects on the go at the moment - but at least it's keeping me busy!

I have been working on items for Willunga.  I've made a wing back chair and dining chair but will photo these later when I have the table and hutch finished as well.  I have made a bed, but need to finish off with a mattress and bed clothes before I can photo those!  I have also made a double "concrete" laundry tub which I will house in the back yard - will photo this when I have installed it.

What I do have a photo of is the screen I made for the bedroom so at least I can show that!!


You will notice I snuck an egg basket in to the pic!!


Large shopping basket with 1 row of decorative diamond weave



Small shopping basket with a double row of decorative diamond weave


The 2 baskets together showing size comparison













Sunday, 23 March 2014

A Day of Miniatures............

And I can't believe it has been a week since we made the trip to Grafton (an hour and a half's drive from us) to visit Yvonne McSwann.  We had a wonderful day interacting with the Grafton Miniature's Group - good food, good company, and a lot of laughs.

But what I really wanted to show you is the extent of Yvonne's collection.  Dolls, bears, miniatures, scapbooking and the list goes on - she does it all - and collects it all.  I will try and show you some of her collection now.............


....but first, an introduction to Yvonne!



As you walk in to her "hobby" room, this is what you see - and it's just one third of her whole area!



Left side of the first room



Right side of the first room





These 4 photos are some of the detail on the centre table!  Could not get it all as lots of moving parts and my camera could not cope!


One of her dolls houses - work in progress!

Centre table in second room!  Again lots of moving things!

Okay - now I'm going to stop.  Believe me, I could go on....but I think you've all got the idea now.

Above this whole area is the attic, which is stacked with boxes - all neatly labelled.  These house all her "Christmas" collection which get to be displayed in the holiday season.  I wish I  could be so organised!! hahahahaha!!!!

Anyway, the short story is that we had a wonderful day.

Hope you are all having fun and keeping in good health.  Talk again soon, when I hope I can at last have some pics of my completed Willunga!!

Take care!