After all the rain!

I thought  I would update you on what is happening in the garden. We have some banana trees growing in the garden now. They seem to be recovering after all the rain we had last week.

bananas-Lilibet Stanley

passionfruit-Lilibet StanleyThe passionfruit flowers are starting to bud!

passionfruit1-Lilibet StanleyLet’s hope we manage to keep the possums away from the Passionfruit this year! I love the Passionfruit flower in all its stages.

rose-Lilibet Stanley My Jane McGrath rose is looking beautiful as always!

Salvias2-Lilibet Stanley The lovely white Salvia that a friend gave me has bloomed over summer. It was a spindly little cutting when it arrived on my doorstep but now it is dominating my little flower patch.

Salvias3-Lilibet Stanley Salvias-Lilibet StanleyThe fuschia pink Salvia that I planted in September after my trip to the Garden Centre has thrived with all the rain. There is quite a bit to do in the garden, dead-heading and pulling out the weeds, a never-ending job. I love all the colour that my little patch provides me and my family. I’m looking forward to the fruits of mainly my hubby’s labour when the bananas and passionfruit are ready!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

A Country Adventure

Hello,

We spent some lovely, relaxing days in January  in the country around Wide Bay. We are lucky to have friends with a house surrounded by cane fields.

canefield-Lilibet Stanleyand the children just love having the space to run around.

truckinmud-Lilibet Stanley  They pass their time playing with trucks in mud!

treehousesteps-Lilibet Stanley or playing in the tree house,

cubby-Lilibet Stanleymaking cubbies!

magicshow-Lilibet Stanleyand putting on magic shows! All the stuff that childhoods should be made of!!

swing under the mango tree-Lilibet Stanley My Little Lady loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swing under a mango tree and what a nice way to spend a late afternoon, once the sun has done down a little!

sewingbox-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty of time for me to get out my sewing box and add more suffolk puffs to my quilt as well as joining in with all the fun and games on the verandah.

quiltinprogress-Lilibet Stanley

quilt1-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady’s quilt is really starting to grow and look more like a quilt now.

cup of tea-Lilibet StanleyEverything stops for morning and afternoon tea on the verandah!

suffolkpuffs-Lilibet StanleyThen I start sewing again surrounded by the noise of the chooks and the rooster crowing whenever he feels like it, it’s not just first thing in the morning you know!

Rooster-LilibetStanley

mango-LilibetStanleyOccasionally, there is a terrific bang on the roof and that is a mango dropping from tree. It does tend to give you a shock in the middle of the night!

mango on the ground-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many mangoes to collect, some start to rot before they are collected.

chicken eating mango-Lilibet StanleyEveryone loves mango, the chickens love them…

cow eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe Jersey calves love them… (that’s obviously how you make mango smoothie!!)

pig eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe pig next door loves them…

mango in box-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty for everyone to have their fair share!

mango chutney-Lilibet StanleyWe have even being enjoying some homemade Sweet Mango chutney with curries since we have returned from our galavanting around.

calf4-Lilibet StanleyIt’s always hard to say goodbye when we had so much fun and it was especially hard saying goodbye to this adorable Jersey Cow, who could resist those eyes!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

Trip to the Farmer’s Market

Hello,

Yesterday I went for a trip to my local Farmers’ Market (www.thegapfarmers.com.au) . It’s full of colour and community spirit! My Ideas Man met up with a friend and so I was left to mooch around to my heart’s content, chatting with the stallholders and snapping away with the camera.

roses1-Lilibet Stanley All the proceeds from this flower stand was going to the local schools.

roses2-Lilibet Stanley There were beautiful roses in creams, yellows, oranges and pinks!

tomatoes-Lilibet Stanley This medley of tomatoes looked very enticing!

danish-Lilibet Stanley I bought some jam donuts and an apricot danish from an Italian baker and they were absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious!

mango-Lilibet Stanley I came home laden with mangoes, strawberries and capsicums.

strawberries-Lilibet Stanley

necklace2-Lilibet StanleyA local designer, Denise O’Callaghan from Glass Rainbows (www.madeit.com.au/glassrainbows) had a stall with her colourful necklaces that she makes out of polymer clay.

necklace3-Lilibet Stanley Fun, bright colours!!

necklace5-Lilibet Stanley I love this lime green and cerise pink necklace at $25!

alexander.kay2-Lilibet Stanley The concrete stripey vessels at Alexander Kay look great, they have often caught my eye!

alexander.kay-Lilibet StanleyCheck her out on Instagram at alexander.kay.

It’s great to be able to support local business and local farmers to get great, fresh produce. Looking forward to the next market on the 8th March.

Until next time.

Lilibet.

 

 

Loving the waves!

Hello,

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all the colours you can see in the sea and how the white horses break the blues and greens up into scrumptious stripes.

Seascape6-Lilibet Stanley It’s the designer in me that loves to see the world through colour and pattern!

Seascape4-Lilibet StanleyFor me, late afternoon is the best time to go down to the beach to be inspired. I’ve heard early mornings are great also but I’m not by nature an early-riser!!

Seascape3-Lilibet StanleySlightly stormy afternoons and the sea goes all mean and moody with dark, slate tones.

Seascape2-Lilibet StanleyThe sun setting and all sorts of pastel colours come to play with pale pinks, salmons, baby blue with a hint of green.

wave embroidery1-Lilibet StanleyI thought I would show you some of my textile work I have done over the years based on waves and the sea. This embroidery was based upon a sketch that I did of Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, England, many moons ago when I was young, free and single and I could spend time sitting, sketching and observing.

wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI tried to create the movement of the pounding waves against the beach by using frayed silks and net loose for emphasis!

close up of wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI used many different techniques including Free-Machine Embroidery, French Knots, running stitch and trapping bits of fabric to create a sumptuous, rich carpet of colour in tones of turquoise, aquas, slates and indigos. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are a strong influence in my textile embroidery work.

porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyMy sketch of Porthmeor Beach! I remember sitting on The Island with waves crashing beneath me and my view was the busyness of Porthmeor beach with the waves crashing and children playing in the sand, whilst I painted in peace. St Ives is a beautiful place and a great place to paint!

close up of porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyI have never managed to finish the embroidery off to include the houses a long the beach- jobs, children and other projects came along! One of my many unfinished projects!

I’ve enjoyed sharing with you my love of the sea and how I have interpreted it in textiles.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

Loving the beach!

Hello,

We are mid-way through February and I’ve still not told you about January!! I had better get a move on, otherwise the month will be out!

January for me means a month of trips to the beach, to the country and preparing for going back to school. This January was no exception. I was snap-happy with so much texture, pattern and colour all about!

We went to Burleigh beach on the Gold Coast, a bit over an hour from Brisbane. The surfers were out, the kids with buckets and spades were building sandcastles and splashing in the waves!

surfboard-Lilibet StanleyAt the north end of the beach is a fantastic headland with encrusted limpets on the rocks.

Headland-Lilibet StanleyThe children liked exploring the rocks when the tide was low so they could look in all the rockpools and try to get around the headland.

limpets1-Lilibet StanleyI have always loved the pattern and texture of limpets!

sand-Lilibet StanleyThere is so much texture to be made with sand!

sand on rock-Lilibet StanleyI thought the sand on this rock reminded me of lots of embroidered French Knots.

Rock1-Lilibet StanleyThe sunshine and the waves on the rock creates so many beautiful colours from rusts, greys, golds, ochres and bronzes.

stones-Lilibet StanleyAt South Burleigh there are more rock pools that the children like playing in and the sand is a bit more pebbley right near the headland.

shells and stones-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many colour schemes at the beach, I love the subtlety of the colours- cool greys, slate blues, sand, vanilla and rust.

I have so many more photos to share from my gallivanting around Queensland.

See you next time.

Lilibet.

 

Bunting galore!!

Hello,

Since putting up the shop window at Skyring Architects, I’ve been busy putting new things into my Etsy shop. One of the new things that I’m excited about is my range of paper garlands, in beautiful shades but I can create them in whatever shade or hue you may like – well, within the range of colour cardstock that I have available anyway!!!

apricot mint cream coffee spot bunting3-Lilibet StanleyApricot, Peach, Mint, Coffee and Cream Spot Bunting.

paper garlands-Lilibet StanleyA mix of the Apricot, Peach, Mint, Coffee and Cream Spot bunting with the Aqua, Sky Blue, Lavender Blue, Coffee and Cream Spot bunting available on my Etsy shop.

paper garlands2-Lilibet StanleyAqua, Sky blue, Lavender Blue, Coffee and Cream Spot Bunting. I had fun taking these arty shots!!

aqua blue cream beige spot bunting-Lilibet StanleyI love circles so I’m glad that I could incorporate a circle into my packaging, I think it looks rather cute all parcelled up and ready to go!

pink and yellow triangle bunting3-Lilibet StanleyIt’s not just spots that I have got available but triangular bunting as well in pink and yellows, great for a girls bedroom or celebration!

red white and blue triangle bunting1-Lilibet Stanleyand red, white and blues!! Ideal for a boys bedroom or birthday!!

If you are arranging a celebration or just want to decorate your child’s bedroom or use as gift decoration, I would love to hear from you. Please come and visit my shop at  www.etsy.com/au/shop/LilibetStanley

Until next time.

Lilibet.

 

 

 

Etsy Shop -more range!

Hello!! I hope you are having a productive day. I have been busy putting more stock into my  Etsy shop. So far I have put the following artworks on and more will be following in the next couple of days! The artwork featured here is using torn Kaisercard from Kaisercraft by hand.

Orange Tulip floral design1 -Lilibet StanleyTuscania in burnt orange.

Triangles -Lilibet StanleyMiniato in aquas, turquoise, burnt orange, grey and tan.

Scandi tulip rose window -Lilibet StanleyCarcassonne Tulip

Scandi tulip rose window1 -Lilibet StanleyClose up of Carcassonne Tulip.

Tulip rose window1-Lilibet StanleyTuscania Rose in aquas, pinks and peaches.

Tulip rose window-Lilibet StanleyClose up of Tuscania Rose.

All my artwork will be available in print form and at the moment, the smaller sizes will be available as originals aswell.

It’s all been a huge learning curve for me but I think I am getting there finally!!

Love

Lilibet