My First Custom Order!!

I was very excited on Monday to receive my very first custom order on Etsy. A lovely customer wanted bunting in peaches, pinks, golds and creams. I worked with her with all the different colour combinations and finally came up with a Peach, Pale Peach and Cream combination in my triangular bunting range for her daughter’s birthday.stamp-Lilibet StanleyI enjoyed packaging the order up and just hoped it would meet with her approval!

Peach bunting preparation-Lilibet StanleyI included a new item in my shop, the horse bunting as a big thank you for being my first customer and my first custom order customer!

Thank You-Lilibet StanleyI enjoy making things look beautiful!

Peach bunting packed up-Lilibet StanleyWhen my customer received her parcel, she said “Love them!!! Beautiful job. Colours are perfect and beautifully presented!!”. I was thrilled with her remarks! If you too want custom-made bunting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

What’s going on in my garden this week?

There is so much growing, all really under my nose until I grab the camera to detail the goings-on.passionfruit flower2-Lilibet StanleyThe passionfruit flower is beautiful and weird all at the same time.

passionfruit flower-Lilibet StanleyI love the shapes of the the stamens and the juxtaposition of the yellow pollen with the beautiful royal purple. It is a shame that the  flowers are only out for a day before they have gone again!

passionfruit flower1-Lilibet StanleyThe pattern that the lines of the petals make is exquisite.

pumpkin flower-Lilibet StanleyThe pumpkins are also flowering in their radiant yellow glory.

banana-Lilibet StanleyThe new banana trees are growing. It will be great to try the different varieties that we have, if we manage to get any fruit off them. There is a long way to go yet!

banana tree-Lilibet StanleyI really need to do some weeding!

corn-Lilibet StanleyThe sweetcorn that is in the veggie box is getting there, now that will be delicious when we can have home-grown sweetcorn.

Salvia-Lilibet StanleyThe Salvia that I planted last September is looking very cottage-like and true to a cottage garden we are mixing the flowers in with the produce. Apparently my hubby said, it was the best place to plant the bananas right in with my flowers.

geraniums-Lilibet StanleyThe geraniums that my neighbour gave me a few months ago are looking very pretty and genteel.

geraniums1-Lilibet Stanley

rose-Lilibet StanleyJust when I thought all my Jane McGrath roses had gone, more bloom-thank goodness, they are so pretty!

rose1-Lilibet StanleyThe Jane McGrath rose is such a hardy little plant, I get such great delight from her blooms.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

Back together again!!

Whilst the Mummies were having a lovely time at the Baby Shower, Daddy and my two not-so-little ones joined  up with another Daddy and his three boys to go playing in a creek since it was a hot, sticky afternoon and it would be great to cool off on the last day of Summer. They had such a good time on Saturday afternoon that we all decided to repeat the fun on Sunday, the first day of Autumn!

Five have a wonderful time-Lilibet StanleyI love when we get together with our special friends. The five children get along beautifully and its just like the title of an Enid Blyton book!

donut-Lilibet StanleyJust like in a Famous Five story, the motley crew needs to feed first before any adventures can begin! You should have seen the smiles when they realised donuts were on offer!!

rainforest2-Lilibet StanleyLet the adventures begin! It was lovely just being able to sit and listen to the cicadas making their enjoyable racket.

dam2-Lilibet StanleyDams are always on the priority list when a creek is involved in play.

Daddy joins in1-Lilibet StanleyThe Daddies got stuck in too with dam building!

dam-Lilibet StanleyIt was a superb dam in the end.

dam3-Lilibet StanleyIt’s also fun breaking the dam apart! There is so much to do with logs, rocks, leaves and sticks with creeks. The next game was a thong (flip-flop) race, this didn’t end to well as a thong went missing in the water. Thankfully it was found but it was decided it wasn’t the best game to play and replaced it with a leaf.

painting on rock-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady is good at joining in with the boys but dam building isn’t at the top of her list of fun things to do, where as she enjoyed decorating rocks with “paint and beads” or in other words “mud and stones”. Hmm, I wonder where my Little Lady gets her decorating ideas from, I wonder?!!!

rainforest1-Lilibet StanleyWatching the sun streaming in through the green leaves was very relaxing. It did not feel like the first day of Autumn, it was just as hot as ever!

lichen-Lilibet StanleyThe beautiful textures all around were very inspiring. I love the soft, subtle hues of lichen.

Well, all good things have to come to an end, there were tears on departure. The five have such good fun together. The Famous Five always had there adventures in the school holidays and so must this set of five.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

A lovely reason to party!

The sun was shining, the bunting was out flapping in the gentle breeze, Saurday afternoon was a perfect time to celebrate a friend’s forthcoming first born child.

bunting-Lilibet StanleyI love any excuse to put up my colourful, handmade bunting!

flowers-Lilibet StanleyEveryone helped make it a very special occasion. The sweet perfume of the Rosemary was beautiful!

table-Lilibet StanleyI really enjoyed having a good reason to go-to-town on the nice-cities and prettifying!!

cupcakes-Lilibet StanleyDo you like my bunting being used as decorations for my homemade cupcakes I made earlier in the week?

cakestand-Lilibet StanleyThere was so much food, I didn’t have to do much cooking in the evening!

sandwiches-Lilibet StanleyBeautiful, delicate afternoon tea sandwiches. If only we had the time to dine like this every day!!!

teacups-Lilibet StanleyTo me, there is nothing better than a cup of Twinings afternoon tea blend served in a lovely cup and saucer.

scones-Lilibet StanleyScones aswell topped with jam and cream! I love the colours of aqua, candy pink, cream and red together.

fruit kebabs-Lilibet StanleyThe fruit skewers looked very mouth-watering!!

prizes-Lilibet StanleyThe games were fun, trying to guess the size of the Mummy’s tummy with a piece of string. I’m sorry for my guess, I was way out!! However lovely prizes for the winner.

present-Lilibet StanleyPlenty of presents for the forthcoming little one! Hmm, there is something that tells me that it’s going to be a boy!! There were plenty of presents for the Mummy as well as the Baby…

daddy present-Lilibet Stanleythe Daddy didn’t miss out either!!! I really hope Mummy has a well-earned rest in the weeks approaching the birth.

Saturday was a fun day and a beautiful reason to get together with people that I haven’t seen in quiet a few years.

Until next time.

Lilibet.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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