Most people around my children’s school know me or know of me, some of them know that I’m a creative type, with only a few who really know what I get up to in my few, precious moments of spare time. So when the opportunity of the school art show came up, I thought I would exhibit the pieces that I did a few years ago to show my creativity.
It’s quite a nerve wracking experience, it is like showing your soul but you know let people in and they can surprise and lovely things can happen.
I had many sales from the exhibition which made my heart jump for joy including this lovely stained-glass inspired piece using ripped paper and another exhibition is now in the pipeline.
As well as exhibiting at the art show, my lovely friend and I were in charge of decorating the hall in a rainbow of paper star garlands. It was an art installation in itself!! The end result was amazing and it was a shame to take it down when the show was all over but it wouldn’t have survived the boy’s indoor soccer!
Well until next time.
Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.
Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!
Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/
My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.
This pair had even more holes!!
I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.
I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.
Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!
Until next time.
I’ve been having fun making new lines for my Etsy shop. It’s good to get back into the swing of making things again!
Flower Cake Toppers in any colour! If you have got a colour scheme in mind, please let me know and I will be happy to help.
Bunting cake toppers in pink, apricot and gold.
Little Cottage Bunting was very cute to make and would look great in a girls bedroom or used as gift wrapping. It’s now looking for an owner. If you are interested, please take a look in my link to my Etsy shop.
Hopefully it won’t be so long before my next post.
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.
Tuscania in burnt orange.
Miniato in aquas, turquoise, burnt orange, grey and tan.
Close up of Carcassonne Tulip.
Tuscania Rose in aquas, pinks and peaches.
Close 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!!
Hello, Happy New Year!!
I’m back from my Summer holiday and I’ve been busy and have so much to tell you!!
First of all, I’m going to share with you some photos of my window display at Skyring Architects in Bardon, Brisbane. The photos are not as good as I want, as it was a very bright day yesterday so there was a great deal of reflection so I’m going to go back on a not-so-bright day. However, it will give you an idea as to what I’ve been doing in my long holiday.
I decided that it was an ideal opportunity to show off all that I can do with paper and thin card so the table that you can see is made from Canson 240gm card, glue and some small stones inside the table legs to make sure it stays in one spot!
The team at Skyring Architects were so lovely to deal with and I’m very thankful for this opportunity to show my work. My bespoke “Tuscania” artwork is in pride of place in the window. The print is available in my Etsy shop, the original artwork is made from hand-torn paper using pattern inspired from European Gothic architecture.
The table took a lot of patience and sore fingers from cutting but I was pleased with the result!
My Paper Garlands are going to be for sale on my Etsy website in the coming days.
So are my Greetings cards!
Well, it’s good to back into the day-to-day of normal life and I’m looking forward to sharing with you my my trip to the beach, the country and everything else!
Until next time.