From small beginnings!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Love

Lilibet

Lilibet_Velvet @Spoonflower

I was very excited to receive my first parcel of my printed fabric designs in the post from Spoonflower.com. I have set my designs so Spoonflower customers can buy my new range. It can be printed onto different types of fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. You can buy my fabric designs at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lilibet_velvet

fabric-Lilibet StanleySpoonflower.com is so easy to use!

spoonflower colour chart-Lilibet StanleyYou upload your design,choose your colours from their colour chart, choose your fabric and then simply wait for the designs to arrive. It does take some time to arrive from America to Australia but I loved the thrill of opening the beautiful parcel when it arrived!

I’m going to be making something out of my fabric, I will show you when it’s all finished. I can’t wait to get more of my designs printed.

Thank you Spoonflower!

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.

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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

 

 

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.

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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.

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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