October 28, 2008

AGM Pics and news

Hi All - I am back (briefly) I have been really busy in the studio ...painting bobbins ... I had another couple of small orders and a larger one of 25 bobbins! in the last few days so I am absolutely flat out ... in between still doing the decorating of the living area (in essence 4 large rooms in one!) hopefully we will finish it this weekend! The pics here were taken at the recent conference ... the AGM dinner in fact! The first pic shows on the left, Margaret (my tutor for the needlelace workshop) from New South Wales, me in the middle and my friend Gaye from South Australia on the right. The second pic shows my annual dinner date my luvly mate Ethel (Yes the Ethel I stayed with in Sydney last year on my needlelace teaching trip and who introduced me to the Suckao Chocolate pots!!!) I have known Ethel for 14 years or so now! and we catch up every September at the Aus Lace Guild conference week! The bottom pic is my buddy Shell (Michelle) from Tasmania ... she was kind enough to put up with me for the week as we shared a room.
Besides the bobbin painting I am getting a little bit done in the "crafty department" ... I started the "Indian style" crazy patch (wall hanging) panel to go in our newly decorated family room it will measure around 1.84m long by 75cms deep and I am doing it in 3 parts so that it is more manageable for the embroidery and beading/sequining! I am taking pics of it as I go so stay tuned..... must dash ...have fallen behind with the emails too! never enough hours in the day and it doesn't help with the clock change last weekend (Daylight saving ...grrr hate it!)

October 21, 2008

Secret Pal Swap

Hi All
Sorry for the lack of posts .... I have been busy decorating our main living area ... 2/3rds done so getting there slowly ... also I have been in the studio painting bobbins (orders from the recent AGM in Brisbane and also getting ready for the Cattern's Day Fair at the end of November which I will be having my usual stall at ...) Here are a couple of pics of the luvly little bag which I recieved as my first swap (there will be 4 at the beginning of the months Sept - Dec) It has pockets front and back and cute tassels - I luv it ... hehe for the second swap (October) I received a tub of drinking chocolate powder (mmm mmm) and some material scraps and beads which my "secret pal" sent for me to use on some ATC's ...Thanks Secret Pal (in case she visits here! hehe) . I found out last Saturday at Wire lace that one of my students who attended the Wire lace workshop I taught back in April entered the pendant he made in my class at the recent Perth Royal SHow and one a first prize ... how cool! Yay Go Bob!

October 8, 2008

Painting and Decorating and ATC's

Hi Everyone - I have sneaked onto the computer ... my Hubby is on holidays this week and we are redecorating our living area... it was last done nearly 16 years ago when our son was a few weeks old! We are painting two colours ... todays walls were a saffron golden yellow colour and tomorrow we do a second coat then the other walls which will be a cinnamon red colour.... I have bought new curtains which are deep dark blue ... the theme is a Marrakesh/Indian/ Moroccan feel.... as you will know I mentioned a couple of months ago that we had bought a huge TV and new "dark" wood furniture ... so I am really looking forward to it all being done. I am planning a wall hanging ...long and narrow on the Indian style crazy patchwork with embroidery and have a lovely carved long thingie from which it will hang ...probably sounds very confusing but I will post pics eventually which will make it clearer! So I have not had a chance to get back in the studio since I got back from my 2 weeks in Brisbane last Sunday... I hope to get back in there next week as I have around 100 bobbins to get done by Cattern's Day on Nov 29th! Eeeek!
The pics here are ladies which I painted on (painted) calico and embellished with tatted lace and they became ATC's some of which I swapped at the recent Lace conference.
I will be ducking out (of the painting) tomorrow for a couple of hours as it is our daughters 19th Birthday and she is taking the day off and wants me to go with her shopping for a dress and a fascinator as she is off to Melbourne at the end of the month and is going to the Melbourne Cup Races!!!
That reminds me I have to go wrap her pressies ....

October 4, 2008

Queensland Holiday

Hi All
It is the last day of my 2 weeks in Queensland today...so iwill be back on my big computer next week and will pop pictures on of what I have been up to ...Hi to Lyn if she's reading this !! hehe!...

Queensland holiday

Hi All - well it's my last day in Queensland...I had a great conference week and the last week as an extra holiday has been great... I am typing this up on the tiny Asus Eee PC ...this week has been the first time I have used it's wireless capabilities... when I get home (and back on the big computer) I will put up piccies taken whilst I have been away and I will also have picsof the 8 new ATC's that I swapped during conference week! Hi to Lyn if she's reading this ....I thought I should put up a new entry haha!