Saturday, January 31, 2015

An interesting morning

I am doing a class in March with Sandy Webster and one of the requirements on her list is that we bring some soil from home or some that means something to me. Well!!! I got a bit carried away and after I had received her book the other day John decided that as he wasnt going fishing he would take me on an 'adventure'. I had been on about ochre and the fact that I would like some and that there is a red ochre mine between Maslin and Moana Beach at a place called Red Ochre Point and perhaps we could find some on the beach. Of course I had no idea what I was looking for, but we duly made our way along near the Point, to find interesting colours in the cliffs and lots of rocks at the bottom of them that I couldnt negotiate. Oops. Any way John duly went with plastic bags and a trowel and found me some, I hope interesting stuff, while I fossicked around on the beach and found some bits of rock that when I tried drawing made an ochre coloured marks so maybe this is ochre after all. What ever, I now have several bags of interesting material to take to the Grampians with me. I also have some red clay from home so it will be interesting to see if I can use any of it or none at all. I dont mind, it was a lovely day, not too hot and I was so busy searching for rocks I forgot to take more photos so these are not terribly interesting. Duh!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Playing with Warrandyte

I bought one of Dale's packs (the thread studio) and have been happily stitching. Tried to get it up on Feb but am not clever enough to do that! Any way the pack was called Warrandyte with a heap of lovely stuff in it. I did add a few things from my stash too. Only small I think I have enough for at least 3 more small stitcher is. Fun!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brilliant walk this morning

This is what summer should be like, warm, blue skies and a lovely breeze. Grab it when you can say I as the stinking heat will be back upon us before you know it. A very low tide this morning, quite nice for fossicking for a few shells. There is a black snake hanging around the house at the moment, so far we have seen it but as both John and I dont seem to see as well as we once did he or she is a bit of a worry. I am trying to tidy up work rooms and having a bit of play with some hand stitching, nothing really to show yet. I dont seem to be able to get on with any painting at the moment but I suppose it will come. Off to keep an eye out for that snake while I feed the chooks.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ten Years of blogging

I suddenly realised that I had missed my 10 year anniversary. My first blog post was on the 21st of January 2006. Quite a milestone. I had a quick look around the walls of the house, memories of good times, some a long time ago,some more recent. Things collected on trips away and stuff I have made. I have certainly got older and slower over those 10 years but with any luck there may be another ten. I have learnt a lot, played a lot and fallen over quite a lot too. To all those who still follow my blog, thank you for hanging in there, you are very dear to me. Now what will the next year bring?

Monday, January 26, 2015

The last few days in pictures

I made a collage of he last few days, the class with Dale Rollerson and what I managed to do when I got home, placing stuff in my notebook and trying out a few things Dale told us about and I didnt have time to do at the class. These went into a lovely notebook I bought from Ro Bruhn when I did her class in Melbourne. I am slowly filling it up. I have been having fun doing extra stuff and using some of the sprays and paints I have had for ages. We have walked a couple of times, this morning, Australia Day, was cold and damp down here and we decided not to go into the celebrations this morning as I was feeling pretty tired, the first time since John was made Mayor and then our local Australian of the year, which is getting to be a while ago now. John and I have been getting a flat pack fowl house together, enough said!! The curses and carry on was horrendous and I should never do this, whats more its pretty flimsy so I just hope it survives. Any way we walked the cliffs this morning and it was a bit blustery and cool but a lovely walk. As well as that I have been trying out a few felt bird patterns, to see what I might like to go as Christmas presents next year to go with my pear trees. Not entirely happy with either of these so I am still making patterns. Something to keep me out of mischief when I am feeling tired. If you double click the photo it should enlarge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Workshop with Dale

Just back from a 2 day workshop with Dale Rollerson of the Thread Studio. It was great fun and although I didn't get a lot done, I never do in workshops, I learnt a lot and I can't wait to try out a few new ideas. I have put up a few photos, we made silk paper with cocoon stripping and embedded a leaf, used stencils and stamps, paper napkins bonded and burnt, paper napkin grids and more. I am supposed to go back tomorrow for a different class but there are various reasons why I won't be going but the main one is that the body isn't quite coping with another 2 days of sitting. I obviously thought I could do more when I entered. One other reason is the big cycle race, The Tour Down Under will be all along the roads I would need to travel. Better to not be on the roads!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fun wirh felt

I have been playing with little brooches using some rather nice wool felt. Something quick to do and using up some of my beads as well. We have had some quite interesting clouds on some of our walks lately, the first was taken this morning and the second a couple of days ago we have some a few different walks this morning along the beach at Hayborough and the other around Pt Elliot on the walk down from the steps. We also went to the market this morning and then on to see the Rotary Art Show, this is an annual event and is always interesting to see. Nothing really said buy me, which was just as well but there were some awful and some lovely very well done paintings, always the way and what I think are awful may just be what some one else loves. All in the eye of the beholder. Just as well I have been trying to get together my stuff early for the workshops I am going to next week, it is tiring and of course what I knew I had to take took ages to track down. I think I now need to weed out some of the stuff so I dont fill the entire car with 'stuff'!! Considering that my knee for some unknown reason played up last night and I probably only had about 2 hours sleep I am surviving quite well.