Friday, July 29, 2011

Using Up the LeftOvers

I've ended up with bags of screen printed fabric scraps, not really big enough to do anything with, and yet I can't throw them away... Then I had an idea. I usually enclose a little screen printed thank you card with my online customer purchases but I'm always running out. So using some blank business cards I no longer have use for, my fabric scraps, some glue and my pinking shears look what I've come up with :-)

And I've got an endless supply.

I have also revamped my labels. Still "do it yourself" using my aging computer and $60 inkjet printer but I think they look much more professional now.

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Don't Believe It!

My Brisbane Wattle (Acacia fimbriata) has grown from this

to this

in just 12 months. The gorgeous foliage and flowers have provided inspiration for all sorts of things.

Might try a blue print next.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sweet Native Pea

This pretty yellow pea (Pultenea villosa) is flowering in the garden this week. It has the slightly unattractive common name of Hairy Bush Pea but the hairy bits do give the plant a soft appearance. It flowers in late winter and grows in open coastal forests of Queensland - so well suited to my garden. I have done a few rough sketches as I think it has potential for a new design.

It's windy here today - so pleased I went for a bike ride the other day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Bit About Bribie

I mentioned Bribie Is a couple of times in my last post so I thought I would write a bit more about this gorgeous spot less than a hour's drive away. Most people bypass it on their way to the Sunshine Coast so it remains a little backwater and I'm sure that's how the residents like it. I don't have any recent photos but this link has a slide show and lots of information about its attractions. One for me is the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre.

I think their website is currently being updated because it doesn't mention the lovely shop which is part of the complex. I took some photos on a recent visit. It is a beautiful open space full of light, and shows off the arts and crafts pieces just perfectly. There is even a little area outside where pieces suitable for outdoors are displayed. In addition there is a large multipurpose exhibition space and studios.

I'm hoping PalumaPrint goodies will be available there soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Few of My Favourite Things

I've been travelling for the past few weeks and it's always nice to come home and renew acquaintances with my favourite possessions again. Here are a few....

My faithful Mattt bag (actually that went with me on my travels)

My botanic bottle vase from Angus and Celeste who are based in Melbourne

The pot plants holder so cleverly made from a palm frond by Wendy. Wendy's works can be seen and purchased at the Slab Hut in Samford

The mobile made from sea shells washed up on the shores of beautiful Bribie Island - a housewarming present from my friends David and Carolyn. David doesn't sell these (but I think he should)

And something else from Bribie Island (the gorgeous shop at the Arts Centre) - a soldier crab made from fencing wire. I don't remember the artist's name (a local) but he has lots of other animals made from wire on sale there.

And finally a couple of favourites I have had for probably more than 30 years. My green frog from Magnetic Island (in lieu of a real one - sadly they have all but disappeared here)

And the Torres Strait Pigeon light catcher which has also travelled up and down the east coast of Australia with me.

Oh - and I have come back to some yummy eggplants growing in the garden