Throughout the month of May we've enjoyed virtual visits to the studios of fifteen SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) members
who live in the Oceania Region. Each member shared photos/video of our creative spaces on our respective
blogs - a studio blog hop.
Currently on the design wall - I'm
enjoying working on a piece inspired by our macadamia nut tree.
Photos printed onto fabric combined
with hand dyed &, painted fabric, commercial fabrics and also created some
rubbed fabric with Shiva Oil Sticks using the different textures and natural
knots on the trunk & branches
Last Sunday, we enjoyed a
delightful High Tea in the café at “Spring Bluff Railway Station” approximately 2 hours
(135klms) west of Brisbane. The cafe is open Friday to Sundays 930am - 4pm and
during the Carnival of
Flowers which happens on the Toowoomba Range every spring the cafe opens
daily and the gardens which surround the station
are in spectacular bloom.
For many years the train was the
main form of transport between Brisbane and Toowoomba. Construction of this
train line commenced in 1864 and the first train passed through the station in
1867. In 1914, Queensland Railways launched a garden competition to
encourage railway staff to beautify the stations and grow vegetables. This
challenge was enthusiastically embraced by the then Station Master Ralph Kirsop
and his wife Lillian. These days the stations' Trust management committee
maintains the site and gardens. The stations website have some photos of
how the gardens look in Springtime.
And in winter a very yummy hot
chocolate is included on the cafes' menu.
The plan this morning was to heavily trim back the dragon fruit plant that we have growing. To date it hasn't fruited much and of course we haven't maintained the pruning of it so it's a bit out of control. So we were planning on pruning it right back this morning and shifting it to a different location within the garden - a spot with more sun. Well once wonderful husband got up on the ladder to reach the top section of the plant we discovered several fruits. So the heavy pruning became a light trim.
Not only are these tropical fruits nice to eat, the colors of this variety are quite striking.
We'll look at heavy pruning once it's finished fruiting
Throughout the month of May 15 SAQA (studio Art Quilt Associates) members who live in the Oceania Region will be sharing photos of the spaces that we use to create. These photos will be shared on our respective blogs - a studio blog hop. So far we have enjoyed a peak into the studios of the following members: 1st May - myself, 3rd May - Sue Dennis, 5th May - Lisa Walton and 7th May - Linda Robertus.
And coming up this week we can enjoy a peak into the following artist studios: 9th May - Dale Rollerson,
Spotted & purchased this
delightful book this morning while at Riverbend Books & Teahouse having brekkie and coffee with the Broadstroke girls. The
book is called 'Baking Day' and is a collection of retro baking recipes and
vintage craft put together by the Women's Weekly and published by ACP Books
The recipes and the craft projects
appealed but what I really loved is the presentation.
The illustrations, photography and layout is delightful and very inspiring.
I was surprised and honored to be nominated for the Liebster Blog a few weeks back by textile artist Sue Dennis imagine my delight when a second nomination came through this week from Judy Cooper who follows my blog from across the seas in Canada.
Thankyou Judy for enjoying my blog and nominating me the Liebster Blog.
"The Liebster award (German for Favorite) is usually presented to
smaller blogs as a form of recognition and support. 'Smaller blog' is
one with 200 followers or less. As a recipient you are to:"
1. Link back to the person who gave
it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with
less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to
let them know that they have been offered this award.
With so many wonderful blogs to enjoy, it's hard to narrow it down to just five.
When I'm surfing the net, preparing a blog post or just enjoying browsing through my photo folders, I'm always looking for scrap paper or something to jot notes onto. I'd sorted through some paperwork earlier in the week and had a pile of scrap paper. Today I turned the scrap paper into a couple of little booklets, modified a box to hold the booklets in, covered the box with a couple of magazine pages and now I have something to keep nice n handy next to the computer.
this wall is a combination of past works, current works and future ideas.
As I collect images for a project I often stick them onto the wall, move them around,
stick up notes, sketches etc so basically it's my live mood board.
some of my supplies and where I hang works in progress
shift a couple of things around and add a few plastic drop sheets and
you have the wet area for painting/dyeing
and when I'm wanting to temporarily spread out, I move the machine and iron into a room that
we've converted to be a library & sitting area. I enjoy the view from this room as well
I really enjoy these two rooms
Throughout the month of May starting today 1st May and then every second day from there - 15 SAQA members who live in the Oceania Region will be sharing photos of the spaces that we use to create. These photos will be shared on our respective blogs - a studio blog hop. This week the artist studios being featured are 1st May - myself, 3rd May - Sue Dennis, 5th May - Lisa Walton, 7th May - Linda Robertus Each week I'll pop a list on my blog of who's going to be
sharing their studio spaces.