Have a bright and beautiful weekend

Image Source: Sharon Montrose

I am swooning over these gorgeous images by Sharon Montrose for Target (Liberty range).

There’s also some lovely cushions in the range… LOL! And that bike… oh my!

I hope your weekend is a bright and sunshiney as these images.

See you Monday.

Found via Cafe Cartolina.

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Crafting with Kids

For us school holidays mean crafting for at least a couple of full days, plus lots of hours snatched here and there. Luckily for me Roxy loves it, as does Amara, a special friend. So yesterday this is what the girls got up to:

Cheat’s papier mache
donuts (the top section you can see is icing – the donut underneath is a different colour), and illustrated softies.

The girls drew onto calico with paint markers and chose fabrics for the backs before sewing and stuffing their softies.

Amara is only 10 – aren’t her illustrations fantastic?! She loves to draw and create things and she obviously has an amazing talent for it. I think she should open an etsy shop and sell some cards and prints and things. What do you think? And of course I just love Roxy’s pirate cookie complete with eye patch and peg leg. And, curiously, lots of tears.

Much more was made, as well as a lot of mess, and a great day was had by all three of us.

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The Craft Room

Part 2 of my Notebook news.

Notebook: magazine is starting a series of courses in Sydney called The Craft Room, and I’m excited to be one of the course teachers. I’ll be teaching the two hand-printing techniques that appear in this month’s issue of Notebook: leaf-printing and printing with hand-carved stamps.

Images of my projects: Notebook
The styling by Mescha Martin and photography of Andrew Lehmann are so lovely.

I’ll have lots of reference materials for colour and design, and the class will be suitable for anyone regardless of how much artistic ability you think you don’t have! You can achieve some fantastic results with leaf printing and simple rubber stamping, and it’s a lot of fun. We’ll be printing journals, cards/stationery sets, gift tags, and possibly some other bits and pieces. At the moment there is only one class for hand printing, on Saturday 1st May, so come and join me!

The other courses include sewing (beginner and intermediate), cake decorating, softie making, crochet, embroidery and knitting, with more to come. I’ll profile some of the lovely talented ladies who’ll be teaching the classes over the next couple of weeks.

I’ve already signed up for the crochet class with Sarah London… if you’re a regular visitor here you’ll know how much I love crocheted things and how much I want to be able to master the craft. I’m very excited. I know I could probably learn from a book – and I have bought a few that sit idle on my bookshelf – but where’s the fun in that? I love the idea of taking an afternoon out just for me and spending it in a lovely environment with new people, and actually walking away having mastered a new skill.

If you’d like to find out more, check out the timetable and class details. When you click on a class from the list the teacher’s photo and a bit about them will come up.

I think it’s a wonderful initiative on the part of Notebook. The classes are to be held in Notebook‘s brand new studios in Alexandria and promise to be fun and a lovely day crafting with like-minded people. Everything will be provided including refreshments, so all you have to do is turn up.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Corrie who has organised The Craft Room. She’s such a lovely person and is an absolute dynamo.

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Craft tutorials in Notebook magazine

I’ve been waiting to tell you about this for a while now, and as the May issue of Notebook hit the stands today I don’t have to wait any longer.

I was thrilled to be invited to provide a couple of projects for Notebook’s create section, which was a lot of fun. The first tutorial is for leaf-printed cushions, and is a step by step guide to both the printing of the fabric and making the cushions. The second project is hand carving stamps and printing onto journals. You can see an enlargement of the first spread here.

But that’s not all…. stay tuned for my next post for more news….

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One more cushion

I’m sensing a bit of a cushion series beginning to happen… but for now I want to share this gorgeous one. I just love the combination of the vintage fabric with the screen print of the illustrated clothes peg.

Image: Coucou Salut

Find this one and more by Coucou Salut on Etsy.

Found via Poppytalk.

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