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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Farewell 2010 - Welcome 2011

 Out with the old and in with the New Year
2010 is over.  For my family it was like a roller coaster ride.  I think many others can say the same.
It is good to begin the New Year of 2011 with new opportunities and new beginnings.
I continue to enjoy blogging.  Extending myself artisticly, through  my photography, blog  posting and connecting to other bloggers of a similar interests. 

 What a great world! 
I love it when a visitor takes time to comment on my blog.  This never fails to delight me.  Who knows, we may meet one day!

One last thought about creativity.  This is our giving from the centre of who we are.  Giving of our gifts and talents to our world.  We do not know who may be touched by our giving.  Someone out there needs our 
individuality, our touch,  our words, our creativity.
If you are wondering about joining the blogging world, I highly recommend it!
It is an exciting world.  It happens  one posting at a time.

Best wishes for a truly creative 2011!
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Wishes!

To  my blogging friends and visitors from all over the world.
May peace, love and joy be yours this Christmas!

Jack and the Stars of Christmas

Jacks night out!
Our wee dog Jack spent the night under the house.  He gets through a cat door. (yes he does fit)
It was dark before we realised he was  missing.  By then it was too dark for him to see his way out.
He looks rather sleepy at the door this morning.  Mind you he wasn't the only sleepy one!  Some of us thought he had gone further afield and got into trouble.
Good to see him again this morning!
Shows how much these animals mean too us all!

Posted by PicasaThe 'rugged stars of Christmas are a little project I completed yesterday.
Fabric paper  cut and sewn onto felted fabric and a little fibrefill to fill them. 
I brushed on some irridescent  whatever and although the photo doesn't show it,
They have a lovely pearlised glow.

Keeping it Simple.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Mothers Needlework - a beautiful way to say 'Good Morning.'

Mums handwriting was an artform.  'Goodmorning' is a lovely example
of her writing.  So lovely to see it here embroidered  as a permanent record.


Posted by PicasaThis handwork of my Mums is a lovely piece.  The intricate pocket for the serviette.  'Good Morning'
written by Mum and beautifully embroidered by hand.  An everlasting piece of her written word and her delicate embroidery.  A work of art.  Thankyou for your legacy, Mum a gift to me.
She is 92, and an amazing woman.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy

New Zealand mourns the loss of 29 miners in the Pike River Coal Mine
Flags fly at half mast as acknowledgement of the loss.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Layers and Layers of Fabric.............

Layers and layers of fabric. Stitched, melted and gathered to form a colourful, everlasting  posy.
Sounds simple doesn't it?
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Saturday, November 20, 2010


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Machine Wrapped Chord

Just pulled this out of the archives. A while ago I had a fettish for machine wrapped chords. I did this with two or more strips of fabric twisted togethor and zigzagged with a large stitch. These come in handy for  giftwrapping, wraps for journals or any decorative ideas you can think of.  A fancy thread on the machine helps in the embellishment of the chord.  You could also add beads or other bits and  pieces.  Its all about using your imagination.   This one needs  to be finished.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waitaki Boys High School Prizegiving 2010

Leavers performing for an appreciative audience.

Our youngest son receiving his award from the Rector.

Waitaki Boys Hall of Memories was filled with pupils, family and friends for the senior prizegiving of 2010. The atmosphere in this building is amazing. It is not only a very attractive Oamaru stone building but it really is a 'hall of memories.' Flags from many countries are on display along the walls. Plaques with lists of old boys who lost their lives in war time. Also there are lists of names who have been prominent in New Zealands history.
For our family this was our final prizegiving. Our youngest son has completed his final year of study at this school.
We were absolutely delighted to celebrate this prizegiving in particular as he was honoured by being dux of the school.

Go Waitaki ! 
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Saxophonist Sharing his Art on the Sydney Wharf

Love this!
Beautiful music of this Saxophonist drifted along the Sydney Harbour Wharfe.

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Morning walks and glimpses of life in Sydney

I love this authentic little florists shop with a simple but eye catching 'open' sign.

A View down a narrow street into the Central Business area of Sydney.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Flowers of Brilliance in Paddington - Sydney

Early morning flowers on display at 'Thomas Dux the Grocer' just along the street from our apartment where we stayed in Paddington, Sydney.  A bunch of these would liven up any womens day!
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Giveaway Winner

The Fibre Fascination Giveaway has finished.  Thankyou for your interest in this.
Marcia   from the U.S. has won.

Congratulations  Marcia!
your parcel will be on its way when I have your address.

Layered  Fabric  Flowers  for  Marcia

Monday, November 1, 2010

True Art Comes From The Heart!

Its true!    True Art comes from the heart!

Fibre fascination giveaway will end tomorrow night i.e. Tuesday night New Zealand time.  I will draw the winners name from a hat at 8 p.m If you want to have a chance to win some of my art (from my heart!)
Just sign up as a follower if you're not already and post a comment telling me you want to be in the draw to win my giveaway.  I would love to hear from you.  I know you're out there!  The more names in the hat the better.
Cheers, Joan.

p.s. Sydney was a lot of fun! Will post one or two photos over next few days.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Hen in our yard

One of our new arrivals in our backyard. She is a brown leghorn.  Her folded over red comb will give her some shade on hot, sunny days. We are getting one egg every one or two days. When they settle in they will probably lay more. We hope so!

Don't forget to be a part of  Fibre Fascination giveaway.  It finishes on the 3rd November. Have a look at the blog entry before this one and you will find out how to enter.
We are going to Sydney for a family wedding so it should be good family time and celebration. On return we will find out who has won the giveaway.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fibre Fascination Giveaway!

100th  Posting!
Fibre Fascination  Giveaway.

Here we go! The first giveaway for Fibre Fascination
There will be one prize only. The giveaway includes two fabulous  fabric flowers . These have already been blogged about two or three postings earlier. They really are special. The  embroidered pincushion  has also been shown on this blog. There are a couple of  fabric tags  included. A number of  fabric beads  are also part of the package. These are all created by the Lady who has had so much fun doing this blog.

 This giveaway  will run from October 21st until November 3rd 2010. 
The rules are:
1.  You must be a follower  of this blog or become one.
           2.  Post a comment  telling me you want to enter this giveaway.

One entry per person otherwise this blog Lady may be a little confused!
Good luck to you all and thanks for entering my first giveaway.

I will post anywhere.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Special Words of Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.

p.s.  My next post will be my 100th!  Yipee!  

Will need to celebrate that occasion.  Soooo    will  have a giveaway coming up in the next few days.  Just need to put some thought into it.
Check back to see whats happening.
Thanks for your visits.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nuno felted scarf.

Nuno  Felt


Soft and Feminine

This is nuno felted scarf.  It is felted with New Zealand wool on a silk/rayon base fabric.
It is very feminine and soft with delicate felting over the base fabric.
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