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… is this single lone plant,  a gift from a neighbour.  I have been watching the buds form with interest and have been fascinated with the way they have turned and fattened.  Today it burst into bloom.

Poppy

The raindrops added just a little more interest…..

Glisten

Love the colours….. what better way to discover new combinations of colour that by what we find in nature?

October’s postcard swap theme is Crazy Patchwork – neither Penny nor Kay had tried their hand at traditional Crazy Patchwork so this was a great opportunity to try it out.  Kay just loved the chance to get back to some hand embroidery – something she really enjoys.

Peggy’s card arrived in the mail for me late last week:

Crazy PAtchwork Card from Peggy in the US

Crazy Patchwork Card from Paggy in the US

My cards were all made with the same fabric and thread palette, although every one took on its own particular look.  The fabrics included antique kimono fabrics, silks, furnished and after five fabrics and silk/polyester blend patchwork fabrics.  The threads included DMC stranded cotton, Kremick silk, Madeira Metallic embroidery thread and other specialty threads.

Crazy Patchwork Card

Crazy Patchwork Card

I raided the buttons and the bead containers for seeds and delicas in a range of colours…plus there are some charms, sequins and shell buttons in each of them.

Detail#2

Detail from Crazy Patchwork Card

I have really enjoyed making these cards – crazy patchwork has always been a favorite of mine!

My post office lady, Kaye, was most taken with this particular batch of cards….luckily, there was a spare, so I took one in especially for her!

…. and I signed up for my first fabric ATC swap with the Textile Artists Trading Cards group at Stitchin Fingers.

I was paired to swap with Cobi in The Netherlands.  Cobi also co ordinates a blog entirely devoted to posting pictures of those cards swapped by members of the group – I have signed up as a contributor and recommend that you pop over and have a look at the blog. There are lots of talented artists sharing their work for you to enjoy.

This is the card Cobi sent to me:

Halloween swap from Cobi

Halloween swap from Cobi

……and this is the card I sent to her!

Halloween Swap for Cobi and reverse of second card

Halloween Swap for Cobi and reverse of second card

I made two of the cards – featuring a reproduction 1930’s fabric from a range designed by Judy Rothermill. The reverse fabric was part of a collection by Debbie Mumm. The spare card is offered as a trade to the Stitchin Fingers ladies….

for some reason, I cannot get Dakota’s card to show in the post yet it behaves in the draft format… so I am trying again!!!

Dakota's fabric fusion card!

Dakota's fabric fusion card!

While I was at it, I thought I would add some close up pictures of the embroidery on a couple of the cards as well!

Detail from Dakota's Card

Detail from Dakota's Card

Dakota had posted a picture of the card on Stitchin Fingers….it had a cluster of small orange beads along the top left hand edge.  She noted that she couldn’t remember whether she had taken them off or not before she had posted it….as you can see, no orange beads!

Deatil from Leslie's card

Detail from Leslie's card

This shot is a bit blurry, but you can pick out the fine curls of what I presume to be jewellery wire amongst the cluster of embellishments and stitching.  A lovely touch.

In August, I signed up for a fabric postcard swap organised by Leslie in the UK – the swap group have committed to send each member a fabric postcard to celebrate that member’s birthday.

The first swap took place in September when cards were dispatched from all over the world to Allyson in South Africa.  Allyson’s card can be seen here.

October it was my turn….as well as that of Marja in The Netherlands.  Marja’s card was sent to her from Broken Hill – I hope it makes it safely!!

Hope your birthday is fabulous, Marja!

Hope your birthday is fabulous, Marja!

Whilst I was away, the MATH was clearing my post office box and was being advised by email that the surprises were waiting for me when I got home.  There were more to collect from the box over the ensuing week…. nothing like having your birthday stretched out over a couple of weeks….;)

These are the fabulous cards I have received from the girls in the swap….this is such a great way to build friendships worldwide!

Crazy piecing card from Aida in Canada

Crazy piecing card from Aida in Canada

Marja's brilliant orange mulitmedia piece

Marja's brilliant orange mulitmedia piece

Raw edge fabric weaving with embroidery and embellishment from Leslie in the UK. Leslie even included my birth date!

Raw edge fabric weaving with embroidery and embellishment from Leslie in the UK. Leslie even included my birth date!

Pauline's card was handpainted and stencilled before being embellished - so many delicious layers of colour!

Pauline's card was handpainted and stencilled before being embellished - so many delicious layers of colour!

Bold and striking fabric, cleverly highlighted with beading and thread... a delight to receive from Sheila in Scotland.

Bold and striking fabric, cleverly highlighted with beading and thread... a delight to receive from Sheila in Scotland.

These cards give so much more than just being remembered for your birthday… they are such a fabulous source of information as the techniques used vary so widely.  There is no right or wrong way to make these pieces….just make!

At any craft event you may attend over the year, the catering is always a topic for discussion. It is usual to hear  comments on either the appalling quality, lack of options for the dietarily challenged, the price however exhorbitant or not it might be and how bad/slow/rude the service is – often it is all of the above.

My typical concern is what the offerings on hand will do to my waistline – something that is becoming rapidly less noticeable as the years pass!

It was not helped recently when I was in a position to catch a few shots of the deliveries being made to the kitchen…..these were enough to add kilos just looking at them!

As the Man About The House was leaving for four weeks in the UK the day after the show finished in Broken Hill, I decided to give it a shot at driving right through back to Melbourne in the faint hope I might get back to at least say goodbye!

I packed the car with most of the stuff I had been living with in the cottage, made sure everything was clean and tidy and had an early night in anticipation of being able to get away before dawn.

It was a great drive down from Broken Hill to Wentworth….dodging those b*/#$@y goats….damn it if those things aren’t THE most stupid creatures!!!!

As I got closer to Wentworth, strangely familiar silhouettes graced the tops of the rises.  This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the release of the Citroen TA – famous for the introduction of front wheel drive in standard production cars. I have one of these fabulous cars tucked under the carport and have been a fan (and owner) since my teens.

Running repairs on Effie after she had crossed the Nullabor in '93

Running repairs on Effie after she had crossed the Nullabor in '93

It was a delightful to see 14 of them as they passed head north to their next overnight stop in Broken Hill.  Seeing these cars  has prompted me to go search out all those photos of mine and scan them so I can put together an online record of my Citroen adventures over the years.

I made it back to Melbourne in time to find the MATH not yet packed and fighting with the computer….oh dear!  Suffice to say, he made it the airport in one piece and I did get to say goodbye.

It is always a pleasure to come to Broken Hill for CraftAlive.  I enjoy being able to demonstrate and teach here, there is always something on show from the local art and craft groups of interest and its generally a lot of fun.  This year was no exception.

The local art society mounted a small representative sample of their member’s works as did the local Pottery group.

It was an unexpected pleasure to be gifted a pencil drawing from Bob Groves, the co-ordinator of the display.  I decided that, as my birthday fell on the Sunday of the show, I would shout myself a present and I bought myself a small framed acrylic painting.  So I now had two pieces to find wall space for when I returned home!

Saturday evening after close of business, the stallholders and CraftAlive crew gathered to celebrate the end of a most successful show season and also the birthdays – not only was it mine but it was Rosemary’s as well…so a double celebration was had.

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