Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thinking Pink

Hibiscus.....acrylic..........detail. (raylee).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Water.....washed up on the sand

One day this week we went to the lake & i remembered to take the camera. water is one of my favourite things. i am always fascinated by the way it moves, the patterns it creates on sand, with the help of wind & light, the constant motion.......ebb & flow. usually i think of water as a cool blue/ green but here it is transparent, & the yellow/orange leaf against the sandy background paints a warm picture. (raylee)).

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Zoe is a tea stained calico doll..... she is wearing a top made from an embroidered linen table runner, with button trim. her pants are red corduroy with a tartan patch. all her clothing & her hair has come from the op shop. Zoe has been donated as a raffle prize.........for a worthy cause.
Some junior artwork in the background.
A collaged information tag is attached to her sleeve. the tag is made from an old clothing tag, it has story book pictures glued on one side............ a description on the other. (raylee).

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

think pink

this girl is going to my brave mum as her mascot for the upcoming challenge....think pink ladies!!

here's to our mums...they're the greatest people we know.....mine is my vintage queen....she taught me everything I know....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How things start.....sometimes

This is how i sometimes work out what i am going to make............ i put fabrics together & usually an idea will happen . ......maybe from the colours or textures, i like to try different or unexpected combinations......patterns, weights, weaves, just mix it up & see what happens.
Did you see Pip on TV this morning? she was "ace" , as she would say. if you missed it..... have a look at MeetMeAtMikes. (raylee).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cutesy collage

Beautiful sunny weekend, swimming, eating seafood, crafting with the kids, family time, making small collage pictures, & trying something new from something old...... a handmade book , not yet complete. the picture of the bear is the first page, more to come as i make further progress. the collage pictures are made from old kids story books i found at the local "tip shop". well thats my about you? (raylee).

Friday, October 22, 2010

A new bag.... from recycled fabric finds....and....

This is the newest bag from old materials......a tablecloth previously printed with the tree design that i have block printed over the top of......a couple of birds cut from a scarf, machine stitched , with some yellow embroidery added......denim patches with running stitches ...... a doily pocket on one side, also piping cord trim between the tablecloth & turquoise velvet....... a band around the top , denim straps......... & red satin lining to make it complete..............and......... art journal project................. inspired by Diana Trout. (raylee).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pretty in pink

Made my appppointment today, one bag finished, up to page six of journalling challenge (hub bub), finding lots of surprises in the fabric from essemm, used some today, love my climbing roses. (raylee).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Something is in the making

I have been cutting, sewing, sticking, drawing, looking at blogs & magazines, so nothing has been completed yet. lots of things in my head all trying to get my atttention, all wanting to get out first. today i turned up for an appointment right on day too early! hope to get myself more organised & get some photos of my progress on recent projects posted soon. (raylee).


Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday drive

Went to visit essemm yesterday, had a few hours throwing ideas around, we miss being able to chat & inspire each other like we used to face to face. now we stay in contact mostly by email & through the blog. i came away with bags of op shop goodies from her, so now i have lots of different colurs & patterns to get me inspired . as i havent cut any thing out yet....... i have posted some of my printing blocks. (raylee).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pretty in pink

"Plants give us oxygen for the lungs & for the soul" ~ Linda Solegato. (raylee).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

miss dolly

here she is...something different....hope she's a hit....
first one clothes...
then with a face and a dress....
the body is out of a polyester singlet and the hair out of a pretty hairpiece that kept getting tangled in our hair then a dress out of a baby's top that caught my eye with it's bling...shiny bits glued into the fabric....all nylon and polyester...not my favourite fabrics but they do the job here

Monday, October 11, 2010


Sally is a rag doll made from tea stained calico, raggy strips for her hair, button eyes, patches to make cheeks & her nose , a bit of embroidery thread to stitch them on & to make her mouth. She is wearing a dress made from a cotton doily with buttons to trim it. her petticoat is a crochet doily. all from op shop finds. (raylee).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

things got out of the basket...

here they are....they made it out.....

a new animal has arrived....dont know how well she'll go....I think she's a cat???

and her mates are the last of the pink cut outs...I really like the brocade, it seems to shimmer and stay together really well...along with the favoutites to work with....

found the brocade at a second hand furniture shop....must be leftovers from someone's chair or lounge....and the chambry from an old shirt.....more animals coming....


It really poured here last night. made me remember these photos i had of an old saddle that has a beautiful layer of moss on the girth . when i looked at it closely it became hair on a funny kind of face. (raylee).

Friday, October 8, 2010

Favourite find this week

Do you ever go somewhere you didnt plan on going? & come away glad that you did! I went to collect a prescription from the chemist one day this week, & as i had to wait i went to the op shop. i found a linen skirt, almost full circle, lots of fabric to make something new, which i was pleased with....... but then as i walked towards the counter i spotted this top, no way was i leaving without it! (raylee).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Art collage

Hello to our followers, we are very happy to have you, hope you enjoy our blog, & please comment as we are relatively new to blogging & would appreciate your feedback. (raylee).

A new bag.... from recycled fabric finds

First of all i would like to say thank you to Pip from "meet me at mikes' for the "young things", we really appreciate all the help & information we have found on the blog...... so thank you Pip!!! This bag is made from used & recycled fabrics, the floral velvet side is a part of a table runner from the op shop, the patchwork side was a bonus find as the embroidery was already done as well as the patchhwork. the pocket was a fabric sample & the satin lining , & the doilies were given to me . even the thread i used for the running stitches is an op shop find.

i have been trying a few new things while my keyboard was out of action, nothing ready to look at yet. also made some new dolls, & finished the one i thought was a reject. someone saw her & liked her......... beauty is in the eye of the beholder, needless to say she has a new home! (raylee).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

quiet times

Raylee has a hiccup with her keyboard so things may be quiet for a while....
my technology dramas involve photos locked in another system.....working on it.....

have been busy with, school holidays and family.....
things are clammering to escape my sewing basket.....but not yet...

we have linked to Pip's - Young Things - so welcome if you have come to have a look....
feel free to make a comment....we get really excited when someone else notices our stuff......
as newby's we appreciate constructive ideas about our step into blogland.....

x Simonne

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Art journal

A page from my art ideas journal. i covered the text of an old gardening book with used pages from a shopping list pad...........i started this journal in july after reading "alma stollers blog". it is made from an old gardening book & pages from magazines which have been stitched together by machine, these make the front & back covers. then it is has a thin wash of gesso & is finished with a wash of impasto gel medium. you can find the full instructions at " almas blog" which you will find on our blog list.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Art journal

This is what i have been doing in between other things. my inspiration comes from "diana trout" (hub- bub). this is the front cover, i used an old diary from the office, stuck a picture from a calendar & a word cut from a magazine on the front. i started with bits of fabric & pictures & some journalling , some watercolour pencils to add colour & other bits i found i just added , now its a work in progress. i found it relaxing & quick & easy for times when you dont want to think too much. all you need to start is a book of some sort, a glue stick ,pictures from magazines or draw\paint your own & anything else you think suitable.
try it........ you will be surprised! (raylee).


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