Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Two baby toys

A couple of baby friendly toys......not sure what they are........but they are soft & cuddly. they are made from cotton t-shirts , some felt, a bit of gingham & embroidery thread. (raylee).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cutesy collage

Front cover......handmade note book from an assortment of bits & pieces. the heart shape, flower & letter beads are new, the other materials include: a cardboard cat food box, old book pages, picture & lined paper from a magazine, pattern paper, bits of fabric , ribbon , string, & crochet doily, a bird shape cut from an old watercolour painting & paint stencilled shapes.......... ......continued in the next post. (raylee).

Cutesy collage

Everything new i tried making last week was a disaster. one project ended up in the bin after i dismembered it with the scissors! the other two avoided that fate...... a few days later i felt sorry for them , a couple of changes & they look a whole lot better. So i decided to complete something that i started earlier........my first handmade book, from "cutesy collage" -25th october. front page.....above...... a quote page........

the middle pages......

the back page......

the back cover. i followed the instructions from "cloth paper scissors" march/april 2010, *books with a repurpose by jeannine stein *. (raylee).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"The Painter "- mary st. brisbane (detail)

Advice to self......."To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong" - Joseph Chilton Pearce." You may have a fresh start any moment you choose" - Mary Pickford. (raylee).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stitched collage

Pictures from a magazine, a bit of hand printed fabric, bits of scrap fabric, some beetroot dyed cotton, ribbons, buttons & beads stitched onto some pages of an old book to make a stitched collage.......... i like to look at the words that are still visible to see if they have any relevance to the image that has been created. i found the word "twins"........there are 2 birds, & 2 figures. ( raylee ).

Monday, November 22, 2010

Baby present

Mixed some old & new for this baby present...... appliqued singlet & t-shirt, & a summer weight patchwork blanket. ( raylee ).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Garage sale find

Just had to buy this.......knew it would love to live at my place!
Yes...... the tablecloth fabric is retro.......70s. ( raylee ).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

and there's more pink

time for a change..... to celebrate the homecoming ....thanks for all the good wishes .....we're battling on and going well at the moment....

here is another softie...he's supposed to be a sheep....but looks more like a sheep dog to me ...
what do you think???...

while I was mucking around with this post I thought this guy reminds me of the Loony Tunes cartoon dog Sam....the one who clocks on for his shift along with Ralph the wolf...it's just something about his shape....I have now been told there are others who thought the same thing... what the...!!!... just thought I'd share...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beginning ----- End

This tight yellow bud appeared about 5pm......... i took the following photos next morning, starting around 5am, the bud took less than 1hour to open..........
.....by 5pm it was spent.......beautiful to the end...... (raylee).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Just beautiful

Thought someone might like to see this amazing process.......i think its amazing & even more amazing that i captured it. ( raylee ).

Just beautiful

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I have been using some of the fabric essemm gave me, both fabrics had a previous life as skirts. the rose cotton skirt i found at the op shop, the ribbon too. i trimmed the pocket with an old linen doily & stitched a couple of rows of ribbon around the bottom. my inspiration for this apron came from a chance visit to a book store, where i came across a book......"A Is for Apron - 25 fresh & flirty designs by Nathalie Mornu" ............ who ever thought of aprons as fresh & flirty? ... it is a very bright, colourful , how to book, (patterns included )with lots of ideas ,"vintage" styles too! ...... i might have to try wearing one, dont know about being fresh & flirty though........vintage would be more like it! ( raylee ).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How things start.....sometimes.......& end sometimes....

This bag is the end of ..".how things start.... sometimes.... "posted 26 oct. ( raylee ).

Fabric collage

A couple of close ups of bits & pieces i have stitched .......by hand & machine......
doilies, calico, velvet, hand block printed fabric, denim, some painted, stitched & beaded chiffon cut from a top & a button. ( raylee ).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

what is it??

these fellows come from a pig pattern...not sure if they really look like pigs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Stitched collage

" Enjoy when you can, endure when you must" - Wolfgang von Goethe. collage inspiration from " Gerdiary ". ( raylee ).

Sunday, November 7, 2010


if you stick bits & pieces of paper & fabric onto a canvas......something unexpected may happen! (raylee).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

and there's more pink

the things we do to keep sane while waiting for news....thinking positive....
before.....a dusty tired looking find....
after....a revamp to cheer up a drab hospital room....

Art journal .......nudges 6, 7 & 8.

5 minute nudge..........tear out magazine pages, then the pictures you like, & glue them in the art journal.( nudges ......diana trout - hub bub).
apply gesso, then write into it while still wet, i used the end of a small paint brush. i also rubbed some of the gesso away.
at this stage i wrote in texta & oil pastels, scribbled with the pastels, added more gesso then rubbed some off with a wet towel, & sanded away some of the colour with an emery board, & added more writing with inktense water soluble pencils. the post after this one is my second try at nudges 6 & 7. i liked it at this point so left it as is. (raylee).

Friday, November 5, 2010

Art journal .......nudges

Some more words added to the front cover of my art journal.
7 day nudge complete. day 7 is some good advice from ' virginia woolf ". 5 minute nudge........find magazine pictures, tear out & glue in 5 minutes. next add gesso & write or draw while still wet, i used the end of a small paintbrush.

art journal nudges - diana trout.....hub bub. click on the pictures for a closer look. (raylee).

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Geranium Bud

" If you have a garden & a library , you have everything you need " - Marcus Tullius Cicero. (raylee).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Raggy quilt - unfinished

First try at making a raggy quilt. i found some bits & pieces of cotton at the op shop earlier this year, then added to them from old shirts, doona covers & calico curtain lining. i didnt have enough fabric to complete it , so bought some patchwork fabric ( on sale) to add to it. since looking through essemms pile , that she gave me , i have found enough co-ordinating fabric to make it a reasonable size. & to all the quilters who would be horrified if they took a close look..... sorry , i have put in my time as a near perfect sewer, now i like to approach some of my projects in a less ordered , precise , even meticulous way. i always thought every stitch had to be perfect......my thoughts changed when i learnt it was ok to paint outside the lines.( raylee).

Monday, November 1, 2010


' The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it ' -- Helen Keller. (raylee).


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