Monday, 31 December 2012

Water Lilies.

                                                   A trio of Water Lilies in a near by park.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Garden Marauder.

Here is the little creature that has been eating all our developing fruit, a Ringtail Possum. Very cute, but very annoying as we see our crop of nectarines and peaches disappear.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Yumm, Peanut Butter!

                               When you are only 18 months old, what an adventure life is!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Boxing Day Sales.

With thin narrow feet it's always hard to find shoes to fit, especially when I have to have them wide at the front to accomodate a bunion and other problems in the left foot. Although I'm not really a fan of the strap over the top, especially wide ones like these, they do solve my problems to a large extent.
These new shoes that were on sale I wore all day straight from the box, a miracle in comfort!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Morning.

A Christmas present of a doll's pusher is the ultimate in recycling, as the pusher originally belonged to her mother.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Blue Berries for Christmas.

Not the red Holly berries of Christmas in the northern hemisphere, but blue berries on the native Dianella plant in the Southern hemisphere.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Fun Letterboxes.

Now here is a developer with a sense of fun, multicoloured and multi level letterboxes for a block of  local flats.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Flowers.

The flowers of the Queensland Box tree always appear around Christmas time which is very fitting as they look like very delicate star ornaments, so suitable for this time of year.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Tree of Textures.

These are photos of different parts of a large palm tree, the top, then just above the base and then the root area just above the soil. I can see that all 3 pictures would make good displacement maps or other textures in a computer image.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Tree!

  Spotted while out walking this morning, it must be the minimalist touch I keep hearing about.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Drawings of Themselves by 3 and 4 year olds.

As a Christmas gift for their mothers, the drawings of themselves that the small children at the kindergarten had made were printed onto very nice white tea-towels.
                                                          Aren't they all just wonderful!
It's amazing just how much more advanced the drawings done by the little girls are when compared with those made by the boys who are the same age.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Pot ATCs.

This is a little pot that I bought many years ago on a trip to Central America.
It was chosen as the inspiration for Artist Trading cards by a group to which I belong.

 Here are several versions of the pot decorations made in Photoshop, all of which I have printed out on fabric ready to be embroidered and enhanced.

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Egyptian Phase.

 After visiting Egypt some years ago, I was determined to work some pieces based on the imagery that I had seen around the country. Here I have shown the Sacred Lotus, both as naturalistic flowers and as a design used by the Ancient Egyptians in their painted walls etc.
 At the time that these pieces were worked I was discovering the versatility of Lutradur, the non-woven synthetic fibre that is such fun to work with. These 3 pieces are all worked on Lutradur.
The top 2 pieces feature screen printing and painting and all in all pieces I embroidered by machine and also digitized some of the imagery that I used, especially in the third piece above.

Thursday, 13 December 2012


                                                              No need for words today!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Baking.

           These shortbread biscuits are lovely and crisp, but are  just on the verge of being over-done.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Little Christmas Gifts

Earlier in the year a friend asked a group of us several questions each, including our favourite colour and flower. Now we know why, she had made each of us a covered 2013 diary featuring our favourite colours and flowers. Here is my diary with a blue cover and a Lily of the Valley plant. Lovely!
Another member of the group had made tiny canvas work needle fobs.  However I think mine will double as a Christmas tree ornament first. Also for the tree is this cute little commercial angel.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Baby Fruit.

                             The apples are tiny, but growing well, as are the peaches below.

The nectarines look good, but it's a race between us and the wild life. The possums and rats love the fruit as do the birds. Even if we cover the tree with a net, the animals crawl up underneath and get the fruit.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas Lunch.

The first of the Christmas Lunch tables all set up and ready for our group of 7 to celebrate another great year of stitching, exhibiting and friendship.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Here is my basket containing 4 different types of lettuce and some beans, The vegetable garden is producing well.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Art Deco Picture Theatre.

 As I was one of only 4 people in the cinema this morning, I took the opportunity to take a few photos of the wonderful Art Deco theatre that I was seated in.
 Called the Rivolli, it was completely refurbished a few years ago, with all the original features being restored, including the weaving of a new carpet.

                                                           Some of the wall decoration.
 Called the Rivolli, it was completely refurbished a few years ago, with all the original features being restored, including the weaving of a new carpet. The colours aren't correct here as it was too dark, but the design can be seen and just a hint of the true colour under the lights.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Flame Kurrajong.

 This gorgeous flowering tree is a type of brachychiton, sometimes known as an Illawarra Flame tree or Flame Kurrajong. It's growing as a street tree here, and is fairly small, but can grow to 15 m or 50 feet tall.

                          The flowers appear to be made of crepe paper, but are quite robust.
                         The remains of last years flowers, large black boat shaped seed pods.

Friday, 30 November 2012

A Walk in the Vegetable Garden.

        Spherical Zucchini, a new one for me this year. I'm not even sure just how big they grow.
       The first of the dwarf beans are beginning to produce beans, fresh beans for Christms dinner!
                                          A row of assorted lettuce about ready to eat now.
              Tiny tomatoes, maybe this year will produce the holy grail, tomatoes ripe at Christmas.