Friday, October 29, 2010

Colourful Fridays with Robyn @ Daisy Quilts - Colours of Halloween

As we don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, I don't really associate anything more than orange and black with Halloween. So instead of hunting for Halloween colours and things, I am posting a few pics from our Halloween last year, where we joined an American friend who loves to celebrate Halloween. We went trick or treating around her neighbourhood with about 17 kids and had a great time.

And the highlight of the evening for the kids (other than lots of lollies!) was making the pumpkin jack-o-lantern, especially helping to remove the pumpkin guts!

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it!

To see what others find in their hunt for colours of Halloween, visit Daisy Quilts to find links to the other colourful participants!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Colourful Fridays with Robyn @ Daisy Quilts - Orange

Another Friday, another colour, and I have to admit this is one of my least favourite colours. However, there seems to be a lot of it around.

And then there's more...

And then there is...
...the mock orange, which isn't orange at all. Does it qualify?

For more wonderful orangeness, please visit Daisy Quilts, to see what the other participants are finding in their closets and gardens.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I was reading an interesting post on Bumble Beans Inc.'s blog about inspiration. Victoria is a quilter based in New York City - but it doesn't matter who you are or where you live when it comes to what makes you create.

She talks about how her grandmother's quilts inspired her. How others' work will influence your own, and how others may criticise your creations and that we must never let that detract from our inspiration. Thanks, Victoria, for inspiring me to think about what influences the way or what I create!

Sometimes that inspiration will come from the world around us, sometimes from a pattern or picture that we would love the recreate in our chosen art or craft.

For me, as an artist, it is eyes. It has been said they are the windows to the soul, but I don't think it is that which inspires me, though it would sound good, wouldn't it?

The face shows expressions, sadness, happiness, anger and more, but it is the eyes that show us the truth of a person. There is a spark, a life, that comes through the eyes. When my daughter was born, her eyes were wide open looking around at the world from the very first moment - she hasn't stopped taking it in since then. Her eyes spark when she laughs and smiles, or achieves something. If I can't get the eyes right on a painting of a person or an animal, I know the painting won't come together.I have painted landscapes and still lifes, cars and boats, but I am always drawn back to painting those eyes.

There are other inspirations in my creative life - I scrapbook, do family history, cross stitch and knit. I make funny faces out of food on my daughter's plate. I make up stories for her at night and write them down so I can read them to her again and again without forgetting the important parts.  My family inspires me, colours inspire me, music can start me writing a story on scraps of paper. A flower in the garden, a broken urn in a cemetery, a gum nut caught in a crack int he concrete. Inspiration comes from many places.

What inspires you to create?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Colourful Fridays with Robyn @ Daisy Quilts - Green!

I don't really have much green around my home - it is not a favourite colour of mine, so I have looked to the outside to find my greens...

I really love the greens in nature, but a painted corrugated roof is a lovely thing too!

If you want to see where some of the other participants found their greens, visit Daisy Quilts...

Friday, October 08, 2010

Manly Beach

Yesterday, as a final outing during the school holidays, we took K. to Manly Beach. It was pretty overcast when we left home, so we decided not to take swimmers, just to go and play or walk on the beach, and have lunch there.

It turned out to be nice and warm, even though cloudy, and the sun came out for a while when we were on the beach. K. had the best time and said it was the 'best day ever'.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Last of the Spring Bulbs

Well, my bulbs are nearing their end. And, to be honest, we had someone in to cut down some overgrown shrubs before summer gets here and the remainder were trampled just a tad. Here are some pics of the last few flowers...

The pink bottlebrush has come into bloom. I have really come to prefer it to the red one - and I love red!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Jewellery by KayTee's Kreations

At the Open Day at Blacktown Arts & Crafts Group last Sunday, I met the very creative Katrina Torrance of KayTee's Kreations.

Katrina goes to the pottery at BACG to learn ceramic art, but at home she makes fantastic jewellery and glass art. In fact her ceramic skills come in very handy for making the molds for her glass art.

I spent a very long time poring over the jewellery on display...

... and this was just some of it!...

before finally spotting this bracelet which I just had to have...

(Sorry about the fabric behind, but trying to find something on a very grey day
that would do justice  to the bracelet was really hard - at least it is a vintage cotton
that backs a quilt made by my great-aunt back in the 50s or 60s).

The bracelet was way too big for my skinny wrist, so Katrina offered to adjust it, and luckily it was two beads too big - just enough to make matching earrings!

Also on display were some of the glass pieces Katrina makes. I didn't buy any at the Open Day, but I did when I dropped by Katrina's to collect the modified bracelet and earrings.

I bought another two coasters, both of which are on my desk ready for a cup of tea for me and a guest! My daughter has laid claim to the daisy plate. I think I will be placing some orders for Christmas. Her use of colour and simple designs make her work a must to own.

If you like Katrina's work and would like to contact her, her email address is kay-tee (at) .

Colourful Fridays with Robyn @ Daisy Quilts - RED!

So the colour chosen for this week is Red. It just so happens that this is my favourite colour, so I was more than happy to contribute this week. The trouble was deciding how to thin down the number of pics, so that it didn't fill up my whole blog ! lol

I had a little helper, his name is Hotdog. A week before Christmas a few years ago my daughter told me she was going to ask Santa for a red soft toy puppy dog as a friend for her white one. Santa came through with Hotdog on Christmas morning. What a champion he was! Hotdog is showcasing my favourite red mug and cup and also my mini photo album that I carry around with me in my handbag.


Flowers in my garden - some of them from this year's crop, some from last year's. The bottlebrush is a pic I took this morning in the early grey light - they are just beginning to bloom.

Around the house...


Some photos with red, but different reds...

Another artists paintings that I love...

 These poppy paintings are by a Canadian artist, Laura Tetrault. She paints with acrylics mostly and does some beautiful evocative work. She is also an extremely generous artist sharing her work through her Big Thank You Project, which is how I came to have the first of the two paintings. I loved it so much, I visited her Etsy shop and bought the second one to go with it.
And because the season is almost upon us (and I've seen decorations in the stores...

A few little decorations I made last year to hang on the tree. Very rustic - and that's is being kind. I made some for my daughter's best friends at pre-school as well as a few for us. Embroidery is not my strong suit! lol

And so that ends my contribution to this RED day. It is so grey and overcast here today that all this red has brightened my day considerably. Hope you have a bright day too!