Saturday, November 22, 2014


So, I've got all these pattern ideas on scraps of paper strewn around my desk - I've been avoiding them as I wasn't planning on posting any more this year as the 2014 Pattern Folio is completed, ready  to go and I'm not adding to it............but, I just couldn't help myself from playing with one, and then I loved it so much I wanted to post, here it is, an early 2015 pattern.

I've called it Sails. Now,  you may have guessed that I don't really think all that much about pattern names......pretty much the first thing that pops into my head when I get to that stage is "it". This pattern in it's basic format reminded me of windsurfer sails.

The basic pattern:

What I've found particularly fun about this one is the seemingly endless permutations using straight, curved or s strokes to form the grid, changing the direction of the curved fill strokes or shading choices - I could have done quite a few more, but decided to stop at 8 variations - I know I'll be back experimenting, though :)

This is an example of one of the variations (top row, 3rd along) - I love how it looks like a web, or if I wanted to, I could emphasis the flower shapes (filled in black), by putting in a white dot for the centre......hmmmm........may have to play with that idea next. Maybe using a bit of hot pink :)

A reminder: the 2014 Pattern Folio is ready to go, it will be emailed early December. If you want it, please make sure you have a completed email subscription to the blog - see the subscription box on the right side under my picture (if you already get emails when I post, then you should be good to go).

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

full throttle........

Life. Is. Crazy. Spring time here is pretty much all about the gardens. Mostly the veggie garden.

In the past 2 weeks I've started a dedicated cut flower garden (10m x 1.5m), done a stack of work in the veggie garden (middle pic, it's huge), completed first section of potager (3/4 the way there in pic 3 - this first section of the new garden is about 7metres by 4 metres - there will be another 3 or 4 stages until it is done - not all this year, though!). The potager will have branch structures which I am going to love making. Like my pants? I dress up for gardening :)

Picked up my new bee hive! So excited!

Lots of planting and seed raising going on in order to be ready for the mass production in Summer/Autumn. Couldn't do it without my trusty garden helpers - Ollie, in particular (black cat on left) loves it! Belly just wants to roll in the sawdust on the paths.The garden visitor (King Parrot) on the right followed me around this morning until I gave him some seed (after I locked the cats in the house), then sat outside in the feeder for over an hour. He just wanted to have his picture taken, I think, pretty boy that he is.

I also managed to finish up (finally) the 2014 Pattern Folio - I've been stalling on the cover and checking that all the links work. It's now ready to go in December! Here's the cover:

The 2014 Pattern Folio includes patterns posted on the blog this year along with the ones included in the 2013 version..........I was surprised what a busy year I'd had once I put it all together.

The Folio will go out early December to blog email subscribers - if you'd like to receive a copy, you'll need to have a confirmed subscription to the blog by 1st December (this is a 2 part process - sign up is on the right, underneath my photo). I will not be sending it out retrospectively as I did last year - it is just too much work, so please, if you want it.......make sure your subscription is confirmed.

I did squeeze in one quick drawing first ever 3.5 inch square for the Square One FB group - greylead shading........aaargh.....I'm clumsy and all that messy and hard to control - I'm definitely a marker girl :) haha.

My attempt at punzel drawn in reverse (bottom to top), so that I could get the overlapping swirly tips.

So, the crazy busy times are going to be rolling on - if you don't hear from me for a while (the long term weather prediction is fantastic) I'll be gardening, or on the porch reading (or sleeping), playing with my bees, milking the cow...........or just basking in the wonderful late Spring-ness that is happening here:)

I am so excited for next year, though, and have a stack of ideas and patterns drafted out ready to go! Can't wait to show them all to you :)

Have a great weekend! (4 day weekend for us as Tuesday is Melbourne Cup Day).


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thinking pink?

After three boys (12, 11 and 4 years older than me), my parents finally had me.......the long awaited little girl. Planned? Nope........but you can bet I was the cutest mistake ever - always singing and dancing and basically just a joy to behold. How could it be possible that I was anything but the favourite? LOL.

A very rare photo of me and my dad, Hanging Rock, Victoria
(check out the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock - an Australian cult classic)

So, what does this have to do with this week's diva challenge which is to use pink in honour of someone who has been touched by breast cancer? I am so very fortunate to have not had any family or close friends with breast cancer, so along to dedicating this piece to those who have, I am also posting it in memory of my dad, who passed away when I was 15, and would always ask me "are you thinking pink?" (this was his way of asking me whether I was happy). And, yes, dad......I am.

I find pink quite hard to use, so have stuck with just a few touches :)

Have a good one!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 2

A few more overlooked pieces from Journal 13.......

Leaf string challenge revisited - I loved the aquafleur leaf so much I wanted to do it again :)

An ING Christmas tree.

Lila Popcheff did an amazing spin on Alice Hendon's Dutch Diamond pattern and I couldn't resist having a go. I love the way stripes makes the shapes look tubular and juicy :)

A bit of double Batch:

Journal 13 - officially done and dusted and on the shelf :)

Have a good one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Journal 13 Wrap Up - part 1

Another day, another journal. No 13 - done and dusted!

(me and my besties) 
Journals from June 2012 - today

When I finish filling all the pages of a journal, I like to take a look back through - I generally have half-finished ideas, random doodles and notes, and occasionally a few gems that are worth polishing up. It's also a great way to refresh my memory on what I've been doing, and, always interesting to see how long it has taken me to get through the journal, too.

No. 13 has been the longest  so far spanning 5 1/2 months - generally I'll average a journal every 2-3 months. During the time I've been working in this journal, though, I wrote my latest e-book Light and Shadow - so pretty much all of my drawings went into that, finished my Permaculture Design Certificate, had a very demanding baby lamb to look after, and had a shocking case of the flu. Yep, it all makes sense now :)

I had a flick back through and surprisingly found more things to share than I expected, so I'm going to do this in 2 parts. Part 2 will be posted in the next day or two

So here it is, the random selection from Journal 13 part 1:

Hope you have an amazing day :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Curly Bracket Feather - PATTERN

I love it when something suddenly seems so obvious, you can't figure out why it never occurred to you before. Today's obvious idea is the combination guessed it.....curly brackets & feathers.

I am a big fan of visualising individual shapes, rather than the whole. It makes it easier to achieve the end result rather than being overwhelmed. Please explain? In this case.........I was able to concentrate on creating curly bracket shapes (i.e. super-easy to draw). Draw a group of them along a spine/centre line and you'll end up with a feather.

Here goes:

Easy to make a bit fancier with more flourished brackets:


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Steps PATTERN - Variations

Some ideas for changing up the  STEPS pattern that I posted yesterday

I know, I know, it's a confusing name.....but when a pattern name (or book title) feels right I am compelled to go with it - I am helpless to resist the pull of my compulsive nature.

1. Start with a curved line 
(I love how simply beginning with a curved line dictates that the curves follow through the whole design and create a more organic, flowing feel).

2. Use "S" shapes to fill in design
(a much more organic version)

3. Additional ideas and tips
(yep, the stuff that just doesn't fit anywhere else)

Hope your weekend is fabulous!