Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
On Wednesday I was at the Queensland Quilt Show, at the 2QAQ table with Glad, Sue and Jane. We demonstrated some techniques - I made this piece of burlap:
People kept asking 'But what will it be?' - I don't know yet!
The quilt show was amazing; there were more than 500 quilts! The red and white quilts from the Mount Isa region looked spectacular:
I had entered two quilts; Wooyung:
.. and my Zebra, which had been folded and looked terrible :-(
I discovered that The Final Round was also at the show, with the other State of the Art quilt 12 quilts:
I had planned not to buy anything but couldn't resist this book - I have been wanting to read it for quite a while:
I have almost finished it and will post a review soon!
I took something else home: Cycle of Life, which has been at a number of exhibitions and even a visit to the SAQA/SDA Conference in Philadelphia! It's been away for 18 months and I am so glad to have it back home! It is my favourite of all my quilts.
I had a lovely day at the show - unfortunately I had to leave early to pick up the boys from school. Hubby is in New Zealand at the moment, so I am temporarily a single parent. I had forgotten how much time and energy it takes when you have to do it all by yourself... which of course shows how much hubby usually does!
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
One more Blue Jacaranda message: I have set up a newsletter (whew, what a lot of work that was!) that will come out once month and keep you up-to-date with what's happening at Blue Jacaranda and other things you might like to know (such as that it is now jacaranda time in Brisbane!). If you sign up, you will automatically go in the draw for a beautiful Blue Jacaranda prize each month; this month the prize is a set of three Burlap Christmas Cards. And you get to choose the text on the cards!
You can read the first newsletter here, and also sign up on that page. Or use the form in the sidebar on the right.
On Wednesday I'll be at the Queensland Quilt Show - looking forward to that! Two of my quilts are hanging there. Will show some pics soon.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Today I had a lovely lunch at the riverside cafe of GOMA with the MOB - the SAQA Members of Oceania in Brisbane. Sue, Kate, Mel, Janet and I enjoyed our cool drinks...
... nice food...
... and inspiring discussions about art and quilts :-). Mel showed a beautiful mixed media piece:
After lunch we walked to the Queensland Museum to see the Dressed by the Best exhibition (no photos allowed).
It was a lovely day - thanks ladies! I am so inspired to start a new quilt now...
Friday, 5 October 2012
Today I am happy to announce the new Blue Jacaranda website! I have been working on it on and off for the last four weeks and finally decided it was good enough to launch it - although it is still a work in progress.
I have also set up a Blue Jacaranda blog, where from now on I will post most of the BJ-related stuff. I hope that those of you who are interested will follow me there! This blog (the one you are reading now) will continue to exist for my textile art, but probably be updated less frequently as I do not have so much time to make art quilts now that I am trying to make a (modest) living out of my Blue Jacaranda shop. Both blogs will have the occasional personal touch - things that I would like to share, such as beach photos, kids' art, gymnastics photos etc.
Including my photo blog and our private family blog I now have four blogs... Surely that's not too many?! ;-)
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012
Yesterday we came back from our short holiday at the beach. Here are some of the photos I took - above is a Brahminy Kite; below an Osprey:
The lovely landscape just behind the beach:
And, of course, the treasures I found at the beach:
We had a stressful night when my youngest son discovered that his Bear was missing - he had left it at the shops in the afternoon. We were very happy when we found it there again the next day ('I almost binned it', said the lady at the shop...) Bear has been with Robbie his whole life - we can't do without him!
Apart from that episode it was a relaxed holiday and I feel well rested. Ready to start working very hard to take my business, Blue Jacaranda, to the next level in these three last months of the year. As you know I lost my job at Queensland Health and I am determined to make an income from my shop. I am working on a website, planning a new range of items, writing an article for a magazine and even thinking of writing a book!
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