Posted by: maureenc | December 3, 2014

Mid life crisis


Maybe I’m a tad old to have a mid life crisis, but this blog by Sue Vincent has struck a chord with me, and I’m sure my readers will agree!

Originally posted on Daily Echo:

Donkey Ears_545“Would you anti-age your ears?”.

There are just some phrases that set you off for some reason. That was one of them. “Over 50? Invest in an eyebrow pencil…”,“ Best buys in cosmetic surgery…” And while I cannot help wondering if there is a two for one offer on some of the procedures in that last article, the list, apparently goes on.

Now let’s get this straight. Not only are we supposed to worry about the general effects of ageing… you know, the important stuff like the mechanics seizing up, the joints creaking and the effects of general, long-term wear and tear…. We also have to worry about how we are going to cover all this ageing up. I’m not talking about staying healthy here. That would just be a sensible goal. No, I’m talking about aesthetics, and the articles that litter the home page of my email account and…

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Posted by: maureenc | October 13, 2014

What’s new pussy-cat?

After much faffing around, I have stitched two more cards to add to my “hand stitching” for the  Round 20 Swap over on PostMark’dArt.

As I mentioned a while back, I thought I would introduce cats as my theme, after using fans and flowers for the initial four cards.


What's new pussy cat?Technically, this handsome fellow is to represent my Abyssinian Sam Wise, but it has been stitched digitally on my Janome  350E. Only the background stitching of flowers and ground marks have been hand stitched.

I also used my Derwent Inktense Water colour pencils to add a shading of colour to the card.

A brass butterfly charm was added to complete the garden scene, and a loopy edged braid was used to “frame” the card


1-ScanThis floral pussy cat is all hand stitched.

Adapted from a drawing by Gary Clarke in his book “Cats: Inspiration for Needlework” published in Tasmania in 1994, I love his fanciful stitching when he uses organza over a base cloth to produce a type of  shadow embroidery.

Anyway, this Persian style puss has been stitched with Edmar  Brazilian threads and DMC stranded cottons and rayons, as well as some beads from “The QuiltingMoose” bought some umpteen years ago.

A brass butterfly charm was added in the upper left corner, and some dainty pink and metallic braid was used to frame the card.

Posted by: maureenc | October 5, 2014

Gelliplate printed robin … Here’s how


After reading this article, I feel that “it’s time” to pull out my Gelli plate again and play. Hoping for successful printings

Originally posted on Squarebird 2014 Craft A Day:

Please note: all photographs are copyright
I drew out an outline sketch of a robin

Collected some leaves and cut out the robin from card

Added the paint and rollered it

Lifted the leaves off

Applied the paper over the gelliplate

Drew in detail of the robin and used water colour pencils and an Aqua brush pen


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Posted by: maureenc | October 3, 2014

Four down, two to go……

The second day of October and the deadline for Round 20 swap on Postmark’dArt is only 29 days away! The theme I chose is “hand stitching” and today I completed four of the six postcards I require for swapping. Despite the ideas and sketches I planned for this, my actual designs are fairly simplistic because of the time constraint.Nevertheless, I hope my swap partners like what I have stitched.2-Scan-002 3-Scan-003 These two cards feature fans that have been stitched using silk ribbon and stranded threads. The ribbon I had dyed myself using Ozecraft TURQUOISE. (Isn’t it great when you find “something” you bought years ago still works!) The “blades of the ribbon fan were anchored with seed beads, and a butterfly is hovering beneath each fan. Both cards were machine quilted: one in a square pattern, the other diamonds. Following the butterfly theme, I handstitched a floral spray on one card, and the other, featured grape leaves with bullion stitched buds. 1-Scan-001 1-Scan-004 My two remaining cards I have decided to use a cat theme. Time to return to stitching again. ‘Bye for now.

Posted by: maureenc | September 27, 2014

International Quilt Festival

Lend your creativity for a creature cause! Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project is back for its third and final year, and we need you to help us end the project with a bark…er…bang! How can you help? •Make as many 4” x 6” postcards as you would like to be featured and sold at International Quilt Festival this fall. Postcards should not be more than 1/8” in thickness. •We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards, but welcome and appreciate other themes as well. Create your postcards in any style and with any techniques and materials you would like to use! •On the back side of the postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard (contact information is optional). •Mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope (so they will arrive in good condition). •Mail to the address below no later than Friday, October 17, 2014. Please note: this is a receive-by date! We will be accepting postcards during Festival as well, but would like to have a large starting bank of postcards, so please mail as many in advance as you can. Mail to: Festival Pet Postcard Project 7660 Woodway, Ste. 550 Houston, TX 77063 Please help us spread the word! Share your fabric postcards on your blog, website, or in social media (using the hashtag #festivalpetproject). To see larger examples of fabric postcards received in years past, click here. And if you’d like a little help getting started, see a tutorial HERE! Once again this year, we will be selling donated fabric postcards during Festival for $20 each, with all proceeds going directly to Houston-based animal adoption and rescue organization, Friends For Life. I thought I’d share this link with those of you who love doing postcards. Quilt Festival in Houston is calling for postcards of Pets. It’s for a good cause. Anyway, check this out and see if it catches your fancy!

Posted by: maureenc | September 26, 2014

Thought for the day

If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear – emanate love.
Ram Dass

Posted by: maureenc | September 26, 2014

I come from a land Downunder

Remember me??
It’s been a “while” since I last blogged, I know.
I will blame it all on surgery I underwent back in May: I totally lost my creative urge in EVERYTHING and slid into clinical depression for a time, and now, I am slowly clawing my way back to what passes for normality in me .

Of course, having a deadline of October for mailing my “swap” commitments has helped force me back to “trying” to accomplish things………not that I think these examples are very creative….but it’s a start!


For some reason, a song that was on most Aussies lips back in 1982 has been on my mind.
It was later used as a theme song by the crew of Australia II in their successful bid to win the America’s Cup in 1983, and a remixed version appears during the closing credits of Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
Men at Work played this song in the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, alongside other Australian artists. The song also became the unofficial theme of the Australian team at the Sydney Olympics, with the usually pro-Australian crowd singing along if an Aussie had won a gold medal, especially at the Swimming events.

And after all that waffling, the song I am referring to is the “Down Under ” song by Men at work!

To cut a long story short, I had a print fabric featuring kangaroo silhouettes and boab trees. To this fabric I added Australian stamps featuring either a kangaroo silhouetted against a golden sky, or a stylised outline of Australia drawn in beach sand.



And those are three of the postcards that are now addressed,stamped, and ready to mail!

I now have six postcards to complete, where the theme is Hand stitching.Three of the cards I have completed the
handwork, so they are ready to be transformed into postcards. The themes I have used have been fans and sprays of flowers
No photos taken as yet, but as October is only four days away…………..!
I need to get a move on.

Posted by: maureenc | August 31, 2014

Thought for Today


Words to remember and ponder over

Originally posted on Espirational:

Water garden Mahoney State Park Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

Water garden Mahoney State Park
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.”
HafsatAbiola in Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2000) edited by Michael Collopy

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Posted by: maureenc | August 27, 2014

Advance warning that…..


Myfanwy gives us warning that we are expected to snap out of the creativity doldrums some of us have been suffering with the past few months

Originally posted on Creating something every day:

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…. September will bring you a small prompt each day to flex your creative muscles. We’ve rested for a few months as far as Be Creative is concerned – this should get you back into the mood for creating! Hope you will join you.

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Posted by: maureenc | August 26, 2014

Strawberry Jam

Yesterday was our monthly Book Club meeting.
If you want a good read, try Ben Elton’s “The first Casualty” set in 1917 and the battlefields of World War 1.
Initially, I was not looking forward to reading the novel because I had preconceived ideas of Elton being a comic.
(I couldn’t have been further from the truth!)
His subject was well researched and presented: It is not a book that one can quickly skim through as it involves some weighty discussions, but once I started I could not put it down.

Anyway, this posting is meant to be about my strawberry jam making! One of club friends lives in a district renowned for its strawberry production, and she kindly brought me one kilo of luscious red berries.
I knew that is I didn’t turn to making the jam ASAP, all those luscious berries would be consumed.1-DSC02882



When I had completed and bottled the jam, I was a little worried that the jam’s consistency would be too runny.
However this morning, after it had cooled overnight, I was happy that it was no longer “runny”.

Another friend has promised me more cumquats! I really should be getting busy on my southerncrosscrazies Round Robin so that it can be sent back to its owner.
As for my CQJOURNAL 2014 pieces! They have been languishing for nearly four months! The year will be over before I get up to speed on them.
Then there’s my “No theme” and “Hand stitched” cards waiting in the wings……..I guess I will need get ORGANISED!

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