Posted by: maureenc | April 22, 2015

Each Moment’s Bloom

Each Moment’s Bloom.


What is this life ,if full of care

We have no time to stop and stare

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows…..

A poor life this is, if full of care

We have no time to stand and stare.        (W.H.Davies)

Posted by: maureenc | March 7, 2015

Banana bender

In Australia ,as in other countries there exists a trait to “label” people living in the  different regions with a generally humorous name:

So people in Western Australia are known as Sandgropers,

people in Queensland are known as Banana benders

those in Victoria may be referred to as “cabbage patchers” , which originated in colonial days and is a referral to how small an area the state is! Don’t blame me, that is what I discovered when I researched the question……….when I grew up in W.A., Victorians were tagged as Magpies, and South Australians were Crow eaters!

As for people from News South Wales! Thanks to the   annual competition between the state of Queensland and NSW for the State of Origin Rugby League, the southerners as known as Cockroaches!

The Cockroaches of course respond by calling the Queensland team Canetoads

As  John O Grady wrote in  1957 in his comic novel  They’re a weird mob!

What is all this leading to, but the reason why Queenslanders are traditionally called  Banana Benders ; The border between Queensland and the southern states is labelled the “banana curtain and we refer to those living south of the border as either southerners or Mexicans.Banana bendersSo,  I made some tags!

The explanation of a Banana bender is “A Queenslander. Deriving from the joking notion of people living in the southern states of Australia, that Queenslanders  spend their time putting bends into bananas!

Queensland is referred to as Banana Land because 90% of the Australian commercial banana crop is grown in Queensland.

I used Xpandaprint to form the pulp of the banana, then over painted it a creamy white. The banana is partly peeled and painted with Inktense water colour pencils and outlined with a fine Pitts pen

Close upCertainly not one of my best bananas colourwise!


Posted by: maureenc | February 22, 2015

Word for the day

Art makes life bearable. It isn’t a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.
Gillian Pederson Krag
Posted by: maureenc | February 22, 2015

More Postcards

I haven’t been very active blogging lately. For some inexplicable reason I have had a tidal wave of visitors the past few weeks, and I have been visiting their blogs to return the favour, and in many cases, I have had longer visits than I planned reading the blogs of so many of those visitors.

Anyway, I am still trying to  make new postcards: The brief for the following cards, was to choose a photo , then print it on fabric and use it for the card.

A couple of the prints are photos I’ve taken in 1999 and 2011.Machinery Shed  Brisbane Scenic Rim This machinery shed I photographed in the area known as the scenic rim of Brisbane, and was shot about three years ago. I has been “framed” with a tan gimp braid.

Beijing 1999 In March 1999, my daughter and I spent ten days in Beijing, and this view of temple gates was one of the many temples we visited. The print is “framed” with 1/4 inch red ribbon.

 2-Scan-001 Back in  2005/6,Val Duncan made a quilt that she called “Heritage Lost”, and sent me a

photo of her work. I thought this was an excellent time to use her work. I love photos of old buildings.

Postcard from TAFE This black and white study was scanned from a Postcard that our local TAFE  (Technical and Further Education) College produced to get students interested in a graphic arts course. I used Derwent Inktense pencils to add some blue sky.

Monet's lily pondMonet’s Lily Pond painting was scanned from an art book. The colours of the lilies were absent from the scan, so once again I used the Inktense water colour pencils to add some colour.

Forest green gimp braid was used to frame the card.

These cards will be mailed to members of the Australian and New Zealand Art Quilters group in the next week or so.

At the moment there is something like a six week back log for the delivery on International mail in the US, so I am hoping that all my cards will be to Australian and/or New Zealand members. It is seven weeks since I mailed cards off to the states, and only two have been delivered.

Apparently, there has been an increase in security on incoming mail.When I started mailing these fibre cards back in 2004, the time frame from mailing to delivery was 10 to 14 days.

The price of freedom!

Posted by: maureenc | February 14, 2015

Hidden Miracles


Thank you Gilly for being able to share and reblogNature’s hidden miracles

Originally posted on Lucid Gypsy:

Lots of you will already have seen this but even so it’s worth seeing again. Thank you  Ted,com  and Mary for sending it to me  :-)

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Posted by: maureenc | February 12, 2015

Mango Rose Cheesecake


I have missed Rhiannon’s postings for a couple of months , so I’m happy to see her post this morning. As regular readers of KenMaursCorner know I love sharing photos of her fantastic cakes! Yesterday I bought a big bag of Calypso Mangoes, and I think they will be perfect for this recipe.

Originally posted on Cakecrumbs:

My summer blogging hiatus has lasted a lot longer this year than usual. The reasons for which are much less exciting than the trip to New Zealand and much less dramatic than the threats of bushfire seasons the summers prior. While our summer heat has certainly kept me out of the kitchen, I’ve also begun a new full time job which has left me with little time to do anything other than sleep. Today marked my third month at the new job, and for the most part I’m not sure where the time has gone. How exactly is it February already? I’m still stuck somewhere in September 2014.

Alas, time marches on and all the annual events are arriving with it. And what is an event without cake? So back in the kitchen I go!

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Posted by: maureenc | February 5, 2015

Sleuthing…….. or who sent me this?

 Today’s mail delivery had me scratching my head for a while.

Amongst the usual bills was a Postcard: it had a return address and no sender’s name, no reference to the theme, and no reference to the group it may have originated with!

For those readers who don’t know me well, I am member of  a” few” online  fabric and fibre postcard groups,

as well as a couple of CQ , embroidery, and Landscape and Art quilt groups, and unless items received, show mention of name, theme and group, it can be confusing !

All this card had was my address and the sender’s addie also.Front side of Meena's card No sender’s name or message.

Funnily enough, the addie looked familiar, so tracking through my lists I found who  had sent the card!

I had mailed a Tag to her only a couple of days back.

Next point………she also belongs to two of the groups of which I am member ……and the card with its comment of “LET it SNOW” could have originated  in either group!

Reverse side of card(This is the reverse side of the card) Cute isn’t it.

However with torrid summer weather we’ve had since October, the snowman with his hint of cooler times was most welcome.

On another theme, I’d like to welcome TWO new followers  to my blog roll :

Bookshelf Battle  joined today. I wonder what caused him to do so?

Was he banking on me being a typical female and having a sticky-beak at his blog, and then “follow” him….I can’t imagine him being interested in my prattling.

Did he find KenMaursCorner through another site, or did he realize what a dedicated book worm I am?

Maybe one day he will satisfy my curiosity. In the mean time I am enjoying his postings.

The other follower I would like to welcome is Andrew Toy of  Adopting James.     When you read his “who am I?” you will find how the tag came about.

I love the way the internet makes it possible to meet new and interesting people and also to be exposed to new ideas.

Thanks Andrew for following KMC, and trust me I want to read some of your books as well as your blog postings.

And that was my Thursday.


Posted by: maureenc | February 1, 2015

Today’s Quote


Theresa blogged this in “Soul Gatherings”. Look closely at the photo, and be thankful for this man’s tender heart.

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:

kindness VII

It is not what he has,
nor even what he does,
which directly expresses
the worth of a man,
but what he is.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel ~

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Posted by: maureenc | January 28, 2015


Reverse of Card 1Here are the final tags for PCMA….photos are due to be displayed by

midnight Wednesday evening  CA. time.

Four tags---four techniques Reverse of tags showing pocket containing notes on construction So this is where I’m at ! Four tags and four different techniques.

Number 1 is very simple and consists of “paper fabric” constructed a while back. It was built of layers of tissue wrapping paper, bits of a paper d’oyley and a motif cut from a paper serviette, with a cheesecloth fabric used for a foundation and the layers “cemented” with an acrylic craft glue applied rather liberally.

Reverse of Card 1Here is the reverse of Tag #1 showing the black tulle pocket which holds another tag, detailing how the Tag was constructed.

Next Tag is the Butterfly Tag, featuring  fussy cut butterflies ( from a commercial fabric ) and they are super imposed over a piece of milliner’s mesh with sequins and beads for embellishment. Again a pocket has been added on the reverse side.

3-Scan-004 4-Scan-001Tag 3  was built up using white Xpandaprint paste and a daisy stencil to imprint into the uncured paste. Then a heat gun was used to ” set ” the paste. Xpandaprint can be coloured by mixing acrylic paints like the Jacquard Lumiere either into the paste or just paint the surface….because I planned on using Glitz Spritz Spray I left the paste white for contrast .

The glitz appears as a copper back ground

There is actually a coppery glint in the indentations in the daisies. My apologies for not being able to make it more obvious.

There is still another couple of incomplete tags. But they are for another day.


Posted by: maureenc | January 24, 2015

Tag it!





I know that English is a “living language” and constantly evolving, but I had no idea how many meanings there are for “tag”

The mission, should I choose to accept it, (smiles at remembering Mission Impossible  and Peter Phelps a few years ago

is to construct a couple of tags for swapping with other members of  PostCardMailArt

The tag is to be mainly constructed from fabric and needs reflect the TECHNIQUE


The only problem I have at this point, is SIZE! Do I make a size similar to swing tags found on clothing and other articles for sale in the retail world , similarly sized to an ATC  / business card which is    2.25 by 3.5 inches, or go a tad larger and size it to 3 by 6 inches.

Maybe I’ll cover my options, and do both!

It’s five days later, and I have been playing with ideas……the more I look at the Pinterest tags collections , the more I’m convinced to stay with what I know….i.e. fabric and stitching. I have never been interested in Scrapbooking and tags and things that evolve from paper work and I’m not really interested in starting now.

At this point, I have five pieces all sized roughly  3inches by five inches:

In two pieces I have used fabric that I Gelli printed  recently

1-DSC03031Both measure three by five inches and are from the same piece of fabric

The piece on the right  is an attempt to add varying textures by using  Jo Sonja’s TEXTURE PASTE to create curves across the block.

These were then heat set and over painted  with Lumiere Pearlescent Emerald  paint. The emerald green  face was made using a Sculpey Art doll flexible mold  and some air drying modelling paste, which was also painted with Lumiere paint. I then used some ruffled hand dyed silk ribbon as a frame for the face. Pearlescent beads were stitched to form flowers around metallic blue sequins and seed bead centres.

I have yet to decide how to “finish” the edges and to add a grommet and ribbon.
Gelli printed fabric, Texture paste curves

The other partly constructed tag below  was made using a piece of yellow/green dyed fabric that was resurrected from a fabric bowl that  wasn’t successful.

Did I mention that these tags needed to be constructed from fabric, rather than paper and card?? That makes procedures a bit more complicated (for me, anyway) because, apart from needing a central stiffener like Pellon or TimTex with  heat fusible surfaces to keep the fabric “fixed”, it means that most decorations need stitching rather than a quick dab of glue to attach them to the base fabric. Paper and glue is certainly more time effective!

It also means there are at least layers that will need to be anchored around the edges, where as using paper and card the completed tag is not only thinner, but can have a decorative edge cut around it if one prefers.

Back to the greenish/yellow card: Using  an iron on adhesive (Misty Fuse) . I pressed a piece of woven grass  milliner’s ribbon diagonally across the ribbon. (TEXTURE) I then fussy- cut some butterflies from a piece of fabric which had previously had Misty Fuse applied to the reverse side.

Then small curves of metallic blue sequins anchored with deep blue seed beads were stitched above each butterfly, to provide both  LINE and TEXTURE.

Butterflies are freeFinally, there are two more tags waiting to be dressed;

For these I again used the same fabric that appears in the Butterfly tag. This time, using a spatula and  Xpanda print

I applied some white paste to the fabric, and whilst it was still wet and malleable, I  first tried applying a simple floral stamp to the paste . This did not give a successful imprint, so after removing the stamp I  smoothed the paste to a fairly even thickness , and used a section of a daisy style stencil  that I used a while back for my Gelliprinting.

Using a stencil made it easier to manoeuvre the paste to give clearer floral shapes than obtained from the stamp.

After leaving the Xpandaprint to cure for a while, I speeded up the process by heat setting it with a small heat gun.

Incomplete tags I’ll probably tackle this set, and hopefully complete the others tomorrow.

Stamp applied to fresh Xpanda Print I think this photo shows the stencil feature more clearly.


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