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Friday, 12 January 2018

Animals and painting

It has been a while since my last blog post.
Christmas and New Year have been and gone and life is settling again after a busy time.
I have plenty of work in my garden after a spell of dry weather and now lots of rain.
The first crop of apples are ready to be picked and made into apple sauce for the winter.
I had time to finish my oil painting The Good Shepherd and the painting is about a shepherd after mustering carrying an exhausted heavy Merino sheep back on his shoulders to the flock.
His sheep dog by his side.

 Also I got my botanical water colour painting printed as cards and I am selling the cards on my New Zealand web Felt shop and in a local shop in Mapua.

 One of my hens got broody and I don't have a rooster, so I bought 6 fertile eggs from a local breeder and 3 of the eggs hatched and now I have little baby chooks, hopefully not all roosters.
 My other chicken feels very lonely now, so she hops on the deck and sits near the window and I am sure she would like to share the dog bed with Ollie if she could.
 Ollie learned to sit in kayak for the first time and is enjoying every moment.
I love all my animals!

Friday, 10 November 2017

the peace dove

Yesterday I went with my dog Ollie and my craft supplies to the rest home and hospital for the elderly.
I am visiting every week with Ollie, he is trained as a therapy dog.
 I write about his adventures on my other blog:
Twice a month I teach some art or craft at the hospital or dementia ward, while Ollie keeps an eye on the residents and goes for pats and cuddles. When he gets tired, he disappears under the piano and sleeps.
Decorating with glitter
 This time some of the elderly made paper doves for the Christmas displays.
I prepared the patterns of the doves at home and brought enough glitter, paper doilies, stamps to decorate the doves and then they got cut out and assembled.
 It was lovely to see staff and residents really enjoying the craft activity.
The elderly who couldn't participate were still part by watching us working.

Nearly ready to assemble.

When I got home with a tired Ollie dog and after putting my craft supplies away I picked the first bunch of roses and jasmine out of my garden. Summer is nearly there.

Friday, 3 November 2017

More botanical drawings

This week I finished my drawings of the Plantain plant and Calendula flowers.
I dyed the water colour paper with teabags to create a vintage look.
Both plants I use in my Plantain Calendula balm for itchy skin and insect bites.
I have been making this balm for about half a year now and got really good feedback from people who bought the balm and how it really works for them.
I use the balm after working in the garden when I end up with itchy rashes from pulling weeds and long grass. Plantain a plant growing in most gardens and paddocks is amazing to reduce swelling and itchiness, a bit like  the aloe vera plant for burns.                                                 
A local shop in Mapua is selling my balm for $12

Yesterday I went to the Copy Art shop in Richmond and asked if they can print greeting gift cards and labels from my botanical drawings.
I hope they will be ready for the Mapua makers market.