Friday, April 9, 2010

slowing down.....

I hope you all had a lovely Easter.... mine was nice and quiet. A chance to slow down a bit and get a few things done around the house, catch up with friends and family.
My lovely sister Lee give me this beautiful bunny which she bought from Oxfam, filled with my favourites....turkish delight Easter Eggs. My mother used to give me little bunnies for Easter and now that she is gone, my sister is continuing the tradition. I LOVE this little fellow. Also knowing my addiction to fabric, and loving Indian designs, Lee also gave me a beautiful book...V&A Pattern Indian Florals and some lovely peppermint tea from T2 ...thank you Lee!

Look at the beautiful design on the bunny...I think I might have to sketch him for my journal. I will share some patterns from the book on my blog soon, they are beautiful. I have been sitting with a cup of peppermint tea and enjoying them.

Shibori Girl Fabrics.
I've also been adding to my stash of fabrics lately. I have a new obsession, indigo fabrics. I bought this Boro'd and Blue pack from Glennis Dolce of Shibori Girl. Beautiful hand dyed indigo fabrics...I just love the penny moon....so soft.


Orime fabrics.
And these beautiful japanese kimono fabrics came from an etsy shop called Orime. Such quality fabrics... cottons, wools and wonderful service. I feel a japanese inspired project coming up.



I've also done a little dyeing myself this week. These two pieces were dyed using the leaves/fronds from a wattle tree and a small amount of onion skins. The marks on either end of the piece on the right were made by the bull dog clip I used to hold it all together. I was really pleased with the colour saturation on the piece on the right (cotton). The fabric on the left is a silk, polyester blend, lovely subtle colouring.
Although I've been quiet, I have still managed a little journalling over Easter and found some lovely blogs with beautiful Easter posts to inspire me.




Oops... a spelling mistake...plumage.... oh well! One blog I found over Easter with some lovely prints was that of Kyoko Imazu which I have included some images on my journal pages. See the beautiful tree above and the rabbit print below. I love her work.




Live in the sunshine,
Swim in the sea,
Drink the wild air.
- Emmerson -
Enjoy your weekend.
Jacky xox





30 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh your bunny from Lee is just beautiful.She is so sweet. Wish I had time to try some fabric dying. Yours is beautiful and inspires me so much. I will keep it on my some-day list

Lee said...

Hi Jacky - those indigo fabrics look so, so gorgeous! Must keep an eye out for some for you. Oh, I am so glad you liked the bunny, book & tea :) My beautiful pink roses are still blooming - they make me smile every time I walk past them. Lee xx

Dot said...

Your bunny from Lee is beautiful Jacky - and what a special tradition to keep from your mum. I am very touched by that idea. Lee always gives your thoughtful and gorgeous gifts.
Your latest journalling is lovely - love the vibrant colors. And smiled at the photo of some of your owls in their too. Lovely to see you on Easter Monday - we always have so much fun.
Love your latest dyed pieces too (your are inspiring me to have another go).
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Much love
Dot xx

Dot said...

P.S Look forward to seeing what you do with your new fabrics too. They are delicious!

Dot said...

P.S Look forward to seeing what you do with your new fabrics too. They are delicious!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a great quote, fab journal pages... and your dyed fabrics are awesome!!!

Elizabeth said...

That is one of the most glorious Bunnies I ahve ever seen!! So rich with lucious patterna dn full of delicious treats. Lee is a real star- so very nice that you have each other! I would be willing to bet that you are as good to her!! The poppy fabric or are they lotus, that Sir Bun is perched on is stuninng!!!
About owls: my daughter is immersed in the world of owls right now reading a series of books called the Guardian's of Gahoole- it is a fantasy series by Katherin Lasky. All about an owl community. She is making owls of polymer clay and drawings of owls are all over the place- always makes me think of you!!! Becca love syour little owls and I am trying to get her to try to stitch a few of her won. She claims that stitching is something that I do- not for her! Teenagers ar efunny critters!! I may have to stitch her a couple. Here is a link at Amazon if you wnat to take a look at this wonderful series;
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=guardians+of+gahoole+series&sprefix=Guardians+of+Gah
Now I am off to check out the Shibori vendor that you mentioned!! Can't wai to see what you do with your wonderful fabrics!!!
Hugs!

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful post Jacky! That bunny is wonderful; love the design on it. I think it would be perfect for sketching for your journal.Your new fabrics - gorgeous and your own dyed fabrics are fabulous. Love your journal pages, too! xxoo

Eva said...

Just about everything on these pictures is so beautiful! Yes I share your liking for oriental fabrics. Where did this gorgeous poppy pattern come from?
The Indian sense of flower decoration can't be beat; nor the elegance of Japanese design.
I wonder if I saw your blog sooner; could be I missed the intricate decoration and the wonderful header.
Thanks for the visual pleasures!

ArtPropelled said...

Such a gorgeous bunny! He'll be wonderful to sketch. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jacky.

Peggy Beck said...

I love this blog entry. Your bunny is so cute and I love the pattern on it too.

The fabric stash I totally get. You have some beautiful prints and I hope I see what you do with them in one of your posts. Thanks for the inspiration Jacky.

Jo Wholohan said...

love the dyeing results jacky, i love how subtle the left one is and the colouring of it, so so addictive me thinks :)) xx

Suzanna said...

Hi Jacky...you have been very busy...I enjoy seeing your dyed clothes outside in the wind...the pattern from the clips is so interesting. What a bunny! I'll visit the etsy shop you mention.

Jeana Marie said...

The design on your bunny is very beautiful. Tea and chocolate sound just about right, I do believe! What a gorgeous sister to continue a family tradition. Your dyed fabric look really wonderful hanging on the line, what a nice colour - and the indigo fabrics are delicious!
xo,
Jeana

Patti G. said...

Jacky,
Your fabrics are beautiful and your dyed fabrics hanging outside, what a wonderful shot! Love them!
That bunny is just so detailed and precious also!!!!!! Fun fun, your journaling looks fab as well!

Sending big hugs your way.....hoping all is going really well!
xoxoxoxo
Patti

Jen Crossley said...

Jacky the fabric's look wonderful yummo.

Sandra said...

how good of your sister to coninue the traditions of giving bunnies. It's a lovely bunny she gave you. You've beautiful results of the natural dyeing.

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Jacky! So glad you could find some time to just take it easy and enjoy! Your bunny is stunning! And I like your journal pages, too! :-)

Studio Sylvia said...

Lovely pieces all round and the bunny is lovely.
Hi Jacky, I've just awarded you the Circle of Friends Award :) see my blog for details.

lynne h said...

that lee is the sweetest!!!

i sure love this kimono fabric, jacky... and the indigo. but that kimono fabric really has me wanting to put some of my paypal funds to use. : )

xo

karen said...

what a great post Jacky. I have 2 of those mini V&A books but not the same as yours and they are great. I also love all your fabrics, the whole post is like a treasure trove!

shiborigirl said...

i'm glad your indigo package found it's way to you. enjoy!

lynda Howells said...

love your journal pages. As my married name is Howells...l collect owls and love yours!haxx glad l found your journal

Angela Recada said...

What a feast for the eyes! I really love the way your dyed fabric turned out. Such fabulous warm colors. The quote at the end is perfect!

Happy weekend to you!

art spirit said...

Loved seeing the new fabrics you found. Of course, now I want some!
Love the dyed fabric you created, too. Interesting marks from the clips-I like that!

Jenxo said...

such a lovely bunny your recieved for Easter....
your fabric dying looks really fun and the fabrics that you bought are just beautiful... wonder what you will turn them into...

Leanne Pizio said...

What a sweet sis! Beautiful picture with bunny, eggs and fabric.
Love the fabric you dyed. So soft blowing there in the wind.
I bought some kimono fabric in Japan years ago and have never used it. Jacky, I would love to send you some and see what beauty it becomes... Email me your addy and off it goes to your lovely studio!

Concetta said...

Hello, just found your blog (your blog title pulled me!). Lovely stuff. What part of the world are you in (excuse my ignorance). Your dying reminded me of an eco-dying project I did last summer (which only takes 5 minutes). It was taught by an organisation called River and Cloth which is reviving the dying techniques of William Morris who made the famous Liberty prints. I wrote about it at http://glitteringshards.blogspot.com/2009/08/eco-dying-your-own-fabric-in-5-minutes.html if you wanna take a peek!

rivergardenstudio said...

There is so much beauty here, your bunny, your fabrics, and the dyed cloth on the line, and your journal pages... just lovely! roxanne

rivergardenstudio said...

There is so much beauty here, your bunny, your fabrics, and the dyed cloth on the line, and your journal pages... just lovely! roxanne