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So far this morning....

What a productive morning I have had!
First I finished off two card orders and then experimented a little with what I can do with a piece of cork I printed last week. I'm not sure about the colour...but am excited about the possibility of making cork pot stands and coasters! Or perhaps a mat for the centre of the dinner table to put our hot, straight from the oven casserole dishes on....

The colours here are not quite true to the actual colour I printed. They are actually a bit more turquoise.
I like the thought of white printing on the that will be my next experiment.
I have to admit I am rather in love at the moment with the freshness of white. I can't help but be influenced by all those lovely white based interiors that are being featured on blogs and in magazines at the moment. So light, and optimistic....
Are you a bit the same at the moment?
Below is my view, standing at the door way to my studio. It is a cold, rainy day, so absolutely perfect for turning on the heater, sipping a hot coffee, and playing around with ideas for future products!
 Now it's time for some lunch!
Jill xx


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100 days of doodling....

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine told me about a website where people commit to doing ...something....

...each day for 100 days.

Unfortunately, that particular 100 day project has closed and the people on it are up to day 34 already, so I've decided to do my own version.

What I want to do ...for 100 get out my black ink pen and draw...something...everyday for 100 days.

doodle #1 
I'm often having a little whinge to myself that I don't do enough drawing and

here goes...

It feels exciting...and who knows what new fabric designs may come out of it? But I don't really want to have too many goals or set directions. I'll just see where it goes....

My friend Terri is joining me in this challenge!

How about you? interested??

Jill xx

P.S. Take a look the page I have created called 100 days of doodling to see all the doodles I have done so far.

Wooden placemats...

Hello! I've just spent the afternoon and evening screen printing a selection of my designs onto wooden placemats for a customer...the Poi Room...a gorgeous store here in Auckland.

I haven't printed this design for a while. It was inspired by stained glass windows.

I'll start varnishing them tomorrow.
Now it's time to wind down and relax as it's 9.30 pm here....
I hope you've had a productive Monday!

I'm back ...on track...

Hello, it's been a while!
Life got a bit hectic there for a while, caring for elderly parents, one of whom is very ill. So of course it still is really busy, but new routines have emerged to cope with it all.
And I have taken a few days off during the past month and being rested helps a lot too. I got a bit too tired toward the end of last year and that wasn't much fun. But sometimes those bad times can instigate some good changes. It certainly has this time. I feel like I have strengthened my boundaries regarding my social life and prioritized eating well and getting enough sleep. Already I am feeling huge benefits. The challenge will be to keep these good things going! But I'm feeling determined and optimistic.
As part of an effort to bring more balance to my life I am now trying to limit my gardening business to mornings only. That means I have more flexibility to help my parents. And when I'm not required I'm going to use the time to put more time and energy i…