Guido paints Portland NSW Australia…

Over the past 2 months, I’ve had the very real privilege of watching the silos at the old Portland Cement works, being transformed into a huge and wonderful piece of art.

Talented international artist Guido Van Helten, has been painting huge murals of Portland community members onto the silos over April and May this year.

It’s very exciting to see the transformation happening and to be able to stand in front of them.

I have long admired Guido’s work (from all over the world ..and only on the screen) and never imagined it would be a part of my local area!

Guido is continuing his work and as I write, the 6th silo is probably finished now.. or almost… There are 8 silos in total.

As yet, we are not aware of who the murals represent, but they are local people with a connection to the Cement Works. I’m looking forward to finding out more.

They are beautiful, sensitive and realistic murals of very real people.

Portland is a small working town approx 2 hours drive northwest? of Sydney.. over the Blue Mountains. The Portland Cement works formally opened in 1902.

The Australian Autumn skies have been pretty wonderful too, over these past 2 months.. and very changeable.

Can’t wait to see more… of both the silos and our skies!

Old Projects…

February Hearts block – design by Robyn Gosby.

The last few days, I’ve had reason to move my studio / sewing / spare room around. I’ve put my art materials away, so that I have more space for a bigger, upcoming, sewing project.

In moving things around, I discovered some old projects that have been put away for quite a while now.  Quilting projects.  I quilted for many years and for some time now, I’ve taken a creative break from sewing.

It was fun to rediscover and see what I have on the go.. and I feel a little inspired to pick  ‘a little’ something up, after this next sewing project… and to keep moving forward, while working on other things, especially my crochet blanket.

These are just 5 projects that I had put away.. so they’ve come out of the cupboard, as is. Scrumpled.

A couple are my own design, from my designing / pattern writing days, although for one I never did find the energy to write the pattern!

Fabrics have changed quite a bit since then, but the stitches and basics remain the foundation of this creative art/craft.

I thought I’d share these old projects – a throw back Thursday of old projects – and hope they are finished (by me) one day and passed on to the next generations. I really do love textiles… and creating in a tactile way, whatever the artistic medium.

Thought I’d share 😀

Robyn xx

Photography and handmade..

This is not a picture-less post… thankfully! 🙂

Hello and thank you so much for your kind comments on my previous post.. they are so greatly appreciated!

Our elderly parents have both had surgeries and are now beginning recuperation. Both are in good spirits… for that we are thankful.

We’ve had rain! Some amazing rain and the grass is growing a little… hooray!

The crochet blanket is progressing well.. (I’m making one and my sister-in-law, the other ..and we are making them together – one for each parent). As yet I haven’t really taken any photos.  The ‘natural’ light has been terrible, but that’s because of ‘wanted and needed’ cloudy, wet skies!

Creatively speaking, I’ve really only been crocheting in recent times… I did ‘plop’ these few items on a little round table yesterday.. and then actually looked and thought, ‘Oooh.. camera!’

The camera and I are a bit unfamiliar presently… but it was nice to have it back in my hands, trying to ‘see’ through the lens.

Here’s what I saw with my few items.. The little crochet flowers are another little something I’m making also…

Just a little note from me again, to say ‘hello and thanks’.. I appreciate your quiet and friendly support.

Oh and did you note my blog name change? 😀 I think that suits for now.

Talk soon.. Robyn xx

2018 is well and truly here!

2018 IS truly here.. and as I write it’s almost the end of February.. time flies!

We’ve started this year with another very dry season.. too dry. We are in drought conditions here (with the very occasional kiss of green on the paddocks) on the Tablelands.. so it’s been a hands on start to the year, looking after our stock and not really anything but brown to photograph… and wow! .. it’s been hot!

Cold ice-creams, cool water and air conditioning have been our best friends 🙂

Family life has had an interesting start, with 2 elderly parents this year, needing major operations for cancer. Soon.

I’m picking up my crochet hook and yarns this year, to help make 2 blankets, for our parents – along with my sister-in-law. It’s just something we want to do.

All is well. Family is pulling together to help, as is our way. I love that.

I do hope to take some photos this year.. ones that are not just brown, although I do think it’s worth recording the conditions.

I’m going to be sharing progress of the crochet blanket/s on instagram. You’ll find me posting about handmade on Instagram @3littlepears

I trust all is well with you.

Robyn xx

(PS 2 doggies having a little chat) 🙂

7 day B&W photo challenge.. Day 7

I’m participating in a 7 day B&W photo challenge – challenged by Karen at Days and Months.

The challenge says: 7 photos of my life over 7 days. No people, no explanations.

This is the final image for this challenge.

I’ve enjoyed getting back to black and white… (or monochrome). I feel, I see the world differently.

7 day B&W photo challenge.. Day 1

I’ve been invited to participate in a 7 day B&W photo challenge by Karen at Days and Months. Kaz invited me on Facebook, but I wanted to share them here too… cause I’m not very good at posting on FB 🙂

I love black and white photos, but I like sepia more, so I’ve added a touch of warmth to my images…

The challenge says: 7 photos of my life over 7 days. No people, no explanations.

So this is day 1.