Thursday, 30 May 2013

2 days to go until we leave for our winter/summer break

The last days before we leave are always very busy. And to send off the work to the 40th Annual Exhibition of Riversdale Arts didn't make it easier. But finally today I brought everything to the post office. To pack the wall hangings was a bit tricky. In the end I used double sheets and sewed bags for each wallhanging and rolled them up around the board for hanging.

inside of the bag

rolled up

and closed with saftey pins - I should have sewn in some ties!
Then each parcel was wrapped first in bubble wrap and finally in packing paper. I intended to pack them all together, but with checking the ratefinder of the nzpost website I found out, that the dimensions would have been to big. So I ended up with 3 rolled up parcels and a box with other things for the gift shop. I forgot to take photos before they went.
I so hope, that they will sell at least as much as the postage was!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Another wallhanging

My next wallhanging is taking shape

The long garland with the thunbergia flowers is finished

I draped it on the felted background which was also freemotion embroidered by my daughter Monika Kern.

The garlands with the morning glory flowers is drying at the moment

It still needs the leaves attached which I made earlier on. It will be dry tomorrow morning, I am sure, so that I can sew them on. I have the dehumidifier going already because of a machine load of washing, which I couldn't hang outside today. We had heavy rain all night, then thunderstorms in the morning for hours and then rain again after a short break. Thats very unusual here to have thunderstorms and for so long. Gave me a feeling like in Germany when the sky rocks all day sometimes.
I haven't decided yet, if  the wallhanging will need some bigger leaves in the background, ferns or monstera, lets see how it looks when everything is arranged on.
Only 4 weeks left until we fly to Germany again. Housesitters are organized (fingers crossed!), the final tidying up and cleaning will be done just some days before we leave. There is still to buy all the needed petfood, luckily I have enough fleatreatment for the cat already. The mail will be looked after by my daughter Andrea, which is living close. The flight to Auckland is booked and the ticket to Germany. We don't need accomodation this time in Auckland, because the flight leaves after lunch. It will be very awkward for my son to pick us up, on a Monday morning 6am!
I still want to do some more things for the exhibition I am invited to. But if it doesn't work out, its not the end of the world. I have to send 3 wallhangings and some smaller things already. Would be nice to sell something, but that is hard with fibrework. I am happy to be invited anyway :)