06 December 2008

Combi Lovin'


Here is my new linocut combi designs, have many plans for the combi design - stay tuned.

I've had some stress lately that has finally lifted as of Friday, yay! Now I can get back to the real business - crafting wildly for Christmas. In my stress induced state not much crafting was happening, although did manage to knock out my new design, which was courtesy of a suggestion from a mum from Miss 6's school. Coming from a large family I grew up with combis and other large, what us kids called, butter boxes. Our combi days were particularly horrendous though. Dad bought all our cars brand new, so really there was no excuse for the bloody things to be breaking down all the time. We regularly had to get out and push. Mum would be cruising along and all of a sudden we were on the side of the road and she was pleading with us to get out and push. I was mortified that my school mates would see me and dreamed of the day I could buy a sedan. Sedans to me represented normality and the regular folk and we by any stretch of the imagination, I perceived, were not normal. What was my mother thinking giving birth to nearly a whole netball team? Although only mildly scarred by the experience I do have fond memories of our combi. One thing I particularly loved about our combi was the middle ramp between driver and front passenger. Cruising in the 70's with our lax seat belt rules meant us kids could walk freely about the combi and visit Mum up front for a bit of a chat, who am I kidding, a whinge was the more likely scenario. One of our combis even had a tent that could be attached to the back door. How sweet is that? Cruisin' and camping in the combi - ah happy days!

A selection of new and old designs on cushions and in the background is my second cot quilt.
In other news The Olive Tree Market's Twilight Market was on the 29th of November and again was a great success, even if it did rain for most of the day. There were hard-core shoppers out and about which impressed me to no end. Most came prepared in full rain gear with prams covered in rain coverings. I got to find out, even through torrential rain, how much people are justing loving this new market. Got to meet the lovely doll maker Michelle from The Royal Sisters. It's fun meeting bloggy friends, it's a bit strange as you know so much about them, but have never met them. Didn't have much time to chat as I was either super busy or huddled under my canopy trying to stay dry. See you at the next market Michelle, I think it's on the 7th February 2009.
And just for my 2 minutes of fame here is an article which mentions moi and my crafty journey. Thanks Lisa for getting me some free publicity.

8 comments:

Katy said...

give us a proper look at quilt number 2 then!!! All of those cushions look great, and I love the combi!

Michelle said...

i ADORE this pillow...for everyone out there this is so nice(fantastic) in real life...it is a MUST have...
i can relate to the kombie dramas as we had a VW (at one point)...of being hot and bother as a kid, broken down on the wangi wangi hill...and can anyone understand why parents would buy a panel van with to small kids? yes thats right my parents...it even had the sandman painting on the back...
don't even get me started on the mini...
my son loves VW's and his fav colour is green if you are keen to do a VW design can i order one before the end of january for his birthday...let me know...cheers

Suzy said...

Oooh, I REALLY love that red combi cushion. Will you be listing any on made it? If so, please let me know.

katiecrackernuts said...

The combi design looks great. Ta muchly for stopping by my blog and for your comments. I love seeing what you're doing on your blog and had hoped this year to get into a bit of my own making, but there's not been much of that, and thus not much on the blog. I'm coming around to the idea that that is just the way it is.

Snippety Gibbet said...

Did you use a regular screen print to create these or did you use that little Japanese printing contraption....whose name is not coming to mind. Argh.

diana said...

Hi Guys,
Thanks for the comments. I'm loving the combi. Jan, the print was made using a piece of linoleum and carved out, see top pic. I didn't use the gocco with this one. Although have made a gocco screenprint of this design, but smaller, and am going to make it into a fabric to make into kids pants. Stay tuned I'll see if I can knock it out before Christmas.Di

Jedda said...

Great design! Really love that pillow, such a shame I cant get to those markets...never mind blogs will have to do.

Hoppo Bumpo said...

Fantastic combi print - look forward to seeing the kid's pants!