Wednesday, 7 November 2012

MORE ART by Miss S

Whats news for this MONTH, well rather last month!
Our Sweet Muddle Puddle Miss S, you may remember my previous BLOG, 
"My 3 favourite girls & their ART" 
Well Miss S, has been pouring her heart out on paper again.
So amazingly beautiful, we just had to share.
She actually did so well in an ART competition, she won!! 
Her school were so impressed with her entry 
that they bought her ART work for a very tidy sum!

Please enjoy her Art Gallery

A close up view to see how much detailed work is in these beautiful pictures


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Engagement Shoot FUN!

Well heelloooo peoples, So, Ive been a little busy, And yes blogging was left to the side, :-(
 Sorry bloggers!
So whats been happening around here?, Well, I made Miss M a dress Its my first dress that Ive made since I was about 14, & it wasn't for myself.  It turned out well, however silly me I can't find the photographs I took theyre somewhere on this machine, ;-) I do have Instagram ones I could post. Anyway maybe next blog ill get back to that as she would like me to make another Dress now.

After dress was all finalised etc, I then was asked Two weekends ago to "shoot" for an Engagement party & then the following day do an Engagement Photo shoot, I was very nervous about this. The couple & the family wanted me to do it, So very cautiously & nervously I went & did it!

We had so much fun,,, So heres a few sneaky peaks from the shoot!

I have to show you my very personal favourite first! Hasn't Miss B got the most gorgeous Eyes!!


  The pic below, was quite a bit of excitement for me last week as I won the weekend photo challenge 
with it at Ph.Art 

I was running out of light FAST with these last two shots so I had to bump up the ISO unfortunately losing quality, but I still liked them, so here they are......

Well thats it Peoples, until next time Keep on Bloggin' ;-)

Monday, 6 August 2012

Photo Shoot & Photographic Family Links

After our huge busy skiing week. A friend asked me to take some cute shots of her little princess in her bumblebee outfit! She was adorable, & we had a bit of fun.

  This little shoot got me thinking about where
My love of Photography came from & how it all started.


 I am not a professional, in the sense of what that word means,
 I hold no diploma, ('yet') except for a couple of workshops, One of which was fantastic by
 by Danielle Quamby,
Her work is stunning! Check out her E-book

Personally, I just love to take photographs, have always had an interest in photography, My first camera that was given to me was a little Instamatic 110 remember those? It was hardly the best camera but I was 8 & it was all mine & that's all that mattered then. When I was 12 my parents & Grandparents took me on a fabulous adventure to Disneyland & the whole west coast of the USA plus New york,Canada & Mexico. My mum had promised if I did a good job of my photos with my little Instamatic, She would buy me a Canon sure-shot, I was so excited, I tried to take the best photos I could with the camera I had. I thought I did an alright job although looking at them now they were pretty dodgy. ;-) We got home, got my photos developed, & mum had decided they were good enough & handed me a brand new Canon Sure-shot, (little did I know, but I have a sneaking suspicion she had already bought the camera duty free on our trip)
& of course it was fully AUTO but I was 12!
 It didn't matter though, I was so excited couldn't wait to get started taking pics!
 Then when I was all grown up & had my own money ;-) My first SLR I bought was a Canon 1000fn, O boy I loved that camera. This was my first learning curve in Manual Mode, I loved it!
Now I have a Canon D50 which I am even more in love with :-)

 My family connections to Photography started with My Grandfather, he was the first in our family to have a love of photography, he always sourced the best camera's, Canon was his choice (that tradition has continued in the family, Canon seems to be what we end up buying, even when we look at other brands, still end up coming back to Canon ;-))  When it came to processors of slides, KODAK, was his choice, although back then KODAK was easily accessible anywhere in the world, so that may have something to do with his choice.I remember he had an old Canon, but I am pretty sure before that it was an Olympus. My mum still has them. Then because of my Grandfather, my Mum & my Uncles all were taught by him & knew how to use a camera, & all enjoyed photography, back then NO AUTO settings existed on good quality cameras.

This is a picture of what looks likely to be the French Riviera, My Uncle H, would of taken this photo, but Grandpa has a Camera in his hands, I think hes checking out the Frenchman's  photographic equipment. I could write a book on the adventures of my Nanna & Grandpa, but that would take forever, but I can tell you this, My Grandpa worked for the UN in different parts of the world, & part of his job was to improve the
 Third World's Dairy Industry.
 They were living in ROME, Italy when this pic was taken, They would've toured a bit of Europe within this time, It was probably late 60's.

My first taste of film processing was in Grade 6 at school, we were very fortunate in a Primary School to have a dark room & equipment. I loved it!! I regret not pursuing an outlet that I had begun to fall in love with. In High School I did a little more photography but not a lot.
 I had a friend who had an Enlarger chemicals paper etc, A makeshift bathroom Darkroom In which I used a couple of times in my mid 20's, however I did not continue in my love for Photography &
 My Path of life ended up taking me elsewhere.

Another link to photographers in my family is My brother, who actually does hold a photographic diploma, had a photography business for a very small amount of time when I was a kid, he was about 21, I was about 9 years old. He had a makeshift Darkroom [yes I said Darkroom!!, certainly showing my age now, no Digi Lightroom back then ;-)] set up in the back of our garage, it worked a treat! I was never allowed in there for obvious reasons, however myself being a kid, & kids will be kids, I use to sneak in there when my brother was out, Only when I knew that there was no film hanging or photos, as I figured out if  the door was open, I could go in & of course if he had the proverbial red light on the door, I knew not to enter. I have wondered, why did I want to go into the darkroom, when there wasn't much to look at, I don't know really, I use to love the smell of the photo chemicals
 (I know weird!) I use to just hang out in there & read the labels
 & check out the enlarger & figure out if I could do it.
 My brother gave the photographic bug away & now runs a very successful winery in Berry, N.S.W.
 His wines are beautiful, check them out next time you are driving through the Shoalhaven Coast at
 & tell them his sister sent you! ;-)

Since I am not a professional (although "they" do say once you get paid for a job, you become a professional ;- )) but as such my unprofessional-ism showed up as my battery died after these very few shots I took, & yes, the spare battery was dead also. I was a little unprepared as it was a spare of the moment type of thing, mind you sometimes spare of the
 moment things are the ones that create the best images!
We may just have to arrange another bumblebee shoot & I am way more than happy to do that!!

 So here's some more shots of this little poppet princess

So Until next time Bloggers:

Sunday, 24 June 2012

How to make an 'Australian Quilt"

My lovely friend, Ms J, has been a busy beaver. She been Quilting. Her work is beautiful. I have done small Quilts, Cot quilts & the like, but nothing as Advanced as Ms J. She had very kindly invited my family over to share some yummy dinner. The kids had a ball playing with their sweet Budgie named 'Lolly' & their cat, 'Onyx'. Ms J, showed us what she had been working on, & I loved them, inspirational, Would really like to try proper Quilting, I go as far as Squares & that's it. ;-)

Little 'Onyx', keeping warm in amongst the quilting

Almost completed, for Ms J's daughter

Gorgeous Retro/Vintage Themed colours

 'Lolly' The friendliest Budgie

Ms J's work in progress for her mum!

Hope I can share more of Ms J's gorgeous work with y'all in the near future!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fur, Fur, Fur, Sew, Sew, Sew here there & everywhere

Well, what a busy few weeks of sewing that has been going on around here lately, in between kids getting sick. Admittedly, I have put a few weeks in one BLOG update. First up, Miss M has been asking, asking, asking, "When can I sew something for muddle puddle." "Sure, we can do that" was my response, "What would you like to sew?", "Cushions" she says with a lot of Enthusiasm. I said "Wouldn't you like to make a "bag" or something a little easier. "No" "cushions" 'Ok' I said. I had finally figured out a girl in her class had made cushions also, so perhaps that had something to do with it. Anyway It took us weeks to get around to it. Eventually we did.  So first order of business, a trip to Spotlight, Miss M's favourite part!, She chose the materials she wanted with a little direction of mine to the bargain section. She was quite sure of the patterns she wanted, so we bought our supplies, & headed home.
First lesson for her, measure twice, cut once. She did a magnificent job getting it all straight, ready for sewing. Next up, her second lesson on using the sewing machine. I thought I had photos of her sewing, but I can't seem to find them, woops!. She did a perfect job of sewing the zip (although needed a little help from me, as I even have problems with zips myself) She did an excellent job, and now they take pride of place on her bed. She says she would be thrilled to take orders!

Miss M, Had also made Soy candles with me a few weeks ago & she felt it went very nicely with her blue cushion........
Our next creative genius, was Master T, My lil' entrepreneur. A little while back, we were in our favourite store again, yes Spotlight, & Master T came accross bright & black orange fur, "can we please get this, pppllleeaassee?" I answered with "what for?"  "Can you make me a pencil case?" To me it seemed odd, anyway, I said "you can make it" We went through the same processes as we did with Miss M, mind you Master T had done some sewing previously. So he went on his merry way cutting out & sewing his fur......................................................

He took this creation to school, soon others were asking, "hey can you make me a pink one, can you make me a black & white one" etc etc. Entrepreneur Master T, replied, "Sure, for $12" So of course we headed to Spotlight to find other Fur...........So, soon enough our kitchen table looked like something a Muppet had thrown up on, Fur, Fur, Fur, everywhere!!

I had only taken a couple of pictures with my phone for the end result of Master T's new adventure in Pencil case sales, as he was in such a rush to get them to school, ;-)

Small Furry Friends Pencil case $8
Large Furry Friends pencil case $12
 Mini Make-up/Coin Purse $4


So far hes done an awesome Job, hes saving madly to go on a once in a lifetime trip with his Grandmother to Hawaii, so he would very much welcome orders ;-)

Last, but by no means Least, is our youngest, sweet & sometimes noisy Master J, He very much wanted A, (we'll we've come up with another name due to copyright)
"Bad Boy Blue Bird" ;-) We had blue Fur we had Yellow felt & we had googly eyes.
Hmmmm I wonder what we could make with this , I asked 'Master J' & with a cheeky grin, he knew where I was headed with this. Originally he wanted to do the sewing. Well that lasted less than 5 minutes. He decided he would leave that in my capable hands, with some instruction from him from the sidelines, like he has a different tail to the Red one etc etc etc.
 And Lo & behold there appeared "Bad Boy Blue Bird" in our tree in the backyard in need of much Love & Attention & Lots of Cuddles from Master J!

 Of course, Master T, & myself would be happy to make some more "Bad Boy Birds" If any friends out there would like one or two. They would be at a cost of $20. :-) So until next time Bloggers, Have fun out there in your Creative, Imaginative Lands!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Have been a bit preoccupied over here at MP as we have some exciting news, one of our Muddle Puddle mums, Mrs D & her hubby Mr G welcomed a new addition to their family
 A beautiful BABY BOY!! BabyM! Congratulations to you two on the Safe arrival of BabyM!!