Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Little Layers of Happy: SALA 2013

Oh friends, today’s post comes to you with much gleeful hand clapping and just a wee bit of nervous hair twiddling…

After much plotting and planning and too-ing and fro-ing, I can finally share with you the details of my very first exhibition:

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Hurrah! I can scarcely believe that what began as a half-joking personal challenge  for 2013 has blossomed into “an actual thing!” (as my family has heard me exclaim with increasing frequency round these parts). I will admit to a skip in pulse rate as I look at my countdown calendar and do a double take – can it really be just 60 days until opening night? Surely not… but then I stand in our hallway and smile proudly at the little family of weaving that is growing on the wall, and the fear turns back into excitement again at the thought of them finding new homes out in the big wide world.

I have been smiling at my snazzy poster for a few days now. It is the result of my dear friend, former A Visual Sensibility Mk 1 teammate, and creative right-hand – Alison  from Antler Studio. A humongous and heart-felt “THANKYOU!” Ali for  your wonderful work, cheering, advice and all-round radness.

“But Megan, what is this ‘Collaborative Community Weaving’?” I hear you ask.
Well, throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors and customers of The Seasonal Garden Cafe will be able to make a donation of their choosing to local food rescue service OzHarvest Adelaide, and then add their own ‘little layers of happy’ to a simple frame weaving. The finished piece will be  raffled off – one lucky collaborator will win the finished weaving, and OzHarvest will receive much needed funds to continue it’s great work. I am more than a little chuffed and so very grateful that cafe owner Silvia has taken a chance on me and my little makings, and can’t wait to see my pieces snuggle into their spots within such a warm and cosy space.

All this busy making, organising and promoting has called for a new website: meganwalshcheek.com

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Pop over to find a (growing) gallery of work, news, links to this blog and to my Etsy store – which will soon be filling up with woven goodies just as quick as my busy fingers can go.

Phew! What a lot of exciting news for one post – time for a cuppa and a bit of a lie down… who am I kidding, I have an exhibition to make for, chop chop!

Here’s to an exciting few months ,

Megan.

New Year, New Love

Happy New Year to you Friends!

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So, apparently it’s 2013. Does anyone else think that sounds just too futurama? Like we should at least be getting about on hover craft or something….                               

 I had so many good intentions of sharing the flurry of making and baking that consumed our home over the Christmas celebrations. Somehow though,  sleep and eating sugary treats were all I could manage in those fleeting moments of quiet, so I will give you  a recap soon.                                                         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Todays chit chat is all about my shiny, all absorbing new love …

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Oh the giddy joy found in under-over-under, repeat!IMG_2784

The new year has brought with it a burst of intense making. I have delighted in many happy moments at my homemade weaving loom, often with my Little Babe snoozing  in the sling while Miss C ‘organises’ my fabric stash…

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I have even got my lovely nieces hooked. Miss 5 and Miss 7 were mesmerised by the texture explosion that is my bundle of fabric strips, and we whipped up a couple of simple mini looms for them to experiment with. I managed to keep my inner teacher quiet and refrain from harping on about the importance of alternating the under and overs. Instead, I  played with my own weaving alongside them, watching the joy on their faces as they gleefully commentated their fabric choices and creative decisions. Three of us making and learning and loving the textile goodness forming under our fingers.

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Some of these makings have even made their way out of the studio and into a wonderful new local gallery – but that’s a story for another post; right now my love is calling me….

Megan

Behind The Scenes: Painting and pottering

Hello Friends.

It’s all go here at AVS Headquarters, with a lovely new product coming together just in time for bestowing on lucky loved ones for Christmas (sneak peak coming soon….).

Amidst the plotting, planning and cutting, I have also had the screen printing paint out; Miss C took one look at the pots of bright colour and declared she must help!

Time to get messy…

{As you can see, the paintbrushes in the first photo were quickly abandoned for the thrill of cold, sloppy paint squishing through little fingers}.

I dug out a piece of white fabric from the depths of ‘The Stash’, and wrapped it around some cardboard. We decided that once it was painted, we could sew it into a “special resting pillow for resting”. There followed much happy chatting about the process – Miss C gave an excited running commentary on the way the colours were blending together, and I focused on not caring that the colours were all blending together…

So much fun was had that it was time to move onto some potato stamping.

I carved some shapes into some teeny potatoes that had seen better days, but were just the right size for little hands. After a rather epic cleanup, we re-loaded the palette and Miss C set about trying them all out. After the wild abandon of the finger painting, I think this proved to be rather dull, and after a couple of goes each it was “time to pack up Mummy”. I think my little girl is a chip off my block – we both seem to be happiest with spontaneous creativity over lots of rules.

No doubt my right hand girl will lead us off on another adventure to share soon. After a weekend full of sunshine, friends and some decadent pizza-devouring, it’s time to knuckle down and get making.

Happy Monday!

Megan.

Behind the scenes: Strawberry goodness

Hello friends.

Last weekend we had a window of lovely weather here in the Adelaide Hills. My husband took one look at the big blue sky full of fluffy clouds and declared it to be Strawberry Picking Saturday. As the unchallenged sweet-tooth of the family, I of course needed no convincing – the kids were bundled into the car quick as a flash, as I drooled in anticipation of THIS:

Decadent huh?  We are super lucky to live only a few minutes from Beerenberg  Strawberry Farm, so it was not long before we were contentedly meandering  up and down the rows of shiny red strawberries with juice dripping off our chins.

The following morning Miss C joined me at the blender to whizz up a huge jug of strawberry smoothie. Slurp, slurp, s l u u u r r p…

With full bellies and milk moustaches, we launched eagerly into our first-ever jam making project. I chose this as our guide,  for it’s speed, and the fact that all the super hot boiling part would take place safely tucked away inside the microwave, out of reach by curious little fingers.

It was 35 min from chopping and hulling, to licking our very own delicious jam off of the spoon! We managed to control ourselves long enough to wait for a batch of date scones to cool – and for a quick photo to mark the big moment – before we devoured them.

In the name of decency I am not including the ‘after’ shots, which may or may not show someone sneakily licking the plate. It’s for the best.

Megan.

Down the rabbit hole of impossible cuteness

Hello Friends.

So, apparently it’s nearly the end of October. OCTOBER! Obviously my well-intentioned pre-baby pledge to see you all back here at the start of September didn’t quite pan out…

… I offer my defence:

Meet our sweet little girl, who arrived at the start of August happy and healthy. I have had no choice but to smooch and stare in proud maternal wonderment at our precious Little Babe. Tiny hands needed holding, chubby cheeks needed kissing, and excited 2 1/2 year old Miss C needed to be lovingly shown the difference between cuddles and suffocation. Oh, and then there’s the washing. Jeepers.  I had forgotten just how much of a tornado of laundry one tiny little person can create.

Anyway gang, I am   s l o w l y   getting my stitch on. Stay tuned as I dust off the laptop and rejoin the bustling crafty interwebs, one finger peking at the keyboard while I rock a little piece if joy in my arms…

It’s good to be back.

M

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Mother’s Day Lovin’

Hello Friends.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner here in Australia – Sunday May 13th if it’s not already in your diary – and this year is extra special here at AVS Headquarters…

For those of you not already in the know, I am now over half way along with our second child {insert gushing smile and excited tummy rubbing 😉 }. We are due in August, and I have been rather un-graciously muddling through 24hr morning sickness and the total desertion of my memory. Hence the erratic blogging and wandering prose and… er, what was I saying again? 🙂

I am really looking forward to Mother’s Day this year, with a chatterbox 2 year old and a rather portly baby-belly – we are already having lots of interesting conversations about mummies and babies and sisters! Add to the mix my own Mamma who is feeling rather poorly with a dislocated elbow, and the day will call for lots of smooching and cuddles and hefty slices of cake. Definitely chocolate cake.

To celebrate the Mothers in your life (and they come in all guises don’t they…), I thought you might like a peek at this:

Wihoo! If ever you needed a reason to snap up a little bit of stichery goodness, this is it folks. Feel free to forward this offer on to friends you think might like the tip off – or hubbies or kids that might appreciate a hint!

Ok, off I go; I am determined to drink at least one cup of tea today while it’s still hot …

M

Two become one

Hello friends.

The new year has brought with it some changes for A Visual Sensibility.

You see, as well as making lots of beautiful things recently, Alison also started making a person. It has became apparent that sewing around a growing belly is getting just a bit too tricky; after juggling these two projects admirably for a while, inevitably one of them has had to go on the back burner. Alison quite rightly has chosen sewing, and has reluctantly bowed out of A Visual Sensibility to nest and kiss soon to arrive baby toes. Megan misses her, but agrees that even an overflowing stash of fabric treasures are no match for pudgy baby toe kissing. Both of us agree that should Alison ever be able to drag herself away from all the baby-love, more collaborative stitching would be a must.

So now it is just me –  Megan –  busily sewing and blogging and emailing and shipping little fabric goodies off to their new homes. I’m also putting together a new line of fluty, fluffy lovelies that will get a proper introduction soon.

Here’s a little sneak peek:

{Is it slightly bonkers to clap my hands with sewers delight as layers of swirly texture come together?}

Back to the needle and thread – I have to be my own time keeper and whip cracker now 😉 !

M