Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rainbows End studios Designer Textiles Now Availiable

A new range of the designer textiles I have been printing in the last few days are now available at The studios online shop Come pick up a bargain on one off designer textiles

Textiles are only available in 104cms x 50cms at the moment. They are perfect for that special project or make up into two fat quarters for quilters. However I plan to upgrade my facilities over the next couple of days so I can print 1 and 2 metre lengths I am also in the process of printing up some lovely Indigo fabric I busy constructing a tute on how to dye with Indigo I hope to have this up in the next couple of weeks

This blog now has a forum mainly to gage interest in what kind of things people would like to see on my blog I have had over 30 years experience in textiles and have taught in in schools enterprises, crafts and arts councils and indigenous communities all over Australia. I dye, silk paint, screen print, lino block print and free motion machine embroider So pop into the forum and tell mw what you would like to see
Cheers Julie-Ann

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Printing Up a Storm!

Or in one? Its been so hot and steamy lately but I managed to get some printing done despite the rain. I had to rig up an exposure light to make myself some new screens as the last few days have been devoid of sunlight. I have been playing around with some mandala designs I like the look of the way they print so I may make up some more.
i have decided to sell these hand prints from my studio site so stay tuned for some changes in the studio shop soon. Each piece is hand-dyed then free screened I used single motif screens and place them were the urge takes me So each piece is composed just like a painting No two pieces of the fabric are ever the same each is unique and individual in its own right Its own piece of original art.
I am going to print up some other dyed lengths including a stash of indigo I have made in the past These will be available in one and two metre lengths The sun-coloured ones are only available in 50cms because of my current facilities which will change in the near future Then I plan to do larger pieces. Humm.... prices? probably about$12 to $15 per 50 cm They are on quality homespun 100% cotton and extra for postage Anyway stay tuned an announcement will be made as soon as they are available in the shop!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Autism Hour

Autism Hour

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Have a happy and safe Christmas and may you get everything on your list!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Completed halter top

This is Molly's halter top I made using the Treadle Butterfly The fabric is from the op shop as is the pattern I used I adapted the pattern from one printed in 1977. Molly loves it! I also added some sequins and beads to the embroidery

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Retro Active!

I have had my nose to the grindstone lately making new clothes for my girls for Christmas I have had a wonderful time making them from op shop off cuts and using beautiful 70's patterns also from the op shop!
a couples of weeks ago right in the middle of a sewing frenzy we had a huge storm and lost power for about 6 hours So I dragged out my old Singer treadle and got it going. I have been having a wonderful time researching how to use it on the net ever since and working out and trialling all the strange feet included. In my travels I found a utube tube video of a lady using the treadle for machine embroidery so I decided to give it a go. To my absolute delight I found it the best machine I have ever used in free motion embroidery. It has the ability to layer the thread over and over itself with the most amazing ease. Since my old Elna lotus died I have not found a modern machine to do this with protest!
Anyway here is the result

This is halfway through I used a dissolving wash bag I wanted an unattached image

This one is the completed butterfly after a few wonderful hours of creating! Just like painting with thread
And here I have dissolved the bag and placed the butterfly on the fabric I am going to use to make Molly a top I am going to feature the butterfly in the centre of the front yoke May even ad a sparkle or two!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Congratulations to Zofia! you have been chosen by a random draw as the winner of my giveaway!
Have fun! I wish I could give a prize to all who entered Thank you for taking the time to do so it has been very much appreciated
regards Julie

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Give Away on Rainbows End!

As a special give away for this week I am offering the opportunity for a crafty blogger to win a trial set of Sun Print Colour Just visit the Rainbows End Studios website and read all about how to use it
Then come back here leave a comment on this blog telling me why you would love to try this medium and what technique excites you the most! will choose a winner on Sunday the 22nd of November! Good Luck!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happenings at the Rainbow cafe

Members at the cafe now total 25 and growing this is terrific to see. I am going to post a few topics in the forum to encourage people to interact and also will designate a specific chat time! To enable members to know when others may be online.
I have been working hard in my studio over the last week, in between hospital and doctors visits for my daughters! My eldest daughter and her baby Lila ( my only grandchild) visited us over the last two weeks. It was great to see them I took the opportunity while they were here to create a new product Babee Wings tops. I have listed the resulting creations on Etsy and Madeit.
I decided to brighten my chances of being noticed amongst the cast of thousands in those online stores by vamping up my presentation images. I used Lila as my model and scrapped a page to showcase the tops!
The cafe and my blog will be running a new competition in the next week or so The prize will be a trial set of suncolour, I would love to spread the word about this wonderful new medium and its lovely effects and applications I thought this would be one way to do it!
Also changes are afoot with the website! Rainbows End Studios! I have grown despondent with my current web host and will be moving it and The Dolls Have Souls to a new address and they will be covered in the same location Stay tuned for the new page about to be launched soon!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rainbows End Studios, Presents.................

Babee Wings availiable now on my Madeit and Etsy Stores, pop in to see the sweetest little baby tops ever!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Goth Ella Now On Madeit

Goth Ella is a unique individual who lives deep in the Indigo Forest in Amethyst Castle with her family. However due to tough economical times her family has had to take in borders to make ends meet and provide upkeep to the castle. Goth Ella has found that living with the noisy pack of werewolves that took up the border offer, to be too much to live with. They are awake all night especially at full moon They hold very noisy parties that are advertised on the net and attracts all the less desirable inhabitants of the Indigo forest.Goth Ellas Uncle described the art of couch surfing to her so now she has decided to venture out in the world to experience it on a budget! She would like to come and visit you! Have you got a nice comfy couch where she can rest up for awhile?

She is no trouble makes no noise and is extremely neat and after the initial outlay she will bring you hours of free pleasure of her company.

Ella is made from new and recycled materials She is wearing clothes made by Rainbows End Studios with the custom signature wings printed on the back of her top. She is a designer doll and is not suitable for small children because of the beading on her clothing and small eye and nose studs.

To give Goth Ella a couch to surf on go to Rainbows end Studios on Madeit

Friday, November 6, 2009


make custom gifts at Zazzle

Zazzle is also an artist tool for promoting and selling artwork Check out The Dolls Have Souls products available

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Art Work Now Availiable at Redbubble

My art works from Dolls have Souls and Rainbows End Studios are now available at Redbubble to purchase as greeting cards or prints. The Illustrations I have produced for the upcoming book series by Liz Potts "Miss Rose's Garden are available to be made up into good quality T-shits Great quality and a wonderful Christmas Gift! Check it out! Just click on the redbubble badge!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

This is for my beautiful daughter Naomi, Her amazing partner Craig and their gorgeous daughter Lila and the little soul who returned to heaven

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amazing art at the Rainbow Cafe

Come and visit us at the Rainbow Cafe We have a wonderful display in our scrolling gallery of quality works of art contributed by our members. we are growing fast The opportunity exists for you to join if you are a visual or performing artist drop in for a coffee and a chat Great things are happening!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Rainbow Cafe

After scouring the net and joining many groups where I just don't quite fit properly I decided to design my own social network for Australian artists We are looking for all disciplines Please if you create in any way you do not have to be a professional Just serious about what you do Please come and join us showcase your work! Inform us of events or exhibitions you are involved in Let the artists of Australia come together in our very own online arts cafe!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cake in a Stocking! Personalized christmas gift to make!

Welcome to my tute on how to make a very personalized fun Christmas gift you can get the kids to help with!
I have made a file you can download that includes a full size pattern to trace off for the stocking, a tag to print off and a recipe instruction sheet to include with the gift.
Pattern is found on this link

1. cut out two pieces of fabric for the stocking you made include a collar if you wish as I have done on mine. Alternatively you could make one in felt and get the kids to glue decorations on to the front of it. The picture on the left shows two I have made in satin. Sew a small loop of ribbon

onto the inside seam at the top of the stocking with an over stitch This will give you something to attach your tag to.

2. When your stocking is complete , Slide an open feezer or zip lock bag onto your hand and slide it into the stocking.
Try to make sure you get as far into the toe as possible.

3. Stand your stocking on a bowl and add the dry ingredients. Its great to get the kids to help here Gives them practice in measuring;

4 Add; 1 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbls cocoa powder
Remove as much air from the remainder of the bag as possible. Tie the top of the bag with a twist tie or seal if using a zip lock and fold down into the stocking

This makes up a lovely moist cake when it is added to the other ingredients that are listed on the recipe sheet it also can be varied substituting coffee for the cocoa You may adapt your own cake if you wish, Just leave out the wet ingredients and include them on your own version of the instruction sheet....Hint.... I found using vanillin sugar a good alternative for the essence in a dry mix

5. Attach your tag to the top loop of the stocking , roll your instrcution sheet up and tie with tinsel and slide inside the stocking keeping it in place with the plastic dry mix bag.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I won!

Whoo hoo my hat for Sian won me the prize of a lovely pattern from Mamu designs Thanks Crafty Mamas. This is the hat I made for myself which Molly so sweetly modeled for me I made a bag to match it. The yellow fabric is redyed Upcycled Chenille bedspread and the lining is my hand-printed Dolls Have Souls fabric I printed a few years ago Both the hat and the bag are completely reversible!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pink Cap for Sian

I made this Pink Cap using some satin I Suncoloured and printed with my wings design. Whoo Hoo! Just found out I won the September quickly challenge with it at Crafty Mamas! To find out how to use Suncolour yourself go to my studio site

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New ETSY Store

After having a tantrum because I was finding techie things were going wrong while I was upgrading my Rainbows End Studios On Line Store I decided to put the new range of clothing I have been working on into an ESTY store and just keep art and craft at the website. Go and take a look and dont be fooled by the size of the models (LOL My long suffering girls) There are items that will fit us larger proportioned ladies. Follow the link in my list!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Rainbows End Studios first Boonooroo Workshop!

Are you a painter, patchworker, craftsperson, scrapbooker or just generally intersted in creative activities?
Do you live in Maryborough or surrounding areas?
We are pleased to announce our first Suncolour workshop to be held at Boonooroo on Sunday September 20th.
It will be a fun and informative day and participants get to take home a small sample of the product! All other materials are supplied!
Email me at for prices and more information.
It will be the most fun you have had in the sun!

New On Line Store!

Rainbows End Studios annouces their new on line store! It is now easier to purchase Suncolour Product or that special exclusive gift via paypal from our website store! No paypal? no worries just email me and I will send direct debit details. Just follow the link in my list to visit the studio!

Arriving to the store soon beautiful gothic inspired womens and girls tops, all suncoloured with gorgeous colours and some have exclusive prints! Specially designed to fit from size 8 to 18 Stayed Tuned!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Nutkin Tailz Designs have done it again! Availiable soon from Digital Craft Cottage this gorgeous vintage kit called "TIMES PAST" I made this page for my Mum she is on the right in the top photo and the left in the one below! Follow the link in my list to find Digital Craft Cottage and Nutkin Tailz beautiful kits

Sunday, August 23, 2009

This is another page for my Mum's birthday This day in 1999 was the last my parents spent together They had been divorced for over 30 years The day was special they still had the same smiles they had on their wedding day Many memories were shared My Mother had never stopped loving my Dad and she was so happy that I took him to visit her that day. Mum passed March 10th 2003 and Dad on Feb 4th 2005 I know they are together now LOVE YOU BOTH!
August 24th is my mothers birthday She passed away in 2003 and I miss her every day This page is a tribute to her

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Latest Scrap Using Nutkin Tailz Designs "Imbolc Inspirations"

Molly and I found this lovely waterhole on the property we rent yesterday. Needless to say we were both very excited!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Free Kit has been upgraded!

My Pagan Spring Kit has been upgraded with even more papers and embellishments a gift completely free for you! Just follow the link to Rainbows End Studios from my list!

Yummy Recipe and Scrapbook Kit!

My favourite way of making scones! Also my favourite way of making scrapbook pages with Nutkin Tailz designs Imbolc Inspirations! Such a versitile Kit. Availiable from Digital Craft Cottage. Just follow the link in my list!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Of course there is one for Molly too. Embellishments and paper are made with Suncolour, read about it on my website Rainbows End Studios Follow the link in my list
I made this for My beautiful Sian , she does so well at adapting to all the changes I keep making in her life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Yet Another Nutkin Tailz Designs inspired page!

Another page using Nutkin Tailz Designs Imbolc Inspirations Kit available from Digital Craft Cottage from August 1st Just follow the link in my list

Imbolc Inspirations New Kit by Nutkin Tailz Designs!

I made this page using Nutkin Tailz designs beautiful new kit Imbolc Inspirations due to be released at Digital Craft Cottage on August 1st Just follow the link in my list to purchase.
The beautiful art work in this page was done by Heather Sullivan Bleasdale

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Brand New Freebee Kit

Ok I have decided a quick page is far too limiting for all you creative Scrapbookers out there so I have put together a kit. You may make you own creations to celebrate Imbolc and honour the return of the Goddess I f you would like the kit the download links are availiable from The Rainbows End Website just follow the link in my list
Blessed Be.
Another Page to celebrate the upcoming Imbolc. The wheel of the year is turning and we are approaching Spring!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Quick Page Freebee for Imbolc

I have had a play around and made a quick page for scrapping based on my Imbolc Page using my own art work and elements Its a PNG all ready to add your own image and text If you would like to give it a go follow this link;
its my first effort at shareing my scrap art
August 1st is Imbolc and the Goddess returns to the earth after her winter rest. She will emerge as a maiden bringing all the promise of spring

Thursday, July 23, 2009

These paintings and pages were created with Suncolour! Try and buy Suncolour availiable from Rainbows End Studios website find it on my links list

Another Nutkin Tailz Designs made page!

When we lived in NSW a lovely couple in a handmade caravan came to camp by our front gate. My girls made great friends with them and their horses They had coffee and scones on our front verandah every day of the week long visit it was a great experience. Made with Nutkin Tailz Designs, Herbal Grimoire Kit availiable from Digital Craft Cottage, just follow the link on my list Great Value for a beautiful kit!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

This page was made for my beautiful Father who passed away in 2005 This photo was taken by my sister on his 66th birthday not long before he was diagnosed with the throat cancer that was to take his life. I love you Dad. The page was made with Nutkin Tailz Designs , wonderful kit "All About Men" Now availiable at Digtial Craft Cottage Just follow the link in my list.
"The Herbalist"
I made this page using "NUTKIN TAILZ DESIGNS " beautiful "Herbal Grimore" kit this is availiable at "Digital Craft Cottage" from today check it out.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Maryborough Workshop

My sister Glen and I had a lovely time yesterday we attended a workshop in Maryborough and made these fun little Jamacian Ladies. Was not really high art but a great technique that leads to all sorts of inspiration for other ideas.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rainbows End Studios website is now online and can be accessed through the link on the right hand side of this blog come and browse through our gallery or search for a gift for that special friend in our market place Soon to be added an online shopping cart. LOL I had fun learning how to make this website and it is the first one I have ever done.

Monday, July 13, 2009

So Proud

Wow I can't believe it in less than 24 hours I have learn't to make a blog and a website. Thanks to help and hints from my good friends at the pot! I would just like to make a point of congratulating Nutkin Tailz Designs for being asked to be a designer with a scrapbooking site Stayed tuned for more news on this and a link to her blog WTG!


Goddess of love, symbolic of, the creation of beauty and art, sensual delights and self- adornment.

Her symbols are mirrors, jewelry, honey, golden silks and feather fans.

Creativity in decorating home and temple is a way of honoring Oshun, who will bless any beautiful space created in Her honour. There is no object so common that Oshun will not appreciate more if it is made artistic and pleasing to the eye.

.She is married to àngó, the god of thunder, and is his favorite wife because of her excellent cooking skills. One of his other wives, Oba, was her rival. They are the goddesses of the Oshun and Oba rivers, which meet in a turbulent place with difficult rapids.