Aug 042015

Contemporary Bark Art by Shirley Yeates

Contemporary Bark Art by Shirley Yeates

It was the miniature designs that caught my attention at first, and then as I looked at the whole stall set-up I saw a collection of very different art. I hadn’t seen anything like this before so I had to stop and chat to the lovely lady who created these gorgeous artworks. It’s amazing what can be achieved on retirement and Shirley certainly seized the opportunity to do something creative – and look at what she’s created.

Shirley Yeates Bark Art.Dresses

Shirley Yeates lived on a vineyard for a short while after her retirement in 2014 and each day as she walked around the property something caught her eye and sparked a flow of creative ideas that eventually became the start of a very creative retirement. Bark, lots of bark fallen from various beautiful Australian trees, each with different textures, colours, shapes and sizes – these were used to create artworks. The subject matter may not be so new but the style is quite clever and unique.

Shirley Yeates Bark Art.Lady

I can imagine Shirley’s studio (or creative nook) would house a huge collection of various bark pieces. Each will have the mark of a new design idea waiting for the artist’s hand to work its creation. What a wonderful way to use fallen pieces from nature to create such gorgeous artworks.

Bark Art of Shirley Yeates

Shirley can transform tree bark into contemporary art … but I also think that tree bark has transformed Shirley’s retirement. This lovely lady with her framed art can be found at various markets around Melbourne; so if you would like to get up close and see for yourself first hand, visit her Facebook page to check where and when she’ll be at craft markets. In the meantime, read all about Shirley’s work, browse through her photos, and enjoy what you see.

Jul 092010

Did you miss out on the last Handmade Show?  Here’s your chance to catch up with us because we have another show just around the corner.


Date: Saturday 17th July 2010


Time: 11am – 3.30pm

Place: Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL

95 – 97 Drummond St.

Come and Join us for a friendly chat and an inspiring day!

All of our stalls are set inside the main hall of this wonderful venue which oozes with old world charm.  In addition to the gorgeous handmade products for sale there is a café, bar and a delightful beer garden which overlooks the local gardens & children’s playground.

A perfect setting for The Handmade Show.

Don’t miss out on the show this time around – see you there! 


May 062010

The Handmade Show is a new community minded makers market held at the Oakleigh / Carnegie RSL where crafter’s and artisans showcase and sell their wares.

The Handmade Show is a non-profit group run by the stall-holders. We all do our part in making this market great!

Come and see the Show this Saturday, May 8th

Date: Saturday 8th May 2010

Time: 11 am – 3.30pm

Place: Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL

95 – 97 Drummond St. Oakleigh

Jan 152010

Welcome to Pink Saturday! 

If you like surrounding yourself with beautiful things then your walls are a great place to start – so, go on, hang some beautiful, decorative pieces on your walls. 

These photos show a gorgeous, long panel print of antique crockery. Just right for that Vintage Chic look.

When the walls are taken care of you can whimsically toss a gorgeous pink lace throw over your lounge chair, couch or bed.

This pink throw is also trimmed with hand-dyed fringing, made to match the lace.

It wouldn’t be the same on Pink Saturday if we didn’t include a picture of some beautiful blooms. These pink lilies looked absolutely amazing – the photo does not do them justice. They stood magnificently in a glass vase at the foot of the alter in the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels.

Flowers like these do last a very long time & would cheer up your home and heart continuously…. not forgetting the lovely fragrance they send out.

… And now for our weekly challenge here are a couple of participants I’d like to introduce you to  –

Mary from Across The Pond

Ann from Ann Fannie’s Green Acres

There are many wonderful entries for Pink Saturday which is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. Take time to visit other participants’ blogs and see how Pink everyone’s Saturdays can be – you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Pink Saturday Everyone!