Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Friday Finds #38

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Hello everyone, I hope you have had a lovely week and are ready for a relaxing, fun weekend.
I'd like to thank you all for the lovely comments about my studio/shop, I am so happy that I can share my excitement about this project with a bunch of people who get it and are so supportive and positive  in their reactions, thanks you so much!  I few people hadn't realised that I was running a shop before, so it is great to have somewhere people can come and see and feel the wool rather than just online where it can be hard to convey the texture and softness of yarn.  
So now I have online and in the flesh shopping! Yay! 
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Anyway, it is time for my Etsy Finds this week, I have decided to look at more Mother's Day gift ideas for the crafty inclined mums like myself!  There is plenty of choice on Etsy! 
So here we go! 
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1.  I loved this hand dyed speckled yarn from Tara at TheSheepyshire gorgeous flecks of colour in these! 
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2.There are lots more hand dyed yarns at Spacefrog, Julia makes beautiful colour ways like these sock yarns, perfect to tempt me into the wonderful world of sock knitting, something I want to get right into! Just got to get over my fear of double pointed needles. :) 
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3. If you are multicraftual (that's a word, right?) and like to dabble in the fabric crafts as well as yarny pursuits, have a look at mabelandgeorge.  Sarah Bulkeley is the amazingly gifted designer behind this  lovely range of fabrics perfect for any quilting project or bags or cushions or skirts, or anything really!!  The colour palette Sarah uses is right up my alley, I also love her embroidery kits!  She's a local lass too, so even better to support our talented home grown makers! :) 
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4. I couldn't go past these fabulous knitted apple cushions from studiomeez, they are made from soft lambswool and look so cosy!  I think a couple of these on my bed would be so lovely! 
(boys are you reading this?? :) ) 
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5. These beautiful flower prints by designer Elizabeth Grubaugh  are available at DeweyHoward, doesn't that wall look great! There are also beautiful cushions with these prints on them, so lovely, because you can never have too many cushions, right?? ;) 

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So that's it for another week! 

Have a good weekend.  
We have a public holiday tomorrow for Anzac Day, it is quite an emotional day with everyone taking a moment to remember and give thanks all the soldiers who made sacrifices so we could live in this fabulous peaceful society.  
With all the crappy things happening in other parts of the world, I feel extra grateful to those brave people who ensured we would live with freedom and without fear.  
We are indeed a lucky country. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Little Woollie Makes wool studio - tadah!



Hello! 
How is your day going?  
I'm having a good one, I've had a crochet lesson with a lovely girl and am getting ready for another one this evening, I really love all this crafty work!  
So anyway, I have finally got my studio/shop nearly organised so it's time for the virtual tour and grand tadah!!   I cannot tell you how excited and happy I am to have this space completed, my friend Ed, the carpenter did a great job and I am so loving spending time in here!!

(Apologises for the huge amount photos, but I just couldn't choose which ones to leave out!) 
   
It is nice and colourful and I think it shows of the beautiful yarns well, I so love having all the wool out of their plastic bags, the colours really shine now!

So now I'll let you have a bit of a wander through my new space, enjoy! 



















Now local yarnies can pop in and choose their wool in the flesh,  I can run classes and workshops, and I have a good place to run the online side from too! 
Very happy here!! 

Of course all the yarns can be found here at Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store online, although my new stock of Cascade 220 Superwash hasn't been added just yet.  

I hope you are having a happy, colourful day like me! :) 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Friday finds #37


Hello! 
I am all out of whack with my posting at the moment, I haven't done a Friday Etsy finds post for a while, and I was determined to do one over the weekend but didn't quite get it finished, so here it is , nearly midnight on Monday and it is finally going up! 

Mother's day is coming up in a few weeks here, so I thought I'd have a look for some lovely things that I'd be happy to receive from my boys.  (although I won't be holding my breath, they are likely to forget about the whole day!) 

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1. I love the gorgeous bird soft sculptures/toys in PopetseToys , aren't these lovely!  There are lots of other woodland creatures that I'd welcome into my toy collection any day! :) 
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2. The amazing hand painted pillow at toucheefeelee1 are so beautiful!  I love this cloudy sky one, very calming I think.
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3. More gorgeous cushions can be found at Gingiber, this time with  cute animal shapes and prints, I love this black sheep one, it would look great on my couch!  I may have shared this shop with you before, I can't remember, but if I have it is such a great shop I think it is worth sharing again!! :) 
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4. I have recently come across the whimsical jewellery at kissthefrogstudio and find it so intriguing! 
Isn't this little piece called 'thinking' so lovely! It's amazing all the different things you can do with silver, gold and some enamel paint.  There are lots of quirky pieces in this shop that are just so covetable! :)  I think my mum would like one of these. :) 
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5. PoconoModern is a shop full of modernist inspired art works and other cute little things, this poster would be perfect for any pyrex enthusiast like me!  I'd love my collection to look that good in real life! I do have that aqua, snowflake, rectangle dish on the bottom shelf, so that is a start!  I'm on the look out for some pink pieces next. :) 

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So that's a wrap for tonight, I am going to get my act into gear and get my mum something nice this year, usually I leave it to the last minute, but I am going to be organised this year, she deserves something lovely! 

Have a great day/night every ever you are! 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

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1.  How does Frank always seem to find the most comfortable spot in the house to have a snooze? 
It must be his special catty senses, he can sniff out a pile of 
blankets from the other end of the house. :) 

2 + 3 + 4.  Crochet making this week, I've been making things for the last EmuPlains Market for this season, so some striped hats, hearty washers and flower embellishment packs, I have a few more hats to go and then its onto slippers if I have time. :)  As soon as this market is over I am starting a new blanket!

5. . Studio progress shot, well actually it is all finished, and I am moving things in this week, but I am going do a proper tadah  post and a little photo tour of it very soon, ( it is looking so good!)  so here is how it looked with the floors finished and the painting done.  
I ended up just going with a white called "Snow Egg' for the walls and ceiling, as I think it will be easier to let the yarn colours shine this way.  The rest  of our house is VERY colourful so I have actually found it quite good to give my eyes a colour rest, and really noticed all the colours in our kitchen/family room when I go back inside, it is a bit like sensory over load! 

6. Just a cute shot of some colourful things. 
Love my flower canisters, they are finding a new home in my wool studio of course! 

Have you got a big week ahead?  
I hope you find time to do some fun things too, it's important to do things that make you happy don't you think? 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Have a hearty day! :)


Hello! 
 I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Before I pop off to bed I thought I'd show you a little thing I made last week, some heart bunting.  
I have been a bit fixated on hearts recently, and these cute little flags are an idea I had for some left over cotton, not enough for a complete washer, but enough for a square!  I might put a little recipe together for these, they are fun to make and make a cheery addition to a wall I think! 
I'm planning to make some nice long strings for the studio, I ended up painting it all white, so there is lots of scope for colourful decorating! :) 




So what have you been making lately? 
Something big and long term, or a quick crafty fix?  
I am finding that I am making lots of smaller things, at the moment, like this bunting, due to another market in April, but then there is a break over winter, so I think I will be able to start some bigger projects, maybe a couple of blankets. I have seen a lovely motif that I want to try, isn't there always another idea to try!! :) 

Have a good crafty day! 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Friday Finds #36

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Hello! 
I hope you are having a nice start to the Easter break, we have had a lovely day pottering around, working on the studio and in the garden. The boys had huge sleep ins and just did their own relaxing stuff.  Sometimes it is nice to have a day at home and not have to be anywhere special, Good Friday is good for that! 

So here are my Friday Etsy finds for this week! xxxx
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1. Rachele Carmona is the amazing crocheter behind BabyLoveBrandKids , there are lots of patterns for interesting blankets like this 'Beach Hut' blanket, as well as finished items,  lot of lovely things for us crochet addicts to check out! :) 
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2. Sometimes I wish my boys were little again just so I could buy them some of the fabulous toys I  see on Etsy! These modular dollhouses and treehouse by manzanitakids would be so much fun to play with I think!  I know my boys would have loved something like this when they were younger. 
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3. My yarn pick this week is OceanParkYarns, Noa is the clever yarn dyer behind this shop, I adore these two speckled sock yarns so much, those shots of neon in the bottom one are right up my alley!!
Lots of gorgeous yarns to drool over in this shop!
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4.I love the work of Louise Edwards from LouiseEdwardsDesign, her OOAK folk art fabric dolls and brooches are just so lovely, such lot of beautiful stitching happening here!

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5. I found a whole lot of gorgeous washi tape at LobsterBisqueVintage, some lovely different designs like these trees and feathers.  :)  

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So that's it for today! 
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope you enjoy a little treat or two! 

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