Thursday, October 30, 2014

A crafty bee in my bonnet. A wooly pompom tree.

Hello.  How is your week going? Good I hope! :)

Well, I have been quite busy with a little idea that just had to be made before everything else I have on my to do list.  
Do you ever get ideas like that?  
Where you just have to make something and see if it turns out how you are imagining?   
I certainly had a bee in my bonnet, and I couldn't concentrate on any of my other makings until it was out of my system!

The idea I had was for a wooly pompom branch that could be used as a whimsical Christmas tree and adorned with decorations like my flowers and stars. I like something a bit quirky for my Christmas trees and I like the spindly nature of branches, this was just taking it a bit further down the cute road with the addition of pompoms!

So I got out my wire and masking tape and bent and stuck that wire into shape, then I got out my wool and wrapped the wire in lots of greens and reds ( a little bit Christmassy).  Next I made a heap of pompoms and then sewed them onto the wire frame, and tadah, all finished and out of my head! is the start of my pompom collection......

....and here is how my wooly pompom branch has finished up, a bit of a folly, a whimsical twiggy branch with pompom fruits at the end of each twig, it is very hard to photograph as it is so spindly and an awkward shape, it looks much better in real life, but you get the idea.  It is actually making my happy just thinking about it!  I think it will look very over the top hung with flowers and stars and maybe some crocheted leafy vine........ :)

While I was making the wire bits I had envisioned making up about a dozen branches in different colours all covered with a rainbow of pompoms and selling them at my market stall, like a forest of pompom trees, I think 3 stems would make a lovely Christmas tree alternative don't you?   
But by the time I had actually got one to the finished stage ( many, many, hours later) I was thinking that this will just be a home project for our Christmas, they just take so long to make and are quite fiddley, I don't think it's a viable item to sell, (maybe just for special people if I am asked). 
So I am going  to make up the other stems at my leisure and just keep them at home for a crazy display.  It is looking a bit sad just with pompoms, must get out some other things to add to it! 

So now I can get back to making things on my to do list!  It is alway good to have a little crafty interlude with a side project!  I am inspired to keep making pompoms, and am thinking some pompom garlands would be a nice addition to my stall instead! :)

Have you made anything completely just for fun, to try out an idea that won't leave your head?

Have a great day, talk soon! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

weekly stills...

1+2. My little bottle project is all finished!  These are sitting above the desk where I use the computer, so nice to see such colourful things in my shadow box!  I'll be taking them to the next market, but I really don't mind if they don't sell!

3+4. Ranunculus from the garden, I love their petal overload and the amazing colours they come in.  I thought they looked great on my new tablecloth.

5. Dealing with the washing. Sigh.  It's never ending.

6.  I've been doing a boot more on this blanket this week too, think I will try and finish it this week. 
(Except I have got myself distracted by a cute idea that I just had to try out this afternoon, you know how that goes, and I think it is going to work! yay! But more on that later. :) )

How has your week been?

Joining in with The Beetle Shack this week.

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Friday finds #21

Well it is a friday again and I have my etsy finds for the week all ready to go, I'm starting to notice cute stuff that would be good for present giving, it is coming to that time of year rather quickly!

Anyway, here they are! 

1.There are lots of cute crochet patterns at studionyske, I liked how the animals also have clothes you could make too, a lovely hand made present for a little one me thinks!

2. Sticking with the soft toy theme, PalomaEsona makes some very sweet softies like Lilou and Filou here, aren't they adorable!  and they come all packaged up in their own bag too.

3. pinknounou is a shop full of gorgeous fabric makes including toys, cushions and little pouches like this 'think happy' one, I like the sentiment! :)

4. Another amazing soft toy shop, BigStuffed makes these beautiful furry creatures with a leaning towards sea creatures like this cuddly whale, lots of different things to check out in this shop.

5. I love the mini moggies that mod flowers make, they are so cute! I love the bright retro fabric she uses and their expressive little faces. :) Perfect for the cat lover in your life (and don't we all seem to have one of those!)

6. Rebecca Stoner is the talented designer behind  RebeccaStonerDesigns, her shop is full of lovely stationery and art prints, I love these note cards, they could be used for all sorts of occasions.


Well that's it for today, I gave you an extra find as a little bonus for missing my etsy post last week, so 6 finds instead of 5 for today!

What have you got planned for the weekend, some thing fun I hope! 
We might take a day trip to Philip Island for fish and chips on the beach......have to see what the boys are up to, it would be nice to do a family outing, they are quite rare these days! 

Have a good one!
Talk soon! 


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Handmade Christmas Making......

Hello, how are you going today? 
I am having a good day, nothing special, just food shopping and general housey things, but I like days like this.

Firstly, I'd like to thank you for the lovely comments on my last post and your ideas for reinvigorating   bloggy energy.  I think I will just continue to blog when I can and not worry too much if it's not everyday, I think I am too casual for anything like a formal schedule, so this blog is just going to go with the flow, the same approach I take to most aspects of my life.  Thank you all for your continued interest in Little Woollie, I have a few new ideas to try out over the next few months so I'll see how that goes. :)

Well, suddenly Christmas doesn't seem that far away, (eek, nearly November!) and once again I am finding myself tossing up how much of a handmade Christmas I'll be able to achieve.  I'd love to make some of the gifts for my family this year, I don't think I'll worry to much about all the boys I have to buy for, they are not really into handmade stuff, but I could do some baking for them, they do love a homemade bikkie or 2.

I am thinking that cute crochet washers and a nice piece of soap would be a nice little gift for my friends, I like making the washers so they should be fun to make.
I am doing a couple of markets between now and Christmas, so I am also trying to make some things that would be good presents for people to buy, maybe for teachers or other people we get little gifts for at this time of year.

So I have been making these little milk jar covers in multicoloured stripes, I think they look so cute in a group!  These jars make good small vases and you could pick a posy of flowers and give a cute jar of flowers to your favourite teacher, or you could stick a nice candle in one for a candleholder, or you could fill it with some bright coloured fine liners for a cute pen holder.......or you could fill a shadow box with different patterned one for a very cute wall display!  

These small milk bottles can be picked up cheaply from 2 dollar shops, or you could keep your eyes open for interesting shaped bottle and recycle bottles that are finished in the kitchen, I think a little collection of different shaped and sized bottles with there cute colourful cover would be a lovely present! Cute and thrifty, gotta love that!

.....I just had to pick a few ranunculus from the garden and colour match them to their vase....

.....and a couple more gratuitous flower shots, just because I can't get enough of their gorgeous colours.........

So, are you making any presents this year?  
I am going to make a few decorations too.

Have you been following the Handmade Christmas posts over at One Crafty Mumma?  Mel is one organised girl!  She has lots of ideas and links for handmade things this year, I am getting on board a little late, but there is still lots of time to get making!

During the week I will have a look around the internet and see what Christmas decorations I can find and share with you all next week.

Have you got any handmade ideas for Christmas this year, any secret crafty plans?
Have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

weekly stills....

1. It's freesia time in my garden, Yay!! I say bring it on! 
If there's a better smelling flower out there I'd love to know, freesia scent is divine! :)

2. A blurry shot of part of my stall on the weekend, (I remembered to take my good camera, but forgot to put the sim card in it!  Doh!  So this is from my phone that is showing it's age now.)
I had a lovely day and it was so nice to  meet more readers of this blog!  I'll be doing this market again in November, I am looking forward to it already.

3. Last week seemed to be dominated by granny square bunting!  
Happy to be making something else for awhile.

4 +5. Some hits of colour from my Spring garden, the roses are in bloom, and it looks like a good year for roses around here, and the bearded iris are full of flower spikes that are beginning to open.  I think this purple and white one is very hardy, I divided up a few big clumps last year and it seems they were all this colour, I now have shots of purple popping up all around my garden, lovely! 
I am hoping for a few other colours to flower soon too.

6. I am noticing little piles of yarn ends all around my house.  I hadn't really noticed how messy I am when I am working, but I do tend to spread through out the whole house if these yarny droppings are anything to go by! :) ( I started looking around for more and found 8 more little piles at strategic places throughout the house! Must be a bit tidier!!)

7. Making little bottle vase covers at the moment, more to come on these later. :)


So, I feel like I have been neglecting this little blog over the last few weeks, I haven't spent much time on the computer, and when I have been on it I have just been dropping in quickly and buzzing off again, no time to interact properly.  Hopefully life will slow down a bit and I will be able to get a few posts up on here this week, that is the plan anyway!
A few of the blogs I like to check in on every now and again are stopping blogging, it is a shame as these are lovely  places to visit on the internet, but I do understand how they feel! Sometimes I feel like there is nothing more to say on here, and that Little Woollie has run it's course and is getting quite predictable and a bit boring.  Maybe it is time for a break, there don't seem to be enough hours in the day for all the stuff I'd like to do anyway!   

Do you lovely readers have any tips for getting out of a rut and reinvigorating yourselves?
If you blog, how do you keep up your interest and come up with things to blog about?
Do you think editorial calendars work, does it make 
you a more disciplined blogger (as in frequency)? 

I could use a few new ideas :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Granny bunting all finished!


How are you all today, my crafty friends!

I am in count down to my market on Saturday, so I have been madly finishing off some crochet makes.  This is how the pile of granny squares that I showed you last week turned out, colourful, fluttering, bunting! 

A few of you have asked what bunting is, it is just little flaggy type things hanging off a string, I wonder if there are different names for it it other countries.  
These are my granny buntings, I think they are looking lovely and Spring-like in my flowering cherry amongst the blossom.  
How lucky am I that the trees are blossoming at the perfect time for this little photo sessions!:)

I am not even that worried if I don't sell any of this, I think I could just let it hang in the trees and make my garden a happy place.  It will be nice to hang it for birthdays and Christmas too, (who am I kidding, once I put these pretties up they won't be coming down for a while! :))
I am planning a very colourful, cheerful stall, I think these will fit the brief quite well.

I am very happy with how these turned out, simple, yet colourful and joyous, I plan to give them a little blocking to square them up a bit and then I have have to think how to package them, I don't think I will have space to hang them all over my stall, maybe 1 or 2, but I am thinking some cute way of packaging the others would be good.  I do have an idea in my head, I just hope I don't run out of time!
I am planning a very colourful, cheerful stall, I think these will fit the brief quite well.

Have you got any crafty plans for the day?  
Hopefully I will have some more Finished Stuff to show you tomorrow, there is nothing like a deadline to get me moving!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

5 Friday Finds #20 (on a Saturday!)

Hello everyone!

Well I have missed my Friday finds by a day, yesterday just didn't have enough hours in it!  So You are getting Friday finds on a Saturday instead, so sorry for this slackness, I will definitely get back on track next week!
Anyway, I have decided to show you a few finds this week picked from the finalists in the Etsy Design Awards, there are a lot of beautiful talented people out there doing their own special things, and creating fantastic stuff!  
There are over 50 finalists in various categories, that is a lot of beautiful shops to check out!

 Quite a few of the finalists I have featured here before, so today I thought I'd show you 5 lovely shops that all would love your vote in the Design Awards.


1. Cath and Neil from mybeardedpigeon makes fabulous map cushions, and wall decor.  No matter what part of the world you are looking for, I think mybeardedpigeon will have you covered with maps from all corners of the globe.  Gorgeous things!


2. Brianna Peterson from  MrsPetersonPottery makes beautiful pottery and handmade porcelain jewellery, I love these cloud pendants, just amazing! 


3. Mel Boyd from FizzyLimeCreative makes fabulous woven wall hangings and lampshades, aren't they great!  I'd love one of these for my place, lots of lovely colours in this shop too!


4.Amanda Burnett from  LittlePaperClouds makes paper dolls and custom portraits in a whimsical quirky style, these watercolour dolls are very individual and lovely! 


5. Yvette De Lacy from MountainClay makes beautiful ceramics, I love this spoon set, she also has some lovely landscape cups that are beautiful! 


If you would like to check out the other finalists in the Australian Etsy Design Awards, 
have a look over here.

Good luck to all the finalists, they all deserve a prize for being awesome I think!

So what have you got planned for the rest of the weekend, anything fun?  

Talk soon!

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