Thursday, March 26, 2015

Some things this week






1. Mum and I had another lovely day at Emu Plains Market last weekend, I had lots of dangling things in my stall this time,  I thought it looked pretty all flapping in the breeze. 

2. I made some crochet flower trim, I think I will try this in a finer thread next time as this one has turned out fairly chunky, I wonder if it will fall apart if I cut it into smaller lengths.

3. Pom-poms were being made the other night to decorate a creative swap I am taking part in over on Instagram.  I love how this variegated wool made them look all speckled, a little bit like fireworks.  I think I will make some big ones of these to decorate my shop :) 

4.....And here are my swap presents all wrapped and ready to send, I have felt a little bit of pressure to make my parcels look pretty as there is a very high standard of wrapping going on in this swap!! I don't want to be the one who disappoints her recipient!  

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My new wool studio is coming along nicely, the plaster walls are going up tomorrow I think, so I will do a post on the weekend and show you all the progress, it is exciting!  I have just placed an order for some new yarns for the shop in anticipation of all the extra space, I have over 50 colours of Cascade 220 Superwash coming next week and some lovely painted cottons too,  looking forward to setting everything up!  Next on the wishlist are some Noro yarns and some new Debbie Bliss too, hope the bank balance stretches that far! :) 
And I have finally conquered my newsletter fear, I wasn't happy with my first go at making my newsletter, so ditched it and redid the tutorials and had another go, and I think this one is a lot better, so will be sending it out soon!  :) 

What have you been up to this week? 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 Friday Finds #34

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Hello there! 
 So how has your weekend been?
I'd like to thank you all for the lovely comments you left me about the Big Heart Blanket, I really appreciate all your kindness and encouragement, you guys rock! :) xxxx
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 I have my Etsy Finds for this week!



1. I am loving the Sunday Shawl by Alia at TheLittleBeeNZ, I've seen it made in a heap of different colour schemes on Instagram and they all look fabulous!   Definitely on my to do list! :) 
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2. How cute are these softies made by Sally Nencini and sold in her shop SallyNencini, they look so soft and cuddly!  Sally also makes beautiful lambswool blankets in gorgeous patterns, and lots of other lambswool toys too! Well worth a look. :) 
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3. Michelle Galletta is the talented embroidery artist behind kirikipress, I love her animal doll kits, just the thing for an embroidery fan, aren't they lovely, and there are lots of other cute animals to choose from, I also liked the fiesta cat :) 
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4. I am loving these raindrop dessert plates from CeramicaBotanica, the shop of ceramicist Susan Rodriguez, the colours and shape are just so lovely, there are lots of other beautiful pieces in this shop.  I really like the bold patterns and the use of lots of colour. :) 
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5. Just in case you need something super cute for Easter, these egg cosies are available from imali a shop full of pretty things :)
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So that's it for another week or so! 
Have you got much happening this week?

I will be working on my new wool room, it's now too far away from being finished! Yay! The plaster is going on this week and then I will be able to paint it and get the flooring done, Very exciting.  I think I'll do a post on how it's looking so you can see what I am talking about! 

Have a great day/night! 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Big Heart Blanket - Tadah!


Hello!  How is your week going, good I hope!  

I have been to a funeral today, which always leaves me feeling rather flat and emotionally drained, so I am here to share some bright and colourful pictures as a little antidote to the sads. 

I hope you are all not too sick of seeing this blanket, it is finally all together and totally complete! Yay!   
I think this was one of my most enjoyable make of recent times, I love using this cotton and the colours just seemed to work together so nicely, it was a really fun crochet time. 
I am thinking of making another one in  cool pastels of mauves, lilacs, pinks and mints, I think that would be lovely too! 
And the sewing together went quite smoothly which was good, I was worried it would look messy, but I think it has gone together quite neatly! 







....a few people were wondering what the back looks like, so here is a picture of the front (above) and the back (below), as you can see there is not a lot of difference, just the seam is a little more noticeable on the back. :)  You've gotta love tapestry crochet for that, it makes a great reversible fabric! 


So that is a wrap for the Big Heart Blanket!  Thanks for all the nice comments you have left recently, I really do appreciate all the kind support I receive over here on the blog and also on Instagram, everyone is so super nice!!! :) 

One other thing, I have actually written up this pattern and finished loading it onto my Ravelry store, so I now have a grand total of 2 patterns for sale over there! lol.  
Here is the link to Ravelry if you are interested to have a go at one of these yourself! I don't think it is available to the UK at the moment, I have to have a look at how to do that with the new tax laws over there.


Talk soon! 
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

5 Friday Finds #33

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  Hello! 
I'm running behind again with my Friday Finds, haven't quite got there till today and it's Sunday!  Possibly I should not have put Friday in the title of these posts, it seems I have trouble sticking to the weekly schedule! 

Anyway, better late than never I guess, so here they are! 
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1. I am loving the modern vibe of these gorgeous crocheted ice-creams and watermelon cushions from Adele at  ThreeBeansinaPod, lovely for a cute addition to a bedroom or couch.  Adele also has a pattern for an amazing "mono spot' modern baby blanket in her shop. :) 
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2. WindandWillowHome is a lovely shop full of wooden bowls and vessels like these great little succulent planters and neon painted salad bowls.  Araya is the creative talent behind this very hip shop! 
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3.Nadia and Tania are the clever ladies at PhilominaKloss who makes these sweet teddies with loads of personality! :)  Lots of cuties to be found here! 
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4.  I love the idea of the 'Instant Comfort Pocket Box' found at kimslittlemonsters, what a nice thing to give to someone needing a little cheering up ! 
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5.  Emily Martin is the artist at theblackapple, her gorgeous prints and illustrations are available here, as well as these beautiful postcard sets.  I think I may have featured Emily's shop before, but I just love her work! :) 
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6. And just because I love speckled yarn so much, I am adding a sixth find this week, Amanda Perkins at LambyToesShop has lots of lovely speckled yarns that would knit the most amazing socks!!  Look at the colours in these skeins! Swoon! 
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Well that's it for today, I am going to try and get back here a bit more often this week, I feel like I am neglecting my little blog at the moment, life has become quite hectic and the weeks are flying by!
I do have things I'd like to blog about, it is just making the time to post it on here! 

Thanks so much for visiting, talk soon! 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Colour and some other things.....


Hello there!
How was your weekend?

We had a long weekend here, so it kind of feels like a Monday to me today.  We had a fairly relaxed couple of days, I got quite a lot of crochet time which is always nice.  Our middle son had a bit of a party on Sunday night, just because he could, so we had a dozen or so 16 year olds at our place, needless to say it was a late night!

I have been making washers for my market in a couple weeks, you are probably sick of seeing pictures of these heart washers, but they are what I am making at the moment. :)   I decided that little heart flags made into bunting might be quite cute, so have been using up left over bits of cotton to make these little rectangle heart pieces.  I hope it looks cute once I have crocheted them onto a string and done an edge, in my head it does!

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I saw something on Instagram that has really inspired me to want to get my knitting out again.  One of my favourite blogs is 'Do you mind if i knit' by the amazingly talented Vanessa Cabban, I was so sad to hear that she died tragically late last year, and there have been a few projects I have noticed pop up in her honour and remembering her.
One of these is the totally gorgeous Remembering Vanessa Cowl KAL by Christina Wall.  I am so inspired to give this a go!  Vanessa's beautiful fairisle knitting always caught my eye and I think this is a lovely way to pay respect to such a creative multi talented woman.   
Definitely putting this on my to do list.
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Another beautiful colourful  project that I 'd like to try is this very cute baby cardigan by Vicarno, so rainbowy and sweet!  This is crocheted too, so should be a fairly quick make.  
Also on the to do list. :)
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I am also thinking I should make a bunny for the Mirabel Easter toy appeal, I only have a few days left so have better get cracking!  Pip has lots of info  over at Meet me at Mikes if you have time to whip up some cute bunnyness for some deserving little person. 
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Sorry for the bitsy post today, I kind of feel that is how my brain is working at the moment, hopping from one thing to another, I am a bit all over the place! :) 


Anyway, have a great day, talk soon! 
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Friday, March 6, 2015

5 Friday finds #32

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Hello! How are you going this fine morning? 
It's time for another 5 Friday Etsy finds!
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1. I like to check in on  pomadour24  every now and again and see what lovely Japanese crochet books are on offer, lots of gorgeous, inspiring titles as usual! 
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2.These super cute bunnies from the fabulous rosieok, would be perfect for an Easter treat with out all the chocolate!  I love Rosie's crochet critters, so colourful and happy!
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3. MarinskiHandmades makes these lovely ceramics,  lots of gorgeous things to be found here! :) 
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4. These beautiful rag dolls are part of the new 2015 range from milipa, I love their simple style, so lovely!  Lots of other cute things to be seen in this shop! 
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5.EloiseRenouf is the shop of Eloise Renouf, a talented artist who makes these beautiful prints with a  abstract, stylised feel.  I love the simple beauty of these images, lovely shapes and colour combinations. 

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And that is it for today!  

Have great weekend, talk next week! 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hearts and dahlias



Hello! How was your weekend, good I hope.
We had a good one, I managed to make some good progress on my new blanket that I am calling my Big Hearted Blankie.  I am hoping to have this finished next week at some stage.  The plan is to write up a pattern for this one and get it out on Ravelry as soon as I can. 
I thought my stripes of hearts looked very colourful all rolled up, I love looking at colour sandwiches like this!




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We went to the Victorian State Dahlia Show the other day, I really love dahlias and want to get more colours in garden next year. There were so many gorgeous showy blooms it was a sight to behold.  I had a good chat with the dahlia people, it always amazes me how people with a passion are so good to talk to about their interest, so generous with their knowledge, I always find their enthusiasm rubbing off on me and I want to experience their level of interest, no wonder I have so many hobbies! Anyway, I bought a few new colours for my garden and am going to go down to a huge dahlia farm  outside Geelong in a few weeks where you can see masses of varieties in bloom and order them for the next season.  I am feeling a bit inspired by my garden at the moment, have to keep chipping away at my jungle while the motivation lasts! :) 


.....a room full of colour.....


....love these spidery ones at the front.......


........I love this peachy coral coloured one, I will be looking to get a few in these shades I think......


,.......these are the  humble offering from my garden this week, I love the red and white one, I must remember to divide this one in a few months! 

So, what have you been up to lately? 
Have you got a heap of hobbies vying for your time like me?


Bye for now! 
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