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. :)

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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!


Hellooo!

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!


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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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

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

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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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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Granny bunting making......


Hello there!  How has your week been going?  Good I hope!  
Have you been making anything fun?

I have been busy making granny squares in lots of gorgeous colour combinations to make some granny buntings, well, my version of granny square bunting anyway.  I have been quite productive and speedy for me, I usually seem to take a long time to amass a nice pile of squares, but this week they have grown pretty fast! 

I stacked  them all together and then spent quite a lot of time admiring the way all the colours worked together in little slices and glimpses, something about this really pleased me and made me very happy!  So of course I had to take a heap of photos so I could remember it and look at it later whenever I need a little colour fix.  So that is why you are seeing all these pictures of stacked squares, it is all quite self indulgent really!
I think they look a bit like a fat colourful caterpillar.  I am thinking there are a few colour combos here that would look great as a skinny stripe blanket too!

Anyway, I am in a bit of a tizz getting things made for an exciting market that I am having a stall at on Saturday 18th October.  It is the first one for the season at Emu Plains Market, held about 5 minutes from here at the Balnarring Racecourse.  I love this market, it is set under the gum trees and has lots of stalls, I have been as a shopper last season, but this is my first market stall there with my Little Woollie Makes things! Eek!  I hope it goes ok! 
I am taking along a bit of a mini yarn stall too, just in case my stall looks empty with too few crochet makes, I will have yarn for sale as well.  Come and say hello if you are down this way, I'd love to meet you! (that was the best part of the last market, meeting some readers of this blog!)

I really enjoyed doing the Nanna Cool Market in Chelsea last month, the feedback was so encouraging and everybody was so nice, this one is much bigger so I hope I don't get too lost in the crowd!


Now I have to crochet all these squares into lines of bunting, I thought it would be a quick job, but I did one piece this afternoon (16 squares), and it took about 10 times longer than I had anticipated! 
So that is how I will be spending tomorrow I think, and hopefully I will have more pretty pictures of some finished bunting.  I know it's been around for a while, and probably done to death, but I still love a bit of bunting fluttering on a Spring day!





Okay, I had better go and get started on those buntings, I might be able to cross a couple off my to do list tonight if I am good!

See you later!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

weekly stills.....










weekly stills.......a bit of a colour hit for you this week.

1. My pile of washers grows, I'm loving all the Cascade cotton colours.

2+3. I cleaned up my sideboard yesterday, I got rid of all the papers and other crap that seems to get dumped on there, and now I can see all my cute things! Yay!

4. Making granny squares today for some Spring bunting for my stall in a couple of weeks, fun! 

5+6.  Spring garden lovelies. Tulips are flowering!  I have some beautiful colours growing this year, one of my favs are these gorgeous dark purple 'Queen of the Night', so lovely.  I have grown the parrot tulips for the first time this year and I am in love with their over the top frilly bits!   Definitely going on my list to plant again next year.

7. My veggie patch looks a bit jungle like at the moment, some serious attention needed in there if I am going to get the summer stuff planted.

8. Poppy love.  Another favourite flowering at the moment.

9. Loving all the colours in these tins and crochet stuff.  



What's happening in your world at the moment?

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Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Friday Finds #19

Hi there! So it's Friday again already!  
I am still trying to get back into some normal routines, the school holidays are just about over so next week I think things will return to a more regular rhythm. And October has snuck up on me too!  I am thinking it is time to get cracking on some Christmas crafting, I think there is around 12 weeks to Christmas and I know how these weeks fly by!   Anyone else planning anything handmade this year? I am joining in with a Handmade Christmas Challenge, but I think I will do a proper post on it next week.

So anyway, here are my Etsy finds for this week!
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1. I like to have a little browse through the crochet category and see what catches my eye, this quirky fox is from VendulkaM isn't he cute!  There are heaps of very cute patterns in Vendulka's shop, lots of crochet fun here!
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2.These little purses with hand painted birds are from Bo at lazy doll, there are also lots of different purses and phone covers, lots of lovely fabrics used too.
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3.iManuFatti is a shop full of very cute patterns for things made of felt, like these toadstools.  Manu sells her original designs and also finished cute stuff,  I think I might make a few of these for the Christmas tree!
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4. I love the toys and woodland softies at WoodlandTale, the shop of the very clever Kate Gurskaja, she makes gorgeous things like these embroidered raccoons, so cute!
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5. Jane Farnham is a surface designer and sells her beautiful work in her shop JaneFarnham, I love her stationery designs and the little notebooks that she sells, you can never have too many notebooks! 
These greeting cards are lovely! 
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So that's it for another week, I hope you have a great weekend! 
I am hoping to get a bit of crochet done and we are having friends around for lunch on Sunday, I think I will set it up outside if the weather is ok, the garden is starting to look quite lush and colourful, so it will be nice to enjoy some time out there, our first Spring lunch party of the season!

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