Friday, August 29, 2014

5 Friday Finds #14

Hello! I hope you are having a great day! 
It's time for another 5 Friday Finds!  
Let's get straight into what I have spotted on Etsy this week.

1.I love the crochet work by Jenn of ColornCream fame, she uses such great colours, and her shop is lovely too. Isn't this a gorgeous baby blanket, she also has patterns for sale as well as some beautiful cushions.

2.Olena from MyBookmark sells these quirky leg bookmarks, I love this wicked witch of the West one, how funny! 

3.There are some beautiful things at robinandmould, including this very cute cat cushion!  I love the look of the screen printed images, so bold and simple, there is something lovely and Scandi about them.

4.  Laurel Begley makes these beautiful mushroom salt cellars at her shop lbegley, just gorgeous!!  Also love her little plates too! 

5.MULKLOVES is a shop full of cool geometric patterned stationery, I like these notebooks, I seem to have many notebooks on the go to capture ideas when ever they hit me.  I can always use another one though! 

Ok , that's all for today, I am off to get some crochet done!  I have ended up spending most of the day moving furniture around to try and create a more spacious feel to our family room, I love changing things around when no one else is home to tell me not to! :)

Have a lovely weekend peeps,  I can't think of anything we have planned at the moment, so I think we will be having a nice cruisey one! 


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A bit of babble....

Hello!  How has your week been going?  Good, I hope.

We have been treated to a week of glorious weather here in Melbourne, it's been quite warm with clear watery blue skies and crisp nights, just lovely!  The sun has been streaming in our windows and onto my little work table, it's almost like Spring has arrived!  I am sure we will return to cold, wet days soon, but in the meantime I am making the most of the great days.  
The garden has been getting some attention, weeding and mulching has begun, and I am almost enthused enough to tackle the veggie patch.  Maybe next week.
I have decided to try and finish off a lot of 75% completed projects that I have squirrelled away in different places around the house.  I could probably stock 3 market stalls with all the unfinished things I have on the go! lol
I rediscovered these stars that need sewing together. Tomorrow I am going to sew them up and hey presto I'll have 7 little stars to add to my flower tree on my stall! Yay! 
Next up will be edging for harlequin and cloud washcloths.  Hopefully I will have a nice pile of finished things to show you next week.

Tomorrow Gary is taking the boys to the snow for a day of skiing, so I will have the house to myself till late in the evening.  I wonder if it's a bad thing to stay in my pyjamas and crochet all day :)  I'm only joking, I'm sure I'll get dressed at some stage! lol. 
I probably should spend the day cleaning up our house, it seems I have completely lost control of the housework, we are living in a big mess and I just can't find the motivation to do a lot about it!  I think I'll try and wash the windows and floor.  One thing with all the sun at the moment is that I can see how dirty our windows are!  You never know, I could wake up full of purpose and achieve heaps tomorrow, yes that is what I'll do!  
But then again, it might be another beautiful day and I might just spend the day soaking up the sun!

On a complete tangent, I have discovered the joys of Instagram!  I know I'm late to the party, I opened an account ages ago then didn't do anything with it, but recently I have learnt how to 'do' Instagram and wow all the crochet over there!!  
Like I need another screen thing to spend my time on!!  :) lol   
I am littlewoollie over there if you want to say hello, I have to edit my profile and write something but I will do that soon, I have found a few names I recognise, I think I'll just mooch around the edges till I find my feet.  Still figuring out all the hashtags and commenting and what not.......

Anyway, what do you have planned for tomorrow?  
Have you had nice weather where you are?  
Are you a good housekeeper, or more sporadic like me?  
Are you into Instagram too?

Sorry for the rambling post, I'm sure I'll have something more interesting to chat about soon! :)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly stills....

Weekly stills.

1. First daffys from the garden for the year. Spring is on it's way!

2. I think I've mentioned a few times (!!!) Nanna Cool Market is coming up in a couple of weeks, it's the first time I've done a proper market in ages!  Just got to hand these around to people now and spread the word!

3. Canola fields, they always amaze me with their colour.

4. I received some lovely snail mail recently, I had forgotten how thrilling it is to get things other than bills in the mail.

5. I am yet to unravel the mysterious workings of this machine, but I am determined to master it.  I can see some serious time spent with this old girl! 

How was your week? 

Joining up with the Beetle Shack again.

Friday, August 22, 2014

5 Friday Finds #13

Hello! Thanks for all the lovely comments I have received this week about my market makes, I really appreciate your support and kindness! It is so nice being part of a community that gets you! :)  

Today I have my Friday Finds from Etsy, so in no particular order here they are! 

1.catrabbitplush is the very quirky, beautiful shop belonging to the highly talented maker Cat Rabbit. Her things are so unique and lovely.  Look at this adorable alpaca, all hand made by Cat, so clever!

2. Keramikka is the shop for ceramicist Elizabeth Pechacek, her work is very interesting and layered, I have a soft spot for gorgeous ceramics, and I love this cup and her other vessels.
3. I don't usually look at clothes on Etsy, but the colours and patterns at sheliacouture caught my eye this week and I had to share them!  I love this raindrop jumper, the colours are beautiful! So cute!  I also like the cloudy day jumper too, and the watermelon pips one, actually they are all kind of lovely!

4.I am sure a lot of you would have seen the lovely toys created with the african flower motif by Heidi of  heidibears, I really like this sweet bird pattern.  There are lots of other animals to create using the same motif, the birds were her 10th design!

5. Tevhide of otto bags makes divine bags and backpacks like this gorgeous teal one, I think this is going on my wish list!  

6. Stacie Swift of StacieSwift shop is an illustrator  who has created a beautiful range of products including cards, notebooks and prints, I love her style and simplicity, this "birds and bunting' print is so lovely!

So that's it for this week, I had so many to gorgeous things to choose from that I decided to add a bonus find this week so you get 6 finds! :)

Have a great weekend, hopefully I will be madly crocheting so I will have lots of little makes to show you next week.  Although, we are going to a friend's place for a dinner party tomorrow night and I could end up spending Sunday nursing a sore head if I'm not careful!  Must keep myself nice! :)

Hope you have a fun one too. 


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

little boots

Hello.  How is your week going? 
I am being quite productive on the crochet front, which is a good thing!  
I have been making some cute little booties for my market stall.  I just realised I have only got 16 days till it's on and am thinking I won't have time to make everything I'd like to, but I will give it my best shot! 
Anyway, these are fun to make and I think they are really sweet boots for little feet.  I think they have a bit of a gypsy feel to them. 

I am using a pattern by Mamachee called Galilee boots, and it is very well written and easy to do.  I bought it from her shop on Etsy over here if you are interested.
My only problem is that they are made in worsted weight yarn that is apparently very easy to come by in the US, however here in Australia there is quite a limited range of colour available in this weight.  I am having trouble finding nice colours, but I have tried to made the most of the colours I have found, they still look cute I think.  
I am trying to do some boyish colours and some more girlish ones too, although I would love to get some nice strong pastels to play with, I don't know if that will happen.
Ok, I had better go and weave in all the ends that I have stuffed in the toes for this photo! 

Have you been making anything today? 


Monday, August 18, 2014

To market, to market

Many thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post, it seems many people have been touched by the kindness of their communities too, which is fantastic!

This week I am hoping  to get back in the swing of crafty things as I have signed up for a stall at a new market (to me), to be held in early September, so I had better get cracking! 
The market is called Nanna Cool and is fairly local to me, being held in Chelsea about 40minutes from here.  So if you are anywhere near Chelsea or the Mornington Peninsula on September 6th come and say hello! 

Anyway, I have been making these dangly flowers to take to the market, I think they will add a nice colour hit to my stall, and they are fun to make!
I am using my flower pattern from here to make these, and having fun mixing colours from the lovely selection of Cascade Ultra Pima I got in my shop last week.  So many choices !! 

I have written a list of things I'd like to make for this market, plus there are lots of half made things around my work room that need finishing, so I hope I have enough stuff to make the stall look good.
I am thinking of making it a bit of a pop-up wool shop too, I am going to bring along some bright beautiful yarns to inspire everyone to get out their hooks and needles.  It is always nice to be able to feel the yarns before you buy, one of the drawbacks of having an online shop.

It is very dull here today, so sorry for the dark photos, I have few more flowers to finish off ( I am trying to make one for every branch on my tree) and then I will try and take some better photos to show off my flower tree properly! It should look good. 

What are you up to today?  Got any crafty action happening?

Talk soon! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The kindness of community

Hello,  This is a bit of a departure from my usual crafty posts, but I real want to get these thoughts down while they are fresh! Be warned it is a bit wordy!

Last night we attended a fundraiser for my brother in law at our local hall.  It was an amazing night for many reasons.  Around 150 family, friends, neighbours, workmates and local business people all came together to support Michael and Clare and their trip to Russia for Michael's MS treatment.  

This morning I have been thinking a lot about how great it is to be part of a community.

It is so easy these days to feel overwhelmed by terrible things happening to people all around the world.  I think that by acting on a local level, in our own little communities, spreading kindness and practically helping someone you know or are acquainted with, is a powerful way to spread goodwill and to counterbalance the helpless feeling you get when reading the daily news. 

Everybody that attended our function last night not only had a fun social time but also came with a purpose to help Michael and Clare, whether by practically doing things on the night, financially supporting the fundraiser, donating goods and services, or emotionally supporting them just by sending goodwill and love.  I have to tell you, there was a lot of love in the room!
It really gave me hope for the human race.  

Imagine if everyone could get together to help people in their local communities who need a hand, or even just say hello to each other.  The random act of kindness between people at a local level has never been such an important human interaction, to put a smile on someone's face makes both parties feel good.  There have been many times while organising Michael's functions that the kindness of strangers in our community has amazed us, people really are great.

I think by acting in our communities, at a local level that is real and tangible, our faith in each other can be strengthened and restored. It is so easy to lose faith in the human race when faced with violence and terrible news.   Yes, bad things are happening that are out of our control, but by focussing on the good, helpful, thoughtful, considerate, and kind things that are going on in our local worlds, we can counterpoint the despair.  The ripple effect of goodwill has to be a powerful thing, I think it gives us hope that we can make a positive difference in peoples' lives.

Last night was about more than just raising money, it was about kindness, generosity and the goodwill of a group of people from all walks of life, spreading love and supporting a common cause. It was about building connections and being part of a community.  And we all had a fun time doing it! 

It is a great feeling to contribute to an evening where everyone goes away feeling good.  There are still a lot of problems in the world but we were able to help our friend/relative/workmate to solve one of his.  It is empowering.  People really are ace.  I am an optimist and I am feeling good about our little part of the world today !

Ok that's the end of my little happy rant.  :) 
I hope you have had an inspiring/ fun/interesting weekend too!