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! 


Friday, August 15, 2014

5 Friday Finds #12

Hello! How has your week been? Good I hope! 
Mine has been pretty busy, I can't believe it's Friday already, wasn't it Tuesday yesterday?
And I am late with this post as well!  Oh well, hopefully next week will run a bit slower and I might be able to catch my breath.

Anyway, I have found some lovely things for my 5 friday finds this week............

1. This is another gorgeous crochet project from Dragana of DadasPlace. She has released her first PDF pattern for this flower cushion, so pretty!  I think this might have to go on my to do list!

2.I love the shop of  AnnaWiscombe, she makes beautiful wooden products like these lovely wildflowers, so charming!  Love her gorgeous wall birds as well!  And her necklaces ! 
(Pretty much everything in here is divine actually!)

3. I have been a fan of Flor's shop sweet bestiary  for a while now and have been waiting patiently for her to restock her shop, which she has done recently. Yippee!  You may have noticed I have a soft spot for miniatures, and I really love all of Flor's creations. 
Just so darn cute!  What a talented lady. xxxxxxx

4. I couldn't go past this ball of lusciousness from MissKnitYarns, Rosie create beautiful yarns like this one called Ruby Revealed, just lots of love for this!!  

5. I highly recommend a visit to Sandra Eterovic's shop SandraEterovic, it is full of beautiful eclectic things, from knitting patterns ( I love the rags to riches scarf) to sculptures to gorgeous prints of her artwork, so much loveliness here. I love her series of portraits including this one called 'Lady and Flowers', they are really special.  Love her greeting cards too!

So that's it for today, we have a big night tomorrow, my sister Clare and brother-in-law Michael are hosting a fundraising night to raise money to get Michael to Moscow (Mick to Moscow) where he has been accepted for treatment for his MS (multiple sclerosis).   They have a treatment there that is not offered in Australia, but seems to be having good results for other MS sufferers.  He is only 37 so if they can help him at all it would be fantastic.  
So anyway, we are off to a big auction night and party, it should be fun.  We have a bit of a Russian theme going, so think vodka shots and Russian dancing!

My blogging has taken a bit of a back seat this week even though I actually have quite a lot of crafty things to share, I have been helping Clare get organised for the big night, next week should be back to normal.  

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?  
Or are you relaxing and recharging your batteries?

Talk soon!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cascade Ultra Pima - new in the shop, yarn love!

Hello! How is you week going? There seems to be a lot happening around here, this week is going to be a busy one for me, I have lots to share with you all!  

Last week while I was off on my road trip, my order of Cascade Ultra Pima arrived from the USA.  
To say I was happy is a bit of an under statement!  I have been eagerly awaiting this delivery, it was my first time ordering from overseas and I was a little apprehensive about dealing with customs and the like.  But it was actually a breeze in the end.  I don't know why I am so timid and afraid to deal with things outside my comfort zone, things are usually easier than I anticipate!  
The moral of the story is to stop procrastinating and just have a go. 

Anyway, I now have a beautiful stock of Ultra Pima cotton in my shop!  I have been frustrated by the lack of good cotton colour ranges available here in Australia, you know I like my colours bright, bold, pastel and varied! ( there are some lovely cottons, but they don't come in many colours) I  am thrilled with the huge colour range in the Ultra Pima.  I have 31 colours for sale!  And I have already earmarked some more purples and deep colours to extend my range in my next order.  

...look at all these beautiful cool colours! Swoon! .......

Have you ever used Cascade Ultra Pima? It is a very lush yarn! I made my hearts washcloth from it and found it lovely to crochet with, I like that it is an 8ply yarn, and comes in big 100g hanks, making a nice sturdy fabric quite quickly, but still has a great softness and slight sheen to the finish.  And have I mentioned the colours? :)  If you have any questions about this beautiful cotton, please feel free to ask!

So in short, I am very happy to announce new stock in my shop, Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, I spent yesterday uploading photos and product descriptions so it is all good to go, have a look over here if you are interested! 
Maybe you would like to visit my shop Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store and see what other yarns I have for sale, slowly my range is growing!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has ordered yarn from my shop, I do so appreciate you supporting my little corner of the internet, and will keep trying to improve my shop with interesting yarns and other goodies for you all. I love being a shopkeeper and wouldn't be able to do this without my gorgeous customers, so thank you all so much!

I will be back tomorrow to introduce my new friend Martha the (knitting) machine!  I think we are going to have some fun together, I found an instruction manual online, so there is no stopping me now!  Just got to get some yarn wound the right way and I think I an good to give her a spin! Eek! 

Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Friday finds #11

Hello! How are you going today? Good I hope!

Sorry I haven't been around much this week, I have had a busy time, having a little road trip with my Mum up to Sydney to pick up my new knitting machine!  Well, it's new to me anyway, I think it is about 40 years old but it looks great! Eek! I am so excited to learn how to use it!  It look foreign and a complete mystery to me at the moment, but I am up for the challenge.  
Anyway, I'll show you more about my knitting machine next week, I don't have any photos yet, Mum and I got home this afternoon after a round trip of almost 2000kms, so little bit sick of the car! 

So, here are 5 Friday finds for this week, I think I have found some very cute things this week!


1.  This whale hot water bottles cover looks super cosy and just makes me want to jump into bed and snuggle down under the blankets. Made by Elizabeth from zippitydoodahNZ, I love what she does with upcycled woollen blankets, lots of cute softies too.


2. Jess Quinn of JessQuinnSmallArt makes these divine quirky soft folk dolls, I just adore her eclectic style!  I think I might have to start a collection of her gorgeous makes! There are lots of interesting things to check out in Jess's shop, well worth a visit.


3. Mary Angel's shop called AngelsChest has lots of cute crochet patterns like these cupcake hats. I especially like the pink and lime one with the white loopy pattern around it, very cute for a little one I think!

4. I love pretty much everything Jane Foster produces, and these scandi inspired shopping bags found in her shop Janefoster are no exception!  She also has some very cute Miffy fabric little zip up purses too! Love! xxxxx

5. Jennie Deane is the artist behind hiccupart, selling gorgeous prints of her work, they are aimed at children, but I think I would like Cardigan Kev hanging on my wall too!  Isn't he a clever looking kookaburra, with such a cool cardi too!  Lots of other lovely images in this shop too.

Ok that's it for today, I have lots of exciting things to share next week, I have also had a beautiful shipment of yarn delivered this week that is waiting to get loaded into the shop, can't wait to show you!
Have a great weekend!