Friday, April 22, 2016

5 Friday Finds #42

Hello there! 
How has your week been? Good I hope! 
I thought I'd do an Etsy Finds post today as it's been ages since my last one and there are always so many awesome creative people to discover and support on Etsy.  Mother's Day is coming up, so it was a good excuse to have a browse and bookmark some very covetable items! 


1 At  PinkCheeksStudio, Nichol Brinkman is making so many gorgeous things!! Her custom family mobiles are so full of cute details and colour, I just love them!  I think I might have to get one made of our family and our animals too. :) And her range of other animal and storybook mobiles are just amazing too! Well worth a visit to admire her whimsical work!


2. I love these cloud dishes from joyelizabethceramics. What a great  present for my mum (or me!)!   Joy Elizabeth makes gorgeous colourful ceramics, I also love her milk jugs, so cute!  

3. Ali Walker is the yarn dyer at  KaleidoscopeDyeWorks, her yarns are so full of vibrant saturated colours I just adore them! I am really loving al the speckled yarns I'm seeing around the internet these days, so much colour creativity!  Perfect for all the yarn lovers out there. :)

4. I am so glad I stumbled across  monpetitviolon, this shop is full of gorgeous crochet pattens for children clothing and other items. Vita is the lady behind this shop, and she has a lovely simple classic style that I think is quite timeless.  I'd love to make a few of these sweet cardigan! 

5. I really like the humour in the cards at  TheFarmhouseCharm by Kiersten Stahl.  I like the simple graphic style and the amusing one or two liners.  Funny but not sarcastic, these cards are great, and there seems to be a card for any possible occasion you can imagine! 

So that's it for today, I hope you like my finds, there are always so many interesting things being made and put up for sale on Etsy, it is very inspiring!  I'm considering opening an Etsy shop of my own, I love doing my crochet but really need a reason to make things, and I guess stocking an online shop would be a good one!  Now that the market season is finished here for a while I might have time to look into it. ( But don't hold me to it! :)  ) 

I hope you all have a great weekend, it's a long weekend here with Monday off for Anzac Day.  We are heading out for family celebrations on Saturday for my Dad's 70th birthday, and my youngest is turning 16 on Tuesday, so we might have a little party on Monday for him.  It could end up a busy weekend!  
I hope you do something fun or relaxing or adventurous or celebratory on your weekend too!

Talk soon! xxxxxxxx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

it's been a while.......

Hello there! 
How are you all? Good I hope! 

I thought it was about time I blew the cobwebs off my poor neglected blog and stuck something up here.  It does feel like a long time since I last posted, life has been rather busy and each day has just run into the next and before you know it months are passing! 

So here's a little catch up post, and then hopefully I will get back into some form of regular posting. 
I have been doing lots of making; washers and flowers feature heavily, as well as finishing off my Sunburst granny square blanket, it deserves it's own post I think, it is pretty cute! 

My wool shop has been keeping me occupied with lots of lovely new stock arriving for the winter months ahead.  I still have lots of yarns on my wish list, but I'm slowly getting a great range of beautiful yarns in stock, so that is making me very happy.  I really need to spend more time on promotion and marketing, but I guess we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to business.  Everything seems to take a lot more time than I anticipate! 

......recent heart washer on the hook, I like this colour combo, but then again I love so many of the colours in the Cascade Ultra Pima, it is hard to choose which combo to try next.........

.....the couch had become a bit of a yarny dumping spot, I really need to try and keep things tidier in here! ........

....I seem to have these little piles of colourful makings all over the shop, it does make me feel good catching glimpses of them all day long.......

This is a squishy pile of Misti Alpaca Handpainted Chunky, so many beautiful shades in there, And some new ones coming later in the month. I can't wait!  

So what have you lovely peeps been up to recently? 
I'm sure you've all been keeping busy, hopefully getting some creative time as well! 

I'll be back tomorrow with an Etsy Finds post, it's been ages since I did one of those and I have lots of new shops that I've spotted.  I'm trying to leap back into blogging after my unintentional absence, so if I write it here, I might actually achieve it ! 

Have a great day! 

Talk soon! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Darling Dahlias

Hello there! 
 I thought for the last day of summer in would be a nice thing to share some beautiful blooms that my dahlias have produced over the last month or so.  I have really tried to be more consistent with my care of the dahlias this season and the plants have rewarded me with the best display of flowers that I have ever grown.  Such bright and showy flowers really speak of summer to me. I hope they keep blooming for a few more weeks, I will be dead heading like crazy to try and get another flush of buds. 

So, are you looking forward to Autumn?  I'm a bit sad to see Summer go, it always seems the most relaxed season to me, and I love the long days, but it will be nice to have the cooler months again and all that cosy crochet time in front of the fire. :) 

Have a great day everyone, I'll be back with some crochet to show you soon! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mini things

Hello there! 
Just a quick post from me today to say hi and show you some mini things I've been crocheting recently.  I've been having fun playing with the beautiful colours in the MoYa organic cotton that I'm stocking in my shop, I just loved the slightly washed out colours and the pastel shades. And it's really nice to crochet with. 

I found this very cute Little Hearts pattern by the very clever Sarah-Jane from Flo and Dot,  I think I'm going to make a heap of them and thread them onto strings and dangle them in a doorway so they catch the breeze. Nice. 

Also, I've been playing around with flowers again, I do love a hooky flower!  This time I'm making them up as I go along, which is a lot of fun.  I'm going to choose my favourites and write the patterns up for a little workshop I've got planned for later in the year.  
There is something very gratifying about making mini things, they work up so quickly, you can really play with colour and it doesn't take long to get your ideas out of your head and into reality! 


Thanks so much to all the fabulous crafty peeps who have signed up for my Autumn Yarny Love Club already, I have some cute things planned that I hope you'll enjoy, I'm really looking forward to sharing some great yarns with you all!  There are still some places left if you'd like to join up, all the info is in this post over here. :)   xxxxx


I'm off to do some shop work and finish off some makes for the Emu Plains Market this Saturday, if your in the area (Mornington Peninsula) come and say hi! :) 
Have a lovely day! 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Big Heart Blanket #2

Hello everyone! 

It feels like ages since I've shown what I've been crocheting, probably because I've been working on a big blanket for a lovely customer and it felts like I'd bore you showing the same work all the time. :)

Anyway, I have finally finished this Big Heart blanket and it is happily living in it's new home! 
I thought I'd show you some photos of the process along the way and how it turned out. ( Sorry if you've seen most of these on Instagram!) 
I am really happy with this finished blanket, it is bright and colourful and very hearty! I still love tapestry crochet so much, making these blankets is fun! 

....I made 12 heart strips to make this blanket......

.......sewing up the strips......

.... still sewing up the strips........ is a nice wide blanket to go across the end of a queen size bed......

....colour overload!! The clash of patterns! ......

So that is the end of another big project, it's time to think about what to make next!
So many possibilities!  I think I might work on a few small quick things for a while, big projects can take over your life!! 

Have great day you guys! 


Monday, February 8, 2016

Autumn Yarny Love Club sign ups are open!

How are you all going?  Good I hope! :) 

I have been busy in the shop getting ready for the next Yarny Love Club instalments, subscriptions are opening today for March, April and May, the Autumn edition of the club, and I am so excited!! 
 I really enjoyed putting together all the boxes for the first  Yarny Love Club last year, and am really happy to be doing it again, hopefully you will love it too! 
Also, this time round I am opening it up to all my crafty friends in the USA!
Read on for all the details.

Yarny Love Club #2 Autumn Edition 

 Here's all the info for you! 

By joining my Yarny Love Club you are signing up to receive 1 
parcel per month for 3 months,(March, April and May) so 3 parcels in total.  Each parcel will contain at least 100g of beautiful, premium quality yarn, project/pattern suggestions for crochet and knitting, and crafty treats specially for my club members.(Such as ribbons, labels, buttons, stitch markers, washi tape, stickers, handmade embellishments, or anything else I think might be a cute addition!)

  Your parcel will be a surprise each month, and hopefully will be a great way to try some beautiful yarns that you may not have come across before. ! I will be trying my best to send you a lovely box full of crafty goodies! :)

For Australian residents,t
he cost for the 2nd Yarny Love Club is $120.00, which is for March, April, and May, and includes postage. :) 

This time round, I have decided to offer the Yarny Love Club  to the crafty peeps in the USA as well, the cost for the 3 months USA subscription is $140AU (roughly $100USD), which includes Air Mail postage.  Postage usually takes 1-2 weeks from Australia to the US.  The Yarny Love Boxes for the USA will be basically the same as the Australian boxes, except I will be including more Australian or overseas yarns that might be difficult to obtain in the US, there are a lot of beautiful yarns out there to try! 

I will be sending out the yarn club parcels in the first week of each month, you can sign up by  emailing me, Julie, at ( Let me know if you are in Australia or the USA) and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the subscription, or if in Australia, you can pay through direct deposit.  Your membership is not  secured until payment has been made. There are limited places for this Yarn Club, sign ups close 26th February

(or earlier if full),so get in quick! 

PS.I want you to love your yarny parcels, so when you email, tell me your colour preferences if colour is important to you! :) 

I think that is all I have to tell you, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Julie xxxxxxx

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Getting organised - Groups and classes for early 2016

Hi there everyone !

How is your day going?  I'm hoping you're having a cracker of a day like me! 
I'm feeling very productive today, I have been planning the classes and crafty groups that I'm going to offer here at my studio/shop, and it is quite exciting thinking about all the good things that could happen. 

I am also nearly finished with a big blanket that I am making for a lovely customer, so that is making me happy too.  It's always nice when the end is in sight!  I'll show you that one when it is totally finished, I think it deserves a tadah post all of it's own! 

So here is the list of crafty groups and classes and workshops that I have come up with so far.  Hopefully there is a time that will suit most people, it is hards to cater for everyone, but I am trying to have some day things and a night thing too for people who work. 

Classes and social stitch groups for 2016

Yarny Crafty Social Club
Tuesdays : 10.30am -12.30am or
Fridays : 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Bring what you are working on (crochet, knitting, embroidery, whatever!) for a bit of social crafting with me and other lovely crafty peeps. Morning/afternoon tea and a good yarny chat provided ! These are weekly group, so bring a friend and let's get these groups growing!
$5.00 a head.
Starting next week, Tuesday 2nd February
and Friday 5th February.
Email me, Julie, at for any further info or to say you're coming!  I'd love to meet you! :)

First Wednesday of the Month Crochet Club
This is a monthly get together on a Wednesday evening, 7.00 -9.30, for more social hooky time.  $5.00 a head.
Email me if you would like to come along, everyone is welcome!
Starts back up first Wednesday in February, ( 3rd Feb) .

Beginner Crochet Lessons
I am offering beginner crochet lessons on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. 10.00am -12.00, $25.00 a head.  (Some Saturday mornings are available too) If you'd like to learn how to crochet, don't be shy, feel free to get in touch and we can book a time. Crochet is a great thing to learn with a friend, groups are generally very small and I am happy to do private lessons.
Email me, Julie, at for more info or to book time.

Tapestry Crochet Workshop
Saturday 27th February  1.30pm -4.30pm
Learn the fabulous technique of tapestry crochet to extend your creative options in crochet.  You will need to have basic crochet skills to do this class.  All materials and a pattern are provided, and there is cake and coffee! $40 a head.
Email me if you'd like to come along!


So that is that! 

If you live anywhere near Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula and would like to join in with any of these or if you have another idea for something I could offer, feel free to get in touch! 

Have a great day!  
Talk soon! :)