Monday, April 13, 2015

Snap shots

1.  How does Frank always seem to find the most comfortable spot in the house to have a snooze? 
It must be his special catty senses, he can sniff out a pile of 
blankets from the other end of the house. :) 

2 + 3 + 4.  Crochet making this week, I've been making things for the last EmuPlains Market for this season, so some striped hats, hearty washers and flower embellishment packs, I have a few more hats to go and then its onto slippers if I have time. :)  As soon as this market is over I am starting a new blanket!

5. . Studio progress shot, well actually it is all finished, and I am moving things in this week, but I am going do a proper tadah  post and a little photo tour of it very soon, ( it is looking so good!)  so here is how it looked with the floors finished and the painting done.  
I ended up just going with a white called "Snow Egg' for the walls and ceiling, as I think it will be easier to let the yarn colours shine this way.  The rest  of our house is VERY colourful so I have actually found it quite good to give my eyes a colour rest, and really noticed all the colours in our kitchen/family room when I go back inside, it is a bit like sensory over load! 

6. Just a cute shot of some colourful things. 
Love my flower canisters, they are finding a new home in my wool studio of course! 

Have you got a big week ahead?  
I hope you find time to do some fun things too, it's important to do things that make you happy don't you think? 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Have a hearty day! :)

 I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Before I pop off to bed I thought I'd show you a little thing I made last week, some heart bunting.  
I have been a bit fixated on hearts recently, and these cute little flags are an idea I had for some left over cotton, not enough for a complete washer, but enough for a square!  I might put a little recipe together for these, they are fun to make and make a cheery addition to a wall I think! 
I'm planning to make some nice long strings for the studio, I ended up painting it all white, so there is lots of scope for colourful decorating! :) 

So what have you been making lately? 
Something big and long term, or a quick crafty fix?  
I am finding that I am making lots of smaller things, at the moment, like this bunting, due to another market in April, but then there is a break over winter, so I think I will be able to start some bigger projects, maybe a couple of blankets. I have seen a lovely motif that I want to try, isn't there always another idea to try!! :) 

Have a good crafty day! 


Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Friday Finds #36

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I hope you are having a nice start to the Easter break, we have had a lovely day pottering around, working on the studio and in the garden. The boys had huge sleep ins and just did their own relaxing stuff.  Sometimes it is nice to have a day at home and not have to be anywhere special, Good Friday is good for that! 

So here are my Friday Etsy finds for this week! xxxx

1. Rachele Carmona is the amazing crocheter behind BabyLoveBrandKids , there are lots of patterns for interesting blankets like this 'Beach Hut' blanket, as well as finished items,  lot of lovely things for us crochet addicts to check out! :) 

2. Sometimes I wish my boys were little again just so I could buy them some of the fabulous toys I  see on Etsy! These modular dollhouses and treehouse by manzanitakids would be so much fun to play with I think!  I know my boys would have loved something like this when they were younger. 

3. My yarn pick this week is OceanParkYarns, Noa is the clever yarn dyer behind this shop, I adore these two speckled sock yarns so much, those shots of neon in the bottom one are right up my alley!!
Lots of gorgeous yarns to drool over in this shop!

4.I love the work of Louise Edwards from LouiseEdwardsDesign, her OOAK folk art fabric dolls and brooches are just so lovely, such lot of beautiful stitching happening here!


5. I found a whole lot of gorgeous washi tape at LobsterBisqueVintage, some lovely different designs like these trees and feathers.  :)  


So that's it for today! 
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope you enjoy a little treat or two! 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Progress on the wool studio!

Hello!  How has your weekend been?  

We have had a lovely start to the school holidays, perfect weather today, and a nice week forecast ahead, I have lots of gardening planned and a lot of Little Woollie business to attend to while the boys relax and enjoy their break. 

I thought I would show you how my wool studio is progressing, I am hoping to get it finished this week and then paint over the Easter break, very exciting!! 

... so here is the dividing wall going up to give us a smaller storage area at the back for all our junk and the studio at the front, that's Ed, our friend who is a great carpenter, and doing this reno for us. :)

.... looking towards the front with the garage doors gone and the new glass doors and windows in, starting to look like a room!  

............And here are the cubby hole shelves being installed to become part of the wall.....

......framing is all done, ready for plastering......

.......plaster is in place ready for finishing....... is my wall of pigeon hole shelves with the plaster in place, you can get an idea of what this will look like when its finished now, there is not too much more to do!  
It is very exciting, almost time to start thinking about colours to paints this space!  

Next up Ed is going to finish the plastering and lay the floor, hopefully finished this week, before Easter.  I am going to paint it myself with the help of my dad, and then I can do the fun stuff like filling those shelves and decorating this crafty space!  I have been a bit impatient and already placed a new order for Cascade 220 Superwash in a heap of colours, 
I am sure I will fill up this extra space fairly quickly! 

Next time I show you it will be all finished and I can do a big tadah! 

It has been all about wooly things around here recently, I have got a few finishing touches to put on my first newsletter before I send it out on Wednesday, if you are interested in receiving a newsletter from my little wool shop, feel free to sign up, I will be having special offers and other interesting things, should be quite exciting as my little shop continues to grow bit by bit.

So that's about all I have today,  have you got anything interesting happening this week? 
Are you you going away for Easter, or having a few days at home? 

Talk soon! 


Friday, March 27, 2015

5 Friday Finds # 35

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It's time for another 5 Friday Etsy Finds, I can't believe it's the end of the week 
already and nearly the end of the month!!  
This year is going as quickly as the last one.

Well, anyway, here are some great things that caught my eye this week.

1. I love this flowery crochet blanket pattern available from The Hat and I , there are lots of other patterns in this shop that look interesting too! 

2. These beautiful vases are from  imkadesign, I love the pastel colours and the spotty pattern, just lovely, some gorgoeus bowls and cups in this shop as well. :)

3.If you like a bit of Scandi style like I do, gunnaydri is a great shop to check out, full of Scandi inspired toys and cushions like these cute mermaids, and foxes.

4.  I really love these metal recycled drawers from RehabvintageLA, they would look so awesome in my new studio, if only I lived in the US and my budget stretched that far!! :)  Lots of covetable things in this shop :)

5.I love the idea of these wall clouds and super cute tree cushions, from Claireoncloud9 , wouldn't they look fabulous in a nursery or childs room!  Or maybe even on my bed! :) 

Okay, that's all I have for you today, I hope you all have a fab weekend, I'm running a little tapestry crochet workshop tomorrow for a couple of lovely ladies, so I'm looking forward to a very pleasant afternoon of hooky time. 

Talk soon!

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!  


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? 


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
 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! :) 

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. :) 

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 :) 

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. :) 

5. Just in case you need something super cute for Easter, these egg cosies are available from imali a shop full of pretty things :)

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!