Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
(Image courtesy of My fantastic toys)
Once I get all the cooking done I am going to sit down and whip up a couple of these cute felt ornaments. I am going to embroider the kids names on them and the year on the back ..and hey presto! Another hand-made ornament for them.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Did you know that around this time last year I was invited to join in the Stitches and Craft show in Melbourne. That invitation pushed me to have a go at pattern writing. I needed to get and ABN, which means I am actually a business - ooops !
I have been thinking how funny it is that I just fell into this whole "business" thing with no plan , no desire and absolutely no bloody idea what I am doing. As a business ? well lets say I am still working at the day job. I wonder if this business could ever be self-sustaining or if I even want it to be? Do I have the energy needed to take up all those opportunities? Do I want to push ? Do I want to hand over some of the responsibility to someone else, join a distributor or do I want to sit at the kitchen bench folding patterns and popping them into plastic bags in my pyjamas ?
I got to go to Sydney and step waaaaay outside my comfort zone by talking to a room full of people about blogging. I was really really surprised by how much I enjoyed this... I had an absolute blast! I would happily do more of this - all those school report cards were spot on - I can talk !! A LOT !!!
I have met, in real life some of the best people EVER. That whole meeting bloggers thing, at craft group or markets or get-togethers blows me away every time. This meeting and joining and sharing I want to do more of for sure! (and I want to win lotto so I can go and meet all my international friends - a bloggy world tour perhaps ? )
I have amazing friends who are so supportive of this crazy craft adventure and so many of you I have never met. You visit here, and provide a massive cheer-squad, you test my patterns for me and you share awesome stuff all the time. I owe so many thank you's.
I seem to have morphed into a person who makes toys, and I know this disapoints lots of people (and thanks for the emails telling me just how disappointed you are) and maybe it is a strange thing for a 40 year old woman to do - but I love it ! If I had the time and the skill I would make every single toy in my sketchbook....... It seems to make perfect sense in hindsight, I have toys in almost every room of my house. I wonder if this is some deep dark childhood piece of weirdness.....
BUT I also love to make "not-toys" like the robots at the bus stop. I can't explain how much I enjoyed that little project this year.....I really want to get better at that "not-toy" making stuff and better at taking photos .....so much to learn there ...
I think perhaps I am finished with selvedges for now. I'm sorry but that was not really a marriage as it turned out , just a brief but very passionate affair.
I had a market stall which I loved. I had such fun doing that market but I can't see it ever becoming a permanent fixture for me. I sew too slowly to ever have a great amount of stock and to be honest I don't want to make 20 or 30 robots or 40 elephants. I might want to make 6 or 7 but then I want to make something new. (and I suck at selling, really suck. I suck at putting a monetary value on something I have made. I suck at making sensible choices and adding costs and all that stuff and I give discounts to anyone who seems like a nice person - This was a bit of a revelation for me, I am quite uncomfortable standing behind the stall selling stuff, but I love to be at the front of the stall chatting and buying stuff from others. I suck)
I want to give a bit more....Does that sound weird? This year particularly I feel like this blog has opened up so many opportunities for me. I feel like I get so much from this blog and I am thinking of ways to maybe balance things out a bit .
If someone told me about all this "stuff" that would come about primarily because of my blog, when I started my blog I would have thought they were bonkers.......
I apologise if this all sounds a bit self indulgent ...basically it is me saying "far out ! what a year" and indulging in a bit of a one sided conversation with myself.
selvedges but not sewing them, meeting bloggers, sharing stuff, talking, more talking, hopefully some giving, and saying thanks .
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(all photos coutesy of Rohan)
This issue of THAW is full of lots of people you might know.....Kate and Brendon from Fox's lane and daylesford organics, The doily talking about her new roller derby passion, the gorgeous Beck of dandelion, Howl (winners of TripleJ Unearthed high), and yes there is an interview in there with me banging on (as usual) about craft and community and working in my Pyjamas.
So, I am going to flat out ask you guys to go and buy a copy from Kim and Ro's big cartel site.
Or locally from L'espresso, Upholstery gallery, Coco Pink, Art Gallery,Stride and more....)
Buy it because Kim and Ro work hard to keep this zine humming along (and sometimes giving up seems much easier)
Buy it to support handmade
and yes I may have promised NOT to embarrass her about this .......but she's 18, how many more chances am I going to get?
Monday, November 30, 2009
(Kirst's music boxes - she is my biggest blogcrush ever )
I can't really do a major festival of links - mostly because I know I am going to forget someone - and really there were so many bloggy visitors it was almost hysterical at times. But also because it will take me about another ten hours on caveman Internet.
(One of these curlypops delights made its way home with me)
If you would like to see just some of the fantastic bloggy visitors that made their way to the market, head off to the delightful Superpops blog ....
and if you want to meet the other stallholders then here is a list for you. I did this from memory and I am sure I have forgotten some people, and a few stallholders are not on the net so I apologise in advance
There was one other stallholder there who I would like to tell you about tomorrow.......and I am going to blatantly try and sell you all something as well. I might coerce, I may threaten or I may just beg......
(Consider yourself warned!)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Julie is coming to the Daylesford Makers Market tomorrow and meeting up with some friends, so much like a blind date where people promise to wear a certain flower in their buttonhole, Julie will be wearing a pink yo-yo !
I think this is a great idea !
( and if anyone can think of a better name that the-not-so-very-secret-at-all-bloggers-who-wear-yo-yo's-society pop over and let Julie know)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
All the things I wanted to prepare for the market on the weekend are done. Everything is priced, tagged and packed.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
(Maybe I should take to carrying my own personal supply on my person - that way no matter how teeny the sliver of paper left - I won't have to be the one to actually empty the roll - or maybe I'll just give up now and go completely bonkers.........either way ......)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Mr- Cheesy.................loves himself just as much as he claims to love you!
(often known to have a surfeit of chest hair )
(usually goes to great lengths to hide the fact that he still lives with his mum)
He'll be at Daylesford makers market with me in just 15 days time.......
(and I am in the running for cheesiest self promotion of the year with this blog post for sure! )
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
she is an all - cotton version of the Parsley and Beet pattern and she is looking very pleased with herself as she is the (back) cover girl for the Parsley and Beet pattern.
It dawned on me last week, that I had so many questions about Doctor's flannel when I made the Kinder girls and Boys pattern, that finding or dyeing some wool for your own Parsley and Beets might be a bit of a headache.
So I set about another whole batch of pattern testing to make sure that you could make a 100% cotton version of Parsley and Beet if you want to.
Not only that, I have dyed some flannel and put it in the shop as well.
Now that the photos are took, the patterns are printed, the fabric is dyed, the destructions make sense, the testers have tested, the patterns are folded, and the postage is checked, I might just get back to a bit of sewing........I have a market sneaking up very quickly !