Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Craft City Melbourne

What a brilliant idea, I LOVE Craft City Melbourne! Go Gemma, go Pip. Another to add to the blogroll, I dare say.

Pattern, patterns everywhere

I have been obsessed with lino floor patterns and tiny old tiles for a long time, but I can't stop seeing patterns everywhere.

Things in the real world are so much better than things on the computer screen - they've got scratches and rubbed off bits and lots of character.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008


The other day I realised how long it had been since I'd done any follow-up stitching since my attempt at a Mike's craft night ages back ... and in the same thought an idea for what I could stitch popped into my head. So with my Clover iron-on transfer pencil in hand, I got to work and days later here it is. Do you think I've been spending too much time in the kitchen? Hmm.

Think I've said this too many times before, but when you work on computer it's sometimes difficult to adjust to the fact that things in "real life" can't be undone so easily, but that's part of the charm of handmade stuff, of course. Therefore wonkiness=charming.

Speaking of wonky, here's my final batch of pottery (for now at least), fresh from the kiln. Not that you can tell from this snap, but the one on the far left is a jug and the rest are about the size of a mug.

Monday, 19 May 2008


My sporting superhero partner and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend out of town, due to his desire to participate in a half marathon. Each to his own I guess, but you'd never catch me running at all, let alone running for 23km! I'd probably die.

Anyway, once that part was out of the way we got to hang out in Apollo Bay and surrounds, which is not a bad place to be in near-winter conditions (howling wind, lots of rain etc). And with a pot-belly fire at the place we stayed, it was all rather lovely (yes, there was also lots of obsessive knitting going on in front of the fire).

Also got to go on some walks, seeing lots of great things including wild mushrooms (yes, those are bite marks in the top left mushroom!) and more excellent leaves. What a great time of year autumn/fall is.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Knitting and walking

I have a rare day off today (rare at the moment, anyway) so took the opportunity to go for a bit of a walk, as it's quite nice weather - sunny and kind of spring-like, even though it's almost winter. I took some photos, too, something which I don't seem to have done much of lately for whatever reason (too much bike commuting, not enough strolling, probably).

Also took photos of the knitting mentioned in the previous post - the top one is the work in progress - a curled up, skinny, knit/purl scarf using wool I got a little while back, and below that is the completed knit/knit scarf. They are both so easy to knit but it still seems to take me forever to complete!

Autumn Tree

Have been addicted to knitting lately, and have completed one scarf, and another is 1/3 complete. Think the addiction has something to do with the chilly autumnal weather, which inspired the collage tree below. There are so many great coloured leaves around, I can't stop collecting them (another addiction).

OK, time to wake up ... here I come, coffee.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Birds on boxes

Have been organising, cleaning, culling and doing other spring-like things lately. Odd, as it's virtually winter (and rather cold) here. One of the things I've been putting off for ages is re-covering a small but sturdy box that once held fancy mint chocolates (like After Dinner Mints but even fancier). So that's one of the things I got to cross off my list of to-dos yesterday. The paper is from Zetta Florence and the box has already put to good use, holding various little note books.

Speaking of being organised, my current desktop wallpaper might just inspire more orderliness, also created yesterday in a flurry of computer-based organising.

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