Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meet my neighbours...

The floorplan for Magnolia Square came through the other day, and it's always pretty exciting to see who'll be close by.
I'm pretty chuffed to be right next to Anne from Luce Handmade - we'll have lots of fun together I just know it!

On my other side will be Linda from Delilah Devine, someone I haven't had the pleasure of meeting before.
I've just spent a good amount of time browsing her beautiful website and etsy shop.
I'm in a dither thinking about what I'm going to choose from her stall to come home with me.
Will it be a brooch, or some flying ducks?
Can I wait until next week?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This time next week

Only a week to go now until I'll be all set up and ready to go at Magnolia Square in the glorious old Malvern Town Hall.
I'm over the hump of my preparation, so my workroom is full to the brim with lovely things, and I'm starting to really look forward to the event.
I was very excited to see Frankie & Ray as one of the featured retailers on the website a couple of weeks ago - those are my fabric neckscarves up there in the middle row!
And look at what good company I'm in!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A bit of Liberty

From the beautiful Purl Soho.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday driving

How nice was the weather this morning?
I'd somehow managed to forget to wash and dry another length of denim for skirts, so no sewing was going to get done today!
Too nice to stay inside, we grabbed the opportunity and got out of the house for a little drive round to the Cape Otway Lighthouse.

I was talked into going right to the top, despite there being an incredible last flight of stairs that are more like a ladder, and the fact that heights make me very uncomfortable. Oh yes, I complained all the way up. And down again.
Don't mention the balcony.
I was out and in again faster than you can say acrophobia!

How about this for a beach house?
The old Telegraph Station and official Post Office has been restored and opened up since we last visited.
The last family lived here as late as 1978, and I couldn't help but think what an amazing childhood it would be with Cape Otway as your backyard, and not a neighbour for miles.

This little section of wallpaper's been left in the restoration of one of the bedrooms.
It was a Christmas present to the girls of the keeper's family in the 1960s.
It must have been lovely for them to lie in bed and watch these ballerinas dancing across the walls to the sound of the ocean...I wonder what they might have been dreaming of?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I could use an extra pair of hands

from here.
I rather fancy myself with 8 arms like the goddess Durga.
Imagine what I could get done in a day!
In the meantime, more scarves are off on their way to everywhere!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The fibro

We are deep in the heart of Winter down here on the coast.
It's the quietest time of year with the school holidays behind us, and not a long weekend in sight until far, far away....
We live in a little pocket township of old fibro holiday shacks, and at this time of the year they are all closed up tight waiting for Summer.
Come Christmas, all the curtains, windows and doors will be open, there'll be 4 cars parked on the lawns, and there'll be people standing around the bbq and sitting out in deck chairs in the evenings.
It's a good thing to be thinking about on this cold afternoon!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cold feet

But I bet they'd be toasty warm in a pair of these.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Still at it

I'm not doing anything very interesting....just more sewing and knitting!
A day off recharged my batteries, just like my friend said it would. Thanks Michelle, you've always got the right words!
The reason for me being so busy, busy, busy?
Magnolia Square in the first week of August!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A bit of a sewing hiccup yesterday made me realise I probably needed a day away from the sewing machine.
Unpicking a seam on a bit of recycled jumper made me grumpy and just a wee bit emotional.....
So, I've given myself the day off from the workroom today.
A little pause in proceedings was definitely in order.
I've celebrated by cleaning the house, properly. And as an ex-Librarian, a bit of order certainly restores my sense of all's right in the world!
I've picked some lemons from the tree and am going to make a bottle of lemon cordial.

Oh, yes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pink...and green

Has Spring sprung in July?
Just when I was getting settled in for a long and cold Winter, along comes 2 days in a row of incredible mild, sunny, gorgeous Spring like days.
Can't complain!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Last one!

Last chance to come along and visit us at the Winter Artisans' Markets!
It's been a very good way to help pass the Winter months travelling up to Melbourne town each week for some shopping, catching up with friends, and seeing a film.
Not to mention spending Saturdays in the lovely Northcote Town Hall.
I'll be looking forward to next year already.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The old bloke

It's been all systems go around here lately.
And quietly and without complaining, the old bloke's been keeping the home fires burning (literally!), walking the dog, doing the food shopping, and has even ventured into the kitchen to make dinner.
All this while putting up with me stressing about late deliveries of supplies, making endless lists of things I need to do, disappearing for days on end into my workroom, and staying up too late to just finish knitting that scarf.
I knew there was a good reason I married him.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello birdie!

I am officially procrastinating.
Too much to do, and I can't seem to get any order to my work list!
It's much nicer to show you my new best friend, a very sweet little birdie brooch from my friend Pia.
He was winking at me from Pia's dish of birdies on Saturday at the market, so I promised him I would bring him home with me if someone else didn't adopt him.
It was obviously meant to be!
He's joined my little flock of Pia's birdies - 4 now, and I think they're all nesting happily together in my dresser drawer!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big week

It's been a big week...
A trip to Geelong for some op shop therapy on Monday.
Knitting and sewing getting ready for week 3 of the Winter Artisans' Market at Northcote Town Hall.
Getting orders away for more scarves, and some other goodies, for I Dream a Highway, Ramona Tienda, and the Little Shop of Handmade.
But, tonight the old bloke and I are off on a date! The cinema is back at the Mechanic's Hall for the school holidays, and we're off to see the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Oh, and we saw our first whale of the season down here on our morning walk! It's a time of year that's cold and wet and dreary, and along come the whales to make us feel special again.
Who says Winter is all bad?