Tuesday, March 29, 2011

2 days in the shed

Another fantastic Finders Keepers down at the Docklands.
I forgot my camera again in my excitement to get on the road, so I'm borrowing a photo from the Design Files, who also have a great wrap up of the event!
It was...
Great company, lots of talking, catching up with the girls from the 'gang' (thanks Morgan!), and some others I don't get to see that often.
Marvelling at the view from the water side of Shed4.....especially that circus tent set in that incredible industrial landscape. Did anyone else notice that?
I felt like I was looking at a Jeffrey Smart painting!
Sneaking away for not enough time to try and look at all the amazing things on offer.
Being lucky enough to do a bit of market trade with my friend Anne, and coming home with another incredible piece of clothing like no other. Bliss.
3 fabulous nights staying with my good friends in Melbourne, and being looked after like a queen.
Who else would put me up, send me off with a packed lunch, and cook me the best dinners in town after a long day on the concrete floor? Thanks Julie, you're the best!
Can't wait to do it all again.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This weekend!

Only 2 more sleeps until the doors open on this fabulous market.
After a big day today labelling and packing, I'll be ready to hop in the car tomorrow morning and head off.
I can hardly wait to see all the wonderful stuff that'll be there, and catch up with some friends I haven't seen for a while!
Shed 4 can be a little tricky to find, make sure you take a look here for all the detailed directions you'll need.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


My word, how cute and quirky are these?
A great big parcel of more postcards from Georgie Love to give out to all and sundry at the markets arrived today.
I'm trying to work to a list this week in the final run-up to Finders Keepers this weekend, but you know, I've never been very good at addressing the things that really need to be done. I'm fluffing about round the edges fighting the urge to do something completely off that list-of-things-that-must-get-made-this-week.
Like making myself a skirt out of green pinwale cord that's really meant to be used for belts...
Walking past our spare bedroom, I happened to glance in, and this is what I've just seen...

What a life.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Melbourne again

This week has sped up as it's gone along.
I really thought today was Thursday. Nope, Friday it is.
And lunchtime at that!
And on top of that, it's been a whole month since I've been in Melbourne.
Anyway, this Sunday I'll be back at the beautiful Abbotsford Convent for Shirt & Skirt with my pal Pia.
After getting rained on at the last two markets, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a nice Autumn day.
Yes, please!

Shirt & Skirt Market
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Sunday March 20
10am - 4pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reminders of Japan

Every Autumn my garden erupts into a mass of pink flowers. Beautiful Japanese windflowers.
People have been known to stop in the street to admire the display.
I have more mixed feelings, occassionally thinking they're just too much, they don't allow anything else to shine.
Every year I pull them out by their roots, every year they come back as strongly as the last.
This morning as I've been sewing, I've been looking at these tough as old boots beauties outside my workroom window. I've been noticing the Japanese influence in the design of the fabrics I'm working with.
Reminding me of the awful news coming out of Japan every day.
Hoping that the Japanese people can be as resilient and tough as these delicate flowers.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


My love affair with all things yellow continues this week.
If I can't have real sunshine, then I'll make my own.
More creative sunshineyness to admire over here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy birthday GeorgieLove

The super delightful Sally over at GeorgieLove land is celebrating her shop's 5th birthday very soon.
I'm very proud to say I've been on board with this fantastic online shop of total handmade loveliness almost from the very beginning, and that Sally may possibly be the nicest shopkeeper in the entire world.
Yes, truly.
And to celebrate birthdays, autumn, and all things scarflet, if you pop over to HERE before March 13 and leave a comment, you can be in the running to win a Frankie & Ray hand knit scarfie.
Oh, and don't worry, the red one sold pronto this morning, but if red is your thing, I can send one of those over for the winner.
Hop to it!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Finders Keepers!

Oh, I'm a little bit late putting this up...but, I am very excited to be part of this great market again.
Take a look at who else is going to be there.
How many sleeps?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Colour crush and op shops

I've been a bit absent from this space this week it seems.
We did have a little day trip to Camperdown for a visit to the op shops.
My favourite one there is called the Sunshine Shop. How sweet is that, and the ladies are gorgeous.
It's the old school type of op shop, meaning that you need to sit on the floor and sort through the shelves to find your treasures. And we did!
I think we could all use some sunshine today don't you?

from here

and here

I love this too.
Have a great weekend.