Thursday, July 28, 2011

Piccadilly Market

One more market before the end of Winter!
My first time at the fantastic looking Piccadilly Market in Geelong. 
Not too far from Melbourne, and close to home for me!
This is the time of year when there's seriously at least a month of cold and frosty weather still to come, so I'll  have some woollies with me to keep you going through August and into those first chilly months of Spring.
But, if you need to cheer yourself up with the idea that there'll be some warmer days just around the corner, I've got that covered too with some perfect weight cotton t-shirts, and my favourite hemp and organic cotton skirts too!
Something for everyone you might say!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sewing for me

I spent yesterday afternoon working on a new frock just for me.What a luxury!
We're heading off soon to somewhere hot for a little break, lucky us, and I decided I might just need something new to take with me.
After I bought this floral cotton voile I worried that I could end up with something that looked a little bit too much like a nice nightie. Hmm. Not quite what I had in mind.

So I added a little bit of op shop found aqua bias binding to the neck, and a big chambray pocket to the front.
I reckon it's come out ok, and it has me dreaming of Summer, cool loose cottons, and maybe some more frocks for the warmer weather!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I'm having a lazy Sunday.
Which won't be the case next week, when I'll be at my first Piccadilly Market in Geelong.
I've been looking at who else will be there, and making a little wish list!
I'll be bringing some new things along, including these emerald green shirts, which are reminding me that Spring won't be too far away (I hope!).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Running away to the city

Emilie Floge captured in all her glory by Gustav Klimt.

Today I'm running off to town to be a tourist for a day. 
I can't wait to see the Vienna Art & Design Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
I first learnt about the wonderful work of Gustav Klimt when I studied Interior Decoration many moons ago now, and I was instantly smitten by the use of colour and pattern in his work.
I expect to drive my friend mad with a fair bit of ooohing and aahhing!
To put the icing on my little trip there'll be dinner afterwards, and a visit to one of my favourite stockists tomorrow morning before I head home again.
See you when I get back!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Etsy love

Can I resist this clever, clever lapel pin?

What better way to spend a sunny Saturday morning?
I've just been wandering around Etsy, and have bought a little something as a present for a no peeking!
But, while I was there, look what I've found.
With our daphne blooming it's fragrant head off, I'd love to be able to carry a little bit of it around with me all day!
It's a treasure trove over there!

ps. I bought it!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


This marvellous image comes from here.

So many things to love about the French...
Le Tour!
Haute Couture!
The old bloke and I were going to have croissant and cafe au lait this morning, but to be honest, we forgot.
Perhaps we can make it up with something French and sparkling this evening?
And in honour of the tricolore, I've made a new cosy that seems to have a decidedly French attitude....

Monday, July 11, 2011

Market day

The girls at Boutique Markets put on a gorgeous day yesterday. Cold it might have been outside, but we were warm and cosy inside the lovely Hawthorn Town Hall.
I met some great new people, and caught up with a few market friends I haven't seen for a while. It was terrific to be 'back on the horse' after a bit of a break!
I love it when a market has a much more accomplished photographer than me taking fantastic pics of the day.
It's great to be able to share these much nicer photos than I could hope to take!
Make sure you pop over here to take a look at the whole album.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pleasure and business!

Hooray for Friday!
I've been waiting with excitement for today to roll around for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, I'm heading off to the Dandenongs to spend a couple of nights with a very good girlfriend and her family. I can honestly (and cheekily) say that she is my oldest friend. We met before we even started school.
Living so far away from each other means we don't get to catch up that often, but it's always a pleasure when we do!
And then, because she's such a good friend, she won't mind at all when I get up very early on Sunday morning to head down to the beautiful Hawthorn Town Hall for the first ever Melbourne Boutique Markets.
I've been away from the markets for a couple of months, and I'm bursting at the seams with excitement to have a day out with some new things. Not to mention a chance to browse some of the great things that'll be there.
Definitely worth rugging up and getting out of the house for! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tea cosy hats

Hello there!
Yes, it's me, travelling as incognito as I can manage.
Have you ever tried to photograph yourself? What a palaver...
It was the only way to properly show off my new hats though.
A new idea can be like a crush....I fret, and lie in bed thinking about it, and can't concentrate on anything else until I can get it out of my system. Then once I do, I can lose interest, or start to wonder if it's actually as good as it was while it was still in my head.
I'm still wavering about these, but I'll take them out to Boutique Markets on Sunday and I'll nervously wait to see what people think.
A bit like taking that new love out for a first date.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The girl who mistook her tea cosy for a hat

If you’ve popped in here for a visit lately, you’ll know I’ve been knitting tea cosies. 
Lots and lots of tea cosies!
I’m so very close to being finished with the second part of the big order going to Raw Materials new cafe and foodstore in Hawthorn. The 12 little ones have gone, and now I’m working on 12 big ones that’ll be for sale in their new store.
It‘s exciting, and lovely, to be working on such a large order. But, I have been thinking if just maybe there’s a more time efficient way to be making these (read – quicker).
Any handknitter out there, or crocheter, will tell you that while we love our craft, it’s a time consuming passion indeed. Best done in front of the tv on a comfy chair with no rush!
So, of course, at a time I can least afford to be mucking about with new ideas, my creative muse popped in for a visit. Perhaps I could try and work some of that jumper ribbing I’ve been saving  into a cosy design....

And so I did.
Then, while admiring my handiwork, I must confess to thinking that it kind of, looked a little bit like, could possibly be... a hat...?
So, in the privacy of my own bedroom, I tried the cosy on. Go on, wouldn’t you!?
And now I’m in the throes of nutting out a pattern using some of those lovingly hoarded  jumper ribs and some handknitting to make some woolly and warm hats....
If I can just get that cosy order finished.