A blog about farm life, spinning, my yarn dyeing, weaving and markets. I live with my husband on a small farm near Ballarat. I have sheep, mostly English Leicester as well as dogs, ducks, chooks and a cat.
The Arts Centre Market (St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) Christmas Competition starts this Sunday 5th December and the final Sunday is 19 December 2010. Customers need to spend $20.00 at one of the many market stalls and fill in the entry form to be in the running to win one of four $60.00 vouchers to spend in the Sunday Market from January- June 2011. These are some of the brooches available from the Hawthorne Cottage Stall.
Crochet flower brooches with face centres.
Vintage gold lace combined with black velvet and a vintage glass button. Perfect for evening wear
And the so popular yellow with dragon fly Japanese fabric and dragonfly charm brooch. The brooches are attached to a handmade paper card and a perfect gift.
A friend called in last week and gave me these beautiful roses. These are real roses, roses that have a perfume. I placed the vase in the centre of the house so I would walk past them often and enjoy the rose perfume.
Last week was one of those crazy weeks with too much happening and I really appreciated the gift of roses. We got through and with an early night I think I will have recovered.
Had a great day at the Daylesford Makers Market today. And I am all packed and ready for the Arts Centre tomorrow, the tomato plants are where they should be and I dyed some sock yarn. Why I decided I should dye sock yarn at the end of a busy day I don't know.
It is time to pack for two markets this weekend. Just a preview of a couple of new tea cosies I have finished.
Love the red tractor although I'm still looking for a grey Fergie!! New brooches are also ready to be packed. The brooches have been very popular as gifts to post overseas. Tomorrow's market is the Award winning Daylesford Makers Market. And on Sunday you will find me in Melbourne at the Arts Centre Market.
A storm has passed through today. Very heavy rain, then blue sky and now all cloudy again.
My car is not new but it is the newest old car I have ever owned.
Today we are having words, serious words.
Car belonged to my son (son has moved on in the car dept). Car came to me with a new engine and never has there been an ounce of trouble. We speak kindly to each other when ever we go out together.
That is, except for today. Today of all days.
So car your choice of day to stop was bad, bad, bad
Timing - You knew it was the worst time.
Place - So scary with a huge truck nibbling the tow bar.
And then you won't tell me what is wrong. I am being asked all sorts of mechanical questions and you know I am a mechanical idiot. And then 2 hours later after I have managed to get Japanese Farmstay students and large cases to airport bus by other means - you decide you will start and want to go home.
But car you haven't tricked me - Son knows more about you than he let on previously and some new parts are on their way. And you need to behave if you want your photo on my blog!!
A certain young man had his summer haircut today. How handsome is Darwin! We have been waiting for warmer weather as he is not the bravest when the weather is cold and he has been clipped. However the time had arrived when there were too many knots and Darwin went for a ride in the car today. I have been trying to take photo to put on this blog so that his owner Brie could how great how great he looks. I am not going to tell you how many photos I had to take. Darwin wanted to keep the camera as a trophy, then he thought my shoes were worth looking at and then there was a cat in view and on and on it went.
I have just taken a break from the studio to show you some new tea cosies ready for the Arts Centre Market Sunday on St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The market opens at 10am and is on every Sunday except Boxing Day.
Button and Felt stack top knot!! Aqua tea cosy decorated with wool and silk hand made felt and embroidery.
Orange tea cosy decorated with lots of ladybirds.
Red heart tea cosy. The tea cosies have a knitted lining and are hand knitted in Australian wool. In fact most of the wool has been produced by our sheep. Which reminds me that that I must arrange shearing or there will be a noisy protest meeting in the paddock.
If you can't make it to the market but would like a tea cosy just contact me. There will be more tea cosies on the website and Etsy tomorrow.
Handmade gifts are definitely high on the list for gift giving this year. I'll be at the Arts Centre Market on Sunday, at the back of the grass and Hamer Hall end of the row of market stalls.
I have made brooches and attached the brooches to hand made gift cards.
And another version of the ever popular ladybird tea cosy. I have made a larger cosy to suit the 6 to 8 cup tea pot. This is a very stretchy cosy so will suit a variety of teapots. We know tea pots come in all shapes and sizes!!
And a sample of neck scarves and brooches - a great handmade gift to send overseas. I hand spin, hand dye and hand knit the yarn and hand make the scarf pin.