Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Little Scarf

 Spring is here by name but the mornings have been chilly.  I have one of these small scarves and I wear it often.  So for the markets this weekend at Daylesford and Abbotsford I have made scarves with scarf pins.
A small scarf can be worn to work and then put in your bag till home time.  The pin holds the scarf in place.
 As well I have knitted headbands in chunky yarn.

This pink is always popular.  And there are lots more colours with contrasting scarf pins.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Salter Scales

This face has worn well.  These scales belonged to my mother when she set up house.  I used these scales when I learned to cook.

Mum was a fabulous cook.  Cooking was something she took pride in and did so well. The fruit for the Christmas cakes was weighed on these scales, as for the Christening cakes and 21st birthday cakes and Wedding cakes and cakes for the shearers.  The scales have lived a full life and certainly lived up to expectations.

I have a few more treasures to share with you in the weeks to come.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New for Daylesford and Abbotsford

I am making some new creations for the next Daylesford Makers Market on 2nd October and Abbotsford Arts Market on 3rd October.   A busy weekend ahead at two markets I really enjoy.  Thought some colour for spring would be nice so here is a new orange flower tea cosy.

 The tea cosy is knitted using wool grown on our farm.

Hope to see some familiar faces at Daylesford and Abbotsford

I'll have another new stock update in a couple of days.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Apple Theme Continued

This is going to be an apple week. Just finished is this apple tea cosy.  Loved the freshness of the fabric and I used some special apple buttons I had been saving for the right moment.  Whenever I see some special buttons I add them to my collection.

This cosy will be available from my Shop later today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

An Apple a Day......

As long as I can remember this wooden apple has been in our family.  The apple is a string container and lived on the shelf near the stove when we lived on the farm.  I loved pulling the string and would pull and rewind often. 
Now I have the apple in my kitchen.  No history about the beginnings of this apple. No label or markings are anywhere to be found. My Aunt Bee turned 90 last week so I'll take the apple with me when I next visit her.  Maybe she can give me the history.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Girls

Look what this damp weather does to my wool.  Know of any good straightening products?

Mud packs are great for the legs.  Not sure how many weeks till the mud comes off.

I'm just over this mud!!

 At the weekend I put the sheep in the goose yard.  Not saying they are fond of each other but the ground isn't so muddy here and the grass was fresh.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Brooches

Yesterday I showed you the length of Guatemalan braid I have been treasuring for years.  I met with Marilyn and we chatted about the best way to use the braid.  Originally I had thought of the braid as a whole but as I looked at it there are so many stories woven in the length.  So brooches were the go.  And here are a couple I have ready for the Buninyong Makers Market on Saturday.

And in the box of goodies where I keep things until I can find a special use I found some textured handmade paper.  I have used the paper to display the brooches.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Buninyong on Saturday

The rug is finished and off the loom.  Thankfully there is a breeze today and the rug is almost dry.  I have used a twill weave using hand spun wool from my sheep.  By the way the sheep are also happily drying out in today's breeze.  There is more rain to come tonight and hopefully not enough for another flood.

I have another rug started using hand spun and fleece.

And I have opened my treasure box.  I am going to share some of this hand woven Guatemalan braid and make brooches for the Buninyong Makers Market on Saturday.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday. Having a quiet one........

The sheep are staying close to the house today.  They must be fed up with the mud every time they sit down. Although I can see more threatening clouds the sheep haven't lifted their heads from the grass for most of the day.  Sadly one sheep drowned on Saturday.  I put all the sheep on the high ground but there is always one who thinks he (in this case it was a he) knows better. 

On Saturday I drove as far as Creswick on the way tot he Daylesford Makers Market and that is as far as I went.  I had to turn around and come home.  So I'll be back at Daylesford on the first Saturday next month.  As well as rug  weaving I"m adding  Tea Cosies to my website today and to  Etsy  tonight or tomorrow.  This morning I spent time in the studio taking photos.

Hope those in flood areas are safe and haven't suffered too much damage.  There is always so much cleaning up to do when the water recedes

Saturday, September 4, 2010

More water

You can't see the expressions on the faces of my sheep but I can tell you they are fed up with all the mud.  One flood was a novelty but a second in as many weeks is just too much.  The small creek has been dry for years.  Today the flood is keeping the sheep in the top corner and restricting their roaming - so inconvenient!
I went for a walk to take the photos and ended up all muddy even with gumboots - very slippery.


I am very impressed by this bridge.  Bridge you ask??  Our son T built this bridge when he was very young.  It may not have been the perfect bridge but it has been in the creek for a long time.  Our main bridge built using sleepers totally washed away.

This morning I was on my way to the Daylesford Market. I drove as far as Creswick and decided that driving in all this rain wasn't for me. So I came home. I have repacked for the market tomorrow at the Abbotsford Convent. I will travel to Melbourne by train so I need to be organised and pack the stock into one bag.

And now I am going to spend the afternoon weaving and listening to knitting podcasts

Friday, September 3, 2010

Abbotsford Arts on Sunday

This is the Mushroom Tea Cosy I have made for the Sunday Arts Market at Abbotsford Convent.  The Market starts at 10am.

For the back of the cosy I have used a deep purple fabric I hand dyed.  Sandwiched between the fabrics is a wool felt.  The cosy is lined with a hand dyed fabric also.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Daylesford on Saturday

Almost finished is a new range of tea cosies for my busy market weekend.  I'll be at Daylesford Makers Market on Saturday.  The market is from 10am till 3pm in the Town Hall.  You will find a great selection of stalls at this market and it is always a fun day.  For this tea cosy I have dyed the fabric and added detail with some Japanese ribbon I found in my special stash.

A fish theme tea cosy and egg cosies to match.  The fabric cosies have a wool lining to keep the tea pot warm.

Today I'm working with this fabric.  A colourful pattern of colourful mushrooms.  I will show you my creation tomorrow. 
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