Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Some more Bunting

As well as the Christmas bunting I have made "beach scene" bunting.  I have made a few variations on the theme.

As well I have lots of new Christmas bunting for the Arts Centre Market on Sunday.
And mini bunting as well.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Afternoon at the Gallery

Last week I went to Melbourne to collect some supplies.  I finished my shopping before lunch on a very rainy day.
It is not often that I have a day off so I went to the National Gallery of Victoria for the afternoon.

I was by myself and just wandered at my own pace.

Leonard French  ceiling in the Great Hall.

One of my favourites - Georg Jensen

Interesting designs

Love the colour combination. Idea for a new yarn colour way.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Big Week of Sewing

The Arts Centre Market has been very busy for me this year. Last Sunday my big sales were bunting and sock yarn

This week I have been sewing bunting every day.

Customers want bunting for all occasions so I have a good mix of colours for tomorrow's market.

I will hopefully list bunting on the website next week but if there is a bunting you would like just send me a message through my website.

I know it is early for many of us but I have also been making Christmas bunting.
The bunting is approx. 3 metres.  I am planning to make shorter versions also.
Next week's work list is mostly spinning and weaving with some time for bunting.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I'm about o make a birthday cake for my DIL.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sock Yarns

Lots and lots of sock yarn dyeing.

You can find the yarn at Hawthorne Cottage.
The yarn is a 75% wool, 25% nylon blend.
400 metres and 100gm hank.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I found the eggs

The rooster and his girls stick together all day. After breakfast the day begins for these Light Sussex.

They venture far and wide during the day but always return in time for bed. I was getting rather impatient with the girls as eggs were few and far between.

But today I had a find.  The chooks are laying in an old dog kennel.  So I'll put some straw in the kennel to make it cosy for them. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Where I left off...

This is the car Taffy has built.  I don't think he will ever say it is finished.
In reality it is almost finished.  I haven't been for a ride yet.  Maybe I'll wait until the weather is warmer!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finishing the Day

Its been one of those days.  Just couldn't get anything started.  Just had too much to do.  I usually write a list but of course I didn't do that last night.

Eventually I did get some work done.  Quite a lot done really.
And the sky showed its wonderful colours this evening.

Taffy is out in the shed tinkering.  I will show you the car tomorrow.
Now its time to turn the dye pot off.
And get dinner.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cold Spell

Hurtle our cat helping me in the loft.  The loft is always so warm and cosy.  And the puppy can't get up the stairs....yet!!!

And these ladies are laying eggs.  Just as well I say.
We are in the middle of a really cold weather front.  Tonight we are expecting snow but it hardly ever happens. 
And if you want to read an interesting blog about a walking tour with great photos go and have a look at

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Working with Wool

A very friendly English Leicester rare breed sheep.  This sheep has a gentle nature and comes t5o see me when I go to her paddock.

Lots of green grass at the back of the house.

Some of the yarn I have spun for the Australian Ballet.  The yarn will be used for costumes for Sleeping Beauty.  Can't wait to see what the designer does with the yarn. The yarn on the left is a natural grey, no dye.  The yarn on the right I have dyed but using earthy tones.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Winter Light

I have been outside feeding the animals and putting them to bed.

The fading light from the sunset was amazingly beautiful.

The light fades so quickly.  All dark outside now.
Time to cook dinner

Monday, June 29, 2015


At the weekend a very cute puppy came to visit.  We did enjoy the family visit as well but Shelby really stole the show.  She was wanting to learn to drive Taffy's car but still a bit small to see over the steering wheel.

But the seat belts might just fit very soon.

And when I'm not in the car I'm very busy exploring.
And I tricked you as I'm sure you thought I was mostly all white. My feet get very dirty on the farm.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Colourful Locks

Some of my English Leicester fleeces from the lambs. 

The fleece is soft and lustrous and silky

I have one more fleece to hand dye.

So more colours will be available at Fibre Arts Australia Ballarat Winter School next week.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Yarn Dyeing

Lots of yarn spinning and dyeing has been happening here.

This is some merino chunky yarn, hand spun and hand dyed.

These yarns will be available at Fibre Arts Winter School which will be held at Ballarat Grammar
I will have a stall there on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July from 8 am until 7.30 or 8 pm both days.
Yarns I will be dyeing for the event will be 4 ply, 8 ply merino and 10 ply merino as well as hand spun English Leicester and Merino.  Also lustrous hand dyed English Leicester fleece which I will photograph for the blog tomorrow.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning Walk in the Fog


Firstly I let the chooks out of their fox proof house.  Mr Roderick Rooster is always ready and in a hurry to get breakfast.

The dogs and I walk up the road.  Thankfully the road has been recently graded.  We are at the forgotten end of Ballarat.  I'm OK with a gravel road but it does need more care and attention.

A great way to start the day.
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