Thursday, 30 April 2009

My Creative Space..

Don't the weeks just disappear, I feel like I have just finished writing my creative space for last week! Many exciting creative moments going on in my world and just never enough time to make it all happen at once. This week full of delightful gifts from the library fairies, dreaming up more brooches and of course granny squares!

Four little granny squares, won't quite keep me warm just yet! I'm just loving the colours so much, can't wait to see how it all comes together.

I arrived at work this morning to find a little plastic bag sitting on my desk and when I opened it.. this beautiful treasure was inside. The library fairies had come to visit again.

Nearly 100 years old, this beautiful book is literally had sewn back together, full of beautiful text and illustrations I am just spellbound.

Also from the fairies:

Some beautiful old linen and doilies from an estate sale and gorgeous sheet music. I'm in for a very creative weekend indeed.

Another lovely surprise for the day was that one of my brooches made it to the Etsy front page! This is a first for me so I have had a smile for ear to ear all afternoon. A big thank you and congratulations the very talented Emma Lamb for putting together such a beautiful treasury and for featuring my 'I heart Adventure' brooch.

Mossy curated by Emma Lamb

Head over to Kristy at Kootoyoo to join in the fun and show off your Creative Space.

Tomorrow is May day which is very exciting indeed because it's not your average teaching day. Our school's tradition is to celebrate with a cross country race and a carnival and concert. Bring on the crazy stalls, jumping castles and face painting, all together a very fun day! My students and I are making sundaes and ice cream soda, so I'm off to dust off my yellow tutu and glitter, finish making posters and bunting and get all our supplies together.

Much love and creative moments
xxx


Wednesday, 29 April 2009

With frost comes blueberries and cold toes...

So the news confirmed my suspicions... it's cold, really cold! And it's only April! After searching high and low for clothes to wear to work this morning I've decided that I'm not at all prepared for winter and the cold has sprung early! It is snowing in the mountains already and we are in for frosts here in the morning. A small excitement, whilst I try to regain feeling in my toes, is that with any luck my blueberries will fruit soon, so I can make yummy blueberry pie to keep us warm!

So I've done some hunting for my winter wish list and here is what I'm loving today...

Just gorgeous I think I might have to buy it - Vintage Mustard Trench Coat from ramonawest

Too cute and so very nerdy seamstress -Tapemeasure scarf by Knit and Destroy

And to keep my toes warm (and match the lovely trench) - Candy Stripe Mary Jane House Shoes by elephant and chickpea

I'm still searching for a pair on mid calf, small heeled, black, round toed boots. If you have see any on your travels please let me know, I'm getting desperate!

I'm off to curl up by the fire with tea and apple pie (while I await my blueberries) to make a lovely granny square or two. Check out my granny square adventures tomorrow in my creative space.

Much love and cozy blankets
xxx



Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Words and Pictures - Rainy Day

It rained the day...

It rained the day I started year three, year four and year five and my poster paper always got wet. Living only a few hundred kilometres from the wettest town in Australia I was used to the rain. I saw people paddle on surfboards to get groceries and one year a friendly crocodile even swam down the main street of town. Rain was our summer, tiny waterfalls formed in our backyard which made motes for Barbie castles and tea for our garden parties.

These days it never rains.. As the desert sand fills the air, some days I long to be back in the tropical north. Here in the desert, the storms are ochre and filled with dust. The umbrella is neatly packed away and the gumboots have never seen an outing.

It was with a full heart and a deep longing for soggy socks, that I watched the grey clouds sweep over our little town last weekend.

It rained the day...

As I heard a distant sprinkle dancing upon my roof top, I had to run outside to see if I was dreaming. There is was, falling upon my red shoes.. like in intro to Riders on the Storm by The Doors, drop by drop... it was raining.

The umbrella went up, the gumboots went on and for a moment I wished I had kept my Barbie dolls. And after joyous meet and greet, spinning and jumping like a child with a long lost friend, I smiled, thanked my delightful friend for visiting and sat by the fire happy once again.

The rain bought with it pots of tea and granny squares, a roaring fire and foggy windows. As the world passed by, I curled up in my little cottage and watched the raindrops play upon my windows.

I was glad it rained the day...


Thank you so much Pip from Meet me at Mikes who has created this inspiring writing exercise each week. It is a beautiful opportunity to share stories and adventures.




Sunday, 26 April 2009

Autumn is for tea and granny squares...

It has been a delightful weekend here in my little cottage, the fire is on, it has been raining for two days and I have spent the weekend merrily playing in my studio, watching films, sipping tea and crocheting granny squares.

I'm very happy fill my shop with some new 'I heart' brooches, I have lists full of lovely new things to heart so there will be many more to come. This little collection of eight was inspired by my love for rainy days, beautiful gardens and the cinema. I was very excited to use some of my beautiful fabrics from Tinniegirl and twopinkpossums in this little bunch.

They are available in my Etsy shop now and get in quick as a few have already skipped out the door.

As the cooler weather sets in I can't help but pick up my crochet hook and dream up beautiful blankets for my bed and throws for my couch. It's a shame I never quite realise just how long it will take but I'm a dreamer so I don't mind. At the moment I'm working my way though my friend's white baby blanket and warming a little more to the classic colour as my pile of square continues to go.

Yesterday's little stash of lovely white squares.

This morning however I woke up with a plan, I decided I would multitask and back two blankets at the same time. I have never crocheted a large bed size blanket before but I'm coming up to my one year crocheting anniversary so I thought I would take the plunge. So I took a trip to Lincraft with my fingers crossed to find some lovely soft, well priced, beautifully coloured acrylic yarn. After wandering the isles it was my hubby who finally found what I had been searching for...

I ended up with Panda magnum soft 8ply in brown, cream, eggplant and teal. As soon as I got home I set my new hook to work, I'm delighted with the colours together and am now totally obsessed with my new project.

The first square of many... stay tuned.

Well I'm off to finish some preparation for work tomorrow and hopefully get in a few more squares whilst watching the finale of 'So you think you can dance' tonight. But before I go I must share with you a little photo I captured with morning.

We often see these beautiful little green birds around the backyard but they are usually to fast to catch on camera. This morning I got very lucky when I managed to capture one enjoying my lavender.

Much love and happy Sunday!
xxx




Saturday, 25 April 2009

Shopping List Saturday..

I find myself constantly drawn to the ocean for inspiration, the tales of the high seas, of love and loss and treasures held deep within the grasp of Neptune's raging waves. My shopping list this week draws its inspiration for the beautiful coffee table book The Sea, The Surge & The Seamstress by Sam Lamb. As I dream of a tragic story washed up by the tide, all that is left is a love letter and a string of pearls.








2. Pearl by Amber Alexander
3. Stormy Corsage bracelet by Dinosaurtoes
4. Salty Morning by Ink and Light
5. Blue Midnight Pillow Cover by The Home Centric
6. Ruffled Collar - Rochester by fancypicnic
7. La Boheme necklace in Lapis Blue by FrenchDoor

These divine blue hues all tangle together to create my favourite ocean spray of colour. How gorgeous are the pieces from very talented Etsy artists, I am reminded of mermaids tails, tresures deep and stormy seas.

Take a moment to brew a fresh pot of tea and pop over to the fabulous Fancy Picnic to check out the other amazing Shopping Lists. The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

As the clouds continue to roll over and the rain settles in I'm delighted to be spending the day watching films and working on new ideas. I will also be updating my Etsy shop a little later today so stay tuned.

Much love and rainy days
xxx

Friday, 24 April 2009

Friday's new shoes..

It's official, on Fridays I buy new shoes. It appears to be a reoccurring theme throughout my blog and today I have made it new ritual for Fridays. After our usual coffee and walk through the mall, my friend Joelene and I always end up at our favourite shoe shop. Today sitting on the sales table, the last pair, marked down so much I had to check the price three times were these lovelies....

How could I resist! Now my second pair of lovely red shoes these will certainly get a good workout over winter. Perhaps I should start a red shoe collection.

I just love Friday nights and as the rain continues to fall I'm getting ready for a delightful night in. I can't wait to get into my studio and make some new 'I heart' brooches. It feels like such a long time, I have many new things to heart.

I'm also looking forward to snuggling up by the fire with a pot of tea, my new Frankie magazine and my granny squares.

It feels like winter here today for the first time this year so I'm off to find some warm clothes and put the kettle on. Hope you Friday has been delightful, I'll be back in the morning with my Saturday Shopping List and a little shop update.

Much love and hooray for Fridays!
xxx


Thursday, 23 April 2009

My Creative Space..

After a few hectic days back at work, my creative space is not the hive of activity it normally is this time of week, I'm very much looking forward to the weekend so I can mess my studio up a bit! In the mean time, these are the lovelies on my desk.

I was very excited to see a little package waiting for me on my desk yesterday and it was from none other than the delightful Tinniegirl! I just couldn't resist a second lovely tinnie filled with fabulous bits and pieces.

My very cute French mini tinnie is filled with lovely lace and buttons and the gorgeous package behind (tied with string and the sweetest little Mildura teaspoon!) contains a glorious stash of fabrics. I just can't wait to begin creating! Thanks so much Cathy, it totally made my day!

The day before my little trip to Tassie I had a quiet moment of inspiration whilst dreaming of being a pirate, as I often do. I'm so taken my the costumes and colours from Pirates of the Cariabean I channeled my swash-buckling energy into a mixed media brooch, suitably titled 'Tales of Tortuga'.

Made entirley from recycled and pre loved fabrics and vintage lace 'Tales of Totuga' is my little pirates stash, with some lovely lace from a pretty girl's slip, a button and stripes from an officer's uniform and washed out canvas from a sail. I can only imagine where the tape measure may have come from.. It will be available in my Etsy shop in the next few days.

I must leave you with a fabulous book that appeared on my work desk this morning. The beautiful library ladies are always leaving me things, this week I've got a whole bag of vintage napkins and doilies, books of gorgeous sheet music and a wonderful vintage Walt Disney golden book. This morning's discovery has had me entraced all day.

Forget Me Not by Geoffrey Batchen is like an art history text book blended with a family photo album and is filled with incredible photographs, artwork and jewellery. My inspiration for the week..

Head over to Kristy at Kootoyoo to join in the fun and show off your Creative Space.

I'm off to Aqua Aerobics for a workout, it is also the perfect time to dream up ideas about what I'm going to create with my new fabric. Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday, I'm on the count down to the weekend.

Much love, pirates and photographs
xxx



Wednesday, 22 April 2009

My Apple Isle Adventures..

I'm back and it feels like I've been gone such a long time! What a wonderful few days I've had away in the beautiful Tasmania, full of wonderful moments and adventures. I spent time with my beautiful extended family who I had not seen in over a decade, captured stunning scenery, played in Autumn leaves, danced along the beach, rummaged through amazing shops including Reliquaire, enjoyed yummy food and wine and had a all round fabulous extended weekend. I wish I could fly down every weekend, it is a place everyone must visit!

Me and my red shoes dancing with Daisies

Here are a few shots from my Apple Isle adventures..

Lots of flowers, pink and bubbles at my inspirational Great Aunt's 90th birthday.

Beautiful wildflowers in Latrobe

The amazing Autumn leaves at Belle's Parade in Latrobe

The beautiful view from the Bluff in Devonport

Hawley Beach, Devonport, the sky was just so beautiful and blue..

And of course my post would not be complete without sharing my purchases with you.. I just wish my suitcase had been bigger, there were just so many lovely things to buy!

I couldn't resist this gorgeous Gabee leather handbag, some lovely antique postcards and a very sweet 1940's copy of Alice in Wonderland.

It is wonderful to be back and I'm not doing any more adventuring for a little while so I'm looking forward to getting back to my little blog and shop and having a lovely catch up with all the wonderful people I have missed in blog land. I've had some fabulous ideas whilst travelling and can't wait to get into my studio and bring them to life over the next few weeks. A shop update to come over the weekend!

I'm off enjoy some blog reading and catch up on some orders, if I can drag myself away from staring at the beautiful pink sunset. Can't wait for Creative Space Thursday tomorrow!

Much love and happy adventures..
xxx



Thursday, 16 April 2009

My Creative Space..

What a very bright and colourful mix bag today! It seems my whole house is one big creative space at the moment! In every corner I'm working on something or have inspiration scattered.

I've just finished few new little petite brooches which can be found in my Etsy shop now...

In my mailbox this morning was a gorgeous package from lovely Linda of two pink possums which included an amazing stash of fabric and scraps! I can't wait to have a good look through everything, I can see some new scrap brooches being created very soon. Thank you so much Linda!

I am always collecting pictures for my inspiration and moleskine journals.. Have had a delightful time this morning going through my new magazines in search of lovely and inspiring images..

In the land of crochet, I've finally finished this giant granny square baby blanket for my friend Moana's little boy Bailey.

As soon as I finished one baby blanket I have begun work on the next, a very classic all white granny square blanket for my friend Joelene. So I too have jumped upon the granny square train. If you heart granny squares to make sure you check out A Granny a Day.



I'm off on a little adventure to Devonport, Tasmania tomorrow for my great Aunt's 90th birthday. I'm so excited about going to Tassie, haven't been in ten years, will be lovely to celebrate and see family. So I've got my little mushroom project pouch all ready to take with me to granny square throughout my trip. I will be back Monday night with photos and hopefully some cute bits and pieces from my travels. My Etsy shop will be open and all orders will be posted on Wednesday the 22nd. Some lovely new scrap and 'I heart' brooches to come very soon as well as a few new suprises.

Head over to Kristy at Kootoyoo to join in the fun and show off your Creative Space.

I feel like I've only been back in blog land a few days and I'm off again on another little adventure. I can't wait to rug up with hats and scarves, visit lovely antique shops and take plenty of photos.

Until Tuesday
Much love and granny squares!
xxx




Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Dust Jackets and Autumn Leaves - New Works

Whilst meandering through my little town in search of treasures and delightful adventures I was inspired by the beautiful tones of Autumn, deep brown, chocolate, sepia, mustard and cream. As I gathered fabric and ephemera in these shades, three pieces emerged with undertones of beauty, magic, dance and hidden forests. These are the first pieces in a continuing collection, 'Dust Jackets and Autumn Leaves'.

'Nor Even Words' - Tiny Mixed Media Original Artwork

The Autumn Garden Mixed Media Brooch

Mixed Media brooch can be worn or display as an artwork

'In Forests Old' - Original Mixed Media Collage

Each of these pieces is now available in my little Esty shop. I will also be updating my shop later today with a small new collection of petite brooches so be sure to stop by.

I'm off to drink tea, sew buttons and read the afternoon away...
Much love
xxx



A touch of yesteryear - my antique finds..

Our beautiful Easter weekend would not have been complete without a rummage through some of Mildura's lovely Antique shops and it seems no matter how hard I try I can never quite walk away empty handed. I realised just how keen my Bowerbird instincts are when the shop assistant at Rose Harvest Antiques walked into one of the small and beautifully cluttered rooms to find me sitting on the floor delving into the back corner under with my head under a dressing table (minding all the silverware as I went) in search for old tattered books. Here are my treasures..


Postcards and two beautiful old books (from under the dressing table)
I can't wait to use the green one called General Science which has beautiful revision notes written all over the back cover.

I couldn't resist this crossword puzzle book, it tells such a fascinating story

A beautiful ink bottle to add to my collection... there is just something about ink bottles I adore, perhaps it is all the letters they have help to create.

I found this little 'Kinco' brass trinket box in another little room in Rose Harvest again sitting on the ground in search of books. I pulled this out from under an old trunk, I love that it was hidden away as if it were holding a secret.

My favourite find of all was actually at the Old Wentworth Goal. I have been searching everywhere from some lovely old skeleton keys and couldn't believe my luck to find these in one of the tiny antiques rooms.

I search things that catch my eye, which often are not the prettiest or most clean. I love my antiques to tell stories of the days they spent on mantel pieces and in dusty cupboards.. Often I am searching for pieces that can be trasformed into artwork and sometimes things.. well I just can't leave without them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I will be back a little later with some of the new pieces I have been working on. It's windy, dark and dusty here, the perfect reading weather.

Much love and antique treasures
xxx



Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Life on the Murray - a week in pictures...

What a delightful week it has been here in Mildura. My lovely in-laws have flown back to Queensland today after a very enjoyable week in which I got to play hostess and tour guide of our pretty little town, my husband was the chauffeur and fabulous chef. I was amazed at just how relaxing it was to spend the morning sight seeing and the afternoon pottering in the sunshine, crocheting, finding the answers to crossword puzzles and drinking tea. I was also inspired to create a few new pieces whilst watching the sun set which I will feature in a post tomorrow. It was beauitful to be able to capture my week in photographs and I just can't resist sharing some of our adventures.

Places...

A ride in a paddle steamer down the Murray River

View of the weir back towards Mildura..

Lunch and wine tasting at Trentham Estate Cellar Door

A visit to the Wentworth Gaol to see Palimpsest #7
Sculpture - Mortified Landscapes by Kate Vivian

A fossick through the lavendar for beautiful antiques..

Through the secret garden gate to Rose Harvest

...to find wonderful treasures

Flora and Fauna

My favourite shade of rose..

A very beautiful and vivid native wattle.

Some delightful little toadstools - I was secretly searching for the fairies..

A very friendly Pied Butcherbird.. they have the most delightful songs.

We couldn't believe our luck when we stumbled upon this beautiful snake-necked turtle whilst taking a walk through King's Billabong.


Just a little slice of my beautiful week.. Tomorrow's post will bring the lovely treasures I found whilst rummaging through some of our wonderful antique shops and even my favourite little find from the old goal. I will also be updating my shop with a few new pieces inspired 'autumn leaves and dust jackets'. It is so lovely to be back, I've missed my little blog everyone in blog land very much.

Until tomorrow,
Much love and delightful adventures
xxx