Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hello again…again...

Hello blog. Yet again, it has been quite some time since I last posted. Life eh? Always getting in the way. I'm really feeling the lack of craft and creativity in my life at the moment, so I'm very keen to reconnect with my craft and hopefully as a result, this poor, neglected blog. Fingers crossed we'll be speaking more often in the coming weeks and months!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Felting Class with Irina Harry

I'm very excited to be taking part in a needle felting class with Irina Harry! Irina is a lovely Russian lady and her work is simply, undeniably, absolutely stunning! If my felting can be a quarter as lovely as hers, I will be a very happy lady indeed. 

It's great to be doing a class, as I'm mainly self-taught when it comes to needle felting. This is the product of the first class - the beginnings of what will eventually be a bunny. Yay! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Crochet

Someone in my life is about to have a little baby girl, and this little girl will be receiving this crocheted ripple blanket, made from this pattern over at Meet Me At Mikes. 

The pattern is super easy, super fun and super quick, so I'd highly recommend it if you're wanting to make a small (or even  large) blanket and you have limited time. This only took me about three weeks to crochet in my little snatches of downtime. 

There's also heaps of scope to play around with colour because of the bold chevron pattern. Yay crochet!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Something I love to see on blogs is artists' sketchbooks. It's fascinating to see how artists work, and the process that lead them to a finished piece. And there's just something I like about seeing work on the page, before it's been finished and polished and framed and made to look pretty and perfect. It's like a little sneak peak into someone's creative diary, and it gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want to fill the pages of my sketchbook with equally wonderful things!

Now, I certainly don't claim to be any sort of artist, but I thought I'd get in on the sketchbook action, share some pages of my own, and talk about the inspiration for them.

This literary fox came after I did an illustration class with the lovely Marianna Marx. In the class we experimented with using different kinds of paper to make our illustrations that little bit more eye-catching and interesting. 

I can't remember the exact inspiration for this, but I think it came after I was looking at some fine pen drawings by a few different artists. And moths. For some reason I really had an urge to draw moths. I was trying to create a bit of a sense of movement here. Not sure if it worked, but it was a lot of fun!

This triangular creation was directly inspired by a similar pattern on the inside cover of Beci Orpin's book Find and Keep, as well as the huge pile of coloured paper that I have hoarded over the years. If you ever find yourself short of inspiration, I would highly, highly recommend getting yourself a copy of this incredible book. Every page makes me want to make, create, craft, draw, sew, paint, the list goes on!

Are you a sketchbook kind of person? I would so love to see what you create, please do share!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Little Things Thursday

Yay, it's Little Things Thursday time! Here are some little discoveries that brightened my week, made me giggle, and gave me warm fuzzy feelings...
1. I have a total artist crush on Anna Bond and her gorgeous, whimsical illustrations. Not to mention her floral iPhone cases, which are almost enough to make me want an iPhone. So. Pretty.

2. I completely adore this incredible range of fauna inspired ceramics from Nicholas John Frith. When I have my own house and crockery, everyone shall eat from fauna plates and drink from fauna mugs!

3. I love dogs. But I never knew how much I loved weird, ceramic, pin-cusion dogs, or dogs in cups until now. Behold, these bizarre and wonderful creatures from Eleonor Bostrom. I definitely need a pin-cusion dog in my life. Available from her etsy store.

4. This completely breathtaking crochet from Jung Jung. Stunning!

5. And lastly, 'Bugs', from the uber talented Patrick James. I can't wait to hear more music from this guy!

What little things have brightened up your week? Do share! :-)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Making, Wishing, Waiting

This post was inspired by 'Taking Stock' from over at Meet me at Mikes. Pip is an excellent source of posting inspiration! Happy Saturday y'all!

Making : a crocheted ripple baby blanket from this pattern
Cooking : lots, and mainly wintery soups. This super easy tomato soup is my particular fave right now.
Drinking : french earl grey tea, ginger tea, white tea, rose tea, berry tea... So. Much. Tea. Oh, and hot-chocolate of course. Always with one white and one pink marshmallow. 
Reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. 

Wanting: to have naps built in to my daily routine. I'll pitch the idea to my boss.
Looking: forward.
Playing: on Pottermore... like a huge nerd.
Wasting: time procrastinating, stressing and worrying about silly little things.
Sewing: beetles. I'm learning to embroider all over again.

Wishing: I had it all figured out.
Enjoying: a sunny winter's afternoon off work.
Waiting: for series 3 of Sherlock... again, like a huge nerd.
Liking: music from Patrick James. I saw him supporting Josh Pyke at the Corner recently. Lovely.
Wondering: how it is that time keeps flying by so quickly?! Make it stop!
Loving: the feeling of anticipation that comes with the first lot of warm, spring weather
Hoping: that everything turns out ok.
Marvelling: that it can be blue skies *and* hailing at the same time. Oh, Melbourne weather, you strange creature.
Needing: to clear out all the clutter that I hoard. 
Smelling: fresh basil. Mmmm!
Wearing: this cute Frenchy tee from Bingo Betty.

Noticing: all the dust in my room.
Knowing: that there's a whole lot I don't know!
Thinking: about so many different things that my head's spinning.
Bookmarking: ideas for Christmas craft. Yep, it's that time already!
Opening: packages and parcels. 
Giggling: at series 1 of the IT Crowd all over again. 
Feeling: permanently confused, but I think I'm managing to muddle my way through.

Did Pip's post inspire you to do your own too? Let me know, I'd love to read yours!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I made some needle felted tapirs! They're such strange and wonderful animals, and I couldn't resist having a go at the spotty/stripy patterns of the baby tapir.