Thursday, May 28, 2009

Only ten days until market day

Not long to go!

You can find out more about the market at

PS - I made this sign on the cool website

Tra la...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Playing shop

Esther came around today. Long time no see - it was great to catch up with her. She helped me work out some display ideas for my market stall in a couple of weeks from her experience working at Reminiscence. Noella had cut down some lovely branches for me to use to hang bags from (not that you can see this in the pic) and we played around with where to place this on a table of the same width as my stall will be. Also going to use Alan's wooden mannequin from Ikea to display some of the knitted rings. What fun it was - like being little girls again.

Other news - Izzie started walking on Thursday. I was able to see one of her first tentative walks across Lilli and Matt's lounge room on my mobile phone via a video sent to me. Isn't technology wonderful!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Books I have just read (it's the ex-librarian in me)

I've decided to add to my blog a list of books I've just read as I finish them (see down the side of the page). That way I will be able to recall what I've read. (Memory like a sieve etc.) As you will see I am rather generous with my star ratings. I figure four stars is a book I would recommend to a friend to read, and four and a half stars is one I would rave about and even buy for people. I have just bought Richard Flanagan's 'Wanting' and will be interested to see how I find this. It should follow nicely from Kate Grenville's 'The Lieutenant', which I finished last week.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Busy Saturday

I am very impressed with myself. Despite still feeling drack I have managed to churn out three shiny purses, one pot holder and a bag. Hey - you wouldn't want to see the state the house is in, but there's always tomorrow for housework.

I've taken a pic too of Noella's lovely knitted rings and flying heart brooches.

Wild, wet and windy weather outside - perfect for sewing. Today Alan, who wins Husband of the Year Award, has done the shopping, bought me some olive leaf extract (recommended by Shauna to boost the immune system) and made a big pot of chicken soup for dinner tonight.

Time for a little nap now...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Careful what you wish for...

I’ve been saying for a while now that “I’d like to give up my day job” to take up my millymaking pursuits fulltime – and my recent bout of the flu and being off work for nearly two weeks made me begin to wonder if I might not be homebound for some time. So no dear Universe I don’t want to give up my day job because I am sick or GFC-have to – I want to eventually give up my day job because my millymaking has become a very profitable and growing concern!!!

Very excited to have been accepted to be part of the next Independent Art and Design Market happening in Hobart on 7 June. I will be madly sewing this weekend and many nights during the coming weeks. Have been making some rather groovy potholders. Did I say that? (In my wild youth I didn’t imagine I’d be capable of saying such a thing!) They have turned out rather well and have also created another rash of totes and handbags.

Flu remnants begone – too much sewing to do!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Down and out with the flu

Sometimes I think we get sick so we can just stay at home and read books and have a good cry. Not a pretty sight but here I am sitting up in bed with the laptop, a big pile of crumpled tissues, three mugs of cold tea, this morning's porridge plate and 'The Secret Life of Bees' book, now finished, beside me. Great story - sad enough for several weeps but quirky too and a bit spiritual - all in all a very satisfying sick-girl read!

It's not a good time to have the flu. I hear swine flu updates on the radio every time I go into the kitchen to make another cup of tea, - or get up to answer the phone to yet another charity call. I've had six calls in three days and I haven't been overly polite. I'm much nicer when they call at night and I'm sipping a glass of wine.

The photo is of Melbourne Central shot tower taken at sunset on Sunday just before we went up to Claire's 36th floor penthouse. Our weekend in Melbourne was terrific. There were lots of wonderful handmade goodies at the St Kilda esplanade market. I particularly liked the Mattt bags we saw and some great resin jewellery. There are some very talented people in Melbourne - makes me wonder sometimes about my chances of success with my millymaking enterprise - but hey a girls just got to keep on making, refining and evolving...