I made a few new goodies for a recent local market which was a success. It was great to be part of the community on such a beautiful day. The Carterton cushions were popular and there was interest in t-shirts with the same design on the front.
I have just finished a doll made from linen and with a filling of carded sheeps fleece. I am giving it to a friends daughter for her birthday. I plan to make more. I enjoyed inventing and making up the dress and then crocheting a wee hat with glass beads. She has a small contented face and no shoes. Its great to use all those small bits of fabric that I find so hard to get rid of.
We have had visits from Tuis's in our apricot tree and they are very photogenic.
Has been a wee while since I last posted any news or photos so here goes. Have been laid up for the last week with some nasty flu and am recovering slowly. Beautiful spring weather has helped with blossoms and songful birds filling up the garden. I have been working on embroided and felted brooches and have posted a few samples. They are a great project for a winters night and reasonably fast to complete. There is always some project that I am working on and at the moment it is tea cozies (again). They are very bright and girly and I love them. Also I am trying to build up stock for upcoming events that I am taking part in - (more info later).
We are also working on an old army hut on our property to use as a shop for all my creations but that is a wee way away yet and will be very exciting when it does happen. We are near the end of turning an old garden shed into a fabulous kitchen, yesterday all the plumbing was completed which was a biggie in the progress department.
It sounds like it is all go this spring and all I can say is that it is! Being sick does'nt help but allows time for rest and planning for the busy future. Summer sounds good!
Autumn turned into winter yesterday. The autumn colours are still around but there is snow falling in the hills. The wood pile is making itself useful and the cat is a heat seeking missile.
I have been making my sister gifts for her birthday, a red felted bag and a toilet roll cover. The latter was a pretend present to begin with but has become a real thing. It will be given with as much love as the bag and will be sadly missed.
We are driving north tomorrow and hope the weather is kind to us on the way. We are glad to have the cold weather as its means that we will soon be snowboarding on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. I dread the first dismount from the chairlift on the first day but I usually survive, surprising myself with a stylish if not vocal exit.
It seems summer is slowing down. Our firewood shed has been visited a few times in the last month and we have enjoyed the warmth of our fire. Our garden is producing baskets of food and we love it. I have been bottling tomatoes which will come in handy in the depth of winter. Our pumpkin crop is looking very healthy, we dined on two varieties tonight - delicious!
The making and crafting never stops around here and I have been making, for one thing, felted shoulder and carry bags. Having made them in the height of summer which was strange , I can't wait to snugger one the colder month. The process is quite magical with a huge over-sized object becoming a well proportioned mode a transporting all the useful things we need at hand. And we know those are many!
My pets still entertain us without effort and I sometimes run to grab my camera to catch something comical or just plain cute.
I recently helped run a felted wool and bead workshop at work. It was successful and everyone went home with a beautiful piece of work to wear. There are just so many great ideas out there for us to enjoy.
I have started going to a sewing night class with a couple of textile queens and we have fun and also learn tips and processes from our great tutor which is what it's all about I guess.
We visited the Monet exhibition in Wellington today. It was amazing to see such beautiful work - very inspiring! I recommend it to you all!