Friday 19 April 2013

My tiny little world...

I had a dollhouse when I was very small, and since then I have been fascinated with miniature environments and tiny stuff!

About a year ago I found this wee mansion on Trade Me for the princely sum of $40.

 I'm not usually very fond of renovating...

...but this is so much more fun than stripping wallpaper and watching paint dry! 

It's like a three dimensional scrapbook. I agonised over wallpaper choices as though it really mattered! Well I suppose I do have to live with it...

So far so good.

I have a whole dresser full of dinky stuff with which to fill my humble abode!

Speaking of dinky things, my little nephew Toby has just arrived at 1, so to congratulate him, he will be presented with this quilt. It's a cosy mix of cotton and corduroy with wool in the middle, as warm as a bear hug!

I think I am now addicted to corduroy backing and crocheted edges.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday 26 March 2013

A Glitch in the Space/Time Continuum...

I am a Bad. Bad. Blogger.

Rather than paragraphs of recriminations and excuses, here is a brief pictorial synopsis of the last three months.

Let's just forget this and move on shall we?

I made some cushions...

..went to a wedding, which of course called for a new frock, made by moi...

..and one for Cleo!

As well as a quilt for the happy couple...

I grew a U-cumber...

...finished our super-king sized quilt...

...and made a cute waistcoat for Diva.

On top of that, Diva turned 18 and went off to Uni...

...Cleo turned 11, and Spencer turned 14 today!

More soon.


Friday 23 November 2012

Studio Sale

Kate has invited me to participate in her inaugural Studio Sale, where we will be sharing (and hopefully selling!) lots of lovely crafty things we have made. We are hoping our friends, and friends of friends etc, will come along and stock up on homemade Christmas presents. 
Here is a sneak peek of some of my makings...
 I have been making these disembodied garden frocks out of chicken wire, which look rather cool floating around the garden! You could grow beans on it, or wrap in solar fairy lights.
 Apart from the garden frocks (and possibly some garden pants...), I will mainly be selling jewelry at the Studio Sale.
 Fun and frivolous dinosaur necklaces, earrings and bracelets...
 Felt baubles..
 Sterling silver lots of other sterling earrings, necklaces and bracelets...
 Resin pendants made from reproductions of my daughter Diva's paintings (profits going to her University fund!)...

 Blue Sky pendant...
 A glass bead ring...
Trophy brooches...

Plus lots and lots of other jewelry, as well as all of Kate's amazing makings!

Finally, here is some GREAT advice...

Have a wonderful day!!!

Tuesday 23 October 2012


 Here I am supervising the planting of lettuces. Or should that be letti? Don't you love those glamorous gumboots? The Fabulous Husband fixed up the vegie boxes, spent hours shoveling several cubic metres of dirt, and engineered these bean-climbing contraptions. Clever eh?
I didn't spend the entire day swanning around in my fluffy boots issuing orders, I did in fact plant these two beds!
We have planted celery, leeks, parsnip, carrots, beetroot,broccoli, spinach, radishes, spring onions, lettuce, beans, peas and snow peas, pumpkin, butternut, cucumber, gherkin, yellow and green courgettes, four different types of bell pepper, and aubergine!! Oh and tomatoes and herbs.
Speaking of aubergine, here is some food art by Cleo. Shortly afterwards he became ratatouille.
I always suspected my youngest daughter was bananas.
Hope you are having a blue sky day xxx

Monday 22 October 2012

Essential Life Skills

 The Awesome Husband, who can do everything, is teaching the Small to juggle.
I made him these juggling humbugs, crocheted with sock wool and filled with rice.
Small wanted juggling owls, also rice-filled, which makes them easier to grab.
 She even crocheted them a nest.
 Here she is practising with two owls, as per Dad's instructions.
It'll be chainsaws and machetes next, knowing her predilection for dangerous pursuits.
It's not terribly relaxing being her mother, but at least for now I don't suppose owls can cause too many injuries...
Spring is sprung! Hope it's sprunging wherever you are too!