Saturday, June 30, 2007

Look what I found

I can't believe a whole week has gone by. I've missed posting (although it does often feel like talking to myself). Anyway I've been wanting to share this discovery - a cool shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. I discovered it on our recent trip, it was truly like being a child in a lolly shop - maybe that was something to do with rows of jars full of brightly coloured objects. They are French and have stores in France and Japan. Their details can be found at
The jars contained alsorts: buttons, beads, felt shapes, pom poms, velvet butterflies. It was an Aladdin's cave of craft magic! Being forced to make a decision I settled on these felt shapes (which are nice and stiff) and finally got around to sewing this brooch last week.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

One size fits all

I was suddenly compelled to make a mini shirt. Like a demon I had to exorcise, well... On my recent trip to Japan I bought some fabric - but am reluctant to use it until I think of a really good idea. So meantime I scanned it and made this from heavy card stock, did some machine stitching, applied some buttons and fashioned a coat hanger. I think 2 more items would make a cute little wall hanging arrangement. Whadya reckon?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I was thinking how I sometimes collect bits and pieces to do something later with. I remembered the four chipboard coasters I had.
Then, as it's getting colder every day I decided a bit of encaustic (melted wax) would be great. So I prepared some surfaces, then printed these. Now I don't know if I should just leave them as they are - and wax a different surface?
Any thoughts?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Fairly Ugly Four

So (faced with more rain) while I was waiting for the roast beef and Yorkshire puddings to cook I had to colour them in. Not sure where they go now - but good to get these things out of your system.

Drawing session. No.2

So one wet evening last week the kids and I had our second drawing session. This time it started with everyone doing eyes, or a head or a body. (We all began with the same thing). Then passed our sketch books to the next person, then did arms, legs etc. Each sketch probably only took 4 mins. We also switched direction. Here are the original sketches.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Armless fun

So during the week I finished the armwarmers. They are extremely functional. I got some bargain bin merino wool ($2.99 at Spotlight). I wasn't sure how much I would need but it took less than 2 balls, altho I did get a nice olive for some stripes. I guessed 50 stitches, plain and purled my way to a rectangle. Then stitched up the sides allowing a wee hole for my thumb.
Excellent. Bit of a hobo look with a t-shirt - so long sleeves is probably a better way to go.
What every blogger/Etsy-er needs (well those currently in cooler climes).

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dudley leaves the area

Blue sky, I had to go further than the mail box. I knew I could make it. Out and about I saw this graffiti on a metal box walking down the street. Sometimes it's good not to think, just click. Now it's back to the arm warmers as my left arm is freezing.

Little bit of green

Luckily we weren't hit too hard by the deluge of rain. Finally we ventured out for a little walk. I picked up a branch - wiped off the dirt and put it in my new ($6) pod vase. Not life changing, not too deep. Just nice.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Words of advice

You know how you got those motherly words of wisdom? Well this one (just pull your socks up) comes back every now and then, so I had to make it into something. I keep doodling patterns but keep producing animals, robots and people. Why?

Rainy days

Meet Mr Turf Head... At the thought of a rainy long weekend in Sydney, I headed straight for my nearest Spotlight. I went to buy wool (project: arm warmers are underway), but was compelled to buy this fabric a fleece entitled "Bird's Feather". So Mr Turf Head was created. If he cheers up a bit he may get a waistcoat.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Sydney Zine Fair

Popped down to the Zine Fair yesterday, part of the Sydney Writer's Festival. A glorious pozzie down on wharf 2+3. Looks like it's still early days - but good to see some ziners there.
I particularly liked this mini majellen on found things - check out her blog at

Cute find

It's always good to check out what the guys at Via Alley in Sydney find, I just saw this 'pet house'

A Rhino and a phone, part 2

So anyway last week on my way to work I stopped to take some photos of some wood. (I'd been walking past it wanting to capture it before it got moved on). So I did. I borrowed my daughters sketch to create this image. Not sure what happens to it next - other than it is now on my fridge as the calendar page for June.

A Rhino and a phone

The other night we (my kids and I ) had a drawing session. My bed, me in the middle. Sketch books on laps, pencils ready. "How about drawing a rhino with a pay phone?" I suggested to my nine year old daughter. "OK." she replied. This is her sketch.


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