Saturday, June 30, 2007
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 www.ladroguerie.jp
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
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?
So I keep talking alot about 'the shed', so I thought maybe you'd like to see it. It's in the garage of our 1940's house. It is also pretty much the only thing we have managed to renovate and THE reason why we bought the house. I didn't worry about cleaning up for you.
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?
Sunday, June 17, 2007
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
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
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.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
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?
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
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
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.
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.