Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fill In

1. The last band I saw live was Chase the Sun.
2. What I look forward to most on Christmas in July is getting together with my family (lame I know, but it is the only time I see them. (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is at the bottom of my 'to do' list.
4. Thoughts of retirement fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear tight clothes.
6. Bagpipes arrghhhhh.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a home party at my friend kerry's, tomorrow my plans include taking my daughter to a gymnastics display and Sunday, I want to pack for my holiday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bright beads are best

I love the bright colours of this season.
I think it's something to do with my age but I am getting brighter and brighter.
So imagine my joy when I found these lovely smooth, bright, chunky ceramic beads during my latest bead shopping expedition. I filled my basket with them!
I have made them up into short, funky necklaces and also a longer version which has been popular.
It's such fun to mix and match the various shapes and colours.
The necklace feels great on and of course I had to keep one for myself - to go with my new bright summer wardrobe.

You can find a necklace like this in my etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Australian handcrafted gift guide

The etsy DUST (down under street team) now has a gift guide to help you find wonderful handmade goodies for all occasions.
The Dust team is a great group of creative aussies, including artists, jewellery designers, knitters, seamstresses, photographers and many more who all sell their wares on etsy, and support each other and hope to bring awareness of the handmade movement to as many people as possible.

In this age of mass produced blandness, isnt it great to find something unique, lovingly created by someone who loves what they do, is ethically produced and doesnt cost an arm and a leg?

Head on over to the gift guide and you will see what I mean.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Little rings for little fingers

Making little beaded rings is quick and satisfying.
At first it's hard to make them small enough if you are used to making bracelets (usually) or necklaces (never!).
Little girls love to wear rings so I strove to make some to satisfy young fingers.

These rings are made from a design by Dustin Wedekind from the Beading Daily site.
I love combining bright and pretty beads and can't wait to see what the little princesses think of them.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday fill-in

1. Please feel free to comment on my first friday fill-in.
2. When I walk past a restaurant cooking garlic prawns I can't help sniffing it occasionally.
3. My favorite thing to cook is a big vegetable curry.
4. chocolate is something I can't get enough of.
5. That's the thing I love most about cats, they are so independent.
6. questions I cant understand always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to some cooler weather, tomorrow my plans include having a stall at Glenbrook market and Sunday, I want to go for a bushwalk with some friends!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

things I have bought from etsy

I had been admiring this unusual wrap for some time in yarnaboutyarn's shop.
I love the colour and the way it just hugs the shoulders and the fun frill, and the way it has a twist a the front.

- Then it was reduced in price as part of the monthly Dust (down under street team ) sale.
And I knew I had to have it!
It's always so exciting buying something from etsy - waiting for the parcel to arrive, unwrapping and seeing your chosen special thing in the flesh.
This one didnt disappoint, I just love it.
I was able to wear it the next day when I went to a street fair, as it was cool setting up in the morning.
I felt so special.
There is another lovely wrap in this shop - pink this time. I wonder if it has my name on it too.

You can also have a look at all the lovely colourful freeform knitted creations here -

Something else I bought recently was a birthday present for my 20year old son

20 year olds are impossible to buy for - unless it is a new guitar!
He is a big Dr. Who fan (who isnt?) and sometimes he seems to live in a parallel universe!
I am a big fan of David Loong's work, he makes these little works of art from silver, copper and brass. They are quirky, sometimes satyrical and always have a story to tell.

If you are stuck for what to buy a man in your life I recommend checking out David Loong's shop.

Happy shopping!
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