Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. It's time for chocolate.

2. Laos; it's not a bad place for a vacation.

3. I must be getting off to the gym

4. Chocolate is the best thing I have ever known.

5. My husband is simply the best. (apart from chocolate)

6. The last time I laughed really loudly was at one of my husband's jokes.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having a quiet night in, maybe watching a movie, tomorrow my plans include selling my son's van and Sunday, I have a stall at the Moocooboola Festival at Hunters Hill!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - 15

Phew! What a weekend it was, with the DUST team Christmas in July sale and promo.

It was so much fun and one of the best parts was looking at some Aussie shops I hadnt noticed before.

So here is a selection of some of my discoveries.

Happy shopping!
and dont forget my book giveaway below.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Book Giveaway!

Who would like to win a book?

This book -

Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis.

You would?

Then here's what you must do -

1. Leave a comment below to enter
2. Should you be successful, THERE'S A CATCH... you must promise to give the book away on YOUR blog when you finish reading it. It's all about sharing the love

This book giveaway was instigated by Angela of Pickles on Pizza, in February 2009.

So far, this book has journeyed from Greenville (MS, USA) to Montreal (QC, Canada) to Brisbane (QLD, Australia) to Sunbury (VIC, Australia) to Sydney ( NSW, Australia) and to me in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Where will it go next?

Entries close on 6th August.

The winner will be randomly drawn using , and announced on this blog.

Thanks for participating and I hope you win!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday treasuries

How wonderful to find myself in two treasuries his week, and both by curators who make amazing treasuries, as well as being talented creators.

handsmadebylorri was inspired by the Tour de France and selected my new fingerless mitts in her treasury.

My mitts can be found in BoosTees shop.

I took it as a great compliment because Lorraine is a very experinced knitter, who has also got some lovely mitts in her shop, but I couldnt resist this lovely colourful neck warmer.

hannahfaerie is the treasury queen!

I was thrilled to see my amethyst earrings in this colourful collection.

hannahfaerie makes amazing ceramic beads and uses them to create her own unique pieces.

This one would have fitted so well into her own treasury.

Cant wait to see what this week brings!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Prizes galore - DUST Christmas in July

You are all invited to take part in the DUST (downunder street team) Christmas in July giveaway on etsy.

You might win some hair clips by the lovely vanillapixie.

or some jewellery from one of the many and varied jewellery shops.

You can find the forum thread here -

See you there!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. When you have eaten all the chocolate in the house is not the end of the world.

2. Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I wish I had brought the washing in.

3. Chocolate tastes so good!

4. Sometimes, putting others first is a pain in the b**t.

5. The world is breathtaking, really.

6. Well, maybe there is method to my madness.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to a local restaurant, the Blue Tongue Lizard with friends, tomorrow my plans include working in the Nook, the craft co-operative in Leura and Sunday, I want to sell lots of things in my christmas in July sale (actually runs all weekend!

Local legend has it that Christmas in July started on one dark cold winter's night in 1980 in a hotel in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
A group of Irish friends were toasting their toes in front of a roaring log fire and bemoaning the hot christmases here in Australia.
The enterprising hotelier offered to serve a traditional christmas feast, with all the associated trimmings, and Santa - and the tradition was begun.

Since then the tradition has spread around the world, not just places in the Southern hemisphere.
Any excuse for a celebration!

Join the Australian sellers on etsy as they hold their first ever huge Christmas in July event.
With most shops having discount sales and give-aways in the etsy forums.

You an find out more here

I am having a "buy one get one free" sale.
From Saturday midnight until midday on monday.

Come on over and grab a bargain or two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - 14

It's nearly Christmas!

Christmas in July, that is!

Starting first thing Saturday morning, there will be giveaways and special offers from members of the DUST (down under street team) on etsy.

So this week I've picked out items that I've been coveting from these fantastic Aussie sellers.

Pocketcarnival is a very talented artist and also makes the cutest bags and clutches which feature some of her creations.
As well as clutches made from awesome fabric!

Speaking of bags and purses there are many wonderful bag creators down here and it's hard to choose just one.

but here goes -

I'm always a sucker for a prettty skirt!

And this one is top of my list at the moment -

Come on by to the DUST Christmas in July Sale on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

See above for more details.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday treasuries

I was so lucky last week.

Three beautiful treasuries - and two by the same lovely lady.

Apparently "Scarlet women have all the fun" according to scathinglybrilliant and who could disagree when you look at this stunning collection.

I'm tickled pink (or red) that the lovely Vanessa included my Soho red earrings.

Vanessa is a very talented artist.
Take a look at her shop and you will see beautiful lino-cuts like this one -

family of owls linocut on recycled music score paper by scathinglybrilliant

The second treasury from scathinglybrilliant, was this terrific blue one, where she was kind enough to include my Venice Lagoon earrings.

Blue just has to be my favorite colour!

Vanessa has an alter-ego called theuppitywoman where she sells vintage goodies, like this amazing shirt -

very art deco shirt from theuppitywoman

Then I was surprised to learn from twitter that LittleDickensDesigns had been inspired to make a collection of twitter followers.

Now isnt that a great idea!?

Littledickens chose my mermaids necklace to feature alongside all these other aqua beauties.

LittleDickens is a very creative artist who is in the process of revamping her etsy shop, but you can still see this gloriously colourful creation -

Thanks to both of you!

The Dish

It was an absolutely gloroius day at the Parkes radio telescope, "The Dish".

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. Pasta and tomato sauce make a quick and easy dinner.

2. Eating the Cheshire Cat is the book I'm reading right now. I got it in a blog swap!

3. July brings back memories of school holidays

4. Whatever it was was obvious.

5. They say if you tell your dreams - um, I dont know what do they say? I always tell my dreams if I remember them.

6. Don't take too long to think it over.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to packing my bag for the weeekend, and watching the cricket, tomorrow my plans include going to the craft market in the morning and catching up with frineds at Parkes in the afternoon and Sunday, I want to go and visit the radio telescope 'The Dish'!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - 13

I love riding my bicycle!
I love swooshing and whooshing down hill - puffing and panting up the other side is not so pretty.

I'm certainly not tour de france material!

But I would love to add this bag to my bike to carry my lunch, camera, lippie and stuff

It is a little bit cold at the moment and I thought some stylish gloves would fit the bill.
These are great 'cus you can peel the finger part back when you need to use you fingers, and even roll the thumb back too.
So ingeneous!

And they can be made in many colours - how about some red ones to match my bag?

And for those days when I just cant go out riding -

something to dream about!

One thing I have already bought specially for my bike riding days - too keep my ears warm -

Happy pedalling!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday treasury

Last week I was delighted to see my earrings in this striking treasury, curated by laceandlinks.

Carmel of Laceandlinks is multi-talented and has a gorgeous and eclectic shop.

I just love these cup-cosies
One for you and one for your friend!

In contrast to laceandlinks treasury I made this sup-colourful one!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New cards and a new banner

I'm thrilled with the way these business cards turned out - for our tshirt shop on etsy, BoosTees.

It is one of Vista prints' own designs but it suits our shop well.

How cute are the little owls!

The writing is a bit small, so next time I'll make it bigger, but I love the swirly font.

I also ordered a banner for my market stall.

I've been wanting one for years.

This also is a Vista design and it look so much better than my previous laminated sign.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. The last thing I ate was leftover Pad Thai (i'm eating that now) and before that a peanut butter sandwich.

2. The cutest little outfit from Samibop for my newest great-nephew is something I recently bought.

3. When it rains, it wets the washing again

4. My darling husband, when he brought me my cup of tea in bed, was the first person I talked to today.

5. Hugs are healing.

6. Sometimes you need some extra comfort.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching the cricket on TV, tomorrow my plans include WOW! no plans - surprise me! and Sunday, I want to watch my daughter play soccer!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - 12

Even though spring is a long way off, my thoughts are turning to the garden.

So I put on my gardening apron,

plant some herbs in pots,

and give them a little friend to keep them company.

- when it stops raining!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

dust christmas in july

what do I want to be when I grow up?

Like many other craftspeople, I like to dabble.

What I mainly do is string beads, make earrings, necklaces, bracelets - things that dont take a great deal of time, are popular, sell and enable me to go and buy more lovely beads.

But it's fun to dabble and play and learn!

This is what I have been dabbling with recently.

I much admire beader Beth Stone.
Her book 'Seed Bead Stitching' is much more exciting than it sounds, showing basic techniques of bead weaving and a myriad of variations.

I have been learning some of her techniques.

right angle weave, daisy chain, tri stitch, quad stitch, tri stitch variation, and twisted brick stitch made into a bracelet.

I subscribe to Beadwork magazine, and it is always inspirational.
With my growing collection of japanese cylinder beads I was lured into making this bracelet, designed by Linda Gettings.

It took ages!

roller-girl bracelet

I am still fsacinated by triangles and they make up relatively quickly.
The hanging part is the most challenging.
Trying to find a method that looks part of the piece is my goal.
I want it to be an extension of the triangle somehow, but havent got it quite right here.

Back to the drawing/beading board!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday treasury

Many thanks to percivalroad for including my pale silver grey earrings in this pretty treasury full of Australian crafters.

Percivalroad's shop is full of beautiful handmade and collage cards and gift tags.
They are truly unique.

These are my favorites at the moment -

Please go and visit percivalroad!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Christmas in July

Look out!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Fill In

1. When I heard my babies cry I just had to go and cuddle them.

2. Laughter is the best medicine.

3. It's late, but I love watching the tennis on TV.

4. My husband brings me a cup of tea in bed, always.

5. My eyes have seen the beauty of the natural world.

6. I like my tea to be made strongly.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to see Steel Magnolias at our local theatre, tomorrow my plans include um! nothing yet and Sunday, I want to go to collect my jewellery from an art and craft show and find that I have sold everything (ha) !

One lovely blog award

Many thanks to Tiffany of Owl and Fox for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

These are the conditions of the award -

Rules: 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So here are my blog picks, please go and have a look -

1. my spare time
2. Fabulously funky
3. Her library adventures
4. Pam de Groot fibre and textile art
5. Epheriell designs
6. trove
8. Anastasia drawing and dreaming
9. The rabbit muse
10. Tins and treasures
11. Life in the dome
12. Grand purl baa
13. Vibe designs
14. (my name's not means "well presereved")
15. little chrissy

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - 11

I saw this in the etsy voter this morning and I SO want it! and I want it now!

This cuff might go rather nicely with it.

Well I just have a 'thing' about owls at the moment -

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