Sunday, 31 August 2008

Brilliante Spring

As I mentioned in my last post, Andrea at Indigo Blue Designs presented me with this award. Thank you so much Andrea, I'm very happy to receive it!

Here are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs for an award.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs for the people you've nominated.

I've chosen seven bloggers who have blogs I really love to visit but who I haven't given an award to before:
Old Red Barn Co.,
be present be here,
Resurrection Fern,
Cornflower Blue Studio and
Dancing Mermaid.

All of these bloggers take gorgeous photographs. They write and craft with sensitivity and beauty. (Also, I am really inspired by MagnusMog, Ressurection Fern and Old Red Barn Co.'s commitment to sustainability.) If you haven't visited their sites before you are in for a treat. Enjoy!

Springtime's come to my corner of the Earth.
When I go out walking I sometimes catch the scent of jasmine and freesias, which I adore.
The fruit trees are in bloom as well.
This almond tree, which grows in the laneway behind my home, is covered in flowers:

I love the delicacy of the blossoms and the softness of the colours.

The weather's warming too.
I found this tiny lizard sunbathing by my backdoor last weekend:

As you can see, it was very relaxed, and let me come up surprisingly close to take this shot.

Craftwise, I've been trying to finish off the scarves I've been making ~ in another few weeks it will be too warm to wear them. I've also been playing around with wire. I'm in the process of crocheting a beaded cuff and I am having fun!
Here's where I got to last night:

I'm using purple plastic coated 24 gauge wire, an assortment of glass beads and a 3.50 mm steel hook.
...and, for those of you who might want to have a go yourself, here's a good tutorial.
I'm hoping that I can finish it off tonight ~ I need to do some more crocheting, and I also need to "block" it and to attach fastenings. I'm looking forward to putting it on ~ it will be interesting to see how it works as a piece of jewellery when it's worn.

Have a wonderful week, everybody.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

A Parade of Scarves and Wirework

Long time no blog, I know.
My job keeps on getting in the way.
I have some catching up to do!
Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments, in my last post, about my mum's drawings. She was tickled pink to receive them.
Thanks, too, to Rachel, from corn flower blue studio, and Cindy, from Chronicles of Yarnia, who tagged me for a meme. I'll respond as soon as I can.
I'd also like to blow virtual kisses to the lovely Andrea, of indigo blue designs, who presented me with an award. I'll acknowledge it properly next time I write here, I promise!

Even though work has been really time consuming, I've managed to get out and enjoy a little of the gorgeous Spring weather we've been experiencing here in Perth
...and I've been crafting, of course.

I've finished the chunky neck warmer I was working on:

...and I've completed the fan scarf I was crocheting:

I'm not totally happy with the second scarf because the weight of the wool pulls the fans out of shape but I've received enthusiastic compliments when I've worn it to work, and that's nice.

I've been gardening too,
and I thought I'd share some of the wire work that I've hung outside.

I have a mermaid reclining on the back fence:

I also have a sun catcher hanging in the garden
which, I've discovered, is hard to photograph because it's so long ~
so here's just a part of it:

I made both the sun catcher and the wire mermaid a few years ago with an artist called Regina at Fremantle Arts Centre. Sadly, Regina no longer lives in Western Australia. I wish she did, she was an excellent teacher and was lots of fun to work with.
I made this beaded ring in one of her workshops too:

I'd love to construct more of these...
Here's to a a joyful and productive week, everybody.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

An Owl and an Angel

My mother is an imaginative creature.
She often draws onto wood and pebbles ~ seeing images in their surfaces and bringing them to life with her pencils. She drew this little owl, quickly, yesterday and gave it to me when we met for coffee:

Mum also presented me with a belated birthday gift ~ a little kneeling angel:

I found it difficult to photograph in the frame,
but I kind of like the way the reflection of my hands works in this shot:

I love them both!
Thanks Mum.

I've continued to work on scarves.
(Work is really complicated and challenging right now. Creating simple things is like an antidote ~ soothing and relaxing.)
I've just about finished the scarflette I wrote about in my last post (I'm planning on uploading some pictures soon) and I've been crocheting a Crocus Scarf with some cheerful, bright red wool:

I've also bought some balls of Noro sock yarn from The Wool Shack:

which are destined to become a Spring Ripple Scarf or a Wavelength Scarf. I'm really looking forward to seeing the repeats of all that beautiful colour emerge as I crochet.

Happy creating everybody.

Sunday, 3 August 2008


I have chunky beads, chunky(ish) yarn and a chunky coconut shell button to show today.
I'll start off with the beads.
In my last post I said that I wanted to make some necklaces to go with an orangey~red bracelet that I wear a lot and this is the first that I've come up with:

It's made of big glass beads from India, small foil beads and quartz chips strung onto tiger tail. I've been wearing it to work and a little boy I see often took time out from being naughty to say "Nice necklace, Miss,"
so I consider it to be a success!

I've also been playing around with neck warmers and have been crocheting this:

I've used Cleckheaton Vintage Hues wool and this pattern for a crochet scarflette.
(Be warned, although my McAfee Site Advisor says that the page the pattern's on is from a safe site some of the adverts on the page might not be suitable for young children.)
I've modified the pattern by omitting the crochet shells and by putting a button hole into one end. I found the coconut button on Saturday and it really is big ~ about 5cm by 5cm (that's about 2 inches by 2 inches for my American friends). I'm hoping to get the neck warmer finished off tonight.

In other crafty news, I've been drawing up a design for a mosaic backsplash for my kitchen. If I can get away from work (wish me luck) I'd really like to start working on it on Wednesday. There's something terribly therapeutic about smashing tiles.

Thank you, by the way, to everybody who left comments on what I could do with the vintage buttons I posted about the last time I wrote here. It's great to get your input.