Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dream Catcher featured in etsy Treasury

Very exciting - one of my Dream Catchers has been included in an etsy Treasury on Dreams. Thanks Lauren (forbiddenworlds) for including me.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just listed...

This weekend I'm trying to get my act together and am listing some new items on etsy and made it.  So far, I've listed my 3 machine embroidered dream catcher wall hangings. These are made of silk which has been freehand machine embroidered and then I've embroidered the dream catcher onto the silk background and hand embellished with floaty feathers and beads.  The back is lined in black poly/cotton with lightweight dowel hanging rod

In Ojibwa (Chippewa) culture, they believe that a dreamcatcher filters a person's dreams. According to legend "Good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web, where they perish in the light of dawn."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Woo Hoo!!! My first etsy sale!!

Yes, I know I'm overdoing the exclamation marks but I made my first etsy sale last night - my Here Kitty brooch is on it's way to Memphis.  Very exciting - just the motivation I need to get cracking on some more brooches and list some of my other pieces that I've been procrastinating about.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BROOCH - The Subject... IV

Received the poster for the Contemporary Art Society brooch exhibition today.  From the examples shown it looks like it's going to have a lot of interesting pieces in it.  I'm going to be sure to pop along and have a look.  I've put in 4 of my beaded brooches - hopefully they'll sell.

Monday, August 16, 2010

So much to do, so little time....

I wandered into my workroom last night and realised that I had so many projects either on the go, in the planning stages or in the I really not sure what I'm going to do with this stage.  It was all getting too much and I wasn't doing anything at all so I decided that I needed a To Do list and here it is:

Cherry Blossoms - the blossoms are bursting on the trees outside my building and they got my creative juices flowing - not exactly what I'm going to do but I have ideas for 2 pieces - both using this beautiful blue silk I've had in my stash for some time.  One piece will be representational with stitching and little handmade silk blossoms (if I can work out how to make them) and the other will involve printing a photo of the blossoms onto fabric and stitching onto the silk background with some words and buttons as well.  Both will be framed pieces - just need to find some interesting frames and I can get started.

l'ucello - I bought some beautiful vintage goodies from l'ucello in the Nicholas Building (if you haven't been - GO!!! - it's divine) and I want to do something romantic with them - patchworky with flowers, dyed doilies perhaps, trims and I'm not sure what else.  This will probably be another framed piece so the frame will dictate the size.

Netbook Bag - I've just bought myself the cutest little netbook (it's the latest Vivienne Tam edition from HP) and want to make a sassy case for it - I'm thinking something with a purse/handbag frame and have it either as a clutch or add a handle and make it into a handbag rather than a boring pouch but am not sure if the fabric will stay in the frame with the weight of the netbook in it.

Handbag & Purse - bought handbag & coin purse frames at the recent Quilt & Craft Fair - and fabric - but then I decided I wasn't really sure about the fabric so I've bought some more off ebay and now I'm good to go.  Started the purse this past weekend but haven't got any fabric glue and I've since found better instructions on the internet which gives a cleaner finish so need to do some rejigging once I've got some glue

Brooches - make some more brooches - check out my etsy & made it stores for more...

stay tuned ... there's plenty more to come - this list going to be loooooong

Saturday, August 14, 2010


It was a miserable Saturday  morning here in Melbourne today but I braved the elemennts and headed to the Sisters Market at the Brunswick Town Hall.  There was a wonderful range of crafted goodies - beautiful jewellery, things for the kiddliwinks, candles, books and the most gorgeous skirts from Dora Ruby, a Melbourne based designer.  I picked up this fab example of her work - I think it's going to be one of those skirts you can wear out to lunch or throw on when you want to dash out for a bottle of ...

She has stores on both etsy and made it.

It's so cute and I think it will go nicely with the cardie I'm knitting in Jo Sharp's Alpaca Silk Georgette - the colour's called Twig and it's more beautiful shade of green.  I using Katya Frankel's Tamzin pattern (from Ravelry, of course) - very easy, well written and it's top down so no sewing up once it's knitted (yay) - here's my work in progress