ugly crochet update

I thought I’d share some piccies of the ugly crochet I mentioned in meme tuesday. here is the cushion cover I’m working on while watch vampire diaries courtesy of Netflix: 


it was made out of scraps from the loosely termed “scrappy” blanket, which ended up actually increasing my stash by about 20 balls of wool when I realised I needed waaaaaay more colour options than I had available! 

and these are the two blanket thieves that claimed it as soon as it was finished! 


a baby blanket for odette

i’ve been flat out trying to finish this semester of university and get my degree completed, so the posts have been few and far between. in amongst the cold weather, the study and working, ross and i have become an aunty and uncle for the first time! little odette frances haden arrived in birmingham, uk […]

how to wear animals part 1

i’ve been sourcing some cute pretties to complete my outfit (and stick in my hair etc) since leaving adelaide and ikeguchi behind (ikeguchi is an awesome store specialising in japanese homewares, kawaii accessories and independent australian/new zealand designers. if you’re in town, go say hi). i thought i’d share a few of my faves, all of which are available online through their own store or through etsy/ebay.

ikandi from brisbane. favourites in the collection include the teacup kittens brooch, ziggy stardust brooch and red lips studs.

made590 from newtown, sydney. favourites include the caped capybara and donkey cart brooches, and the jackalopes in the homewares (one of which is on my window ledge).

corky st clair from melbourne (hidden under flinders st station) has gorgeous sterling silver and gold plate jewellery. i wear a delicate moveable skeleton every day, but other favourites include the skipping girl, han solo in carbonate and quartz skull necklaces

elizabeth pawle from london has adorable illustrated ceramic brooches; loving the foxes and bears, but really: who can go past marching badgers?!?!?

hungry designs from brisbane has awesome laser cut brooches; the three teeth, shadow puppet and day of the dead themed disney characters are awesome.

erstwilder from melbourne do great resin jewellery in quirky designs; my new fave is the kookaburra! (i’ve included a link to birdsnest who stock erstwilder online).

brainbow from sydney have cubed animals, retro tvs and star wars characters to wear around your neck and on your chest with pride!

but for the original and best in quirky brooches, you can’t go past lea stein. lea is a french designer who started playing with bakelie and resin in the 1950s and created her iconic brooches from layering colours and patterns. i haven’t included a link to her work because you can find it through antique dealers, vintage stores, ebay and specialist online stores; but they don’t have full collections and you’re better off checking prices and legitimacy before blindly purchasing. each piece is slightly different and features at least 3 different patterns. i was given my first piece this year as a birthday gift (a penguin brooch)

, so i’m officially hooked!


fabric scraps

super crafty as i am, i still can’t sew. if i need anything finished off i send it to my gran in terrigal for machine sewing and then it makes it’s way back to me. i’ve got a massive pile of fabric off cuts & scraps waiting for the day i finally learn.

that being said, hand sewing isn’t a problem; i thought i’d give a couple of little projects a go to give the crochet a rest for a while. here’s my future fox pillow kit i picked up in daylesford; i’ve had some embroidery cotton hanging around so i changed a couple of colours & swapped the fabric from brown and pink to grey and apricot floral (which my gran has had in her stash for 20yrs)…



and i’m attempting a couple of the ric rac kits after this. chevron pussy cat, anyone?


let’s see how long it takes me to get sick of hand back-stitching everything, huh? lots of respect for the tailors and sewing gurus pre-sewing machine days. hard to believe everything, including silk lace was made by hand. those were the days!

finding a class – laneway learning

i’ve been trying to get inspired and use my brain in a different way. for some people that means reading books, playing chess or completing crosswords. since starting my degree six years ago (i study part time), being creative and making things has been my ‘time out’. it’s strange that it took a really technical, logic driven career path to finally kick start the arty farty side of me; i’ve always liked to make things and write, but there’s been a degree of trepidation and resistance involved that’s usually to do with having ridiculous expectations. i’m not good at creating things when there is a deadline or external pressure involved, and as much as a career in design or writing would have been lovely, i would have cracked.

melbourne is definitely a city that encourages and inspires design and creativity. i struggled to find a beginners’ crochet course in adelaide and eventually had to teach myself via youtube tutorials, but in melbourne it’s almost a case of not having enough time to try everything on offer! some of the best classes i’ve found are with laneway learning: they cover everything from wine appreciation, to 3d printing, to crafts, to environmentalism, political theories and even ‘how to be happy’ classes. i’m heading to a beginner’s knitting class this wednesday night (believe it or not, i can’t knit: one hook is much easier to handle than two sticks moving in opposite directions) so i’ll be sure to add some knitting to the repertoire in the future. i recently went along to the paper flowers workshop that was facilitated by paperlou from paperlab (who also run their own workshops), and ross and i tried out the zombie appreciation class a couple of months back too! gggrrr, aaargh (insert joss whedon geek reference here).

i completely forgot to take photographs of my flowers i made at the tutorial, but i’ve managed to salvage one from twitter of my 3d rose that i snapped on the train ride, hence the dirty nails and bad lighting. you can find a great youtube tutorial for making poppies here!

paper rose