After a trip to the hospital in the ambulance on Friday night, overnight in emergency and 2 days in the children's ward Roxy and I are back home. My poor sweetpea had a bad asthma attack and is still recovering from it. I'm also trying to recover from the stress and almost complete lack of sleep.
It might be a little quite around here this week, but I'll be back soon. I hope you had a lovely weekend.
Are you adventurous with colour? I have to say that generally I'm not. In my clothes or my interiors. I definitely like splashes of colour but I think I'm too fickle with it to be able to commit to anything on a large scale. I worry that I may regret my choice too soon. When I see interiors like this though I feel inspired to let loose a bit.
While I love the images above and aspire to live like that sometimes, I adore shot below. It makes my heart sing. This is more my speed... for now at least. I love the way the artwork just 'pops' out of it's environment. It's like a hidden jewel of a secret waiting to be uncovered.
We're all under the weather here at the moment with bad colds.
But something brightened my day today... I received an email saying that I have been accepted into Finders Keepers market in Brisbane. Woohoo, I can't wait.
I spent the day cutting out Hello Birdy Pillows for Handmade next weekend. Next on the list are Ooshkas. I wonder if I could be organised enough to make enough stock for both markets in one go.... wishful thinking perhaps. I'm having lots of fun choosing fabrics from my stash. Isn't that the best part?! Oh yeah, except for buying fabric. Now that's fun. And ripping open the parcel of fabric as soon as you close the door on the postie. I love that bit too.
I can't wait to show you my reorganised and relocated fabric stash which I managed to do last weekend. Now that it's in a cabinet with a glass door I can't stop looking at it. The weather has been so crappy that the light isn't good enough to shoot. I also want to show you some lovely things i received in the mail recently. Hopefully it will brighten up on the weekend.
Today has been windy and cold and pouring with rain... pretty miserable really. But great weather to be inside listening to nice music, drinking herbal tea and working hard. Which is exactly what I've done. I've spent the whole day being very productive updating my website and my shop. At last, hooray! It feels great great to get on top of really big jobs like that.
Here's my new shop banner... after seeing Roxy as a tot, here's a recent shot of her playing with her Sweetie collection.
Great news for me that it's done, and good news for you too. As a very much appreciated reader of the red thread blog you can get a 15% discount off anything in my shop (not the website, just the shop) for the next week. All you have to do is put in the code MAYBLOG at checkout.
By now you must know I'm desperate to learn to crochet, and more importantly I'm desperate to love doing it. My one attempt at granny squares last year left me somewhat ambivalent, but I see so many wonderful crocheted things that I really want to join the cool hooking crowd. So I'm very much looking forward to being part of crochet queen Sarah London's class in the Craft Room series.
Sarah creates all sorts of loveliness and you can buy her patterns and even the yarn to make them.
Oh how much would I love to make a stool cover like the one below! So gorgeous.
So much crochet love in one post. Do you hook? Do you have any favourite sites or blogs to share? Please do tell.
This week there was a tutorial on Annekata (which I found via the lovely Maya) showing you how to make your own fabric paper tape. It's such a wonderful idea and a great tutorial, but it was quite involved and it inspired me to make my own fabric tape in a similar but much simpler way.
Stick a length of tape onto the back of your fabric and rub it down so it's firmly attached to the tape. (I didn't bother cutting the fabric first, I just stuck the tape along the edge of a large piece of fabric). Trim the fabric along the sides of the tape... and you're done! So simple and quick, and the tape is so much fun. When you're ready to use it just peel off the backing.
Visit Annekata to see where my inspiration came from, and take a look at Maya's beautiful tape, and you'll also find they have gorgeous blogs.
What are you up to this weekend? I have recently increased my fabric stash and intend to reorganise and relocate all my fabric tomorrow. I'd also like to make a start on sewing some Ooshkas. I'll be having a stall at Handmade Market in Canberra on Saturday 5th June and need to get sewing in preparation.
Whatever you're up to, enjoy!
I've just been online window shopping at Jonathan Adler and I'm loving the retro styling of these pieces.
While I do love original vintage pieces (and have a lot of them in my home) I have to say I'm partial to retro styled sofas and chairs for the combination of style and the comfort factor. You know how often a vintage sofa looks gorgeous but it's not so great to sit on? What do you think? Would you prefer all original or do you like new pieces which have a nod to vintage?
It seems like I'm the last person in blogland to do a wrap up of the show...
I had lovely neighbours in Jodie of Ric Rac, Claire of Craft Schmaft and Kristen Doran and I came home with some of Jodie's postcards to embroider, an owl kit from Claire and some of Kristen's fabric. Other purchases were a fabulous red tea towel from Nic of Yardage Design, which I'm going to frame and hang in the kitchen, some Ink & Spindle fabric, little brooches from Red Parka Designs, and the most divine wool felt from Winterwood. I've already made a scarf out of the felt and have plans for another one and a necklace... I bought a lot of it!
The images above also include gorgeous hand dyed wool from Kate of One Fat Slug, purses from Nikki, cushions from pippijoe, fabric covered badges from Crayon Chick
I really enjoyed the 5 days I had hanging out with all these lovely creative women, and meeting some of you who visit my blog and everyone else who stopped for a chat.
If you ordered an Ooshka pattern kit at the Show I'll be packing them and sending them out this week. And if you're waiting to order one they'll be available next week, together with the Hello Birdie Pillow pattern.
When bouncing from blog to blog to website to blog (you know how it goes) recently I came across Stuff You Can't Have. Artisit catherine McEver has started a project using Wonder Bread as her art medium.... emroidered bread, who would've thought?
And sweet bread flowers to feed to the fish.
I know it's Friday and not Monday, but I just couldn't wait three more days to show you this beautiful-beyond-words blog.
You know how sometimes you come across something that actually makes you catch your breath? That's what happened when I first visited A Thing For... I'm sure you'll agree blogger Maritza Teodoro has an incredible sense of colour, composition and style. The way she combines images is nothing short of breathtaking.
Isn't that a beautiful way to end the week?
I hope you have an equally beautiful and inspiring weekend. See you Monday.
A Thing For... found via Lobster and Swan via Once Wed
Mimi is a fiber artist who lives in Boston. She also creates wonderful mini worlds in tea cups and other lovely dolls and animals. You can find them all on her ever-inspiring blog.
Brooklyn based Mast Brothers Chocolate combines 3 of my favourite things: design, craft, and of course, chocolate.
A friend sent me the link to this wonderful Cool Hunting clip. Mast Brothers byline is American Craft Chocolate and when you watch this video you'll see why. I'm so inspired by these guys. Rick and Michael Mast's chocolate is lovingly handmade in small batches and they seem to be all about the craft, the process and the detail. Take a sec out of your day to watch this... they even talk about importing their cocoa beans by sail boat! So cool.
eep! I can't quite get that to fit inside my layout and look nice. But I guess if you're looking at it in your reader you won't know the difference anyway :)