Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Molly, Ginny, Minnie& Amy...

Well, 2 of them - just don't ask me which one is which! I can't tell from the photo who is who. Always entertaining, always looking for food, great for cleaning up scraps. Bit slow on the egg laying at the moment due to the cold weather HINT HINT ladies. First egg today for 2 weeks! Finally, the hot garlic porridge is paying off!

I actually had to BUY eggs for the first time in years this week, and was shocked to discover that the egg on the right at 55g is classed as LARGE - as opposed to the home grown one on the left, 74g and pretty much the usual size they lay!

­čĺíRemember the Pascoe Vale Spinners & Weavers exhibition is on this weekend.

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Friday, 24 May 2013


Just quickly - check out the Made in Thornbury site for their pop- up-shop event. Sooo want to go have a look, love the idea of a pop up shop, keep reading about them in my UK craft mags.

And the annual "Mark it" craft market is on again this Sunday at Fed Square.

PLUS the wonderful Pascoe Vale Spinners & Weavers group exhibition is on NEXT weekend, Sat & Sun June 1&2, 10-4pm. At the swimming pool hall, Prospect st off Cumberand rd Pascoe Vale. Amazing displays, beautiful hand dyed & hand spun wool for sale, plus kids craft activities.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Op shop Love at first sight...

The photo does not show the colour very well, but when I spotted this vintage look, pale mint green, woollen winter coat (size 12) at the op shop on Friday, I had to have it! Luckily it fits - over a t-shirt, not room for too many layers underneath. I bought my favourite grey woollen coat at the same shop last year (or maybe the year before) and just as then, it was starting to rain so I wore the coat out out of the shop! Even in close up, just can't get the colour right, it is actually quite lovely...

Had a quick visit to the Thornbury Suitcase rummage market yesterday on the way to Northland to try & find clothes for the rest of the family. Where can you buy clothes for skinny blokes? The 12 y/o has legs up to his armpits but is skinny as, too tall for kids' jeans, but too skinny for men's wear! Won't look at coloured jeans, or anything with a label/print on it. I swear I could open a shop tomorrow catering for skinny blokes & boys, & sell out straight away!

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Knitting time

Ok it is officially cold, the heater is on, washing hanging on the clothes horse, soup cooking on the stove, and the wool stash closely examined for knitting projects.

First cab off the rank- these mitts have actually been in the making for a while. (I think the wool was purchased last year!) and mostly made at Easter, with my 8 year old niece following me around begging me to teach her how to knit! We did sit down for a lesson or two, and she is still going! Full of holes, but she took to it and had added a few more rows ( and a few more holes) when I visited last weekend.
Anyway, back to the mitts. Black acrylic yarn, & a ball of black with a green fleck from the Yarn Barn. For my 11 year old nephew. Next up are mitts for his 8 year old sister (she of the knitting lessons). Knitted in about 2 nights. Mitts are a great, quick project! And a great gift for kids!

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Jaffa smasher

I know the fete was last year, but I just found this pic of the Jaffa smasher from my phone. If you google "Jaffa smasher" there are a few references to school fetes, but only a couple of pictures. It seems to be a particularly 'Victorian school fete' thing to do! Lots of fun, lots of mess,lots of jaffas!
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Monday, 6 May 2013

NZ winter woollies#1

My in-laws have just returned from a holiday in NZ where they bought me these 2 lovely balls of wool. My sister in law thought it very amusing that instead of the more usual arrangement of making a present, her mum gave me some wool to make my own present!

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