25 November 2010

My Creative Space


... literally.
This is where I was at 8.00am this morning.
Me, my crochet hook and a hexagon or two.
Waiting for the Fairy while she had her piano lesson.
Which, by the way, are going extremely well
(3 so far).
She is counting the days to the Christmas recital,
as she is bell No Five in Jingle Bells.

I had a better picture, but am having trouble uploading at the moment.
This is one that I played around with on Piknick
(does that count as creative ?)
and it's the only one that will upload.

A quiet one today.
Let us pause a moment for the mining families
in New Zealand.

Hop over to here for some beautiful spaces.

Carmel
x

22 November 2010

Pardon My Greek

Here is one of my favourite local spots.
I always turn the corner and think I have
travelled back in time and
have found myself espadrille clad roaming
the little streets of Skiathos
in the depths of the Greek Islands
(looking for a felafel stuffed pitta bread)


A further walk around the corner
and it's confirmed that I am indeed
in True Blue territory down under ...


But a backward glance
and I'm almost in Hawaii.

I had a lovely lunchtime here with Pru
of Flotsam Friends last week
To go off on a completely different tangent.
I wish I could change my picture size with click and drag
in editor.  Given the choice of small, medium, large X-large,
large is too small and X-large (above) is too big
any hints?

Have a great week all.
Yahsu
G'Day
Aloha

Carmel
x

18 November 2010

My Creative Space

 Phoff! Where did the week go?!
I've pulled my fabric stash apart
and gathered together some ingredients
to make some Christmas stockings.
My inspiration came from this Christmas Things pattern,
picked up at the Op Shop the other day.
My challenge will be making at least one by Christmas Eve
 
Loving hessian at the moment.
It brings memories of holidays in the Greek Islands flooding back.
It's the espadrille connection - the smell and texture.
Scary how my mind works, I know.
I rescued this piece off the top of a friends' skip,
due to travel to the dump the next day.
I was as happy as Larry.
This was used on a special project that
someone asked me to work with them.
All to be revealed in the New Year.
Having served its purpose in one piece,
it is now destined for other things,
which include the string crochet flowers.
I'm looking forward to this one.
This project is a commission I will be parting with,
but I will be making more for me if it turns out how I envisage

Tune in here for some clever clogs.

Carmel
x

16 November 2010

Midnight Visitor


The tooth fairy came to our house again last week.
The preparation of appropriate tooth is a ritual I adore.
My own fairy made a tiny origami envelope to place the tooth into.
She made a larger envelope with a letter.
A little copper pot big enough to hold a coin was prepared with
wool scraps, so the fairy would not make a noise when said coin
was dropped in.
I convinced her to place all the above on her dresser
next to her bed, instead of under her pillow.
I had visions of the tooth fairy trying desperately to locate
all the items in silence, in the dark, without prodding
sleeping toothless child.
Apples are currently being cut up for consumption.

Hope you're all having a lovely week out there.
Carmel
x

11 November 2010

My Creative Space






Saturday was rainy and miserable.
A perfect day for sitting in front of the computer.
Looking for tutorials and how tos.
These hexagons from Meet Me At Mikes are addictive.

I was thinking cushion cover ...
but they are breeding like wildflower,
so possibly a throw.
I will have to head back to google and You Tube
for ideas on how to edge the final product.

I found this little frame on Coco Rose Textiles.
Originally from Lola Nova.
Waiting for pay day,
to order some yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills.
I have a feeling these will be addictive too.
I raided Miss Fairy's jewellery stash
looking for bangles, of which there should have been many.
I do believe there must have been a secret cull
by the Lone Dad when I was in England.
I used a scoobie wrapped round twice,
so that explains the wonky middle. 
It's also not quite right on the edging either,
as I made this in the car on the way to the
opening of the Australian Baseball League
on Saturday night.

Red pipe cleaner is one of Miss Fairy's
many pipe cleaner creations made on Saturday.
I just borrowed it for a bit of colour.

Thursday is the day to check in here.
Happy Creating

Carmel
x

09 November 2010

London: Portobello Road




You'd often find me here on Saturdays in my teens
It was funky, vibrant, cool and the place to be.
My niece and I hopped on the tube here after the V&A.
It's been some years since my last visit and I
could not help but be disappointed to see main stream
shops, such as Jack Wills and Cath Kidston,
have made their way onto the Road.
Saving grace was under the flyover on The Green
where the vintage market was happily plonked
for Friday trading.  Phew!
We picked up a few yummy food items
from the street market stalls - still brilliant.
The Spanish grocer is still trading - another Phew!
My niece, not being a vintage sort of gal, like her aunty,
was delighted when I suggest we nip up the road
to White City Westfield.
I explained how this gesture
showed the depths of my love for her.
My idea of torture.
Particularly Hollister - little brother of Abercrombie & Fitch.
I fought my way through the dark, after shave laden air
to purchase her birthday present,
then plonked on their very comfy easy chair in the entrance
in some natural daylight to wait for Miss M to reappear from
the din.

I think my younger niece will be much more a vintage trolling
sort of teenager - aah - next trip.

Carmel
x

05 November 2010

The Piano


We have a piano.
We have a tutor.
We have an enthusiastic 7 year old.
We have nice neighbours
- for the moment.

Happy Weekend
Carmel
x

01 November 2010

Boo!




Welcome to Scardey Cat Alley!

Growing up Halloween was one of my favourite times of year.
It was up there with Christmas and Easter.
Halloween started as an Irish tradition and was taken
to America with the Irish immigrants.
I'm from an Irish family,
although we just skipped across to London.
Halloween was a big deal in our house.
My Nana sent a cake called Barn Brack every year.
It had lucky and not so lucky charms to tell your
fortune for the following year.
We had a special dinner and yummy pudding with Barn Brack.
We played games like apple bobbing.
We didn't go trick or treating, as that just wasn't done
in London back then.

Yesterday we went down to Scardey Cat Alley.
My friend Shelley builds a Halloween extravaganza
down the side of her house for the neighbourhood
children (and adults) each year.
It is fabulous!
We were still sitting around the chiminera
in the street with her neighbours
at 10pm last night.
All a bit tired today.

Happy Monday
Carmel
x