Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pretty gifts from a blog friend

I was very lucky a few weeks ago to meet up with the lovely Pam from Petals and Vintage, who was in Hobart as part of her huge trip from Queensland, right down to the bottom of Tasmania and then home again.

We met up with Jane from Life on Planet Baby for a morning cuppa down on the waterfront in Hobart. It is so funny meeting someone you "know" but have never met. We all had a lovely time (and time just flew).

But just look at these beautiful goodies Pam gifted to me! A gorgeous lavender-filled mini cushion made from a vintage tablecloth, along with a couple of her pretty magnets. I love them all! Isn't she clever?
It was lovely to meet you Pam. Hopefully I can get up your way some day.
Well, it's drizzly here in Hobart this morning. The garden is thankful but to me, as much as we need the rain, it feels like the end of summer. Not happy about that!
I hope you are all having a nice week.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Market wrap up

I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the market yesterday. I don't know if it was the hot weather that kept people away, but it just didn't seem very busy. I received really lovely feedback and the offer of a local stockist (which was a highlight and something I will follow up) but just not a lot of customers.
But, thems the breaks as they say. At least I have stock for Etsy and also for my next market which I think might be in May.
I have to get myself organised and add more things to the Etsy store. Scarves are just so difficult to photograph! I like the shot above, styled on a Victorian mannequin (just borrowed I'm afraid) but to get a shot of the whole design of the scarf is tricky. That'll keep me busy.
Have a lovely week.

Friday, February 22, 2013


I have been enjoying using my new camera at every opportunity. Suddenly I have so many photos to show you all!
I picked these blue/purple flowers recently and photographed them on a black background. I could snap away all day. So, here we have a tiny viola, lobelia, a cornflower and a salvia bloom. I adore blue flowers and our front yard is full of them.
Well, it has been a busy week with events on at work and my market to get ready for. I'm pooped! Tomorrow is a day off and then Sunday I'll be busy at the market. Then Monday means I have to attend to all the mess I have created during this week!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Market this weekend!

I have been a very busy bee getting ready for the market this weekend.
You can see me and all the other artists/designers in the look book here. It's exciting - I've never looked so professional! And see, there's one of my scarves in the promotional image above. Woohoo!
I started to panic when my fabric order had not arrived and I couldn't get a tracking update online like I usually do. For all I knew it was not going to arrive in time and I'd have no scarves to sell. What a disaster!
Luckily for me the delivery man arrived at my door yesterday afternoon. Phew - he saved the day! I told him he was a lifesaver and he said, "no, I'm just a driver". I think he thought I was a bit nuts!
I'd love it if you were able to drop by to say hello...
Masonic Temple, Sandy Bay Road.
Sunday 24th Feb 10am to 3pm.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pretty pink hearts

Being Valentines Day I thought I'd post some pretty paper hearts I recently made for the Good Mail Club.  They're made from that soft Japanese paper which I cut, coloured and stitched together. I wish I had made more! I am not big on Valentines Day but it has been lovely this year receiving some pretty mail in the post. I will post pictures when it all arrives :)
So readers, have a 'love"-ly day!! I'm so glad you take the time to pop by for a read. I am always surpried when a friend mentions something they've read here - sometimes I wonder if anyone reads this little blog :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This long weekend...

James Craig, not wooden but very impressive. Smoky skies in the background.

Lyndon and I visited the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. It was great, the weather was fab and the Hobart foreshore really came to life. We actually went down Friday evening, Saturday morning and then again Saturday evening.

Lyn had in the past had his boat in the festival, but as it's still being restored we will have to wait another 2 years to take part again.

We rather liked the vintage Chris Craft above, but I have to say, the sea dogs were my favourite!
Look at this cutie below! He was my favorite :)

We also went to the Hobart Regatta where I had my first ever go on the Dodgem Cars. It was fun! I think I was quite good at it (can you be bad at it???). It was certainly a laugh, chasing people around in circles.
I also did a lot of gardening, pulling out a tonne of weeds. Still a lot to do to make the garden looks pretty again.
Oh and did I mention I am taking part in a craft market in less than two weeks? Eeek! I had ordered fabric for scarves but the printers haven't posted it yet!! Freaking out here...
Have a great week

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday flowers... Busy bee

I photographed this very busy bee out in the garden the other day.

It was doing circles around a stem of Liatris (or Gay Feather) in my backyard.

Don't you think the colour is beautiful?  After a slow start this plant has done so well this year, with many long, healthy stems - very pleasing to the eye.
I am happy that it's Friday. The Aus tralian Wooden Boat Festival starts today and I am hoping we can pop down after work for a look.
Hopefully you all have something fun planned too?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Molly update

Look at that face. I thought I had better update Molly after her procedure last Friday.
When we picked her up she was very sore, hopping along on 3 legs. I wasn't expecting to see that and I think even the nurse was a little surprised. In fact, after we left she emailed the vet for some advice. The vet suggested we get some painkillers into her if it persisted. So, when the vet nurse rang on Saturday to see how she was, she suggested I pop up for those painkillers. I did.

So she is taking antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and painkillers for the next few days. She is walking okay but we won't expect to see improvement for a week or so. Apparently, if it works, it continues to work up until about 6 months time and then the effect plateaus off. Assuming it works it should provide relief for years.
It's still early days for this treatment in Australia and as part of the procedure I am expected by the manufacturer of the stem cells to fill in questionnaires about Molly's progress.
Do you know the cells come from the fat of Seeing Eye Dogs? They are a good candidate as their breeding, upbringing  and care are very controlled. The stem cell treatment is about 85% successful.
I hope Molly is one of the successful ones.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday to the vet

We are off to the vet again today. Molly is having her stem cell injections into her knee.
We hope that is helps rejuvenate the joint that has quite a bit of arthritis it seems.
Cross fingers!
I am about to drop Molly off and will collect her after work. She will have a light general anaesthetic in order to get the injection in just the right spot and this will also give the vet a chance to see how well the ligament implant is holding up from the last operation back in December.

I am being a brave parent today and am confident there will be no tears when I drop her off. I am feeling quite positive about it all.
Yay for Friday. This week has seemed the slowest on record, but having said that, can you believe it's February already? Scary.
Have a good weekend folks :)