Sunday, November 25, 2018

Flowers, Orders & Treats!



Good Sunday Greetings dear friends & readers

 I have been picking my rose petals every few days to dry for potpourri, & was so pleased I picked myself a vase of beautifully perfumed roses last week as my garden has been buffeted by rain & strong winds all weekend


The white roses are Iceberg  -  I do not know the name of the pink one but it has such a gorgeous old fashioned perfume



This wrought iron chair has sat in my sleepout for a few years now.
I pulled it out a couple of months ago & removed the wooden "seat" part & then it sat untouched until just last week.


A good scrub then a paint with my Resene Amulet bought it up good as new.
I purchased a new coconut fibre basket liner as I had the old wire basket from another project ... I potted up some succulents from the garden & am hopeful as they grow they will spread & cascade nicely down the sides




While I was out on my deck giving everything a good freshen up, I planted up my tatty old suitcase again 


 I usually plant busy lizzies in this but as the girls in the Garden Centre informed me the entire crops nationwide were wiped out with mildew, I decided to try some petunias & lobelia this year


Though I won't get as long a flowering as I do with the busy lizzies, I am sure they will give me a nice show of colour



Ange & Judy both requested two Pinkeeps in Country Colours please. 
These are made from cut down wooden coffee mug trees, with a round baking tin screwed through the centre.



The paint colour is a Resene testpot Persian Red ... this deep plum colour goes nicely with the muted tones 
of wool felt
I embellished with some rusty tin accents.



Still continuing to work my way through my Orders ... a lovely customer who is rather fond of anything in the vintage linen line ordered 6 covered coathangers


I made 5 of these from vintage linen pillowcases & the sixth one (bottom lower right) was made from a vintage linen table runner.
I attach a small lavender bag to the hanger which I fill with my own homegrown dried lavender.


I bagged up & posted off a large Order of both my Citrus & my Cottage Garden Potpourri's ... these are destined for The Farm Shop at Gordonton where they are sold on behalf



While waiting on a car repair last week I wandered along to the Hospice Shop ... this sweet little silver tray came home with me ... a good buff up with Silvo & it totally transformed it
Click on the pic to enlarge it if you would like a closer look!
I have potted up some succulents & baby's tears in some small glass jugs & sat them on my new/old tray


My other treat last week was this dainty Latte Mug which I purchased from The Hummingbird.  It is just the perfect size to fit under my coffee machine & keeps my coffee piping hot ... just how I like it 💙
It was a bit of an added bonus when I turned the mug over to see that it is in fact, Green Gate 💚! 



On a not-so-positive-note my naughty feral cat Blackie went awol for one night & two days last week.
He turned up home as if butter wouldn't melt & then proceeded to sleep for an entire day.  I informed him that my hair didn't need any more reason to go grey & that I was seriously considering fitting a hidden camera on him!!!
He did not take a scrap of notice of One Single Thing I Said !! 😞

Thanks So Much for your visits today dear friends,
Be good & kind to yourselves & to each other this coming week,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the feral furry ones x0x0x0

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Craft Market

Mid Week Greetings dear friends & readers

Well, I survived the Craft Market - Phew !!

Before I share my photos I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you all ... I received So Many comments, emails, instagram & text messages wishing me luck for Saturday ... you are all So Very Kind & your good wishes carried me along on the day.


I have been asked by so many to share photos of my stall so here goes ... in no particular order.
(you can click on the photos to enlarge them if you wish to have a closer peek)

After listening to the rain all night long, the sun came out & so did the crowds of shoppers ... it was wonderful & a really festive atmosphere too.

My Christmas crafts went down a treat ... I am not 100% sure but I don't think there was alot of actual Christmassy crafts at the market








I am pleased I took this photo (above) because shortly after this, a lady tipped her entire cup of hot coffee over this chair!!  I could not quite believe it!!  
I am so thankful that a friend was passing & took the chair squab home with her & immediately soaked it in Napisan for me ... she certainly saved the day !!

I sold completely out of babies tears plants ... I took 12 with me & bought none home 😃







Although this was my best market day sales-wise, I still seemed to have alot of items to bring home with me at the end of the day.

Here I am serving my friend Jenny.


I had a lovely neighbour - my friend Julie from Bo & Co
We have been "neighbours" at this market for 3 or 4 years now & we were both so thankful for the fine weather as we have sat here before in wind & rain & wondered if perhaps we might both be a little bit insane !!

Some random photos of the laneways
You can just feel the people enjoying the sunshine & the clear blue skies


And if you click on the arrow below you can watch a video that a man has composed of the market day.

The very next day (well few days in fact) I felt exhausted ... nothing on my body wanted to function properly & 
I felt so foggy in my head.
BUT ... if I want to finish all my Orders by the end of November then plod on I must . . . . . .

Angela wanted a "Santa Sack" filled with goodies, but weighted really heavily that she could use as a doorstop 
at Christmas
I had this one lovely panel left over that I thought would be ideal.

I filled a large calico bag with fine gravel to sit in the bottom, then some wadding, then made a calico covered cardboard "base" on which to hot glue the toys to.
Angela was delighted with her Santa Sack 😊

My dear friend Sandy had bought a felt Advent Calendar for her grandchildren but wanted "something" smallish to sit in the pocket that could be moved along each day, counting the days til Christmas.
As the calendar had a snowman on top, I suggested making up one of the snowmen I made for the
 Christmas Bags in this post
I sat some heavy books on his tummy to flatten him down a bit so he would fit nicely in the felt pockets.

Sandy has just collected him this afternoon & sent me a photo of him in the pocket 💗

Thank you for staying with me through this photo-heavy post dear readers
I am off for a little lie down & a nap I think ... rather like someone above!
I hope the rest of the week treats you well dear friends,
With much love & friendship,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Final Stretch

Greetings dear friends & readers
I am on the final stretch as I head towards the Craft Fair this coming Saturday.
I will be at Site 31 so please do drop by if you are coming to the Fair, & if possible, please bring fine weather 
with you 😉!!


This final week has been very much about finishing up items, labeling & pricing, packaging ... & also making up the potpourri's that I love to create

Over the weekend it rained & was cold & wintery again ... I lit the fire & informed The Mr there would be no meals eaten at our dining table that day as I commandeered it for my citrus potpourri mixing & making.
The heat from the fire took the lovely citrusy fragrance right through our little house.

I managed to fill 25 bags with the mixture I had made up


My roses have been a little later flowering this year so I have been unsuccessful with air drying the beautiful red Dublin Bay rose I always like to use for my Cottage Garden Potpourri.
As a last resort, I decided to use my dehydrator to dry them ... this took only 2 hours to crisply dry the red rose petals.

I was able to fill 18 bags with the Cottage Garden Potpourri which I was thrilled about. 


Raglans main street is lined with these wonderful Palm Trees

One fine day in the middle of last week, The Mr suggested we take a drive out to Raglan
I did not need persuading as I was, once again, very close to tossing my sewing machine out the window!!!
Raglan is a small Coastal town that, despite becoming increasingly popular,  still retains that quaint old town feel to it.
I LoVe Raglan ... it is a wonderful place to visit & I also enjoy the picturesque drive out there ... it is about an hour from us here.


Even though it was the middle of the day, we always like to buy fish & chips at Raglan - the fish is Sooo fresh & tastes completely different to what we buy back here.
I always cart my tomato sauce with me as I love my fish dipped in tomato sauce.
We ate our lunch on a grassy verge down by the sea & let the wind "blow the cobwebs away"!
It was a great visit & just the distraction I needed to get me motivated again.




My veggie garden has been a constant source of pleasure for me these last couple of months, after being dormant for several winter months.
Every night I pick something & cook for our tea - this broccoli is one of my favourite varieties  (Green Dragon broccoli) 



Two weekends ago - Queens Birthday weekend,  I planted tomatoes, courgettes, several different varieties of lettuce, two pumpkin plants, apple cucumbers, capsicums & basil.



I try to pick a couple of leaves of silverbeet or spinach & toss in with whatever I am cooking most nights


Freshly picked Broccoli & Cabbage above - will be in tonights stir fry dish.


A couple of nights ago, while sitting stitching on the couch, I snapped these photos of the furry ones
I was amazed how in the space of about an hour, they changed positions so much, but still remained tucked up close to one another.
This was especially cute seeing as they had had a fur flying fight about an hour previously! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today dear friends,
I will be back next week to let you all know how the Craft Fair went  
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A (rather large) Tilda Skating Angel


Good Tuesday Greetings dear friends & readers!



Earlier in the year my lovely friend Shirley loaned me her copy of the book Tilda's Winter Delights
The book is filled with gorgeous things but the one item that was a "have-to-make-one-day" was on Page 6 -
 the Skating Angel.

Oh how I adored her!
With Shirley's permission I copied off the pattern, tucked it away & promptly forgot all about it!

After I closed my Craft Cottage last April I was tidying & sorting some leftover items ... this vintage faux fur wrap was amongst the items.  I looked at it long & hard & remembered about the Skating Angel.  This might be perfect for her 
I thought?
The man in my local photocopy Centre very kindly enlarged the pattern for me by 200 % ... I wanted to make 
a decent sized Angel !


As with several of the Tilda doll patterns, the clothing is built into the body as you sew ... there is no body & then dressed with clothes on top.
I must admit I found it somewhat tricky working with the thick fur fabric & I was thankful for my years of teddy bear making experience, which certainly helped.


With quite a few stops & starts along the way ... she slowly came to life ...

She has spent the last month sitting on a slipper chair in my lounge - not quite complete until just yesterday . . . .


The Mr finally made me some "ice skates" for her boots ! 💗


Though she is destined for my market stall ... let me tell you a tiny secret ... I would be more than happy to keep her !!!


I cannot decide whether to tuck some greenery & berries into her arms to make her a wee bit Christmassy ???


Please do let me know your thoughts dear readers 
(Incidently my Skating Angel measures 82 cms long)


I pulled out my Granny Chic book from the shelf last week


I had purchased some barkcloth fabric from Trademe & wanted to make some roundie cushions .... they turned 
out great!

When The Mr overheard me threatening to throw my sewing machine out the window last week, he suggested I take some time out & go for a walk in the fresh air (!!**??)


I took my camera around the garden & was pleasantly surprised to see that, despite my utter neglect these past few months, it has sprung to life & is looking rather pretty in parts.


The granny's bonnets & foxgloves always put on a wonderful show despite customers always assuring me they were weeds!!


As I sit typing this today the rain is bucketing down ... typical spring weather!
At least the garden is getting a really good drink.
Someone who shall remain nameless, has decided that since she is resident baby of the family she will take herself off to the Cot for the afternoon

Remind me to change the sheets before Sid comes on Thursday ! 😉
Have a lovely rest of the week dear friends,
Thanks as always, for your visits here today,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0