Hello dear friends & readers,
Today the rain is steadily pouring down & I cannot believe it is now the 20th October & we are STILL having our fire lit!!
It has been a busy past week with a trip to Thames & some family from Australia coming to stay.
Last Monday morning (very early) I set off with my car loaded up to travel to Thames to take part in the Thames Creative Fibre Group Open Day.
I had been invited to have a merchant stall through my good friend Donna who is on the Committee & was their President for a few years.
Donna & I met many years ago when we were both sharemilking & I used to travel past her place to visit Grahams elderly Aunt.
I always noticed this house with a little wooden sign that said "cottage flowers"
Donna had planted half a paddock with statice & other dried flowers & sold them from her carshed.
It was she who first introduced me to gourds & I have been "hooked" ever since.
We both became close friends & it is a friendship that has endured many years & seen our children grow from small beings into young adults.
I took a few quick pics of my stall while I remembered..
It was a full day which included a guest speaker - a lady named Pat Old who spoke about fibre & fleeces & then - as a surprise - a side door opened & they bought in 2 very woolley sheep which they then proceeded to shear in front of the hall full of ladies . . .
|The first one being shorn|
In the 2nd pic you can see they have thrown the 1st fleece on the table & the guest speaker then described the fleece & talked about how good it would be for spinning etc
It was very interesting - especially to me who has no knowledge of fleeces or fibres :-)
The ladies of the Creative Fibre Group gave a small fashion parade with garments they had made themselves, spun, felted etc
I took this pic as this lady (their President) said this was a white top & she had scrunched it up & tied it at different intervals
& then dunked it all into black dye
I thought it looked amazing
|A very nice lady too|
We then went back to Donnas for the night
Donna lives a few kilometres out of Thames & has the most amazing house & garden along with a gallery/craft shop at her home called River House Gallery
This is where it gets its name from. . .
|Donnas dog Moe, swimming with a stick - there was LOTS of stick throwing this day|
|Looking up from the river to the house - Moe waiting for another stick throw|
This was beside my bed at Donnas
some jasmine, a water jug & chocs (in a felted bowl) -
what a treat ! !
I always like to take a walk around her grounds when I visit
Her gardens are full of natives & I love the ferns especially
|Steps up to the gallery - the grannys bonnets came from my garden :-)|
On her deck she had the loveliest pot of poppies blooming away
Also on her deck - a recent purchase . . .
But inside her shop is another treat altogether
she is an amazingly talented artist
|All painstakingly handmade by Donna|
|I ADORED this display|
|My favourite wall|
And then outside the shop is just as enticing. . .
Just have to add this little character
Donna needlefelts these little pincushions - stunning! !
I had the most loveliest visit as always
we chat into the wee small hours over our glass of vino
& put the problems of the world to rest ! ! !
& put the problems of the world to rest ! ! !
Visiting with Donna is always a real "tonic"
she inspires me to try new things & I always come home full of enthusiasm again
I even made a purchase from her - have loved these for a long time now so treated myself
|Beautiful detailing with vintage wool blankets|
I have photographed it on my bed but it actually resides on my couch now
Donna - I am so lucky to have your friendship -
thankyou - you are a real treasure :-)
Inspired by the cushion I dragged out this book again
|this book has some AMAZING ideas in it|
I remembered seeing these cushions made from old potholders
And absolutely LOVING them
but as I didnt have any potholders on hand
I decided to do a similar effect with some doilies & ribbons
|& a few vintage buttons from my stash|
In between my overseas visitors I have been working on some christmas crafts
I am hoping to do a christmas display in the cottage before the end of the month (but dont have alot of stock to put in it ! !)
I have been working on these stockings off & on
And finally completed them this week
|My favourite - I love the feathers in this one :-)|
They will look lovely hanging from the fireplace in the cottage
Well friends I am off to milk at the farm as our worker is away -
not a job I fancy in this pouring rain :-(
wishing you all a great weekend
|Happy Weekend from my friend Moe - PLEASE throw another stick|
sorry it has been a bit of a "picture overload" this post
but wanted to share it with you all
take care out there - sending warm hugs out to you all
Julie :-) Xoxo