My brother Eric is a master craftsman. Many years of experience has honed his skills in crafting beautiful knives. We have been gifted several over the years. When we left to go to Darwin on a roadtrip, I decided to ask if he would help me make my own knife. Little did I know what … More Ta-Dah!! I made a KNIFE !
Every now and then I have a ‘making day’. Today was one of those. I may have mentioned that I do not like using chemical based products at home if at all possible. I rarely buy household cleaning products from the supermarket. It turned me off when I started researching all the stuff that gets … More I Had a DIY Day – chemical free cleaning
She is an Earth Mother. The Venus of Willendorf, circa 28.000 – 25,000 BC, is a limestone, red ochre fertility figurine. She stands 11cm in height. Found in 1908 by archeologist Joseph Szombathy in an Aurignacian loess deposit near the town of Willendorf in Austria, she is now housed in the Natural History Museum in Vienna. She has … More Venus of Willendorf
Many years ago when I was still a young bride, my mother-in-law bought a loom. She wanted to make some mats. Out of rags. Because she couldn’t find one in Australia it arrived all the way from Finland. It was a huge thing. Filled a whole room. Unable to source the warp yarn here she … More Hand woven mats
A what? The dictionary defines triptych as ‘a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together’. A young friend and I made one of those arty ones. It took us a month of weekly get togethers. We finally finished it this last Monday. It all started when I was … More We made a triptych
It’s been a productive couple of weeks in the kitchen and the craft room. I’ve been doing lots of baking. Ostensibly in preparation for Christmas. In reality not much is left …not even photographs. Not a major issue at this early stage. You may have noticed that I am partial to the odd minion or … More Echoes of Making Stuff
I scored today. A HUGE boxful of assorted wool. Textured, normal, cotton, bobbly, fuzzy, mohairy…. I now have a serious dilemma. What to do with it all? Do I make more kritters? Not the same of course. They never are. Even I don’t know what will emerge until it’s nearly finished. More baby stuff? More … More I scored
I had a knock on the door late this afternoon. As I opened it, I was greeted by three excited, smiley faces. My neighbour’s boys came over to pick up the box for this week’s homeless men’s food delivery. With them was their little brother. Being school holidays, and he being an enthusiastic artist in … More Creativity
Following on from my post about pyrography I am happy to report I have mastered the use of the potentially deadly device. I have not burnt myself or the house. I have, however, burnt stuff onto a piece of wood . I came home from a woodburning workshop a month or so ago with the beginnings … More I’m burning !
C2C? What is that, you may well ask. Allow me to enlighten you – it is shorthand for corner to corner. That probably has you scratching your head too. It actually is a new crochet technique that I have been mastering the last couple of weeks after coming across a link about it in Oh, … More C2C