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Mid-winter making

This is the perfect time of the year for making – it is cold outside but inside in front of the fire, with the winter sun shining through the glass, is perfect!    My fingers have been busy with new creations and returns to old ones, and gearing up for the next Handmade Market on 28 and 29 July.  And I have been trying out my self-description as an artist!   I have been surprised at how easily it rolls off the tongue and how people just accept it as a fact!   I am reminded that confidence is everything – if you are confident in yourself then others accept that you are authentic.

I have filled a few custom orders, and created some new designs in the tea cosy range.  This custom order, for the Devonshire Teas being served at the Henry Lawson Festival in Grenville a couple of weeks ago was fun!

 

Of course I have also been busy growing my second business as a Thermomix consultant!   It has been wonderful to rediscover my creativity in the kitchen as I am reminded again about all that can be achieved with food and good equipment!  I have been enjoying getting out and meeting customers, and having that time for myself on my own terms!  Occasionally I think I am mad for trying to grow two businesses at the same time, but they both provide such different inspiration and energy to my life that I am going to keep them both going and see where it leads me!  (I was a bit excited when Thermomix released a new recipe collection aimed at High Teas though – the overlap seemed too perfect!) I have uploaded a few recipes to the Thermomix Recipe Community website, so if you are interested in Pineapple Whip, Gluten Free pizza bases or Gluten Free Banana Bread, head on over and have a look!   I have also been playing with hiding vegetables in snacks with these spinach scrolls!

I had a moment of madness a few weeks ago when, after a cortisone injection in my shoulder left me in considerable pain, I decided to play with a pattern I had found on Pinterest as a distraction from the discomfort.  I shared it on my personal Facebook page and my friends started requesting them straight away!  I ordered in some nice thick cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and have started filling orders for *drum roll please* “Dishcloths of Holey Profanity”.   They are based on the pattern created by TeezToppers but I have added in my own variations to make them suit my style.  I haven’t decided whether to continue this as a full line in my handmade business but they are certainly providing a pile of fun for my friends at the moment!   I say that these are the perfect dishcloths for tackling yet another mess in the kitchen that you didn’t make!

In addition to fresh tea cosy patterns I have also been working on restocking jewellery for my online store, Trove and The Collective Store in Brisbane. Next I think it will be time for some candle making as I have some teacups that are just crying out for a bit of love!

Of course all of this wonderful time to create does come at a cost.  I dread having to open my studio door at the moment as it is chaos in there, and I keep hoping no one drops in for an unannounced visit as my housework is definitely below standard! But my sanity is relatively secure so I am happy despite the guilt!

I hope that this season finds you with time to do the things that are important to you!

 

Friday Finds – 20 beach or weekend bag free tutorials

As we settle into winter here in Canberra I thought that a reminder of the warmth and colour of summer was timely.

I love beach bags.  The ability to carry towels, hats, sunscreen, dry clothes, books, water bottles, snacks and all the others things that we need at the beach is essential.  They also need to look great.  Some of these patterns will make a giant bag to carry everything in, while others can be adapted to be a personal beach bag for the discerning and stylish beach goer (who isn’t carrying beach gear for a family of 15!)

I also love a good overnight bag – or weekender bag.  Packing up a change of clothes, a good book, and a sense of adventure and heading off for a day and night away is always special.  Some of these bags will suit both purposes.  Either way they will see you through many expeditions.  The best thing about them?  They are all free, supplied through the generosity of bloggers (and on a couple of occasions, commercial websites.)

IMG_3131             Pleated beach bag – Thimble

   Mesh bag – Martha Stewart

    Beach bag duffle – Reanna Lily Designs

  Big Weekend Bag – Guthri and Ghani

  Insulated, Laminated Summer Tote – Sewplicity

  Big Mommy Beach Bag – Put Up Your Dukes

Summertime Beach Bag Tutorial by CrazyLittleProjects.com  Summertime Beach Bag – Crazy Little Projects

  Oversize Beach Bag – Favecrafts

  Large patchwork bag – All People Quilt

Big Bucket Tote – Pellon Projects

  Carpetbagger – Weekend Designer

Charm pack tote bag – Teresa Downunder

  Large cinched tote – This Big Oak Tree

  Large Tote with Rounded Opening – Make it and Love it

  I am not your typical Jane Bag – Riley Blake Designs

Duffle bagDuffle bag – Westminster fibres

Patchy Boho Sling Bag  Boho Sling Bag – The destashification project

  Vintage Market Bag  – Sew Homegrown
Life's a Beach Tote Life’s a Beach Tote Bag – Fabric.com
And for while you are on your camping holiday
  Camping Shower Bag – Our Busy Little Bunch
I hope you find something you love in this collection!