Just in time for Autumn …

It was only last week that we were still basking in the lovely warmth of what seemed like an endless Indian summer and I was honestly beginning to wonder if autumn would ever arrive. But in true Melbourne fashion the weather has turned abruptly, like a slap in the face, and has brought a very wet and very cold start to the season that has had me reaching for the winter woollies … finally.

Autumn is my favourite season for many reasons. It’s the time when I get a chance to spend more time getting creative, and this creativity usually translates to knitting projects. I began knitting a jumper for Hudson way back in February and got a little neglectful about it, but over the last weekend when the mercury really dropped, something clicked and I just found myself in a bit of a knitting frenzy that led to the completion of said jumper … just in time for autumn.

I’d never knitted pet apparel before so this was a new knitting challenge for me and I am so pleased with the end result. Hudson seems to enjoy wearing it, but what makes this piece even more special is the fact that the wool once belonged to my late mother in law who simply adored Hudson. I consider it a lovely reminder of her every time he wears it …. it’s almost like getting a lovely, cozy hug from his grandma, and that without doubt is a wonderful thing.

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Cabbages and roses …

IMG_1842After my excursion to the Flower Show I couldn’t help but indulge in purchasing some lovely blooms to play with at home, and here’s what I cobbled together to get into the spirit of autumn; which by the way has descended upon us here in Melbourne quite abruptly.

I am a total sucker for hellebores and roses and throwing some ornamental kale in the mix just seems to work a treat. I love the combination of cream and vivid green hues, and these beauties, when treated right, will adorn the mantle for a good couple of weeks  … a wise selection of blooms that make me smile each time I gaze at them, and proves once again it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy.

Make do, and mend.

A new year, a new resolution. Most people vow one as they begin a brand new year and I for one have been guilty of making many a resolution in the past and this year is no different.

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Pretty in pink …. Pink with metallic gold motifs perfect for my Summer wardrobe.

I’ve always been a curious but sporadic crafter, so with that thought in mind I decided that this year I resolve to spend more of my time crafting by making a conscious effort to make do and mend … whether this involves sewing garments from scratch, breathing new life into existing garments by embellishing and refashioning, making homewares or simply knitting up accessories.

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Almost ready for autumn … Knitting up a new merino lap blanket.

For years I have felt like I blindly consume when it comes to clothes and homewares, making purchases on a whim and later regretting those choices. This disappointment has often made me feel as though I was throwing money away with nothing to show for it. This feeling, I hope, is about to change.

This resolution will require me to become a better sewer, a better knitter and I cannot be more excited at the prospect of becoming more thoughtful about the clothes and accessories I am investing my time in making. And I have already gotten off to a very good start. I am already in the midst of knitting a lovely lap blanket that will be perfect for the coming Autumn and I have also already sewn up a couple of skirts to get me through the Summer. The beauty of both is that they have cost me a pinch compared to what I would normally spend if I were to purchase in store.

But the best bit, I find, is the hunt. The time spent hunting to find the right materials and embellishments, all leading up to the actual process of making. It’s very therapeutic to say the least and I feel far more productive and useful with my time. I’ve begun to learn new knitting as well as sewing techniques, thanks to the vast wealth of craft blogs available online that have been so invaluable and I am becoming more confident in my ability to actually make. Knowing that I have made or am wearing something that is not only one of a kind but that was made with my own two hands is gratifying. And that feeling just continues to add fuel to my desire to stick with this resolution and that in itself has to be a good thing.

What’s your New Years resolution?

My little sewing helper, Hudson.
My little sewing helper, Hudson.

Who’s a big boy now …

I just had to share. My little fur baby Hudson turned 1 yesterday, and in all honesty I cannot remember life when he wasn’t around. It’s amazing how a year goes by so quickly … happy birthday little one, here’s to many more xo

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Last days of autumn

Winter is almost upon us here in Melbourne and my attention of late has turned to pottering about the garden; whether it has been turning the soil to make way for a new crop of vegetables or giving the yard a good tidy up as everything prepares to go dormant for the season.

Usually the turning of the leaves is best indicator that Autumn has arrived but with all the mild weather we have been experiencing that transition has taken a little longer than expected. And this indicator for me has always been my maple tree.

It’s has only been in the last couple of weeks that I have noticed this dramatic change, the leaves going from the most vibrant green to the flame orange-red leaves I relish to see, and it has not disappointed. The only problem is that this vision only lasts for a very little while. So, in order to capture this moment I decided to snap as often as I could the tree transitioning right up until this past weekend when my dear husband and I spent a good portion of the day clearing the garden and collecting the leaves…and what a joy it was.

Here are some of my favourite pictures that capture my perspective because before we know it Winter will be upon us and all will be bare until Spring. But that’s OK, because with that season brings gatherings over a bonfire, drinking lots of cider and indulging in a good dose of comfort food that always warms my heart…not to mention it also marks the beginning of a new knitting project that will definitely keep this crafter busy as the mercury drops.

The Maple in all it's glory.
The Maple in all it’s glory.
Hudson playing amongst the leaves.
Hudson playing amongst the leaves.
Rich autumnal hues of the Maple.
Rich autumnal hues of the Maple.
Taking a break ... Hudson post-op in the yard helping out Dad!
Taking a break … Hudson post-op in the yard helping out Dad!
Falling leaves ... playtime for Hudson and Stuart.
Falling leaves … playtime for Hudson and Stuart.
Grow my pretties...purple carrots and parsnips in their infancy!
Grow my pretties…purple carrots and parsnips in their infancy!
All that remains...
All that remains…

Celebrating an icon …

Happy birthday Audrey ...
Happy birthday Audrey …

Happy birthday to one of my all time favourite film stars, the lovely and inspiring Audrey Hepburn. Eighty five years young she would have been today and to celebrate I am preparing to have an Audrey film festival right here in my living room. And it’s the perfect day for it here in Melbourne. With autumn weather in full flight it’s chilly and the heavens have opened. Perfect to cozy on the couch and enjoy the talents of this wonderful lady. Let the celebrations begin…

 

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Say hello to Hudson …

I just had to share a picture of my little man, Hudson. Seven months old and still growing, Hudson loves to run in the park, chew and destroy every toy that comes his way and get lots of cuddles. He is just too cute for words. And even when he is up to no good, which is quite often,  I can never stay mad at him …  and who can with a face like that, he’s just too lovable!

My little man, Hudson
My little man, Hudson