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.

A Valentine in bloom …

img_1511When it comes to flowers I love a bouquet that looks as though it has spilled out of the garden and into a vase. So this year, for Valentine’s day I decided head to the flower market and gather some goodies to create my own bouquet and here is the result. It’s a little whimsical and wild, and I adore the  blackberries coupled with the burgundy and vanilla hues of the garden roses … whose fragrance I must say is simply divine, I wish you could smell them!

And the best bit is that it didn’t cost the earth to make. A modest $50 for stunning botanicals, and an hour of my time to gather and create, which as an avid crafter is all of the fun,  I know that my dear husband would completely approve of this Valentine.

What are your creative plans for your Valentine?  I’d love to know.

A Valentine’s crafternoon

With Valentine’s almost upon us it’s quite easy to fall into the consumerism of the day so I decided to take a more crafty approach to show my love just how much he means to me. 

I decided to spend an afternoon crafting a tin full of red paper hearts scribing the 10 things I love about him. A quick, simple and inexpensive feat no doubt, but far more meaningful than any store bought trinket … I know he will just love it. 

And to all of you out there I hope you all enjoy the spirit of the day by sharing the love with those whom you hold close to you heart. Happy Valentine’s x
   
 

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.