Category Archives: Craft and Art

16th August – Recycled Book Art and Word Workshop – Dunolly Branch Library – Bec Clark – WIW2018

Ever dreamt you could make some beautiful Book Art? Then this is your chance for more information go to: 16th August – Recycled Book Art and Word Workshop – Dunolly Branch Library – Bec Clark – WIW2018

Sat 4th Oceanarium & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village – Central Goldfields Art Gallery – WIW 2018 Central Goldfields

An exciting opportunity to visit the wonderful Central Goldfields area of Victoria and enjoy some wonderful art for more information pleas go to: Sat 4th Oceanarium & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village – Central Goldfields Art Gallery – WIW 2018 Central Goldfields

Sat 4th – Clever Towns Crossword Challenge – Maryborough Library – WIW2018 Central Goldfields

This exciting event engages the Local Library and the Community.   Sat 4th – Clever Towns Crossword Challenge – Maryborough Library – WIW2018 Central Goldfields

Sat 4th – Local Artists’ Exhibition – Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery – WIW2018 Central Goldfields

Local Artists are putting on some great art for everyone to view and enjoy at Sat 4th – Local Artists’ Exhibition – Possum Gully Fine Arts Gallery – WIW2018 Central Goldfields

Fed Square Anzac Day 2014

Look at all these beautiful folks and flowers! Get behind this, and help honour those fallen.


I can’t quite believe that more than a week has passed since our wonderful day in Fed Square on Anzac Day … we were swamped literally from the moment we set up at 9.00 a.m. …. until we had to drag Janet Welch away from her adoring public at 4.30 …. such was the interest in the project.  We had visitors from all over the globe sitting making poppies with us, and it was such a beautiful day for the marchers.  We had a really lovely time making poppies … teaching … and just chatting about the project.  So thank you to all who participated …. and a special thanks to those who were there to help out on the day …  as they say … a picture says a thousand words ….

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend – Pop Up Collective Market 10 & 11 May 2014

I love anything handcrafted, so I’ll be going along to this

goomo cloth

With Mothers’ Day on Sunday, the Pop Up Collective Market, at the Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat is the perfect place for purchasing a unique and handcrafted gift. 

A fresh batch of my magnificent Australian Merino Fingerless mittens will be available.  Each one is hand made by me and individually hand dyed.  Plants and metals are used exclusively for the dyeing process, Australian plants are my focus. 

What a sweet combination:  Australian Merino, Australian made and naturally dyed with Australian plants.

Beautiful to wear: Australian Merino, so light and so warm Beautiful to wear: Australian Merino, so light and so warm


To see full details of the Ballarat Heritage weekend, including the program:-

To find out more about the Pop-Up Collective:

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Yarnbombing in Bath 2 – photos

Because we all need to be reminded how beautiful hand crafted knitting is

I'm Booby-Trapped!




Came across the yarnbombing whilst in town yesterday, outside the Roman baths – they’re lovely!

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5000 Poppies

I want to share this with you, and for anyone who wants to be part of this activity more information can be found at:

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. And in 2015, there will be a large number of activities commemorating 100 years since the Anzac Gallipoli landing.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 5000 poppies in Fed Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

We are inviting all crafters to participate in this meaningful and heartfelt project.

You are asked to hand make one or more poppies. They can be crocheted, knitted, felted or sewn from any materials. Any shade of red can be used and poppies should be no more than 15 cm in diameter. There is no entry fee and contributors are asked to provide their own materials. There is no barrier to involvement and no limit to the amount of poppies that can be submitted.

Patterns are available in the “patterns” section of the blog. These patterns are meant a guide only. Please feel free to experiment, with different materials and embellishments to make your poppies unique. That is the heart of crafting. Enjoy the process, but beware … it’s addictive.

There will be a number of poppy making workshops through 2014 and 2015. Keep your eye on the blog for details. If you’d like to join a workshop or even start your own local gatherings we would encourage that … just let us know and we will post your details on the blog to encourage others to join.

Lastly please print out and complete the submission form and send with your poppies. If you wish, your dedication will be posted on 5000 Poppies blog to share with others involved in the project. You can also include small dedication on the back of your poppy if you wish.

If you know of anyone who would like to sponsor us in full or in part … we are always open to help.


Why knitting is cool….

A knitted tea cosy made for a dear friend...

A knitted tea cosy made for a dear friend…

I had completely forgotten to post this photo of a tea cosy I made, way back in July – it took me forever – knitting on such small needles and fifteen rose buds….but I love it…and hope it makes you smile today…

My secret

Do you have a secret thing you like to do? Just something that no one else knows you enjoy doing? I do, but it’s not going to be secret any longer, as I’m sharing it with you.

You see, I love Eurovision. Yes that’s right – the song contest. I love it all – the songs, the costumes, the mirror balls, the smoke machine and of course the wind machine. Last night I sat and watched the final – making sure I had stayed completely clueless as to who actually won it. (There are issues watching a show that has been delayed in telecast, and making sure I wasn’t told which song won, was my main aim yesterday).

But I love it. For that one night, Europe is brought together in song. And as the Swedes so nicely summed it up last night – We are One. And though I was a little upset that the rapping spacemen and Borg Queen hadn’t progressed from the semi finals (thank you Montenegro you gave me the best laugh I’d had in a very long time), it was still fun. There was Bonnie Tyler representing the UK, and the catchy Greek Ska of Koza Mostra featuring Agathon Iakovidis, all in one place! And a song written by a member of Black Sabbath’s guitarist too – which lent a little bit more of credibility to the show for my partner…….

And I have to admit – while I’m telling you about this secret – I loved the host this year – Petra Mede – she was funny, and such a breath of fresh air. And I truly love the Swedish sense of humour too!

So there we are – my little secret, I watch Eurovision every year. I love it!, For me living in Australia there is something very special about listening to short songs, often sung in languages I’ve  never heard before for example Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson’s Ég Á Líf – what more could a girl want a Viking singing????

Because there are times in your life, when you need a little bit of escapist fiction, and Eurovision provides this in bucket loads. Long may Eurovision continue!


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