Thursday, January 28, 2010


I bought myself a new CD this week, and have totally fallen in love with Leonard Cohen again. The man is a master and a god, if you ask me. I've had these words in my head all week now:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
'Anthem' from Leonard Cohen Live in London

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mirror trouble

I had an unpleasant surprise a couple of weeks ago regarding my pocket mirrors: the one I've been using for the last year suddenly started rattling around in its casing. To cut a long story short, the problem lies with one of the parts I use (a spring); I'd say it's badly designed as opposed to being faulty. The upside is that I think I've come up with a much better idea, which should mean that no mirrors should fail in future.

I'm very concerned that out of all the mirrors I sold in the last year, a few might have done the same. If that has happened to yours, please contact me and I will replace yours (free of charge, of course) if you send me the faulty mirror. I'll honour that until April this year, after that I can offer you a discount on a new one. This is what it looks like: your mirror would be loose enough to shake around in the frame, not just have some movement if you push down on it. If you can still push down on it (not too hard!), the spring is ok. I have to add that I don't think this is a common problem, but I really want to make sure you're happy with my work.

Some good news: in addition to the vintage kids' book illustrations I use on the mirrors, I've also got some beautiful retro fabric if that's more your thing. These were all made using fabric scraps from my massive pile, and came from a tablecloth, pillow cases and offcuts. I love those colours together, they make such a happy little picture.

Monday, January 18, 2010


I can report that I finished my knitting project on Friday. It's awesome and I'm so proud of myself for being able to follow a pattern with cryptic instructions like yo and s2kp.

It's called the 'Vining leaves scarf' in this book, but I'd rather call it a knitted necklace. It's a bit like a rope with some leaves on, very much a little vine. The consequence of this success is that I'm now inspired beyond both my ability and means. I found a book in the library with incredible and seemingly impossible patterns, and looked at the easiest one: a tunic using 10 balls of super-chunky wool. Maybe a bit too ambitious and expensive for a relative beginner. I think I'll move on to a moss-stitch facecloth next...

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Things are still very slow around here; my creative news for the day is that we made playdough and ice blocks. But I'm sure you don't want to know that, so here's something a bit more relevant: I've got a stall at Craft 2.0 in Wellington! It's still a while away, but I'm telling you early so you can put it in your diary, book a flight or whatever you need to do to get there. I've always wanted to go, so now my dear sister-in-law and I are planning a girls' weekend/business trip for March. Here's the details:

Monday, January 11, 2010

More knitting

Look what Sophie got up to today:

She sat around knitting and drinking tea while the cat had a nap; hard life hey...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Back again

A belated happy new year to you! I've been back from our little new years' camping trip for a week now, but haven't had anything to say yet. I always find it a bit strange returning to the blog after a holiday...

I'm really still on holiday; I promised myself to take a good break the first few months of this year after the hectic couple of months before Christmas. That means making things for myself, like a new 'perfect bag' and some knitting. The bag is adapted from Amy Butler's Frency shoulder bag (I don't have the shoulders for shoulder bags, so I made it into a satchel), and it's made from leather and Emily Bloom fabric I found at Spotlight. The knitting is something I started yesterday after needing an easy project when I finished reading 'The Friday night knitting club' and imagined myself a knitter. I'm not, but I was inspired. It's a scarf that looks like a trailing vine and I'll show it off once it's finished. And the little shweshwe knitting bag is my New Year's gift from Pauline's giveaway; so cute.

As usual, I have so many projects planned for this year, it almost intimidates me thinking about everything I want to do. But in a good way. If I've learned something in 2009 it's that I enjoy being busy; it makes me want to do more. Please remind me of these words when I complain I'm too busy, though...