So what's been happening?
The studio has been getting a work out.Lots of mess getting made, packed up and made again.
The addition of my new overlocker has been an inspiration for getting stuff made. I love it!
And for the first time in so so long I made a few softies. Not for work, not for design, just for fun. I love Aranzi Aronzo's work and I've made a few of his characters before, but I've been intending to do a few more for literally years. Naughty thing here was for a birthday girl, and Amy chose kitty.
After the lovely Jodie gave Amy an ice cream cone and cupcake softie set, world war 3 broke out around here, with Wil screaming cream! cream! at the top of his lungs and Amy steadfastly refusing to let it go. So I had to delve into the chenille stash and make another in minty green.
Amy hatched her newest enterprise, the bookmark shop. It has me reflecting about the creative process. I've been trying to encourage her to go beyond simply reproducing her initial idea and to focus on refining it with better materials, more care and thought. But you know, at 6 should she care? We're debating whether I should post them for sale here but I'm not sure she's ready for retail.
We headed out to the big city to get her some new shoes which is always a fairly vile exercise. But we scored. And cruised the Hello Kitty shop and had ice cream, so it was good fun.
And after a week of grossing out over her increasingly out of body tooth and her scary impersonation of Mater, the fairy came to visit on Friday and there was much rejoicing. The other front tooth seems to have colonised the gap which gives her a freaky kind of mouth cyclops look. These kid physical transformations are all weird and disturbing.
I also did a spot of sewing for Amy who needed a yellow skirt to go with this top to wear to the school's Big Wednesday performing arts concert (why can't her class ever get pink or red, huh?) The fabric is a very old piece of heavy cotton sateen I inherited from D's gran. I couldn't resist a little embellishment a la Aunty Cookie.
And, no I haven't given Wil away. He's here too, and being his sweet little self.
Taking all the trays and pans out of my baking drawer and then helping me by putting them away. Sort of.
He's the proud recipient of his first ever pencil case, packed full with brand new WASHABLE textas. He loves to draw now, though he's not to fussed about paper.
I've been teaching a self-confessed 'totally not crafty' friend to knit and now dye. So great to win another one over to our side. I couldn't help but get in on the act myself with a wee bit of yarn. I do wish I would remember to put on the gloves though.
I've been working on a new knitting pattern which has involved lots of ripping back and frustration over mathematical errors and at least seven kinds of stupid, but it's almost done now and I am very pleased. Now I have to make the really tough choice over whether to sell it or give it away free, and if I sell it whether to sell it via Ravely download or to a magazine. There's lots of good arguments for all these options. What do you think?
D's been doing his own making, getting to the remaining finishing touches on the house.
I love this little area on the deck outside our bedroom.
And completely unglamorous but so very necessary - the lining on the bathroom skylight. This job got pushed up the priority list after both D and I got a little too close and personal to a couple of Australia's more toxic arachnids that crawled out of the brick work behind the bathroom wall and made it in to our bath towels.
Lastly, the final instalment in the summer's triptych of jams. I used Shula's grated apple trick in the absence of my usual rhubarb trick to make the most of the neighbour's figs and with the apricot and plum jams I made earlier we'll be kept in jam for well over a year.
And now I'm going to go and do something so I can blog again real soon...