Wednesday, December 31, 2008

old favourites

When I first found etsy Gaea was the shop that got me there. I had been researching clay beads while I was studying a TAFE and I found her work through a website called beads of clay, a site that is home to ceramic bead artists who are interested in

working together to promote artisan ceramic beads
. Here are just two of her lovely designs.

Ladybug Queen/Goddess Necklace

and Day of the Dead Queen ceramic heart necklace

Another seller I found very early on who has inspired me is fellow Adelaidian realisationcreations. Her combination of vintage beads and high quality gems has often left me breathless.
She also makes amazing treasuries and has been very helpful to me and I'm sure many other DUST team members.

Shown here are Lilimus - vintage resin, Balinese and sterling silver earrings and (a real favourite of mine) A River Runs Through It

Friday, December 19, 2008


I promised to keep you all updated on the dreadlocking progress and well, life has been moving so fast! But here are a few pictures. They are moving along nicely, partly because Morgan takes every opportunity to work on them or to get someone else to. I caught him the other day trying to roll a dread while driving!!! We have also moved onto a much smaller crochet hook, o.75 mm.

They are still very fuzzy on the top (zoom in on the photo's and you can see what I mean!) but we are getting there. He has also started adorning them with beads and other decorations.
I think they are coming along nicely...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New feature! (YAY)

I am going to start sharing some of the beautiful handmade things I find on the internet with you every Sunday, and what better way to start than with this stunning Sweet Dreams Fairy by silverapple?
Another seller from the Adelaide Hills, silverapple's work is even softer than you can imagine! All of the wool she works with come from her five sheep, Tim, Uggboot, Mabel, Fiona and Sun, or her angora goat, Gladys. She also uses her neighbours Alpaca wool from Lucy, Daffodil, Humphrey, Margie, Gilbert, Matilda, Arthur and Lewis.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

two new drums and a custom necklace

We went on an adventure today, all the way to Goolwa to buy a drum. Morgan ended up coming home with 2 cause they were just so beautiful. The shell of the Djembe on the left is imported from Africa, but the Ashiko on the right is hand-carved by Ben of pulse-studios. The quality of these drums is just amazing. And on the way home I got to drop off a custom order necklace. We discussed the design at the Artist Market on Sunday and it was lovely to get the finished piece to her within a week. Made me feel a bit like a pro.

Wow, did we get some weather yesterday! There were places in South Australia that got nearly 90mm of rain in the last week, we got about 28mm. Just wanted to share a few photos with you. This was the view down our street at 2pm (don't think we have ever had fog in the middle of the day before.)

And these beautiful patterns were made by the rain trickling down the branches of the giant gum in our front yard. Stunning huh?


Friday, December 12, 2008

Ok, just one more post!

A friend pointed this out to me on facebook and I just had to share it!

What a week!

So much has happened lately that I don't know where to start. So I will walk backwards, picking up my thoughts as I go.
Last night, as we were leaving the house to attend the launch of an online magazine called creative change makers it started raining, and so far it hasn't stopped. It seemed some how appropriate; a cleansing start for something truly special. When we arrived and I got to talking to some of the other guests I was blown away. Here were people from such varied walks of life all working towards the same thing; to do things better, make things better. I encourage you all to check out the site, I feel I can't fully explain how important it will be.
I have spent the week learning how to make elder flower cordial from Kira, thank you, this has been a wonderful expirence and it tastes beautiful!

Our beautiful cat Red has been missing since last tuesday morning. It has been a sad week for us, he was very special and I am very glad to have had these few years to get to know him.
I have finally got my pottery wheel working, it's still a bit stubborn (I have to use a lot of force to make the peddle move!) but I have just made my first cups in nearly a year!
I know there is more, congrats on your graduation Jack!, but I guess I can't remember.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Rain rain rain!

Wow was it stormy last night! We almost got blown away and rained out. But I still managed to make a few sales, cover stall fees and a bit extra. And of course the sky was clear when we were driving away ;)
I love doing markets more than anything else for the networking. I get to meet lots of other creators, see their work and get to talk to them about their creative process. It's something very special.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Market time

Hi all, can you tell I've been busy?
I am doing a couple of market stalls over the next few days. The first one being tonight! The Mt Barker Waldorf School is having their Christmas twilight market this evening from 3:30pm till 8pm.
The other market coming up is the Adelaide Hills Artist's market, from 10am till 4pm at the Hahndorf Academy on Sunday.
So come along and say hi!