Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Galahs Temporary Home

Rabbit Rabbit, cough cough and the loudest squeeks come from this large cage at the side of my house. My sister is moving house and for a few days these two galahs (no names) will live here until they are ready to move the whole cage to their new grounds.
Don't put your fingers or any bodily part near them as they have the hardest bite and does it hurt.
It was orginally for their cat who love to curl up inside, then it had matting and other things cats like, but now long grass is inside. We added extra perches for them, water bowls and feed trays.
I covered the back with black builders plastic which I use for the chookies cages as it is cheaper than tarps but will keep them a little dryer but a little rain wont hurt them. They are birds and used of rain.
I will have to find another place for my hanging geraniums and other pot plants when it is removed.
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Felt Magazine Issue 4

I am always happy to receive a magazine in the post and can't wait till my chores are done and I can sit with a cuppa and go through it.
Yarn magazine and Felt magazine arrived the same day so it was a bonus.
I flick through rather fast then start at the beginning and take it slowly reading the articles.
It was the Felt magazine that when I reached page 44and 45 I took an extra look as it was the article that Grace Brambley talked to both Kerry and I about her writing it. I hope some people get to read it and take note that Kerry has been doing this for some time and put her heart and soul into her creations.
When ever I call around which is always the Friday before Bellingen market day to load up the van with our stock. She has pots of wool dyeing, wool hanging on the line drying and displayed in her lounge room ( well used to be).

I have know Kerry for a long time now and between us run a very friendly Market stall where clients can chat and ask questions and we answer as best we can.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hand Felted Glasses Cases

What a bright selection of Glasses Cases and different sizes. Many uses
either for glasses, sun glasses, camera, phone. notepads and pens. scissors and tape measures.
I start using hand dyed colour tops of merino fleece then add bits of dyed mohair, spun yarn, glitter, or what ever that I have in my stash to create a pleasing texture.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hand Felted Red Hat With Flowers

A very striking red hand felted hat with a couple of flowers attached to give it a bit of glamour. I used merino fleece which gives it a lovely texture.
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Hand Felted Wide Brim Hats

A motled grey wide brim hand felted hat

A dark green wide floppy brim hand felted hat
These hats will be for sale at this months December Bellingen Market weather permitting.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scarf Exchange 2010

This is the scarf I received in return from sending to Geelong Handweavers & Spinners Guild Inc. 2010 my 150 grams of 18 micron merino fleece.

The colour is perfectly blended.
The pattern and length is perfect.
I received it from Y D. from Augusta . W.A. 6290.
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Wide Brim Hand Felt hats

For this wide brim white hat all I have added is the band which I added to the fleece (being 18 micron merino fleece) some white natural mohair and silver glitter.

This green with brown brim hat has a band of the green and brown twisted and felted for decoration.
The back view showing the indent on the top of the crown, and the band tie I have made it a feature to show off at the side. It can be moved to the back if the wearer prefers.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Flower Power Felted hats

I used a blend of blue and burgundy merino fleece for this hat and added a flower to dress it up.

A blend of purple merino fleece for this hat then I added a flower using soft mohair.

This hat is worn close to the head giving it a roaring forties look.
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Stylish Hand Felted Hat

I used a blend of brown and black merino fleece for this wide brim hat.
I only added a fine matching band. Suitable for male or female.
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Glamour Hand Felted Hat

I used this softed violet merino fleece and then made up some daisys to glamour it up.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Frankie & Pip come to stay

Frankie & Pip came to stay whilst his Mum and Dad had to go away for the weekend and I was given the enjoyable task of looking after them. My little dog Jilly just loves them and even let them sleep in the guest room bed.
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New Bed and Accessories

It was time to get a new Queen size bed and after trying many settled on this very bouncy chiropractor approved one. Then I had to get a couple of new King size doona and quilts as the Queen size doona looked like a pimple on a pumpkin. The King size hangs nicely over the mattress just showing the base.
Sweet Dreams zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Maisey now Marvin

Oh No was that a crow.???? Yes it was, now Maisey seems to be a rooster so guess we have to call him Marvin (front right).
It is now well into 19 weeks when it is when Hens first start laying. I am waiting for Daisy to lay her first egg.
As for (left) Chrissy the black chook is a dud. I first thought that she may have laid an egg but it could not have been hers as she does go into the pen and sit but leaves nothing behind. If anyone has a solution to my problem I would like to know.
How do I get her to lay??. Fluffy ( left behind) is a good layer but goes clucky often and not a good mother. (Right behind) is one of my last babies and growing fast. So cute.
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Hoppy Recovered

Hoppy is no longer hopping and is now hard to tell which one she is when all the other 6 Rhode Island Reds X are pecking about. She does seem to be very friendly when I am potting about in their section of the garden. I am trying to make it look pleasing to the eye as well as chook friendly. Having placed a few hanging baskets about and now in the process of erecting a support for some large bean seeds I was given and now popping their heads from the soil.
Also I have a tub full of Jap Pumpkins seedlings that need to have some support very soon so again I have to think what am I going to do. I have just started with the bird cage wire and timber I collected from the street collection I think I will be able to manage.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Hoppy out in the Sunshine

Poor Hoppy has a limp due to a sore claw. I have put her in my cat cage and nighly I bath it in salt water and dust on some antiseptic powder. At least it should not get infected as it may have if she was outside with germs.
She is getting special treatment with food treats. I am not quite sure if her foster Mum is going to take her back time will tell. I have her outside in the sunshine. Her extended family visit her to get some food that I have given her plus extra for all. The silky x are looking like they will have the fluffy head as at first it didnt seem to appear but as they grow bigger it is more noticeable.
The Rhode Island Red X is what hoppy is, are growing and getting their pin feathers. My back yard is alive with not only them but visiting pigeons and the odd Raven.

It is nice to see sunshine after a good two weeks of rain. The chook yard was very muddy underfoot not that they minded extra worms must have been popping their heads up. Wrong if your the worm. It was who could run the fastest would get it. I have taken my knitting outside to sit and to watch them. You forget your problems and get to soothe the inner soul watching them. Who cares about housework. tomorrow will do.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Felted Soap, Soap, Soap

What lovely felted soap covers of all designs happen when given a cake of soap and coloured merino fleece, water and detergent. I was given the task of demonstration to lots of lovely ladies at the Coffs Showground Gallery. A seniors day held trying to get other ladies aware of other crafts besides sewing and knitting.
I am sure the ladies enjoyed the day and thrilled with the felted soap that they made.
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Felted Flower Power

Its amazing what beautiful flowers are created using some coloured merino fleece, soap and water. To the delight of many women attending the Coffs Showground for seniors, 9th Oct.10. when the ladies from the spinners and weavers took time to show the local ladies what they could do. It surprised them all of the final flower that emerged. I can see Coffs Harbour streets being brightened up with ladies wearing flowers in their hair, on their bags or hats.
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