A gentleman’s wardrobe

Poking around in a local opportunity shop, I found a locked cupboard with a price tag of $35.00 dollars on it. The manager asked if I wanted to look inside and she opened up what she referred to as “a gentleman’s wardrobe” made in 1931. The wardrobe stands at around 4 foot high and has a hanging space on one side, perfect for pants and shirts but too short for dresses. Perhaps this was designed, so the lady of the house couldn’t take over? On the other side is a handy set of shelves and drawers, just perfect for stashing crafty bits and pieces I thought. The very elderly manager and her even more elderly assistant, would not let me help put this in the back of my car. I felt very embarrassed standing by watching. They were very efficient and obviously furniture removal experts. I suggested they could start up a removal company. Perhaps “Gran with a Van”?

So, now you know what my last post’s key was for. Pom poms make sure I don’t lose the key. I had lots of fun organising the wardrobe. Standing guard over it all, is my latest creation, Charlotte the koala. She’s made from a vintage wool blanket, a mohair cardigan and wears a little doily apron. As she’s smiling, I think she approves of my latest find.

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A pom pom clad key

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A gentleman’s wardrobe

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Handy storage for craft bits and pieces

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Embroidery threads find a home

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Charlotte the Koala surveys the room, she is available in the Winter Owls Shop.

Eat your pom poms

 It’s raining it’s pouring, it’s freezing in Melbourne. Perfect for snuggling in and doing a bit of crafting. Today I made some little pom poms using a fork. I wish I could give credit to whoever first came up with this method because it’s so easy. A perfect activity for children or any age really. Speaking of crafts for children you might like to visit Easy Crafts For Children and Living Simply Free. Both of these wonderful bloggers have clever ideas for recycling what others might throw away to use in craft projects.

Back to the pom poms. I’ve made a little photo tutorial for how to make pom poms with a fork. I have used my pom poms to decorate an old key so that I won’t lose it. What is the key for I hear you ask? Well, you’ll just have to wait until my next post to find out….

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Three completed fork pom poms.

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First get a fork, wool, and scissors.

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Next, cut a piece of wool about 30cm long and place through the middle of the prongs. This will be what you use to tie the pom pom. I have doubled my wool because it is quite fine and I wanted it to be stronger.

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Wrap your wool around and around the prongs about 30 times. You can wrap it more if you want a really thick pom pom.

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Using the first piece of wool you placed through the centre, tie a knot tightly around the wrapped wool.

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Remove the wrapped wool bundle from your fork gently.

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Cut the “loops” of the yarn, being careful not to cut the thread you tied it together with! You can fluff up your pom pom and trim it if you like.

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Three completed pom poms ready to be…

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The waiting key.

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I threaded a cotton string through a key leaving two hanging pieces of string. Finally, I used a large needle to thread through the pom poms and tied a knot on the end. No more lost key! Hmm, perhaps I could do this to my glasses that I’m always misplacing.

Winter morning

We’ve gotten used to fairly mild winters in Melbourne over the last few years. So Antarctic winds, hail and even snow on the nearby ranges have come as a bit of a surprise. It’s perfect weather for snuggling in bed but sadly, for me, I had to get up early on a Saturday, to drive my son to cross country running. It was lovely though, to see in the soft morning light, the garden gilded with rain drops. The promise of spring to come, in the little nodding Jonquils….

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Gilded with rain drops

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Jonquils promise of spring

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Raindrops hang like precious jewels

Spelling Tuesday

“He respects owl, because you can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right.”

A.A.Milne

Here’s to Tuesday, here’s to not being perfect, here’s to loving handmade and all its little quirks….

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Hand painted with love by Winter Owls.

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A white owl peeks from a vintage wool blanket bag.

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Original hand painted brooch available in Winter Owls Shop

“I don’t sew”

“I don’t sew” said one of the boys in my art for disengaged youth class.”Hmm”, I said. “Do you mean you can’t sew, you don’t know how to sew, or you don’t want to sew?” “I suppose all of those” he replied. “I’m here to teach you how to sew if you want to learn. What will you do when you move out of home and the buttons fall off your shirt?” I asked. “I’ll just buy a new shirt” he answered. “Okay, perhaps you might like to draw instead.” As he started drawing, the others got to work, designing patterns, picking fabric, cutting and sewing. They were having fun, comparing designs and chosen materials. Most made up their own patterns but the lizard and waving monster were patterns from a book called softies 22 friends for you to sew,knit and crochet. He quietly said, “I suppose I may as well do one of those things”. “Great, let’s get you started”. You can see Mr I Don’t Sew’s work in the final photograph. I thought it was rather wonderful, and I think, so did he.

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I’m still here…

I’m still here but haven’t been posting or visiting you much lately. A very dear friend has passed and I feel a little numb. I want my blog to be an uplifting happy place to visit, so I’m going to take a little break for a few weeks. I leave you with a little woodland owl nestled against the lichen on my apple tree. See you soon….

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Picking Parsley

The sun had almost set, when I dashed outside between heavy showers, to pick Parsley for dinner. I got completely distracted though by autumn leaves lying on the deck. Huge rain drops embellished the heart shaped leaves, like precious crystals. Such ephemeral beauty.

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