A crafty mess

You haven’t heard from me for a little while, I’ve been in a bit of a hermit mood. I’ve got a few things on my mind, nothing too terrible, just things to work through. Creating is the best way for me to deal with this, it soothes my soul and brings me peace.

It’s been a bit of a koala making festival lately. The dining room table is in a mess, littered with ric rac, lace and other vintage trims. Buttons, embroidery threads, pins and needles, scraps of blankets lie around. It’s time to tidy up though, I’m ready to paint a commission I’ve had, for a yet to be born baby. For painting ideas, I need a clean, tidy space for ideas to flow. Once I’ve finished that, I’m going to start making a rusty fox from an old chenille blanket, that I have been wanting to make, for a certain lovely blogging friend. Yes Poppy Tump, that is you.

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A koala making mess


Claude the Koala

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Clara the Koala

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Clyde and his friends are available in Winter Owls Shop


Perfect weather for cosy Koalas

Where is my hot Melbourne summer? I don’t want it to be boiling hot but some warmth would be good please. Instead we’ve had a couple of sporadic teasing warm days, followed by chilly southerly winds. Oh well, it has been good weather for making woolly things. I have been making upcycled creatures for a while now to sell at markets and my Etsy shop but decided to expand my range and include some Australian animals. I present to you Keiki and Kylie Koala. They are made with an upcycled vintage blanket, the fringe of a mohair rug, scraps of wool jumper and decorated with a scrap of doily and some Ric Rac. They took a long time to make as I had to puzzle over making a pattern for them, think a while about their ears and how to decorate them and finally, hand and machine sew them. I really like the end result, especially their ears which are particularly Koala like. The only problem is, I only have one small mohair knee rug to make ears from, so I shall be keeping my eyes peeled whilst thrifting…


Keiki the Koala enjoys the beach and lounging around.


Kylie the Koala enjoys sampling Lamingtons and Pavlova.