Saturday, 30 May 2009
Firstly the traditional Black with red Kaos star ...
Then I had some black gingham that was feeling lonely ...
Then a library bag inspired by my daughters help in the kitchen (I couldn't find an image of her splattering food down the front of the cupboards).
For a while there we were hoping it was Swine Flu as the government sends you free food if you get it ...
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
If you want to buy one there are plenty of shops online like Ernst Licht that have them for purchase (make sure you have sound on when accessing this site!). If you are itching to make one for yourself Burda Style have a pattern you can download for $4. Also, Weekend designer has a pattern breakdown of a Valentino Dirndl that hit the catwalks in 2008. Ageless Patterns have another pattern one for $14.95 USD
But if you don't want to pay for pattern and you want to make a Dirndl for your toddler, you could could alter the following Toddler Dress pattern to have a fuller skirt and a deeper neckline. Make an apron to match and voila! If you didn't want to embroider flowers on, dimensional paint or iron on flowers could work really well.
Go on, you know you want a Dirndl!
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
We played around with something new for the Sonny and Coco market .. using the skills that we learnt doing the larger pendants and my already established jewelry skills we made these little charms that can go around your neck or attached to a charm bracelet.
Monday, 25 May 2009
I tried a few new things in terms of layout of my table. I borrowed Mum's multi-hanger to hang my bags and baby swaddles on. It worked well as emergency hardware, but I have to get something more professional and sturdy. I have to re-think the shoe layout. I didn't like the box... I need to get more vertical to allow space for other things to be spread out.
Since the market chose one of my pendants as it's picture we made a real push to get as many pendants ready on time.
In addition to the simple pendants I made a few charm pendants from some of our resin experiments, charms and some beads. I thought they looked nice! I'll be popping what's left of those up on etsy shortly.
Not sure if I will do the next Sonny and Coco, depends on where I am financially and what other markets I am doing. At the moment I am just getting a feel for which markets work well with my products. I'd love to do Yarraville or Rose Street to see how they go with my bits and pieces!
Next Market is the Sisters one on 1st August and I am looking foward to the rest before that market!
Saturday, 23 May 2009
... but then I discovered that I might have to make it a little bigger as both the cats seem to have taken a liking to it (Anastasia snuggled under the blanket and Natasha on the right trying to attack her and become Top Cat).
I am averaging about 2 squares a day when I drive to work. Stationary at the lights is when I do my crochet, oh and when I am stuck in peak hour traffic on Punt Road.
I also have another scarf to crochet for moi and another beanie that Tori can wear to childcare. Everything gets wrecked that goes to childcare and I don't want her lovely one that Oma and I made to be covered with paint or even worse ... lost!
What is on your crochet to-do list?
Friday, 22 May 2009
Since starting on the Konstant Kaos roller coaster, it has been hard to find the time to completely focus on my business and where it is going. Generally this happens in the wee hours of the morning when the house is silent, the cats are sleeping and I don't have anything else to do ....
The theme of the conference is Recharge Your Business and the presenters look quite good.
Perhaps I will see you there?
Thursday, 21 May 2009
via Haptic Labs
I was trying to think about how I would "map" something and I as thinking about finding a friend with a data projector, project it onto the cotton and then make sure that the stipling is done ina geometric design to have the streets of your favourite town displayed.
Head over to Haptic Labs to see what else they are making.
I have this pattern, below, from an old crochet book ... but I would imagine that any hat pattern would work, and wherever you want your handle and spout, you would leave a gap (hope that makes sense).
It mentions the use of Turabast which I believe is a metallic yarn, although I have no idea what ply the yarn is. Have fun!
I love the colour combination and the way in which the red just pop's out at you. I tend to have a leaning towards the good ol red/black/white ...
Who is up for an Op Shop crawl ... just like a pub crawl, only with tea and scones rather than beer and chips!
My giveaway is part of the launch of a new site for sewers called SEWN.
- If you read my blog, all you need to do is join up as a new Follower and make sure I can see that you are a follower - no sneaking around now!
- If you are already an avid follower of a little bit of Kaos, you can leave a comment anywhere on my blog. 1 comment = 1 entry ... 5 comments = 5 entries!
- If you blog about my give away, I will enter your name three times into my competition hat, but please let me know via the comments section where your blog entry is (Livejournal counts as well!).
Years later, we finally got ourselves our own Waffle machine (a little bit like this one - we have a sunbeam, but they don't make them anymore) and we tend to drag it out on a sunday morning ... German Waffles are not as deep as the Belgium Waffles, they tend to be thin, more like pancakes.
Last Sunday the hubby and I had a TFM (Tori free Morning) and we made waffles for breakfast!
- 175g margarine/butter (room temp)
- 175g of sugar
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar (or 2 caps of vanilla essence)
- 4 eggs
- 200g self raising flour
- 50g of corn flour
- Sploshes of Milk
- Cream sugar/butter together then add the eggs one at a time. Mix until creamy with no lumps. Make sure that the butter is at room temperature or you will get lumps.
- Add your dry ingredients (flour/cornflour/salt) one table spoon at a time until smoothly combined.
- Add 'sploshes' of milk until the mixture is runny but not too much. If it gets too runny, just add more flour.
- Heat up and oil the Waffle maker. We generally use melted ghee, but you could use spray oil or butter if you wanted to.
- Experiment with how much waffle mixture you have to add. We generally use a ladel to pour it into the waffle maker.
- Once cooked, remove from waffle maker, dust with icing sugar and devour. Alternatively, you could serve with icecream and fruit ...
Footnote: I have not tried this recipe as a gluten/soy recipe. If you do, please let me know how it went.
Monday, 18 May 2009
Preston Town Hall: 10am - 4pm 284-286 Gower St, Preston,
(Melway Reference: Map 18 G12)
Yes my markets tend to be over the North side of the city, that is probably because I am a Northcote Girl! Come a long and heckle me!
I have some lovely new fabrics and also some new bags for sale!
Friday, 15 May 2009
I am busily doing my granny a day for Tori's Technicolour Blanket. I discovered that peak hour on Punt Road can produce two granny squares. I find myself wanting lights to change to amber and for traffic to be busy just so as I can do a few more stitches ....
I have decided that my next crochet wonder will be a zig zag or Afghan blanket for the back room. In black, grey and purple. Once Tori's blanky is finished it will be off to Camberwell Market one sunday to visit the Yarn Man for some Merino wool.
In my travels I came across the Comfort Stitching web site. You must take a look at this talented lady and what she is creating. She also has a tutorial for a zig zag blanket.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
We met for lunch and then had a leisurely afternoon strolling around the farm with Tori discovering a whole lot of new things, including feeding the goats.
Whilst my Mum doesn't see herself as a crafty Mum, I can clearly remember when I was young her making dancing costumes, fancy dress costumes and easter hats for us. Perhaps she has lost her crafty way ...
I made my Mother in Law a fabric basket to keep her crochet and crafts in from linen and a Moda Fabric. The idea for the fabric basket is from the Zakka book that my hubby got me.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I have been using the 8 ply "Sports Support" range of wool/acrylic from spotlight and I get up to three squares frome each ball of yarn and then I do the black row for framing purposes. I went for the blend for Tori as I wasn't sure if she would get all itchy with pure wool. Plus the acrylic means that when I wash the blanket, it will keep it's shape.
Although not sewn together, these squares area ready to go!
No real plan really, but it worked out. Then Tori's Oma then did the scarf and rosette for the hat. Wool used was the Cleckheaton Merino Bambino wool.
A few people have asked me how I have made it, unfortunately I didn't follow a pattern ... so I went a hunting for some free crochet patterns:
I ended up doing a big long string of chains until I got bored and then I turned around and a row of treble, and then a row of doubles. To finish off I crocheted two rows of doubles along the bottom to frame the colour in the scarf. The grey colour is wool and the reddish blend is a mohair/wool blend.
Voila, one scarf for the husband! Now I should get back to A Granny a day!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Choose a picture of yourself and explain when and where it was taken ...
Taken at the 2008 Labyrinth Ball in Northcote. Wearing my husbands mask, I also entered this into our camera club as a piece called "Human Inside". I can't remember if it won anything ...
What’s the last thing you read or are currently reading?
Currently trying to read Trudi Canavan's The Magician's Apprentice. I loved the Black Magician Trilogy and she is a crafty lady as well ...
What have you been listening to lately?
Flogging Molly - great Irish punk band. I also finished a piece on the weekend for someone using Beatles fabric, so lots of Beatles (but mainly Abbey Road and Peppers).
Do you nap a lot?
I sleep deeply, but tend not to have naps during the day unless I am feeling sickly. I am generally a late to bed, struggle to rise type of person.
Who was the last person you hugged?
My daughter when I said goodbye to her at her grandparents this morning.
What’s your current obsession/addiction?
The Blog bug has bit me at the moment. Getting good content onto my blog is important to me at the moment as I build my business.
What are you wearing right now?
Jeans, top and necklace by Ecomorph Designs that I bought at Rose Street Market a few weeks back.
What was for dinner?
Dinner tonight is at the German Grandparents, so something yummy with gravy (if we are lucky there will be dumplings!)
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Probably to make time stand still, I could really do with about 10 extra hours a day to do all that I want to do.
What is your favorite weather, and why?
I love spring, the blossoms starting to appear, the smell of warmer days in the air but still cool enough to do things without breaking a sweat.
What was the last thing you bought?
Camberwell market on Sunday Morning, some Golden Hands magazines for a few dollars.
If you could have a house- totally paid for, fully furnished- anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
I'd love to live back in Carlton, within walking distance to the city. Unfortunately, I would also want a back yard - those houses are super expensive!
Favorite vacation spot?
Japan definitely! Followed by Dunk Island where you don't have to do anything and young tanned men bring you daiquiri's by the pool!
Favorite pair of shoes you keep going back to over and over, even though your closet is overflowing with a zillion others?
Firstly, I am not much of a shoe person. I tend to live in my doc martins. Comfort every time!
Name one thing you cannot live without?
Music is pretty important to me, listening to something while working and sewing. Much rather be listening to music or a podcast than watching TV.
If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
I am happy right here in Northcote .. but Paris would be nice.
Tag someone to complete this meme ....
I am not too good at tagging people, but I would like to know more about people on my blogroll ... complete this if you must!
Thursday, 7 May 2009
There is a small shop that was located across from the old Royal Women's hospital in Carlton called Eastern Market. They have the most divine selection of clothes and accessories, you must visit them and look a their range. Eastern Market is the only store in Australia that stocks this range of jewelry.
Since being given it (what a clever Tori) I have worn it to death. It is just the right length for Tori to fiddle with while breastfeeding and it looks good too!
I love their range of necklaces and their cufflinks are gorgeous as well. I like industrial or organic feeling jewelry. I would love to do a jewelry making course and forge out some of my own designs .. I'll add it to the todo list ...
- This Embroidered Alphabet Quilt is so gorgeous! I have never done the whole "freeze" paper through the printer thing, but it looks interesting ... or how cool are these crafty organisation cards?
- Aesthetic Outburst is a blog that I check regularly, and they have this lovely post where they featured altered books byPamela Paulsrund
- I have also been spending hours crawling through the "All this happiness" blog. Loving the images and the commentary, if only I was that stylish!
Dear Fii had sent through her "Pay it Forward" pressie to me. Can't quite remember when I signed up for it, but what this means is that I have to pay it forward to the people I promised gifts to!
My reward was a lovely pouch and some postcards. Tori has already claimed the pouch!
I had better get sewing!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
So I was very excited to stumble across the Fitzroyalty web site. It brought back a whole lot of memories of wandering through the streets of Fitzroy. Sometimes I still like to do that ... park in front of Palmerston and go for a wander off to Brunswick Street.
One of the reasons that I started this blog was to document my journey in starting my own small business. So posting pictures of market stalls, product developments and ideas is important to me.
Made n Thornbury was a great little market to do. I am getting better at the set up and pack up and enjoy the whole interacting with the customer process, getting feedback and discussing possibilities. The thing that was good about this market, was that all the stall holders were women who were in similar circumstances to moi!
There were lots of other lovely designers and crafters there such as ...