A big thank you to everyone who sent suggestions for places to go in Melbourne - as you can see , I had a wonderful time ... vintage buttons from Chapel St bazaar, vintage kimono fabric from Zigu Zagu
and the sweet little apple ( not to mention a stack of other things) from the most beautiful store I have been in for a while, zakkaya. The linen crochet cotton was also found there - I could have closed my eyes and pointed and still have been thrilled with whatever I found. Wonderful stock,and a lovely welcoming space to be in. Exactly the sort of retail space I'd like to have one day if I ever decided to open a retail store. As for clothes- well,I'm glad that I didn't sign myself up for Wardrobe Refashion 06 - it would have been torture.
Just look at those red glass buttons - and a whole handful of round red Bakelite cherries - serious vintage button heaven! if only I can bring myself to use them!
When I returned home I had the pleasure of finding several postcards waiting for me from the handmade postcard swap organised by Nichola from nikkishell.
It is my first ever postcard swap and it won't be my last. Makes collecting the mail so much more fun when it isn't all boring bills! ( the cute little ceramic bird was a Chapel St bazaar find)
I think that mine should have started arriving now so I can post a few pics of them at last. I used a lino block print and collage ( recognise the paper, Christina ? perfect, thank you!) - the first lino cut I have done for ages and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it.
this is the lino print and below, the finished cards..as you can see I'm still in full on bird mode.
sooooo glad to be home - here's a cute photo of my smallest applehead....
oh and by the way, Charlie's wearing the only jumper I have ever managed to finish - I just seem to get bored by the time I reach sleeve no. 2 ( maybe if I just sew together all the odd sleeves and bodies........). Best off sticking to more manageable knit projects for now ( except of course for the wool throw I am knitting for Carla, which grows about 1cm a month and at this rate she will be getting it for her 60th birthday - what on earth was I thinking???)
ps....I was asked what the "applehead" referred to - both my girls were smallish babies: Rose was 2.8kg and Charlie, a teeeny 2.2 kgs and they both had the tiniest, roundest heads just like little apples. I used to call them my "little appleheads" and it kinda stuck around...