In November I was offered a space at Jindy Andy Mill, which is in Pyree, East of Nowra, in charming green dairy land. Such a beautiful location, and alongside JindyAndy Antiques and Lisa's The Store. How could I resist? The offer meshed perfectly with my moving house and having several, somewhat "homeless" pieces of furniture available to use as display. The environment is very serene and the people are delightful. I have currently joined forces with my old neighbour, Susan, who has truckloads of baskets, desks and vintage mirrors she's been collecting for years. If you're in the area, stop in and have a coffee at Greenfields cafe. Susan and I sat outside yesterday watching a sweet little swallow in a nest built on top of a light fitting.
I made a wedding gift for a loyal customer for "J" and "S", something quite different for me.
I met the recipient of a commissioned painting I completed about 12 months ago. She was very pleased with her gift, and it was really something special to meet her and also to be reassured... it's an ugly, gut-churning, insecure feeling when you send off a portrait, hoping in your heart of hearts that it is well received. (I think of the movie Napoleon Dynamite - laughing!).
Moving house has been an epic upheaval, as it also involved separating from the lovely Andy with all his birdly wisdom. But I'm building my own nest now and enjoying avian freedom :-). In my new garden at Sanctuary Point I miss the little finches and wrens, but I love the Lorikeets and Corellas, and the kangaroos that lay outstretched on front lawns or barrel into our backyard and gawk at us through the back windows while they comfortably scratch their bits.
We've adopted 6 hens from a local family who are moving far away. I just love hens and their gentle, homely natures. We had applied for ex-battery hens, but then these ones came up - and needed to be taken right away, so I had to work fast to get their space ready, setting posts and swinging a gate, adapting the two-hen-house to suit 6.
My daughter has a range of jewellery at the Huskisson store, look for the shipping tags with the vintage gorilla stamp. She's got a great eye for quirky, cool pieces, and she's raising money to buy herself a little 2nd hand car.
The Emporium in Huskisson is crazy-busy at the moment which makes for a great, bustling atmosphere! Please be patient with the staff, we aim for friendly service to customers but unfortunately our system is not designed for fast turnaround. Bring a coffee from Kiosk across the road and take your time ;-)
|Playing with display ideas on my kitchen bench! I just wanted to share this because I think it looks super pretty. Found dollhouse, vintage silk flowers, made nest & wreath. Can be seen at my 2nd store at Jindy Andy Mill.|
|More sketch book covers. One has a repurposed horse cross-stitch and shoelace 'rope', the other is made from a cushion cover with a broken zipper.|
|No pencils included with these ones but they still have a pocket inside the front cover.|
|A commissioned wedding horseshoe for the lovely Maree of Tricky Words|
|The letters S and J made from beading wire are stitched alongside a bow & key.|
|Cutout card made as a gift for the wedding couple.|
|Going through my photos I realised that this image explains everything I love about grasses. There are no adequate words. It's a couple of streets down from my new house, by the water in Sanctuary Point, early in the morning.|
|Near the boat ramp at Sanctuary Point, just back from the saltmarsh, looking along a creek. So inspiring, this pretty place!|
|A pair of bedside tables I've doozied up for Jindy Andy. The drawers are lined with the prettiest paper, too. Why did I not photograph the drawer liners??|
|An octagonal terrarium table. So pretty, this old thing. I gave it some love and put it in the shop at Jindy, and it has sold already.|
|This guy turned up at the back door or our new house, as if he'd seen an "open" sign.|
|The result of a workshop with the lovely Robyn Broughton in her elegant garden. My first dreamcatcher. This one sold the morning I hung it in the store at Huskisson.|
|Swan sketch-book cover, repurposed longstitch, hessian, and vintage linen.|
|Pocket detail inside front cover - vintage linen. And a feather from the swan :-)||[this one is sold already]|
|I added some macrame for good measure.|
|Another sketch book cover - salvaged cactus cross-stitch, salvaged yellow frog closure, and fabric remnant.|
|Calico and salvaged embroidery, cotton lace tie. This is one of the prettiest bits of embroidery I've ever seen, the petals and butterfly wings are 3D, and I think it's done on silk. The lining and pocket are made from vintage linen.|