When things go bump in the night

Love Fire embroidery by Iviva Olenick

Love Fire by Iviva Olenick, 2010. Embroidery on fabric with applique/collage. 6″ X 8.5″

This isn’t the post I thought I’d write but sometimes things go bump …. or whirr, or flash, or rumble ….. in the night. Continue reading


doll making – creative freeze and pushing through

I’m relatively new to making dolls.

But with the risk of being immodest I’m quite good at it. I’ve taken to it like a duck to water. Sometimes the needle appears to be working under its own steam as if I am just an observer to what it creates.

So… it feels good. But getting started is hard. I fear this one isn’t going to be as good as the last one and a creative freeze descends. But I push through. And it thaws. Continue reading

Finders Keepers – my picks

For all those Melbourne crafty types out there I’m sure you will be popping along to Finders Keepers market this weekend. I’ve just been, it was great, a visual feast of goodness.

These are my top picks:

Cat Rabbit – Brilliant felt creatures that are so character-full I just want them all
Jack of Diamonds – Beautiful machine knitted garments using gorgeous yarns
Abby Seymour – Super illustrations and porcelain finery
Emily Green – Colourtastic wonderland of neck pieces and fabric prints
Victoria Mason – Love the foxy necklace and all the other jewellery delights
Bonsai Kitten – Really comfy big knickers and the like with a vintage feel

So many people with so much talent and so much good stuff. Go! Enjoy! It opens at 10am on Saturday, go early to avoid the hordes.

Extreme Crochet

In Melbourne it’s hot. Super hot. It was meant to peak at 38 degrees C at 5pm tonight. It’s certainly super warm. And we do not have aircon at my house. so yes, super warm indeed.

It is somewhat unfortunate therefore that I really really really want to crochet and finish off my blanket that brings me lots of joy as super hot heatness and thick woolly crochet blanket do not really go together.

But, given my dedication to crochet – oh crochet how I love you so – and being the tenacious sort, I have decided to go ahead and do ‘extreme crochet’, this requires some special considerations, should you wish to do similar you will need the following Continue reading

Made By Hand – Channel 31 – I made it

Made By Hand, Channel 31, Episode 5, Wed 3rd Aug, 8.30pm

So…. I made it!

Yes, I was on the tele last night, celebrating the fabulous Pip Lincolne originated craft group ‘Brown Owls‘, hopefully conveying some of the inspiration that she and it have given me since my arrival in Melbourne.

My ‘confessions of a camera shy Crafty Naturopath‘ have turned into ‘celebrations of a camera OK Crafty Naturopath’. Continue reading

Made By Hand – Channel 31

So….  a few weeks back I volunteered to help teach some lovely ladies at the Brunswick Brown Owls how to make a crocheted granny square. It was a super evening, I had a great time sharing some knowledge and a few people learnt to crochet right from scratch and others enjoyed getting into a granny square groove. It was great, well received, lots of good sharing, social and just jolly well nice.

The evening’s proceedings were made a bit more interesting due to a film crew being in attendance. Continue reading

My first night at a craft group

Here is my story, of fact, not fiction, which I feel like sharing; especially with those that may be thinking of joining a craft group and may have a few first night nerves.

It was February I think, 2009, my first Brown Owls in real life experience. A Brown Owls article in Frankie magazine had inspired me, whilst on a flight to Brisbane for Christmas just before. I remember it well. That was the first time I discovered Frankie as well as the first time I discovered Brown Owls – a pretty inspirational combination. Continue reading

crafty stress management is going great!

here is what one of the lovely course participants said:

“Crafty Stress Management has helped me to reassess my attitudes towards crafting, my responses to stress, and my love of creativity! Thank you Sue, for sharing your knowledge!” Continue reading

handmade soulful-ness

this is a beautiful blog which i read this morning – it is titled ‘being me’. i feel it needs to be shared, because i think it is very lovely and very human.

These are some of the good words: “I really feel the need to connect my mind, body and soul in a way I have never put much thought in to before. I’m not quite sure how or what path I’m going to take but I know I need change to feel happier and healthier. My being is screaming out for it. Continue reading