Treatment: Creativity.

Why hello there! There have been far too little action in this part of the woods these last few months. I have come out of hibernation just in time for winter, which means more progress on the Star Anise Blanket!! But before we start on that kind ofΒ lovelinessΒ and despite my silence these last few months, there is some creative news to update one on.

If 2012 was the year of change, I don’t know what you’d call 2013. I left my job in March and have been traveling, then found out all that time I was getting sick! Hooray for diagnosis! So now I am getting better and finding a new job, after enjoying some travel and time off, of course.

After leaving my job, we set off for Tokyo. Third time lucky – This time I actually saw the cherry blossoms!! They are really as beautiful as everyone says they are.

View from Prince hotel Takanawa, Tokyo Japan

Sight-seeing around Tokyo was fun – and exhausting…

The Temple of 1000 Lanterns, Nara Park Japan

So the days were usually finished off like this:

Relax...

Travelling north to visit my old host family in Hokkaido revealed that some parts of Japan are not even considering spring yet:

Hokkaido, Japan

But the geese still go for a swim!

Geese in Hokkaido, Japan

We had sushi-making and karaoke with my host family…

Sushi!

Then it was back to down south-east to Kyoto and Okayama for Shandii’s Wedding… when I find my camera there might be some pics from that!

Saying goodbye to Japan, we met up with a fellow travelling friend and went to Malaysia…

KLCC and the KL Towers, Kuala Lumpar Malaysia

…obligatory sight-seeing from the hotel window… and discovered Nilai-3… so… much… fabric…

Fabric from Nilai-3 Wholesale District, Malaysia

Then on to my old favourite Kamdar. Look at the lace!

Cotton lace from Kamdar in Mid-Valley Mega Mall, Kuala Lumpar Malaysia

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I think I came home with about 11 kilograms of fabric!!

Home again with Missy and Felix

The cats were happy to have us home and get back into a little routine of collecting the mail together.

My little shrine

And the loveliness of Japan rekindled some old values of mine and I’ve started to meditate again!

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Funnily enough, I wasn’t feeling crochet or sewing when I got back. It was still a little warm to work on my blankets and my sewing machine was broken! But on one afternoon over a cup of tea with some special people, she brought out her cross-stitch project and did that while we talked… and it got me thinking! It’s literally been about 15 years since I did any cross-stitch, and I’ve carried those unfinished projects with me all these years. Time to bust back into it!

KOALA!!!

We had some International Visitors and it’s only fitting that you take International Visitors to see koalas when you’re in Australia!

ECHIDNA!!!

And I just love echidnas! So cute!!

BREAD!!

Lastly there was a trip back to Canberra for visits and bread-making lessons!

So all in all, a pretty action-packed few weeks there. I’m ready to live the quiet life at home for a while and settle back into ‘normality’… whatever that is πŸ˜€

Stay happy!
xx

Unpredictability and Fabric

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The Force was with me this month and I’ve been really busy and pretty productive. However not particularly productive with crafty business, so I haven’t had much to say there. But not to worry, there’s been no shortage of ideas!

Just so I don’t feel like I’ve neglected May 2012, I’m sharing my third-ever Instagram pic above! Awww!!

I wouldn’t say it holds a candle to any other of the awesome Instagram pics I’ve seen, but what is does show is AWESOME FABRIC I GOT FROM AN OP SHOP FOR $15 TODAY AND GUESS WHAT THERE’S 6.5 METRES OF IT!!!

*does a little dance*

As I was walking away from the shop and back to the office job my mind stopped whirring when it reached the conclusion:

40s-Length Pencil Dress with matching 3/4-Length Jacket.

Oh yeah.

Stash Doubling Magic

I’ve just had one of the most successful fabric stashing weekends. Even more exciting, most were incredible thrift finds! And, not very much of it was pink. I remember looking in my stash a few weeks ago wondering how so much pink got in there.

Anywho, from the first opshop:

4 skirts!

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A knit wrap and a wrap knit dress!

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A sensible shirt!

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A top!

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*6* Dresses!

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Then from the remenants table at a designer fabrics store: half a dress, a pencil skirt and something made from this beautiful bouncy knit!

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From the craft department store, some things for experiments:
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And finally from another opshop, a pencil skirt!

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There you have it fabric, consider yourself documented.

Naturally, this has my head in a spin with what to make with all this! I have some great ideas of course, and hope to get these onto paper soon.

Stay inspired!
xx

Op shop finds!

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My day job just happens to be within lunch-time walking distance of two op-shops, a fabrics store, and a bead store. And I also happen to be on a budget. So this is a veryΒ excruciatingΒ combination.

However! Budget does allow small trips to op-shops, and this is a collection of lovely fabrics I picked up at one of them on a recent lunch break. I haven’t measured them yet, but the bottom two are enough to make some nice skirts for work. They were also bargains at $1.50 and $2.50 each. The top one, with the pattern, is enough to make a dress and something else! It’s probably a little less of a bargain at $7, but it’s a bargain nonetheless! They look a bit apricot-y in the picture I took with my phone, but they’re actually a romantic dusty rose which I’ve been digging so much on Polyvore recently.

Now you’ve seen them, you’ll no doubt want to see what I do with them: So I better get a wiggle on! πŸ™‚