Sunday, October 16, 2011

A massive crafty, chatty sort of day

Saturday morning. Ink & Spindle HQ. Surrounded by gorgeousness and 3rd birthday celebrations (for the business)...Somebody brought a kid along, who made a beeline for the food and ate all the corn chips.
And during the fascinating demonstration of the printing process, managed to be right under Lara's elbow... ...the whole way down the table.And then the kid drew some pictures and insisted that Tegan ignore the customers and admire them "on BOTH sides, because they're very good."
I've no idea who brought the child, but I'm sure she'll never be invited again.

Strangely, the same child was there when I got to the Made 'n' Thornbury market (mostly seen loitering about the craft table and sitting herself down for some face-painting).
It was great to see all the gals from the "Make Craft Your Business" course that I met a few months ago (when I was speaker at one of the sessions) with their own craft market stalls. And 'twas an absolute joy to see Veronica from Mulberry Threads with her fabulous felted accessories. Veronica was one of my most dedicated students - regularly making a 4-hour round-trip to come to bag-making classes. I think she could show me a thing or twenty about felting.... her work is stunning.

This crochet wire work was lovely, too.

These gorgeous critters by Make It Wednesday were totally charming. They're all made from odd socks and pre-loved clothing, handmade in Melbourne and completely original. Love, love, love... and you can buy them here.

I also caught up with Lara, Cathie, Margaret, Melanie and my friend Lisa (blogless and not crafty, but very nice) and a few other stall-holders I've come to know over the years.

Then Lisa and I went for a late lunch in a cafe (Plan B, since the drinks stand had closed up early at the market). It was fabulous to be able to spend relaxed time with one of my oldest-and-dearests and have a good catch-up (funny....that kid was there, too, roaming about with her cat-face facepaint, making friends with other diners).

And then I came home and had a long telephone conversation with Leonie.....

And then I didn't feel like talking anymore. So my beautiful wee girl and I did some knitting together.


Tanya said...

Blogless and not crafty?! ... But still very nice- lucky you clarified ; ) love dear old friends. Looks like a very fun day...did that kid, by any chance have a Paddington-esque tag around her neck saying "please look after this child", because it looks like you've done a nice job of it.

Liam's Mummy said...

Sounds like a lovely day. I've seen an Ink & Spindle demo before and it's fascinating.

m.e (Cathie) said...

i hope that kid ended up finding it's mum!
so good to see you, what a great post about the Made n Thornbury newbies. they were absolutely great there weren't they!

happy week lovely lady ♥

CurlyPops said...

Sounds like the perfect day, and it's never to early to learn the art of fabric screenprinting!

Handmade said...


Alicia said...

Even do it seems that it was a great day

A Peppermint Penguin said...

She's plotting her next Phase in the TakeOverTheWorld thing. Either that or figuring out how it's done so you (note YOU) can screen print her pictures for her ;-)

Busy old day you had!

I had one too. I made one box bag, 2 coin purses and a pyramid.... remind me to tell you what I did to your original pattern for that....

Sewon and Sewforth.

Veronica said...

Thanks so much for the kind words and support Nikki, it means heaps. It was lovely to see you and so many other smiling faces of friends (new and less new!!) on Saturday. I've been missing my road trips to class!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay for Made 'n Thornbury !
That is a great Saturday.....LOVE Melbourne :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki,
can I share this post on the Made 'n Thornbury facebook page ???
Cheers, Dee x

2 birds by Lisa Kerr said...

what an awesome and busy day you had! T'was lovely to catch up with you Nic, and i promise to get onto that pattern asap! ;) Lisa from 2 birds by Lisa kerr