i think winter has finally come - its deliciously chilly. i have had pots of wax bubbling away - finally melting down all the candle ends i have been saving and getting it into clean blocks ready for the next round of candle making. i was surprised at how much there was. windowsill towers.
and for a teacher at school, some wax to be made into wood polish. john was prairie's teacher for the last three years but has now stepped into the wonderful role of 'outdoor classroom teacher'. he has literally set up an outdoor classroom. there are logs to sit on and hand lathes for turning wood. i half expect mr baggins to walk around the corner! a little bit of magic afoot methinks.
of course it had to have a little sack
and a leaf card
burlap, cardboard, string and wax combined - with a little watercolour thrown in. ah........bliss!
i hope your weekend has been beautifully seasonal in whichever hemisphere you reside x
i had to have these - the craziest looking citrus i have ever seen. grown here, i bought three from a florist. they can be eaten, the peel can be candied (they are predominately peel) but i am using them to decorate. just touching them produces a very strong lemony scent. i want my own tree now!
i think for me that cardboard is the new burlap. i have been having a big play with it lately and it made the perfect surf shack.
this was for a very dear friend's birthday, someone we have known for more than three decades! wow!
i have an urge to cable of late so scratched that itch with this little sweater. i want to do more especially after watching this. the knitwear and textiles in general always make me swoon.its like a selvedge magazine come to life.
every shack needs a thatched roof
and whats a birthday without wine!
and for our surfer boy, his very own label
back to the art supply store to dive in their dumpster for more board!
for her majesty. being part of the empire, well, the commonwealth, we get a day off to celebrate lizzie's big day. cranberries are in season here and though a mighty price for a small bag i always buy them to make muffins. i love the crazy sour against the sweet. and i love prairie's green gate paper liners which i persuaded her to let me use.
digging into the crate of fleece yesterday i found some pink roving i had dyed so i went for a pink and white katy perry sort of thing. i even found what i think was some mohair - not as easy to spin as baa baa but divinely soft. not only have i drifted to colour, i find myself wanting to try other fibres - linen is on my horizon but for now i shall work through the crate and see where that takes us!
one of prairie's favourite classes at school is handwork and at the moment they are learning to spin. she has had a cold all week and will miss spinning today so i brought home the kit and kaboodle for the long weekend ahead (long in that its queen's birthday weekend here and a public holiday on monday). the lounge is currently awash with fleece and all things spinny. they have been dying the fleece at school as well and coming up with some beautiful combinations.
and of course i could not resist hoping back in the saddle with some roving i had here (about 20 years ago my dear friend sue taught me how!) oh the rhythmical turning of the wheel and the feeling of the fleece spinning in your fingertips. why have i waited so long?
now to ply it and then get it onto some needles! its a little lumpy but its been a long hiatus. there seems to be lots of lovely homespun yarn popping up around of late. melissa has been spinning some gorgeousness on a spindle. i brought one of those home for a play and that is tricky.
prairie has been giving tommy a refresher course (he too spun at school) - very funny to hear them - she is quite a bossy teacher!